Thursday, May 30
New Scoliosis Surgery Performed at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
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New Scoliosis Surgery Performed at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

One of the first surgeries treating scoliosis using the Magnetic Expansion Control device has been performed at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital earlier this week byJeffrey Sawyer, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Campbell Clinic. This was only the tenth surgery of its kind in the entire country since the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved the Magnetic Expansion Control device (MAGEC). Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine usually occurring during the growth spurt before puberty. The cause of the most common type of scoliosis is still unknown, though many medical experts believe there are hereditary factors involved. Its symptoms include an uneven waist, uneven shoulders, one hip being higher than the other,and one shoulder blade appearing more prominently. Though it's typica...
Twitter Adds New ‘Mute’ Feature to Help Users Silence Annoying Friends
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Twitter Adds New ‘Mute’ Feature to Help Users Silence Annoying Friends

Twitter announced Monday that it was adding a new feature, aptly titled 'Mute,' to the popular social media platform. 'Mute,' as the name implies, allows Twitter's 643 million active users to simply turn off tweets from friends, family, and celebs they're following. The benefit? Well, we've all had that awkward experience where we unfriend or unfollow someone on social media, only to cause them to have hurt feelings in the real world. 'Mute' allows you to shut off the annoying political rants and infinite stream of baby photos without alerting and hurting your friends. Is Twitter Creatively Bankrupt? For the most part, news of the update has landed with more of a thud than a splash! Over the last six months, the little-bluebird-that-could has released a number of updates to their servi...
Could Mice Be the Key to Reversing the Aging Process?
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Could Mice Be the Key to Reversing the Aging Process?

There may never come a time when people stop looking for anti-aging treatments. From Botox, to collagen, to facial fillers, people are continuously searching for a way to reverse the aging process. A new study shows that young mice could hold the key to the fountain of youth. A few days ago, scientists from Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of California, San Francisco, published findings that found pumping older mice with the blood of younger mice reversed the aging process in the older mice. Research showed that four weeks after the older mice had been injected with the young blood, they were able to stay on the treadmill for a longer period of time, and latent blood vessels in their brains were activated, adding strength to their hearts and muscles. The stem...
New Study Finds Parental Disproval Impedes Teen Drug Misuse
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New Study Finds Parental Disproval Impedes Teen Drug Misuse

According to a new study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, which is the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics's official journal, the attitudes of parents towards substance abuse could help explain the observed ethnic variations in prescriptive drug abuse amongst teens. The research's finding support the accumulating evidence that parents continue to play a strong role in the decision making processes of adolescents, especially in regards to potentially hazardous behaviors. The researchers analyzed data based on a national survey of over 180,000 adolescents. Caucasian teens had the largest rates of prescription drug abuse, which is consistent with previous studies, but this new research found that teens coming from higher-income househo...
United Airlines Plans to Launch New International Route Between Denver and Panama City
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United Airlines Plans to Launch New International Route Between Denver and Panama City

Panama City is the hot new destination this year, and multiple airlines are keying in to this trend. This week, United Airlines announced that it would be creating a new international route out of its Denver hub. Starting Dec. 3, nonstop flights to Panama City will head out of Denver several times each week. United Airlines is following suit with its Star Alliance partner, Copa Airlines. Last week, Copa announced it would be creating a similar nonstop route to Panama City out of Montreal, Canada. Copa has been increasing its presence in the U.S. over the past several years, and is referring to Panama City as its base for a "hub of the Americas." Copa's hub there currently connects to over 40 cities. This new travel route follows the popularity of another international route that ope...
Man Crashes Truck Into Maryland TV Station And Barricades Himself Inside
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Man Crashes Truck Into Maryland TV Station And Barricades Himself Inside

"A man claiming to be God rammed a truck through the front of a Baltimore-area television station Tuesday, leaving a gaping hole as reporters and other staff fled the building," Fox News reported Tuesday. Authorities later identified the man as Vladimir Mehul Baptiste. Baptiste barricaded himself inside the TV station until police arrived, tweeting while he waited. The "suspect was found sitting in upstairs editing bay holding a golf club," according to ABC News reporter Roosevelt Leftwich. Police believe Baptiste is emotionally and/or mentally ill. "Can you all see me the days of the negative energies hurting you are OVER!" the suspect tweeted from the WMAR TV station. The WMAR building, along with a nearby school, were evacuated for safety, CNN continues. "Inside the station, polic...
Millennials’ Economic Situations Hurt Real Estate Market
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Millennials’ Economic Situations Hurt Real Estate Market

According to Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey, younger renters between ages 18 and 39 dream to be homeowners in their relatively near futures, but economic realties are getting in the way--a situation that's noticeably impeding the housing market's recovery process. According to U.S. Census statistics, the demographic's new home purchasing fell from 65.2% in 2013's fourth quarter to 64.8% in 2014's first quarter. According to Sarah Shahdad, a Fannie Mae strategic planning analyst, obstacles like staggering student loan debt, lack of savings, and less-than-perfect credit are holding Millennials back from being able to enter the housing market. Additionally, Millennials are waiting longer to get married or have kids, which means they're essentially delaying life events that would moti...
Several Automakers Consider Discontinuing Large Luxury Hybrids After Lukewarm Sales
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Several Automakers Consider Discontinuing Large Luxury Hybrids After Lukewarm Sales

Not all experiments end well, as the auto industry has been finding out after offering gas saving hybrid models for vehicles that are known for having low fuel economy. So few of these vehicles were sold that automakers are now wondering whether they’re even worth engineering. General Motors, after offering hybrid versions of its new generations of Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, and Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs, has decided to pull the plug. Even though the Escalade hybrid delivered 21 miles per gallon (combined driving conditions), up 31% from the non-hybrid’s 16 combined, “No one bought them,” says David Schiavone, marketing manager for the Escalade. “And they were great.” Mercedes-Benz and Lexus have also been pulling back on their offerings. One of the issues with selling the hybrid cars,...
Dentist Shortage Forces Dental Therapists to Pick Up the Slack
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Dentist Shortage Forces Dental Therapists to Pick Up the Slack

A nationwide shortage in the number of dentists has caused an influx in the number of states that are licensing dental therapists -- and are being met with resistance from the dentists themselves, a May 6 USA Today article reports. Only a handful of states currently allow dental therapists -- a dentist's equivalent of a physician's assistant -- to be licensed. Dental therapists get two years of intensive training before entering the field, where their work consists mainly of dental cleanings and procedures like extractions, according to the article. However, now that there is a lack of dentists across the country, these states are turning to dental therapists to pick up more responsibility. According to Delta Dental Insurance company data, about three times as many people across t...
Alaska’s Constitutional Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage Is Being Challenged
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Alaska’s Constitutional Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage Is Being Challenged

Five same-sex couples have filed a lawsuit this past Monday challenging Alaska's 1998 constitutional amendment that defines marriage as solely being between a man and a woman on the grounds that it's unconstitutional. The suit hopes to not only overturn the gay marriage ban, but to also force Alaska to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and countries. Times have changed in the 16 years since Alaskan voters approved the amendment. In the past year alone, federal courts have opposed state constitutional bans from a variety of different states, while other states like Hawaii and Illinois have legalized same-sex marriage. Also, the U.S. Supreme Court shot down the Defense of Marriage Act this year, which would have prevented same-sex, married couples from being able to receiv...