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One of our most impressive powers as human beings is our power of language. We use language as we speak externally to others and as we speak internally to ourselves. Part and parcel of that power are the stories we tell.
Then, in June, he went to the Kennedy Center in Washington, where his “Voices of Light” oratorio had once been performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, for a performance of the musical “Wicked.” There were no special headphones. This time, the words and music were transmitted to a wireless receiver in Mr. Einhorn’s hearing aid using a technology that is just starting to make its way into public places in America: a hearing loop. “There I was at ‘Wicked’ weeping uncontrollably — and I don’t even like musicals,” he said. “For the first time since I lost most of my hearing, live music was perfectly clear, perfectly clean and incredibly rich.”
Mind & Brain :: 60-Second Mind :: October 24, 2011 :: :: Email :: Print A new study finds that the humor gap between the sexes is more stereotype than reality. Christie Nicholson reports
The Clean Air Act is one of the most successful public health programs in American history and, with a return of more than $30 in benefits for every dollar invested in pollution reductions, one of the best investments Americans have made. In 2010 alone, reductions in fine particle and ozone pollution under the Clean Air Act prevented an estimated: 160,000 cases of premature mortality 130,000 heart attacks 86,000 hospital visits 13 million lost work days 1.7 million asthma attacks This Administration has taken a series of reasonable, common-sense steps under the Clean Air Act many of which are decades over due and issued in response to court orders to reduce emissions of mercury, acid gas, particulate matter, arsenic and other harmful chemicals from some of the biggest polluters in the nation. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule ensures that hundreds of millions of Americans from the midwest to the East Coast are not forced to breathe air pollution from other states.
Linda Burke-Galloway, MD | Physician | October 24, 2011 Three young mothers under the age of 40 are dead because they wanted to be beautiful. Kellee Lee-Howard wanted a slimmer body.
When I go to a bar, the bouncer usually stops me and asks for an ID. I show him my state-issued driver’s license and walk on by. This may be unusual, as I’m 36 (thanks, mom, for the good genes), but we’re all pretty accustomed to presenting our official identification when needed. We need IDs to vote in an election, and when we get pulled over for speeding. If identification is so commonplace in the physical world, why is it still such a hazy area on the Internet? In the old days of web publishing, almost every site required its users to register in order to access certain functionalities, like commenting.
This time of year people often start preparing for the holidays. Some start planning family get-togethers while others take family photos for holiday cards, but no matter what’s on the menu this holiday season, everyone wants to look their best. Now is the time to start planning any cosmetic treatments you intend to pursue before the hustle and bustle of this busy season starts. This is especially true if you’re considering a cosmetic surgery procedure.
Reporting from Washington — The Obama administration, worried that the housing crisis is strangling the economic recovery, is stepping up efforts to aid the battered market as another wave of home foreclosures threatens to drive values down further and rattle consumer confidence again.
There is strong scientific evidence indicating that faith and prayer may help us with experiencing greater health physically, mentally and psychologically. Many studies have been published in both medical and psychological journals supporting the positive effects of prayer and faith. But some of the studies related to prayer have mixed results depending on the type of prayer, the demographic and the methods and means its effects were being measured. So, it is important to follow these studies with a critical mind to be able to see why they came up with their conclusions. But overall most conclusions are supportive of the positive influences of prayer and faith on human health and functioning. Physician and researcher Larry Dossey, M.
The IRS appears to be meeting the technological challenges sparked by the overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, a new federal audit has found. The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration reports that the agency is systematically dealing with the more than 40 changes that the healthcare law, signed in March 2010, makes to the tax code. At least eight of the modifications, which include penalties for those who do not acquire healthcare coverage and incentives for those who do, are forcing the IRS to craft entirely new processes to administer the law. In all, the overhaul contains $438 billion in new taxes and fees, the audit found. “The new Affordable Care Act provisions represent the largest set of tax law changes in 20 years,” Russell George, the tax administration inspector general, said in a statement . “I commend the IRS for its successful creation of a plan to implement them.”
"Have you seen that article about older women and vitamins?" a colleague of mine breathlessly asked the other morning. Immediately feeling deficient for missing it, I had to admit, "No. What did it say?"
Featured Article Main Category: Eye Health / Blindness Also Included In: Pediatrics / Children's Health ; Sports Medicine / Fitness Article Date: 24 Oct 2011 - 8:00 PDT Current ratings for: Children's Risk For Nearsightedness May Be Reduced By Spending More Time Outdoors Children's risk for myopia or nearsightedness, where objects further away look blurred because light entering the eye focuses incorrectly, may be reduced by spending more time outdoors in natural light, according to a new review of research being presented at a conference this week. Dr Anthony Khawaja of the University of Cambridge in the UK is presenting a summary of a new analysis of evidence on natural light exposure and rising myopia rates on Tuesday at the 115th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Orlando, Florida. Dr Justin Sherwin, also of Cambridge, led the analysis. Khawaja said in a press statement that:
The high presence of Kenyan students in Uganda has not only seen a growth in the economy of many towns in the neighbouring country, but also the entrance of Kenyan investors keen on tapping into the students' stipends. That many Kenyans are good entrepreneurs is not in doubt, and this explains why some have unearthed gold in the accommodation business in Uganda. After assessing the situation and the potential for business opportunities in Uganda, a group of Kenyan businessmen decided to call Uganda their second home.
Let me start with this video: Pretty cool, right? The video says the track is 2,000 feet long. So, the questions that come to mind: Is it really 2,000 feet long?