Wednesday, October 27
Machining Industry Sees Continued Growth in March, Latest Numbers Find
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Machining Industry Sees Continued Growth in March, Latest Numbers Find

If you mentioned how this past winter was particularly dark, exceptionally gloomy and incredibly snowy, no one in America would argue. Even the folks in the most tropical of paradises -- namely, Florida and California -- saw snow and brisker temperatures, which means no one was truly safe from the wrath of the winter. But now, spring is officially here, and so far, that's meant good news for the real estate, retail and automotive industries. According to the latest reports from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), there's plenty to celebrate in the manufacturing industry as well. Earlier this week, the ISM released its newest numbers for the month of March, which found manufacturing growth in the United States was up to 53.7%, up slightly from its 53.2% February number. This expa...
3 Year Old Hawaiian Dental Patient Dies From Dental Sedatives
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3 Year Old Hawaiian Dental Patient Dies From Dental Sedatives

On December 3, three-year-old Finley Puleo Boyle of Hawaii had a heart attack while visiting the dentist fell into a coma, and died a month later. As the toddler had no underlying problems with her heart, the medical examiner ruled that the sedatives she received before her root canals and cavity fillings were what most likely killed her, causing her heart attack. "Immediately following the lidocaine injection, the decedent became unresponsive and went into cardiopulmonary arrest," wrote Dr. Christopher Happy, the Chief Medical Examiner. According to Dr. Happy, Boyle received five different drugs prior to her dental procedures, which included laughing gas, a local anesthetic, amongst a few others. However, dental sedation has caused the death of at least 31 children over the past...
Fort Myers Dentist Takes to the Road to Provide Dental Care for the Uninsured
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Fort Myers Dentist Takes to the Road to Provide Dental Care for the Uninsured

Bill Truax, a retired Fort Meyers dentist, is on a mission to educate the medical community and the public about the growing need for quality dental care among the uninsured. Truax and 40 other Fort Meyers-area dentists and staffers are seeking to publicize the Florida Mission of Mercy event at the Florida State Fairgrounds on March 28th and 29th. The event provides dental care to uninsured patients. Organizers expect to reach almost 2,000 patients. Patients attending the event can receive tooth extractions, root canals, and denture work. Also available is more routine dental care, such as cleanings, exams, and even fillings. Patients can receive tooth-colored fillings or the more traditional amalgam (metal) fillings, all at no cost whatsoever to the patients. Last month a report wa...
Medical Experts Warn Consumers: Hair Growth Vitamins and Supplements Do Not Work
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Medical Experts Warn Consumers: Hair Growth Vitamins and Supplements Do Not Work

Hair growth and hair replacement supplements do not work, Medical Daily reported Thursday. According to publication, at least one-third of women suffer with hair loss and/or thinning hair. Women often struggle with the condition -- called androgenetic alopecia or female patterned baldness -- in secret and in silence; most are ashamed and unwilling to openly discuss it. "It can often lead to lowered self-esteem and depression," Medical Daily adds.  Many medical and pharmaceutical companies continue to respond by putting out supplements, vitamins, and natural products promising to regrow hair. The products, Medical Daily continues, are a sham. "There are no specific vitamins that grow hair,” Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos, dermatology professor at Duke University, told The New York Times. That does ...
New Study Sees Ties Between Selfies and Plastic Surgery Requests
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New Study Sees Ties Between Selfies and Plastic Surgery Requests

"But first, let me take a selfie," go the lyrics in the runaway hit song, #SELFIE, by the Chainsmokers. Selfies have been making the rounds in social media for quite some time -- celebrities and so-called normal people alike have been taking selfies of themselves doing everything from hanging out in pajamas, to getting arrested. According to a new study, though, the selfie might be having a greater impact on Americans than just clogging our Facebook feeds. One interesting and unexpected result of the "selfie craze" is that cases of head lice are on the rise. Why? Among young people, it's popular to pull in a friend for the selfie photograph. Hair in close contact means that any critters along for the ride are getting a free highway system from head to head. Another, more serious impact of...
Americans Are More Confident About Retirement, New Report Shows
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Americans Are More Confident About Retirement, New Report Shows

American workers are increasingly confident about retirement prospects, the 2014 Retirement Confidence Survey reveals. The Employee Benefits Research Institute released the results of the survey earlier this week on March 18. Experts warn that Americans should not necessarily take heart from the results. Retirees' confidence and positive outlook may, in fact, be unfounded. "This increased level of confidence does not appear to be founded on improved retirement preparations. In the aggregate, worker savings remain low, and only a minority appear to be taking basic steps to prepare for retirement," the report explained. USA Today adds that 36% of Americans saved less than $1,000 for retirement and 60% admitted they had less than $25,000 set aside for retirement, also according to a recent E...
Town in Oklahoma Becomes First in U.S. to Upgrade Home Building Codes for Tornadoes
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Town in Oklahoma Becomes First in U.S. to Upgrade Home Building Codes for Tornadoes

Moore, Oklahoma has been ravaged by EF5 tornadoes that leveled the entire community not once, but twice. Many residents still remember the devastation of a May 3, 1999 tornado, and the city is still trying to recover from one that touched down on May 20 of last year. In an attempt to limit the damage caused by tornadoes, Moore City Council members unanimously approved new, strict residential building codes that will make homes better able to withstand the treacherous weather. The 14 changes approved by the council make it the first city in the United States to take such action, so it is an historic move. The list of changes will include hurricane clips or framing anchors, continuous plywood bracing, wind-resistant garage doors, and fortifications that will allow homes to withstand winds o...
Nepalese Suffering From Lack of Handicap Accessibility
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Nepalese Suffering From Lack of Handicap Accessibility

WaterAid Nepal launched two reports on Tuesday that found that the lack of handicap accessible sanitation infrastructure in public places has deprived differently-abled persons of their right to proper sanitation and water. According to the reports, people with disabilities don't enjoy the same right to water and sanitation as other because of the inaccessibility of taps and toilets in private homes, housing colonies, and public places like governmental offices, schools, malls, amongst others. Of the 61 public toilets in the Kathmandu Valley, not a single one is handicap accessible. The reason why the issue is so problematic is because most of the people with disabilities live in rural areas, where the access to proper sanitation is even worse due to remoteness, lack of safe water, and...
New Study Indicates Majority of People Suffering From Flu Are Asymptomatic
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New Study Indicates Majority of People Suffering From Flu Are Asymptomatic

Believe it or not, it's possible to have to the flu and never feel it, as a new study finds three quarters of people who have seasonal and pandemic flu don't exhibit any symptoms. Researchers at University College London in the UK, led by Dr. Andrew Hayward, published their study's results in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. According to the study, recent outbreaks of seasonal flu and the H1N1 influenza pandemic infected one in five people from the general population. Yet, only 23% of these infections actually caused symptoms, and only 17% of those people were actually unwell enough to visit their respective physicians. The research team says that their findings show that influenza rates across all winter seasons was around 22 times higher than the Royal College of General Practitioner...
San Francisco Gets One Step Closer to Banning Single-Use Water Bottles
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San Francisco Gets One Step Closer to Banning Single-Use Water Bottles

Every year, consumers from around the world spend a staggering $100 million on bottled water. Not only does that hurt wallets -- spending just a couple bucks a day can really add up -- but plastic water bottles contribute to pollution and harm the environment. In the first week of March, San Francisco took a major stride to help solve both those problems. New proposed legislation would ban the sale of plastic water bottles on city property and make the city the first major municipality to take such action. “There are incredible, enormous environmental costs of plastic water bottles," said Supervisor David Chiu, who introduced the idea. "It takes 1,000 years for a typical plastic water bottle to biodegrade." The production and transportation of the bottles also adds to dependence on fossil...