When Not To Quit: Man Revived After 96 Minutes Thanks to New Technology

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLast January, a Minnesota man’s heart stopped beating for an amazing 96 minutes. Emergency room doctors thought he was dead. But first responders who gave CPR on the scene decided not to give up, in part because of technology that allowed them to see their efforts were working.It’s called capnography, and it measures how much carbon dioxide is being expelled with each breath. (LISTEN to the story, or read it at NPR News)Photo by jdurham, morguefileAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Company Gives Employees $1,000 for a Job Well Done

first_img”The talent we place in jobs at our client companies are valuable members of our team, so we wanted to recognize their hard work and commitment to our ‘expectations of excellence’ culture by doing something over and above what we normally do on Employee Appreciation Day,” added McNett. “Paying one’s largest monthly expense seems fitting.”Winners since November include Austin McCain, who works at the ABR Appleton office, Andrea Mora, in Stevens Point, and Megan Patza, who works for the Sturgeon Bay location.ABR Employment Services has been placing employees at companies throughout Wisconsin since 1987.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Last week, ABR surprised the February winner, Joseph Beyer, presenting him with a giant check in the break room of his job in La Crosse, Wisconsin. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn the six months leading up to Employee Appreciation Day on March 6, ABR Employment Services has been surprising their employees with big checks in a campaign called “Free Rent and a Job!”Each month a winning employee was randomly selected to receive $1,000 to help pay their rent or mortgage.“We value our employees and wanted to do something big as a gesture of appreciation,”said ABR CEO Jim McNett.POPULAR: Company Harvests Tons of Crops, Saving it from Wasteto Give it All Awaylast_img read more

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Coca-Cola Creates Innovative ‘Plastic’ Bottle Made Entirely From Plants

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe iconic red-labeled beverage giant is turning greener.Coca-Cola officially unveiled its first plastic bottle made from 100% plant materials last month.Instead of being manufactured with petroleum products, the eco-friendly bottle is made from sugarcane and the natural leftovers from its processing.Trademarked as the PlantBottle, the fully recyclable PET plastic bottles are a vast improvement over the 30% plant-based Coke bottles introduced in 2009.Ancient Fruit Shows Promise For Modern Healing“Our vision was to maximize game-changing technology, using responsibly sourced plant-based materials to create the globe’s first fully recyclable PET plastic bottle made entirely from renewable materials,” said Coca-Cola Global Research and Development Officer Nancy Quan.Since 2009, Coca-Cola has distributed more than 35 billion bottles using the current 30% PlantBottle packaging, and has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 315,000 metric tons each year. The soda company isn’t saying when it will start actually bottling with the green container, but it said it is partnering with biotechnology firms “to move from lab to commercial scale.”(READ more at Coca-Cola)Plant This Story Elsewhere – Share Below…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Baby Otter Learns How to be an Otter From Expert Humans

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis wee one has been enrolled in Otter School.“Luna” was only a week old when found lost and alone on a California beach. Weighing just two pounds at the time, she was taken in by Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where people have been teaching her the ways of the world — an otter’s world – how to swim, how to groom, and how to eat.How to be adorable, however, comes naturally.As part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Program, six to eight animal care experts will give her round-the-clock attention until she’s eight months old.“Our animal care team is teaching the pup how to be an otter,” said Tim Binder, Vice President of Animal Collections at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.Over the past 25 years, nearly 700 sea otters—adults and pups—have come through the program, which rescues, treats and releases injured otters; raises and releases stranded pups through a surrogacy program; provides care for sea otters that can’t return to the wild; and conducts scientific research.Luna is on track to graduate with a diploma in ottering.(WATCH the Reuters video below or READ more at the Washington Post)  Photos: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna HernandezSHARE the Love:AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Congress Takes Quick Action to Keep Plastic Microbeads Out of U.S. Water

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA bill to clean up the environment and keep toxins out of the food chain has sailed through the U.S. Congress with virtually no debate.The Microbead-Free Waters Act requires health and beauty companies to stop using the tiny, plastic abrasives in products by 2017.WANT MORE GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT? GET OUR NEW APP —>  Download FREE for Android and iOSMicrobeads, made from ground plastic pellets like those above, are used in products ranging from facial scrubs to toothpaste. They don’t break down in water treatment plants and about 11 billion of them end up in American waterways every day.They’re not toxic, but toxic chemicals sticking to the microbeads are eaten by marine life. The contamination is then passed up the food chain — even to humans who eat seafood.RELATED:  Watch 196 Countries Approve Historic Climate Agreement in ParisThe beads are also a part of the growing problem of plastic pollution floating in the world’s oceans.Congress passed the bill just before it recessed for Christmas. The Senate didn’t even change any of the language from the original House version of the bill. Even the cosmetic industry supported it in the end. Thirteen companies had already agreed last year to stop using them.CHECK OUT:  Teenage Girl Turns Plastic Trash Into Million-Dollar BiofuelIllinois and California have passed state bans and several cities and counties were planning their own laws against microbeads, leading the industry to favor a single, national regulation rather than dozens of confusing local and state laws.(READ more at the New York Times) — Photo: gentlemanrook, CC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Once Bullied For Her Love Of Bugs, 8-Year-old Co-Authors Scientific Paper

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore8-year-old girls are not often encouraged to play with bugs and insects, yet Sophia Spencer has become an entomological prodigy—and a role model for other girls interested in biology.The youngster had been teased for how much she loved bugs. Whenever she was seen playing with grasshoppers, the other second graders at her elementary school would call her weird. “She is often teased at school by her peers because she will proudly display her current bug friend on her shoulder,” wrote Sophia’s mom Nicole.CHECK OUT: 12-Year-old Girl Outsmarts Carjacker and Saves Little SisterWorried about her daughter’s confidence in the scientific field, Nicole sent a letter to the Entomological Society of Canada last year asking for encouragement.“She has asked me for over a year if this is a job she can do one day, exploring and learning more about bugs and insects. I have told her that of course, she could; however, I am at a loss on how to continue to encourage her.”“I was wondering if a professional entomologist would speak to her over the phone to encourage her love and explain to her how she could make this into a career. I am constantly looking for articles and information on the species and how to recognize them, but find the lack of answers to her questions unhelpful.”“If someone could maybe talk to her for even five minutes, or who won’t mind being a penpal for her, I would appreciate it so much. I want her to know from an expert that she is not weird or strange (what kids call her) for loving bugs and insects.”MORE: Teen Creates ‘Sit With Us’ App For Bullied School ChildrenThe society then tweeted the letter to their followers asking for help and support – and the response was overwhelming.Hundreds of entomologists – female and otherwise – flooded the society’s inbox with kind words and offers of assistance under the hashtag #BugsR4Girls.One entomologist told Sophia that she was free to visit their lab anytime. Another scientist offered to send her any nets, papers, supplies, and books she might want to pursue her insect interest. Another offered to show Sophia her bug collection. Sophia made such a big splash in the scientific community, she became a co-author of a paper published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America with Morgan Jackson, a P.h.D of entomology from the University of Guelph in Ontario.The paper, entitled “Engaging for a Good Cause: Sophia’s Story and Why #BugsR4Girls,” explores how Twitter can be utilized by the scientific community.WATCH: Girl With Half Her Brain Becomes Speech Pathologist as Adult“After my mom sent the message and showed me all the responses, I was happy,” she wrote in her portion of the paper. “I felt like I was famous. Because I was! It felt good to have so many people support me, and it was cool to see other girls and grown-ups studying bugs. It made me feel like I could do it too, and I definitely, definitely, definitely want to study bugs when I grow up, probably grasshoppers.”“Kids now, after I told them the whole story, they’re like, ‘Oh, well — could you teach me more about bugs?’” Sophia told NPR. “And I’m like, ‘Sure.’“And a lot of the kids stopped bullying me about it. I feel really good.”SHARE the Buzz With Your Friends (Photo by Nicole Spencer)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Guy Runs Marathon With a New Heart, Young Organ Donor’s Dad Shows Up to Cheer Him On

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIt has been two years since John Dickhout endured a massive heart attack that left him in dire need of a new organ. At the same time, 22-year-old Adam Prashaw passed away following a severe seizure and Dickhout received his heart.Thanks to a successful operation and recovery, John was able to run his first marathon since the surgery – and Adam’s father, Rick, showed up to cheer him on.MORE: Stranger Sets Off Incredible Chain of Good Deeds That Saved 6 LivesWhen John crossed the finish line, Prashaw Sr. was there to greet him with a hug, clapping and cheering for the accomplishment of the man who was thriving with his son’s heart.“It was just like watching my kid in a hockey game,” Prashaw told CTV News. “Seeing [John] just living and choosing life … all because of Adam’s gift means the world to us.”(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Heartwarming Story With Your Friends – Photo by CTV NewsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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From Hong Kong to New Zealand, Hawaii and Montana, Officials Celebrate No New Cases of COVID-19

first_imgAfter easing restrictions in February, Hong Kong experienced a surge in new cases, suffering from the often-warned of  “second wave” but has contained the virus very well since then.RELATED: Elders Around the World in Their 80s, 90s, and 100s Are Bouncing Back From Virus – and Sharing AdviceHong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam is in talks about freeing citizens from quarantine and travel restrictions between Macau and the Chinese Province of Guangdong according to South China Morning Post.No COVID for KiwisAnother nation that will likely soon declare mission accomplished against COVID-19 is New Zealand, which has ended stringent lockdown procedures less than a week ago after Monday passed without any new cases of the virus.Arriving in mid-March, the coronavirus was responsible for 20 deaths in the Pacific island nation, and although lockdown restrictions are eased, many restaurants remain closed and social distancing is still encouraged.However the director-general of health, Ashley Bloomfield says the milestone of no new cases is a cause for celebration and is “symbolic of the effort everyone has put in.”POPULAR: Irish People Are Repaying Debt of Gratitude to Suffering Native Americans 170 Years After Potato FamineNew Zealand currently has a little over 1,000 cases confirmed in the country, and her westerly neighbor Australia is likewise carrying a light viral burden of 6,800 cases and 94 deaths according to Al Jazeera. Talks between the two nations may result soon, according to the New Zealand foreign minister Winston Peters in a trans-Tasman travel arrangement, whereby visitors of one country can visit the other freely, saying such an arrangement could work “seriously well.”No New Cases in Montana or Hawaii The islands of Hawai’i as recently as May 8th reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus. It’s the first time in two months the spread has halted completely.Beginning May 18, governors will allow residents to seek reimbursement for expenses if people were impacted by official shutdown measures, which include rent and child care. These orders are beginning to be lifted, with low-risk business reopening.Honolulu’s Director of Community Services Pamela Witty-Oakland says the capital is working with nonprofit groups like Aloha United Way, Helping Hands Hawaiʻi, and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement to provide financial support to the most vulnerable communities.MORE: FDA Approves Emergency Use of Nation’s First Drug Treatment Against COVID-19“These organizations will work with the families, and those affected. [They] will collect receipts and provide reimbursement of eligible household expenses of up to $1,000 a month, and eligible child care expenses of up to $500 a month,” she said.Also free of new cases is Montana. The Big Sky State reports no new reports of patients with the virus. COVID-19’s effect in Montana has been so limited, that on May 7th schools were given the option of resuming normal operations.SHARE the Positive Trends With Friends in Lockdown on Social Media…This is just one of many positive stories and updates that are coming out of the COVID-19 news coverage this week. For more uplifting coverage on the outbreaks, click here.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 MoreAddThisMoreAcross the world, many countries are seeing the number of new cases of COVID-19 wind down into single digits over the last week. Four places—including a huge city like Hong Kong that was hit hard by the pandemic—are even celebrating zero new cases.One of the most densely populated cities on earth, Hong Kong has now gone 22 days as of Monday without re-circulation of the virus within the country. The last new case was reported April 20th.Medical experts have warned that people should keep their guard up, as hiking trails, restaurants, beaches, and parks open with fewer restrictions.last_img read more

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As the U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis, Landmark Study Shows CBD Does Not Impair Driving

first_imgLed by the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney and conducted at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, the study’s results were published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.There has been substantial growth in medical treatment using cannabis-related products in Australia and overseas. This includes increasing use of CBD-containing products for conditions such as epilepsy, anxiety, chronic pain and addictions. Many currently available products also contain a mixture of THC and CBD.RELATED: First-of-its-Kind Clinical Study Finds That Microdosing THC Can Reduce Chronic PainThe research also measured the effects of driving with THC in one’s bloodstream—the intoxicating cannabis component tetrahydrocannabinol—and found that moderate amounts produced mild driving impairment that lasted up to four hours.Sydney UniversityParticipants inhaled vaporized cannabis containing various mixes of THC and CBD, or a placebo cannabis, then went for a 60-mile drive (100-km) under controlled conditions on public highways both 40 minutes and four hours later. Cannabis containing mainly CBD did not impair driving while cannabis containing THC, or a THC/CBD mixture, caused mild impairment measured at 40 minutes later but not after four hours.RELATED: Cannabis Can Be 30x More Powerful Than Aspirin for Inflammation, Says New Study Eyeing Future Opioid Substitute “With cannabis laws changing globally, jurisdictions are grappling with the issue of cannabis-impaired driving. These results provide much needed insights (that) can help to guide road-safety policy,” said Dr Arkell. “These results should allow for evidence-based laws and regulation for people receiving medical cannabis.”“The results should reassure people using CBD-only products that they are most likely safe to drive, while helping patients using THC-dominant products to understand the duration of impairment,” said Lambert Initiative Director, Professor Iain McGregor.METHODThe one-hour driving test was conducted on a public highway in a dual control car with driving instructor, using a well-established scientific test that measures standard deviation of vehicle position (SDLP), including lane weaving, swerving, and overcorrecting.The amount of THC vaporized by participants was enough to cause strong feelings of intoxication.MORE: Canada Becomes First Western Nation to Legalize MarijuanaWhile some previous studies have looked at the effects of cannabis on driving, most have focused on smoked cannabis containing only THC (not CBD) and have not precisely quantified the duration of impairment, said authors of the study on JAMA.“This is the first study to illustrate the lack of CBD effects on driving and to also provide a clear indication of the duration of THC impairment.”SHARE the DATA With Cannabis Fans on Social Media…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 MoreAddThisMoreThe United Nations this week reclassified cannabis by removing it from the category of most dangerous and addictive drugs, which includes heroin.Meanwhile, a landmark study was published on cannabis and driving ability, which showed that cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis component now widely used for medical purposes, does not impair driving.“These findings indicate for the first time that CBD, when given without THC, does not affect a subject’s ability to drive,” said lead author Dr Thomas Arkell. “That’s great news for those using or considering treatment using CBD-based products.”last_img read more

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Philosophy club approved for new school year

first_imgMembers of the Undergraduate Philosophy Club, new this semester, will have a venue to engage outside the classroom with the work of Albert Camus, Friedrich Nietzsche and other philosophy experts. Senior Katie Finley, club president, said before the Student Activities Office (SAO) approved the club in the spring, Notre Dame’s strong philosophy department lacked a corresponding student organization. “Looking at other schools that have reputable philosophy programs like Notre Dame, all the rest had undergraduate philosophy clubs,” Finley said. “Notre Dame was the only one of its caliber that didn’t have a philosophy club.” Junior and club treasurer Cameron Cortens said the organization allows philosophy majors to sharpen skills that apply to their academic goals and enables non-philosophy majors to pursue questions they do not encounter in class. “Philosophy Club’s main purpose is to provide an informal atmosphere outside of classrooms and grades for Notre Dame students with an interest in philosophy to come together, share ideas, challenge themselves and one another intellectually on their positions and worldviews, and hopefully arrive at some fruitful discoveries in the realm of truth,” Cortens said. The club consists of students studying philosophy as well as students studying other disciplines, according to Finley. “We have a lot of people who aren’t philosophy majors,” Finley said. “It’s just kind of a good way to get an opportunity to talk, especially because they don’t get that opportunity in their classes a lot of time.” Finley said the club would meet once a week to discuss various philosophical writings. “We’re going to send out a short article ahead of time that isn’t too dry and academic, and then we’re going to discuss it,” Finley said. Finley said she plans to host monthly movie events at which attendees can watch a relevant film and discuss the philosophical ideas it raises. Cortens said the Undergraduate Philosophy Club will screen “Fight Club” in September, but the exact date has not yet been determined. The club will also have dining hall dinners with philosophy graduate students and professors to learn about their research, Finley said. She also said she hopes to organize a spring conference at which a University professor or an outside speaker will address club members. Last year, Finley said the club met as an unofficial group with between 10 and 15 members at each gathering. “We’re hoping to get a lot more members now that we can advertise because we’re official,” Finley said. The club plans to integrate philosophy lovers of all levels of study, Finley said. “[We hope] to make more of a connection between undergraduate students and graduate students and faculty members, especially for undergraduates that are hoping to go into graduate school for philosophy,” Finley said. “[Another goal is] also to get more people interested in majoring in philosophy, just to show them what studying philosophy is actually like outside the freshmen intro classes.” Senior Dylan Belton, club vice president, said the club would have fun events in addition to the more serious ones so that members can get to know each other. “Philosophical discussions become more and more fruitful as the partakers grow in friendship and mutual respect for others involved in the discussion,” Belton said. Senior Chelsea King, club vice president, emphasized the impact the club has already had on her experience at Notre Dame. “As a transfer student, it has really proved to be a great place for me to meet many incredible individuals who all share a common passion in discussing very deep and profound questions about life,” she said. “I have made many friends since my time in the club.”last_img read more

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