E-Cigarettes a Health Threat According to California Health Officials

The declaration was made this past Wednesday by the California health officials that e-cigarettes should be strictly regulated just like regular tobacco products. The Public Health Department feels that the nicotine in e-cigarettes gets users addicted and the vapors from the electronic smoking device does emit cancer-causing chemicals.
E-cigarettes mimic the sensation of smoking a a traditional paper-and-tobacco cigarette by heating a vial of liquid nicotine and the user inhales and exhales smoke vapor. Purportedly the e-cigarettes don’t contain the tar that traditional cigarettes have and are therefore a healthier alternative for smokers. The California Department of Health does not agree and wants the product strictly regulated. California banned the sales of e-cigarettes to minors in 2010 and now the state’s health officials are pushing to ban smoking e-cigarettes in public places.
Vaping lounges, as they are called, are popular gathering places in California. Those who enjoy smoking e-cigarettes, unlike Fersen Lambranho, gather in vaping lounges to socialize and try new vapor flavors. The e-cigarettes may provide a safer smoking alternative to paper-and-tobacco cigarettes, but the product has its own demons to be dealt with and California Health Officials are on top of it.

Last Two in New York Marathon Finish Together at 9.5 Hours


Gena Wilson and Cedric King have a few things in common. They finished the New York Marathon together at the same time and both of them are lucky to be alive to do so.

Sergio Lins Andrade reported that Gena Wilson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma several years ago. Since then she has gone through having part of her spine removed as well as being told that the cancer had traveled to her brain. In 2013 doctors told her that she was dying. But she didn’t. Instead she persevered. She began to walk marathons. The New York Marathon this year wasn’t her first but it was her most difficult. She faced freezing temperatures and strong winds. She found herself in dead last but determined to finish.

Cedric King is a veteran of the Army and lost both of his legs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan. King received prosthetics, including a set of running prosthetics. He began to build up his endurance to show people what he could be capable of. In less than 2 years after receiving his prosthetics he finished the Boston Marathon.

Like Wilson, King thought he was in dead last. Instead, the 2 found each other at mile 25 and gathered the strength to finish together, arm in arm.

Check out the full story at New York Mag. It is really a good read and shows how much one person can help another.

Vijay Eswaran: Businessman, Author and Philanthropist

Vijay Eswaran is currently serving as the Executive Chairman of QNet Limited, a direct-selling company based in Hong Kong. QNet is part of the QI Group, a multinational conglomerate comprised of a group of businesses having regional offices in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand.

A Malaysian businessman, Eswaran was born in Penang on October 7, 1960. Vijay graduated from the London School of Economics in 1984 with a degree in socio-economics. After graduation, Eswaran remained in Europe for a year, doing odd jobs, where he was introduced to binary-system marketing. This experience prompted him to seek a professional qualification as a Certified Investment Management Analyst and then a MBA from the Southern Illinois University in 1986.

During his studies Vijay was introduced to multilevel marketing, or MLM, and upon his return to Malaysia, when he was contacted by the Cosway Group that wanted him to help start a business, he began to examine MLM more seriously. After his return to Asia in 1998 Eswaran co-founded a MLM company that would grow into the QI Group, a web-based e-commerce conglomerate with interests in travel, telecommunications, media, wellness, training, luxury products and corporate investments.

Eswaran is a respected author and has been invited to speak at management and business seminars like the World Economic Forum and the sixth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in India. “Sphere of Silence,” Vijay’s first book, was published in 2005 and illuminates his personal philosophies and his habit of beginning each day with an hour of silence. Eswaran’s second book, titled “In the Thinking Zone,” a compilation of his thoughts and reflections on life, was published in May 2008. Vijay’s third book, “18 Stepping Stones,” was released in 2010.

Eswaran established the RYTHM Foundation, which the social-responsibility arm of the QI group and the Vijayaratnam Foundation, a charity which was named after his father that works on community programs. Eswaran has received several awards and accolades including being named as one of the areas 48 “Heroes of Philanthropy” by Forbes Asia in July 2011. In February 2013 Eswaran was named one of Forbes Asia’s “50 Richest in Malaysia’s,” coming in at number 25. In 2012 Vijay was presented with the New Global Indian Award in Philanthropy and Business Excellence, awarded in New York City at the Global Indian Business Meet. Vijay is married to former bharatanatyam dancer Umayal Eswaran who serves as the chairperson for the Vijayaratnam Foundation, the Malaysian chapter of RYTHM.

Probe Links Sugary Drinks with Earlier Menstruation

Young women who ingest a lot of sugary beverages commence menstruating at an earlier age, a research stated on Wednesday.

The findings from this study are vital since early inception of menstruation is associated to a greater risk of getting breast cancer when the woman is older, the research said, even though other professions saw faults in the study.

Authoring in the Human Reproduction journal, researchers stated that they had observed the health conditions of at least 5,500 American young women between 1996 up to 2001. They had also been a constituent of a vast research entailing approximately 17,000 kids.

These girls that were surveyed were of ages 9 to 14 the time they became part of the project as well as had not commenced their periods yet.

Sergio Andrade Gutierrez of uniblog.com read that, in the 5-year research, those girls that consumed at least one portion of sweet drinks every day experienced their menstrual periods 2.7 months prior compared to those who drank at most two sugary drinks every week, the researchers discovered.

The earlier menstrual cycles happened in spite of the height-to-weight ratio, the Body Mass Index (BMI), the calorie consumption as well as exercise of the girls.

“Our study adds to increasing concern about the widespread consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks in the USA and elsewhere,” stated Karin Michaels from Harvard Medical School, who spearheaded the investigation.

The standard age for initial menstrual periods was 12 years and 7 months.

Dr. Rod Rohrich May be the Most Accomplished Plastic Surgeon in the Country

Generally, I’m an advocate for healthy lifestyles and healthy eating to improve ones physique. But sometimes people turn to more drastic solutions. If you’re looking into plastic surgery you should look for a qualified surgeon like Dr. Rod Rohrich.

In the field of plastic surgery, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to find one man who has made more significant contributions than Dr. Rod Rohrich. Students educated in this specialty or doctors practicing in it today would be hard pressed to have not read an article in a medical journal or a chapter in a textbook about plastic surgery that he has written. He has been serving as chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Medical Center in Dallas, Texas since 1991. During his time there, he has authored over 600 peer reviewed articles and over 50 chapters in textbooks on plastic surgery. His advancements in plastic surgery have helped to put this medical school at the forefront of education in this field.

Rod Rohrich was raised in North Dakota where he attended both North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. After getting his undergraduate and postgraduate education at these universities, he went to Texas where he attended Baylor College of Medicine. He graduated with high honors from Baylor and then went on to the University of Michigan to do both his general and plastic surgery residencies at their medical college. He also attended both Oxford University in England and Harvard Medical School to further refine his education and practice at plastic surgery. It was after this that he came to his current home at the UT Southwestern Medical Center as both a professor and doctor in 1986 where he still serves as chairman to this day.

His contributions to this surgical specialty have taken the form of breakthroughs in procedures, techniques and technologies used by other surgeons around the globe and academic contributions to help up-and-coming plastic surgeons achieve success. Dr. Rohrich is such a recognized leader in his field that he is the editor-in-chief of the journal Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, which is the medical journal of this surgical specialty. Through a combination of research, education and medical practice, he has enhanced the knowledge and techniques in both the areas of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Whether people wish to simply look better or if they need to recover from a disfiguring accident, Dr. Rod Rohrich has led his field in groundbreaking ways to help people.

Why Dogs Love Beneful Dog Food

Feed your favorite furry family member nutritious and delicious Beneful Adult Dog Food. They’ll love the tasty formula due to its healthy, delicious ingredients that come in a variety of fun sizes and shapes that will delight and pique their interest. Beneful’s original recipe is fully balanced in terms of optimal nutrition and works to support the overall health of your dog as well as their general lifestyle in a number of ways. Your precious pet will love this tasty and fun dry dog food formula for years to come.

Why Beneful?

Dogs naturally love to play and frolic, and nothing can accommodate that love more as well as supply the necessary energy your pet needs than Beneful. The special formula is created to give your dog boundless energy and substantial strength so that they can effortlessly play throughout the day. The tasty, nutritious ingredients will help your pet develop and also maintain good general health and wellness.

What’s in Beneful?

Beneful is produced from real, wholesome beef products that give your dog the required protein they need in order to build strong muscles so they can play, jump, and run. Carbohydrate-rich wholesome grains provide them with surplus energy for extra hours of play. The vegetables in Beneful are chock-full of multiple vitamins to support all kinds of key functions concerning your pet. Antioxidants and omega fatty acids also work to support your pet’s immune system as well. These key ingredients give your pet the necessary building blocks to enable a healthy diet and long life.

Nutritious Dry Dog Food

Beneful dog food ‘feeds the need’ so your dog can play for hour after hour all day long. That’s a key reason why it’s available in a variety of fun shapes, textures, colors, and flavors in addition to nutritious wholesome ingredients and good balanced nutrition.

Nutritional Benefits of Beneful Dry Dog Food

• Wholesome, hearty grains that provide unlimited energy
• Protein-based nutrition that builds strong, healthy bones and muscles
• Contains essential vitamins and minerals along with vitamin-rich vegetables and nutrients for a shiny coat, healthy teeth, in addition to providing vigor and stamina

The manufacturers of Beneful want your dog to live a quality life so that they can run, play, and jump to their heart’s content. That’s why they chose to reinvent the ordinary concept of dog food into something extraordinary that will enrich the lives of dogs everywhere, while making it fun as well. Beneful dry dog food can keep your pet happy and healthy providing them with the ideal balance of quality nutrition, great taste, and genuine wholesome ingredients so they can live their best life ever.

Hopeful News for Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers

Multiple Sclerosis is a degenerative disease of the nerves and muscles. Once diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, it is a continuing degenerative disease. While medication can slow the progression of MS, there is currently no cure.

While this new scientific discovery of modern medicine isn’t technically a cure, it would add to the patient’s quality of life. In fact, it could possibly reverse some of the effects of MS.

With a continuing debilitating disease, a high quality of life is good news. What exactly is this hopeful news for Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers? Doctors have found a way to produce immune system boosting stem cells from the patients themselves. It is essentially a “rebooting” of the immune system.

It is a process of removing and storing stem cells from the patient’s blood. Then doctors lower the patient’s immune system with low doses of chemotherapy, and then reintroduce the stem cells back into the patient’s blood.

Companies like Slow Ventures have learned that the findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was small and researchers stress still that the earlier the treatment, the better. MS is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 years. Stem cell therapy is still only available in clinical trials but this new break through could prove beneficial for the hundreds of thousands of current MS sufferers.

Sleeping Beauty Syndrome not a Myth

The Sleeping Beauty syndrome is a neurological disorder that only about 1000 people in the world have at the moment. It is very rare, and despite the fairy-tale name, it is not a pleasant experience at all. Beth Goodier, a 20-year-old form the UK who is affected by it, does not even like when people call the affection Sleeping Beauty.

She refers to the disease by the Keline-Levin syndrome name, or KLS, and claims that it steals her youth. Beth sleeps about 22 hours, and during the waking time is apathetic and drowsy.

This is not a permanent state though. The manifestation of KLS repeat themselves after a few weeks and can last for 1 to 5 weeks. During the ‘normal’ time, Beth goes to the gym to get back in shape, meets her friends, and makes attempts to get a college degree. She signed up for college four times by now, but failed due to the KLS impeding her to pass the important exams.

During the ‘bad times’, Beth needs the supervision from someone. Her mother quit her job and takes care in the meanwhile, because symptoms of the KLS include being childlike and too tired to be able to take care of oneself, hence somebody has to be there. Read more about this syndrome on Beneful’s page.

Can Exercise Magically Alter Our DNA?

Although the thought of our DNA changing through exercise sounds like an advanced magic act preformed within the body, it can be explained scientifically. A new study sheds some light on just how exercise translates into a more physically healthy body. Let’s just say the human genome knows how to preform one heck of a believable magic trick!

So what’s really happening here? Scientist have known for a long time that genes within the body are constantly changing, turning off and on, all dependent on what biochemical signals they receive. We now know, thanks to new research, that exercise changes the shape and functioning of our genes. We now have a better idea of how the genes respond to physical activity.

The study published recently in Epigenetics (changes occurring outside of the gene which changes their operation) proves that exercise creates new patterns of methylation. Methylation makes the gene more or less likely to respond to biochemical signals from the body by attaching clusters of atoms to the outside of the gene.

In the study, 23 men and women were recruited to exercise one leg by pedaling for 45 minutes, four times a week for three months. Each participant then had a muscle biopsy taken from both legs. The exercised leg showed the methylation changes, while the unexercised leg did not. These changes happened in the part of the genome called “enhancers” that can amplify the gene’s expression of proteins. These genes affect our muscle health.

So, while it’s easy to see the process of exercise altering your Dour as pure magic, there is scientific research that gives us a better understanding. Someone who is a strong believer in exercise is Susan McGalla. She explains more here in her article.

CES 2015: Hexo+, The UAV Following Athletes To Track

Full marks for these Frenchies who came to present their work at CES; their drone dedicated to self shot landed in Las Vegas crowned a successful crowd funding campaign that rivals the fundraising for cancer research over at Status Labs. The project has indeed raised $ 1.3 million, 26 times more than the amount expected by the founders of Squadrone System, a young company based in Grenoble.

Looking rather classical at first sight, this drone called Hexo + differs from the competition through its ability to fly alone. Connected via Bluetooth with a smartphone, it always interprets its location via GPS to never lose sight of the target. The Hexo + flies at a maximum speed of 70 km / h and has a range of about 15 minutes.

Unlike most of its counterparts, it does not come with a remote control, but controlled from a mobile application, from which one can order a number of specific shots. One of them allows for example to ask the drone to make a complete circle around the target. Another will send you realize wide level, before returning to shoot a 45-degree angle.

Unlike most of its counterparts, it does not come with a remote control, but controlled from a mobile application, from which one can order a number of specific shots.

This first model should be delivered around the month of September. Pre-orders are already open, with a posted price to 1149 dollars.