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Current Events: Yemen reports first case of deadly MERS-coronavirus

SANAA, April 13 - Yemen reported its first case of the deadly MERS coronavirus on Sunday in a further spread of the deadly strain in the Middle East.

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Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 2014 5:15 PM

MERS has been in Saudi Arabia for a couple of years now so Yemen knew what it was. In the 21st century there has been extensive travel across the globe and diseases are obvious markers of that. This report lists cases in the Middle East and parts of Europe. Hopefully we will be able to identify the most deadly of these diseases before they travel too far from the source of outbreak.

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Video Article: Insight Video: Getting Off the Grid

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If you're like most people, you struggle with the constant challenge of too much to do and too little time. That stressed out, uptight, anxiety laden sensation, as you accelerate toward the next overwhelming event—your mind dominated by the present concern—that is, until the next one exerts a greater strain. Getting off the stress and anxiety grid requires first assessing how much we're plugged in. How overstressed is your life? And what can you do about it?

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Life and Health: Mothers' Milk: More Than Meets the Eye?

Life and Health: Mothers' Milk: More Than Meets the Eye? | Life and Health | Scoop.it

New mothers often struggle as they and their newborn baby get nursing down to a science. This can be frustrating and rather messy, but is there something more to the messiness than meets the eye? Could it, in fact, be part of the science?             

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Video Article: Insight Video: The Age of Anxiety

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The past 100 years have been both the most destructive and the most progressive in human history. That century has seen world wars and weaponry with an almost unfathomable impact on all societies. It was a century that reeled under the rule of the so-called great dictators, from Russia to Italy from Germany to China. Yet it was also the era of great technological achievement for humanity, from men on the moon and medical breakthroughs to personal computers, cell phones and the Internet.  

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Book Review: Happiness, The Means or the End?

Book Review: Happiness, The Means or the End? | Life and Health | Scoop.it
Three Thousand Years of Searching for the Good Life by Richard Schoch; The Science of Happiness by Stefan Klein; Making Happy People by Paul Martin.
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The Secrets of Happiness: Three Thousand Years of Searching for the Good Life.Richard Schoch. 2007 (paperback). Profile Books, London. 288 pages.

The Science of Happiness: How Our Brains Make Us Happy—and What We Can Do to Get Happier. Stefan Klein. 2006. Avalon Publishing Group, Marlowe & Company, New York. 320 pages.

Making Happy People: The Nature of Happiness and Its Origins in Childhood.Paul Martin. 2006 (paperback). HarperCollins, Harper Perennial, London. 320 pages.

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Senior Moment? Stereotypes about Aging Can Hurt Older Adults' Memory

Senior Moment? Stereotypes about Aging Can Hurt Older Adults' Memory | Life and Health | Scoop.it
Scientists show that attributing every forgetful moment to getting older can actually worsen memory problems—but a surprising twist can improve performance.

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Invasive 'crazy ants' are displacing fire ants in areas throughout southeastern U.S.

Invasive 'crazy ants' are displacing fire ants in areas throughout southeastern U.S. | Life and Health | Scoop.it
Invasive "crazy ants" are displacing fire ants in areas across the southeastern United States, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.
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Sunshine vitamin 'may treat asthma'

Sunshine vitamin 'may treat asthma' | Life and Health | Scoop.it
The amount of time asthma patients spend soaking up the sun may have an impact on their health, researchers have suggested.

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Bach to the Blues: Our Emotions Match Music to Colors

Whatever our music of choice, our brains are wired to make music-color connections depending on how the melodies make us feel, says new research from UC, Berkeley.
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Kenneth M Weiss and Anne V Buchanan – What can genes do?

Kenneth M Weiss and Anne V Buchanan – What can genes do? | Life and Health | Scoop.it
Simplistic ideas of how genes 'cause' traits are no longer viable: life is an orderly collection of uncertainties
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Is Your Brain Tricking You Out of Happiness?

Is Your Brain Tricking You Out of Happiness? | Life and Health | Scoop.it

After reading Daniel Gilbert's "Stumbling on Happiness," Aunt Psych offers a few choice excerpts and applies them practical life in her own inimitable style:

 

"The idea of how our minds perceive and dwell on potential grief has been on my mind ever since a conversation with my sister-in-law. I am the appointed guardian for her three children should anything happen to her and my brother. I am actually the guardian for more than one family so I have a list of people who are not allowed to fly on the same plane together just in case I instantly turn into the old woman who lived in a shoe."


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Oceana investigation uncovers massive consumer fraud in mislabeled fish

Oceana investigation uncovers massive consumer fraud in mislabeled fish | Life and Health | Scoop.it
Oceana investigation uncovers massive consumer fraud in mislabeled fish
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The children of Japan's Fukushima battle an invisible enemy

KORIYAMA, Japan, March 10-Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it's like to play outside - fear of radiation has kept them indoors for much of their short lives.

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More Than a Feeling: Emotions and the Brain

More Than a Feeling: Emotions and the Brain | Life and Health | Scoop.it
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Human emotion has become a hot research topic in recent years and is yielding a much broader picture of what makes us who we are.

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Ronald Reagan: The Eternal Optimist

Ronald Reagan: The Eternal Optimist | Life and Health | Scoop.it
Ronald Reagan had a vision of a world safe from the threat of nuclear Armageddon.
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As a boy, Reagan didn’t realize that he was very nearsighted. “I never knew there were leaves on the trees,” political advisor Michael Deaver recalls him saying. “I never knew what a butterfly was. I could never see the blackboard and was never picked for a team until I got my glasses.” Yet he read voraciously and had a very good memory, which helped him in school as well as in his later life.

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The Value of Happiness

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In A Good Childhood: Searching for Values in a Competitive Age (2009), The Children’s Society, a charitable organization in the United Kingdom that seeks to make childhood better for all children, sought the views of over 30,000 children, parents and professionals about the current state of childhood. 

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Top 10 Memory Improvement Tips

Top 10 Memory Improvement Tips | Life and Health | Scoop.it
Cognitive psychologists have discovered a number of techniques to help improve memory. Learn more about some of these strategies and how you can apply these memory tips to your own studies.
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Reviews: The Do-It-Yourself Brain Makeover

Reviews: The Do-It-Yourself Brain Makeover | Life and Health | Scoop.it
As research has accumulated more scientists have begun to join the ranks of those who hope to help people transform their minds.
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Compound in Mediterranean Diet Makes Cancer Cells "Mortal"

Compound in Mediterranean Diet Makes Cancer Cells "Mortal" | Life and Health | Scoop.it
Parsley, celery and chamomile tea are the most common sources of apigenin, cancer-fighting compound common in Mediterranean diet.

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Gina Stepp's curator insight, May 23, 2013 10:00 AM

They're not saying this is a miracle cure--that you can just add parsley to your diet without doing anything else. This is only one piece of a bigger puzzle about how the body can work. . . clearly some people eat parsley and celery and still have to battle cancer, so what else is interfering in the natural process? I'm not sure that a genetically modified food is going to prove the miracle drug, but that's what they want to look into next . . .

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The 10 Most Exciting Rescues in History : DNews

The 10 Most Exciting Rescues in History : DNews | Life and Health | Scoop.it
These missions saved the lives of submariners, prisoners of war, astronauts and everyday people who found themselves trapped with little hope.
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And To No One’s Surprise, Constant Texters Have Self-Esteem Issues

And To No One’s Surprise, Constant Texters Have Self-Esteem Issues | Life and Health | Scoop.it
Ever feel like your hundredth text of the day may have been just a little too calculated?
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How GMOs Contribute to Global Climate Change

How GMOs Contribute to Global Climate Change | Life and Health | Scoop.it
Genetically engineered crops like corn and soy overtake native grasslands in a number of states, which may eventually impact global climate change.
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The children going hungry in America

The children going hungry in America | Life and Health | Scoop.it
Child poverty in the US has reached record levels, with a growing number of children are going hungry every day.
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