Monday, 27 July 2015

Two possible MERS cases force hospital in Manchester to close

If confirmed, the cases would be the UK's fifth and sixth ever cases of MERS, the respiratory virus that emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012









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This "Breaking Bad"-Themed Coffee Shop Promises To Give You A Buzz

Tread lightly.

A coffee shop in Istanbul is getting some attention online for what some would call an addictive theme.

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If you didn't guess from the yellow suits, Walter's Coffee Shop is very dedicated to its Breaking Bad theme.

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And they promise to give you a caffeine "overdose."

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They also incorporate other elements from the show, like some "blue meth" cupcakes.

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21 Fantastic Gifts For Foodies Under $25

People who love to eat are always the best people.

Cheese Tea Towel

Cheese Tea Towel

This is basically a shopping list.

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Guacamole Tank

Guacamole Tank

Let me be very clear...

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Foodie Trivia

Foodie Trivia

We all know foodies flock together. Challenge your friends!

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Swiss Dish Party Plates

Swiss Dish Party Plates

This has all the essentials: a place to rest your apps AND a wine glass holder.

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How To Make Pizza Cones

A new way to make pizza even more awesome.

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Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

We all know that telling lies is wrong. But, we still do it. Now, some researchers think that lying may not be all bad. New reports claim that children who tell lies have better memory than those who don’t.

In an experiment designed to tempt kids to cheat, researchers invited 114 children to a lab to play a trivia game. The 6- and 7-year-old children were asked if they had, in fact, cheated and they were asked about the details of their lie. Separately, the same children underwent tests of verbal and spatial working memory. In the end, the children who lied had better verbal memory (remembering words) than the ones who did not lie about cheating. There was no difference in scores of spatial memory (remembering pictures).

As the saying goes, we weave a tangled web when we do not tell the truth. (And, the cover-up is usually worse than the lie.) But, if you do lie, it takes a lot of brain power to keep track of what you know and what they know that you know. For children, lying is a natural part of testing boundaries and develops thinking skills, according to experts, but it is not clear when or how children first learn to lie.

Data suggest that 2- and 3-year-old children are capable of telling lies in certain situations. The ability to maintain consistency with a lie increases with age. Many elements, including social and cognitive factors, influence and predict a child’s tendency to lie.

Some truth-bending is probably fine – even fun and imaginative: role playing games and elaborate storytelling are impressive for a young child and it is no surprise that these activities reveal a child who is bright and creative. But, of course, being less than truthful to cover a wrong-doing or be hurtful is not a thing to be praised. Children need more than good working memory for this kind of discernment and the authors of the current study plan to evaluate how and why children lie in future studies.

Juggling lots of information – especially information that is not true – takes a lot of mental effort, and the authors of the new study assert that parents may want to [secretly] praise children for being a smarty-pants even when the “liar, liar” pants are “on fire.” Still, it’s likely better to teach children that for every good reason they have to lie, there’s probably a better reason to tell the truth. Plus, as Mark Twain taught, if you tell the truth, you don’t need to remember anything.

References

Alloway TP, McCallum F, Alloway RG, & Hoicka E (2015). Liar, liar, working memory on fire: Investigating the role of working memory in childhood verbal deception. Journal of experimental child psychology, 137, 30-8 PMID: 25913892

Evans AD, & Lee K (2013). Emergence of lying in very young children. Developmental psychology, 49 (10), 1958-63 PMID: 23294150

Popliger M, Talwar V, & Crossman A (2011). Predictors of children’s prosocial lie-telling: Motivation, socialization variables, and moral understanding. Journal of experimental child psychology, 110 (3), 373-92 PMID: 21663918

Talwar V, Gordon HM, & Lee K (2007). Lying in the elementary school years: verbal deception and its relation to second-order belief understanding. Developmental psychology, 43 (3), 804-10 PMID: 17484589

Talwar V, & Lee K (2008). Social and cognitive correlates of children’s lying behavior. Child development, 79 (4), 866-81 PMID: 18717895

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School's Out, Fattening Behaviors Are in

Kids eat more sugar, watch more TV over summer vacation, study says

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School's Out, Fattening Behaviors Are in

Kids eat more sugar, watch more TV over summer vacation, study says

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Low-Nicotine Cigarettes Won't Necessarily Help Smokers Stop

Study finds two years of less addicting tobacco didn't increase quit rates

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1 in 3 Colon Cancers in Young People Has Genetic Link

Study authors recommend that people diagnosed before age 35 get tested

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Climate Change May Be Pushing 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba to Northern Lakes

Deadly organism prefers warmer waters, expert says

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FDA OKs First of New Class of Cholesterol Drugs

Praluent for people with prior history of heart attack or stroke who've already tried a statin

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New Skin Cancer Drug Approved by FDA

Odomzo is a pill for locally advanced basal cell carcinoma

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Transgender Youth Don't Have Hormone Abnormalities

Levels generally match those of gender assigned at birth, study finds

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Technivie Approved for Hepatitis C

For people with a genetic subtype of the liver infection
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FDA Wants to Strengthen Sugar Labeling

Adding 'percent daily value' would help consumers avoid unneeded, harmful calories, agency says

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High School Band Classes May Boost Teen Brains

Study suggests music instruction can help students do better in school

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Dementia Risk May Be Dropping with Generations

Study finds lower risk for people born after 1930 compared to those born earlier

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Smart mirror monitors your face for telltale signs of disease

The European Union is funding a mirror-like device containing 3D scanners, multispectral cameras and gas sensors to read facial clues to health









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NHS Constitution updated to reflect current policy and new regulations

Now reflects ‘fundamental standards below which standards of care must never fail,’ says government

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NHS constitution will protect whistleblowers
Future of NHS up for online discussion
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New alternative to statins gets regulatory green light

Drug suitable for patients unable to control high cholesterol despite optimal treatment

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Cholesterol drugs lower risk of stroke in healthy older adults by 30%
Statins and dietary changes have saved 20,000 lives
GPs defend practice on prescribing statins
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Draft diabetes guidance too heavily focused on cost, protests industry

This goes against NHS England and DH focus on high quality care, it argues

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Long-acting GLP-1 agonists for type 2 diabetes
Are industry ‘supertrialists’ imbalancing diabetes research?
Safety review launched into diabetic drugs
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Employers discourage 1 in 10 mums-to-be from attending antenatal care

Government must act to protect health of mums and babies, Royal College of Midwives urges

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More help needed for women with severe morning sickness
Gestational diabetes for obese women raises risk of lasting problem
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Taskforce report

Achieving world-class cancer outcomes

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Funding boost for major health conditions in NHS Wales
Labour Party’s health manifesto welcomed by charities
£400m cancer revamp calls for speedy GP referral
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Hospital waits for planned surgery getting longer and longer

Over 50,000 patients waited more than 18 weeks for common procedures last year, says Patients Association

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Questions raised over reliability of waiting time figures
Even best hospitals struggling to hit waiting time targets
Two waiting time measures dropped
Competition among hospitals boosts performance
CCGs won’t commission obesity surgery or dialysis until 2016
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Sunday, 26 July 2015

16 Next-Level Ice Cream Cones That Just Want To Be Loved

More like ice ~dream~ cone, amirite?

These ~literal~ cake cones will whisper sweet nothings in your ear.

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Marshmallow-studded cone seems tough, but is secretly sweet.

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Pretzel cone won't tie you all in knots.

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Hong Kong egg waffle cone would love to adopt a rescue pup.

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Which Guy Fieri Catchphrase Matches Your Zodiac Sign?

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Practice Being Grateful and Reap the Benefits

The benefits of gratitude are many and profound. Being grateful is shown to improve both physical and mental health, psychological wellbeing and attitude, and our relationships with others. Practicing gratitude has even been shown to rewire our brains for the better—it is a truly powerful life-changing tool.

Reducing physiological stress and improving sleep

Just this year, one study reports that a short, two-week daily gratitude writing intervention completed by 119 women that were either working or studying at University College London increased the women’s perceived wellbeing.

The enhanced wellbeing achieved from being grateful was associated with reductions in blood pressure and heart rate, as well as improved daily sleep quality. Similarly, another study suggests that writing down a few grateful sentiments before bed results in sleeping better for longer, primarily due to having more positive thoughts just before nodding off.

Reducing physical ailments and increasing exercise

In another study, a simple gratitude exercise, where 63 students were asked to write down five things they are grateful for per week for ten weeks, resulted in the students having fewer physical complaints (from acne breakouts to headaches) and they also reported spending 40 minutes more exercising.

Having greater energy and motivation to exercise is unsurprising considering two experiments, totalling 1,900 participants, reported a strong correlation between gratitude and vitality, i.e. feeling alive, energetic and enthusiastic.

Health benefits for those with illness and disease

Practicing being grateful is also thought to keep the doctor at bay. Being more grateful is associated with better coping and management of terminal conditions like HIV and cancer, as well as faster recovery from certain medical procedures and positive changes in immune system functioning. Moreover, having high levels of gratitude is a good predictor of a high quality of life for people with chronic illnesses.

Psychological benefits of gratitude

Generally, gratitude has been shown in multiple studies to generally make us feel good and increase positive moods such as joy, interest and alertness, as well as improve self-esteem, for both shorter and longer gratitude interventions.

The study, involving two weeks of keeping a daily gratitude diary, also led to reductions in emotional distress as well as increases in optimism and positive emotional style. This was reflected in the study involving practicing being grateful once per week for 10 weeks, which led the gratitude practitioners to feel better about their lives as a whole and feel more optimistic about their expectations for the upcoming week. Gratitude increasing optimism is very significant regarding psychological wellbeing as greater optimism not only increases general happiness and improves our health, it has also been shown to increase lifespan by as much as a few years.

Experiencing gratitude can also have a profound effect on our memories. Gratitude practice has not only been shown to increase the recall of positive memories, having a dash of gratitude when recalling unpleasant memories can help us better emotionally process the negative events, thus bringing emotional closure to these incidents. In fact, some negative and neutral aspects of memories have been shown to be transformed into positive ones through practicing gratitude.

Another interesting observation is the negative correlation between envy and gratitude. That is, as levels of gratitude increase, levels of envy decrease. Another great benefit of gratitude is that simply focusing on sincerely feeling appreciation for what you have been given in life for two minutes was shown to immediately reduce levels of materialism.

Relationship benefits of gratitude

We have recently made new strides in understanding how gratitude improves interpersonal relationships. This 2015, a study published in the journal Emotion revealed that by expressing gratitude to new acquaintances, their perceptions of your friendliness and thoughtfulness increases, making the new friend more likely to want to continue the relationship and provide a means of future contact. Basically, being confident in expressing gratitude is a good way to make new friends.

In other research, practicing gratitude resulted in participants being more prosocial by helping someone with a personal problem or providing emotional support. Moreover, the same study reported that gratitude’s positive influence on wellbeing (increased positive moods and life satisfaction) were also apparent to the participants’ spouses or significant others, which is safe to assume to be attractive and help foster an even stronger relationship.

Expressing gratitude has been shown to improve feelings of belonging and a sense of community. For example, one study involving 133 college students found that those with higher levels of gratitude had higher family satisfaction.

Expressing gratitude to a relationship partner or a friend has been positively associated with enhancing the expresser’s perception of the communal strength of the relationship, where communal strength refers to a person’s degree of motivation to respond to a the others needs. Expressing gratitude in a relationship also increases the comfort felt in expressing any relationship concerns and enhances how positively you view that friend or partner.

In other words, being openly grateful for a relationship increases the motivation to respond to the partner’s needs and allows room to address any issues negatively affecting the relationship while framing the relationship in a positive light, therefore providing a route to strengthening the relationship even further.

Gratitude has also proven useful for improving business relationships. The benefits of gratitude for business relationships include reducing the financial impatience experienced when we tend to discount the value of a delayed financial transaction; improving employee performance through praise; and reducing the number of poor business decisions made under stress.

Learning how to be grateful

Thankfully, being grateful isn’t something that you are born with, but it’s something you can learn easily. The flip side is that we can also fall out of practice with being grateful pretty easily too, especially in our modern, high paced and often stressful lives. That is why practicing gratitude as a tool is great to start with, although moving towards fostering gratitude as a general way of being, as found for practicing mindfulness, has an even greater positive influence on our lives.

  • Counting blessings
    The counting blessings intervention is commonly used in gratitude research. It’s easy peasy. On a weekly basis for at least 6-12 weeks, think back over the events of the past week and write down five or more things that happened for which you are grateful or thankful. Many find this starts out quite difficult, yet once the gratitude river starts flowing reasons to be grateful in life suddenly seem to multiply! Setting a reminder on your phone at a time you know you are not too busy each week is a great way to ensure you keep up with your practice.
  • Daily bedtime gratitude journal
    All it requires is noting one or more things you are grateful for on a daily basis. If you do this before bedtime, by clearing your mind and focussing on identifying things to be grateful for and revelling in your feelings of gratitude, you can improve your sleep as well as experience the other benefits of gratitude.
  • Expressing gratitude towards others
    Experiment with expressing gratitude at work, with your partner, with your family and with your friends. Expressing gratitude verbally to at least one person each day will not only strengthen that particular relationship and have added benefits for yourself, you may have a profound positive effect on that individual that they in turn spread to others.

The present body of research strongly supports the idea that gratitude practice really makes perfect. The more gratitude practice you perform in daily life, the deeper the benefits go and the more profound and life-altering the benefits truly are. Ultimately, moving away from gratitude being a tool, towards fostering gratitude as a general way of being, as also found for mindfulness, is where the real magic is.

References

DeSteno D, Li Y, Dickens L, & Lerner JS (2014). Gratitude: a tool for reducing economic impatience. Psychological science, 25 (6), 1262-7 PMID: 24760144

Eaton RJ, Bradley G, & Morrissey S (2014). Positive predispositions, quality of life and chronic illness. Psychology, health & medicine, 19 (4), 473-89 PMID: 23927598

Emmons RA, & McCullough ME (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: an experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of personality and social psychology, 84 (2), 377-89 PMID: 12585811

Jackowska M, Brown J, Ronaldson A, & Steptoe A (2015). The impact of a brief gratitude intervention on subjective well-being, biology and sleep. Journal of health psychology PMID: 25736389

Jackowska M, Brown J, Ronaldson A, & Steptoe A (2015). The impact of a brief gratitude intervention on subjective well-being, biology and sleep. Journal of health psychology PMID: 25736389

Kong, F., Ding, K., & Zhao, J. (2014). The Relationships Among Gratitude, Self-esteem, Social Support and Life Satisfaction Among Undergraduate Students Journal of Happiness Studies, 16 (2), 477-489 DOI: 10.1007/s10902-014-9519-2

Lambert, N., Fincham, F., Stillman, T., & Dean, L. (2009). More gratitude, less materialism: The mediating role of life satisfaction The Journal of Positive Psychology, 4 (1), 32-42 DOI: 10.1080/17439760802216311

Mccullough ME, Emmons RA, & Tsang JA (2002). The grateful disposition: a conceptual and empirical topography. Journal of personality and social psychology, 82 (1), 112-27 PMID: 11811629

Watkins, P., Cruz, L., Holben, H., & Kolts, R. (2008). Taking care of business? Grateful processing of unpleasant memories The Journal of Positive Psychology, 3 (2), 87-99 DOI: 10.1080/17439760701760567

Williams LA, & Bartlett MY (2015). Warm thanks: gratitude expression facilitates social affiliation in new relationships via perceived warmth. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 15 (1), 1-5 PMID: 25111881

Wood AM, Joseph S, Lloyd J, & Atkins S (2009). Gratitude influences sleep through the mechanism of pre-sleep cognitions. Journal of psychosomatic research, 66 (1), 43-8 PMID: 19073292

Wood, A., Maltby, J., Gillett, R., Linley, P., & Joseph, S. (2008). The role of gratitude in the development of social support, stress, and depression: Two longitudinal studies Journal of Research in Personality, 42 (4), 854-871 DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2007.11.003

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43 Things Under $25 That Your Kitchen Needs

“Gimme gimme gimme!” - your kitchen.

A plate that comes with a detachable bowl.

A plate that comes with a detachable bowl.

For people who can't eat soup without having a sandwich to go along with it.

Price: $20

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A single serving slush maker.

A single serving slush maker.

Smoothies. Milkshakes. Frozen cocktails. So many possibilities.

Price: $19.99

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A tight-sealing lid you can use on any pan with a smooth rim.

A tight-sealing lid you can use on any pan with a smooth rim.

So much better than using plastic wrap or aluminum foil, plus it's freezer and microwave safe.

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Can You Identify The Candy Based On The Color Scheme Of Its Wrapper?

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24 Tiny Ways To Change Your Fitness Habits Big Time

Seriously simple hacks that will get you in shape at your own pace.

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Getting in shape is tough tbh.

Getting in shape is tough tbh.

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But we're here to tell you that there are simple tricks you can do to change your fitness habits and make exercise less intimidating.

But we're here to tell you that there are simple tricks you can do to change your fitness habits and make exercise less intimidating.

BuzzFeed Life spoke with Jessi Kneeland, personal trainer and founder of ReModel Fitness, and Will Lanier, NYC Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, who both said the key to getting fit is to change find a way to actually enjoy exercising. While that may seem impossible, they offered simple, yet genius tricks that will get you to love working out in no time.

Here's how to make that happen.

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Don't even think about the workout part until you've created a habit of setting aside time every day.

"If working out isn't your thing AND you're not a morning person, then working out in the morning just isn't going to happen," Lanier tells BuzzFeed Life. "First try to make a habit of setting aside time. If your goal is to work out in the mornings, start getting up at 6 - 6:30 a.m. and just do things around the house or make yourself breakfast. Then after a few weeks when your body starts to get used to it, start gradually using that time to work out."

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22 Food Gadgets That Will Make Camping Way More Fun

Some of these are useful. Some are not. But you’ll probably want all of them.

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Hands-Free S'mores Rack

Hands-Free S'mores Rack

Great for people who love the final product, but not the dirty work. Get it here.

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Edible Cups

Edible Cups

For anyone concerned about accumulating trash in the woods, these cups are made from plant-based gelatin and they are 100% edible. As for the taste — well, that's for you to find out. Get it here.

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"Campfire In A Can"

"Campfire In A Can"

If you're unsuccessful summoning your Vulcan fire powers, ditch the sticks and start using this handy propane burner. Get it here.

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29 Of The Most Delicious Things You Can Do To Zucchini

So much zucchini, so little time.

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Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats

LOL at the fact that even in a list of zucchini recipes, there's a place for pizza. Recipe here.

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Zucchini, Feta, and Spinach Fritters

Zucchini, Feta, and Spinach Fritters

Get outta here, pancakes. Recipe here.

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Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

I'd tell you these tasted like chips, but that wouldn't be doing them justice. Recipe here.

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