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Health costs of obesity exceed smoking and drinking...

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Yahoo! News report that treating obesity-related disorders costs as much or more than illnesses caused by aging, smoking and problem drinking. It accounts for 2 percent of the national health expenditure in France and Australia, more than 3 percent in Japan and Portugal and 4 percent in the Netherlands.

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Brain Region Linked to Metaphor Comprehension

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Scientific American reports metaphors make for colorful sayings, but can be confusing when taken literally. A study of people who are unable to make sense of figures of speech has helped scientists identify a brain region they believe plays a key role in grasping metaphors.

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British Medical Experts Campaign for Long, Pointy Knife Control

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This New York Times article (no registration needed) says the authors of an editorial in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal have called for knife reform. The editorial, "Reducing knife crime: We need to ban the sale of long, pointed kitchen knives," notes that the knives are being used to stab people as well as roasts and the odd tin of Spam. They called for laws requiring knife manufacturers to redesign their wares with rounded, blunt tips.

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Laughter May Be the Best Medicine, But Better With People

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This ABC News story says a research points to the healing power of a good giggle. A growing body of research supports the theory that laughter has a therapeutic value. A good gut-buster not only helps the spirit, it gets the blood pumping, just like jogging -- only it's a workout that even hospital patients can enjoy. Laugh on a regular basis, and you can even boost your immune system, according to some research.

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For Some Techies, an Interminable Workday

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This Yahoo! News article report thousands of tech companies have baton-passing rituals with "offshoring", the migration of jobs to lower-cost countries such as India, China and Russia. It remains politically sensitive because of the tepid United States (U.S.) job market. But executives insist that cheaper labor and faster work flow have made offshoring a fact of life for everyone in the industry.

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Bacon Strips Bandages

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Blue's News posted a link to 3" x 1" Bacon Strips Bandages. They are cut to look like small slabs of bacon. Fifteen per tin.

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2 Photographs of the Day: Felines are smart and a way to keep toliets clean.

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Two amusing photographs of the day:

  1. Command and Conquer DEN shows why cats/felines, even the wild ones, are smart.
  2. "German men love soccer (football), this idea keeps the toilet area clean!" See on NONAGS.
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The Institute for Backup Trauma -- A funny 6.75 minutes commercial for LiveVault's product.

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The Institute for Back Trauma (Flash required to view the streaming video) is a a hilarious 6.75 minutes commercial/advertisement for LiveVault's product. Don't forget the third button at the end. ;) Oh, and you need humor and know computer basics to like this one.

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At NASA, Some Call Him 'Nostril-Damus'

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ABC News' story says George Aldrich has worked at NASA for 30 years doing a single job: According to him, he might be described as the agency's super sniffer, master sniffer, chief smeller, or even its 'Nostril-damus.' Aldrich smells everything that goes in the space shuttle to make sure it isn't nauseating. After all, you can't just open a window once you're in space.
"Astronauts could actually get sick from being subjected to obnoxious odors," Aldrich said. Just ask the Russians. They had to abort a mission in 1976 because of some hideous stench. If only they'd had a "nasal-naut" like Aldrich.

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A funny TV ad with a new carpet...

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Compfused.com has a funny television/TV commercial/spot/advertisement of a new carpet with something under it. Oops! I still don't know it is an

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E-mail destroys the mind faster than marijuana according to a study.

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Grifter (remove AQFL to e-mail) shared a Register article (mirrors: #1 and #2) about how modern technology depletes human cognitive abilities more rapidly than drugs, according to a psychiatric study conducted at King's College, London. And the curse of 'messaging' is to blame.

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Allergies on rise, a 25-year study shows.

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As I expected, this CBC News story says people, who have been suspected seasonal allergies, are becoming more common. Now some tissue samples confirm the 25-year trend to more sneezes and itchy eyes... In each decade, the number of samples testing positive for allergies jumped nearly five per cent, the team reported in this week's issue of the British Medical Journal -– a smoking gun showing the increase in allergies.

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