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Month: January 2016

New Study Confirms: Your Timeline is Messing With Your Sleep Life
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New Study Confirms: Your Timeline is Messing With Your Sleep Life

There are plenty of reasons why social media could go down as one of the greatest innovations of the 21st century. Yet according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a study set to be published this April, Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms could literally be killing your sleep patterns, too. "Young adults who spend a lot of time on social media during the day or check it frequently throughout the week are more likely to suffer sleep disturbances than their peers who use social media less," a statement from the school's press release reads. For the study, Dr. Jessica C. Levenson, a postdoctoral researcher at the university's Department of Psychiatry and the study's lead author, worked with her team to analyze 1,788 U.S. adults ages 19 through 3...
New Study From UAB Shows Certain Protein Helps Combat Inflammation After Spinal Cord Injury
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New Study From UAB Shows Certain Protein Helps Combat Inflammation After Spinal Cord Injury

According to News-Medical.net, a new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has found that the protein IL-37 actually suppresses the inflammatory response even though drugs like methylprednisolone have proven unsuccessful in doing so. One of the reasons IL-37 has not been researched much up until this point, even though it's been identified for 15 years, is because it is not produced in mice, which most studies use in experiments. In order to perform the study the team of researchers from the UAB's Department of Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology and Institute of Neuroscience, and the Centre for Networked Biomedical Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIBERNED), led by Dr Rubén López, used genetically modified mice that produced the human form of IL-37. ...
Trader Joe’s in New Jersey Suffers Roof Collapse as East Coast Continues to Weather Winter Storm Jonas
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Trader Joe’s in New Jersey Suffers Roof Collapse as East Coast Continues to Weather Winter Storm Jonas

UPDATED 11/19/20 Winter Storm Jonas is finally beginning to pass, but the wake of destruction left in its path will take months -- if not years -- to repair. According to Syracuse.com, the cataclysmic blizzard dumped approximately three feet of snow on cities across the East Coast over the weekend. Tens of thousands of travelers were stranded during the storm, and at least 19 deaths have been directly related to its devastation. The unprecedented snowfall and hurricane-force winds were particularly harmful to homes and businesses. On Sunday, NJ.com reported that the Trader Joe's in Westfield, NJ is now closed indefinitely after its roof collapsed under the weight of the snow. https://youtu.be/E83PdJy2oFg The store's roof and three of its walls simultaneously ...
Air Conditioning Unit Sparks a Fire in a Florida Home
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Air Conditioning Unit Sparks a Fire in a Florida Home

Thanks to the hot and humid South Florida weather, Floridian families don't often need to use their heater systems in the home. When the temperature drops uncharacteristically low, however, some people turn theirs on after years of inactivity. Such was the case at a home in Plantation, FL, when an HVAC unit broke out into flames when a man turned his heat on for the first time in 10 years. According to the local ABC News affiliate in Miami, FL, a family was displaced in the early morning hours of Monday, Jan. 25, due to a fire that broke out in the home's heating and air conditioning system. Although the official cause of the fire is still unknown, homeowner Rob Ramirez told a local news reporter that he turned on the heater at about 4 a.m. to warm up the home and then noticed a ...
Mustaches Are More Common Than Women Amongst Leadership Roles
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Mustaches Are More Common Than Women Amongst Leadership Roles

Past research has found that women like to remove their facial and body hair. A 2010 Wayne State University survey found that about 85% of women remove their upper lip hair and 96% of women remove their body hair. However, new research suggests that growing a mustache may help them move up in their career. According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal, female leaders at medical schools are fewer and far between than mustaches. Of the 50 medical schools examined in the study, 13% of leaders were women, while 19% were mustached humans. Researchers defined mustaches as "the visible presence of hair on the upper cutaneous lip," which means that a mustache could exist with or without other facial hair, such as a beard. Most importantly, mustache identification was ge...
Major Linen Company Constructing New $6 Million Automated Laundry Facility in Virginia
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Major Linen Company Constructing New $6 Million Automated Laundry Facility in Virginia

Capital Textile Service, an 82-year-old linen company based in Northern Virginia, has made a massive investment into a new facility that could reinvigorate the economy of a small local county. According to Fredericksburg.com, the company will invest $6 million into an automated laundry facility in Stafford, VA. After considering several other counties in the area, Capital Textile Service ultimately decided to choose Stafford for the new location. "We believe that the Capital Textile investment is only the beginning of the new industrial projects that will come to this part of Stafford," said Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Thomas. Virginia Linen Service of Petersburg, which owns Capital Textile Service, purchased a 12.46-acre lot in Stafford for $889,000 to...
Major Real Estate Website Names Dallas-Fort Worth as Top 5 Housing Market in U.S. for 2016
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Major Real Estate Website Names Dallas-Fort Worth as Top 5 Housing Market in U.S. for 2016

The Dallas-Fort Worth area emerged from the Great Recession stronger than ever, and its progress is now being recognized by an authority in the U.S. real estate industry. According to CultureMap Dallas, real estate database website Zillow recently named its top 10 housing markets to watch this year. DFW not only made this prestigious list, but was recognized as the third-best market in the entire country. The #3 ranking places DFW behind only Denver, CO, and Seattle, WA on the list. Rounding out the top 10, in order, are: Richmond, VA, Boise, ID, Ogden, UT, Salt Lake City, UT, Omaha, NE, Sacramento, CA, and Portland, OR. Several factors went into DFW's impressive ranking, all of which reflect the region's consistent growth on the heels of the Great Recession. Zillow noted th...
Sawyer International Airport Adding More Leg Room and Advanced Wi-Fi in Two-Class Jets
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Sawyer International Airport Adding More Leg Room and Advanced Wi-Fi in Two-Class Jets

Frequent flyers in Michigan who desire a more luxurious experience during flights are rejoicing after a local airport announced they would be adding several new amenities in their jets. According to local Michigan news affiliate ABC 10, American Airlines is modifying its American Eagle fleet of regional jets based out of Sawyer International Airport in Marquette, MI. As part of the modifications, the airline will be adding more room throughout the jets as well as advanced Wi-Fi technology, allowing passengers to use the internet during a flight. "It is exciting for us to upgrade, but the main thing for us is the larger planes and more passengers," said Steve Schenden, Director of Operations at Sawyer International Airport. "Right now we are filling all of the planes com...
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Pet Obesity is on the Rise

We humans are well aware that there is a rampant obesity epidemic among us. Obesity can lead to chronic and life-threatening illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, and bone problems. But recent statistics show that humans aren't the only species contending with a growing obesity epidemic -- it's gone to the dogs (and cats), too. According to recent data released by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, around 52.7% of dogs and 57.9% of cats are overweight or obese. Considering that more than 46 million households in America own dogs, and more than 38 million own cats, that's tens of millions of canines and felines. And while a pudgy purring pal may seem cute, the consequences of pet obesity are anything but. Common negative side effects of pet obesity i...
App Turns Millennials into Movers
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App Turns Millennials into Movers

The digital age continues to take strides toward new frontiers with the release of new apps every day. One app in particular is grabbing the attention of the masses: Bellhops. Similar to Uber and Lyft, this app allows users to arrange for other users to help them with a variety of one-time tasks in exchange for money. Many subscribers are finding it especially helpful during the moving process. The Washington Times described the app as a great solution for moves that aren't quite big enough to require a moving company but are too big for one person to handle. For those moving to a new city where they don't know anyone, or for those who just want to avoid burdening friends with the moving process, using Bellhops to enlist the help of locals is a perfect solution. Based in Chattanoo...