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Mar 30
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Don’t Insta-Trample on the Poppies

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Don’t Insta-Trample on the Poppies

Nature's wonders are treasures to behold and experience, and when any of us take in just one, we often want friends and loved ones to share in the experience.

But like most anything else, too much sharing -- even of natural wonders -- can sometimes do more harm than good.

Case in point: The so-called mega-blooms occurring in California, home to troves of natural beauty.

Seems that visitors to these occurrences, which involve acres and acres of blooming wildflowers, especially poppies, have taken to Instagram to share their discoveries -- and, as a result, have invited hordes of people to enjoy, and sometimes trample through, the hills and neighborhoods near the flower displays.

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Mar 29
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Are Sex-Related Strokes Common?

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Are Sex-Related Strokes Common?

Generally, intimacy between partners is considered a good thing. It counts as exercise, so it’s good for your heart and overall physical health. It has also been linked to stress reduction and increased well-being. But as some women have learned, there can also be a risk associated with sexual activity.

The most recent case involved a 44-year-old London-area woman who became unconscious while receiving oral sex. She regained consciousness three minutes later and went to the hospital, where a scan revealed that she’d burst a blood vessel in her brain and suffered a stroke. Although doctors didn’t directly connect sex to her condition, the change in blood pressure that occurs during sex can cause a blood vessel to burst.

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Mar 28
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Deep Brain Stimulation Relieves Depression

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Deep Brain Stimulation Relieves Depression

Researchers from the Medical Center -- University of Freiburg and University Hospital Bonn recently announced that patients suffering from extreme depression that resists treatment can benefit from deep brain stimulation.

The researchers implemented electrodes in 16 study subjects to energize a deeply located region of the brain's reward system. The electrode method resulted in a marked reduction in the levels of severity of depression in every patient -- on average, the severity was reduced by 50 per cent.

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Mar 27
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Self-Driving Shuttle Rolls Out to Both Coasts

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Self-Driving Shuttle Rolls Out to Both Coasts

Optimus Ride recently announced that it would deploy self-driving vehicles to the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard industrial park area of New York as well as to Paradise Valley Estates, an 80-acre private and non-profit Life Plan Community in Fairfield, California.

The Navy Yard site includes more than 400 manufacturing businesses, with 9,000 people working there, while the Paradise Valley site is a residential community.

Optimus Ride will offer workers and residents at both locations access to convenient and efficient self-driving opportunities within specific and geofenced areas.

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Mar 26
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Rich Parents Snagged in College-Bribery Scheme

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Rich Parents Snagged in College-Bribery SchemeWhile the details of the particular FBI investigation continued to unravel, some wondered why people with money to waste on bribes wouldn't simply do what people with money to give away usually do when they want a favor from an institution of higher learning?

Which would be -- donate the money directly to the institution and get a building, or at least a lobby or floor or gallery or something, named for the donors.

Instead, it appears that parents eager to get their children accepted into certain colleges paid individuals to game entrance exams or help with pitching the student as a prospective athlete that the coach wanted to have around when classes began.

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Mar 25
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Want to Lose Weight? Try Adding These Foods to Your Diet

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Want to Lose Weight? Try Adding These Foods to Your Diet

By now, you’ve likely heard experts say that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need to change your eating habits permanently. But it can be difficult to drop all the foods you love from your diet and replace them with less tasty options. There’s good news, though. Experts say you don’t have to stop eating the foods you love, as long as you add healthy foods to your diet to counterbalance them.

One simple switch you can make is from white to whole grain bread. You’ll feel fuller and get the many nutritional values that whole grains bring. Working in a few extra vegetables can also help—the more colorful, the better. Vegetables not only pack in plenty of nutrients, but they also are full of fiber for digestive health.

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Mar 21
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Do Relationships with Benefits Last...Beyond the Benefits?

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Do Relationships with Benefits Last...Beyond the Benefits?

Three decades after a character in the film "When Harry Met Sally" famously said, “Men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way,” people are still debating whether a no-strings-attached, sex-only relationship is viable.

For some, the answer seems to be a resounding yes.

One such person, Rachel, is described as a bisexual in her early 30s who reports that she's gone through about five years' worth of relationships in which sex was agreed upon, but developing anything further wasn't.

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