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Parked cars deadly for kids this summer

It’s only mid-July and already 21 children under the age of five have died from heatstroke in parked cars across America.
Child safety advocacy groups urge parents and caregivers to take extra precautions this summer to help prevent child fatalities resulting from leaving kids unattended in hot parked cars.
In the past decade, approximately 600 children have perished from hyperthermia, otherwise known as heatstroke.
Of the 21 deaths reported through July 17, 2013, 16 were under the age of two and seven were age one year and under. States with the most confirmed or probable child heatstroke deaths include: Florida (4), Texas (3), Virginia (3), Alabama (2), and one each in nine other states (California, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma and North Carolina).
Outside temperatures ranged from 76 degrees to over 100 degrees, but temperatures inside the vehicles often exceeded 125 degrees.
How can such a tragedy happen? Here are the details of a few of these unfortunate child deaths:
– In Fresno, California, a 15-month-old infant boy died after being unintentionally left in a vehicle for an hour. The outside temperature was 101 degrees. Numerous other children had been in the vehicle when the family got out with groceries, thinking the infant boy was with his dad.
– In Miami, Florida, a woman was arrested in connection with the death of an 11-month-old baby boy left inside a vehicle for an undetermined amount of time. His body temperature had reached 109 degrees. The child was discovered after his father asked about his whereabouts and the mother recalled leaving him in the vehicle.
– In June, a 23-month-old Illinois boy died of suspected heatstroke after being forgotten by a parent and left in a hot car for about two hours.
– […]

The Ultimate “Deskercise” Stretch Routine

Who Uses That Gym Membership, Anyway?
An analysis of job industry trends over the past fifty years revealed that at least 8 in 10 American workers are desk potatoes. Neck and shoulder pain are common pals of a sedentary job.
Not surprisingly, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that about 8 in 10 Americans will experience significant lower back pain at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, ladies, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, women are more likely to experience lower back pain and neck pain than men.
Work out your computer screen kinks and paperwork pains with these deskercise gems. 

The Daydream
Gently pull each elbow to the opposite side overhead. Just pretend you’re under a Tahitian waterfall and need to scrub your shoulder blades. 

The Carpet Gazer
Remaining seated, extend your legs and reach toward your toes. Stare at the purplish-gray office carpet or search for lost bits of popcorn for 20 seconds. 

The Half-Bear Hug
Hug one knee at a time, pulling it toward your chest. Tell passers-by you need a mini childhood flashback, or that “this is how you roll.” 

The Olympic Diver
Clasp your hands in front of you and lower your head in line with your arms. Pretend you actually know how to dive correctly, and use this “proper technique” to impress your cubicle companions.

The Almost-Aerobics Reach
Extend each arm overhead and to the opposite side as you imagine Richard Simmons goading you toward a fabulous body. 

The “Who Cares if I’m at Work” Shrug
Raise both shoulders at once up toward the ears. Drop them and repeat as you explain to your boss that you are, indeed, listening with interest. 

The Freedom Search
Clasp hands behind your back, push the chest outward, and raise the chin. Count yourself […]

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    Following blood pressure-drug schedule may be critical to survival

Following blood pressure-drug schedule may be critical to survival

Failure to take blood pressure-lowering medicines as directed greatly increases the risk of stroke and death in patients with high blood pressure, a new study finds.
“These results emphasize the importance of hypertensive patients taking their antihypertensive medications correctly in order to minimize their risk of serious complications such as fatal and non-fatal strokes,” said study first author Dr. Kimmo Herttua, a senior fellow in the Population Research Unit at the University of Helsinki in Finland.
“Non-adherent patients have a greater risk even 10 years before they suffer a stroke. We have also found that there is a dose-response relationship, and the worse someone is at taking their antihypertensive therapy, the greater their risk,” Herttua said.
For the study, published online July 17 in the European Heart Journal, researchers followed more than 73,000 hypertensive Finnish patients, aged 30 and up, from 1995 through 2007. They looked at how often prescriptions were filled for these patients each year to determine if they followed their medication regimens. During this time, more than 2,100 died from stroke and more than 24,500 were hospitalized with a stroke.
Compared to those who followed their medication schedule, patients who did not adhere to the schedule had nearly four times the risk of dying from a stroke in the second year after being prescribed their medicines and three times the risk in the 10th year.
In the actual year that non-adherent patients died from stroke, they had a 5.7-fold higher risk than adherent patients, the study found.
Patients who didn’t take their blood pressure-lowering medications correctly had a 2.7-fold higher risk of hospitalization in the second year after being prescribed the drugs, and a nearly 1.7-fold higher risk in the tenth year, the study […]

Man wants jogger to stop pooping on his property

A man wants to identify a woman he caught on camera multiple times defecating next to his home during her morning jog.

It was Easter Sunday, and a young woman was on her morning run. She made a turn, jogging towards an alley. Then a security camera catches her.

“Drops her pants, lets go, puts her shorts back up, without any wipe, nothing else,” said the man who lives at the home, who didn’t want his face on camera and wanted to be called Bobby.

“This is malicious fecal distribution,” he said. “She’s come back multiple times,” at least four times.

He has no idea who she is and why his home has become her personal toilet.

Bobby says she always strikes on weekend mornings. In fact, his security cameras caught her again this past Saturday.

“I saw this little blonde girl running down the street. I said, ‘Oh my god! That’s got to be her,'” he said.

Unsure, Bobby left his home and did some errands. When he came back, the evidence was there.

“This is calculated. ‘Look look look, I’m dropping my pants as I’m running,'” he said.

He hopes speaking out makes whoever the culprit is stop once and for all.

“If it happens again, I’m going to run out there with a hose and hose her down and say, ‘Bad human!'” Bobby said.

Bobby says he has not called police to make a complaint because he’s not sure if police will take him seriously.

Albuquerque police say the woman, if caught, could be charged with a misdemeanor for public nuisance or disorderly conduct.


Legalize pot, but not for teens, many U.S. adults say

Most American adults who support marijuana legalization oppose legal marijuana use among children and teens, according to a new survey.
While 40 percent of adults are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, a majority of them believe it should only be legal for adults over age 21, according to the survey results released Tuesday by the Partnership at
“The reality is that marijuana is now legalized for recreational use in the states of Colorado and Washington and it’s clear that society’s views on marijuana are evolving dramatically,” Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Partnership at, said in a news release from the group.
Support among adults for medical use, decriminalization and legalization of marijuana was 70 percent, 50 percent and 40 percent, respectively, and only slightly lower among parents.
Support for each of these actions increased between 3 percent and 11 percent when the participants were given specific definitions for medicalization, decriminalization and legalization of marijuana, the investigators noted.
The online survey of about 1,600 adults was conducted in early March. Of the survey participants, 1,200 were parents of children aged 10 to 19. Of these parents, 200 live in Colorado and 200 live in Washington State, where marijuana was legalized last November.
Among the other findings:
About half of all parents in the survey said they had used marijuana. The number is somewhat higher (62 percent) for parents living in Colorado. 

Increasing tolerance does not mean support for an easy-going attitude toward marijuana, even in Colorado and Washington. Ninety percent of parents in those states believe that “marijuana should be sold only through licensed growers/sellers and not in places like convenience stores, grocery stores or newsstands.”

Similar percentages of parents agree that marijuana use should be prohibited in […]

Chemicals in carpets, cosmetics tied to thyroid problems

Exposure to a class of chemicals used to make a wide range of consumer products can cause changes in thyroid function, according to a new study.
People have widespread exposure to perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are used to manufacture items such as fabrics, carpets, cosmetics and paper coatings. These chemicals break down very slowly and take a long time to leave the body.
For this study, researchers analyzed data from more than 1,100 people who took part in the 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The study looked at levels of four different PFCs as well as participants’ thyroid function.
Along with finding that having higher levels of PFCs in the body can alter thyroid function in both men and women, the researchers also found that PFCs may increase the risk of mild hypothyroidism in women.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. This can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, mental depression, weight gain, feeling cold, dry skin and hair, constipation and menstrual irregularities.
The study was published online July 17 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
“Our study is the first to link PFC levels in the blood with changes in thyroid function using a nationally representative survey of American adults,” study co-author Dr. Chien-Yu Lin, of En Chu Kong Hospital in Taiwan, said in a journal news release.
“Although some PFCs . . . have been phased out of production by major manufacturers, these endocrine-disrupting chemicals remain a concern because they linger in the body for extended periods,” Lin said. “Too little information is available about the possible long-term effects these chemicals could have on human health.”
More information
The U.S. National Office on Women’s Health has more about thyroid […]

Should you take Aspirin to prevent heart attacks?

AHA Recommendation
People at high risk of heart attack should take a daily low-dose aspirin (if told to by their healthcare provider) and that heart attack survivors regularly take a low-dose aspirin.
You should not start aspirin therapy without first consulting your physician.  The risks and benefits of aspirin therapy vary for each person.
Know the risks
Because aspirin thins the blood, it can cause several complications. Talk to your doctor if any of these situations apply to you. You should not take aspirin if you:
  Have an aspirin allergy or intolerance
  Are at risk for gastrointestinal bleeding or hemorrhagic stroke
  Drink alcohol regularly
  Are undergoing any simple medical or dental procedures
Preventing Heart Attack
Most heart attacks and strokes occur when the blood supply to a part of your heart muscle or brain is blocked. This usually starts with atherosclerosis, a process in which deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste products, calcium and other substances build up in the inner lining of an artery. This buildup is called plaque.
Plaque usually affects large and medium-sized arteries. Plaques can grow large enough to significantly reduce the blood’s flow through an artery. But most of the damage occurs when a plaque becomes fragile and ruptures. Plaques that rupture cause blood clots to form that can block blood flow or break off and travel to another part of the body. This is called an embolism.
  If a blood clot blocks a blood vessel that feeds the heart, it causes a heart attack.
  If a blood clot blocks a blood vessel that feeds the brain, it causes a stroke.
Aspirin “thins” the blood and helps prevent blood clots from forming. So it helps prevent heart attack and stroke.
During Heart Attack
Taking aspirin also helps during […]

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    Owning a pet — particularly a dog — could help lower your risk of heart disease.

Owning a pet — particularly a dog — could help lower your risk of heart disease.

“Over the last decade or so there have been periodic reports on the association between pet ownership and cardiovascular risk,” said Dr. Glenn N. Levine, a cardiologist with the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center in Houston and lead author of a new scientific statement by the AHA which looked at the influence of pets on heart health.
Owning pets is associated with reducing your risk of heart disease, and there are a variety of reasons that may be at work that influence this relationship. It may be that healthier people are more likely to be pet owners or that people with dogs tend to exercise more. Pets also play a role in providing social support to their owners, which is an important factor in helping you stick with a new habit or adopting a new healthy behavior.

Pets and Physical Activity
Most of the studies focused on dogs and heart disease. “Not surprisingly, dog owners who walk their dogs are more likely to achieve the recommended level of physical activity than dog owners who do not walk their dogs,” according to the study. “Unfortunately, a significant proportion of dog owners do not regularly walk their dogs.”

In one study, more than 5,200 Japanese adult dog owners engaged in significantly more walking and physical activity than non-dog owners, and were 54 percent more likely to get the recommended level of physical activity.
Several studies also looked at whether physical activity increased after someone adopted a pet.

“A prospective cohort study of people who adopted either a dog or a cat from an animal shelter found a marked and sustained increase in the number and duration of recreational walks among those who adopted a dog, but no or little change […]

Herbed Veggie Skillet

Serves 4; 1/2 cup per serving

2 teaspoons canola or corn oil
8 ounces zucchini, sliced
1/4 cup sliced onion
1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
3/4 cup frozen whole-kernel corn
1/3 cup diced tomato
2 tablespoons water (plus more if needed)
1/8 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
1/8 teaspoon dried marjoram, crumbled
1/8 teaspoon (scant) dried oregano, crumbled
Pepper to taste

Nutrition Facts

Calories 69
Total Fat 2.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 9 mg
Carbohydrates 11 g
Fiber 2 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 2 g

Dietary Exchanges
1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat, swirling to coat the bottom. Cook the zucchini, onion, and bell pepper for 3 minutes, or until the onion is soft, stirring frequently.

Stir in the remaining ingredients except the pepper. Cook, covered, for 5 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender, adding more water if necessary. Sprinkle with the pepper.


Cleveland kidnapping victims speak out

For the first time since their rescue two months ago, the world is hearing directly from the three women who were held captive in Cleveland for a decade.
 Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight released a video on YouTube, offering their thanks to all those who have supported them since they were freed from captivity.
“I want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal, everyone who has been there to support us. It has been a blessing to have such an outpouring of love and kindness,” Amanda Berry says in the video. Berry was abducted at age 16 in April 2003 and has a 6-year-old daughter, who was born during her captivity.
Gina DeJesus was 14 when she was kidnapped in 2004. She says to the public, “thank you for the support.”
Michelle Knight, who was abducted at age 21 in August 2002 says, “thank you everyone for your love, support, and donations which helped me build a brand new life. I want everyone to know I’m doing just fine. I may have been to hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face and with my head held high and my feet firmly on the ground.”
The Courage Fund, which was established to help the three victims, has raised more than $1 million dollars.
The three women were held captive by Ariel Castro and were beaten, raped and starved for a decade, according to prosecutors.
They were freed in May after one shouted for help while Castro was gone from the house.
The women don’t plan to make any additional public statements.
“I’m getting stronger each day and having my privacy has helped immensely. I […]