Could Better Sleep Help Those With Memory Loss?

Sleeping is one of the essential parts of our lives, and not getting enough can put you in an awful mood, rendering you completely unproductive. However, getting too much can result in missing important life events or becoming lazy. Everyone knows you need the right amount of sleep; even children know when they need more or less sleep. However, what most people consistently neglect is getting the right kind of rest. 

Personally, I’ve been getting more sleep than usual lately since I have a little more time on my hands. Unfortunately, I’ve been waking up feeling worse than I used to when I wasn’t sleeping enough. I recently got online to try to find out what the issue is. If I’m sleeping as much as I currently am, why on earth am I so tired? Also, do I need to sleep less than the recommended eight hours to feel like myself again?

That’s when I stumbled upon this article talking about sleeping rhythm. It’s basically an experiment where they tested people’s ability to remember specific phrases memorized the night before. All the patients who tried to memorize the phrase were hooked up to machines, and their sleep patterns were monitored. The results were somewhat unsurprising although not well-known by any measure. Those who had more stable sleeping rhythms were able to retain memories overnight much more efficiently than those who had more hectic sleeping rhythms. The results remained the same regardless of age or gender. It was found that the synchronicity of brain waves indicated how well memories were transferred from the short-term into the long-term memory overnight. The synchronicity of brain waves is incredibly fragile, however, and if they’re even a millisecond off of each other memory retention can be hindered.

The most exciting part of the experiment was what it could all mean moving forward. Apparently, since it mostly boils down to these brain waves, which are primarily electric waves, the idea is that it’s possible to manipulate these waves in your sleep with electric and magnetic pulses. You can then re-synchronize the brain waves while you’re asleep. Doing this can improve quality of sleep and memory retention without any drugs and tackles the exact area that needs to be addressed. 

The hope for these sets of experiments and ideas is that we can eventually learn how to fix memory loss in aging adults by altering the most significant fault in their memory. This could prove to help those who are dealing with Alzheimer’s, or even just those who are slowly losing their memory. Wouldn’t it be great to reach 100 years of age and still have the same quality of memory you did when you were 20? Soon enough, this may be possible.

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America’s Heroes: Those who maintain parks

In terms of parks, I love them, and not just because Parks and Recreation is one of the best comedies ever, not just of our time.  There are countless parks of varying sizes and population of wild creatures all over these United States.  Thanks to President Theodore Roosevelt, the National Parks Service maintains all of America’s parks, both big and small.  However, when it comes to the smaller parks, it is mainly up to us, the people, to take care of them.  

This does not just include picking up litter and other forms of trash that the slobs of American leave seemingly everywhere.  And, don’t even get me started on people who throw stuff that can be recycled into the trash can when the recycle bin is literally just right there.  I mean, come on, it’s 2017 for the love of Pete.  

Groundskeepers maintain the parks, in terms of mowing the lawns and trimming the shrubs.  For big city parks, law enforcement officers may often be seen patrolling the parks’ grounds. In the case of private parks, owners may hire independent landscapers like those at Ware Landscaping

But, it’s not just employees of Uncle Sam that are allowed to help the parks continue to prosper and grow.  With the permission of the local government, people are allowed to plant plants, surely, in the park.  At the very least, people are allowed to enjoys the parks by playing competitive youth sports, like Saturday early morning soccer and baseball.  Little children play on the swing sets and the playscapes.  Young couples have romantic picnics in the parks.  

A lot of work goes into maintaining these parks, from private contractors to government employees.  Because we are encouraged to think of our parks, because they are our parks after all because we pay for them, as an extension of us, we should take care of them like we take care of ourselves.  

Parks are magical places where you can spend countless hours that seem to fly by in no time doing memorable activities like playing catch with your family, running around aimlessly and letting yourself flow around without a care in the world.  In fact, you can even venture so deep into a park that you would swear that you’re peacefully lost in the woods, not safe inside a wondrous park.  

Today, as more and more open space land becomes increasingly commercialized and bought by private developers who built condos and strip malls everywhere, it is important not just to show the Man that we, as human beings, not just Americans, still care about our parks, but that our planet requires at least some of its land not to be developed.  We must make that promise, both to ourselves and to Mother Earth, that we will take care of it in all the ways that we can and know how to do so.  

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Marriage, Prenups and Divorce

A common legal step that is taken before marriage is a premarital agreement, or more commonly called a prenuptial agreement or prenup. Most people going into a marriage hardly think that they may end up in a separation or divorce, yet it happens quite a bit in our society. This prenup establishes property and financial rights of each spouse in the event of any divorce. Today, approximately one-half of all marriages in America end up in divorce. Considering a prenuptial agreement is the wise choice to make, considering the likelihood of divorce in the United States. Not only do prenups protect assets of more wealthy spouses, but they also can protect family businesses and serve other functions.

Yet the choice is up to you. There are, however, advantages and disadvantages of getting a prenuptial agreement. Although laws vary by each state, prenups can potentially protect a business or professional practice so that it is not divided with the spouse in the event of a divorce. Or, sometimes a prenup can protect the debt-free spouse from having to assume obligation of the other spouse. Further, a premarital agreement can sometimes limit the amount of spousal support that one spouse pays to the other in the event of divorce. More commonly, prenups are designed to protect persons with substantial wealth and older individuals who are going into a second marriage. Yes, second marriages are becoming more common since the first marriages are failing at an alarming rate.

You will have to weigh the odds of signing a prenup. An obvious disadvantage of signing the prenup before you get married is that you are starting a relationship that sets forth agreements on what will happen if you do divorce. Some people may say that this is not the best way to start a marriage – with lack of trust.   Other couples may say that they are too much in love to worry about such issues, as they believe that they will live with each other forever, but one spouse signs it anyway. Sometimes, by signing a prenup, the spouse that has less money or assets is giving up their right to inherit their spouse’s estate when he or she dies. By law, you are entitled to a portion of the estate even if the other spouse doesn’t even mention you in his or her will. As you can see, it is important to be informed before signing a prenup – whether you are the predominant wage-earner who may have more wealth or whether you are the spouse who may raise the family and take care of the home. Sometimes the person that takes care of the home and kids is faced with a prenup that he/she signed before marriage. If he/she is a non-wage-earning spouse, sustaining the lifestyle to which he/she has become accustomed to during the marriage can be challenging. The prenup can substantially limit the amount of spousal support that he/she can obtain in the event of divorce. Getting the assistance of a family law attorney, like Kessler & Solomiany, LLC, may be helpful to sort out your questions and concerns. Being sure that your rights and interests are protected is always a major consideration in any premarital agreement.

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Serious Accidents in Pennsylvania Continue to Occur

Cars are one of the most common forms of transportation across the United States. They are a fast and convenient way to get wherever you need to go, and many people rely on them every day to get to work, the store, or any other possible destination. Nonetheless, car travel is extremely dangerous, due to high speeds, bad road conditions, and the negligent actions of other drivers. There are thousands of crashes that occur across the country each year, and they can lead to serious injuries and even death. Unfortunately, like every other state, Pennsylvania faces its fair share of car accidents each year that have devastating results.

In August 2017, a 16-year-old boy from Waverly Pennsylvania was killed in a car accident. He was driving on Bungy road when he lost control of his car and hit a telephone pole. Despite wearing a seatbelt, his injuries were severe, and he was found dead on the scene when police arrived. This is a tragic accident that it is unlikely the boy’s family or other loved ones will ever fully recover from. In this event, even though there were no other drivers present, we must ask ourselves if there was some way this accident could have been prevented. Perhaps the roads were in bad condition, or his car had a defect that allowed it to go out of control. In either of these cases, had another individual taken the time and care to look for possible dangers this senseless death may have been prevented.

However, this was not the only serious car accident in Pennsylvania in August of 2017. The Haredi family found themselves in an accident while driving home to Cleveland after a vacation in Pennsylvania. The driver did not see a tractor trailer that was parked on the side of the road and rear-ended the vehicle at high speed. Although the driver suffered only minor injuries, his four children were rushed to the hospital and are in critical condition. This is another case where it is difficult to determine the exact cause of the accident. The driver could have been distracted or tired while driving, causing him to be unable to see the vehicle in front of him. Another possibility is that the tractor trailer was parked on the road illegally or without the proper signage and lighting to indicate its presence. In either case, this accident could have been prevented, and the Haredi family could be happily home in Cleveland.

Car accidents such as these are tragic to learn about, particularly if there was a chance they could have been stopped. Both the Haredi family and the family of the 16-year-old driver must now face the emotional devastation and the financial losses associated with these serious accidents. Fortunately, a local attorney, such as Munley Law, can help these families file a lawsuit and maintain financial stability after these accidents, so that they may focus on recovering both physically and emotionally.

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Sexual Battery in Florida

Patting a person’s buttocks, forcing a kiss on the mouth, forcing another to touch an intimate part of your body, touching another person’s victim’s genital area and/or grabbing or fondling a woman’s breast are considered sexual battery, a type of sex crime that is less serious because it does not involve penetration.

Sexual battery refers to any form of non-consensual or unwanted sexual contact or touching, without involving sexual intercourse or penetration. But while some states only refer to this crime as criminal sexual contact, rather than criminal sexual penetration, other states use sexual battery interchangeably with rape. Some states also use the term interchangeably with sexual assault, child molestation or indecency with a child, if the sexual contact is done to a minor.

Perpetrators of the crime of sexual battery are usually known to victims; they can be a victim’s relative, dating partner, classmate, neighbor, acquaintance, co-worker, friend, or even a spouse. As explained by the University of Florida Police Department, however, this criminal act is not motivated by sexual desire. It is, rather, an aggressive attack and a violent crime with the aim of humiliating, hurting and controlling a victim through sex. In Florida too, if sexual battery is committed by someone (over 17 years old) on a victim below 12, with the victim eventually sustaining injuries to the sexual organ as a result of the assault, then the crime is punished as capital felony, wherein the sentence can be life imprisonment or death.

According to a Destin sex crime defense attorney, “It is hard to think of a crime with more of a negative social stigma than a sexually related offense. When it comes to sex crimes, most people tend to think you are guilty until proven innocent instead of the other way around. Just being accused of such a terrible crime is enough to ruin your reputation, your career, and your family. And that is only the beginning. If you are convicted of a sex crime in Destin or anywhere in Florida, you will likely go to prison for a very long time and be forced to register as a sexual offender for the rest of your life.

When faced with such a terrifying ordeal, it would be easy to decide that there is no hope. That there is no way to get around the fact that your life is over and you are going to prison. Do NOT make this mistake. Just because you have been accused does not mean it is a sure thing that you will get convicted. What it does mean, however, is that you must make a decision right now, before it is too late, that you are going to fight back and do everything with the help from a skilled and experienced sex crimes lawyer.”

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Common Injuries in the Office

Workplace accidents not just happen in inherently hazardous workplace environments such as construction sites and factories. They also happen in everyday offices, where unsuspecting employees in suits and dresses sustain head injuries, neck and back issues, fractures, and sprains.

Many of the accidents in offices are preventable, and the first step to prevent them is to know them and their causes.

Lifting
Lifting is not exclusive to physically demanding jobs such as in construction. It can also be a task for office workers. Most of the things they lift are relatively lighter, such as files and documents, but it doesn’t mean that these workers are not vulnerable to lifting injuries. Improper posture and manner of lifting can cause neck and back problems.

To prevent injuries, always seek the assistance of an office worker so you do not overexert yourself. If nobody is available to help you, use a lifting aid such as a cart or truck.

Slip and Fall
There are hazards in the workplace that may cause employees to slip and fall. These hazards include obstructions such as loose wires, carpets, and opened drawers, and slippery materials such as spilled drinks and loose papers.

To prevent slip and fall accidents, make sure that these hazards are reported immediately, so appropriate action can be done. Also, be mindful of your surroundings.

Workstation Ergonomics
Sometimes, injuries are not as animated as lifting accidents and slip and fall accidents. They may be silent but equally devastating. A good example is how the ergonomics of your workstation can give you physical problems. Not sitting properly might put a strain on your neck and back, as you level yourself with the monitor. It might also strain your wrists and hands, as you adjust to the level of the keyboard.

To prevent ergonomics issues, make sure that your workstation is properly designed for your comfort. If possible, also take breaks such as short walks to avoid being in the same position for a long time.

The office is a place of productivity. It is the last place you want accidents to occur. You might even miss time at work and have financial issues because of accidents. In the instances where the injuries have been caused by negligent employers, lawsuits are even possible.

But prevention will always be a better choice. By being mindful of the hazards of lifting, slipping, falling, and workplace ergonomics, you are helping yourself to prevent workplace injuries and their medical and financial consequences.

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The Importance of Wedding Makeup

For most women, their wedding is one of the most important days in their life. As such, they want to be in their most stunning look. However, some women tend to overdo looking at their best by doing their own makeup. So rather than look at their best, they end up being talked about for the wrong reason and that is for not having the right wedding makeup.

Having the best look during the day of your wedding is important for a variety of reasons. According to Houston wedding makeup experts, wedding makeup can bring your inner beauty to the surface. As the woman of the hour, you would be in front of all your guests, family, and relatives so you want to be the most beautiful in the church and reception. Having the best wedding makeup can give you a feeling of security especially on your wedding day.

Doing your own makeup in order to save money can be a huge mistake. Letting a professional makeup artist do your makeup can have excellent benefits. First of all, they know how to bring out your best features. They have the ability to make your makeup complement your hair and dress. As you will be taking a lot of pictures, your makeup artist will be able to style you up for photographs.

Finally, a makeup artist knows about the right products and techniques for ensuring that you still look your best at the end of your special day. At the end of it all, your wedding will be one of the most talked about not only because of the food and ceremonies but also because of the bride.

These are just some of the reasons why choosing the right makeup is important especially on a woman’s wedding day. Every woman longs for a dream wedding and wearing the best makeup is the start of that perfect wedding.

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Acts of Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes: A Serious Problem that Needs to be Dealt With As Soon As Possible

There are about 15,600 nursing home facilities located all across U.S. that provide shelter to more than 1.3 million residents (statistics for 2014). Nursing facility residents include elders (65 years old or older), individuals who are chronically ill or disabled and in need of rehabilitative therapy, and those who are physically or mentally incapacitated. All of these facilities promise the same thing: monitoring of medication, 24-hour emergency care, social and recreational activities and personal care, which includes dressing, bathing, and toilet assistance: in a nutshell, high quality of life in a well-maintained setting.

Contrary to the provision of quality care that is required under the law and which residents are made to expect, so many of them are rather made to experience abuses and neglect or lack of care, many of which result to malnutrition or dehydration, failure to accommodate medical needs, lack of proper hygiene or sanitation, bedsores, and even wrongful death. In fact, thousands of abuses and neglect get reported every year; yet, despite this high number, many authorities and experts believe that so many more remain unreported, especially the more sensitive and humiliating cases, like sexual abuses.

To protect residents, as well as to make sure that needs are always attended to, the U.S. Congress passed the Nursing Home Reform Act into law in 1987. This Act mandates that nursing homes participating in Medicare and Medicaid or which receive Medicare and Medicaid funds, have the legal responsibility to “provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident in accordance with a written plan of care.” (http://www.nursinghomealert.com/federal-nursing-home-regulations-and-state-laws)

Another law that is aimed at ensuring the well-being of residents is the Federal Nursing Home regulation, which says that residents have the right to be free from involuntary seclusion, corporal punishment, and all kinds of abuses, which include physical, mental, verbal and sexual abuse.

As defined under federal nursing home regulations, abuse can be any form of act that: inflicts injury; deprives care or service; causes intimidation; results in unreasonable confinement or punishment that causes physical harm and/or mental anguish. Neglect, which may be intentional or non-intentional, is failure to provide the necessary care and service which will ensure freedom from pain or harm, or failure to assist a resident during potentially dangerous situations which can possibly result to harm or anxiety.

Knowing that unscrupulous nursing home staff and management often fail in providing adequate care for the needs of residents or, worse, actively engage in harmful behavior towards elderly individuals, the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® informs residents and their loved ones of their right to take legal action against those responsible for any inexcusable behavior. Nursing home neglect, the firm continues, is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible – in order to stop current abuses and to protect future nursing home residents from those prone to committing any act of abuse.

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Taxotere, An Effective, yet Dangerous Cancer Drug

Taxotere (Docetaxel) is a cancer medication that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of a various types of cancer including non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, gastric cancer, and head and neck cancer. It is manufactured and marketed by Sanofi-Aventis and was first approved by the FDA in 1996 to specifically treat breast cancer.

Taxotere, which belongs to a family of chemotherapy drugs known as plant alkaloids, is held to be capable of improving the life expectancy and overall life quality of cancer patients due to its ability to interfere with the growth and spread of cancer cells. During chemotherapy treatment, Taxotere works by damaging the RNA or DNA, causing the cells to fail to divide and die – this results to the shrinking of cancerous tumors.

Though effective, Taxotere has been linked to one disfiguring side effect: permanent hair loss, also known as permanent alopecia.

Hair loss is a very common side effect during chemotherapy, but this is just temporary as patients are assured that their hair will grow back three to six months after treatment has stopped. In chemotherapy treatments wherein Taxotere is used, however, a big percentage of women have reported absence of hair growth for as long as ten years after treatment; and they complained not just of baldness, but of “alopecia universalis” or total hair loss on the scalp and body (this means loss eyebrows and eyelashes, and loss of hair growth under arms and around the genital area).

In the lawsuits filed by these women, it is alleged that women from other countries were made aware of Taxotere’s side-effects. In the U.S., however, no published information ever contained the words “alopecia” or “permanent hair loss.” Thus, two among the many legal actions filed against Sanofi-Aventis accuse the manufacturer of concealing information from the public and selling the drug without disclosing its real dangers or risks.

As explained by the law firm Williams Kherkher, these accusations are based on information that Sanofi-Aventis actually knew about the possibility of permanent alopecia in users as early as the 1990s. This, however, was deliberately concealed by the manufacturers to downplay the risks associated with Taxotere.

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EB-5 Investment Program Extended Until September 2016

Foreign nationals who desire to become permanent residents of the United States have until September of this year to apply for a Green Card through the EB-5 Investor Investment Program or IIP. The program was supposed to end in December 2015 but both houses of Congress have extended the EB-5 program until September 2016. Even with the extension, it would be status quo for the program, such as the amount of minimum investment, the definition for Targeted Employment Areas, and other reforms.

In connection with this all I-924, I-526, and I-829 will still be accepted, processed, and adjudicated until the enactment of a new reform bill or until the expiration of the program come September 2016. For regional centers, the said date provides the last window for investors at the $500,000 level. Initially, it was expected that the minimum investment amount at the regional centers would increase to $750,000 or $800,000. So for investors who do not have the extra $250,000 – $300,000 investment can take advantage of this opportunity.

Applications for EB-5 visas doubled to 6,277 in the first three months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. The program has seen an increase in application since both Republicans and Democrats called for an end or reform to the program. There was also a 62.6% jump in the number of pending petitions from 13,526 in the first quarter of 2015 to 21,988 in the first quarter of 2016. Unfortunately, there was a decrease in the approval rate for petitions from 56% to 20% this year.

A 2015 report published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office revealed that the method being used by the USCIS in calculating the economic benefits of the EB-5 program was designed to help generate jobs and increase foreign investment in the US economy but there were doubts on the effectiveness of the program as it had claimed.

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