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Digital Baby Thermometer by Just Brill, A Must Have For New Parents

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Just-Brill is proud to announce that their DigiThermo digital thermometer is recommended as one of the must-have items needed by new parents.

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There are some essential items that every new parent should have when bringing home their baby from the hospital for the first time. One very essential item is a baby thermometer. There are many different types of thermometers on the market, from ones that can read by placing on forehead, there are rectal thermometer, ones that go in the babies mouth and ones that go in their ear. The most common and easy to use is the one that goes in the baby’s ear.  JustBrill, a company found on Amazon.com, carries a high quality digital baby thermometer that is ideal for new parents.

The DigiThermo operates on the principle of infrared readings inside the ear. The energy emitted by the eardrum is an accurate and fast way to capture information. Taking the baby’s temperature requires only correct positioning inside the ear canal and is so gentle that it can be done while the child is sleeping.

A normal reading for a healthy infant is between 97 F to 100 F. The device can be set to present either Fahrenheit or Celsius readings. The digital thermometer can determine if there is a fever after only one second. It is safe to use, even for the youngest child. There are no caps for the probe, so no risk of choking or swallowing for a youngster. The tip is simply wiped off and returned to its carrying case for storage.

There is an automatic shut-off to preserve battery life.  An estimated 4000 readings are available for battery life. The thermometer comes with a lifetime guarantee.

“We love the fact that this thermometer is digital and there are no caps for the probe. It’s simple to use and my baby doesn’t even realize that I am doing anything when I put the thermometer in her ear, so there is no fighting with me, which makes it soo much easier.” says Luci, a satisfied customer.

“We’ve been getting great feedback from parents, especially first time parents that are new to this kind of thing. We wanted to make sure it was simple to use and the least intrusive for the the baby” said Justin, a company representative.

To learn more about the digital baby thermometer on Amazon.com visit the link below.  http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Thermometer-Baby-Just-Brill-Temperature/dp/B00GKF71Y2

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Fifty Shades Of Grey Movie “Better Than The Book”

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Summary: With the premiere of the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” this weekend,  early reviews from critics are compared to help viewers decided whether or not to go out and see the film.

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The screen adaptation of E.L. James’ steamy romance novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” hits theaters across the U.S. on Friday the 13th. Ticket site Fandango has already announced that tickets for the movie are selling fast – the fastest of any R- Rated Movie in the company’s history – with multiple states selling more than two times the expected amount of tickets for the movie. It has already sold more tickets for it’s opening weekend than any non-sequel movie since the first “Hunger Games” movie came out in 2012. So will movie-goers who spent their money on tickets feel as though they are having an unlucky day or will it be well worth their money?

According to the reviews critics have been giving the movie on Rotten Tomatoes and in the international press, the movie is more than watchable, it’s delightfully entertaining and according to one critic, even better than the book. Favorable reviews on the movie from esteemed sources include:

 

“Gone are the truly dreadful aspects of the book, and the biggest surprise may be that Ana and Christian have developed senses of humor.” – Sara Stewart, New York Post

 

“The stylish and mostly satisfying film will be [a blockbuster], and deservedly so. Starring a vivacious Dakota Johnson and a game Jamie Dornan, Taylor-Johnson’s erotic romance is a skillful distillation of James’ first book.” – Inkoo Kang, The Wrap

 

“The movie Fifty Shades of Grey is considerably better written than the book. It is also sort of classy-looking, in a generic, TV-ad-for-bath-oil way.” – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

 

“Fifty Shades of Grey is not the lame, hot-and-bothered fantasy romance many, including myself, thought it would be. It’s got wit and humor and a modest intelligence about human behavior that, say, the Twilight movies never had.” – Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

 

“Accept this genuinely sexy, somewhat silly, relatively timid romantic drama on its own escapist terms and you’ll find sufficient pleasure.” – Tim Grierson, Screen International

 

It has been noted by many who attended the pre screenings that the movie is lacking all the raunchy sex scenes from the book and that people watching for that may be disappointed but according to Time Out New York, the fact that it “fails to be even a fraction as titillating” as the books is why it works. Some critics had less praise for the film giving it a rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Some of their criticisms of the film include:

 

“We may have all been curious going in, but by the time the credits roll, there’s another question that springs to mind: Is that all there is?” – Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press

 

“Despite the endless sex, a highly unsatisfying encounter. Cold as a fish and almost as dumb.” – Rafer Guzman, Newsday

 

“Lacks any of the raunch or controversy promised, and is instead tiresome, banal and as thinly plotted as a porno.” – Greg Wakeman, CinemaBlend.com

 

“No amount of polished technical ingredients can salvage a relatively faithful screenplay that lifts much of the book’s painfully rudimentary dialogue verbatim.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWIRE

 

To it’s credit, the movie currently has more positive reviews from critics than negative ones and fans of the book will be happy to realize that much of the dialogue has been taken verbatim from the books. Set to the movie’s killer original soundtrack with contributions from the likes of Beyonce, Ellie Goudling, Sia and the Weeknd, the chance of a viewer enjoying the movie seem pretty high. If you don’t, you’ll at least learn a little about BDSM which may help you through your life.
Curious potential watchers can see a preview of one of one of the scenes in the movie below:

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Dog Poop Bags by Bensie Boy Prevent Dogs From Eating Their Own Poop

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Dogs that eat their own poop are exposed to diseases, which can be fatal. Experts recommend that in order to eliminate this occurrence, dog owners should ensure that their dogs’ poop is properly disposed of. The act of a dog eating its own poop, or another dog’s is known as coprophagy. To prevent dogs from doing these, Bensie Boy launched a poop bag to the market to help dog owners to curb dog poop eating habits.

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According to Dr.Courtney Campbell, popularly known as the “Hot Vet”, dogs that eat their own poop might have a trigger that causes them to eat their own poop. These could be the result of a poor diet, parasites, physical pain or behaviors – anxiety and boredom. To curb this habit Dr Campbell recommends that dog owners quickly clean up after their dog. “As soon as your pet goes to the bathroom, make sure you clean it up promptly,” he said.

Poop scooping with dog poop bags that mask the smell may just be the tip of the iceberg. For this reason, Bensie Boy developed a stylish and convenient dog poop bag and dispenser with this capability. The black Bensie Boy bags ensure a clean and easy clean up. They were made with a certain amount of thickness that allows the scent and sight of the poop to be concealed. This can serve as a great deterrent for dogs who tend to eat their own poop.

Dr Campbell also recommended that dog owners use additives in their dog’s food that would cause the poop to have an unwelcoming taste, or, give them a treat as soon as they show interest in their poop to discourage them from eating it.

“You can train your dog not to eat their own dog poop by removing the temptation as soon as possible with reliable Bensie Boy poop bags. This is not only important for your dog’s health but also for yours, as the dog’s owner,” said Veterinarian and CEO at Bensie Boy, Brenda Kinder.

Click Here to learn more about the dog poop bags by Bensie Boy on Amazon.com

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The Little Bamboo’s New Women’s Sock Liner – Answer to Sweaty Feet

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Bromhidrosis, the medical term for foot odor resulting from sweaty feet, is a major concern for both men and women, sometimes resulting in embarrassment. Wearing the right type of moisture wicking socks is among recommendations to help overcome the condition.

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A new no-show, bamboo women’s socks released by Little Bamboo is among the types of foot garments that could help provide relief for the condition. Made from pure bamboo fabric, which has proven water wicking properties, the product helps to keep women’s feet dry while being able to be worn with any type of footwear.

Additionally, they have anti-odor and antibacterial properties associated with the eco-friendly fiber, which help to relieve the effects of smelly feet. Since being released on Amazon, where they are sold exclusively, the product has been receiving a high level of favorable responses from online shoppers. “I was able to give them to my sister and she LOVES them. She works long hours standing and she was super impressed how she was able to wear her cute flats and not have sweaty feet,” said Renee in a verified Amazon review. Additional comments from other verified Amazon shoppers, who bought the women’s sock liners, expressed satisfaction with their smooth, silky, luxurious feel, while others went as far as to say that they were the best. “This is the best no show socks that I’ve ever had. The socks are very well made, and fit so comfortably,” said Claire de Lune. Bamboo fabric absorbs almost four times as much moisture as cotton, which is one of the reasons why it is used to make many moisture absorbing textiles such as towels, rags and socks.

By keeping sweat off the feet, the no-show socks for women from Little Bamboo will help to prevent the embarrassment experienced by many women who suffer from smelly feet, which results from sweating. Women who are seeking suitable no-show socks that prevent sweat buildup on their feet may consider the bamboo fabric no-show socks, which are currently available on Amazon and sold in sets of three pairs. They come in a one-size fits all; stretching to fit common female foot sizes ranging from 5.5 to 8.5.

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Obama Receives Widespread Criticism For Absence At French Unity Rally

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Summary: President Obama and his administration are receiving sharp criticism from the public at home and abroad for his keenly noted absence at the French Unity Demonstrations on Sunday.

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On Sunday, an estimated 1.6 million people converged on the streets of Paris in a display of French unity following the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.The demonstrators were joined by 44 international heads of state who joined arms on Boulevard Voltaire in a powerful symbol of global unity against terrorists.

Many keenly noticed that one face was absent from the photo of these world leaders, the face belonging to the president of America – the international champion of Democracy and Freedom: Barack Obama. The president’s critics near and wide have been highly vocal in their scathing criticism of his failure to attend the French unity demonstrations following the murder of innocent civilians and the attack on Charlie Hebdo that marked 3 days of violence and bloodshed by terrorists in Paris.

While the  American ambassador to France, Jane Hartley, was present at the the rally, this did not satisfy many people and was still criticised. Among the criticisms that were publicly stated were the following:

I get that the president visited the French Embassy in Washington and that Secretary of State John Kerry spoke in French, and I certainly understand that the American commitment to security in Europe rivals no other but with all due respect, those are politicians spending money that they didn’t earn and sending troops whom they don’t know.” – Jack Tapper, CNN

You let the world down” – The New York Daily Times

I have been a fairly consistent supporter of President Obama’s policies, however, President Obama’s unwillingness to attend the Paris march is a personal failing on his part that I believe does damage to the pride and soul of the nation he leads.” – Rick Ungar, Forbes

…It’s just another example of how this administration can be tone deaf when it comes to doing the small things that can make a big difference when it comes to maintaining relationships and showing respect“. – Josh Rogin, Bloomberg

Not an excuse in universe can explain why US failed to send to Paris a more visible rep.” – Aaron David Miller, Former State Department official

…Sent a clear message to the world: Obama just doesn’t care…morally abdicated his place as the leader of the free world.” – Doug Schoen, Fox News

According to the BBC, In response to the criticisms, White House press secretary Josh Earnest, said in a press conference on Monday, “Mr Obama wished he could have attended, but the “onerous and significant” security preparations for a presidential visit require more than the 36-hour advance notice the White House received.

He added, however: “It’s fair to say that we should have sent someone with a higher profile.”
Secretary of State John Kerry, whose absence was attributed to being in India to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defended the absence saying, “The US has been deeply engaged with the people of France since this incident occurred“. He also told news sources that multiple personnel from the American embassy in France attended the march in addition to the assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Attorney General Eric Holder. Fox News reports that Nuland was not in fact present but attended a rally for France in Washington. Kerry is scheduled to arrive in Paris on Thursday and said he is “going there on the way home and to make it crystal clear how passionately we feel about the events that have taken place there.”

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Study Suggests Correlation Between Heart Health And Optimism

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Summary: A new study conducted by scientists at the University of Illinois and published in the Health Behavior and Policy Review journal has found a strong link between having a healthy heart and being optimistic.

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“Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts. This association remains significant, even after adjusting for socio-demographic characteristics and poor mental health.”

Those were the findings of a recent study conducted published in the Health Behavior and Policy Review journal in the words of Rosalba Hernandez, the lead author of the study and social work professor at the University of Illinois.

According to reports by U.S. News & World Report, “the study took stock of more than 5,000 adults’ cardiovascular health and general outlook on life over the course of 11 years, beginning in July 2000. Blood pressure, body mass index, dietary intake, physical activity, tobacco use, cholesterol and blood glucose all factored into an individual subject’s heart health analysis.

Research subjects, all between the ages of 45 and 84 years old, also completed surveys to gauge their self-reported levels of optimism and general states mental health. The study found that those with the highest self-reported levels of optimism were about twice as likely to score strongly in terms of cardiovascular health.

The optimists in the study were found to have better blood sugar and cholesterol levels than their more negative counterparts. Optimism also correlated with higher levels of physical activity, healthier body mass indexes and lower rates of smoking.”

The study was conducted by professors at multiple universities across America including Indiana, Northwestern, Chapman, Harvard and Drexel universities and funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Center for Research Resources. The findings add to a growing pool of research that suggests correlation between physical health and mental and emotional wellbeing.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Cops 2014 FIFA Player Of The Year Award

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins second consecutive Ballon d’Or award at FIFA awards ceremony.

 

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It shouldn’t have been a surprise for Cristiano Ronaldo to hear Thierry Henry, former France, Barcelona and Arsenal striker announce that he is the recipient of the 2014 Ballon d’Or Award.

 

When he did, he dipped his head and smiled before taking the stage. He was fairly composed when delivering his speech, understandable since it’s the second year in a row that he has won it and  also the third time in his career. All the same, he appeared emotional during his acceptance and said: “I would like to thank all of those who voted for me, my president, my coach and Real Madrid. It has been an unforgettable year. To win this trophy at the end of it is something incredibly unique.”

 

He won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for 2014 beating German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and four-time winner Lionel Messi in a landslide vote of 37.66 percent from national team captains and coaches from FIFA’s 209 member countries, plus selected journalists. Messi finished second in the voting with 15.76 percent of the votes, only narrowly surpassing who claimed the third place with 15.72 percent of the votes.

 

Ronaldo defended his title as recipient of the Ballon d’Or award for the best football player in the world – football’s highest individual honor- by scoring 52 goals in 43 games for Real Madrid and Portugal last year. His record tally of 17 in a Champions League season helped his club win an unprecedented 10th European Cup title, successfully helping his country to forget a comparably disappointing World Cup campaign. After helping Real Madrid win the Club World Cup last month, the 29-year-old footballer also unveiled a statue of himself in his home island Madeira.

 

As for the rest of the major awards for the evening, Germany won enough individual awards to compensate for Neuer’s defeat. Wolfsburg and Germany midfielder Nadine Kessler was named women’s player of the year, while Colombia’s James Rodriguez won goal of the year. Germany’s World Cup winner Joachim Low won men’s coach of the year for leading Germany to their first world cup since 1990 and Wolfsburg boss Ralf Kellermann was named women’s football coach of the year after a successful defence of the Champions League.

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Buffalo Bills Hire Rex Ryan As New Head Coach

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Summary: NFL franchise Buffalo Bills issued a press release announcing that they have hired former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan to be their new head coach.

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On Monday the Buffalo Bills issued a press release announcing that they have hired Rex Ryan to take over as the team’s new head coach. The news was announced only a day after the former New York Jets coach tentatively accepted the Bills’ contract offer. Ryan will be replacing Doug Marrone who abruptly resigned from the position on December 31 2014. His new position with the team will be formally announced during a press conference scheduled for Wednesday.

Bills owner Terry Pegula said in the press release that, “Rex brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the position that we feel will be a tremendous benefit to our players and the entire Bills organization. He was very impressive during the interview process, as were many of the candidates to which we spoke. And we feel Rex is the best fit for our team.”

Ryan, 52, is a defensive specialist known for his brash personality and having a deep loyalty to his players. He had a 50-52 record in six seasons of coaching the New York Jets which ended with being fired at the end of the last season following a 4-12 finish. His hiring provides stability to the team following 10 months of being beset by obstacles. First their owner Ralph Wilson died in March raising concerns that the franchise might relocate under new owners (This was eventually resolved when the Pegulas purchased the franchise for a record $1.4 Billion). Next, Marrone, only in the second year of his tenure as head coach of the team, quit in spite of leading the team to their highest regular season finish in a decade.

 

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Black Box Recorder From Air Asia Flight QZ8501 Recovered

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Summary: Divers have recovered the flight data recorder from the Air Asia Flight QZ8501 which crashed recently. This data recorder, a part of the plane’s black box is expected to provide investigators with forensic evidence of what exactly happened when the plane disappeared.

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Indonesian officials say divers have retrieved the flight data recorder of crashed AirAsia Flight QZ8501, according to reports by the BBC. It is also believed that they have also found the cockpit voice recorder, another component of the plane’s black box, but are unable to actually reach it.

AirAsia flight QZ8501  from Surabaya to Singapore disappeared in bad weather on December 28 with 162 people on board. The plane or what remains of it is suspected to be deep in the Java Sea in which dozens of bodies have been recovered even though the fuselage has not been found.

The retrieval of the black box marks significant headway in unraveling the mystery surrounding the flight’s disappearance as the flight data recorder inside it contains information such as the condition of the engine, what the pilots were doing, whether the plane had stalled and its altitude when it began experiencing problems. It is hoped that this information will help investigators to compile a complete forensic timeline of the events on board the aircraft on December 28.
Indonesian officials have received intense pressure from the public to find the cause of the crash. Officials of the country have issued public statements that it will handle the analysis of the flight data and cockpit voice recorders there however it is believed that the involvement of an international team is also likely. Aviation analysts expect a preliminary report within a month, and a more detailed report within a year.

Beyonce Ignites Pregnancy Rumors With Instagram Post

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Summary: Superstar Beyonce has fuelled pregnancy rumors with an image posted to her instagram account depicted her as a pregnant sand sculpture.

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The Carters are very private people who generally choose not to share their private lives with the public and when they do, it is always at their discretion and appears to be strategically planned. Bearing this in mind, one cannot help but wonder what the true meaning behind Beyonce’s instagram post on Sunday of herself on the beach.

The singer posted a shot of herself buried in the sand with large mounds of sand on her chest and an even larger mound on her stomach. Fans immediately began speculating that the singer was hinting at a second pregnancy, a rumor which has been circulating for many months now. In her typical instagram fashion, the picture is without a caption giving no clue as to what the singer intended to communicate with the image.

Since being posted around midday on Sunday, January 11, the image has garnered over one million likes on instagram and has set the internet ablaze with multiple news sources running stories about the image including CNN and TMZ whose story about it has been shared over 13 thousand times on Facebook alone.

 

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Blood Test To Help Smokers Choose The Best Way To Quit

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Summary: New research suggests that blood tests helping to determine how quickly someone’s body breaks down nicotine may help them to better choose a plan for quitting smoking that will work for them.

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While smoking has become less and less popular in more places across the globe, the number of smokers worldwide has continued to climb. In an attempt to curb the rising trend, scientist have put forward the notion that a blood test could help people choose a strategy for quitting the habit of smoking that would give them the best chance of quitting according to research in a Lancet journal.

Studies show as many as 60% of people who attempt to quit smoking relapse within the first week. The researchers argue that the key to avoiding the slump back into the habit lies in the rate at which each individual breaks down nicotine. Nicotine is arguably the most addictive substance in cigarettes, smokers crave more nicotine when their body’s levels drop which leads them to smoke again. Each individual breaks down this nicotine at different rates and their studies suggest that people who break it down more quickly crave more cigarettes and find it harder to quit.

The study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania enlisted 1,240 people on different smoking cessation programmes. The researchers checked each volunteer’s blood to see if nicotine was broken down at a normal or slow rate. In addition to behavioral counselling, each volunteer received either a nicotine patch, a drug called varenicline or treatment with a dummy pill. (Varenicline is a non-nicotine based drug that is available on prescription.)

The researchers found people who broke down nicotine at a normal rate had better chances of quitting while using varenicline than those using nicotine replacement patches. They also found that volunteers who broke nicotine down more slowly had similar success rates regardless of which method they used but reported more side-effects with the varenicline.
One of the lead researchers, Professor Caryn Lerman told the associated press that, “If these tests are used, people could have a sizeable chance of success.”

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9 Scientifically Proven Reasons To Own A Dog

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Dogs have been domesticated animals for around 18,000 years and in today’s America, they are the most common type of household pet. This article covers scientific research that supports the positive benefits of their best qualities – such as their hyperactivity and loyalty- on their human companions…Read More.

New Drug Can Repair Spinal Cord Injuries

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A team of scientists from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have developed a drug that they say can encourage nerves in the spinal cord to grow and repair injuries. A study on the effects of the drug on rats was published in the journal Nature in December of 2014 showed that with use of the drug, some amount of movement and bladder control could be restored…Read More.

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Florida Gators Snag Jim McElwain As New Head Coach

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Late on Thursday the Florida Gators announced that after working through a buyout issue, they have secured Jim McElwain to play the role of the team’s new head coach. Anonymous source told ESPN that McElwain accepted the job on Thursday morning after having his $7.5 million buyout reduced…Read More.

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Mariah Carey Performs ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Live For NBC Christmas Special

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Mariah Carey performed her classic song ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ live for NBC’s tree lighting special at the Rockefeller Center In NYC. The diva barely managed to retain her spot however after showing up over 3 hours late for the taping on Tuesday, to the ire of fans and NBC execs who told her to leave. Almost 24 hours later the singer got a second chance however. On Wednesday NBC execs said they would add her back to the roster on the condition that she give a live performance…Read More.

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The Thunder Loses To Pelicans Despite MVP Kevin Durant’s Return

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Tuesday night’s game between Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans ended in a 112-104 defeat for the Thunder. The team may not have seen it coming given the fact that they saw the return of their NBA MVP teammate Kevin Durant. After missing the Thunder’s last 17 games due to an ankle injury, Durant came back in good form scoring 27 of the points his team got in during the game in spite of the fact that coach Scott Brooks limited him to only 30 minutes of play…Read More.

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Bill Cosby Sued For Alleged Sexual Assault Of 15 Year Old

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TMZ reports that scandal plagued actor and comedian Bill Cosby is now being sued for the alleged sexual assault of a 15 year old that he committed back in 1974. 55 Year old Judy Huth, who claims to have met Cosby all those years ago on the set of a movie in LA, says she is only coming forward with her story and her lawsuit now because she only recently recognized the connection between the incident and her psychological issues. Read More.

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Black Friday Hits The UK With All The Discounts And Mayhem It’s Known For In The US

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In the UK, police and medics are issuing pleas for calm following this year’s introduction of the U.S. commercial holiday “Black Friday”. Bargain-hunting Britons across the UK are engaging in angry scuffles in superstores across the country. An unprecedented amount of shoppers waited in line for hours to snatch up their desired items at the special one-day-only prices. CNN reports that “frayed tempers combined with huge crowds led to arguments and fights in branches of ASDA (owned by U.S. shopping giant Wal-Mart) and Tesco”….Read More.

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21 Holiday Health Mistakes To Avoid

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Thanksgiving may have been yesterday but many of us will still be eating out at restaurants and with family this weekend in celebration of the holiday. Before you know it, all those celebrations will be over and it will be time to usher in the Christmas celebrations. MSN Health has some suggestions for how to avoid the health mistakes that can derail even the most health conscious during the holiday season…Read More.

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Oklahoma City’s Very Own Russell Westbrook Return To The Thunder

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After breaking a bone in his right hand in a game against Portland, only the second game of the season, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will make his return to the court in Friday’s game against the New York Knicks. After some time of practicing and taking contact on the court, Westbrook was reevaluated this week and has finally been cleared to play. In Friday’s game, he will be the starting point guard, replacing Reggie Jackson who will return to his backup role…Read More.

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11 Bodies Found In Mass Burial Grave, Mexican President Calls For Political Reform Following Iguala

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Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto spoke to a group of politicians and lawmakers on Thursday, proposing a series of reforms that he hopes will help combat widespread crime and corruption. On that same day authorities announced that 11 partially burned bodies of young adults had been found in southwestern Mexico. Although, law enforcement officials haven’t publicly identified the remains or drawn any relationship between the incidents, many suspect that they are the bodies of the 43 students who disappeared in Iguala in September. The disappearances, and the alleged circumstances surrounding them, have led to unrest over allegations that police abducted them, on order of a mayor, and turned them over to a gang that killed them…Read More.

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Cricketer Phillip Hughes Dies Following Trauma Received During Domestic Match

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At the age of 25, Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has died from a “catastrophic” injury to his head. He passed in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, two days after being struck by a delivery during a domestic first-class match. The blow resulted in a rare injury — there have been only 100 documented cases of vertebral artery dissection — which caused severe bleeding on his brain…Read More.

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Rick Ross Wants To Know Why Darren Wilson Didn’t Shoot Mike Brown In The Leg

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In an interview with TMZ, rapper Rick Ross expressed his outrage at the developments in Ferguson, Missouri calling Darren Wilson a liar after hearing his version of the events that took place on August 9. He expressed his sympathy for the rioters in Ferguson saying if he were there, he may have been rioting too…Read More.

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CDC Discovers New Virus Following Mysterious Death Of Kansas Man

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Summary: After running multiple tests for infectious diseases on a recently deceased Kansas man, the CDC has announced that a fatal new virus has been found in the US.

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On Friday the CDC announced the discovery of a new virus that they believe contributed to the 2014 death of a Kansas man.

Named after Bourbon county, where the patient lived, the virus is currently believed to be spread by tick or insect bites because the victim suffered multiple tick bites while working in his yard before falling ill. The Bourbon virus has been categorized as part of a group of viruses called  thogotoviruses, which are linked to tick or insect bites in Europe, Asia and Africa. The agency has stated that the 2014 case is the first time a virus in this group has been known to cause illness in the United States.

The case, as detailed in the CDC article in the agency’s “Infectious Diseases” journal, states:

The patient was a previously healthy man >50 years of age from Bourbon County, Kansas, USA. While working outdoors on his property in late spring 2014, the patient had several tick bites and found an engorged tick on his shoulder several days before he became ill with nausea, weakness, and diarrhea. The following day, a fever, anorexia, chills, headache, myalgia, and arthralgia developed. On the third day of illness, the patient went to his primary care physician, who empirically prescribed doxycycline for a presumed tickborne illness because of his history of tick bites, symptoms, and no reported travel outside the immediate area. The following morning, the patient’s wife found him obtunded (experiencing reduced consciousness) but arousable. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

The CDC press release stated that while the man was hospitalized, test results for many infectious diseases came back negative. After testing blood samples they received, the agency was able to determine that a new virus had been discovered.

While this is only the first case and much remains unknown about the Bourbon virus, all the information the CDC currently has is featured on their website. The limited information means the CDC cannot recommend treatment for the illness so they are currently recommending prevention. Their Bourbon article on the agency’s website encourages people to protect themselves from transmission via tick bites by using insect repellents, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, avoiding bushy and wooded areas and checking for ticks after spending time outdoors.

 

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Kanye West Slams Amber Rose On Breakfast Club, Fuels Kylie Jenner Rumors

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Summary: In an interview with the radio show The Breakfast Club, Kanye slams his ex Amber Rose for trashing his wife Kim Kardashian.

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In a Thursday Morning interview on the Breakfast Club, the hosts questioned Kanye West about his reaction to the recent dispute between his infamous ex girlfriend Amber Rose and his sister in law Khloe Kardashian. West told the hosts he did not feel compelled to talk to Amber about her trash talking about the Kardashians, implying that Kim was on another level (a higher level) from Amber.

 

“If Kim had like dated me when I first wanted to be with her, there wouldn’t be an Amber Rose, you know what I’m saying?…It’s very hard for a woman to want to be with someone that’s with Amber Rose…I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim..,” Kanye told the hosts.

The hosts then went on to quiz him about the rampant rumors of a sexual and/or romantic relationship between his sister in law Kylie Jenner and rapper Tyga. To the question of the appropriateness of their relationship, he responded that their age difference did not seem very significant to him as he knows of relationships with wider age gaps. After a bit of fumbling around for a safe answer, Kanye said: “I think he got in early. I think he was smart.”

To hear the full interview, view the official clip from The Breakfast Club below:

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New Type Of HIV Progresses To Fully Blown Aids In 3 Years

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Summary: An aggressive form of HIV which develops into AIDS in just 3 years has been discovered in Cuba. Doctors fear that the currently successful antiretroviral therapy used in HIV/AIDS treatment may be not be an effective treatment against it.

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A new, more aggressive type of the HIV has been found in Cuba. The strain, called CRF19, has been also been spotted in parts of Africa, but has been found to on a larger scale throughout Cuba. Researchers from the Rega Institute for Medical Research in Belgium found the strain is capable of turning from an infection to full-blown AIDS within three years, a lot faster than the average conversion time period of about 10 years that was seen with previous, weaker strains of the virus.

 

In an article for Voice Of America News, Professor Anne-Mieke Vandamme said she was contacted by Cuban doctors who first encountered the new strain, asking her for help in figuring out why their HIV patients were developing AIDS so quickly. Vandamme – who is a medical professor at the University of Leuvan- and her team, studied a group of about 70 patients and divided them into various groups for testing and observation.

 

According to Vandamme, HIV progresses to AIDS quickly (or slowly) as a result of the strength of the patient’s immune system rather than the particular subtype of HIV involved. Her studies showed that with the HIV strain in Cuba, that is not so.

“Here we had a variant of HIV that we found only in the group that was progressing fast. Not in the other two groups. We focused in on this variant [and] tried to find out what was different. And we saw it was a recombinant of three different subtypes,” Vandamme told Voice of America News.

The new form of HIV found is Cuba has been found to be a combination of HIV sub-types A, D and G. Patients who suffer from this recombinant strain, called CRF19, also had higher viral loads (the amount of the virus found in their blood). They also had higher levels of RANTES, which are molecules produced by the body as a direct immune response to signal infection. The defining difference between this new form of HIV that is causing it to develop into AIDS faster than ever however, was found to be the speed with which the virus switched co-receptors. The process of the virus switching co receptors usually takes many years while this new strain does it in less than 3.

Vandamme has attributed this to the inclusion of HIV subtype D which contains an enzyme that enables HIV to reproduce in greater numbers and takes proteins from other subtypes and uses them in new virus particles.

Based on her research, CRF19 has been found to respond to most antiretroviral drugs however, because of the speed with which it progresses, people may not realize they have full-blown AIDS until it’s too late for therapy to do any good.

 

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Possible Honey Boo Boo Return Looms

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Summary: The Thompson family – the stars of TLC’s cancelled show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” are in L.A. for meetings with T.V. producers regarding a possible spin-off.

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TMZ reported that Honey Boo Boo’s family is in L.A. this week meeting with producers who are interested in re-introducing the family to cable viewers as “Beverly Hillbillies”. Fans of the show may be seeing the family in a new house, with money and drivers, trying to adjust to being famous. TLC is in discussions with the family about going this route with the spin off of their wildly popular show ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ which was cancelled last October.
The problem is that the producers from TLC want to bring up Chickadee’s molestation by Mama June’s ex boyfriend Mark McDaniel and use the issue to inaugurate the show. The family reportedly wants to deal with the issue in private however. TMZ also reported that their sources say the producers are trying to work the angle of Mama June and Sugar Bear reuniting and co parenting for the show.

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New Study Suggests Excessive Smart Phone Usage Could Result In Back Problems

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Summary: A New scientific study suggests that due to the weight of the human head, tilting our faces down to use smartphones may lead to the type of back problems that require surgery.

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A new study published in Surgery Technology International states that chronic screen-staring could be adding up to 60 pounds of force to your spine, depending on if smart phone users are eye-shifters or hunchers when it comes to reading texts and scrolling through social media feeds.

 

According to the study, when one tilts the weighty human head forward, it pulls on their spine in a way that the spine is not intended to move in so frequently. Back surgeon Kenneth Hansraj wrote: “As the head tilts forward the forces seen by the neck surges to 27 pounds at 15 degrees, 40 pounds at 30 degrees, 49 pounds at 45 degrees and 60 pounds at 60 degrees.”
The study concluded that while smart phone users would not destroy their backs in a single heavy day of phone-gazing, the accumulative added stress to the muscles “could deteriorate the back and neck muscles to the point of needing surgery.”

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Egypt Bombs ISIS In Libya After Execution of Egyptian Christians

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Summary: Egypt was incited by ISIS after the group’s affiliates in Libya posted a video showing the beheading on Egyptian Christians. The nation responded by carrying out airstrikes against ISIS targets.

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A video emerged on Sunday showing militants who claim to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), forcing a group of 21 Egyptian men to the ground and decapitating them. The men were Coptic Christians who were kidnapped in eastern Libya during December and January.

 

The action angered the nation who immediately responded with a military attack on ISIS. Egypt’s State TV said the nation carried out airstrikes at dawn that targeted camps, training sites and weapons storage areas belonging to ISIS. Later in the day, a second wave of strikes was reported by the AP news agency.

 

It was reported that eight strikes have been conducted with the plan being to target all IS locations in the country. Libyan military officials confirmed to the BBC that Egypt carried out coordinated airstrikes with planes under the direction of Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni.

 

Egypt declared seven days of national mourning after the release of the video, with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi described IS as “inhuman criminal killers”. In the televised public statement al-Sisi said: “Egypt and the whole world are in a fierce battle with extremist groups carrying extremist ideology and sharing the same goals.”

 

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Unretouched Photo Of Supermodel Cindy Crawford Sparks Beauty Debate

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Summary: A photo of legendary supermodel Cindy Crawford that was not retouched has surfaced online. The appearance of the aging model’s real body and real skin has stirred a beauty debate.

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It is common knowledge that even the most “perfect” models undergo the photoshop treatment before their image is deemed fit for consumption by the general public. Even older beauties like the iconic Cindy Crawford have unrealistic muscles and skin applied to them in print. The nation was therefore shocked when the picture above of the beautiful Crawford that had clearly not been retouched surfaced online.

 

In a blog post on their website, Marie Claire magazine admits that the image was leaked from a collection of photos taken for a December 2013 cover shoot for Marie Claire Mexico. The magazine then went on to declare that the picture “defies expectations—it is real, it is honest, and it is gorgeous.” While the image in question did not make it to print at all (with or without retouching) it began circulating on the internet over the weekend after British ITV anchor Charlene White shared it on Twitter. White claims to have seen it on friend’s instagram page then hunted it down on the internet before coming across it again on a website she does not remember the name of.

 

White told CNN: “Women come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. I think it’s important to see all sorts of body shapes on our screens and in our magazines so that people have a true reflection of what people look like.”

 

Women on the internet have been chiming in on the image which has added more fuel to the ongoing debate of the unrealistic representation of women in the media. It is being widely celebrated and appears to resonate with many aging women who no longer feel beautiful because they do not look like the post-photoshop version of Crawford that is regularly shown in magazines.

 

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Russell Westbrook Is All-Star MVP, West Beats East In Star Studded Night

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Summary: Highlights from Sunday’s All Star basketball game in New York.

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It was the first time the NBA All Star game was hosted in New York since 1998, a rare occurrence for the league which typically prefers to keep it’s events in the warm South and West. Tons of celebrities and basketball lovers alike turned out at Madison Square Gardens for the event none the less, many of them opting to bundle up in the face of the blizzards and freezing temperatures currently hitting the city.

It was all about the stars that night both on and off the court with Russell Westbrook taking home the title of All Star MVP after scoring an incredible 41 points during the game. He was just one point shy of matching the All Star record of 42 points in the game, currently held by Wilt Chamberlain. The game as a whole however smashed the previous record for points scored with the Western Conference beating the East 163-158 in the highest scoring All Star game of all time. The combined 321 points surpassed the 318 scored last season, and the 48 3-pointers smashed last year’s record of 30.

 

Other on court stars included Lebron James who scored 30 points and James Harden who scored 29 points while giving 8 assists and 8 rebounds. Kyle Korver scored seven 3-pointers for the East, while Washington’s John Wall scored 19.

 

As for the stars off the court, Christina Aguilera kicked off the show with the Rockettes by singing some New York inspired tunes while Queen Latifah sang the national anthem. During the national anthem past president Bill Clinton was shown in the audience on screens which caused the crowd to erupt in applause. Ariana Grande gave a stellar half time performance while the crowd included other famous singers such as Beyonce and Jay Z, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill, Rihanna and others.

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Those With Milk Allergies Beware Of Dark Chocolate This Valentine’s

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Summary: A New FDA study has revealed that many popular brands of dark chocolate have tested positive for traces of milk. The organization is warning consumers with dairy allergies to check labels and call companies to avoid allergic reactions this Valentine’s.

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A new Food and Drug Administration study released Wednesday shows that there are traces of milk in some dark chocolate candy bars which generally aren’t made with milk.

 

In their investigation, the agency found that 55 of 93 bars of dark chocolate “without any clear indication of the presence of milk” on their labels contained some level of milk. The agency also found that 2 out of 17 dark chocolate bars that were labeled “dairy free or allergen-free” contained milk. The worst part: The bars tested were purchased from different parts of the country and from several different manufacturers.

 

FDA researcher Binaifer Bedford has explained that the need for caution is very real as even small amounts of products containing milk can result in severe allergic reactions in some people. In spite of the warning of imminent danger however, the agency would not say what brands of bars tested positive for milk.

 

Instead, they are urging consumers to contact food manufacturers to find out how they control for allergens and in the event that they experience an allergic reaction, they can call the FDA or report it online.

 

In their article about the study and the findings the FDA states : “Milk is one of eight major food allergens (the others are wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, Crustacean shellfish and soybeans). U.S. law requires foods containing a major food allergen to provide its name—in this case, milk—on the label. This is one of the ways to help ensure consumers know what’s in the food they’re eating. Undeclared (not listed on the label) allergens are a leading cause of food recall requests by the FDA.”

 

Labels can be confusing however with some foods being labeled with words like “may contain traces of milk,” without telling a consumer how much milk that is, or whether it’s enough to cause a reaction. The FDA stated that of the 100 bars of dark chocolate tested in the study, 6 out of 11 that were labeled as containing “traces of milk” actually contained milk at detectable levels high enough to potentially cause severe reactions in some individuals.

 

The FDA said milk can inadvertently end up in dark chocolate if it is manufactured on the same equipment that makes milk chocolate. The bottom line of their consumer update article simply stating that consumers should know that a large proportion of the dark chocolate on the market contains milk and take their own measures for caution from there.