December 2011 Rants and Raves (26)

Antipsychotics and Our Kids

Are Parents or Culture to Blame?

So what's happening? Why are parents and doctors heavily medicating the developing minds of so many of our children? Elizabeth J. Roberts, M.D. is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and author of Should You Medicate Your Child's Mind? Her insight comes from three decades of treating children."There was a movement in the late 60s, early 70s," explains Dr. Roberts, "to start a new order which included not saying no to our children. We weren't going to… Continue

Added by General on December 30, 2011 at 7:38pm — No Comments

7 green ways to save money in the laundry

The cost  of caring for your clothing may not jump out at you the same way your food,  housing and auto bills do, but that doesn't mean you can't save  money on laundry expenses.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average…


Added by Shelly Rivera on December 29, 2011 at 5:34pm — No Comments

5 uncommon ways to raise your credit score

By Dana Dratch •

When it comes to cultivating a credit score, you've probably got the good citizen routine down cold.

You pay on time, try to wipe out the entire balance every month and never close too many accounts at once.

Beyond the basics, though, many consumers are still in the dark about what makes their credit scores go up and down.

"We have had so many people over the years who don't understand what goes into a credit score," says Dave Jones,…


Added by Shelly Rivera on December 29, 2011 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Fewest layoffs since '08 as economy strengthens


AP Business Writers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The job market is getting healthier, adding to evidence that the economy is improving as 2011 nears an end.

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level since April 2008, the government said. The report suggested that layoffs are slowing further and that employers may be ready to hire more aggressively in the new year.

A gauge of future economic…


Added by Shelly Rivera on December 22, 2011 at 2:13pm — 2 Comments

At-Home Remedies to Make You Sleepy

Stressful, busy days and the constant bombardment of technology can make it difficult to shut off the outside world and get to bed. Instead of reaching for that Ambien or Tylenol PM pill to knock yourself out, try eating a light meal with carbohydrates and tryptophan. According to Nutritionist Kelly Aronica, a snack within an hour of bedtime with carbohydrates and tryptophan can boost serotonin levels(which helps you sleep) in your body making you ready for bed.

For more on the type of…


Added by Shelly Rivera on December 22, 2011 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

Brazilian baby 'born healthy with two heads... and both are suckling mother's breasts'

A Brazilian woman who has given birth to a baby with two heads, admitted she had initially expected twins.

Maria de Nazare, gave birth by caesarean at a hospital in Anajas, in Brazil's northern Para state, with her newborn weighing 9.9lbs.

And in a tribute to the religious celebrations at Christmas, she has decided to call the pair Emanoel and Jesus.

The baby has two heads but all his organs are functioning healthily. The mother was said to have found about the abnormality…


Added by Morpheus on December 22, 2011 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Letting babies 'cry it out' may be dangerous for their health

A psychologist has said that new developments in neuroscience show that letting babies "cry it out" is dangerous for their longterm health. Caregivers who respond promptly to a baby's need are more likely to have children who are independent.

According to the Psychologist Darcia Narvaez, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Collaborative for Ethical Education at the University of Notre Dame, writing on Psychology Today, studies on rats with high and low nurturing mothers show…


Added by Morpheus on December 22, 2011 at 1:12pm — 2 Comments

Genetically Modified HIV Vaccine Approved - Human Tests to Begin Shortly

At a further attempt to halt the spread of HIV, the United States is making a bold and extremely risky decision. Researchers from the University of Western Ontrario developed a new vaccine, and the Food and Drug Administration announced its approval on Tuesday for use in the US. Not only should you be weary of this vaccine due to negative history revolving around vaccines, but the fact that it is made with a genetically modified virus adds even more concern over its approval. While the…


Added by Morpheus on December 22, 2011 at 1:04pm — 8 Comments

A person's surname can influence their career, experts claim

A person's surname can influence their choice of career, experts believe.

Scientists are exploring the theory that people are drawn to certain trades and professions based on the connotations of their surnames.

The phenomenon can be observed among famous figures such as the World champion sprinter Usain Bolt or the 18th century poet William Wordsworth.

However, serious research is now being dedicated to the concept - known as nominative determinism - to explain why it…


Added by General on December 22, 2011 at 12:48pm — 2 Comments

Teen Trio Admits Smearing Cake With Feces in Prank

Three Pennsylvania teens must clean toilets, urinals and bed pans after admitting they iced a birthday cake with feces as a prank on a high school classmate.

The Daily Local News of West Chester reports the girls were also ordered Monday to pick up dog droppings at a local park during their 200 hours of community service in return for guilty pleas stemming from the March incident at Avon Grove High School.…


Added by The Missus on December 22, 2011 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

IBM Predicts Mind-Reading Machines

"IBM scientists are among those researching how to link your brain to your devices, such as a computer or a smartphone," it continued.

IBM gave the examples of ringing someone up just by thinking it, or willing a cursor to move on a computer screen.

Biological makeup will become the key to personal identity, with retina scans of recognition of faces or voices used to confirm who people are rather than typing in passwords, the company forecast.

"Imagine you will be able…


Added by Morpheus on December 22, 2011 at 11:01am — 2 Comments

Infamil Taken Off Shelves In Walmart After Baby Death

LEBANON, Mo. (AP) -- Wal-Mart has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide after a newborn Missouri boy who was fed the formula died from what preliminary tests indicate was a rare bacterial infection, the retailer said.

The government has not ordered a recall of the 12.5-ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder with the lot number ZP1K7G. Manufacturer Mead Johnson Nutrition said its records showed the lot tested negative for the bacterium…


Added by General on December 22, 2011 at 10:18am — No Comments

A cheat sheet on tipping do's and don'ts

By Heather Larson •

Take the confusion out of tipping

Tipping can be daunting. While most of us know that it's appropriate to tip our server at a restaurant, it's not always clear whether to tip the hotel concierge, funeral chaplain or dog groomer.

If you leave a tip, how large should it be? Is 20 percent an across-the-board solution? Will your tip leave you looking like Donald Trump or Ebenezer Scrooge? Are there situations where tipping isn't…


Added by Shelly Rivera on December 21, 2011 at 8:25am — No Comments

Were big banks ’stealing homes’?

Forget for the time being all the Three Stooges document-fumbling surrounding the housing collapse. Set aside the obvious malfeasance of robosigning and rocket dockets.

The question on the table now is, were America's largest mortgage lenders stealing homes?

The recent lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley against five of the nation's largest banks for deceptive foreclosure and loan modification practices essentially accuses them of doing exactly…


Added by Shelly Rivera on December 20, 2011 at 3:19pm — 1 Comment

Vladimir Putin lashes out at America for killing Gaddafi and backing protests

By Andrew Osborn, in MoscowLast Updated: 3:07PM GMT 15/12/2011Vladimir Putin has accused his political opponents at home of trying to destabilise Russia on the West's orders and alleged that the United States killed Libyan dictator Col Muammar Gaddafi.In a ferocious verbal tirade broadcast on state TV that lasted more than four and a half hours, the Russian prime minister made it clear he was determined to return to the Russian presidency next year, scornfully dismissing recent demonstrations… Continue

Added by General on December 15, 2011 at 11:59am — No Comments

Infant In Minn. Develops H1N2, Unique Type Of H1N1

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Disease specialists are carefully monitoring the case of a Minnesota infant who developed a unique type of H1N1.It’s called the H1N2 virus and it’s only the second case ever detected anywhere.The Minnesota Department of Health is minimizing the threat but at the same time, they are saying this is an example of how difficult the flu virus is to pin down. That is also why the threat is always there that a new deadly strain can always emerge.The H1N2 virus is common in pigs in… Continue

Added by Morpheus on December 13, 2011 at 10:45pm — No Comments

Keep Christ In Christmas’ Sign Stirs Controversy In South Jersey Town

PITMAN, N.J. (CBS) – Some residents of a South Jersey town are calling a Knights of Columbus banner that hangs over Broadway in Pitman, a sign of the season.It reads “Keep Christ in Christmas.”“I think it’s wonderful, Christ is Christmas,” said Maria Marandino of Vineland.Some unnamed residents who live in Pitman and who believe the sign that hangs across Main Street violates the Constitution, contacted the Freedom from Religion Foundation in Wisconsin that promotes separation of church and… Continue

Added by General on December 13, 2011 at 10:24pm — No Comments

7 ways to save money on groceries

The average manufacturer's coupon is now worth $1.20, according to food marketing analyst Phil Lempert of That's a nice amount, but serious savers combine these coupons with in-store coupons and good sales. Sites like (free) and ($10 for eight weeks) offer weekly sales-tracking services for most states and major grocery stores. They'll tell you which items are on rock-bottom sale and alert you to manufacturers' coupons you can…


Added by Shelly Rivera on December 12, 2011 at 5:33pm — No Comments

NYPD Facebook probe raises free speech question

NEW YORK –  The Facebook group was titled "No More West Indian Day Detail," referring to police patrol for a raucous annual Brooklyn parade.

Sprinkled among the frustrations aired about regulating the crowded, loud, often-violent event were comments that were more offensive. Some called the parade, held in a predominantly black neighborhood, "ghetto training," and a "scheduled riot." Others referred to participants as savages.

The West Indian Day Parade celebrates the culture of… Continue

Added by The Missus on December 11, 2011 at 3:18pm — 1 Comment

Block of OTC morning-after pill sparks debate

WASHINGTON — It's the morning after and the controversy over how to sell emergency contraception still looms.

The Obama administration's top health official stopped plans Wednesday to let the Plan B morning-after pill move onto drugstore shelves next to the condoms.

Overruling scientists at the Food and Drug Administration, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius decided that young girls shouldn't be able to buy the pill on their own, saying she was worried about…


Added by Shelly Rivera on December 8, 2011 at 8:44am — 3 Comments

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