We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse By Cutting Down Forests

We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse By Cutting Down Forests


Originally posted on HumansinShadow.wordpress.com:

Mother Jones

We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse By Cutting Down Forests

Epidemiologists explain how human activity helps spread the deadly virus in West Africa.

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How Blue Eyes Originated!

How Blue Eyes Originated!


Close-up of a blue-eyed koala
Close-up of a blue-eyed koala (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How Blue eyes Originated

 

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Everyone with blue eyes alive today – from Angelina Jolie to Wayne Rooney – can trace their ancestry back to one person who probably lived about 10,000 years ago in the Black Sea region, a study has found. Scientists studying the genetics of eye colour have discovered that more than 99.5 per cent of blue-eyed people who volunteered to have their DNA analysed have the same tiny mutation in the gene that determines the colour of the iris.

 

This indicates that the mutation originated in just one person who became the ancestor of all subsequent people in the world with blue eyes, according to a study by Professor Hans Eiberg and colleagues at the University of Copenhagen.

The scientists are not sure when the mutation occurred but other evidence suggested it probably arose about 10,000 years ago when there was a rapid expansion of the human population in Europe as a result of the spread of agriculture from the Middle East.

“The mutations responsible for blue eye colour most likely originate from the north-west part of the Black Sea region, where the great agricultural migration of the northern part of Europe took place in the Neolithic periods about 6,000 to 10,000 years ago,” the researchers report in the journal Human Genetics.

Professor Eiberg said that brown is the “default” colour for human eyes which results from a build-up of the dark skin pigment, melanin. However, in northern Europe a mutation arose in a gene known as OCA2 that disrupted melanin production in the iris and caused the eye colour to become blue.

“Originally, we all had brown eyes,” said Professor Eiberg. “But a genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a ‘switch’ which literally turned off the ability to produce brown eyes.”

Variations in the colour of people’s eyes can be explained by the amount of melanin in the iris, but blue-eyed individuals only have a small degree of variation in the amount of melanin in their eyes, he said.

“From this we can conclude that all blue-eyed individuals are linked to the same ancestor. They have all inherited the same switch at exactly the same spot in their DNA,” said Professor Eiberg.

Men and women with blue eyes have almost exactly the same genetic sequence in the part of the DNA responsible for eye colour. However, brown-eyed people, by contrast, have a considerable amount of individual variation in that area of DNA.

Professor Eiberg said he has analysed the DNA of about 800 people with blue eyes, ranging from fair-skinned, blond-haired Scandinavians to dark-skinned, blue-eyed people living in Turkey and Jordan.

“All of them, apart from possibly one exception, had exactly the same DNA sequence in the region of the OCA2 gene. This to me indicates very strongly that there must have been a single, common ancestor of all these people,” he said.

It is not known why blue eyes spread among the population of northern Europe and southern Russia. Explanations include the suggestions that the blue eye colour either offered some advantage in the long hours of daylight in the summer, or short hours of daylight in winter, or that the trait was deemed attractive and therefore advantageous in terms of sexual selection.

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Mortality Increase From Alzheimer´s Disease in U.S. within last 10 Years

Mortality Increase From Alzheimer´s Disease in U.S. within last 10 Years


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Mortality Increase From Alzheimer’s Disease in the United States within the last 10 Years. Data for 2000 and 2010

Fascinating data from the Center for Disease Control.  A generation ago we could not even spell Alzheimer’s. It now looks like we are facing an avalanche of seniors losing their minds, and their lives, in later years.  You better believe that I will be looking for all preventative methods and cures for this dreaded degeneration of the brain.  I have seen what it does and it has no dignity. Lou

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States

NCHS Data Briefs Update.

In 2010, Alzheimer’s disease was the underlying cause for a total of 83,494 deaths and was classified as a contributing cause for an additional 26,488 deaths. Mortality from Alzheimer’s disease has steadily increased during the last 30 years. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause for people aged 65 years and over. An estimated 5.4 million persons in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease. The cost of health care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia was estimated to be 200 billion dollars in 2012, including 140 billion dollars in costs to Medicare and Medicaid and is expected to reach 1.1 trillion dollars in 2050.

Alzheimer’s disease mortality varies by age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, and geographic area. This report presents mortality data on Alzheimer’s disease based on data from the National Vital Statistics System from 2000 through 2010, the most recent year for which detailed data are available.

Key findings

Data from the National Vital Statistics System

  • The age-adjusted death rate from Alzheimer’s disease increased by 39 percent from 2000 through 2010 in the United States.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and is the fifth leading cause among people aged 65 years and over. People aged 85 years and over have a 5.4 times greater risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease than people aged 75–84 years.
  • The risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease is 26 percent higher among the non-Hispanic white population than among the non-Hispanic black population, whereas the Hispanic population has a 30 percent lower risk than the non-Hispanic white population.
  • In 2010, among all states and the District of Columbia, 31 states showed death rates from Alzheimer’s disease that were above the national rate (25.1).

Keywords: dementia, National Vital Statistics System, death rate, aging

Alzheimer’s disease mortality increased compared with selected major causes of death.

Figure 1 is a bar chart showing percent change in age-adjusted death rates for the selected causes of death between 2000 and 2010.

Full article:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db116.htm

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This could be the best (and only) eagle playing soccer video you’ll ever see — and it was filmed in B.C.

This could be the best (and only) eagle playing soccer video you’ll ever see — and it was filmed in B.C.


Originally posted on National Post:

NORTH VANCOUVER — A plumed player dropped in for a tryout during a soccer practice in North Vancouver last week, much to the delight of onlookers.

The North Shore Football Club was holding a practice with one of its boys teams at Sutherland secondary March 23 when a large eagle appeared on the field and began playing with a soccer ball.

The eagle’s antics brought the practice to a halt while the team and spectators watched in awe as it followed, jumped on and even kicked the ball with one of its claws.

“It was probably one of the most incredible things that I’ve ever seen. Just to be able to be that close, 20 feet from an eagle and to be able to watch it for two-and-a-half minutes was amazing,” said Stuart Ince, club president, who was able to capture the raptor in a video on his phone.

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Miss me anyone?

Miss me anyone?


Originally posted on sachemspeaks:

Took a trip to my heart doctor yesterday in Orlando and on the way back a pickup truck with a lawn-care trailer decided that he had more right to my lane then I did.

So I went from a VA Hospital for an ECHO to another hospital and me car went to a tow yard?

I will survive however, I found out just who really is our friend (not counting you my good friends) because we only have one car and the hospital discharged me to the waiting room?

Everyone that she could contact had their excuses.

A new neighbor I have only been able to talk with a few times came home late, jumped back into his truck and got me home.

Talk later my friends!

Shechaim

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WATCH: Video of musician singing with uncle with Down Syndrome goes viral

WATCH: Video of musician singing with uncle with Down Syndrome goes viral


Originally posted on Global News:

TORONTO – An electrician in West Virginia is the talk of the Internet after he posted a touching video of himself singing with his uncle who has Down Syndrome.

Twenty-one-year-old aspiring country musician Travis Hatfield spends his working days as an electrician at a mine. In his private time, he sometimes sings with his 47-year-old uncle Jamie Joe Cline – they live together after Cline’s parents died ten years ago.

The pair enjoy many artists but a classic George Jones song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” recorded on March 21 would eventually change both their lives forever after Hatfield posted their performance on Facebook.

“I just wanted to show everybody that just because my uncle has Down Syndrome, doesn’t mean he doesn’t have feelings for stuff, he can still relate to music just like everyone else can,” the Gilbert native told the Williamson Daily News.

At the time of…

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Super Typhoon Maysak Heads for Philippines

Super Typhoon Maysak Heads for Philippines


Originally posted on TheSurvivalPlaceBlog:

This animated GIF shows Maysak tracking across the Pacific Ocean. (NOAA/Satellite)

By Eric Leister – AccuWeather

Super Typhoon Maysak, one of the strongest cyclones in history during the months of January, February and March, slammed several Micronesian islands and is on its way to the Philippines.

Maysak is expected to slowly weaken as it tracks away from Yap and toward the Philippines over the next several days, but will still pose a threat to the islands in its path.

Maysak first developed into a tropical storm on Friday while located across Micronesia, southeast of Guam. The storm has continued strengthening since and will remain a large and dangerous typhoon as it tracks westward toward the Philippines this week.

Maysak slammed the island of Chuuk over the weekend with damaging winds and torrential rainfall as the core of the storm moved directly over the island. More than 250 mm (10 inches)…

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None Of Us Are Free – If One Of Us Is Chained By Solomon Burke

None Of Us Are Free – If One Of Us Is Chained By Solomon Burke


None Of Us Are Free – If One Of Us Is Chained

By Solomon Burke

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Solomon Burke – None of us are free: https://youtu.be/cou_qZjc_yI via @YouTube

And there are people still in darkness,
And they just can’t see the light.
If you don’t say it’s wrong then that says it right.
We got try to feel for each other, let our brother’s know that we care.
Got to get the message, send it out loud and clear.

Lyrics

Well you better listen my sister’s and brothers,
‘Cause if you do you can hear
There are voices still calling across the years.
And they’re all crying across the ocean,
And they’re cryin across the land,
And they will till we all come to understand.

None of us are free.
None of us are free.
None of us are free, if one of us are chained.
None of us are free.

And there are people still in darkness,
And they just can’t see the light.
If you don’t say it’s wrong then that says it right.
We got try to feel for each other, let our brother’s know that we care.
Got to get the message, send it out loud and clear.

None of us are free.
None of us are free.
None of us are free, if one of us are chained.
None of us are free.

It’s a simple truth we all need, just to hear and to see.
None of us are free, if one of us is chained.
None of us are free.
Now I swear your salvation isn’t too hard too find,
None of us can find it on our own. (On our own)
We’ve got to join together in sprirt, heart and mind.
So that every soul who’s suffering will know they’re not alone.

Oh, none of us are free.
None of us are free, yo
None of us are free, if one of us are chained.
None of us are free.

If you just look around you,
Your gonna see what I say.
Cause the world is getting smaller each passing day. (Passing day)
Now it’s time to start making changes,
And it’s time for us all to realize,
That the truth is shining real bright right before our eyes. (Before our eyes)

None of us are free.
None of us are free.
None of us are free, if one of us is chained.
None of us are free.

Oh, none of us are free.
None, none, none of us (None of us are free)
Oh, none one of us
(None of us are free, if one of us is chained) Well, well,
Well, once again

(None of us are free) None of us are free
(None of us are free) None of us are free
(None of us are free, if one of us is chained) One of us, none of us, one of us

(None of us are free) Lord, have mercy
(None of us are free) Oh, let me save you
(None of us are free, if one of us is chained)
If one of us is chained, none of us are free.
Well, I gotta tell about it

(None of us are free) Oh, ma ma ma
(None of us are free) Ma ma Lord
None of us are free, if one of us is chained.
None of us are free.

None of us, none of us, none of us are free.
None of us are free.
None of us are free, if one of us is chained.
None of us are free.

None of us are free.
None of us are free, no
None of us are free, (if one of us is chained), oh, Lord
(None of us are free) oh, Lord

None of us are free.
(None of us are free)
None of us are free, if one of us is chained.
None of us are free.

All This Homeless Veteran and His Dog Needed Was Human Kindness…

All This Homeless Veteran and His Dog Needed Was Human Kindness…


Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

homeless man in starbucksWhile seated at a Starbucks, a homeless man came in and sat nearby.

His scent was unpleasant and people looked at him and rolled their eyes. He was simply doing what we were all doing, drinking coffee and taking advantage of free WiFi.

He brought his dog, Legacy, who was well behaved. He proceeded to tell me he walked 60 miles from Seattle to Tumwater over a few days period. He spoke highly of Legacy who, in stride, journeyed along with his master every step of the way without complaint. As soon as Legacy was told to lay down, he fell asleep.

It was sad to see people distance themselves from this homeless veteran. Kids who inquired about the dog were quickly shielded by their parents and hurried away.

This Veteran explained most people have no concept of being Christ like because they simply place Christ on the shelf as…

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