Monthly Archives: September 2013

NewScientist Health: Overcome fears by manipulating memory as you sleep

Whether it is snakes, flying or injections that give you the willies, it may one day be possible to simply snooze these fears away. A new study shows that fear memories can be manipulated while people sleep to be interpreted as less scary. The study is a step towards a less stressful alternative to exposure therapy, in which an individual must repeatedly confront their fear.

We know that sleep is important for processing memory. Every night, the events of the day are replayed in the sleeping brain to consolidate them as memories. Now Katherina Hauner at Northwestern University in Chicago and colleagues have shown that it is possible to target specific memories during this process and effectively overwrite them.

The team began by conditioning 15 people to feel fear. The volunteers were placed in an fMRI scanner and exposed to a series of neutral smells, such as lemon or mint. Each smell was paired with a photo of a face, and some of the pairings were also accompanied by a small electric shock.

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YahooShine: 5 Secrets to a Happier Pet

Everyone needs appropriate opportunities to release stress, expend energy and give boredom the boot. That includes people, dogs, cats and, yes, even rabbits and ferrets. Such actions offer physical and mental enrichment while helping to keep unwanted behaviors at bay.

Here are some ways you can enrich your pet’s life and help prevent him from acting destructive because he’s bored.

1. Bring on the Food Hunt

 Home in on that natural hunter in your dog or cat by placing a portion of his daily kibble in a food puzzle toy or hiding it in a couple of locations in your house for him to sniff and find. You may need to assist your pet the first few times to show him how to play this food game. Call out his name and point to the food. Praise him each time he finds another tasty nugget.

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FoxNews: ER visits, hospital admissions for children with concussions skyrocketing

The number of children visiting the emergency room for sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI) has skyrocketed, new research suggests.

In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers analyzed data from more than 3,800 children and teenagers who presented at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with sports-related TBIs between 2002 and 2011.  During that period, the number of TBI-related ER visits, which often involved concussions, increased by 92 percent.

The findings are potentially worrying, as studies have shown that TBIs can have long lasting health effects on children.

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CNNOpinion: ‘Fat letters’ from schools to parents are wrong

Editor’s note: Ruben Navarrette is a CNN contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group. Follow him on Twitter @rubennavarrette.

(CNN) — The parents of elementary school students in 19 states — including Arkansas, Illinois, California and Massachusetts — are receiving letters regarding something that really isn’t a school’s business: their children’s weight.

School dieticians measure students’ height and weight and then factor in age, and presto! They are able to compute students’ Body Mass Index.

Schools can’t afford foreign language courses, sports programs or music classes. But they found funds for dieticians?

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PositivelyPositive: Finding New Friends in a ‘Too Busy’ World

Finding “true love” is paramount for most of us in life. But with everyone’s focus on THAT, sometimes finding good friends gets the short end of the stick. Friendship and community are important areas of life because friends supply a different kind of support, perspective, and brand of fun than your mate does. But how do you find a good friend?

Surprisingly, I’ve found that what works for finding love also works for making friends.

Here’s the lowdown:

1. Like yourself first

Since we attract people who are like us, make sure you are proud of how you are living your life. If there is something really important you want to change, start taking those action steps. Perhaps you know you want to change jobs, start a new hobby, or lose weight. Very likely, you’ll want to join some sort of network or support group anyway, so that’s a great place to meet potential friends.

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HuffPost: Google’s ‘Jolly Good Fellow’ On The Power Of Emotional Intelligence

When Google engineer-turned-mindfulness expert Chade-Meng Tan gives a talk in front of a group of Silicon Valley developers and executives, he often starts with a simple exercise.

“Imagine two human beings. Don’t say anything, don’t do anything, just wish for those two human beings to be happy. That’s all.”

During one recent talk, he gave the group a homework assignment: Perform the exercise the next day at work, spending 10 seconds each hour randomly choosing two people and silently wishing for them to be happy. The following morning, Tan received an email from an employee who attended the workshop that read, “I hate my job. I hate coming to work every day. But yesterday I tried your suggestion and it was my happiest day in seven years.”


VanityFair: Friends Without Benefits

This year, 81 percent of Internet-using teenagers in America reported that they are active on social-networking sites, more than ever before. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and new dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, and Blendr have increasingly become key players in social interactions, both online and IRL (in real life). Combined with unprecedented easy access to the unreal world of Internet porn, the result is a situation that has drastically affected gender roles for young people. Speaking to a variety of teenaged boys and girls across the country, Nancy Jo Sales uncovers a world where boys are taught they have the right to expect everything from social submission to outright sex from their female peers. What is this doing to America’s young women?

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Today on The Marilu Henner Show – September 30th, 2013

Debra Beck

Debra Beck

9:39am PT – Debra Beck, the author of My Feet Aren’t Ugly

Debra Beck is an entrepreneur and counselor for teenage and pre-teen women. She has devoted herself to helping young women become happy and confident enough to make good decisions. She has drawn on her own experience and the experiences of the young women she has helped to make her book resonate with readers. She currently lives in Sedona, AZ.

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John Vorhaus

John Vorhaus

10:39am PT John Vorhaus,  author of The Texas Twist, among other books, and an Expert who can speak very entertainingly about scams, con artists and tricksters, and how to not fall prey to them

John Vorhaus by the numbers:

As an international creative consultant, he has taught and trained writers in 29 countries on 5 continents.

He is the author of 19 books, including 7 novels, 6 of which are good.

His well known comedy-writing textbook, THE COMIC TOOLBOX: HOW TO BE FUNNY

EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT, is available in 4 languages – 5 if you count the bootleg Russian version.

He has created 4 television shows, including a Romanian situation comedy and a Nicaraguan drama.

He has written for 1 classic American TV series, Married… with Children, and has overseen the adaptation of that series in 2 other countries.

The Texas Twist - John Vorhaus

The Texas Twist – John Vorhaus

He has written more than 3 million words on the subject of poker.

He has 1 dog, 1 wife, 2 grandchildren, 624 Facebook friends and 610 followers on Twitter.

@TrueFactBarFact on Twitter

11:08am PT – Marc Berman, Editor in Chief, TV Media Insights

Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman (a.k.a. “Mr. Television”) is the Editor in Chief for TV Media Insights, the online destination for television and media – home page, newsletter, forum, podcast, and much more — that launched on September 6, 2011. Prior to TV Media Insights, Berman was the creator and editor of The Programming Insider, an online bible for trade magazine Mediaweek.

Berman was also author of print column Mr. Television; the creator of Berman on TV, a series of webcasts about television; the voice behind PIPodcast, a daily topical discussion; the syndication reporter; and webmaster the online chatroom. In addition, Berman has appeared on “Extra,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Access Hollywood,” “The Insider,” “Inside Edition,” E!’s “The True Hollywood Story,” “The CBS Evening News,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC. His Ph.D. Trivia Quiz appears in the current edition of The Complete Directory to Primetime Network and Cable TV Shows.

Berman, in addition, actively travels around the country doing speaking engagements on television, including stops in Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii and Maryland in the United States; Banff and Toronto, Canada; and Oslo, Norway for his annual Fall TV Preview. And he has written for a wide range of other publications including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Emmy Magazine, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times, CBS Watch and London-based C21 Media. His upcoming desk calendar, Today in TV History, goes on sale in the fall of 2013.

TV-Media Insights

TV-Media Insights

Earlier in his career, Berman worked in a research and programming related capacity at companies including NBC, QVC, Paramount and Viacom, where he was actively involved in the record-setting launch of “The Cosby Show” in off-network syndication. Berman graduated Queens College with a degree in Communication Arts & Sciences; attended UCLA; and resides in New York with his wife Jodi and their three children – Jackie (21), Brandon (18) and Morgan (11).

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