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July 25, 2018

JULY 25, 2018

*MORE OF YOUR MONEY! –

NIH Funds $772,060 Study on How Well Mexican-Americans on Border Sleep:

The University of Arizona received $772,060 in taxpayer funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in fiscal year 2018 to study the “sleep health” of Mexican-Americans on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“The primary goal of this study is to assess sleep health among Mexican-Americans at the US/Mexico border, characterize relationships with cardiometabolic disease risk, and investigate the role of social-environmental factors including acculturation, stress, socioeconomics, and health behaviors,” the grant description stated.

“Short sleep duration, insomnia disorder, and sleep apnea are highly prevalent in the population. These conditions are associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, daytime functioning problems, and poor mental health,” it stated.

The study’s researcher noted that there are disparities in sleep health in racial and ethnic minorities, including Mexican-Americans. Furthermore, “social-environmental factors at the US-Mexico border may play an important role in sleep health disparities.”

According to the grant abstract, Mexican-Americans are “at increased risk of sleep disturbances.”

*Genetic researchers reverse wrinkles, gray hair and balding in mice,
called ‘unprecedented’:
Science has made mice look good by reversing age-related wrinkles and hair loss at the genetic level. Humanity could get a similar make-over in the future.“Wrinkled skin and hair loss are hallmarks of aging. What if they could be reversed?” asked researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham — who appear to have accomplished that feat, according to the research team.

They introduced a specific gene mutation on a test mouse, which prompted a change in profound appearance. Within four weeks, the mouse had developed wrinkled skin and extensive, visible hair loss. When regular function was restored within the gene by turning off the culprit mutation, the mouse returned to a previous life of smooth skin and luxurious fur only two months later— deemed “indistinguishable” from a healthy mouse of the same age.

“To our knowledge, this observation is unprecedented,” said Keshav Singh, a professor of genetics who led the study.

*Millennials want to retire by 61,
but most have nothing saved:

Millennials may have only a little saved for retirement, but they still want to retire early.

A recent Bankrate.com survey asked millennials, classified as Americans ages 18 to 37, what the perfect time to retire would be. Their answer: 61 years old.

“Early retirement is something that seems very appealing,” Bankrate.com analyst Amanda Dixon tells CNBC Make It.

If only wishing made it so. Of those millennials already saving, the median retirement account balance is about $19,100. But overall, roughly two-thirds of millennials have nothing saved so far, according to a February report by the National Institute on Retirement Security.

*The Great Indoors-
Today’s Screen-Hungry Kids
Have Little Interest In Being Outside:

The Snapchat generation doesn’t seem to love the outdoors — at least not as much as doing other things. The average child between 6 and 16 years old spends only an hour a day outside, playing video games over twice as long, a new study finds.

Researchers at Decathlon, a sports retailer in the United Kingdom, recently surveyed more than 2,000 British parents and children, hoping to learn more about the recreational attitudes of society’s youngest generation. The researchers’ findings shed light on a number of phenomena.

Today’s children and teens, the survey found, prefer a whole host of activities over playing in the mud. These activities include gaming, watching TV, surfing the web, and listening to music. Believe it or not, some adolescents even preferred doing homework (10 percent) and completing chores (three percent) over enjoying the wilderness.

*An Aspirin a Day for Heart Health? It May Depend on Your Weight:

A daily dose of baby aspirin is widely recommended for heart disease prevention, but a one-dose-fits-all approach may not work.
A new analysis, in The Lancet, looked at data from 10 randomized trials and found that the size of the dose and the weight of the patient have significant effects on outcome.

Researchers found that a daily dose of 75 to 100 milligrams of aspirin lowered the risk of cardiovascular events by 23 percent for people weighing less than 154 pounds, but had no effect in those weighing more. In people over 154 pounds, low-dose aspirin increased the risk for a fatal cardiovascular event.

Higher doses — 325 to 500 milligrams a day — were effective in lowering cardiovascular risk in people who weighed more than 154.

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David Bowie’s First Demo Found Stashed in Old Bread Basket

It’s a voice that would go on to become one of the most famous and distinctive in rock history. David Bowie’s first-ever lead vocal recorded in a studio in 1963—when he was just 16 years old—has been rediscovered by chance, stashed in an old bread basket. In the only known recording of his first lead vocal session with his first band, The Konrads, Bowie can be heard singing “I Never Dreamed.” The demo is now expected to fetch £10,000 at auction.

The tape was rediscovered by Konrads drummer and manager David Hadfield, who said he found it when moving home. The tape was hidden in an old bread basket along with booking forms, photographs, promotional sketches, letters and bills, in a loft above the garage. Hadfield recalled: “We had decided that we would do a couple of guitar instrumentals and one original song. I chose ‘I Never Dreamed’ as it was the strongest, the other two were a bit weak. I also decided that David was the best person to sing it and give the right interpretation.

So this became the very first recording of David Jones singing 55 years ago.” Jones would go on to change his surname to Bowie—to avoid confusion with a Davy Jones of The Monkees.

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*EXAMINER-HISTORY:World’s First Parking Meter Installed In 1935

The parking meter was invented in 1935 by Carl C. Magee in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The first meter was installed there later that year, guaranteeing drivers a parking space for an amount of purchased time. Used until the 1980s, Magee’s original design had a coin acceptor, a dial, and a visible flag indicating the expiration of paid time. Reverend C.H. North was the first person in the US to get a parking ticket because of an expired meter.
*EXAMINER–INVESTIGATES:
The Human Mind

1. The mind is typically defined as the organized totality or system of all mental processes or psychic activities of an individual.

2. Many philosophers hold that the brain is a detector of the mind and that the mind is an inner, subjective state of consciousness.

3. Philosophers have used a variety of metaphors to describe the mind, including a blank sheet, a hydraulic device with different forces operating in it, or a television switchboard.

4. Attempts to understand the mind go back at least to the ancient Greeks. Plato, for example, believed that the mind acquired knowledge through virtue, independently of sense experience. Descartes and Leibniz also believed the mind gained knowledge through thinking and reasoning—or, in other words, rationalism.

5. In contrast to rationalists, empiricists, such as Aristotle, John Locke, and David Hume, believe that the mind gains knowledge from experience.

Brand names have a strong influence on the mind

6. In one study, a group of experimenters were given unlabeled samples of both Pepsi and Coke. Not a single tester could tell the difference between the two. The test was repeated with the correct labels attached. Three out of the four testers chose Coke. In fact, the Coke label activated parts of the brain associated with the mind (memory, self-image, and culture) that the Pepsi label didn’t.

7. Scientists are unsure if other types of animals have a mind or if some man-made machines could ever possess a mind.

8. Combining both rationalism and empiricism, Kant argued that human knowledge depends on both sense experience and innate capacities of the mind.

9. Historically, there have been three major schools of thought that describe the relationship of the brain and the mind: 1) dualism, which holds that the mind exists independently from the brain; 2) materialism, which argues that the mind is identical to the physical processes of the brain; and 3) idealism, which posits that only mental phenomena exist.

10. Scientists propose that the human mind evolved largely through the sexual choices our ancestors made, similar to the way a peacock’s tail evolved through sexual selection.

*EXAMINER COMMENTARY by Thomas L. Friedman:
From the beginning of his administration, President Trump has responded to every new bit of evidence from the C.I.A., F.B.I. and N.S.A. that Russia intervened in our last election on his behalf by either attacking Barack Obama or the Democrats for being too lax — never President Vladimir Putin of Russia for his unprecedented cyberhit on our democratic process. Such behavior by an American president is so perverse, so contrary to American interests and values, that it leads to only one conclusion: Donald Trump is either an asset of Russian intelligence or really enjoys playing one on TV.
Everything that happened in Helsinki today only reinforces that conclusion. My fellow Americans, we are in trouble and we have some big decisions to make today. This was a historic moment in the entire history of the United States.There is overwhelming evidence that our president, for the first time in our history, is deliberately or through gross negligence or because of his own twisted personality engaged in treasonous behavior — behavior that violates his oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Trump vacated that oath today, and Republicans can no longer run and hide from that fact. Every single Republican lawmaker will be — and should be — asked on the election trail: Are you with Trump and Putin or are you with the C.I.A., F.B.I. and N.S.A.?

*EXAMINER-COMMENTARY by Maureen Dowd:

It’s “Executive Time” and the chief executive is very busy in the residence.

Too busy even to give his full attention to watching “Fox & Friends” and tweeting the show’s chyrons. President Trump will need every minute between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. to plan his itinerary with Vladimir Putin.

It will be very special.

Hosting the world’s worst bad boy at the White House in the fall will be exciting, like having a friend over whom your parents can’t stand.

*EXAMINER – A DIFFERENT VIEW:…Linus Pauling, scientist, New York City, January 13, 1964


*EXAMINER-OVERHEARD:  

***After being released from jail early, former “Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider has asked the court to restore his original jail sentence for unpaid spousal support in June. Schneider was sentenced to three days behind bars after he failed to pay his ex-wife, Elvira “Elly” Schneider, more than $150,000 of alimony that he owed her. But the actor barely had to serve his three-day jail time. Schneider was released from jail on the same day as his booking due to the facility’s overcrowding. But the 58-year-old actor recently revealed that he is “leveraged to the max” when it comes to money admitting to being bogged down by loans and said that he would “unlikely” be able to comply with the court’s conditions to pay his wife the amount of money she is owed. So, instead, the actor asked the court to let him serve his full sentence.
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