Boom in Camps for Chronically Ill Kids

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“Summer camps just for kids with chronic diseases are booming — places to finally meet someone else with Tourette’s tics or slice open a cow’s heart to see what’s wrong with their own. Now research suggests these special camps may offer lasting therapeutic value.” (Associated Press) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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US Mandates Shorter Airline Delays on Tarmac With Food and Water Included

first_img This rule was adopted in response to a series of incidents in which passengers were stranded on the ground aboard aircraft for many hours. After one of the most publicized incidents, where passengers were made to stay on a cramped commuter plane overnight, the Transportation Department issued the first-ever government fine of an airline for a tarmac stranding. Continental Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines and Mesaba Airlines were fined $175,000 for their roles in the nearly six-hour ground delay at Rochester, MN. From January to June this year, according to an AP report, 613 planes were delayed on tarmacs for more than three hours, with passengers kept on board. The new rule, which will take affect in 120 days, also: • Prohibits airlines from scheduling chronically delayed flights, subjecting them to enforcement action for unfair and deceptive practices; • Requires airlines to designate an airline employee to monitor the effects of flight delays and cancellations, respond in a timely and substantive fashion to consumer complaints and provide information to consumers on where to file complaints; • Requires airlines to display on their website flight delay information for each domestic flight they operate; • Requires airlines to adopt customer service plans and audit their own compliance with their plans; and • Prohibits airlines from retroactively applying material changes to their contracts of carriage that could have a negative impact on consumers who already have purchased tickets. Boeing 737 photo courtesy Chris Sloan www.airchive.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreResponding to horror stories of stranded travelers, the Obama Administration yesterday established a 3-hour time limit for airline passengers to be delayed on the tarmac before lifting-off. The new rule prohibits U.S. airlines operating domestic flights from permitting an aircraft to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours without bringing passengers back to the gate. Carriers are also now required to provide adequate food and drinking water for passengers within two hours of the aircraft being delayed on the tarmac and to maintain operable lavatories and medical attention if necessary. “Airline passengers have rights, and these new rules will require airlines to live up to their obligation to treat their customers fairly,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. last_img read more

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Survey Shows Midwest Economy Improved in Feb.

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA survey of business leaders and supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests the region’s economy is set to grow in the coming months. From employment to confidence, the figures have improved. Inventory rose, new orders and sales increased. (READ the AP report at the Greeley Tribune)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Tech-Savvy Student Tracks Down MacBook Thief

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhat would you do if you were a college freshman and your MacBook Air was stolen?Eighteen-year-old “technology entrepreneur” and Bentley College student Mark Bao didn’t write off his laptop as gone forever after realizing that by using the online backup software BackBlaze which he’d installed on his laptop, he would be able to see the machine’s browser history and track any hard drive updates.The rest was an interesting look into what a fellow classmate does after stealing a laptop.(READ the story in PCWorld)last_img read more

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Scientists Create First Practical Artificial Leaf, Producing Power Through Photosynthesis

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreScientists announced they have achieved one of the “Holy Grails of science” by creating the world’s first practical photosynthesis device, an artificial leaf of playing-card-size that can be used to mimic the process that green plants use to convert sunlight and water into energy.The photosynthetic gadget, unveiled at a March 27 American Chemical Society meeting, uses sunlight to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen, and is reputedly 10 times more efficient than a natural leaf. Described as a milestones in the drive for sustainable energy, researchers say it will revolutionize power storage, especially in remote areas that don’t currently have electricity. “We believe we have done it,” said Daniel Nocera, Ph.D., who led the research team. “The artificial leaf shows particular promise as an inexpensive source of electricity. Our goal is to make each home its own power station.”Placed in a single gallon of water in bright sunlight, the device could produce enough electricity to supply a house in a developing country with electricity for a day, Nocera said. It does so by splitting water into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen and oxygen gases would be stored in a fuel cell, which uses those two materials to produce electricity, located either on top of the house or beside it.Although they are the inspirational model for the development of this new genre of solar cells, the device bears no resemblance to natural leaves on oaks or maples. The same shape but thinner than a playing card, the device is fashioned from silicon, electronics and catalysts, substances that accelerate chemical reactions that otherwise would occur only slowly.Right now, Nocera’s leaf is about 10 times more efficient at carrying out photosynthesis than a natural leaf. However, he is optimistic that he can boost the efficiency of the artificial leaf much higher in the future.Nocera, who is with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, points out that the “artificial leaf” is not a new concept. The first artificial leaf was developed more than a decade ago by John Turner of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. Although highly efficient at carrying out photosynthesis, Turner’s device was impractical for wider use, as it was composed of rare, expensive metals and was highly unstable — with a lifespan of barely one day.Nocera’s new leaf overcomes these problems. It is made of inexpensive materials that are widely available, works under simple conditions and is highly stable. In laboratory studies, he showed that an artificial leaf prototype could operate continuously for at least 45 hours without a drop in activity.The key to this breakthrough is Nocera’s recent discovery of several powerful new, inexpensive catalysts, made of nickel and cobalt, that are capable of efficiently splitting water into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen, under simple conditions.“Nature is powered by photosynthesis, and I think that the future world will be powered by photosynthesis as well in the form of this artificial leaf,” said Nocera, a chemist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.Nocera acknowledges funding from The National Science Foundation and Chesonis Family Foundation.Photo by Sun Star – Thanks to Dylan Grant for submitting the story idea!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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US Factories, Builders Lift Economy: New July Reports

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe U.S. economy looked more resilient Wednesday after reports showed factories produced more goods in July and homebuilders grew more confident in the housing recovery. Industrial output expanded at the fastest pace since April.Other encouraging gains included July reports that showed consumers stepped up retail spending and employers created the most jobs since February. (READ the AP story at ABC News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Brilliant Ad Agency Enlists Superman to Rebrand Chemo Drug as ‘Superformula’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe first step in overcoming disease might be believing in the cure. But how can such a positive mindset be nurtured in scared children and families who are facing chemotherapy treatment?Big applause to global advertising giant JWT for enlisting the world’s top super heroes to help kids believe in the power of healing medicine.JWT paired two of its clients, a Brazilian cancer center with Warner Bros., who enlisted their Justice League comic book illustrators to create superhero stories that transform chemotherapy into a “Superformula.”“We made covers for intravenous bags based on characters from the Justice League,” said the advertising company, “creating, for the first time, a child-friendly version of the treatment.”Co-developed with doctors, the hard plastic covers are easy to sterilize and meet all hospital hygiene standards.“To give these covers a more powerful meaning, we started to produce a special series of cartoons and comic books in which the superheroes go through experiences similar to those of kids with cancer, and recover their strength, thanks to this ‘Superformula’.”JWT went far beyond the covers by also giving the Children’s Ward an entire makeover: the game room was turned into the Hall of Justice, corridors and doors were decorated with Batman, Superman and the whole gang.The nurses and clinicians at the A.C. Camargo Cancer Center in São Paulo are “super” impressed by the transformation and the new storylines that persuade children and their families to believe.WATCH the video below…Thanks to volunteer Autumn Chilcote for submitting the story idea!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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On Queen’s 90th Birthday, Annie Leibovitz Photos Celebrate Elizabeth’s Family (LOOK)

first_imgThe Queen on steps at Windsor Castle with four of her dogs: clockwise from top left Willow (corgi), Vulcan (dorgie), Candy (dorgie) and Holly (corgi). AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe British Queen turns ninety today. To mark the birthday, the royal family has released a series of official photographs taken by the renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz at Windsor Castle just after Easter.The photo in pink above, was separately posted on Facebook with a message saying the Queen sends her best wishes and warm congratulations to all those celebrating their 90th birthday today, saying:“I send my best wishes to those who are celebrating their ninetieth birthday on 21 April 2016. On this shared occasion, I send my warm congratulations to you all. Elizabeth R.”The three Leibovitz photographs below were also posted on Facebook by the Monarchy. Another charming family portrait with little children, like the 4-generation picture released yesterday that is set to become a stamp, shows The Queen with her five great-grandchildren and her two youngest grandchildren. The portrait, which features a wee one holding her grandmother’s handbag, was taken in the Green Drawing Room, in the Castle’s semi-State apartments. The two oldest children standing to the left of The Queen are her grandchildren, James, Viscount Severn (aged 8) and Lady Louise (12)–the children of her son, Prince Edward. In the front is Princess Anne’s granddaughter, Mia Tindall, (via her daughter Zara Tindall) who is holding the handbag. Prince George (2), in the dark sweater, and in The Queen’s arms –in the tradition of Royal portraiture–the youngest great-grandchild, Princess Charlotte (11 months), are children of Prince William and Kate, now the Duchess of Cambridge. The other two little girls in the picture (one behind the Queen and the other to the far right) are Peter Phillips’s daughters (and Princess Anne’s grandchildren) Savannah & Isla. Here, Leibovitz posed The Queen with her daughter The Princess Royal, Anne, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.Follow all the royal activities surrounding the 90th birthday, which are happening all year, at the BBC.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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College Girl Gives Up Free Time to Show Special Needs Kids That They Can Dance

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis dance troupe isn’t just talented – it is also very, very special.The Chance to Dance troupe of Lexington, Kentucky is made up entirely of kids and adults with special needs. The troupe is led by the University of Kentucky College of Education student Jenna Lyon. The youth had originally started the free dance program when she was still in high school four years ago – but despite now having to meet the demands of college, she still makes sure that she has enough time for the troupe.RELATED VIDEO: Dance Company Includes People in Wheelchairs and Busts a Beautiful MoveAnd after watching this clip of the kids and their beloved teacher, it is not hard to understand why.“Chance to Dance was founded on the platform that our student’s families would not have to pay for classes or costumes because we did not want expenses to keep anyone from participating in our program,” says Lyon. “In addition to the medical bills, child care and therapies that our families have to pay for for their children, we did not want A Chance to Dance to be added as another expense.”“Our students have shown me that they are just like any other person and are capable of accomplishing anything regardless of their disability. Some of our students might need a little extra help or guidance, but I have watched their determination and resilience help them achieve anything they set their mind to.”(WATCH the video below)Bust A Move: Click To Share With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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