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Are You Brushing Your Teeth Incorrectly?

by Chris Holden - March 27th, 2015

We all know how proper oral health can contribute to how healthy our bodies are overall. Improper brushing can lead to heart disease and other issues and while most people think they are doing a good job by brushing two to three times each day they may still be making some crucial mistakes. According to the American Dental Association, there are some simple tips that you can follow to ensure you are attaining the best oral health that you can.

Brush At The Proper Time Of Day
When you brush your teeth at night make sure that you do not put anything else in your mouth afterwards. If you snack before bed this increases your risk of developing a cavity because of food that can settle between your teeth. Always brush in the morning as well. It benefits you to have clean teeth between breakfast and lunch if possible.

Use The Right Brush
When you pick a new toothbrush choose on that has soft bristles that can slip themselves under your gum tissue. This will help with plaque removal Sultan Alhokair tells us.

Rinse
You do not have to use mouthwash but after brushing give your mouth a good rinse with water. This removes any other particles that were loosened during the brushing process.

Replace Your Brush Often
When three to four months have gone by make sure you switch out your toothbrush. Also if you have been sick you may want to switch it out when your illness is over.

The X-Files Slated To Return To Television

by Chris Holden - March 26th, 2015

The truth is still out there, as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are coming back to television. FOX announced this week that the X-Files will return to the network either late this year or in 2016 as part of a six episode miniseries.

According to Hitfix.com, both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have signed on to reprise their roles of Mulder and Scully. Furthermore, creator of the show Chris Carter has also signed on to supervise scripting and production.

FOX has yet to announce a specific airdate or details regarding what the plot will be for the miniseries. All FOX said was production would begin this summer on the new show.

The X-Files ran for nine seasons on the network and is considered by many experts to be one of the best television shows of the 1990’s. The show inspired two movies, the first of which subtitled Fight the Future premiered after the show’s fifth season. The second subtitled I Want To Believe was released in 2008 and was a disappointment in theaters according to Yahoo Finance.

Carter wanted to do a third movie, but with the success of last summer’s miniseries reboot of 24, it appeared that this might be the best way to bring the X-Files back. Carter has said that the new series will help tie up some loose ends that were left open from the original series.

Men Are Losing Testosterone Quicker These Days

by Chris Holden - March 26th, 2015

A New Study Claims There Is A “Substantial” Drop in Testosterone Levels In American Men

So the good news is men and women will live longer in the 21st century, but the bad news is men may not have enough testosterone to keep old age exciting. Yep, a new study claims American men are experiencing a decline in their testosterone level, and that change has nothing to do with age. Something else is causing men to turn away instead of jump in when their partner’s sexual mood is in full gear. That sounds like torture, and for some men it is.

Testosterone levels dropped by 1 percent a year according to a researcher at the New England Research Institutes. That means by the age of 65 a man could have a testosterone level that is 15 percent lower than a man at 65, in 2000. It seems the male population is going through a change in hormone secretion, according to one researcher, and no one is sure why it’s happening.

People at Imaging Advantage (auntminnie.com) have also learned that some doctors blame the decline on obesity; others say the absences of tobacco in the system may also be a reason. But when the data is analyzed those factors only account for a small difference in the testosterone level. The environment may play a role in the decline, or the male body may be experiencing a genetic change. No one knows for sure, but millions of men want to find out, and fast.

A Midday Nap Improves Brain Function

by Chris Holden - March 25th, 2015

A nap in the afternoon helps relieve stress and recharge your batteries for the rest of the day. And a little snooze also improves brain function. That’s according to a recent study conducted at Saarland University in Germany.
A study group of 41 people participated in the study, with half of them taking an hour-long nap and the other half watching a DVD for an hour. All were asked to remember specific words and phrases prior to the hour. When the hour was up, each group was tested to see which one recalled the selected words and phrases best. The napper’s memory was just as good as it was prior to their hour-long snooze. In addition, the nappers performed five times better in the afternoon than their non-napping counterparts.
The researchers also tested the study volunteers with an EEG (Electroencephalogram) to view brain activity in the memory center (hippocampus). The EEG revealed that during the nap time, the brain activity increased the hippocampus’ ability to retain and sort information which it had received prior to the nap time.
Bruce Karatz knows that power naps have been promoted for decades, but the advice was to sleep between 10-20 minutes only to derive the most benefits. It takes a typical person longer than that to fall asleep, so short power naps have been out of the question for most people. This recent study used an hour-long nap and found the benefits increased, including the improved brain function, without creating nighttime sleeping problems.

Yoga Recess Day is a Success for North American Spine

by Chris Holden - March 25th, 2015

PR Newswire is reporting North American Spine has celebrated Yoga Recess Day by providing a free yoga class and yoga mats to 50 children from a local elementary school in Dallas, Texas. The community outreach program organized by members of North American Spine was also featured as a news item of CW33 as the children from Robert E. Lee Elementary School ran through some basic yoga poses designed to give them a good understanding of how to keep their backs healthy and pain free long into the future. The idea behind the yoga class for the group of pre K and Kindergarten students was to help them understand and develop their bodies and minds as they had fun learning a few basic yoga poses.

North American Spine’s Dr. Abram Burgher was quick to point out the benefits of yoga for those of a young age and those who may already be having problems with back pain as young people or adults. Changing position throughout the day is important as long periods of sitting in the same position can lead to chronic back pain and problems. In many cases, specialists in pain management at North American Spine will encourage patients to take part in yoga classes before resorting to invasive procedures to reduce issues with chronic back pain. Yoga can be an important aspect of reducing chronic back pain as strengthening the core muscles of the stomach and back through the techniques taught can lower risks and issues associated with back problems.

Bears Falling Short in Filling Their Needs

by Chris Holden - March 23rd, 2015

In the game of free agency, the Chicago Bears are currently losing ground in their division. With that being said, acquiring John Fox as their new head coach is still a better improvement than most of their off season personnel changes that are going to be made. Fans like Bruce Karatz know that speculation still surrounds whether Jay Cutler will be returning as the teams quarterback for next season or whether the team will try and make a trade to go in a better direction. Then there is the trade loss of Brandan Marshall which needed to happen to clear salary cap space but will certainly hurt them for offensive weapons.

Even Coach Fox agrees that the Bears have “some needs to fill” but are taking slow and methodical approach to addressing their needs. Their latest spots that were filled were the resigning of their backup tight end Dante Rosario, and backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Neither of these guys is significant game changers but has provided quality replacements during the games for Martellus Bennett and Jay Cutler. Really the team needs to look at running back, wide receiver, and virtually every position on defense. However, there is a lot of weeks left before the start of the mini-camps and training camps. But with the other teams already making big splashes with player acquisitions it appears the Bears are more or less just looking to survive the offseason and play for third place in their division.

The Dorchester Collection And Growth

by Chris Holden - March 18th, 2015

The Dorchester Collection is an international hotel chain with some of the most prestigious hotels in the world. The Dorchester hotels own and manage ten luxury hotels across the world. The Dorchester Collection is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency. The luxury hotels extend throughout Europe and the United States. Each hotel embodies the rich culture of each city, with the décor, style and state of the art facilities to match. From London, England, to Milan, Italy, to romantic Paris, France, to discovering River Rhome, and Geneva, Switzerland, to the stars, mansions and chic shops of Beverly Hills, Dorchester hotels offer extreme beauty and luxury.

One of its most luxurious hotels includes The Dorchester. The Dorchester is a five-star luxury hotel in London. The Dorchester is one of the world’s most expensive hotels, with the luxury and opulence to go with it. Other hotels it owns are the famous Beverly Hills Hotel, known for its many royal guests. Guests that include kings and queens, celebrities, and some of the world’s most rich and famous. The Dorchester Collection also owns the Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris, France, located near Eiffel Tower. The five star hotel in Paris, France, Le Meurice is also owned by the Dorchester Collection. This famed Le Meurice hotel dates to 1815 and its tenants have included the mistresses of Napoleon III, to King Alfonso XIII of Spain, the prince of wales, and a number of other kings and dignitaries. The Dorchester Collection also owns The five-star hotel, Principe di Savoia, in Milan, Italy. It is not only luxurious, but is one of Milan’s famous landmarks, with its grand architecture and rich history. Hotel Bel Aire, a boutique style hotel in Los Angelas, California, along with 45 Park Lane, in London England, and Coworth Park Hotel in Bershire, England is also owned by Dorchester Collection.

Dorchester also offers luxury hotel management services, and manages Le Richemond in Geneva, Switzerland, which has a history dating to 1875. Le Richmond is also the oldest hotel in Geneva. Dorchester Collection also manages Hotel Eden. Dorchester also has a number of restaurants in its hotels, and has third party agreements with spas and luxury services. The Dorchester Collection is owned by Dorchester Group Ltd. Its strive toward excellence, luxury and world class hotel services make the Dorchester Collection of hotels and its management services the best in the world.

Now You Can Use Your Remote With Your Chromecast

by Chris Holden - March 17th, 2015

Your Chromecast now works with your television remote. That’s right, you can control your Chromecast with the same remote you use for controlling your TV. The future is here. Te ability to connect to your television remote has actually been available in Chromecast since its initial launch a few years ago, however, Google didn’t enable the feature for users to take advantage of. Now it is, which means you can use your remote to do most things you might do with any other media player: play, stop, rewind and fast-forward programming you’re streaming using the stick.

The Chromecast is a small HDMI dongle that plugs into the back of your television. My friend told me about the product the other week with Alaor BMG. Once connected, you can stream content from your phone, tablet, or computer directly to your television using the device, with no need to physically connect your mobile device or computer to your television.

While this is the first time it’s been made available to the public, the IR feature has actually been available on the Chromecast since its launch and has been used by most Chromecast owners, they might have just not realized it. When you start casting to your television and it powers on? That’s the IR feature at work. Pretty cool.

Media Blackout About Merck Continues

by Chris Holden - March 17th, 2015

On Monday, yet another news story was released about a study that seemingly proves that a lack of MMR vaccinations was the primary cause of the measles outbreak that started in Disneyland California which has now spread to several states.

Karen Kaplan for the Los Angeles Times goes to great lengths to blame the anti-vaxxers while making absolutely no mention of the fact that Merck is still under investigation for lying about its testing methods and promoting and selling an MMR vaccine that does not always work. Worse yet, Kaplan’s article is about a study that is only based on mathematical statistics about herd immunity and not actual physical proof.

As pointed out in some of the article comments on Terra, Kaplan did not do her due diligence as a reporter to research this topic in full. Had she done so, she would have noticed that the study is based on data provided by a research tool funded by several Big Drug companies. She would have also found that California has one of the highest MMR vaccination rates in the country. Additionally, among those who initially contracted measles and were unvaccinated… 12 were babies that could not be vaccinated and only 18 out of the initial 37 purposely unvaccinated patients were non-infant children.

Some Americans are now beginning to wonder just how much of hold pharmaceutical companies like Merck have on the distribution of factual news.

Square Ditching Square Order

by Chris Holden - March 16th, 2015

Square is shutting down Square Order, its service that allowed customers to order items from a store before they arrived. The service launched last year on Valentine’s Day and was used initially in Uniqlo stores as a way for customers to purchase last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts. Sergio Cortes has learned that, later on, Square made the service available at more retailers such as coffee shops and cafes. The idea was that customers would use the app like a mobile wallet of sorts, and would order coffee or a sandwich using the app while they were at home or the office, saving time when they arrived at a location and their drink or meal was already ready.

Turns out, customers weren’t really all that interested in the service. After using it roughly over the past year, merchant reported that the app didn’t make much of a difference in their business. Since the app wasn’t making much of an impact, it’s decided to shut it down and instead focus on building told that will help businesses grow and move forward. There’s not formal announcement quite yet on what those things might be, however, with the growing popularity of mobile payments, Square needs to do something to help itself stay in the game.