Nationally Recognized Yoga Recess Day is Helped by North American Spine

March 26, 2015

Yoga Recess Day, a national event of the Yoga Health Foundation, was featured on March 24 by PRNewswire. North American Spine of Dallas provided community outreach by their donation of almost 50 yoga mats for students at Robert E. Lees Elementary in Dallas. Having helped thousands of back pain sufferers, North American Spine recognizes the value of yoga and how it helps, beginning at early ages, but for any age person who wants a healthy spine. Jon Sasser, North American Spine Director of Public Relations stated that they wanted to give back.

At least 50 pre-K and kindergarten students were a part of this celebration. The specialized yoga class helps the development of the minds and bodies and children. Many of the students have challenges. The CW was present to film Yoga Recess Day and footage shows that yoga poses are fun for kids. With this kind of care the prevention of back pain is emphasized, as conveyed by Dr. Abram Burgher, of North American Spine of Scottsdale, AZ.

Yoga practice helps to prevent sciatica, a chronic condition, by supporting the health of the abdominal and back muscles supporting the spine. Yoga is sometimes prescribed as a treatment for back pain. Just a few stretching and strengthening routines can make a huge difference with back health. North American Spine professionals suggest that changing positions, such as moving from sitting, to standing, to walking and on to sleeping will increase the flow of blood to the discs for healing.

Known for the AccuraScope Procedure and the success of minimally invasive surgery, North American Spine has found an 82 percent success rate, saving thousands of out of pocket expenses over the years. With less medical visits, patients are able to move on to productive lives. To read the article, click here.

College Destroying Admission Records

Some elite college are destroying their admissions records. The reason? They don’t want students reading them. Some industrious students at Stanford University recently published instructions on how to get your admissions files from your University legally. Technically, Universities have to comply with a student’s request. That is, if they have the records.

After the Stanford students posted the instructions the University was flooded with requests, 2,800 of them to be exact. While the University needs to comply with the requests, they also need to go about their day to day operations. Fulfilling tons of requests takes a bunch of man power, and its unnecessary.

Both Yale and Stanford have changed their policies recently, and now destroy admission records so they can’t be requested or accessed later on. Brad Reifler (wikipedia) understands that the hope is that the move will keep the policies on how they admit students a secret. All Universities have their own criteria that they use when choose who to admit and who to turn away. Making their goals public would change the admissions procedure entirely. It’s in their best interest to keep that information a secret.

Rather than secrecy, a Stanford rep said that they were destroying the records now simply because they realized there was no reason to keep them.

Scientists Working on CyberLegs to help Amputees Walk Again

March 24, 2015

A team of Italian researchers have been working on “a new type of bionic leg,” for the last three years.

This study is part of a European project called “Cyberlegs” whose objective is to improve the living conditions of transfemoral amputees. This project, coordinated by the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, combines two types of technologies.

“We try to solve the problem of the transfemoral amputation using robots that can be worn as clothing, that can be either motorized orthoses, or non-passive orthotics, but equipped with an engine.”

Folks at Anastasia Date have learned that, in one case, the prosthesis replaces the missing limb and also restores the power capacity: researchers explored the possibility of connecting the prosthesis to the central nervous system non-invasively with what is called mobile sensors.

In a second case, they used motorized orthoses which inject energy in the remaining joints of the person, to ensure the user can walk with less effort,” says Nicola Vitiello, project manager of Cyberlegs. ”

First case. The robotic system consists of an active cognitive artificial leg to replace the functional side of the amputated limb. The process follows the movements of the hip, allowing the amputee to walk back and forth, to get up and sit with minimum energy and cognitive efforts.

Second possibility. Combine a prosthesis and a portable device to inject energy in the limb to enable transfemoral amputees to walk regularly, as they would with a real leg.

So far, eleven volunteers have tested this new technology and the results are encouraging.

California Governor declares Ted Cruz unfit for office

March 23, 2015

The ongoing spat between possible Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz and California’s Democratic Governor Jerry Brown continued in an interview with NBC’s Mette The Press, Politico reports. Governor Brown used the Sunday morning politics show to state his belief that by denying climate change Cruz had made himself unfit to run for the Presidency of the US. Zeca Oliveira knows that the comments of Brown came after Senator Cruz claimed his trip to a snow covered New Hampshire proved climate change was not a real problem during an interview with late night comedian Seth Myers.

Brown has long been a supporter of environmental policies in California and across the globe as he bids to find ways of fighting the problems of a severe drought that continues to threaten his state. Responding to the suggestion by Cruz the Californian Governor also stated research commissioned by his state government shows a link between extreme weather on the east coast of the US and the drought problems he faces in California. Cruz is expected to announce his bid for the Presidency this week and is one of a growing number of Republicans denying climate change in a public way.

FDA Lifts Safety Hold on Developing a New Class of Drugs

The United States Food and Drug Administration recently lifted a hold on the development of drugs targeting nerve growth factor (TNF). This protein has aroused the interest of some drug developers because of its role in the transmission of pain.

According to the Business Insider article that Ray Lane came across this morning, the two large pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company, announced that they will resume a clinical study designed to test the effect of a new pain relief medication called tanezumab that was halted when the hold by the FDA went into effect a few years ago. They reportedly hope to develop the medication to provide pain relief to patients suffering from cancer, osteoarthritis and lower back pain.

Tanezumab reportedly works by blocking nerve growth factor. Pfizer itself suspended clinical trials of the drug in 2010 after the company received reports from some patients that the pain relief medication made their osteoarthritis worse. The drug had shown promise initially as a way to alleviate knee and lower back pain. Although studies later resumed, safety restrictions were imposed, including a requirement that patients in the study could not take any nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.

Reportedly, the hold lifted today was imposed by federal regulators due to concern that drugs targeting TNF might cause joint destruction and adverse impact the nervous system. The removal of the hold clears the way for several pharmaceutical companies to test the class of TNF blocking drugs.

Pills for Producing Specific Emotional Reactions May Be Coming Soon

A new study in the journal Current Biology has found a strong link between our emotional behavior and our brain chemistry. It finds that our feelings of compassion for others are influenced through the manipulation of the levels of dopamine in the bodies of test subjects. Subjects who were given this neurotransmitter were found to act more charitably toward others in an experiment in which they had to divide up money between themselves and strangers. We already have various medicines, such as antidepressants, that influence behavior in various ways, but these are typically for the benefit of the patients themselves and are somewhat broad in the resulting emotional outcome. This, however, seems to shed light on the ability to bring about an increase in people behaving more socially towards others and being able to pinpoint certain emotional outcomes.

Few of us like to think that our emotional reactions could be boiled down to chemicals and various reactions in our brains. According to Jaime Garcia Dias, we need to believe there is a spiritual component to our thought and beliefs that are the well-spring of our capacity for creativity and independent thought. Creativity is one thing scientists have not proffered a verifiable and absolute biological basis for. Maybe it is the one thing that many of us can cling to in order to know that we are more than just the sum of chemical reactions in our brains and that creative thought is a more complex process than science can explain, at least, any time soon.

Principal a Great Example in China

March 19, 2015

Teachers often get a bad rap even when they put everything they have into teaching. Most teachers are underpaid and underappreciated for their great efforts. In today’s world, students treat teacher with little respect; an unfair treatment that causes many of them to give up on teaching and find other jobs where they are treated more kindly. Principals get an even worse rap because they are the disciplinarians who point out all the bad things that a student does.

It is refreshing to see a teacher or principal getting the recognition that they deserve. For instance, a principal in China, who recently passed away, is lauded as one of the greatest educators to ever grace the earth. The principal is responsible for helping thousands of kids stay in school when they would not otherwise be able to afford it.

From all accounts, he went out of his way to ask for donations from various groups and individuals stated AnastasiaDate.US. This helped more than 10,000 students stay in school over the 20-year period that he worked for the school. On occasions when students would drop out of school to go back home, he went in search of them to bring them back, assuring them that he would find a way to help them financially. He was a strong-willed principal that went the extra mile every day. Maybe it is time for teachers around the world to get the respect that they deserve. After all, they are in charge of the adults of tomorrow.

Even Wonder How Butterflies Ants, Beetles, Mosquitos, Lobsters, Ticks And Spiders Evolved?

March 18, 2015

The quest to discover how arthropods evolve is not a priority for most people. These creatures share the earth with us and impact our lives in different ways, but we don’t really have a desire to study their 530 million-year history. But paleontologists want to know about these egregious pests, and they go to great lengths to dig for 530 million-year-old anomalocaridids fossils, so they can satisfy their hunger for arthropod facts.

Anomalocaridids are the early versions of arthropods. They didn’t look anything like their present day cousins back in Cambrian period. In fact, scientists thought they were discovering fossils pieces that came from different specimens when they were actually finding the remains of one creature. These creatures didn’t have limbs because they were water dwellers. But Jason Halpern says that a recent fossil of a rather large anomalocaridid was discovered, and that creature is solving the limb mystery.

The limb mystery isn’t really a mystery. Every creature adapts to the environment where they lived. Rather than having flaps or two sets of flaps for swimming, the flaps merged and limbs became part of their bodies rather than flaps. Each species represents a form of consciousness that changes its DNA in order to experience its environment.

Evangelical Christianity: Survival in the Age of Gay Rights

March 17, 2015

The Supreme Court is widely expected later this summer to make same-sex marriage the law of the land. States such as Alabama are taking a defiant stand against marriage equality. Others, such as Texas and Indiana, are attempting to pass “Religious Freedom” legislation which allows discrimination against the LBGT community. Even the Mormons in Utah have approved protections for LBGT individuals, while CMU says it’s about protecting the right to discriminate on faith-based grounds. This begs the question, is there a middle ground?

One after the other, courts have held that separate is inherently unequal. Historical and legal precedents seem to be marching on in favor of acceptance, while conservative churches and their congregants dig in their heels against the shifting tide of public opinion. Ordination of gays and women, allowing same-sex unions, some mainline denominations have adopted more modern postures. Think Progress reports today that Reform Judaism’s Central Conference of American Rabbis has elected an open lesbian as President of the organization. Famously, Gene Robinson was elected bishop in the Episcopal Church in 2003 as a gay man amid great controversy. Since then, one after another, various denominations have adopted more inclusionary standards.

Interestingly, according to multiple large-scale studies, conservative evangelical denominations continue to decline in membership, while those with a more accepting attitude remain stable in their congregations. Among the young, no religious affiliation is a long established trajectory toward a more liberal, non-sectarian viewpoint. Live and let live, the embracing of differences seems inevitable as more provincial attitudes are continually cast aside. Can conservative evangelicals survive a rapidly changing social climate? Denial of the inevitable seems out of step and ineffective as a solution, much less a refutation of Darwinian Theory.

The Excellence of Dorchester Collection

March 14, 2015

The Dorchester Collection is a fast growing company which wholly or partly owns and manages several luxurious and world’s foremost hotels in Europe and United States. The hotels include -: The Dorchester, in London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, in Paris, France; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, also in Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia,in Milan; Hotel Bel-Air, in Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot, in UK; 45 Park Lane, in London; Le Richemond, in Geneva; and Hotel Eden, in Rome.
The hotels are big and very spacious with the smallest having 45 rooms. It embodies the culture of the particular hotel’s city and honors the heritage of its hotels. Some hotels are the oldest in their countries. They have historical buildings and state -of -the -art facilities. The Dorchester Collection offers the most sought after experience of charm, elegance, good living that includes spa’s, excellent food and beverages,and luxurious services in their quest to become the finest landmark hotels. All these plus the superb location of the hotels makes it popular with royalty, celebrities and business mogul. The experiences make it be highly ranked in the world’s 5 star hotels.
With the vision to become the ultimate hotel management company, that has passion for excellence and innovation, it has become a leading hospitality company, offering impeccable hospitality services. It demonstrates a clear and measurable return in investment and honors individuality which makes it earn Human Resource Awards for employee engagement combined with customer services.
The collection has ambitions to acquire more exotic and competitive hotels in the future. It has also held fashion prizes and rewarded the winners. The collection is a hospitality company with a difference, a company to look up to and their hotels worth consideration when in any of their locality for an experience of home while away from home.