Wednesday, 30 April 2014

16 Treats You Can Make For Your Dog This Summer

Everyone’s BFF deserves some homemade goodies every now and then! Some of these treats can even help keep your pup cool in the hot temps.



PB & Fruit Ice


PB & Fruit Ice


Bring this to the park, and your pooch will have a blast! Recipe here.


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Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits


Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits


Almost look good enough for you to eat, too. (But, like, don't.) Recipe here.


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Summertime Homemade Dog Treats


Summertime Homemade Dog Treats


These treats are yogurt, bananas, and peanut butter, so you can keep your pups and your kids cool all summer long. Recipe here.


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Why I'm Going on a Smartphone Cleanse This Month

Why I'm Going on a Smartphone Cleanse This Month Like most people of my generation, I feel the need to be connected 24/7. But texting, social media and incessantly checking my email give me the opposite of what I'm craving.




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Balancing It All

Balancing It All When life's extreme imbalance, works me into overload, I realize it's time to take a break from it all, something we all need to do.




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6 Strategies to Treat PMS Without Medication

6 Strategies to Treat PMS Without Medication PMS and PMDD can't be "cured." There's no magic solution, but that doesn't mean you have to wave the white flag. Use these tactics to improve your overall well-being and manage your symptoms naturally.




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Obamacare puts a floor under U.S. economy in first quarter

Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California Healthcare spending increased at its fastest pace in more than three decades. That surge is attributed to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. "GDP growth would have ... been negative were it not for healthcare spending," said Harm Bandholz, chief economist at UniCredit Research in New York. Healthcare spending increased at a 9.9 percent annual rate, the quickest since the third quarter of 1980, and it contributed 1.1 percentage points to GDP growth.




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Dare to Be 100: A New Old Age

Dare to Be 100: A New Old Age Certainly we're growing older, fast and in great numbers. But at the same time, we are getting smarter and more valuable in our intellectual competence. Hopefully this can trade-off against the tendency to stagnate and withdraw from the mainstream of life.




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Republican strategy memo focuses on Obamacare, not immigration

U.S. House Majority Leader Cantor speaks at Anne Frank Tree Dedication Ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A memo outlining the legislative agenda for Republicans in the House of Representatives lists replacement of President Barack Obama's healthcare law as a priority for the coming weeks but does not mention plans to tackle immigration reform. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sent the memo to fellow Republicans as they returned from a two-week recess, employing a regular tool to help keep the party unified on its political message in the run-up to congressional elections in November. Republicans have put criticisms of Obama's healthcare reform law at the center of their efforts to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats and to boost their majority in the House. Cantor said House Republicans would work to "reform our healthcare system by replacing Obamacare with policies that improve patient choice, access to doctors and hospitals and lower costs." The memo also said the Republican-controlled House would pass permanent extensions of six temporary business tax breaks, including a credit for research and development activities.




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Scientists urge government to save Britain's pharma industry

The GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Leading British scientists called on the government on Wednesday to act now to save the nation's pharmaceutical industry from being swallowed up in a wave of consolidation driven by overseas rivals. In a statement prompted by a planned $100 billion (59.26 billion pounds) takeover of Britain's AstraZeneca by rival U.S. drugmaker Pfizer, leaders in pharmacology, biology, chemistry and biochemistry said the entire UK life sciences sector risked losing its lead. "The UK has been a world leader in medicines research and development, but recent closures and restructuring put this position under threat," they said. AstraZeneca, Britain's second-biggest drugmaker behind GlaxoSmithKline, is an important part of the sector and employs nearly 7,000 staff in the country.




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Nick Carter And Jordan Knight Admit To A Surprising Shared Love... Of Sleep!

Nick Carter And Jordan Knight Admit To A Surprising Shared Love... Of Sleep! When they're not making the hearts of former '90s girls flutter, Nick Carter and Jordan Knight are busy taking good care of themselves -- at the gym, in the kitchen and even in the bedroom. "Getting eight hours of sleep and trying to go to bed early -- that's what I love," Carter said during a recent visit to HuffPost Live. "Sleeping is awesome," Knight agreed. Check out the clip above for more from the guys on when and how they feel their best.




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Chicago, NYC, LA and San Francisco Implementing New E-Cigarette Laws

Chicago, NYC, LA and San Francisco Implementing New E-Cigarette Laws Not allowing e-cigarettes to be used indoors is a smart move for cities and towns that want to preserve the health of their community. Adding e-cigarettes to smoke-free laws is also practical. People who want to smoke e-cigarettes can continue to do so in the same places where regular cigarettes are smoked, while everyone else can continue to breathe clean air wherever they work, learn and play.




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Scientists urge government to save Britain's pharma industry

LONDON (Reuters) - Leading British scientists called on the government on Wednesday to act now to save the nation's pharmaceutical industry from being swallowed up in a wave of consolidation driven by overseas rivals.


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Medicare Advisers Say No to Lung Cancer Screening

(MedPage Today) -- Annual low-dose CT lung cancer screening for high-risk individuals doesn't have enough evidence for benefit over harms to be covered by Medicare, an advisory panel concluded. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

Drug Flunks Test in Cancer-Related Fatigue

(MedPage Today) -- Cancer-related fatigue failed to improve significantly in patients treated with the alertness-promoting drug modafinil, British investigators reported. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

FDA weighs over-the-counter approval of Singulair

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators are weighing the risks of permitting Merck to sell its prescription respiratory pill, Singulair, as an over-the-counter medicine for allergies. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Are nail salon UV lamps a skin cancer risk?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The ultraviolet lamps used in some nail salons to dry and cure nail polish deliver the same hazardous rays as tanning beds, but it would take many manicures to actually cause damage, suggests a new study.















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The Two Most Important Days of Your Life

The Two Most Important Days of Your Life The day I found my purpose really was like being born again. It was more than just figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, it was feeling like I finally belonged here in the world; I finally stopped feeling like a mistake.




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Are nail salon UV lamps a skin cancer risk?

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The ultraviolet lamps used in some nail salons to dry and cure nail polish deliver the same hazardous rays as tanning beds, but it would take many manicures to actually cause damage, suggests a new study. After testing 17 different lamps in nail salons, researchers calculated that it would take between eight and 208 visits - depending on the machine - to damage skin cells in a way that raises cancer risk. “I wouldn’t tell a patient to stop going unless they were going multiple times a month,” lead author Dr. Lyndsay Shipp from Georgia Regents University in Augusta told Reuters Health. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a risk factor for most skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Oklahoma examines what went wrong in botched execution

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The autopsy of an inmate who died, apparently of a heart attack, during a botched execution was begun on Wednesday in Oklahoma, while Governor Mary Fallin called for an investigation into what went wrong in the death chamber. Convicted murderer and rapist Clayton Lockett died on Tuesday minutes after a doctor had called a halt to the procedure because of problems with the lethal injection, raising questions about new death penalty cocktails used by Oklahoma and other states. The autopsy will examine the injection sites on Lockett's arms and the toxicology of the drugs in his system that were administered in the lethal injection, according to medical examiner's spokeswoman Amy Elliott said. The governor told a news conference she had called for investigations not only into Lockett's cause of death, but into whether the Department of Corrections followed execution protocols and even the protocols themselves. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Exclusive: Curbing tax-driven business moves abroad a priority - U.S. Treasury

The ticker symbol for AstraZeneca is displayed next to a ticker for Pfizer on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange The Obama administration is seeking ways to curb tax-dodging by U.S. businesses that reincorporate overseas, a U.S. Treasury official told Reuters on Wednesday, highlighting growing concern about deals known as "inversions." "Cracking down on companies that reincorporate overseas to reduce their U.S. taxes is a priority for the administration," the official said in an email responding to questions about a pending administration proposal and recent events. U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc said on Monday it has made takeover bids for UK rival AstraZeneca Plc in a possible deal to merge the two into a UK holding company with a UK tax domicile. President Barack Obama's 2015 budget, introduced in early March, includes a proposal to crack down on inversions by making them more difficult to do with higher minimum levels of foreign ownership required. Another vehicle for tightening the inversion rules as Obama proposes could be measures moving through Congress to renew dozens of unrelated temporary tax laws known as "extenders," though analysts said this was only a remote possibility.




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How to Deal With Life's Little Lessons

How to Deal With Life's Little Lessons So rather than hiding under a rock, I have learned that processing each lesson the universe sends me is essential for my well-being. I have learned that if I don't want to have to learn that lesson again, I need to do three things: Eat it, digest it and eliminate it.




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Ready to Thrive: My Wake-Up Call

Ready to Thrive: My Wake-Up Call Life is so much sweeter lived slowly. But I know we all must come to that conclusion in our own time. The commitment to not just succeed but thrive is a personal choice and the time often comes after a wake-up call.




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Exclusive: Merck explores $15 billion-plus drug portfolio sale - sources

A view of the Merck & Co. campus in Linden, New Jersey NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc is looking to sell a big portfolio of mature drugs that could fetch more than $15 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, as the U.S. drugmaker continues to streamline businesses to focus on high-growth areas. Merck, which is also in the process of selling its $14 billion consumer healthcare unit, is working with an investment bank on the potential sale of the off-patent drugs, which could draw interest from generic drugmakers, the people said. Sanofi SA , being advised by Evercore Partners Inc , is also in the market with its aging drug portfolio, which could fetch between $7 billion and $8 billion, Reuters reported on Tuesday.




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New treatment regenerates muscle lost in traumatic injury

Handout of Dr. Stephen Badylak holds a sheet of extracellular matrix or ECM, which is derived from pig bladder By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. doctors said on Wednesday they have succeeded in coaxing the regeneration of muscle tissue lost in people who suffered traumatic injuries, including wartime bomb wounds, with a new type of treatment that uses material from a pig's bladder. Implanting the pig material at the wound site enticed the patient's own stem cells - master cells that can transform into various kinds of cells in the body - to become muscle cells and regenerate tissue that had been lost, the researchers said. The research was backed by $3 million in funding over five years from the U.S. Defense Department, said Dr. Stephen Badylak of the University of Pittsburgh, who led the study. Thousands of American troops have been left with serious physical impairments after sustaining wounds involving major loss of muscle tissue in roadside bombings and other incidents since 2001 in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.




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Radiation May Equal Surgery, With Easier Recovery, for Cancerous Lymph Nodes

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'Freezing' Technique May Work for Some Women With Early Breast Cancer

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Stem Cells Used to Regenerate Heart Muscle in Monkeys

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Doctors Regrow Large Areas of Muscle Lost in Injured Soldiers

Trauma patients regained some function in severely damaged legs with first-time procedure via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

Vaccine Against Bird Flu Readied, Just in Case

U.S. officials want to be prepared, but some doubt H7N9 will become pandemic via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

Can Doctors Thrive?

Can Doctors Thrive? Thriving involves health and wellness. Huffington suggests that we might all draw more, and benefit, from our innate gifts of wisdom, generosity and kindness. I do believe that most patients want their physicians to thrive. I, for one, want my doctors to be well-rested and content.




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Face Transplants Should Be Offered to More Patients, Surgeons Say

Face Transplants Should Be Offered to More Patients, Surgeons Say By Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 04/30/2014 02:25 PM EDT on LiveScience Face transplants promise dramatic results for people left disfigured after animal attacks, fires, shootings and other grisly incidents, researchers say. But the procedure is still in its infancy. It can cost well over $300,000 and is not covered by insurance companies. The surgery raises ethical dilemmas, too, because it's not life-saving like a liver transplant. ...




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Hospital Charmed by Oldest Patient Ever

Helen Duffy surprised doctors by making a full recovery at 105 years old. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

How Stress Changes The Brain After A Disaster

How Stress Changes The Brain After A Disaster By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 04/29/2014 01:56 PM EDT on LiveScience How well a person recovers from traumatic events may depend on in part on their self-esteem, according to researchers who examined the effects of a major earthquake on the survivors' brains. The researchers had conducted brain scans of university students for a study before the Great East Japan Earthquake struck in 2011. After the earthquake, they repeated the scans on 37 of the same people, and tracked stress-induced changes in their brains in the following months. ...




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7 Scientific Reasons Diagonally Cut Sandwiches Are Better

This is the result of a 31-year personal study I have conducted.


The diagonally sliced half is optimized for dipping in a variety of soup containers.


The diagonally sliced half is optimized for dipping in a variety of soup containers.


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Mutual support in a vertical setting maintains overall structural integrity in the hours leading up to lunch.


Mutual support in a vertical setting maintains overall structural integrity in the hours leading up to lunch.


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Hypotenuse length maximizes tongue-to-sandwich-filling contact area.


Hypotenuse length maximizes tongue-to-sandwich-filling contact area.


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Longer fissure span means increased chance of creating a melted Cheese Bridge.


Longer fissure span means increased chance of creating a melted Cheese Bridge.


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19 Important Struggles Only Marmite Lovers Will Understand

NO, IT’S NOT THE SAME AS VEGEMITE.


Marmite. Salty manna from Heaven. And so, so easy to get wrong.



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When people spread it an inch thick on toast, and your throat gets all clagged up with yeasty treacle.


When people spread it an inch thick on toast, and your throat gets all clagged up with yeasty treacle.


If you're unfamiliar with the rites of Marmite, halve the amount on your knife. Then halve it again. Then spread it (on top of plenty of butter). There you go. Perfect.


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When people spread it too thinly.


When people spread it too thinly.


Marmite is a tricky beast to get right, and if someone's Marmiteing for you it's hard to nitpick without seeming, well, nitpicky. On the other hand - I don't mean to cast aspersions here - but it it seems to be a rule of thumb that those who spread Marmite too thinly are inevitably also purveyors of cold toast.


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When you're at a hotel breakfast buffet and there are 20 different types of jam, but no Marmite.


When you're at a hotel breakfast buffet and there are 20 different types of jam, but no Marmite.


This little guy can make such a massive difference to the quality of your morning.


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Is It Serenity or Just Not Giving a Damn?

Is It Serenity or Just Not Giving a Damn? Somehow as I was walking -- and often running -- through my younger years, I thought that I was on my way to arrive at some "place." This place was the goal, and there would be a "grown up" Robin there waiting to welcome me into the full wonder of maturity and adulthood.




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Actemra Efficacy Persists at 1 Year

LIVERPOOL (MedPage Today) -- The comparable efficacy of subcutaneous tocilizumab (Actemra) and the intravenous formulation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis persisted for a year, with safety also being similar, a researcher reported here. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

Savor the Moment

Savor the Moment The above steps take a certain level of deliberate mental focus and sustained effort. As you complete your savoring moment, surrender. Sink into the experience, softening the need to do, notice, or direct anything. Give yourself a breath or two to just steep.




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Testosterone Tx Needs Clinical Trials

(MedPage Today) -- Randomized controlled trials of the safety of testosterone therapy are sorely needed, according to one researcher. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

Pig Cells Help Injured Soldiers Recover

(MedPage Today) -- Cells derived from pig bladders served as surgically implanted scaffolding to recruit native stem cells to help build muscle in the limbs of five severely injured soldiers and civilians, researchers reported. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

GE's Alstom bid shows limits of French state intervention

The logo of US conglomerate General Electric is pictured at the company's site in Belfort By Julien Ponthus and Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - General Electric's overtures to the power business of France's former industrial beacon Alstom have shown again how the French state, for all its interventionist zeal, has limited room for maneuver against big business. Citing "patriotic concern" over loss of jobs and control of a group with a history stretching back 86 years, President Francois Hollande's government leapt into action to find ways of countering the offer after news of it emerged last week. While Germany's Siemens - billed by Paris as a possible white knight - still has a month to make its intentions clear, Alstom's decision to review GE's $16.9-billion bid makes the U.S. giant the clear favorite to secure the turbine and grid assets that make up the bulk of Alstom revenues. If GE succeeds, it will mark the latest climb-down for a two-year-old government which has already ended up on the losing side of public stand-offs in the telecom and steel industries.




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Ballroom dancing may improve balance, reduce falls in elderly

“To be able to see the elderly dancing and spinning with autonomy, balance and a cognitive awareness of their space and body helped us understand ways to join useful exercise with a pleasant activity,” said lead author Eliane Gomes da Silva Borges, of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro state in Rio de Janeiro. With aging, muscles weaken and sensory mechanisms that help sustain balance are less sharp, which can lead to falls as well as limiting a person’s physical activity. Nursing home residents tend to have less freedom and fewer opportunities for physical activity, so it’s all the more important to find ways for them to exercise to preserve their strength and balance, the researchers write. “We have to realize that the practice of physical activity is beneficial because it strengthens the musculoskeletal system and professionals (in nursing homes) can and must help,” Borges told Reuters Health in an email. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Rituximab May Help in RA Lung Disease

LIVERPOOL (MedPage Today) -- Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who have interstitial lung disease (ILD) appeared to have a survival advantage if treated with rituximab rather than with a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor, a researcher said here. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

Drug resistance found worldwide, new drugs needed

LONDON (AP) — Bacteria resistant to antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could kill, according to a report published Wednesday by the World Health Organization. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

'Superbugs' that can overpower antibiotics are spreading: WHO

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The spread of deadly superbugs that evade even the most powerful antibiotics is no longer a prediction but is happening right now across the world, United Nations officials said on Wednesday. Antibiotic resistance has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country, the U.N.'s World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a report. "We have a big problem now, and all of the trends indicate the problem is going to get bigger, said Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security. In its first global report on antibiotic resistance, with data from 114 countries, the WHO said superbugs able to evade event the hardest-hitting antibiotics - a class of drugs called carbapenems - have now been found in all regions of the world. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

MPs plan to probe Pfizer pursuit of AstraZeneca

The logo of AstraZeneca is seen on medication packages in a pharmacy in London By Kylie MacLellan and Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - MPs intend to investigate U.S. drugmaker Pfizer's planned $100 billion (59.21 billion pounds) takeover of British rival AstraZeneca in a bid to ensure scientific research and jobs are protected. "We will see how events pan out over the next few days, but clearly given the scale of the proposed merger it is important that we consider the impact not just on shareholders but also on employees and the wider interests of the UK." AstraZeneca, Britain's second-biggest drugmaker behind GlaxoSmithKline, is an important part of the life sciences sector and employs nearly 7,000 staff in the country. The committee's chairman Andrew Bailey said it would be looking to hold an inquiry "pretty quickly", and those called to give evidence were likely to include ministers such as Business Secretary Vince Cable and representatives from the Treasury. "In AstraZeneca we have a company that amounts to 2.3 percent of our total exports, is a world leader in research in pharmaceuticals and is very strategically positioned in this country." Committee member Katy Clark said Pfizer's management would also probably be among those called to any inquiry.




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Experiment grows new muscle in men's injured legs

This undated handout photo provided by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center shows Dr. Stephen Badylak, a surgery professor at the university, and deputy director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, holding a sheet of “extracellular matrix,” scaffolding-like material derived from pig bladder. His team implanted a similar version, designed for use in humans, into a handful of men with severe leg injuries and reported Wednesday that the experimental treatment helped regrow muscle. (AP Photo/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists implanted thin sheets of scaffolding-like material from pigs into a few young men with disabling leg injuries — and say the experimental treatment coaxed the men's own stem cells to regrow new muscle.




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Accept Difficulity

Accept Difficulity It's okay that things are difficult. That's part of what gives them their savor. Not all fulfilling experiences are grounded in some difficulty, but many are. Honor yourself for the hard things you're dealing with. And be aware of the things that are not difficult in your life, including the things that do support you.




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The Truth About Protein: What You Need to Know

The Truth About Protein: What You Need to Know The data compiled in the recent study is scattered in its relevance, based on age, and does not provide any concrete evidence of health concerns due to high-protein diets.




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