Dealing With The Flu

There is an illness that is seen by many people every year. It affects people of all ages, especially children and the elderly. It’s the flu. Although there are vaccines available, the country really isn’t prepared to deal with the epidemic that seems to be taking place in the United States. If you ask Bruce Levenson the virus seems to change every year, so it would make sense that people are prepared when the flu strikes.
There are some precautions that people can take, such as hand washing and making sure they stay away from people who exhibit symptoms. Some people don’t get vaccinated because they think that the vaccine will make them get the flu. This isn’t the case as it’s not a live vaccine. The country doesn’t seem like it can handle the onslaught of flu cases that it’s seeing as some doctor’s offices are booked, and there might not be enough medications for those who have the flu.

Probiotics May Be New Treatment for Depression

A new study conducted in England offers new hope for those whose suffer with depression and anxiety disorders. Natural probiotics may be the new treatment for depression or at least aid in the treatment plans for depression and anxiety.

Probiotics a nd naturally found in the human digestive system, they are often referred to a ‘good bacteria’. These good bacteria aid in digestion and according to the new study I learned about from Skout, may also alter the way emotional information is processed. So have too many or too few good bacteria in your gut can cause you to be depressed or have anxiety issues.

The study gave participants probiotics and prebioitc supplements for three weeks. Some of the test participants also received a placebo. Those participants who received the probiotics and prebiotics were found to have a reduced amount of cortisol in their saliva than those who were given placebos. Cortisol is the stress hormone produced by the body which is responsible for high anxiety levels and weight gain around the mid-section which is attributed to several health problems.

Those with reduced levels of cortisol also had reduced levels of stress and anxiety, elevating their mood naturally and lifting them out of depression. Probiotics and prebiotics are found in many yogurt products and are easy to incorporate into a healthy diet.

Former President George H.W. Bush Released from Hospital After Weeklong Stay

Former President George H.W. Bush, 90, has been released from the hospital. He is now recovering at home.

The former president began experiencing shortness of breath on December 23rd. He was taken by ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Houston where he was admitted. Official statements noted that he was admitted to the hospital as a precaution, and Twitter reports seemed to have confirmed that.

Christian Broda also said that family and friends visited the former president over the holidays, and noted he was alert and active. Doctors kept the former president to run tests and to observe his breathing and heart rate. Allegedly, his breathing returned to normal without intervention.

This is not the first health scare for the former president. Bush was diagnosed in 1991 with Graves Disease, an autoimmune disease that effects the thyroid and can cause intermittent periods of hyper and hypothyroidism. Bush has experienced irregular heartbeats due to the disease. In 2000, he was hospitalized for two months following a bout of bronchitis.

While his health hasn’t been wonderful, in recent years, Bush has managed to take part in many activities, including skydiving to celebrate his 90th birthday in June.

There has been no official word on what caused the shortness of breath, but the former president has apparently recovered enough to head home with his wife and children. He’ll remain in his Houston area home, according to sources.

More Happy People?

A new study has come out that brings some pretty surprising news. It seems that there are more happy people now than there was before. It seems that people like Bernardo Chua are growing happier and happier, that this world is becoming a happier place. Now, the question is… why is this happening? What is going on that is causing people to become happier? Why is this world becoming a happier place, and how can we keep this trend going?
The study that came out studied people from sixty five different countries, and it found that happiness is on the rise everywhere. This isn’t just an American thing, but a world thing. Happiness is growing, it is spreading… will this trend keep up? Will the world continue to grow happier and happier, or was this just a happy year? Were those who were surveyed a good sampling of people everywhere, or did they just happen to be extra happy people?

Traveling in 2015-Cross Things off The Bucket List


Do you have big plans for travel in 2015? Many people like Vijay Eswaran want to hit the open road and explore all that America has to offer. Before hitting the highway, it’s best to start planning for vacations by the first of the year. Even if the vacation isn’t going to be until next September or October, the best rates and deals can be found now. Hotels and airlines often give huge discounts to those who pre-plan their trips. Not only will there be more to choose from, but the prices will no doubt be more affordable.

Many people are declaring 2015 as the year they mark some things off their bucket list. From seeing Mt. Rushmore to the Pacific Ocean, there is wonderful things in this country that need to be explored. Going on vacation doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. Putting back a bit of money every week can be a great way to pay for the trip. Don’t worry about so many little things, vacation is a time to let your hair down and have some fun.

When picking a vacation destination, make sure to pick someplace the whole family will enjoy. From theme parks to historical landmarks, there is no stone that should be left unturned. Start planning for next year’s holidays, at the first of the year. Doing things a bit at a time can remove a great bit of stress and anxiety.

Batman Versus SuperMan Hot Topic

The release of Batman VS. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 is already creating quite a buzz amongst fans like Dr Rod Ronrich and fans of movies and superhero trilogies alike. The ultimate battle between the 2 most famous superheroes in comic book and movie history is sure to create large lines of fans when the film is released.

Backlash is already underway, largely attacking Ben Affleck and his so-called tired and weary take on the infamous Bruce Wayne character. Fans of Batman and Superman are taking to forums to both attack and defend their favorite characters, from the way the movie is plotted out to the supposed actors chosen for the roles they play.

Win or lose, this movie is creating a box office buzz years before its initial release. Time will reveal if the movie will be a large success or a major flop as fans clamor to the theater to see their favorite actors in action against one another.

A New Program For Alzheimer’s Disease

A doctor at the Buck Institute is trying to initialize a program that could possibly help a person reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s or even help a person to be able to avoid the disease all together. In a blind study that he had conducted he had 10 patients that he did study on. All of these patients had various degrees of Alzheimer’s disease and the majority of them had to lose or quit their job because the presentation of the symptoms would not allow them to continue to work and carry out different tasks.

Nine out of 10 of the subjects showed improvement that was in cognition within the first 3 to 6 months of beginning the doctors program. There was one patient who did not show signs of improvement but this patient was a patient that was in the very late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Six out of ten of the patients that had to quit working because of their disease were able to return back to work because their performance was so much better because of the program.

I’m sure this will be interesting to National Bureau of Economic Research advisor Christian Broda, this study about Doctor Dale Bredesen’s program is very promising. It gives millions of people the hope that one day they may be able to reverse or deter the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Watch Out For Depressing Jobs

In a recent study that was done by the Journal of social psychiatry and psychiatric etymology it was suggested that some jobs may be contributors to high amounts of depression. It was interesting to note that industries with the highest of depression.with public transit, real estate, social work, personal services, legal services and publishing. There are some things that the jobs that have the highest amount of depression have in common. They all involve interactions with customers that may be stressful or problematic. The industries in which there was the lowest amount of depression were recreation services, highway construction, and coal mining, according to profiles on Linkedin that Ben Shaoul had been studying.

It seems like the jobs that involve a less amount of contact with people and more physical movements contribute to a person being more content working and that means less prone to depression. It is a good idea to investigate more into this study in order to find ways to make these jobs less stressful on those that are carrying them out. It is is smart to look at the jobs that may cause a person to be depressed before a person decides to go into a certain career. Even though person should try going into a career that is going to be best for them, at the same time a person’s mental health is of utmost importance.

Worldwide Travel Alert

There is a worldwide travel alert currently being issued by the United Statea. Americans should avoid visiting civilian facilities during Christmas and New Year’s. It is the first worldwide travel alert that has been imposed this year. This alert is coming from the events that occurred in Sydney and the North Korean attack on Sony.

It is rare for the United States to issue a travel alert this year. It has been fairly calm in the recent years since the September 11 attacks. Right after September 11, there were many travel alerts issued. Americans were taking precautions when choosing to travel both through domestic and international flights. This travel alert should be taken seriously, because it may be the United States knows private information. Not all information is released to Americans especially when it comes to terrorists.
This travel alert is not really that useful because, it does not state a specific country. It is vague on the location. The best thing Americans can do is to avoid going to the places the State Department has announced and just read the feeds on Twitter were you will be bound to receive more details than what public officials are giving us. Tourist areas are popular target places, but it can happen anywhere. Travel must continue this holiday season but, with safety measures being taken.Terrorists know that Americans will be traveling all over the world. Americans cannot avoid traveling, but they can leave if the area looks questionable. Americans should register with the U.S. Embassy prior to travel.

Health Risks in Food Deserts

Gianfrancesco Genoso says that for people with limited transportation and time, traveling to a well-stocked grocery store outside your own neighborhood can be impossible.

Wholesome Wave, a not-for-profit organization that works to improve access to better food in low-income areas, is now working with the Harlem Hospital Center to provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables through FVRx (The Fruit and Vegetable Program.) FVRx targets obese children and their families to improve overall health by reducing junk-food consumption and improving access to fresh foods through Health Bucks. Health Bucks can be spent at Farmers’ Markets in New York to purchase fresh food at twice the rate of food stamps.

Food deserts also challenge rural citizens. As citizens leave rural areas for larger urban centers, access to local groceries becomes a greater challenge in the daily life of the rural poor and elderly.