November 5, 2010

Twitter, GPS & ICE Can Help

1 Your Cell Phone Can Be a Lifesaver

Leigh Fazzina was riding her bike through the woods when she hit a tree root and flew off the bike. Lost and injured, she used Twitter on her cell phone to ask for help. Within minutes, many of her Twitter followers called the police to get help for her. She says people should take advantage of the technology that’s available. Verizon, Sprint and AT&T all have locators that help people find you in the event you end up lying unconscious somewhere, and most EMT’s know that some people store contact info on their phones as ICE (In Case of Emergency) in their address book. You can even put an ICE sticker on your phone to let emergency workers know your contact info is inside. Keep in mind, though, that emergency workers can’t access the information if your phone is password-protected.

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Tags: Cell Phone, Leigh Fazzina, ICE, In Case of Emergency, GPS, First Aid

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (38%) / No! (63%)

25 Sick from Costco Cheese

2 Raw Milk Gouda from Costco Recalled

Bravo Farms Dutch Style Raw Milk Gouda Cheese, sold and offered for in-store tasting at Costco in some states between October 5 and November 1, has been recalled after an E. coli outbreak involving 25 people, reports CNN. The recalled cheese, Costco item 40654, was sold in five states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. Costco is offering refunds for customers who return the product. Federal health officials are advising consumers to avoid the cheese. If disposed of, the recalled cheese should be placed in a closed bag inside a sealed trash container, advises the FDA.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: San Fran Oven Calorie Counter

Tags: E. Coli Outbreak, Recalled Cheese, Bravo Farms Dutch Style Raw Milk Gouda Cheese, Dangers of Raw Milk, Recalled Raw Milk Product, Recall of Raw Milk Cheese, Recalled Gouda Cheese, Costco Recall

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (41%) / No! (59%)

Tiny Zap Helps with Math

3 Electrical Current May Boost Math Ability

A tiny electrical current to the brain could help people who have trouble learning math, say scientists from Oxford University. The scientists found that targeting the parietal lobe in the brain with one milliamp current helped study volunteers solve numerical problems, reports BBC. The research may be beneficial for people who have dyscalculia, difficulty dealing with numbers. While the amount of electricity used is too little to feel, study leader Dr. Cohen Kados discourages individuals from trying out the electrical currents by themselves. Study findings are available in the journal Current Biology.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: One Milliamp Current, Tiny Electrical Current, Dyscalculia, Difficulty Dealing with Numbers, Dr. Cohen Kados, Improving Math Skills, Helping with Math Skills, Math Research, How to Learn Math, Parietal Lobe, Current Biology

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (44%) / No! (56%)

Looking 10 Years Older Bad Sign

4 Medical Value in What Age Patients Look

Doctors often note whether patients look older than their actual age, but new research suggests that the assessment of appearance versus actual age has little value until patients look around 10 years older than their actual age. The research, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, found that when doctors said patients looked up to five years older than their actual age, the assessment rarely predicted whether the patients were in poor health. When a doctor noted that patients appeared 10 or more years older than their actual age, almost all of the individuals experienced very poor physical or mental health. Researcher Dr. Stephen Hwang cautions doctors that even when someone looks his or her age, the person may still be in poor health.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Teenagers to Get Meningitis Booster

Tags: University of Toronto, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Dr. Stephen Hwang, Looking Your Age, Looking Older, Diagnosing How Old Patient Looks, St. Michael's Hospital

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (48%) / No! (52%)

Bad Habit for Scrotums

5 Laptops Heat Up Testicles

Men who sit with laptops on their laps are heating up their testicles, possibly compromising sperm quality, say researchers. Study authors say that nothing can be done about the problem except for putting computers on desks, reports MSNBC. The study, published in Fertility and Sterility, involved 29 young men who had thermometers hooked up to their scrotums while balancing a laptop on their knees. Researchers found that the men quickly experienced overheated scrotums. Study authors say that the overheating can happen within 10 to 15 minutes without men realizing it. While no studies have been done to prove that laptops may affect a man's fertility, previous studies have shown that warming the scrotum damages sperm.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Female Body Rejects Inferior Sperm

Tags: Balancing a Laptop, Heating Up Testicles with Laptops, Computers Bad for Fertility, Fertility and Sterility, Scrotum Temperature, Scrotum Health, Compromising Sperm Quality

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (46%) / No! (54%)

Food Versus Supplements

6 Cinnamon Ingredient May Up Risk of Liver Damage

Scientists have found a “huge” variation in the amount of a particular component of Indonesian cinnamon bark that is used to make the spice. The ingredient, coumarin, when consumed in large amounts, may carry a risk of causing liver damage or kidney damage in a small number of sensitive people. There are two main types of cinnamon: Ceylon cinnamon which grows in Sri Lanka and Madagascar (sometimes called true cinnamon), and Cassia cinnamon from Indonesia and China. When studying cassia cinnamon samples from stores in Germany, cassia powder contained up to 63 times more coumarin than Ceylon powder and cassia cinnamon sticks contained 18 times as much as a comparable Ceylon product. Cinnamon dietary supplements are most often made of cassia cinnamon bark.

More at Sify | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Human Livers Created in the Lab

Tags: Dietary Supplements, Liver, Liver Disease, Cinnamon

Comment on This | Was this Interesting? Yes! (41%) / No! (59%)

Are You Taking Vitamins Yet?

7 Low Vitamin D Increases Diabetic Mortality Risk

According to the latest research, vitamin D deficiency is widespread and causing a host of health problems. A new study, conducted by researchers at the Steno Diabetes Center in Denmark and published in the October issue of Diabetes Care, followed almost 300 patients with type 2 diabetes and found that low vitamin D levels increased the risk of all-cause mortality, including the risk of cardiovascular disease. The researchers also reviewed microalbuminuria status, or the presence of protein in the urine. This common feature of uncontrolled diabetes is a significant risk factor for diabetic kidney disease. For this, vitamin D levels appeared to have no effect on progression of the condition. Vitamin D is obtained from UV light and is also present in dairy products and fish.

More at Modern Medicine | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Vitamin D Deficiency Widespread

Tags: Diabetes, Diabetic Kidney Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency

Read the Comments (1) | Was this Interesting? Yes! (44%) / No! (56%)

2015

October 28 21 14 8 2

September 26 18 12 6

August 30 24 17 11 5

July 29 23 16 9 3

June 28 23 16 10 5

May 31 25 20 13 8 3

April 28 21 16 8 1

March 27 21 13 6 3

February 27 20 13 6

January 31 27 25 17 12 8 7 5

2014

December 31 25 18 9 8 7 4 3 2

November 30 29 28 26 25 23 22 21 18 17 15 13 12 11 10 9 7 5 4 3 2

October 31 30 28 26 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

September 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

August 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 7 6 5 4 3 1

July 31 30 29 28 26 24 23 22 21 20 19 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 1

June 30 29 28 26 25 24 23 22 21 18 17 16 15 13 12 11 10 8 7 6 5 3 2 1

May 31 30 28 26 25 24 22 20 19 18 17 15 14 13 12 11 9 7 6 5 2

April 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

March 31 30 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 14 13 12 10 9 7 6 5 4 3 1

February 28 27 26 25 24 22 21 20 19 18 17 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 30 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2013

December 30 29 28 25 23 22 21 20 18 17 16 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

November 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 14 13 12 11 10 9 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

October 31 30 29 28 27 26 24 23 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2 1

September 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 5 4 3 2

August 31 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

July 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

June 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 3

May 31 30 29 28 27 26 24 23 22 21 20 17 16 15 14 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2 1

April 30 29 27 26 25 23 22 20 18 16 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

March 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 22 21 20 19 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 2 1

February 28 27 26 25 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 29 28 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2 1

2012

December 31 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 1

November 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 21 20 19 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

October 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 11 10 9 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

September 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

August 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

July 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2

June 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

May 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

April 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

March 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

February 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2011

December 30 29 28 27 26 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

November 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

October 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

September 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

August 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

July 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

June 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

May 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

April 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

March 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

February 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2010

December 31 30 29 28 27 26 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

November 30 29 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

October 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

September 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

August 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

July 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

June 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

May 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

April 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 17 16 15 14 13 12 10 8 7 6 5 2 1

March 31 30 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2 1

February 28 27 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

January 31 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 7 6

2009

December 27 26 24 22 21 19 16

Most Recent 100 Items