Caregivers Ask for Aid in Sustaining Their Loved Ones’ Health

care is at home of elderlyIt’s easy for many people to sympathize with Alzheimer’s patients.

However, one demographic that is often overlooked are the caregivers who spend the majority of their time waiting on those with the disease. In fact, research estimates that every individual suffering from Alzheimer’s requires the care of at least one to four family members.

The Guardian reported on a testimonial of Chris King, a 25-year old man who is now the primary caregiver for his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. She is one of 14,000 people under the age of 65 in the UK who suffer from early onset Alzheimer’s.

King compares the disease to “a burglar who keeps coming back, no matter how many security systems you put in place, taking more and more until there is nothing left.”

Because so little financial aid is offered to families who care for those with the disease — and sometimes none at all — many patients have been forced into hospitals. An estimated one in four hospital beds in the UK are occupied by dementia patients.

According to CNBC, Alzheimer’s isn’t the only affliction that’s putting caregivers in a bleak situation. While on a ski trip, 17-year-old Maggie Ornstein received terrible news that her mother, Janet Ornstein, had suffered a brain aneurysm. She was left with permanent brain damage and unable to care for herself.

Maggie was immediately forced into becoming her mother’s primary caregiver.

“It was two years before I took a day off from seeing her,” said Ornstein. Meanwhile, she also paid medical bills and coordinated her mother’s care.

But she is not alone. In the U.S., for instance, there are as many as 43.5 million adults working as unpaid caregivers for loved ones who suffer from a multitude of ailments.

Regardless of the condition affecting the ones they look after, these caretakers are stuck working to provide for themselves while simultaneously undertaking the full-time job of protecting their loved ones’ well-being.

Fortunately, organizations have begun taking notice and working to offer aid to those in need. Alzheimer’s charities and associations working with widespread diseases must put in extra time to help caregivers while also funding research into finding cures.

As the attention towards these conditions gains more exposure, the work put in to finding treatments will, as well. However, because the numbers of these cases are steadily rising, the effort to help will have to follow suit.

Old Artifacts the Basis of Indian Woman’s Innovative Business

indianflagAnusha Yadav started the Indian Memory Project in 2010 to celebrate her love for photographs, historical stories, and a passion for Indian culture. Essentially, it’s an online collection of old photos and narratives telling the history of India before 1991. The pictures and accounts come not only from men and women still living in India, but also people from countries around the world.

The project was so successful she was awarded “Innovator of the Year” last year by the India Today Group at their annual India Today Women’s Summit, according to Forbes.

“Technology became a way of receiving and dispersing content,” says Yadav. “A way to communicate with hundreds of thousands of archives around the world, and a way to reach many more people than ever imagined, of varying age groups and linguistic backgrounds.”

This past August, she was given control of the New Yorker photo department’s Instagram account and posted black and white photos from the project. They were met with widespread praise and global interest.

This success led Yadav to her newest startup project entitled, The Memory Company. This innovative strategy is a multi-platform enterprise that will incorporate design, photography, visual research, curated projects, and just about anything else of historical value that can be reproduced in some way.

She even has plans of use The Memory Company as a publishing entity for another original project which consists of accumulating old hand-written letters for a book called, “The Love Letter Project.”

Her innovative strategies revolve mainly around a storytelling element which people have been using to sell products basically since the beginning of time. The pursuit of financial success isn’t what drives her, though.

“I don’t complicate matters by getting into whether it is a great business plan or if it will sell,” Yadav said. “I just do it.”

Blueberries Could Improve Your Oral Health, But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

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Another natural extract is making the rounds in the medical community, this time promising to help fight nasty dental conditions that can drastically impact your pearly whites.

According to Daily Rx News, scientists from the Université Laval in Quebec have found that compounds in blueberries called polyphenols may stop oral bacteria from growing.

The study is the latest in a series of reports supporting the health benefits of food extracts. For example, the International Business Times recently reported that a new cocoa-extract can help fight Alzheimer’s.

While you may associate blueberries with leaving a blueish-black tint on your teeth, Dr. Daniel Grenier, a microbiologist and professor of dentistry at Université Laval, believes a specific extract may aid in fighting gingivitis.

Gingivitis occurs when bacteria forms plaque on the teeth, which leads to inflamed gums. If left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, or severe gum disease, which has been linked to serious health conditions such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Grenier and team tested blueberry extracts against a bacterium called Fusobacterium nucleatum, which is one of the primary bacteria species in periodontitis.

According to NewsMax, the blueberry extract didn’t simply inhibit the growth of the germ, but it also blocked a molecular pathway to prevent inflammation of the gums.

While the news is promising for the future of dentistry, even visiting your family dentistry practice and seeing a periodontist with experience in treating the disease is still your best option.

In the meantime, feel free to eat as many blueberries as you want. Even if they don’t improve your oral health, they sure are delicious.

Sleep Apnea May be Eased by Sinus Surgery

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When you struggle with sinus troubles, it can be difficult to breathe well enough to get a good night’s sleep. But now, you may be able to put those days behind you, as a new study says that sinus surgery may correct this problem for people who suffer from sinus issues and even sleep apnea.

The study, which was published in JAMA Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery online, found that about 15% of people who go through sinus issues also have obstructive sleep apnea, the study said. After undergoing surgery to clear their sinuses, participants also found that the issues the had in relation to sleep apnea were eased. They were able to sleep better throughout the night and have a better quality of life.

“Poor sleep, feeling tired, and fatigue are all frequent complaints of patients with chronic sinus disease,” said Dr. Jeremiah Alt. The doctor was an author to the study as well as a nose, ear, and throat surgeon at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

“Sinus and nasal problems often are part of the problem leading to snoring and sleep apnea, and are often overlooked and left untreated, ” said Dr. Jordan Josephson. He was not involved in the current study, but he read its findings and works as a specialist at New York City’s Lennox Hill Hospital. He also added that anyone with chronic sinus issues and/or breathing problems should be checked for sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by frequent breathing interruptions during sleep. The airways collapse, not allowing air to get through. Symptoms of the disorder include snoring, fatigue, and gasping for air, among others. Treatment options include BIPAP and CPAP machines, which pump air through the airways, not allowing them to close.

For the study, the doctors sent out questionnaires to 400 people who underwent surgery after having chronic sinus issues and/or sleep apnea. Sixty of the patients had both sleep apnea and sinus problems. After the surgery, it was found that patients did in fact improve issues they face psychologically and issues pertaining to sleep. The doctors do, however, acknowledge that the exact connection between sinus problems and sleep apnea is unclear.

“When we’re asleep, we prefer to breathe through our noses,” said Peter Fotinakes, a sleep disorder specialist. “When we can’t, we open our mouth to breathe, and when you open your mouth, it sets your tongue free.” He added that since sinuses force you to breathe through your mouth and sleep apnea can be caused by your tongue falling back to block your airway, they are likely related.

The doctors say surgery should not be the first step of treatment, but rather a more advanced option if nothing else is working. Other medicines and treatments are available for both sleep apnea and sinuses, and should be used before an invasive treatment such as surgery.

“However, many patients see tremendous benefits in both disease severity and overall quality of life after sinus surgery” that they didn’t get with medicines alone, Alt added.

“The good news is that with newer surgical techniques, most of these procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis without general anesthesia, requiring no packing, no black and blues, with minimal discomfort and most patients can go back to work or school the next day,” Josephson said.

North Carolina Couple Wins $10 Million Scratch-Off, Largest Prize in History of State’s Education Lottery

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When most people play scratch-offs, they typically only win a few bucks. A North Carolina couple, however, recently defied the odds by winning the largest scratch-off prize in the history of the state’s Education Lottery.

According to lottery officials, Dale and Robin Summey won $10 million in the Ultimate Millions scratch-off game. Not only was it the biggest prize in the lottery’s history, but also the seventh largest overall prize won by a North Carolinian, just after a $12 million Mega Millions jackpot.

“It feels wonderful,” said Dale Summey, according to a statement provided by lottery officials. “But it is still hard to believe. It is. It’s wonderful, and it’s a blessing.”

Dale Summey, a roofer and handyman, said that he and his wife would always talk about what they’d do if they ever won the lottery. When he bought the winning scratch-off, he held on to it for four days before finally playing.

When it finally happened, he had three little words for his wife: “I’ve done it.”

“Done what?” she asked.

“I’ve won $10 million,” he answered, and showed her the ticket.

The couple chose to accept their winnings in the form of a lottery lump sum payout. Federal and state taxes will take out $4.1 million, leaving the couple with the staggering sum of $6 million.

Had the couple chosen the annuity option, they would have received $500,000 a year for 20 years.

Most excitingly, there are three other $10 million prizes out there in the Ultimate Millions game, waiting to be won. Each Ultimate Millions game costs $30 per ticket to play.

“Our new Ultimate Millions game should ultimately produce 25 new millionaires in our state,” said the North Carolina Education Lottery’s executive director Alice Garland. “Our goal is to have fun games, award prizes and raise money for education. We appreciate the players who try their luck and our retail partners who sell the tickets. Together we get to see amazing things like this happen.”

Audit Finds Uncredentialed Teachers, and Sloppy Bookkeeping at Washington’s First Charter School

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According to a new report from a Washington auditor, the state’s first charter school has sloppy bookkeeping, improperly certified teachers, and a myriad of other problems.

In the report, acting State Auditor Jan Jutte says First Place Scholars needs to do a better job of following state laws, and tracking how taxpayers’ dollars are being spent, issues she claims stem from inexperience in following state laws, as well as from deeper financial troubles. Though she characterizes the problems as sloppiness, she also says that they’re not unusual ones for a startup organization to have.

“I think they didn’t know a lot of the laws and rules. They had a big learning curve where I think it would have been good for somebody to step in and help,” said Jutte.

First Place Scholars Charter School opened its doors in Fall 2014 after a voter-approved law allowed charter schools to open in Washington. Since that time, the charter commission has been tracking the school’s problems. It had encountered numerous governance issues at the charter school, including a lack of special education services. Last December, it put the school on probation. The commission was also the one to request the audit.

The problems that the audit found included:

  • Teachers lacking proper certification at the start of the school year.

  • Smaller enrollment than anticipated, leading to the state overpaying the school more than $200,000, as it based the distributed amount on estimated enrollment.

  • Non-compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act.

  • Confusion over whether the school, or the nonprofit that supports it, spent money, and whether public dollars were used for nonprofit expenses.

  • Inadequate bookkeeping on expenditures and revenues.

  • Cash flow problems, which nearly left the school without enough money to cover its payroll at one time.

“Charter Schools are independently run public schools that are granted greater flexibility in its operations in return for greater accountability for performance,” says John Miller, CPA, CFP, Partner, Klein Hall CPAs LLC. “When the decision is made to start a charter school along with it comes the responsibility for understanding and complying with all of the existing laws, regulations, and expectations that exist. It appears that there is room for improvement in the charter issuance process and performing more subsequent regular monitoring.”

The school’s future is now uncertain. Not because of the audit, though, but because Washington’s Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that charters are unconstitutional, based on the fact that they’re overseen by appointed boards, rather than elected ones.

Both the State Charter Schools Association and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson have said they plan to file motions for reconsideration.

Russia to Conduct Radiation Research

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Rosatom, which is Russia’s main nuclear power concern, had signed an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency to outline practical ways to cooperate in radiation safety. A ceremony solidifying the agreement was held during the 59th session of the IAEA General Conference.

The Deputy Director-General of the IAEA, the head of Nuclear Safety and Security, and Rosatom’s Deputy CEO Vyacheslav Pershukov all have put the signatures on the document.

“By signing this arrangement Russia has reaffirmed once again its world leadership in using nuclear power,” Pershukov said. “Russia will become the world’s first country to have implemented its risk approach to assessing the radiation effects on personnel. We are determined to spread our experience to the countries which have been cooperating with us in their own civilian nuclear power programs.”

The recently signed document outlines an agreement featuring projects to evaluate and manage radiation risks for nuclear power industry personnel. The projects will extend over three years, and will be monitored by the Rosatom inspectors and specialists, coming from the Health Service Ministry of Russia. Projects and research are all being paid for by Rosatom.

These projects are expected to create new and special methodology for evaluations regarding the radiation risks for those working in the nuclear power industry in Russia. It will be based on personal exposures and research conducted on individuals.

Following this, Russia will draft a code for management of radiation risks in planned exposures. Because radiation is invisible, most people do not recognize the radiation they are regularly exposed to until it makes them sick, so the push is seen as more important than ever.

“The world appears to be waking up to the real dangers of ongoing exposure to electromagnetic radiation,” says Virginia Bonta Brown, M.S., Occupational Therapist/President, BioElectric Shield Co. “On September 5, 2015, a press release from the World Health Organization (WHO) called for the recognition of EMS (electrohypersensitivity) as well as MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) to be recognized as two new real diseases worthy of inclusion in the ICD (International Classification of Diseases). Our reliance on radiation producing energy and electronics is producing side effects including electrohypersensitivity that have raised red flags for the entire population of this earth. It is our prediction that protecting oneself with EMF blockers will become as normal as making sure we breathe clean air and eat pesticide-free food.”

This agreement is one of many being signed around the world, as world leaders crack down on radiation risks.

Numerous recent studies have pointed out that most countries are not doing enough to protect their populations from radiation and EMF dangers, or the dangers of electromagnetic fields. Many hope that the Rosatom agreement will spur on similar studies, research, and codes around the world.

Wine Mogul Plans Historic Project to Breed 10,000 New Grape Varieties

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Randall Grahm has spent the majority of his life in the wine industry. He started sweeping the floors of the Wine Merchant in Beverly Hills when he was still a student at UC Santa Cruz and started his own vineyard in Bonny Doon soon after finishing school. The man that since became known for his work with Rhone varietals has started work on something new: Popelouchum — The Project, according to an article in Forbes and his own press release.

After his success with Rhone and helping to popularize screw caps for premium wine bottles, Grahm is attempting a new innovative strategy to influence the wine industry yet again. His latest project, which has been crowdfunded, is an attempt to breed 10,000 new wine varieties, or as he puts it a “New World grand cru.” But even that’s not the entire extent of it.

“The project potentially has a much larger utility to the world, above and beyond my needs. The problems that I have to solve — how to grow grapes in a truly sustainable fashion with constrained resources, especially water — are essentially the same problems that perhaps most of the planet will have to confront sooner or later,” Grahm said. “And how might a vineyardist do something truly unique that was not a pallid imitation of a brighter paradigm? If the methodology of super-heterodox plantation works, maybe others could adopt the methodology and arrive at their own unique style of wine.”

Along with creating a unique new wine, Grahm is attempting to answer the greater question of how future winemakers will grow grapes in California’s rapidly changing climate. He plans on using 35 parent seed varieties to start cross breeding in the hopes that he’ll find new combinations of color, flavor, texture, disease resistance, and, perhaps most importantly, drought resistance.

There’s no real significance to the 10,000 number except that “10,000 things” means something vast in Chinese. Quite fitting considering his plan is to plant 20 acres of unique varieties with a planting density of about 500 vines per acre.

“Potentially, over time, creating such a vast number of grapes might well reveal a few that are utterly brilliant. But in the shorter term, the intention is to observe what a very large set of genetically distinctive vines do when they are harvested and fermented en masse.”

Only time will tell whether or not they produce the results he’s hoping for. But for the man who’s spent his life in the wine world, this could be his greatest contribution yet.

“Innovation drives growth in every business – and today experimentation with technology drives innovation,” says Tom Ajello, Founder, Makeable. “The wine industry, with a core constituency largely made of traditionalists, has been resistant to change leaving the business starving for innovation. I’m excited to see where this goes.”

Could Ariana Grande’s Ponytail Be Hiding Something? Her Hair Stylist Weighs In

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Singer Ariana Grande was under the weather this week, but according to OK! magazine, that might not be the only trouble she’s facing. But it doesn’t have to do with her vocal cords — it’s her signature high ponytail that’s causing her problems.

According to an anonymous hair stylist who worked with Grande, the pint-sized pop star might be going bald if she keeps wearing her hair up high.

But right now, that style is the only thing that Grande has to cover up the hair loss, said OK!’s source.

The tipster, who allegedly works on Grande’s style team, said that what’s left of the 22-year-old’s hair is a mess. “It’s destroyed at the ends, and the reason she scrapes it back into a high ponytail all the time is because it’s kind of patchy on top.”

While it is possible for hair to become damaged when pulled back too tightly, is Grande’s ‘do really that dangerous?

In the event that Grande does begin losing her hair, she may be choosing a hair stylist who can help her with a new look (and maybe keep mum about her mane).

Yet Grande hasn’t exactly been quiet about the damage to her hair, either. “It looks absolutely ratchet and absurd when I let it down,” she’d posted to Twitter. She also commented on the difficulty of styling it, saying, that she has to “wear more fake hair than every drag queen on earth combined.”

Her stylist’s suggestion is to “shave it off and start again,” which Grande is reluctant to do. “Without extensions in, it’s bad,” the stylist told OK!. “Don’t expect to see her with a new ‘do anytime soon.”

As for the singer’s health, it’s A-OK, according to Grande’s Twitter. She tweeted on Labor Day, “despite being horribly sick my chords are pretty and perfectly healthy! No idea how but I’m thanking the heavens!! thank u lordtt [sic]!”

She also commented that her doctor said she was fine, despite “a week of coughing and months straight of singing.” So fans who are expecting to see Grande on her Honeymoon Tour can relax.

Forget the Porn Scholarship, Now Pornhub is Launching a Fashion Line

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Love it or hate it, it doesn’t have a great reputation. If you fall into the latter category, Pornhub.com is trying to change your mind. On September 9, the porn company announced that they would launch a new street wear apparel line during New York Fashion Week. The next day, the site hosted a one-day pop-up store selling the “Pornhub NYC Capsule Collection,” which includes exclusive hoodies, hats, t-shirts, and tank tops for men and women alike.

Pornhub Vice President Corey Price said the company is “super psyched” to penetrate the world of fashion for the first time. Every week, 89% of Americans wears a t-shirt at least once, and the website is hardly the first company to try to brand itself with custom apparel.

Pornhub.com is one of the world’s largest pornographic websites, boasting a staggering 78.9 billion video views a year — that’s more than 11 views for every single person in the world. The fashion line is also the second time this September that the company has tried to rebrand itself outside of porn. The company’s “philanthropic arm” recently announced a $25,000 college scholarship. To win, co-eds were encouraged to submit a short video of themselves explaining how they make people happy.

“We work hard to help make millions of people feel happy every single day,” reads a statement from Pornhub Cares. “In turn, we would like to help support the recipient of the first annual Pornhub Cares Scholarship to realize their goal of doing the same.”

Many people saw the scholarship as a thinly veiled invitation for young people to send in erotic videos of themselves. Put less charitably, anti-exploitation groups say it’s a manipulative way to get poor young women to produce free pornography on the company’s behalf.

“These videos follow them the rest of their lives and affect their jobs and relationships in the future,” said Dawn Hawkins, head of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “It’s really unfortunate we’re forcing our kids to sell their bodies to get an education.”

But while anti-pornography activists rail against the negative consequences of pornography, Pornhub continues to draw 60 million visitors every single day. You can check out the company’s new apparel line at their mostly-safe-for-work website.