Sunday, March 31, 2013

Okla. Dentist Could Face Criminal Charges

An Oklahoma dentist accused of exposing thousands of patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C may face criminal charges for his actions, Susan Rogers, president of Oklahoma Board of Dentistry, told

"The basic things that everyone knows -- follow CDC guidelines, use clean syringes, don't reuse multi-dose vials in multiple patients, don't use rusted equipment -- those are things even non-physicians know," Rogers said. "Those are basic things. That part makes it egregious."

On Friday the Tulsa Health Department sent 7,000 warning letters to the patients of Dr. Wayne Scott Harrington, an oral surgeon with practices in Tulsa and Owasso, informing them of an investigation into Harrington's practice and advising them to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C.

Rogers said investigations by the state dental board, the state health department, the state bureau of narcotics and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency are just getting underway. Although she has not yet submitted documents to the Tulsa District Attorney, she has alerted him about the situation.

The dentist's alleged practices came to light after a patient tested positive for HIV and hepatitis C, and had no known risk factors. State health officials traced the infections to the dentist.

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Upon hearing of the infected patient on March 15, the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry conducted a surprise inspection of Harrington's practice on March 18, allegedly finding numerous problems, including regular use of a rusty set of instruments on patients with known infections, and the practice of pouring bleach on wounds until they "turned white." They also discovered that Harrington employed dental assistants who weren't licensed.

"Practicing dentistry without a license is a felony," she said. "When we found out the things that they said, the fact that the assistants were giving IV anesthesia, that part is absolutely unacceptable and illegal, and my board frowns on that."

Since news of the investigation broke yesterday, Rogers said she has received several other calls from former patients alleging that the dental assistants performed other dental procedures, as well.

Calls last night to Harrington's office were directed to an operator, who told ABC News the clinic no longer took voicemails. The operator said patients were being referred to another clinic, but did not disclose the clinic's name.

Harrington voluntarily surrendered his state dental license and other permits, and a formal hearing before the dentistry board is scheduled for April 19.

Rogers called the incident a "perfect storm." On top of his many violations in sanitary practice, the dentist was a Medicaid provider, which means he had a high proportion of patients with HIV or hepatitis, she said.

Harrington and his staff told investigators that he treated a "high population of known infectious disease carrier patients," according to a 17-count complaint filed by the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry. Drug cabinets were unlocked and unsupervised during the day, and Harrington did not keep an inventory log of drugs, some of which were controlled substances, according to the complaint. One drug vial expired in 1993.

"During the inspections, Dr. Harrington referred to his staff regarding all sterilization and drug procedures in his office," the complaint read. "He advised, 'They take care of that. I don't.'"

Harrington allegedly re-used needles, contaminating drugs with potentially harmful bacteria and trace amounts of other drugs, according to the complaint. Although patient-specific drug records indicated that they were using morphine in 2012, no morphine had been ordered since 2009.


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North Korea says enters "state of war" against South

By Jack Kim

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea, but Seoul and its ally the United States played down the statement as tough talk.

Pyongyang also threatened to close a border industrial zone, the last remaining example of inter-Korean cooperation which gives the impoverished North access to $2 billion in trade a year.

The United States said it took Pyongyang's threats seriously but cautioned that the North had a history of bellicose rhetoric. Russia, another a permanent U.N. Security Council member, urged all sides to show restraint.

Tensions have been high since the North's new young leader Kim Jong-un ordered a third nuclear weapons test in February, breaching U.N. sanctions and ignoring warnings from North Korea's sole major ally, China, not to do so.

"From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly," a statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency said.

KCNA said the statement was issued jointly by the North's government, ruling party and other organizations.

The Seoul government said there was nothing in the North's latest statement to cause particular alarm.

"North Korea's statement today ... is not a new threat but is the continuation of provocative threats," the South's Unification Ministry, which handles political ties with the North, said in a statement.

On Friday, Kim signed an order putting the North's missile units on standby to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force.

U.S. officials described the flight as a diplomatic sortie aimed at reassuring allies South Korea and Japan, and at trying to nudge Pyongyang back to nuclear talks, though there was no guarantee Kim Jong-un would get the message as intended.

The two Koreas have been technically in a state of war since a truce that ended their 1950-53 conflict. Despite its threats, few people see any indication Pyongyang will risk a near-certain defeat by re-starting full-scale war.

There was no sign of unusual activity in the North's military to suggest an imminent aggression, a South Korean defense ministry official said.


White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said North Korea's announcement followed a "familiar pattern" of rhetoric [ID:nL2N0CM05W].

Russia, which has often balanced criticism of North Korea, a Soviet-era client state, with calls on the United States and South Korea to refrain from belligerent actions, said a recurrence of war was unacceptable.

"We hope that all parties will exercise maximum responsibility and restraint and no-one will cross the point of no return," Grigory Logvinov, a senior Russian Foreign Ministry official, told Interfax news agency.

France said it was deeply worried about the situation on the Korean peninsula while NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said the alliance hoped "that this is more posturing than a prelude to any armed hostilities."

China has repeatedly called for restraint on the peninsula.

The North has been threatening to attack the South and U.S. military bases almost on a daily basis since the beginning of March, when U.S. and South Korean militaries started routine drills that have been conducted for decades without incident.

Many in the South have regarded the North's willingness to keep open the Kaesong industrial zone, located just a few miles (km) north of the heavily-militarized border, as a sign that Pyongyang will not risk losing a lucrative source of foreign currency by mounting a real act of aggression.

The Kaesong zone is a vital source of hard currency for the North and hundreds of South Korean workers and vehicles enter daily after crossing the armed border.

"If the puppet traitor group continues to mention the Kaesong industrial zone is being kept operating and damages our dignity, it will be mercilessly shut off and shut down," KCNA quoted an agency that operates Kaesong as saying in a statement.

Closure could also trap hundreds of South Korean workers and managers of the more than 100 firms that have factories there.

The North has previously suspended operations at the factory zone at the height of political tensions with the South, only to let it resume operations later.

North Korea has canceled an armistice agreement with the United States that ended the Korean War and cut all hotlines with U.S. forces, the United Nations and South Korea.

(Additional reporting by Sung-won Shim and Jane Chung; Editing Rosalind Russell and Jon Boyle)


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Saturday, March 30, 2013

EPA taking aim at auto emissions, sulfur in gas

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Reducing sulfur in gasoline and tightening emissions standards on cars beginning in 2017, as the Obama administration is proposing, would come with costs as well as rewards. The cost at the pump for cleaner air across the country could be less than a penny or as high as 9 cents a gallon, depending on who is providing the estimate.

An oil industry study says the proposed rule being unveiled Friday by the administration could increase gasoline prices by 6 cents to 9 cents a gallon. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates an increase of less than a penny and an additional $130 to the cost of a vehicle in 2025.

The EPA is quick to add that the change aimed at cleaning up gasoline and automobile emissions would yield billions of dollars in health benefits by 2030 by slashing smog- and soot-forming pollution. Still, the oil industry, Republicans and some Democrats have pressed the EPA to delay the rule, citing higher costs.

Environmentalists hailed the proposal as potentially the most significant in President Barack Obama's second term.

The so-called Tier 3 standards would reduce sulfur in gasoline by more than 60 percent and reduce nitrogen oxides by 80 percent, by expanding across the country a standard already in place in California. For states, the regulation would make it easier to comply with health-based standards for the main ingredient in smog and soot. For automakers, the regulation allows them to sell the same autos in all 50 states.

The Obama administration already has moved to clean up motor vehicles by adopting rules that will double fuel efficiency and putting in place the first standards to reduce the pollution from cars and trucks blamed for global warming.

"We know of no other air pollution control strategy that can achieve such substantial, cost-effective and immediate emission reductions," said Bill Becker, executive director of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. Becker said the rule would reduce pollution equal to taking 33 million cars off the road.

But the head of American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Charles Drevna, said in an interview Thursday that the refiners' group was still unclear on the motives behind the agency's regulation, since refining companies already have spent $10 billion to reduce sulfur by 90 percent. The additional cuts, while smaller, will cost just as much, Drevna said, and the energy needed for the additional refining actually could increase carbon pollution by 1 percent to 2 percent.

"I haven't seen an EPA rule on fuels that has come out since 1995 that hasn't said it would cost only a penny or two more," Drevna said.

A study commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute estimated that lowering the sulfur in gasoline would add 6 cents to 9 cents a gallon to refiners' manufacturing costs, an increase that likely would be passed on to consumers at the pump. The EPA estimate of less than 1 cent is also an additional manufacturing cost and likely to be passed on.

A senior administration official said Thursday that only 16 of 111 refineries would need to invest in major equipment to meet the new standards, which could be final by the end of this year. Of the remaining refineries, 29 already are meeting the standards because they are selling cleaner fuel in California or other countries, and 66 would have to make modifications.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the rule was still undergoing White House budget office review.


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Nonverbal Communication In Relationships - Romance - Nairaland

Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by infodollarman(m): 12:57pm On Mar 27Nonverbal communication refer to those signs, signals and body language you display when talking with your partner. they include gestures,movements, tone of your voice and many more. they are very important if your relationship must be successful.

Here some of things you get from nonverbal communication

Knowing how truthful your partner is
understand Whether they care or not
How trustworthy your partner is or mistrustful they are
Be more emotionally connected to your love and many more

Roles Of Nonverbal Communication

1. complimentary role
2. contradictory role
3. repetition role
4. substitution role

Ways Nonverbal Communication Can Be Displayed In A Relationship

1. going out of your way to help your lover
2. ignoring your lover
3. Forgetting their cherished dates like birthdays etc

In all nonverbal communication is paramount to a successful relationship. you must pay attention to not just only spoken words but actions and body languages displayed.

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Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by himclfgud: 5:40pm On Mar 28Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by Griffint: 5:41pm On Mar 28
In all nonverbal communication is paramount to a successful relationship. you must pay attention to not just only spoken words but actions and body languages displayed.

Psychologists will tell you that body language says more.

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Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by Imanuelle: 5:43pm On Mar 28

Reading these signs wrongly, or hastily concluding, could be a disaster!

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Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by Mikkyhandy(m): 5:44pm On Mar 28

Now I know. Good tip anyway

Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by my love2011: 5:44pm On Mar 28

Okay I done hear........

Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by fuckluv: 5:47pm On Mar 28Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by Abujafood: 5:49pm On Mar 28

These signs have helped me also know my real friends! It also applies to ordinary friendship!

Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by iamswizz(m): 5:50pm On Mar 28

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Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by knorkle2: 5:51pm On Mar 28Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by hay sal(m): 5:55pm On Mar 28Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by Nora4real: 6:00pm On Mar 28


Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by JideTheBlogger(m): 6:05pm On Mar 28

All these without money to spoil her with gifts etc is useless.


Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by nekaa(f): 6:08pm On Mar 28
my love2011: Okay I done hear........
Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by ichommy(m): 6:12pm On Mar 28

Good 1

Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by Gudiza(m): 6:22pm On Mar 28
JideTheBlogger: All these without money to spoil her with gifts etc is useless.

Oh.... This is like more mature stuff.Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by lillyveezy: 6:27pm On Mar 28

is this thread too mature for Nairalanders?why is monosylabic response the order now?

This post has been hiddenRe: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by Myne White(f): 6:46pm On Mar 28Very important indeed, but don't be too hasty to make assumptions!

Assume = behind X u + me

Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by bumzel89(f): 7:36pm On Mar 28

Would gladly note that

Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by Cine(m): 7:53pm On Mar 28If the only way for you two to speak is for you to call cos the other party never calls first.

then you may need to think twice

Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by fitzmayowa: 8:11pm On Mar 28

Points noted...

Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by Benardinho(m): 8:36pm On Mar 28


Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by larayat(f): 8:54pm On Mar 28


Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by dedons: 8:58pm On Mar 28Are you telling mehuh

Ok,i hear

Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by Fadheelah: 9:22pm On Mar 28

True though, but one has to pay attention & be careful so as not to misinterpret d non verbal communication

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Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by a1solution: 9:25pm On Mar 28

All I can say is if you are man try to make enough money when you are young all other things would be added to you. If you are a lady beautiful or ugly try to be attractive then pretend as a good girl even if you are not one, all other things would be added to you.

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Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by sandra@4: 9:36pm On Mar 28Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by devigblegble: 10:21pm On Mar 28

Is there anything like relationship with money ? NO love without a dollar respect lucky dube

Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by Yield(f): 4:55am
Fadheelah: True though, but one has to pay attention & be careful so as not to misinterpret d non verbal communication

+1Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by jaxxy(m): 6:12amA fair attempt bt smwhat incomplete or nt comprehensive or explanatory enough for ur topic... Hence d monotonous replies...

I'll b back!

Re: Nonverbal Communication In Relationships by bigfat08: 10:54am

a very cruel way to communication in a relationship bad

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Google patent application would tie camera settings to local weather

Google patent application would tie camera settings to weather

GPS is burgeoning into a tool for more than just finding our way, such as choosing gears on a weekend drive. If one of Google's newly published patent applications becomes reality, positioning might also fix our off-color photos. Its proposed technique would use GPS to automatically tune a camera based on both the local climate and whether or not you're outdoors: the white balance and saturation could be different for a sunny day in the park than a rainy day stuck inside, for example. While automatic settings are already commonplace, the method could lead to more accurate output that reduces the urge to flick on a manual mode. There's no guarantee that we'll ever see the patent in a shipping product, but don't be surprised if future Android smartphones produce uncannily good photography with little effort.

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Groupon's New Accounting Methods - Business Insider

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Anthony Catanach Jr., an associate professor at the Villanova University School of Business, is a longtime critic of Groupon, and he just renewed his attacks on the daily deal giant.

In August 2011, he predicted on his blog, Grumpy Old Accountants, that the SEC would probe Groupon's numbers ? and it came to pass, seven months later.

This time around, Catanach calls into question a grab-bag of accounting items in Groupon's annual report. He says:

  • Groupon is no good at estimating the value of companies it buys.
  • Groupon's estimate of the amount of intangible "goodwill" on its balance sheet is ripe for a writedown.
  • Groupon's estimate of its deferred tax assets is shaky.
  • Groupon uses a non-GAAP accounting method that's "a curious metric that inflates operating performance."

In his post, Catanach says, "Heads up SEC?you too E&Y!"

(We emailed Groupon for comment and we'll update this post if we hear back.)

The backdrop here is that Groupon is struggling to reorient its business away from a dependence on daily email deals toward selling goods directly, and by generally providing a marketing infrastructure for local businesses.

It also recently fired its CEO, Andrew Mason.

Here are a couple of highlights from Catanach's deep-dive into Groupon's numbers:

Remember how the grumpies complained last August about Groupon?s ?unusual? gain on an e-commerce transaction that created second quarter profitability (see Groupon: Still Accounting Challenged)?? This was a gain driven solely by the Company?s own estimates of fair value, the reasonableness of which we questioned at the time.? Well, guess what?? We were right again!? In the fourth quarter (literally at the eleventh hour), the Company revised its value estimate of its F-tuan investment downward by almost 40 percent resulting in a write-down of $50.6 million (2012 10-K, page 84). This turnabout almost completely reverses the pre-tax $56 million gain that Groupon reported in the second quarter of 2012.

... ?In fact, cracks are beginning to appear in the goodwill numbers.? International segment revenue actually declined 15.9 percent in the final quarter of 2012 (2012 10-K, page 38) raising questions about reported international goodwill amounts.

... despite the declines in gross profit percentage, income from operations has turned positive for the first time primarily due to reduced marketing expenses. The dramatic reversals in marketing and selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses may reflect the Company?s changing business model, but given Groupon?s past reporting issues, one wonders if some of this expense volatility is due to the aforementioned decision to reclassify financial statement items.? Just a thought.


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Early Childhood EducationIf you are interested in finding a career in education, you will almost certainly need to earn a degree in a field like early childhood education or educational administration first. Many people are curious about why this is necessary, and you might wonder why a degree in education is more valuable than a degree in literacy, history or any other specific subject matter. A degree in childhood education is important because it prepares teachers for success in the classroom, and it will benefit the students in many ways. Here are some of the ways that an online degree in early childhood education is such a good idea.

How Does Early Childhood Education Benefit Children?

The main way that early education training benefits children is by turning out teachers who are aware of what it takes to bring success to the classroom. Aspiring teachers will learn how to identify learning disabilities in students, manage classrooms efficiently and encourage students to do well. In addition, these courses will make sure that anyone who eventually becomes a teacher is equipped to take on the challenge, and parents can feel comfortable sending their children to school each day.

What Degrees are Available in Early Childhood Education?

Anyone who is interested in becoming an early childhood educator can choose from a number of degrees in the field. The three most popular options include the associate degree, the bachelor?s degree and the master?s degree. An associate degree takes just two years to complete, but it may only prepare students for assistant teaching positions. A bachelor?s degree is Early Childhood Educationmandatory for teachers, and some school districts will also request that teachers have a master?s degree before they are hired on a permanent basis.

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After you graduate with a degree in early childhood education, there are a number of career opportunities available. The most common career choice is obviously that of elementary school teacher, but that is far from the only choice that you have for a career. Other popular options that you might be interested in include that of curriculum developer, educational administrator, group childcare worker or even social worker. Whatever you decide, you will be able to make an impact of the lives of children and help them to succeed in school and in life.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

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Often it?s hard to distinguish between what?s normal and what needs a doctor's attention. Here are the most common health symptoms women should not ignore.

Symptom #1: Pelvic Pain

Chronic pelvic pain can indicate benign uterine fibroids, endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease.

?Fortunately, most pelvic discomfort isn?t related to ovarian cancer, but women should know the disease?s unremitting constellation of symptoms,? Holly Puritz, MD, FACOG, an obstetrician and gynecologist told WebMD.

The constellation of symptoms can include abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating and cramps nausea, diarrhea, abdominal swelling, constipation, or sudden unexplained weight change.

?If you have two weeks of bloating, pelvic pressure, and frequent urination -- and every day, you have it -- that?s a potential sign you should be checked for possible symptoms of ovarian cancer,? said Puritz in WebMD.

Symptom #2: Irregular Vaginal Bleeding

Irregular vaginal bleeding could come from multiple causes that aren?t serious including perimenopause, uterine fibroids or polyps, reported WebMD.

For bleeding after sex, wrote that an unlikely culprit could be chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection. The least common scenario would be cervical cancer.

One common cause for spotting between periods is not taking oral contraceptives at the same time every day. Less likely culprits are uterine fibroids. And the least common scenario is endometrial cancer, which frequently causes irregular vaginal bleeding in premenopausal women, wrote

Symptom #3: Abnormal Vaginal Discharge

Abnormal vaginal discharge may signify an easily treatable infection, said This includes a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis. warned that vaginal discharge colored with blood is sometimes a sign of cervical or endometrial cancer.

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Publishers oppose Amazon's bid to gain Web names: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two publishing industry groups, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, are opposing Inc's request to own new domain names, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The organizations argue that allowing Amazon to have such domain addresses that end in suffixes such as ".book," ".author" and ".read" would be a threat to competition, the paper said.

Barnes & Noble Inc has also opposed Amazon's request, the paper said.

An Amazon spokesman declined to comment on the objections, the paper said.

Last year the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers began a process to allow organizations to register for new Web address suffixes, other than ".com" and ".edu."

The ambitious plan to liberalize Internet addresses attracted 1,930 applications, almost half of them from north America, with Amazon and Google Inc applying for dozens of domains including .cloud, .buy and .book.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Arkansas GOP eyes Planned Parenthood funds next

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, appears for an interview near the senate chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe?s veto of Rapert's legislation that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward and would give the state the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, appears for an interview near the senate chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Arkansas Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe?s veto of Rapert's legislation that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward and would give the state the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is interviewed in a hallway at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, March 4, 2013, after vetoing legislation that would have banned abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, waits to be interviewed near the senate chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of Rapert's legislation that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, right, greets Sen. Bobby J. Pierce, D-Sheridan, on the floor of the senate chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Pierce voted against an override of Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of Rapert's legislation that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

(AP) ? Not content with enacting the most restrictive abortion law in the country, Arkansas Republicans plan to press the legislative advantage their party hasn't enjoyed since Reconstruction by making it even more difficult for women to get abortions in the state.

The GOP-controlled Legislature on Wednesday overrode Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill banning nearly all abortions beginning in the 12th week of pregnancy, when a fetus' heartbeat can typically be detected through an abdominal ultrasound. That law wouldn't take effect until 90 days after the legislative session ends in a month or so, but the Legislature last week overrode a veto of a near-ban on abortions starting in the 20th week. That law took effect immediately.

State Sen. Jason Rapert, who was behind the 12-week ban, now wants to cut all public funding to Planned Parenthood. And the state's top anti-abortion advocacy group is urging lawmakers to ban providers from remotely administering the abortion pill via a video hookup ? a practice they've derided as "webcam abortions."

The moves mark a major shift in a state already considered to have some of the most tightest restrictions on abortion in the nation, and they're worrying Democrats who say the newly Republican-controlled legislative majority is obsessing over abortion at the expense of issues such as education, health care and economic development.

Knowing the Legislature needed only a simple majority in each chamber to override his vetoes, Beebe nonetheless rejected both bans and said they clearly contradict the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision and the state will end up wasting money having to defend the laws.

The American Civil Liberties Union has already said it will sue to block the 12-week restriction from taking effect, and courts are already weighing the legality of similar 20-week bans passed in other states, which are based on a theory rejected by most experts that a fetus can feel pain by then. On Wednesday, a federal judge deemed Idaho's 20-week ban unconstitutional.

"I was hoping we were finished with what I think is, intended or not, an attack on women," said Sen. Joyce Elliott, a Democrat from Little Rock who has been an outspoken critic of the new abortion restrictions.

Rapert is now calling for the state to prohibit any state or federal funds from going toward any entity that performs abortions. It's a measure that's aimed at cutting off public funding to Planned Parenthood, which doesn't perform surgical abortions in Arkansas but distributes the abortion pill at two facilities in the state. Arkansas' only clinic that performs surgical abortions is in Little Rock.

The proposal would cut off money Planned Parenthood receives from the state for non-abortion programs, including federal grants disbursed by the state to the group for education programs in Little Rock schools on sexually transmitted diseases.

"I'm glad for them to do education and do those sorts of things, but I do not like them utilizing funds, indirectly even, to support their efforts with abortion in our state," Rapert, a Republican from Conway, said Thursday.

Planned Parenthood officials vowed to fight the legislation.

"For many Arkansas women we care for, we are the only health care provider they rely on every year for affordable care including well woman exams, lifesaving cancer screenings, contraception, and STD prevention," said Jill June, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. "Planned Parenthood will fight this dangerous bill just as we fought Senator Rapert's abortion ban - politics should never come between a woman and her medical care."

Republicans, who in January took control of the Legislature for the first time in 138 years, have benefited over the past two elections from President Barack Obama's unpopularity in the state. The abortion laws Republicans have already pushed through are more restrictive than any adopted during the 10? years that Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee, a vocal abortion opponent and Baptist minister, was in office.

Rapert won re-election last year after defeating a Democratic lawmaker who chaired the House committee that rejected several anti-abortion measures in the 2011 session.

"For years in the state of Arkansas, these types of bills have been filed but have never been able to see the light of day because they were killed in committee who were not pro-life," Rapert said. "That's why you see these bills making it today."

Rapert's 12-week ban goes beyond the restrictions Arkansas Right to Life, the state's chief anti-abortion group, said it would push for during this year's legislative session. The group has already seen two of its three main agenda items ? the 20-week prohibition and legislation banning most abortion coverage in the insurance exchange ? become law.

The group didn't endorse Rapert's 12-week ban but didn't oppose the measure either, Executive Director Rose Mimms said.

"We are incrementalists. That's our strategy," Mimms said. "We try to make inroads where we can. We would love for the heartbeat to be able to be held constitutional."

Mimms said the next step for the group is a measure that would ban the distribution of the abortion pill using telemedicine. Planned Parenthood has said it has no plans to do so in Arkansas, although the idea has been tried in other states to help women in rural areas where abortions aren't readily available.

Republican Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View said she's working on wording of the proposed ban and expected to finalize it before the Monday deadline to file legislation.

Beebe, who signed the abortion coverage ban into law this year and has backed other limits on the procedure in the past, repeated his concerns Thursday about the costs of defending the new abortion laws.

"My concern going forward is that they're unconstitutional," Beebe told reporters Thursday. "You know, you put your hand on the Bible and you're supposed to swear to uphold the constitution. It should mean something."


Associated Press writer Chuck Bartels contributed to this report.


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Obama: Reaching out to GOP to end budget gridlock

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama says he's reaching out to lawmakers from both parties in hopes of untangling the gridlock that has stymied progress on budget issues in Washington.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he's talking with Republicans about ways to replace the automatic spending cuts that took effect March 1. He says immigration reform and gun control are other areas where he's hopeful Democrats and Republicans can find common ground.

He says even though unemployment fell to 7.7 percent last month, expanding the economy is still his top priority.

In the Republican address, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama says he's worried that Senate Democrats will unveil a budget next week that won't curb the nation's debt. He's insisting that lawmakers balance the federal budget.



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PFT: Dolphins reportedly 'lead dog' for Wallace

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The Steelers finally drew a line in the sand Saturday, and released outside linebacker James Harrison when he became too expensive.

But over the past few years, they?ve stretched out a number of contracts, willing to push money onto future caps to keep a core of players together.

According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers have restructured 13 deals since the lockout ended in August 2011, pushing $54.7 million onto future salary cap ledgers.

During that span, they?ve adjusted the deals of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger three times, linebacker Lawrence Timmons twice; and once each for Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Chris Kemoeatu, Harrison, Brett Keisel, LaMarr Woodley, Ike Taylor and Willie Colon once.

That works, as long as the group of players they?ve chosen produce together. But there?s an inherent risk as well, as it creates a top-heavy roster that?s hard to fix if a bad thing happens, especially with the salary cap flattening in the post-lockout world.

?They are trying to get as much flexibility as they can during the transition years,? said Andrew Zimbalist, an economics professor at Smith College in Massachusetts. ?(The fact that) they are engaging in this more than they have in the past is attributable to adjustments to the ? cap.?

Playing kick-the-can with the salary cap can lead to a disaster at some point. But the Steelers are able to get away with this institutionally for two main reasons.

One, they have a quarterback in Roethlisberger who is good enough to raise a team a level, from average to good or good to great.

Secondly, they have scouted and drafted well enough to have star players and also find contributors deep in drafts to replace players when they get too expensive.

If a Jason Worilds can replace Harrison?s production (as Harrison did when he replaced Joey Porter), and Roethlisberger never gets hurt again, it?s a system that can work, considering they have an excellent coach and general manager.

But it does leave one of the league?s most stable franchise vulnerable to the one thing even the smartest team can?t account for ? bad luck.


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Spain's king leaves hospital after spine operation

MADRID (AP) ? King Juan Carlos of Spain has left a hospital six days after successfully undergoing surgery for herniated discs in his lower spine.

The 75-year-old monarch thanked waiting journalists for their patience and said "I'm very well, my back doesn't hurt or anything," from the front passenger seat as he was driven home Saturday.

The operation was the head of state's fourth in 12 months, and the 12th time he has undergone surgery during his lifetime.

Juan Carlos had hip surgery in November and has had other health issues in the last two years, including needing knee surgery and the removal of a benign lung tumor.

It has been an awkward year for the king, whose son-in-law, Inaki Urdangarin, is under investigation on suspicion of having embezzled several million dollars.


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Gov. Bobby Jindal names first appointments to Louisiana Military ...

States "most successful in cultivating military operations tended to have some type of military advisory panel established in state law" Stephen Moret

Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Jack Bergman, who for more than four years commanded the Marine Corps Reserve from New Orleans before retiring from the military in 2009, is among the 25 people appointed to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council, a committee created last year to promote military-related interests in the state, Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Friday evening.

So, too, is retired Marine Col. Bill Davis, who retired from Marine Forces Reserve in 2011 as assistant chief of staff for facilities and is now commandant of the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy, the state charter high school being built at the Federal City campus in Algiers.

The Military Advisory Council was created as a replacement for the defunct governor's military advisory board, at the request of Jindal's economic development secretary Stephen Moret, he told | The Times-Picayune last year. The defunct board required an executive order to recreate it every year, Moret said.

Moret, who has been appointed to the council, said that states "most successful in cultivating military operations tended to have some type of permanent military advisory panel established in state law."

In announcing the appointments, Jindal's office said the council was formed "to provide a forum for issues concerning the installations and units of the armed forces located in Louisiana and the military and retired military personnel and their families who reside in Louisiana."

In effect, the council includes members of local organizations that act as advocates for their respective military installations.

For instance, Stan Mathes, Plaquemines Parish's economic development director, was appointed to the council by Callendar Commitment, a business group whose mission is to support the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse.

Davis will represent the interests of military in New Orleans, including the Marine Corps Support Facility, New Orleans, the 29-acre compound in Algiers that serves as the headquarters for Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North and is considered the anchor for Federal City. As assistant chief of state for facilities, Davis had a seat at the table when plans were made for the $160 million headquarters building in the facility.

David LaCerte of Saint Gabriel, a Marine reservist who is serving as Jindal's interim secretary of Veterans Affairs, is the council's chairman. LaCerte, an infantry officer, led some of the first Marines into Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and has led more than 100 combat patrols.

The appointments come at a time when Louisiana faces challenges with its military presence. Fort Polk stands to lose thousands of soldiers and family members under an Army proposal.

Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City already has lost a squadron of 24 A-10 Thunderbolt II airplanes, while the Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse is in the midst of losing an E-2C Hawkeye squadron, Carrier Airborne Early Airborne Squadron 77, whose disestablishment ceremony is Saturday (March 9).

Other appointments include:

  • State Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans, who also is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.
  • Jack Humphries of New Orleans, who is field chair o the Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department agency.
  • Ed Stanton of Slidell, a retired Coast Guard captain and executive vice president of Response Services for O'Briens, a SEACOR company.
  • Don Vinci of New Orleans, who is retired from the Navy Reserve and is Entergy's vice president for its gas distribution business.
  • Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis of Alexandria, Louisiana's adjutant general.
  • Bennett Landreneau, retired major general and former Louisiana adjutant.
  • Clarence Beebe, mayor of Hornbeck, La.
  • Charles Campbell of Shreveport, a retired Army general who was the 17th commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command.
  • Lt. Gen. Robert Elder of Shreveport, former commander of the 8th Air Force at Barksdale Air Force Base.
  • Jim Hill of Shreveport, an attorney and civilian aide to the secretary of the Army for Louisiana.
  • Brian Jakes of Hammond, chief executive of Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center In., and a West Point military academy liaison officer.
  • Steve Jordan of Lake Charles, founder and president of Jordan Oil Company.
  • Travis Greaves of Baton Rouge, Jindal's tax and economic policy advisor.
  • Deborah Randolph of Alexandria, president of the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce.
  • Mike Resse of Leesville, president of Fort Polk Progress, a business group formed to support the sprawling Army installation in Vernon Parish.
  • Ben Russo of Rayne, director of market development, contracts and regulation at Cleco Power LLC.
  • State Sen. John Smith of Leesville.
  • Andy Thomson of Shreveport, a Northrup Grumman Aerospace Systems executive.
  • Murray Visor of Shreveport, president and chief executive of Barksdale Forward, a business group formed to support Barksdale Air Force Base.
  • Lorenz "Lo" Walker, mayor of Bossier City.


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Sony targets potential iPhone converts with its updated Xperia Transfer software

Sony targets potential iPhone converts with its updated Xperia Transfer softwareSony has released an update to its Xperia Transfer software suit that it offers free of charge to users of its Xperia branded handsets. The latest update looks to seamlessly ease iPhone users over to the Xperia?s Android platform by helping them transfer their content from their iPhone. The software claims to be able to transfer an iPhone?s contacts, messages, calendar entries, notes, bookmarks, and iTunes music.

Is your current phone an iPhone? Use Xperia Transfer in PC Companion or Sony Bridge for Mac to easily transfer your content and contacts to your new Sony device. Note: Xperia Transfer supports the following Sony devices: Xperia V (LT25), Xperia VC, Xperia TX (LT29), Xperia T (LT30), Xperia TL (LT30), Xperia T (LT30), Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZQ.

In order to use the software, you first have to sync your iPhone using iTunes. The Xperia Transfer suite can then presumably access the iPhone?s backup file to extract the relevant information before converting it and transferring it to a format that Sony?s Xperia range of handsets can understand.

HTC updated its Sync Manager software last month to offer the same services as this Sony software and that worked by accessing the iPhone?s backup file. It will be very interesting to see how long it takes Apple to close off this loophole and prevent HTC and Sony from releasing software to entice iPhone users away from the platform.

Source: Electronista


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ScienceDaily: Child Development News

ScienceDaily: Child Development News Read the latest research in child development including how newborns learn to think, how sleep patterns emerge, problems with toddlers and more.en-usFri, 08 Mar 2013 19:00:37 ESTFri, 08 Mar 2013 19:00:37 EST60ScienceDaily: Child Development News For more science articles, visit ScienceDaily.Mom's sensitivity helps language development in children with hearing loss Psychologists demonstrate the impact sensitive parenting has on language growth for children who receive cochlear implants.Fri, 08 Mar 2013 10:34:34 EST human brain cells to make mice smarter What happens when human brain cells that surround and support neurons are implanted into the brains of newborn mice? Researchers recently found that such mice had enhanced learning and memory when compared with normal mice that hadn't received the transplanted human cells. The findings indicate that these supportive cells, called glia, play an important role in human cognition.Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:39:39 EST food is scarce, a smaller brain will do A new study explains how young brains are protected when nutrition is poor. The findings reveal a coping strategy for producing a fully functional, if smaller, brain. The discovery, which was made in larval flies, shows the brain as an incredibly adaptable organ and may have implications for understanding the developing human brain as well, the researchers say.Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:39:39 EST shields children from stress, research indicates Exercise may play a key role in helping children cope with stressful situations, according to a recent study.Thu, 07 Mar 2013 09:15:15 EST of a single molecular switch makes an old mouse brain young The flip of a single molecular switch helps create the mature neuronal connections that allow the brain to bridge the gap between adolescent impressionability and adult stability. Now researchers have reversed the process, recreating a youthful brain that facilitated both learning and healing in the adult mouse.Wed, 06 Mar 2013 13:42:42 EST the 'Cocktail Party Problem': How we can focus on one speaker in noisy crowds In the din of a crowded room, paying attention to just one speaker's voice can be challenging. Research demonstrates how the brain homes in on one speaker to solve this "Cocktail Party Problem." Researchers discovered that brain waves are shaped so the brain can selectively track the sound patterns from the speaker of interest while excluding competing sounds from other speakers. The findings could have important implications for helping individuals with a range of deficits.Wed, 06 Mar 2013 13:42:42 EST intervention improves mood symptoms in children and adolescents at risk for bipolar disorder Psychologists have found that children and adolescents with major depression or subthreshold forms of bipolar disorder - and who had at least one first-degree relative with bipolar disorder - responded better to a 12-session family-focused treatment than to a briefer educational treatment.Wed, 06 Mar 2013 08:41:41 EST in reading foreign languages Recent research into how we learn is set to help people in their efforts to read a second or foreign language (SFL) more effectively. This will be good news for those struggling to develop linguistic skills in preparation for a move abroad, or to help in understanding foreign language forms, reports, contracts and instructions.Wed, 06 Mar 2013 08:39:39 EST target to better treat, cure anxiety disorders Researchers have, for the first time, identified a specific group of cells in the brainstem whose activation during rapid eye movement sleep is critical for the regulation of emotional memory processing.Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:46:46 EST picture of others can be seen using fMRI, finds new study It is possible to tell who a person is thinking about by analyzing images of his or her brain. Our mental models of people produce unique patterns of brain activation, which can be detected using advanced imaging techniques according to a new study.Tue, 05 Mar 2013 09:10:10 EST of divorced parents more likely to switch, pull away from religions Adults whose parents were divorced are more likely to switch religions or disassociate themselves from institutional religions altogether -- but growing up in a single-parent family does not have any effect on private religious life, including praying, according to a new study.Tue, 05 Mar 2013 09:09:09 EST hormone foreshadows postpartum depression in new mothers Women who receive strong social support from their families during pregnancy appear to be protected from sharp increases in a particular stress hormone, making them less likely to develop postpartum depression, according to a new study.Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:16:16 EST's placenta reflects her exposure to stress and impacts offsprings' brains The mammalian placenta is more than just a filter through which nutrition and oxygen are passed from a mother to her unborn child. According to a new study, if a mother is exposed to stress during pregnancy, her placenta translates that experience to her fetus by altering levels of a protein that affects the developing brains of male and female offspring differently.Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:18:18 EST baby still breathing? Is mom's obsession normal? A new mother may constantly worry and check to see if her baby is breathing. Or she may obsess about germs. A new study found postpartum moms have a much higher rate of obsessive-compulsive symptoms than the general population. This is the first large-scale study of obsessive-compulsive symptoms in new moms. The symptoms could result from hormonal changes or be adaptive, but may indicate a psychological disorder if they interfere with a mother's functioning.Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:18:18 EST emerges in children on the autism spectrum with severe language delay at greater rate than previously thought Study could reveals key predictors of speech gains. New findings reveal that 70 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who have a history of severe language delay, achieved phrase or fluent speech by age eight.Mon, 04 Mar 2013 10:49:49 EST takes a toll well into adulthood The first large, population-based study to follow children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder into adulthood shows that ADHD often doesn?t go away and that children with ADHD are more likely to have other psychiatric disorders as adults. They also appear more likely to commit suicide and to be incarcerated as adults.Mon, 04 Mar 2013 10:47:47 EST during pregnancy and stress in puberty play key role in development of schizophrenia The interplay between an infection during pregnancy and stress in puberty plays a key role in the development of schizophrenia, as behaviorists demonstrate in a mouse model. However, there is no need to panic.Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:25:25 EST children more exposed to alcohol promotion than adults, experts warn Children in Britain are more exposed to alcohol promotion than adults and need much stronger protection, warn experts.Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:46:46 EST video games boost reading skills, study of children with dyslexia suggests Much to the chagrin of parents who think their kids should spend less time playing video games and more time studying, time spent playing action video games can actually make dyslexic children read better, new research suggests. In fact, 12 hours of video game play did more for reading skills than is normally achieved with a year of spontaneous reading development or demanding traditional reading treatments.Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:41:41 EST personal relationships could help teens overcome learning disabilities A new study from Israel says that children with learning disabilities develop less secure attachments with mothers and teachers, and that closer and more secure relationships with parents and adults may help them overcome these disabilities.Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:34:34 EST junk food while pregnant may make your child a junk food addict A healthy diet during pregnancy is critical to the future health of your children. New research suggests that pregnant mothers who consume junk food cause developmental changes of the opioid signaling pathway in the brains of their unborn children. Consequently, these children are less sensitive to opioids released upon consumption of foods high in fat and sugar, and need to eat more to achieve a "feel good" response.Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:34:34 EST with autism show increased positive social behaviors when animals are present The presence of an animal can significantly increase positive social behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders, according to new research.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:35:35 EST epics were written in 762 BCE, give or take, new study suggests One of literature's oldest mysteries is a step closer to being solved. A new study dates Homer's The Iliad to 762 BCE and adds a quantitative means of testing ideas about history by analyzing the evolution of language.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:33:33 EST children for their personal qualities may backfire Praising children, especially those with low self-esteem, for their personal qualities rather than their efforts may make them feel more ashamed when they fail, according to new research.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:33:33 EST grade math skills set foundation for later math ability Children who failed to acquire a basic math skill in first grade scored far behind their peers by seventh grade on a test of the mathematical abilities needed to function in adult life, according to researchers.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:13:13 EST explores factors that impact adolescent mental health Research indicates that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, well before adulthood. Three new studies investigate the cognitive, genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to mental health disorders in adolescence.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:12:12 EST Develop digital games to improve brain function and well-being Neuroscientists should help to develop compelling digital games that boost brain function and improve well-being, say two professors specializing in the field.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:43:43 EST connects early childhood with pain, depression in adulthood New research examines how childhood socioeconomic disadvantages and maternal depression increase the risk of major depression and chronic pain when they become adults.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:19:19 EST studies link gene to selfish behavior in kids, find other children natural givers Most parents would agree that raising a generous child is an admirable goal -- but how, exactly, is that accomplished? New results shed light on how generosity and related behaviors -- such as kindness, caring and empathy -- develop, or don't develop, in children from 2 years old through adolescence.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:29:29 EST'Network' analysis of brain may explain features of autism A look at how the brain processes information finds distinct pattern in autistic children. Using EEGs to track the brain's electrical cross-talk, researchers found structural difference in brain connections. Compared with neurotypical children, those with autism have multiple redundant connections between neighboring brain areas at expense of long-distance links. The study, using "network analysis" like with airlines or electrical grids, may help in understanding some classic autistic behaviors.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:20:20 EST risk of sleep disorder narcolepsy in children who received swine flu vaccine A study finds an increased risk of narcolepsy in children and adolescents who received the A/H1N1 2009 influenza vaccine (Pandemrix) during the pandemic in England.Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:40:40 EST reinforces learning: Children?s brains transform subconsciously learned material into active knowledge During sleep, our brains store what we have learned during the day a process even more effective in children than in adults, new research shows.Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:11:11 EST levels of several toxic metals found in children with autism Researchers have found significantly higher levels of toxic metals in children with autism, compared to typical children. They hypothesize that reducing early exposure to toxic metals may help lessen symptoms of autism, though they say this hypotheses needs further examination.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:22:22 EST good is good for you: Volunteer adolescents enjoy healthier hearts Giving back through volunteering is good for your heart, even at a young age, according to researchers.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:22:22 EST a voice to kids with Down syndrome A new case study shows children with Down syndrome can benefit from conventional stuttering treatment.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:20:20 EST reveals autism risk at birth, study finds Low-birth-weight babies with a particular brain abnormality are at greater risk for autism, according to a new study that could provide doctors a signpost for early detection of the still poorly understood disorder.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:25:25 EST talking about their own drug use to children could be detrimental Parents know that one day they will have to talk to their children about drug use. The hardest part is to decide whether or not talking about ones own drug use will be useful in communicating an antidrug message. Recent research found that children whose parents did not disclose drug use, but delivered a strong antidrug message, were more likely to exhibit antidrug attitudes.Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:31:31 EST make older adults less forgetful in memory tests Scientists have found compelling evidence that older adults can eliminate forgetfulness and perform as well as younger adults on memory tests. The cognitive boost comes from a surprising source -- a distraction learning strategy.Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:39:39 EST human language could have evolved from birdsong: Researchers propose new theory on deep roots of human speech The sounds uttered by birds offer in several respects the nearest analogy to language," Charles Darwin wrote in "The Descent of Man" (1871), while contemplating how humans learned to speak. Language, he speculated, might have had its origins in singing, which "might have given rise to words expressive of various complex emotions." Linguistics and biology now researchers propose a new theory on the deep roots of human speech.Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:16:16 EST life stress may take early toll on heart function Early life stress like that experienced by ill newborns appears to take an early toll of the heart, affecting its ability to relax and refill with oxygen-rich blood, researchers report.Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:43:43 EST pathway linked to fetal alcohol risk: Molecular switch promises new targets for diagnosis and therapy Scientists have identified a molecular signaling pathway that plays an important role in the development of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 17:07:07 EST children can suffer lasting psychological harm as adults Bullied children grow into adults who are at increased risk of developing anxiety disorders, depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a new study.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:36:36 EST with brain lesions able to use gestures important to language learning Children with brain lesions suffered before or around the time of birth are able to use gestures -- an important aspect of the language learning process -- to convey simple sentences.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:34:34 EST movement to 'dry run' mental imagery enhances performance Adding movement to mental rehearsal can improve performance finds a new study. For high jumpers the study shows that dynamic imagery improves the number of successful attempts and the technical performance of jumps The technique of mental rehearsal is used to consolidate performance in many disciplines including music and sport. Motor imagery and physical practice use overlapping neural networks in the brain and the two together can improve performance as well as promoting recovery from injury.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:15:15 EST marker of dyslexia discovered: Ability to consistently encode sound undergirds the reading process Researchers believe they have discovered a biological marker of dyslexia, a disorder affecting up to one out of 10 children that makes learning to read difficult. The researchers found a systematic relationship between reading ability and the consistency with which the brain encodes sounds. The good news: Response consistency can be improved with auditory training.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:21:21 EST protein differs in males, females Male rat pups have more of a specific brain protein associated with language development than females, according to a new study. The study also found sex differences in the brain protein in a small group of children. The findings may shed light on sex differences in communication in animals and language acquisition in people.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:21:21 EST in poverty show different physiological vulnerabilities to the care-giving environment Some infants raised in poverty exhibit physical traits that make them more vulnerable to poor care-giving, according to new research. The combination of physiological vulnerability and poor care-giving may lead these children to show increased problem behaviors later in childhood.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:10:10 EST therapy improves behavior in children with autism, study suggests Weekly music therapy sessions can have a positive effect on behavior in children with autism, reports a new article. In a study of 41 children, improvements were seen particularly in inattentive behaviors over a ten month period.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:01:01 EST risk of preterm birth for pregnant women vaccinated during pandemic flu Pregnant women who received the H1N1 influenza vaccine during the 2009 pandemic were less likely to have premature babies, and their babies weighed more on average.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:13:13 EST, shared activities are 'game changers' for dad/daughter relationships The most frequent turning point in father-daughter relationships is shared activity -- especially sports -- ahead of such pivotal events as when a daughter marries or leaves home, according to a new study.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:12:12 EST there a link between childhood obesity and ADHD, learning disabilities? A new study has established a possible link between high-fat diets and such childhood brain-based conditions as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and memory-dependent learning disabilities.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:10:10 EST with auditory processing disorder may now have more treatment options Researchers are helping children with auditory processing disorder receive better treatment. They have developed a program that uses evidence-based practices and incorporates speech-language pathologists into therapy.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:09:09 EST'Simplified' brain lets the iCub robot learn language The iCub humanoid robot will now be able to understand what is being said to it and even anticipate the end of a sentence.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:26:26 EST may be educational, but what is that TV show really teaching your preschooler? Most parents carefully select what television programs and movies their children can watch. But a psychologist says educational shows could come with an added lesson that influences a child?s behavior. Children exposed to educational programs were more aggressive in their interactions than those who weren't exposed.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:21:21 EST, anger or pain: Why do babies cry? Researchers have studied adults' accuracy in the recognition of the emotion causing babies to cry. Eye movement and the dynamic of the cry play a key role in recognition. It is not easy to know why a newborn cries, especially amongst first-time parents. Although the main reasons are hunger, pain, anger and fear, adults cannot easily recognize which emotion is the cause of the tears.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:06:06 EST new light on infant brain development A new study finds that the infant brain does not control its blood flow the same way as the adult brain, that the control of brain blood flow develops with age. These findings could change the way researchers study brain development in infants and children.Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:41:41 EST TV in childhood linked to long-term antisocial behavior, New Zealand study shows Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to manifest antisocial and criminal behavior when they become adults, according to a new study.Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:27:27 EST stress responses may lead to obesity in children Children who overreact to stressors may be at risk of becoming overweight or obese, according to researchers.Sun, 17 Feb 2013 08:53:53 EST billboards driving us to distraction? There's a billboard up ahead, a roadside sign full of language and imagery. Next stop: the emotionally distracted zone.Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:40:40 EST therapy for children with autism can impact brain function Using functional magnetic resonance imaging for before-and-after analysis, a team of researchers discovered positive changes in brain activity in children with autism who received a particular type of behavioral therapy.Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:06:06 EST


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