Aug 03 2012

Health Benefits to Music

3 Health Benefits of Your Favorite Song. Shine from YAHOO!

If you've ever crooned a cranky baby to sleep or pumped up a flagging workout with Top 40 hits, you know the power of music. Now new research has documented impressive health benefits locked within the tunes you love best. Here are some of the most promising:

Lowering Blood Pressure 

Soothing Tension 

Relaxing with music - again, for 30 minutes a day - lowered the stress..(Read more)

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Aug 03 2012

Two Day Cliff Hanger

California Hiker Clinging to Cliff for Two Days Rescued Just in Time. Good Morning America

A 64-year-old hiker who became stranded after taking a wrong turn and spent more than two days clinging to a sheer cliff face in California’s Sierra National Forest said his strength was slipping away and that the rescue team came just in time.

“I’ve never been in position to say, you know, ‘How much am I willing to do to stay alive?’” Bishop said Tuesday. “I basically stayed awake all night and wrote a goodbye letter to my wife and daughter.”

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Aug 03 2012

What to Buy in August

What to Buy in August. Shine from YAHOO!

August is all about back-to-school deals. Even frugal shoppers without school-age kids know they can find big discounts this month on items such as computers and home office supplies. As summer winds down, August deals also include seasonal products. If your lawn mower has mowed its last, for example, add a new one to your list as retailers are clearing their displays to make room for fall products. Here are some other items consumers can find for cheap this month.

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CDC West Nile virus, 41 deaths & What You Should Know
Aug 22 2012

CDC West Nile virus, 41 deaths & What You Should Know

CDC says U.S. deaths from West Nile virus jumps to 41. USA TODAY

 

The number of West Nile virus cases in the U.S. jumped dramatically in one week, increasing to 1,118, with 41 deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today.

The report marks a substantial increase from last week's tally of 693 cases and 26 deaths.

Approximately 75% of the cases have been in five states: Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Dakota and Oklahoma, the CDC says.

Texas has been hardest hit, accounting for almost half of all cases.

As of Tuesday there had been 21 deaths and and 586 cases there, says Christine Mann with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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West Nile outbreak largest ever in U.S. CNN 

The recent West Nile virus outbreak is the largest ever seen in the United States, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of cases so far this year is the highest recorded through August since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999. As of Tuesday, 38 states had reported human infections.

The cases reported to the CDC as of Tuesday total 1,118, including 41 deaths. That number rose to 42 on Wednesday when a death was reported in Arkansas.

"The peak of West Nile virus epidemics usually occurs in mid-August, but it takes a couple of weeks for people to get sick, go to the doctor and get reported," said Dr. Lyle Petersen, the director of the CDC's Vector-Borne Infectious Disease Division. "Thus we expect many more cases to occur."

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