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Nov 30
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

New Insole Could Treat Diabetic Foot Ulcers

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New Insole Could Treat Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetics deal with a variety of health issues, but among the most dangerous are the foot ulcers that tend to pop up. Affecting about 15 percent of patients with diabetes, foot ulcers bring with them a very real risk of amputation. As much as 24 percent of all diabetics with foot ulcers will need to have the foot removed, and 85 percent of all diabetic foot amputations were preceded by a foot ulcer.

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Nov 29
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Let’s Have Kindergarten on the Roof Today!

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Lets Have Kindergarten on the Roof Today!

Or just start in the outdoor courtyard...and then migrate to a floating, colorful, playful roof!

That's the basic premise of a design by MAD Architects, called Courtyard Kindergarten, that's set to be located on the site of a traditional siheyuan Beijing courtyard dating from 1725. The new design, led by studio principal Ma Yansong, uses a new building that protects existing structures while also restoring them for current use. And the whole concept features a floating roof that encircles the existing courtyard. Who couldn't have a fun half- or full-day of kindergarten in that environment?

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Nov 28
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Enterprising Canine Charms Burger Customers

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Enterprising Canine Charms Burger Customers

Back when the Girl Scouts used to have to sell their group's famous cookies by taking large boxes of them door to door, some enterprising members of various troops figured out how to make a little extra money.

One of their number would wait at the curb while two others would go to a front door and make the sales pitch. They'd then add that it would be helpful if the adult could buy an extra box for their friend, who didn't get enough to eat at home. Sometimes, the gold-digging approach worked -- just like it did in similar fashion for a furry canine friend.

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Nov 27
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Lifting Weights Could Be Just as Heart Healthy as Running

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Lifting Weights Could Be Just as Heart Healthy as Running

Fitness experts have long recommended a combination of cardio and strength training to maintain peak fitness. But a new study reveals that weightlifting may be good for both.

After reviewing health data, scientists discovered that both lifting weights and cardiovascular exercise reduce the risk of developing heart disease. But they found that weightlifting is actually better for the heart than an equal amount of aerobic types of exercise.

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Nov 26
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Ideas for Those Lovely Office Gift Exchanges

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Ideas for Those Lovely Office Gift Exchanges

If your office Secret Santa assignment involves anyone outside of your normal sphere of interaction, it can be quite a challenge to figure out what to get them for the Christmas office party.

Face it, though: Everyone in the office travels in everyone's sphere these days, so why not lean on a handy guide for suggestions so that the gift-giving can unfold without anyone feeling as though they were given short shrift...like having been gifted from a guide?

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Nov 25
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

What Is the Ideal Age to Have a Baby?

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What Is the Ideal Age to Have a Baby?

Technology has made it easier than ever to delay parenthood until later in life. However, even with the latest reproductive science, there are plenty of reports on the dangers of having children at an advanced age. Combining all of the studies on the subject, the perfect age to have a child is before the age of 35 for women and before the age of 40 for men.

The problem is, there are incentives for delaying parenthood until after 35. One study found that women can earn more if they simply put off motherhood until they reach their early thirties. Some businesses are even offering perks like egg freezing to help those workers who prefer to focus on building their careers first.

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Nov 24
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Weighing in on Amazon’s HQ2 Announcement

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Weighing in on Amazons HQ2 Announcement

After fielding proposals from more than 200 regions and then winnowing the list down to a manageable number, Seattle-based Amazon finally announced where it would seek to locate a second company headquarters.

Like some shipments from the online retailer, the answer came in two parts: Northern Virginia and Long Island City, New York, would each hold the distinction of being a second headquarters. The announcement prompted many people, some of them in high places, to react, mostly in speculation as to how the move might affect the cost of living in each area, not to mention the strain the move(s) might place on existing infrastructure.

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