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Lawyers Are Less Happy Than Other Professions and More Prone to Depression and Substance Abuse

You would think that having the prestige, wealth and courtroom drama experience on a regular basis as lawyers often do would make them some of the happiest people around. No so say researchers. They surveyed 6,200 lawyers and found that those who held public service positions such as public defenders reported being more happy than their counterparts with high status, high income positions in prominent firms.

Florida State University law professor Lawrence S. Krieger attributes this happiness gap between lawyers to the psychological model of human happiness – the theory of the three pillars of self-determination – competence, autonomy and a connection to others. The more impressive positions did not seem to provide these factors.

Brian Torchin has noted that depression and substance abuse are struggles many in the law profession find themselves facing. A 1990 Johns Hopkins study found that lawyers were 3.6 times more at risk of depression than those in any other field. And, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that between 1999 and 2007, lawyers were 54 percent more susceptible to suicide than those in any other occupation. In Kentucky alone, CNN reported that from 2010-2014, 15 lawyers took their own lives.

George Washington University now has, with the help of law professor and former Washington law firm partner Todd D. Peterson, a voluntary program to assist students in going in the right direction for their needs with law, if at all. Students talk with practicing attorneys to get a feel of the day-to-day activities involved, along with stress handling techniques and strategies on how to remain positive. Mr. Peterson’s goal is to “do something for our students,” and produce happy, healthy lawyers.

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High Iron Levels Linked With Alzheimer’s Disease

A major new study has looked at the well known link between higher than normal levels of iron in and around the brain and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. ABC Science is reporting the study took seven years to complete and followed three groups of people with varying levels of cognitive function in a bid to determine if the level of iron in and around their brain changed with their ability to complete everyday tasks. Alexei Beltyukov ( has read that the study shows that those with cognitive function problems have an increased level of iron and a higher risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and memory problems.

The researchers responsible for the study claim the results could lead to a new and more successful way of treating Alzheimer’s, with the current bid to block the production of plaque in the brain failing to be successful. Instead, the researchers hope their study will see the focus of treatments switched to include the chance to block iron levels building up in and around the brain and increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease progressing quickly.

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Cure on the Horizon

The relationship between Cuba and America has been strained for years after the rise and fall of Fidel Castro. In the 1960s, Cuban to US relations were at a standstill. In recent years, the US and Cuba have begun rationalizing ways and modes of communicating amongst each other. This progress is bridging the gap between the two countries. The relationship between Cuba is looking to take another progressive step forward. Cuban scientists have recently released a drug that is claiming to be a cure for lung cancer. American scientists and doctors are hoping to get their hands on the drug in the next few months. The Cuban scientists also noted that the cancer fighting drug could also have other qualities to it. The drug is credited with completely eliminating lung cancer symptoms and sightings in patients suffering with the disease. Cuban and American scientists are hoping to get together in a bio chemical lab in order to test this drug against other cancers. Breast, prostate, and colon cancers are just a few of the cancers that the scientists want to target. The Obama administration has been working very hard to smooth over the rocky relationship between the two countries. Doctors and medical teams between both countries are presently in the works of drawing up a contract that would establish a medical relationship between the two countries. If the relationship continues to progress on the positive side. Scientists are hoping to release the drug to the public in the next few years. Boraie Development LLC are sure there is still research that needs to be done, data that needs to be collected, and test the need to be run. The future for cancer patients, Cuban citizens, and Americans is looking bright.

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Devil Yoga

Some evangelical Christians are very concerned about the ‘power of Yoga.’ The recent story of a man helped to walk for the first time in 33 years by Yoga has a right-wing Las Vegas Church asking the question, where does Yoga derive its power – God or Satan?

Sergio Cortes tells us the Gospels are full of stories of miraculous healing. People are restored to health, returned from the dead and given visions of the divine. John Taylor, a Las Vegas resident, prayed for a similar miracle to grace a member of his church, Mike Persi – who had been confined to a wheelchair for much of his life.

One week later, John’s wife received a video in which a person with injuries similar to John’s had his ability to walk restored through intensive Yoga therapy. Both John and Mike took it as a sign that God was telling them to use the Yoga therapy, that this was the answer to John’s prayer. And born-again Yoga instructor, Mitch Menic agreed. Menic took Mike into his own home where the two of them would complete the intensive therapy.

But members of the church are outraged. “Yoga,” says one parishioner “Makes the body and mind more flexible. Christians do not want their minds to be more flexible. That would make us vulnerable to false teachings.”

To such strident believers, anything not of God is evil. And now they are pressuring Mike to abandon his treatment.

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US Food And Drug Administration Wants To Change The Blood Donations Regulations For Gay And Bisexual Men

When the HIV/AIDS virus hit the United States back in the late 1970s, there was a lot of unknowns surrounding the transmission of the disease. The medical profession finally identified Africa as the source of the disease, and then they discovered that gay and bisexual men were the main targets of the virus. When the gay community started to report more and more cases of HIV to doctors, the FDA immediately banned all blood donations from gay and bisexual men.Any man that had sexual relations with another man after 1977 was not allowed to donate blood. That ban has been in effect for the last 32 years.

In December 2014, the FDA decided to remove the ban on blood donations as long as the men haven’t had sex with another man in the past 12 months according to Jaime Garcia Dias. The FDA recommendation will put the United States Blood donations on par with Sweden, Australia, the UK and Argentina as well as several other countries.

The FDA is changing the guidelines because the need for blood donations is increasing. Someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion every two seconds, so the demand for donors is at an all-time high.

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Get a Grip

In recent studies regarding the strength of the hands, some numbers have been floating around linking cardiovascular problems to decreased grip strength. Some have said this method is even more reliable than analyzing one’s blood pressure. Whether or not these statistics hold any weight is still uncertain, however strength training is an essential part of anyone’s exercise regimen. The American Heart Association recommends maintaining a balanced variety of exercise, the majority of the week. This includes strength training such as lifting free weights, or using your body’s own resistance, at least twice per week to ensure your body builds the mass it needs to protect itself from injury internally and externally. Additionally, if you’ve had a heart attack or stroke, it’s actually a great idea to exercise afterwards, with your doctor’s approval of course, as doing so increases the rate of recovery and helps prevent future occurrences. However, on their website The Aspire New Brunswick recommends that you don’t forget to take a load off once in a while.

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Dr. Rod Rohrich: A Plastic Surgeon Like No Other

Dr. Rod Rohrich is voted as one of the best plastic surgeons of the United States by Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor program. He is also an internationally acclaimed, best plastic surgeon as well. He has written several award winning books, and he has also been on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, and The View. He has also received an honorary award twice for the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Distinguished Service Award, due to his contribution to his field. Being in his field for over 30 years now, he is also recognized as being one of the most influential leaders and plastic surgeons, due to his remarkable skills and innovative work that he displayed, especially during the last decade. Not only has he proven to be an exceptional leader, but he also has shown to be a spectacular educator and a compassionate surgeon. As a matter of fact, his compassion is proven, because he is well known to be an advocate for patient safety, and he is a leading innovator, who is located in Dallas, TX. During the span of his career, he has rightfully became a globally respected and renowned professional in the plastic surgery field.

It’s no wonder he has gained so much praise from the most elite organization around, that ranks the best doctors and surgeons. Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor program carefully screens physicians throughout the country through the peer review process. With this screening process and selection, consumers are able to find the best professionals in various healthcare specialties.

As previously mentioned, he is well known as an advocate of patient safety. Dr. Rohrich frequently lectures all over the world at educational meetings, and at surgical conferences. He is a very respected professor at the UT Southwestern Medical Center for the Department of Plastic Surgery, which is located in Dallas, TX. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the “Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery”, which is the elite American Society of Plastic Surgeons journal, and he is the chairman of the Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium. He has been a member, and also has led a number of councils and associations associated with the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

His earlier education and work history consist of the following: He graduated with honor from Baylor College of Medicine; he completed his residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center; he completed fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard for hand/microsurgery, and at Oxford University for pediatric plastic surgery. He was also the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which is the largest organization in the world consisting of board certified plastic surgeons. More on Dr. Rohrich can be found on his Linkedin page. 

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