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Hawaii College Suggests Students ‘Boil Water’ to Shower Due to Plumbing Problems
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Hawaii College Suggests Students ‘Boil Water’ to Shower Due to Plumbing Problems

When someone suggests you "boil water," one would hope they're giving you instructions on how to cook pasta, not take a comfortable shower. Oddly enough, the latter was the case for a group of unlucky students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. According to local news affiliate KHON-2, the campus's student housing service sent out the strange e-mail after students complained of a wide range of plumbing issues. The e-mail included the phrase, "if you absolutely cannot have a cold shower or want to clean dishes and the like, you might want to get a big pot or bowl and heat up your water." Um, what? UH-M student Raquel Lasconia said the bathroom floor of her apartment is constantly soaked. To add to her problems, she claims that "once you turn (the shower handle) to the hot side, it t...
CPAP Machines Can Save Sleep Apnea Patients From Brain Damages, Say Doctors
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CPAP Machines Can Save Sleep Apnea Patients From Brain Damages, Say Doctors

A new study posted in the most recent edition of the Journal of Neuroimaging has reported that patients with untreated sleep apnea may be harming their brains. Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which the patient experiences multiple pauses in breathing during their sleep, and is thought to affect approximately 22 million Americans. There are many different causes for sleep apnea, including obesity, allergies, or acid reflux. Sleep apnea is most commonly treated by a special type of medical equipment that allows the opening of blocked passages, known as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. “The technology available in CPAP/BiPAP machines have become pretty impressive as well,” says Bo Brown, President, Mobility Healthcare. “Most insurance plans will require proof t...
More Couples Demanding Fertility Clinics to Let Them Choose the Sex of Their Child
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More Couples Demanding Fertility Clinics to Let Them Choose the Sex of Their Child

The Wall Street Journal reports that a new trend is sweeping the nation: a growing number of couples are utilizing fertility centers. However, not all of these couples are looking for help conceiving. More and more fertile couples are now visiting fertility centers with hopes of being able to control the sex of their future child. Only 7.4 million women, or 11.9% of women, have ever received any fertility services in their lifetime. Most men and women who visit fertility centers have difficulty conceiving. However, more and more fertile couples are now visiting these medical centers seeking out so-called "family balancing" services. The process that is being used in these cases is known as in vitro fertilization (IVF). During the IVF treatment, the woman’s egg is met with the male’s sper...
Americans Saving Less Money For Retirement
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Americans Saving Less Money For Retirement

According to a recent report from CNBC, the average American is saving less money for retirement than they did a year ago, with fewer than one in five American workers saving more. In a recent Bankrate.com survey, it was reported that 10% of people haven't put any money into their retirement accounts in the past two years. This is the highest percentage of non-contributing participants since Bankrate began its surveys in 2011. That being said, the percentage of workers who are saving less for retirement is down from 18% to 14%, while people who are saving more saw a bump from 18% to 19%, from 2012 until now. In addition, CNBC reports that larger companies are encouraging their employees to save for retirement. They have started to enroll employees in company-sponsored 401(k) plans, while...
Ashley Madison Leak Leads To Rise In Divorce
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Ashley Madison Leak Leads To Rise In Divorce

Nearly two-thirds of divorces are filed by women, and after the recent Ashley Madison scandal, women everywhere are more ready than ever to split, according to report by local affiliate WTVF Richmond. Last week's reveal of the more than 32 million members of extramarital adultery website Ashley Madison has led to an unsurprising onslaught of divorces. The leak, initiated by hackers posing as "women" on the site, revealed that nearly 95% of the website's users were men, who found their name, credit card numbers, emails, home addresses, even their sexual preferences leaked and public when the news broke last week. On the flip side, Virginia Attorney Van Smith reports that of the nearly 10 divorce-related calls he receives every day, 95% of the contacts are female. Smith describes that the...
CDC Says Waterborne Diseases are on the Rise
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CDC Says Waterborne Diseases are on the Rise

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) outlines the link between drinking water and infection. The report focuses on drinking water in the United States between 2011 and 2012, detailing 32 outbreaks with 431 infections. Hospitalization was needed for 102 of those infections, and there were 14 deaths. Additionally, the CDC found that 21 of the outbreaks -- 111 cases -- were caused by legionella. Only two outbreaks were linked to norovirus; however, those two outbreaks caused 138 infections. Other outbreaks over these two years were linked to Escherichia coli (56), Shigella sonnei and Pantoea agglomerans. Perhaps what is more worrying than the outbreaks themselves is the fact that half of the outbreaks occurred in hospitals or other healthcare centers. Next, 13% of infecti...
Stars Clean Up House At Teen Choice Awards’ Sweet Sixteen
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Stars Clean Up House At Teen Choice Awards’ Sweet Sixteen

While carpet covers nearly 70% of all American floors, all-American teens were busy watching their favorite stars take over the red carpet on Sunday's Teen Choice Awards. According to a recent report from CNN, the Teen Choice Awards brought on a new tradition this year by letting the kids pick the award categories, as well as its winners. As a result, several famous Vine makers and Instagram influencers made history by taking home awards without ever making their big-screen or top-of-the-chart debuts. The show was riddled with topical stars and subjects, like the cast of the upcoming film Straight Outta Compton or Australian boy band superstars 5 Seconds of Summer. Wiz Khalifa, rap star, teleprompter ignoring specialist, and performer of the smash summer hit "See You Again," also made a...
What Happens If You Buy a Teen a Ferrari? Exactly What You Expect…
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What Happens If You Buy a Teen a Ferrari? Exactly What You Expect…

Over at Yahoo! Autos, Editor at Large Alex Lloyd highlights a burning question, something everyone has wondered at one point or another: "Question: I was thinking of giving my son my used Lamborghini as a first car. Is it a good idea?" Lloyd makes some solid points in the "No, of course not, are you insane?!" column. Specifically, a super-powered Italian luxury auto is likely to spend most of its time in the shop and attract an insane amount of tickets -- not to mention that the teen in question is far, far more likely to end up in jail or die in a fiery car crash. Fortunately, the loving father says he saw the light and decided to get his son a more reasonable first car, a Porsche Cayman. Meanwhile, in Europe, another rich teen offers a cautionary tale for any other parents considering ...
Driver’s Ed Significantly Reduces Teen Crashes, Tickets
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Driver’s Ed Significantly Reduces Teen Crashes, Tickets

Driver’s education measurably reduces teen crashes and traffic violations, according to a new study that challenges the prevailing notion over the past 30 years that driver’s ed courses provide no significant benefit. In the 1980s, many states stopped paying for driver’s ed programs after a study questioning their effectiveness. Some insurance companies even quit giving discounts on premiums for drivers who had gone through formal driver training. But the more recent study, which followed more than 150,000 new drivers licensed over eight years, found that drivers who have not gone through driver’s ed are 75% more likely to get a traffic ticket, 16% more likely to have an accident, and 24% more likely to be involved in an accident in which someone is injured or killed. Researchers Duane ...
Why First Impressions Matter, New Study Suggests Explanation
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Why First Impressions Matter, New Study Suggests Explanation

People make first impressions so quickly that they've already formed their opinions before they even realize they did. For example, research has found that it takes no more than 50 milliseconds -- 0.05 seconds -- for Internet users to form an opinion about a website. What's more, people decide whether a person is trustworthy or not within just a tenth of a second. The reason first impressions last so long in a person's mind may be because of the emotional impact those impressions have. A new study published in the journal ELife suggests that emotions directly influence learning and memory processes in the brain. Researchers from the University of Haifa in Israel analyzed the electrical activity in the brains of rats during social behavior. They found that a state of excitement produced ...