Rags to Riches
Nov30

Rags to Riches

Who hasn’t been inspired by a good rags-to-riches story from time-to-time? Such stories have been around for a couple of hundred years, and it’s what led numerous individuals to leave their homeland for the shores of America, the Land of Opportunity. This News to Share Brief, however, is more about it all being a myth than it being something able to lead a select few to obtain riches. It appears that Horatio Alger Jr., of...

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Readers of Fiction are a Special Breed
Nov29

Readers of Fiction are a Special Breed

  This ain’t fiction folks! Readers of fiction are a special breed. They tend to be more empathetic toward others. In an article on Mic, Gabe Bergado reports that a recent study by Emory University found that the brains of those who read fiction are different than those reading other genres — poetry, news, Tweets, and even literary junkies of the classics. “Specifically, researchers found heightened connectivity...

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Almost Like an Elixir of Life
Nov28

Almost Like an Elixir of Life

  Yeah almost… good for a lifespan of 120 years. Would you want it?   Perhaps the short 2-minute video on the next page will sway you. It tells of researcher Dr. Maxim Skulachev, who is involved in a project at the Moscow State University where scientists are using a new type of antioxidant that targets cellular mitochondria. The pill that has been developed appears to counter the aging process. “It sounds like...

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Thankful for TV Dinners?
Nov27

Thankful for TV Dinners?

  Here’s a 5-minute video with 23 facts about Thanksgiving food thanks to video host and author John Green. Our headline is explained simply from the fact that Swanson, whose claim to fame is The Original TV Dinner, in 1953, had 260 tons of turkey leftover after Thanksgiving. And being enterprising, they took some peas and potatoes and packaged them into trays right along with the turkey. Waste not, want not… it...

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Why Time Flies Faster as You Age
Nov26

Why Time Flies Faster as You Age

  If you claim any years at all, you’ve certainly experienced it… undoubtedly you’ve heard others mention it…   Why is it that time “flies faster” the older we get? It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we said goodbye to winter, yet here it is again, literally on our doorstep! What happened to Spring, Summer, and Fall? Anna Hunt has a few things to share about our perception of...

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VA Patient Safety in Question
Nov07

VA Patient Safety in Question

  Have you seen this headline The Washington Times posted on November 6, 2014? It read: “HOSPITAL HORROR: VA patients treated with bogus medical equipment, supplies“. Yes, the VA is making news once again. It appears bogus supplies and questionable surgical devices have followed a supply chain into VA operating rooms. And the source of these potentially dangerous items stem from both the gray market and a stolen goods...

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A Golden Age of Cartoons
Nov03

A Golden Age of Cartoons

According to Brainz, the 90’s were a golden age of cartoons. That’s distinguishable¬†from declaring the 90’s as THE golden age of cartoons. And what Brainz did was to decide on the 20 best of the 90’s with the stipulation that the cartoon had to begin in the 90’s, with a single notable exception for a long-running cartoon that began in 1989. We’ll accept that, since it is certainly an iconic one that...

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Baby Steps on Return from 1986
Nov02

Baby Steps on Return from 1986

  Confusing title? Let’s clear that up for you: From an older Vocativ story from May of this year, Canadian couple Blair and Morgan decided to live for one year as if it were 1986. That meant learning to live with a rotary phone, a boom box, a tube television, VHS player, and a Nintendo. “Bothered that their two young sons were already tethered to technology at ages 2 and 5, Blair McMillan and his girlfriend, Morgan...

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Climate Change vs Autism
Nov01

Climate Change vs Autism

  It’s “official”… we can link autism to global warming and climate change. More simply stated, we can link autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to man-made pollution. A study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh made their findings between man-made toxic pollutants in the air, a symptom of global warming and climate change, and autism. “According to a press release from the Heinz Endowments, it...

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