Caroline Elizabeth

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June 2015

The ability to balance on one leg for 20 seconds is a sign of a healthy brain

A lot has been written about the debilitating and potentially deadly after-effects of stroke. That’s why many of us try (or at least attempt) to steer clear of junk food, exercise regularly, keep an eye on the scales, and sit on the yoga mat once in a while. But what about standing on one leg for …

Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday.<p>A study involving more than 16,000 people found that the activity of about 4,000 of those genes appears to be affected …

How to win any argument: pseudo-scientific neuro-gibberish

If you’re hoping to win an argument this week, try talking neuro-gibberish. Irrelevant neuroscience information – or “neurobabble” – makes for the most convincing scientific explanations, according to researchers at Villanova University and the University of Oregon.<p>Scientists gave a group of 385 …

How Cuba Could Help Prevent Lung Cancer In The U.S.

Cigars aren't the island nation's only export<p>For the U.S., reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba means more than imports of the world’s best cigars—it could mean a better way to stop their damage. Cuban scientists spent decades developing a lung cancer vaccine, called Cimavax. Now …

Cancer

Employers Are Seeking Out Autistic Workers

An increasing number of companies are launching initiatives to find job candidates with autism. How a cluster of society struggling to find jobs …

Court Case Shows How Health Insurers Rip off You and Your Employer

If you think you're paying too much for employer-sponsored health coverage, you might want to forward this to the HR department. It's possible, maybe even likely, that your health insurer has been ripping off both you and your employer -- to the tune of several million dollars every year -- for …

More evidence links Alzheimer’s and diabetes

Elevated blood sugar can rapidly increase levels of amyloid beta, a key component of brain plaques in Alzheimer’s patients, a new study shows.<p>The …

State Legislatures Quarrel Over Whether To Expand Medicaid

Five years after the Affordable Care Act passed, the law's provision allowing the expansion of Medicaid coverage to more people is still causing huge fights in state legislatures.<p>Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia said yes to Medicaid expansion when the law went into effect. Since …

Pope Francis is a powerful messenger for climate change

This summer, Pope Francis plans to release an encyclical letter in which he will address environmental issues, and very likely climate change.<p>His statement will have a profound impact on the public debate. For one, it will elevate the spiritual, moral and religious dimensions of the issue. Calling …

Christianity

Armenian American community lauds pope's recognition of genocide

Members of Southern California's Armenian American community on Sunday lauded Pope Francis, calling him "courageous" for his recognition of the mass killings of Armenians a century ago under the Ottoman Empire as genocide.<p>"As far as the Armenian American Community is concerned, the pope has taken a …

Southland surgeons implant Watchman heart device after it gets FDA OK

Surgeons at two Southern California hospitals on Monday implanted a controversial heart device that struggled for years to gain the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.<p>The Watchman device, made by Boston Scientific Corp. and designed to reduce the risk of stroke for people with …

Medicine

Pope Francis has called for a Holy Year of Mercy – so what does that mean?

Washington D.C., Mar 18, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope's surprise announcement of a holy year for mercy has Catholics weighing in on the …

Pope Francis hints at brief papacy

Pope Francis is predicting that he won’t be pope for long.<p>He has been speaking on the second anniversary of his election.<p>Francis has previously mentioned that he does not dislike being pope, but does miss his freedom.<p>In a television interview, he has said that he could be gone in just a few years …

Pope Francis' Financial Reforms Rattle Vatican's Old Guard

When the College of Cardinals elected the new head of the Roman Catholic Church two years ago, Pope Francis was given the mandate to put the Vatican's dysfunctional administration in order.<p>As the papacy's enters its third year, some of the biggest reforms have been achieved in the Vatican's …

Connecticut teenager in remission after forced cancer treatment – authorities

A teenage girl who was ordered by a court to undergo chemotherapy has seen her illness go into remission.<p>The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) said on Sunday that the teenager, who is identified in court documents only as Cassandra C, was making a recovery that was better than …

Two cases of child pornography possession in Vatican in 2014

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican, which is still struggling with the effects of a worldwide pedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church, discovered two cases of possession of child pornography within its own walls last year, its chief prosecutor said on Saturday.<p>Saint Peter's square is …

Health Insurance Startup Collapses In Iowa

It was a heck of a Christmas for David Fairchild and his wife, Clara Peterson. They found out they were about to lose their new health insurance.<p>"Clara was listening to the news on Iowa Public Radio and that's how we found out," Fairchild says. They went to their health plan's website that night. …

Climate activists won the Keystone fight. Great. Now can we actually fight climate change?

From early on in the fight over Keystone XL, environmental activists have argued that mining Canadian tar sands (and moving that oil to market through a massive transcontinental pipeline) would be “game over” for the climate. As a result, part of the discussion about the pipeline’s impact has been …

Mysterious moons and alien life: the 42 best space movies ever made

Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches

He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up …

Renewed US-Cuba relations biggest success in Vatican diplomacy in decades

The re-opening of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba is the biggest success for the Vatican’s ultra-discreet diplomacy for at least 30 years.<p>As the leaders of both countries acknowledged in their statements, Pope Francis and his envoys had played key roles in healing the breach.<p>The only …

11 Remarkable Health Advances From 2014

From groundbreaking new drugs to doctor-assisted suicide, 2o14 was full of historic moments that are bound to play on in a big way throughout 2015 …

Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican's Bureaucrats

Pope Francis blasted the Vatican's top bureaucrats at an annual Christmas gathering, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who make up the Curia of "spiritual Alzheimer's" and of lusting for power at all costs.<p>"Sometimes, [officials of the Curia] feel themselves lords of the manor — superior …

D.C. has passed sea level rise 'tipping point,' more cities to follow: study

SAN FRANCISCO — Major U.S. coastal cities, including Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, North Carolina, have already slipped past a sea level …

Vatican report praises U.S. nuns but urges them to stick to doctrine

A long-awaited report on American nuns released by the Vatican on Tuesday is being seen as an encouraging and realistic assessment of women who take vows to the church, while also urging them to adhere to Roman Catholic doctrine.<p>"It is not a document of blame or simplistic solutions," Sister Sharon …

6 Hearty One-Pot Meals That Will Have You Winning at Winter

It seems like the overworked meteorologists at the Weather Channel have been busy predicting Nor'easters with a furious frequency. And what's better than a hearty pot of stew to right the wrongs of a wet, treacherous slog home from work? Aside from being filled with slow-cooked, nutritious and …

California leaders vow to continue climate change action

California's political leaders pledged Monday to advance the state's landmark laws on climate change and fend off challenges from opponents such as oil companies.<p>"We're just at the beginning," Gov. Jerry Brown said. "There's still lots of skeptics and lots of deniers."<p>Brown and top lawmakers spoke …