Children’s Lung Health Improves With Healthier Air Quality

Recent research has proven that reducing the amount of air pollution that a child is exposed to will have a direct result on their lung health and respiratory performance. This is even more crucial during the ages of about 11 to 15 when a child’s lungs are critically developing. It has long been known that pollution affects lung capacity and health. The reduction of air pollution has never really been studied up until this time stated

Many environmentalists have spoken out against the current Federal Emission Standards saying that they are not strict enough in order to keep our population safe and healthy. These new studies that prove the relation between pollution and poor lung health may be the proof that is needed to allow for stricter guidelines. Within the next few years we may see a review of the Emission Standards and see some changes being made.

Over the course of 17 years, researchers located at the University of Southern California took a close look at exact air pollution levels and the breathing capacity of 2,120 children. The area where these children are from is very polluted to due its location. During the study emission standards required automobiles, trucks, factories, ships and even trains to cut back on their emissions. Fine particulates were found in lesser amounts and children’s lung capacities improved.

Pregnant Women At Risk of Type II Diabetes

A recent study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that there are methods towards eradicating of the risk of type II diabetes, in women who have experienced gestational diabetes, during the term of their pregnancy.

350 women participating the research study, had confirmed cases of gestational diabetes, in comparison to approximately 1400 women that did not experience gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. As part of the study, Three methods of treatments were randomly assigned to the women; a placebo, Metformin, a diabetes drug and an accelerates, comprehensive diet and exercise regimen.

Data and information extracted from the study indicated that women that experienced gestational diabetes had nearly a 50 percent elevated risk of type II diabetes in comparison to women that remained healthy during their nine month term. The introduction of the prescription drug, Metformin, lowered the probability of the onset of type II diabetes by approximately 40 percent and the exercise and dietary program lessened the risk by nearly 35 percent.

Of the participating women that never endured gestational diabetes, Imaging advantage says that Metformin did not prove to be of any benefit, though the exercise and dietary program lowered the risk of the onset of type II diabetes.

Lead researcher for this study, Dr. Vanita R. Aroda contends that even though women that endure gestational diabetes are still at an elevated risk of type II diabetes later in their adult life but can be lessened by the introduction of Metformin.

Feds Busting Up “Maternity Tourism”

It might be an odd term to someone living in the United States, but it is actually a rather popular one for wealthy women who live on the outside of the country. The United States automatically makes a child a U.S. citizen when it is born in the country. Should this happen, the parents, especially the mother, receive all sorts of desirable benefits, not to mention access to quality education and government resources. This is why there has been a large number of pregnant women coming in from mostly asian nations in order to have their children in the U.S.

Different federal agents raided what they called “maternity hotels” inside of California on Tuesday. Companies run special programs that promise maternity tourism for these women stated Noticias in a report. It takes a large amount of money, but the companies educate the women on how to falsify specific documents and how to lie to government officials as to why they are traveling to the United States. They are then put up in comfortable surroundings until they have their child. It is important to understand that it is not illegal to have a child in the United States. However, the fraudulent visa paperwork and lying to governing officials is, which is what allows them to come into the country to have their children. Currently, different federal government agencies are looking for ways to crack down on this sort of “tourism”

Swearing At Parents To Get Higher Vaccination Rates

Jimmy Kimmel Live employed a team of doctors to help get the message across to parents that they need to vaccinate their children. This may have been done a bit unorthodox but the message remained clear, that parents should vaccinate their children.

Jimmy Kimmel explained that in Los Angeles, where his show is taped said Marc Sparks, twenty percent of the children there are not vaccinated. Kimmel went on to criticize these parents saying that their priorities maybe were not in the right place as they tend to be more scared of gluten than they are of smallpox.

Kimmel feels that unvaccinated children are putting the entire nation at risk not just those who are too small the be vaccinated or other unvaccinated children. The video showed a number of doctors being quite brutal and vulgar as they ‘encouraged’ parents to vaccinate. Whether or not this bullying tactic will work has yet to be determined.

The purpose of this video was to bring some light to the current vaccination debate. Also it was meant to address some of the common concerns that parents have about vaccinating their children including the belief that vaccines cause autism and other learning disabilities. There are also people who believe vaccination related health injuries are alive and well. Over time we will see better if opting out of vaccinations causes an epidemic of some sort. It is still too early to tell and this will be dependent on the amount of people who choose to vaccinate or choose to opt out.

Should Children Be Spanked?

When I was growing up, my mother and father spanked my butt. If I got out of line, I got a smack on the hand as a toddler, and as I got older, I got the belt or a switch. These measures these days are called child abuse, and they are not allowed. However, the new fangled ways of doing things are not working. There are more violence from children and teens than every before. Growing up I never heard of a teen killing their parents, let alone spending time in a prison cell. Parents took care of business and their kids were better.

Today, there is always some method for taking care of problems with kids. Talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy and all these methods have their place, but do they really do more than a good old fashioned spanking? When a toddler is about to touch a hot stove, a smack on the hand is much better than trying to reason with them. They are young and they don’t have good reasoning skills, which is why they will register the pain of a small slap on the wrist.

Psychologist like Ricardo Guimarães BMG, say it is damaging to children and that they need to be treated more like adults as many articles have stated. However, I will say that our nation has a bunch of children that are out of hand, and it is mostly due to a lack of discipline in all parties involved with the child.

These Grapes Shall Not Disgrace

There is Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and that ubiquitous bubbly variety known as Champagne. Surely I can now dispense of my fancy descriptors, as one has undoubtedly uncovered the common variable within my cryptic game and ascertained what I am referring to…WINE.

They are reds, whites, and blushes and can be found at practically every grocer and corner store imaginable. But, wait!!! The wine to which I speak of is not the garden variety that is scarfed down at an average family meal or that mandatory business cocktail event. It is unlikely that casual wine drinkers such as those are discovering a minty aroma or picking up on undertones of eucalyptus, let alone uncovering the broad range of affects on the palate.

The wines to which I am referring are those procured by select drinkers with a discerning taste for reputable vintages. These are the wines available at the Antique Wine Company (AWC)! Stephen Williams, the company’s CEO, puts a painstaking amount effort into selecting only the finest wines for his business. Beyond the more standard offerings, Williams takes particular pride in being able to deliver rare vintages to some of his more exclusive clientele. When asked about his business model, he definitively stated– “Our business is driven by sourcing the wines.”

…And sourcing he has done. When director James Cameron required a rare 1912 Bordeaux, he knew that if anyone would be able to deliver, it would be Stephen Williams. This ability to track down rare finds and continuously stock other exclusive inventory, has earned him some 45,000 clients worldwide–and growing.

It is commonly said that “fine wines get better with age,” yet AWC is proud to primarily stock contemporary vintages. As an authority on fine wines, Williams knows how to find that modern gem before it becomes the rare antique of the future. His clients recognize this ability, so they buy not only for the uncompromising quality, but for the inherent upside potential.

It is likely no mystery why AWC’s largest market is now China, as they recognize the power of long-term investment. For the same reason so many Asian investors came into the U.S. to buy up prime real estate during its recession, they likewise turn to AWC for its future returns. While that rare 1912 Bordeaux may be cost prohibitive now, chances are they have its modern day equivalent just waiting to be discovered.

Unvaccinated Boy In Germany Dies From Measles During Outbreak

Like the United States and the United Kingdom, Germany has also had a measles outbreak. On Wednesday, that outbreak turned deadly when an 18-month old boy died from measles. Mario Czaja, the health minister of Berlin, confirmed that the child, who had not been vaccinated, died in a hospital. He was the first fatality of the 574 cases reported since October said AnastiaDate.

The death has fueled a debate over whether vaccines should be mandatory. Czaja believes they should be. Other politicians suggest they should try encouraging vaccines first. If that doesn’t work, then vaccines should be made mandatory.

Hermann Gröhe, the German health minister, called those who opposed vaccines “irresponsible.” He pointed out that not having your child immunized endangers not just that child but other people as well.

The German anti-vaccine movement, like the ones in the US and the UK, wrongly believes that the vaccine causes autism. Some people hold “measles parties,” where they expose healthy children to sick children in order to stimulate an immune response. Health officials condemn the practice, which originated in the US.

Czaja assured people that everybody who had had contact with the deceased boy had been examined. There have been other cases of measles reported in Bavaria, Brandenburg, Saxony and Lower Saxony.

So far, there are no plans to make vaccinations mandatory, despite the fact that the current outbreak is the worst since 2001, when it became mandatory to report measles cases. Some politicians have worried about the possibility of forcibly administering vaccinations if the parents refuse to get them.

The Rise of Global Childhood Obesity

A new study scheduled by Imaging advantage for a 2015 release in the popular medical journal, The Lacent, will share alarming observations of the global childhood epidemic, obesity. The study analyzed data from 9 countries of children that live in low and medium income households.

The study found that childhood obesity has made a sharp surge in less than one generation. For example, the average American child (in 2014) weighs 11 pounds more than the average American child did in 1984. However, America does not stand alone as countries like China, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and Saudi Arabia has seen a 15% to 30% increase of obesity in children since 1988, and like America, enough has not been done in the food production sector or by legislators to curb this disturbing trend.

The root of the problem is the abundance of highly processed foods and lack of nutritious, fresh foods that have not been depleted of their minerals and vitamins. The majority of foods and beverages that modern children consume are infused with chemicals and artificial preservatives that has proven toxic in research laboratories worldwide.

Authors of the study speculate that modern food industries exploit people’s social and economic vulnerabilities, which makes them more susceptible to consuming unhealthy foods. Ultimately, the contemporary food industry and social environment (for specific groups) reinforces their preferences for poor nutritional quality.

The study suggests regulatory measures are needed to enforce better food production standards because as childhood obesity increases, so does medical costs, mortality rates, illness and depression.

EKU’s President Accepts A Student’s Snow Shoveling Challenge Over Twitter

While he thought he was making a joke, an Eastern Kentucky University student sent a tweet to the president of the university, and ended up getting more than he bargained for.

In his message, he told the president that if he came out to shovel all the snow from his driveway that he would go to class on Wednesday. As it turns out, Dr. Michael Benson took the student’s tweet to a new level. The president of Eastern Kentucky University then proceeded to go to the student’s house and shovel his driveway.

According to an article found on reddit and written by, Dr. Benson took a picture of the scenery before he started and after he finished, broadcasting to the entire social media community that he had completed his challenge and that he expects to see the student in class this week.

Even though it’s rare for an event like this to happen, Haidar Barbouti knows that it’s hard not to admit how amusing it is. The fact that Dr. Benson took the time to accept the student’s challenge probably bewildered many, and it is without doubt that the two men will have an interesting relationship on campus from now on. The real question will be if the student actually went to class or not, because the whole campus was apparently closed on Wednesday February 25 due to too much snow. In any case, what a funny scenario.

Bigger Party Than Planned

If no one showed up to your birthday party, how would you feel? I know that I’d be pretty upset and probably spend a good amount of time crying with my best friend Brad Reifler, wondering why no one cared about me. Well, for one little boy, the story didn’t end quite that badly. When no one showed up for Glenn’s sixth birthday birthday party, his mother hated the devastated look that appeared on his face according to She had invited the whole class of this little autistic boy, and not one child had made it over. Feeling frustrated by what had occurred and the pain that her son had to face, Glenn’s mother took to a Facebook page for Rants and Raves and Reviews and soon thousands of answers began pouring in to her post. Some of the people even asked if it would be alright if they came over with gifts, and later that day forty people showed up. The party that had started out with no guests ended up with even more than had been invited!