8 Powerful Life Lessons Every Woman Should Remember

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Women are forces of nature in their own right, and when they set their minds fully on something, they are usually forces to be reckoned with. Despite being in the 21st century, one could still consider it to be ‘a man’s world.’ Women are becoming CEOs, Presidents, scientists, leading actresses and so much more. Yet…

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20 Things to Know About People Dealing With ‘High-Functioning’ Depression

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High-functioning depression (often called dysthymia) is not common, not because it doesn’t exist, but because we often don’t see it. It’s difficult to identify this problem because of the disposition of the people who are dealing with it. They are usually hardworking, high-functioning people who, from the outside, appear perfectly fine. They carry on with…

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True Solidarity: Homeless Man Starts Company, Becomes Rich and Hires Only Other Homeless People

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Drew Goodall hadn’t always been roughing it out on the streets. He was only in his twenties when his acting career, unfortunately, began to fail. He slowly stopped getting the roles he wanted until eventually there were none at all. The London-based CEO had been a rising star at the time, but things went down…

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What is Sleep Paralysis: Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention

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Have you ever woken up unable to move or speak? Have you ever felt a negative energy in your room with no explanation? You might have experienced sleep paralysis. What is Sleep Paralysis? Sleep paralysis is the temporary inability to control your body’s movements or speech while you’re between sleeping and wakefulness. The frightening sensation…

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Truths About C-Section Moms

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As more and more birth stories sweep their way across blogs and social media, let’s take a moment to appreciate the unsung heroes. Here’s to the moms who didn’t get to choose their story, and for those that carefully chose what was right for them. All birth is beautiful and neither method of bringing a…

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It’s Not a Done-Deal Yet, But Florida Lawmakers Just Voted to Keep Daylight Saving Time All Year Long

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Daylight saving time (DST) is a sunlight conservation practice where the clocks are uniformly advanced to one hour ahead of the standard of the time in the summer, and back again in the fall [1]. In the United States, DST begins at 2:00 am on March 11 and ends on November 4. It’s a common…

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How Narcissists Play the Victim and Twist the Story

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We all have a Narcissistic Nelly in our lives. Don’t think so? Nelly was the kid on the playground who hurled insults at Bob and Sue until one of them decided they’d had enough and tripped her while she was running. Of course, when the teacher came by to see what the commotion was about,…

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Kids are Now Getting Drunk by Adding Vanilla Extract to their Coffee

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What won’t kids do these days? First, they were eating Tide Pods, then they discovered juuling. The next scary trend? Possibly drinking vanilla extract. Minors at a high school in Atlanta, Georgia have been caught using typical baking ingredients such as bourbon vanilla extract to get drunk, and they’re buying these bottle from grocery stores….

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“It Was Like Opening a Time Capsule”: Construction Crew Reunites Woman with Purse She Lost 65 Years Ago

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When 81-year-old Marty Ingham Everett was 16 years old, her little black purse decided to play a number on her. It fell out of her handbag and landed behind the cabinet in the science room at Jeffersonville High in Indiana. This happened in 1954 and she never saw it again, until now. Erin Bojorquez, who…

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“It Was Like Opening a Time Capsule”: Construction Crew Reunites Woman with Purse She Lost 65 Years Ago

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When 81-year-old Marty Ingham Everett was 16 years old, her little black purse decided to play a number on her. It fell out of her handbag and landed behind the cabinet in the science room at Jeffersonville High in Indiana. This happened in 1954 and she never saw it again, until now. Erin Bojorquez, who…

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Missouri Police Raid Hospital Room of Stage 4 Cancer Patient Using Cannabis

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The altercation was filmed by the patient himself. Nolan Sousley is a stage 4 pancreatic cancer patient receiving treatment at Citizen’s Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, Missouri. On Thursday the 7th of March, he received a shake-down from the cops following a phone call reporting him to be in possession of cannabis. Nolan uploaded the live video…

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Missouri Police Raid Hospital Room of Stage 4 Cancer Patient Using Cannabis

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The altercation was filmed by the patient himself. Nolan Sousley is a stage 4 pancreatic cancer patient receiving treatment at Citizen’s Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, Missouri. On Thursday the 7th of March, he received a shake-down from the cops following a phone call reporting him to be in possession of cannabis. Nolan uploaded the live video…

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A huge, strange-looking fish washed up on a California beach. Scientists say it’s a first

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A seven-foot fish was discovered on the shores of UC Santa Barbara’s Coal Oil Point Reserve in Southern California, a world away from where it normally lives. The fish, which was originally named ‘the Hoodwinker sunfish’ by a marine scientist, Marianne Nyegaard, was only discovered in 2017.  All recent sightings of this fish have been…

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Illinois Nurse Adopts Baby from Intensive Care Unit

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Angela Farnan, a primary charge nurse at OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois has officially become a mother to one of the tiny patients she cared for in the pediatric intensive care unit. Born with a congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Blaze had his first surgery when he was just 3 days old….

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Hospice Patients Share Their Mysterious Dream Experiences: “Who You See Before You Die”

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It’s one of our biggest questions: what exactly happens when we die? Death is but a mystery of life. Some call it our ‘next big adventure’. Patients at a Hospice in New York are revealing some incredibly insightful knowledge, about their slow process of dying. Dr. Christopher Kerr and his Hospice team have been observing…

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Separated since she was 5, Photographer Recognized Her Estranged Father While Taking Homeless Man’s Photos, Rescues Him

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Diana Kim is a photographer who makes documentaries about the homeless, a passion she has pursued since her college days. The 34-year-old, a Korean-American photographer based in Oahu was separated from her father at the age of five. 22 years later, at the age of 27, she recognized her father on the street corner, a…

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Winston Howes’ Remarkable Love Story

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Most families have a secret of some kind. From a secret tomato sauce recipe to the more nefarious skeletons in the closet, there are countless stories that never end up being revealed to the next generation. One hot air balloon operator discovered Winston Howes’ family secret, and it’s so touching that the story has been…

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Oldest Mall In America Turned Into Tiny Homes

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America’s oldest indoor shopping mall has been completely re-imagined since it was first built in 1828. Its three storeys were once a haven for retail therapy, but its doors were shut to the public when it went out of business in 2008. Of course, as you might have guessed, that wasn’t the end of the…

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How Daily Mindfulness Can Impact Your Mental Health for the Better

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The term “mindfulness” has become a bit of a buzzword as of late. But what, exactly, is mindfulness, and why has it caused so much hype? Mindfulness refers to possessing the ability to exist in the present moment and developing awareness of what is now, not what happened yesterday or what may happen tomorrow. Mindfulness…

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If You Get Your Tubes Tied You Can Still Get Pregnant

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Katherine made plans to spend a special spring break with her two-daughters at Disney World while leaving her husband and 5-month old at home. Little did Katherine know, she was in for the ride of her lifetime. On the second day of her trip with her daughters, the family had lunch in a cafe on…

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U.S Hospitals Need ‘Baby Cuddlers’ to Help Newborns Suffering from Opioid Withdrawal

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An opioid epidemic is affecting millions of newborn babies, nationwide. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal every fifteen minutes [1]. These babies experience pain and suffering before they can experience anything else. Newborns brought into this world by mothers who suffer from addiction are ending…

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Hospital Runs a Socializing Pub In Their All-Male Dementia Wing To Prevent Sundowning

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Many may wonder why a hospital would have a pub on site. Aren’t sick people supposed to abstain from alcohol? In general, that’s true, and of course, this was taken into consideration before they set up the alcohol-free establishment.  This isn’t your average pub, there is no alcohol, no bar fights, and nobody is talking…

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After 20 Years, This Mexican Scientist Has Been Able To Eradicate Human Papillomavirus

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This medical breakthrough may finally put an end to cervical cancer among women. After 20 years of research, Eva Ramon Gallegos, a Mexican scientist has developed a promising approach to eliminate the human papillomavirus and in turn, prevent the spread of cervical cancer among women. There are over 100 variants of HPV, of these at…

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How One Father Responded to His Son’s Down Syndrome Diagnosis

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Many families learn they are expecting a child with Down syndrome before they’re born. Prenatal screening like ultrasounds, maternal serum tests, and blood tests can give a fairly accurate prediction (about 80% or more, depending on the test), while diagnostic tests such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling can provide a nearly 100% accurate prediction…

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11-year-old boy playing on beach finds a little girl buried alive in sand, immediately jumps to action

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“A hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway.” – Christopher Reeve  It was a terrifying ordeal for Alyssa Bostic when she got buried alive under a collapsed sand cave at the beach. Just over two years ago, a fun day at the…

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11-year-old boy playing on beach finds a little girl buried alive in sand, immediately jumps to action

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“A hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway.” – Christopher Reeve  It was a terrifying ordeal for Alyssa Bostic when she got buried alive under a collapsed sand cave at the beach. Just over two years ago, a fun day at the…

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Dad Travels to Canada for Son’s Medicine That Would Cost $53K in U.S.

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“So right now, I’m paying $15,000 a year for this medicine, which costs in the United States $53,000 a year which I feel is… at best, criminal,” father Jon Yeagley told CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil early February 2019. (1) Yeagley has been taking an expensive 6.5 hour trip north of the border every three…

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The Cause of Alzheimer’s Could Be Coming From Inside Your Mouth, Study Claims

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Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative neurological condition that is known for its debilitating symptoms, such as memory loss, confusion, and loss of identity. The two hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease is the formation of plaques (beta-amyloid) and tangles (tau proteins)in the brain. Over time, these build up to a point where symptoms begin to develop and, eventually,…

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A Nap Desk Is Exactly What You Need To Be Productive At Work

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The nap is mightier than caffeine. Long nights and drowsy mornings are as close as the numbers 5 and 6. Nearly everyone who stays up at night and has to get to work in the morning can relate to this. Espresso machines have become a strong pillar of nearly every office building across the world….

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Transparent Solar Panels Will Turn Windows Into Green Energy Collectors

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Since William Adams and Richard Day first harnessed solar power in 1876, it’s been regarded as a major scientific breakthrough ever since. The first material that produced usable electricity from solar power was the metalloid compound selenium. It converted energy from the sun to electricity at about 1 to 2 percent efficiency [1]. Photovoltaic cells…

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Stop Shaming Parents for Not Having a Second Kid

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Many of us don’t know it’s considered bad manners to ask a couple about their family planning business. It’s can offend the couple in question, even if you are close to them. It gets more astonishing when a mere acquaintance pops up and asks, “When are you having your second child? This little one needs…

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Airbnb Will Pay 4 People to Live Amongst Locals in a Remote Italian Village for 3 Whole Months

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“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.â€� – Anthony Bourdain No one would want…

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The 7 Most Common Relationship Problems For Each Zodiac Sign

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When it comes to love, a lot of people are willing to admit they need answers and solutions. We sometimes find ourselves having the same problems over and over again, in different relationships. Horoscopy can sometimes help us figure out the answers we seek. People who belong to the same zodiac sign may notice certain…

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Moms Of 3 Are More Stressed Than Those With Any Other Number Of Children

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It doesn’t make a lot of sense at first thought that three kids cause more stress than four and above. However, research seems to indicate that three may be the most problematic. Having kids always means there will be some stressful days. From infancy to adulthood, you will have put in a lot of time,…

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Take Magnesium To Relieve These 6 Health Conditions

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Magnesium is one of the most important mineral elements needed by the body. It’s believed to play the role of a supporting factor in more than 300 biochemical processes that the body undergoes. Magnesium can be obtained naturally from many foods we consume, or taken as a dietary supplement in form of tablets and syrups….

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‘Eye-opening’ Dementia Breakthrough Announced Today by USC Researchers

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The Alzheimers Society has recognized a recent study by the University of California. Their finding suggested that an early onset indicator of dementia is leaky blood vessels in the brain. This new finding could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment to reverse or delay this neurological disease. Eye-opening results presented themselves to a team of…

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Elko teen hospitalized in Salt Lake, in coma with brain bleeding after family says he was bullied

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“School administrators can’t say it’s up to the parents. Parents can’t say it’s up to the teachers. Teachers can’t say it’s not their job. And kids can’t say, “I was too afraid to tell.â€� Every single one of us has to play our role if we’re serious about putting an end to the madness. We…

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Meet the Cambridge scientist on verge of curing Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, affecting 2.3 million people in our world. MS is as an immune-mediated disease, where the immune system attacks the protective myelin sheath which covers nerve fibers, causing communication issues between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause…

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Homeless Man returns realtor’s $10,000 check. She repaid him by starting him up with a new home

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Do good, and good shall come to you. When Elmer Alvarez stumbled upon a $10,000 dollars check lying freely on a busy street corner, the last thing anyone would expect from him would be that he’d return it. Elmer did a shocking thing. It was the right thing. He returned the money as quickly as…

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What Poverty Taught Me About Being ‘Too Generous’

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“I’m a Little Too Fat, a Little Too Giving. I Think I Know Why.â€� 35-year-old Kristine Levine, a member on the Medium website, shares an emotional true-life story of poverty and generosity on her feature story page. Kristine was only five when her divorced mother took her to a town in Rockaway Beach, Oregon, at…

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