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Dec 07
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Why Muscle Soreness After a Workout Is a Good Thing

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Why Muscle Soreness After a Workout Is a Good Thing

If your New Year’s resolution this year is to get in shape, you may dread that muscle soreness that comes in the days following a rigorous workout. But there might be something to that old adage of “no pain, no gain.” According to the American College of Sports Medicine, after-workout pain is called delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, and it’s a sign your workout is working.

DOMS doesn’t happen with every workout. You’ll generally experience it when you’ve tried something new. But if you plan to start working out for the first time, you’ll probably be hit with DOMS in multiple places, which means initial all-over discomfort.

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Dec 06
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Secrets of Productive People

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Secrets of Productive People

With each day packed with seemingly more activities and demands than ever, it's no wonder that a premium has been placed on how to get the most out of each moment and situation.

A baker's dozen of the world's more productive people recently weighed in on how they do it. Some highlights:

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Dec 05
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Brain May Stay Aware After You Die, Study Finds

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Brain May Stay Aware After You Die, Study Finds

Death will eventually catch up to all of us, and when it happens, we assume we’ll lose awareness as soon as our vital organs shut down. But a new haunting study of patients in the U.S. and Europe reveals that we may remain aware of our surroundings after the heart stops beating.

The study focused on patients who suffered cardiac arrest in order to determine when the brain shuts down. It found that patients were essentially “trapped” in their bodies after death for a short time. Some even were able to hear the doctors pronounce them dead. Time of death is determined by the time the heart stops beating.

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Dec 04
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Will Colorado’s Wooden Troll Be Saved?

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Will Colorados Wooden Troll Be Saved?

A few months back, Danish artist Thomas Dambo created a wooden troll sculpture for the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts. He had planned to leave the 15-foot sculpture exactly where it was, about a mile along a local trail, so long as it wasn't vandalized or decimated by the elements. It would represent a reward for people who persisted with their trek into the woods.

But then town officials decided to remove his sculpture. The reason: Safety concerns, including small children who had been attracted to the remote sculpture (and evidently shouldn't have been, according to one town councilman), and a woman who injured her shoulder trying to see the work of art.

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Dec 03
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Trouble Sleeping? Here Are a Few Foods to Avoid

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Trouble Sleeping? Here Are a Few Foods to Avoid

If you have trouble sleeping at night, you aren’t alone. In fact, an estimated 30 percent of Americans have insomnia, with 10 percent suffering enough that they experience daytime consequences. Experts have given a wide range of tips to curb insomnia, from avoiding screens before bedtime to limiting caffeine consumption to early in the day.

But caffeine isn’t the only thing to avoid if you’re tossing and turning at night. Caffeine’s a stimulant, so staying away from it close to bedtime is a no-brainer, but experts also recommend reducing all-day consumption. A cup or two in the early morning is one thing, but if you’re still drinking coffee in the early afternoon, you could be interfering with your sleep.

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Dec 02
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

T-Shirt Gift Ideas for Techies

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T-Shirt Gift Ideas for Techies

Perhaps nothing so much expresses sincere admiration for another's technology skills than buying a t-shirt that fits the person's vocational prowess to, well, a "tee".

Other than a paper comic book collection. But since those can get pretty pricey, particularly following the demise of Stan Lee, the t-shirt idea might work best this year.

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Dec 01
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

State Needs to Attract Newcomers as Boomers Age

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State Needs to Attract Newcomers as Boomers Age

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the state of New Hampshire enjoyed a population boom that owed much to the region's bucolic way of life and robust economy. The small mill town of Meredith, for instance, experienced a 60% surge in population growth.

But then migration slowed and Meredith's population began to age. The numbers for Belknap County, where Meredith is located, paint a sobering reality: In 2010, 16.7% of residents were over 65; by 2030, projections say that 37% will fall into that category.

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