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December 29th, 2015
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New Year's Eve Safety Tips: 3 Ways To Ensure You Bring In 2016 With No Regrets

Celebrating the holidays?  You may be putting your life at risk and be at a greater risk of serious injury.  Here’s a few statistically proven ways you are more likely to die or be injured during the holidays than other times of the year. 1.  People are more likely to die on Christmas and New Year’s Day in emergency rooms than any other time of year.   Drunk driving was not a factor.  There’s just an overall spike in deaths by natural causes.  For some folks, keeping up the holiday merry-making is more important than a seeing to a nagging symptom of something more ominous.  2. Uncork the champagne with care.

by Anne Middleton

December 29th, 2015
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Technology: A Real Pain In The Neck?

You may call it a necessity, but chiropractors call it “tech neck.” It’s a condition that can seriously damage your physical health, and it is becoming a common reason for serious neck and back pain. The human head weighs about 12 pounds, but as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the spine multiplies.  Some experts have found that for every inch the head tilts forward, the pressure on the spine doubles. The result is a diagnosis that never existed just 10 years ago…you may have “tech neck.”  Medical experts have been warning people for years of this potentially debilitating issue.

by Anne Middleton

December 24th, 2015
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Most Famous People with Christmas Birthdays

If your birthday is during the holidays, especially December 25th, you can feel cheated.  With all the glitter and the fa-la-la, it’s easy to not just have your birthday swept up in all the other festivities going on.   Don’t worry, though, Christmas babies, we know you’re pretty special.   Those born on Dec. 25th are Capricorns, the ambitious achievers of the zodiac.  You may seem like all work and no play, but those who know you best know that when you do allow yourself to play, you take your play seriously too.  Holiday babies are in good company.

by Anne Middleton

December 24th, 2015
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Video Games = Brainpower

If you are feeling any pangs of guilt from the large array of video games you purchased this holiday season for the younger members of your family, there is now evidence that you may have actually helped them become smarter.  A new study finds that video games, specifically 3-D entertainment, may boost brainpower. Researchers decided to investigate this theory on college-age non-gamers.  The investigators tracked these non-gamer university students who played either a 2-D or 3-D video game for 30 minutes a day for a period of two weeks.

by Anne Middleton

December 21st, 2015

Millennial Women Are More Likely to Live at Home

Today, more young women live with their parents than they did seventy years ago when it was commonplace for girls to stay at home after high school until they were married. • In 1940, 36.2% of 18-34 year-old women lived with parents or other relatives.
• In 1960, only 24% of adult children were living at home
• In 2014, 36.4% of young women are living with family members This group of female millennials has failed to move away from the convenience of catered meals by mom and free access to a washing machine. Originally, this trend of returning to live at home was thought to be a casualty of the economic collapse.

by Anne Middleton

December 21st, 2015

British Researchers Support Proper Anger

You’ve probably heard the familiar cliché at least a dozen times that, “cooler heads prevail.”  The meaning behind this commonplace saying is that ideas or influence of less emotional people are superior to over-emotional behavior. At first glance, this is a completely rationale train of thought.  Demonstrating anger or ranting behavior in a workplace can blow a conflict out of proportion, promote a hostile environment, and shed a negative light on your job skills. Most believe that overall, this is a terrible idea. Not so fast.

by Anne Middleton

December 18th, 2015

You (And Your Kids) Have Been Hacked

VTech, a global supplier of children’s electronic learning products and one of the top 50 electronic global manufacturing providers, disclosed this week that their customer database had been hacked. The stolen information data at VTech included the data of customers who download children's toys, games and books.  Most concerning was that the breach included personal information relating to children. It was reported that records belonging to 4.8 million parents and more than 200,000 children were taken.

by Anne Middleton

December 18th, 2015

Non-Traditional Nativity Scenes

An interest in non-traditional nativity scenes has up ticked since a family in Ohio came under some legal scrutiny for putting up a zombie nativity scene in their front yard for the second year in a row. The family is known for their haunted houses and uses the ghoulish nativity scenes as a way to bond.   The nativity scene itself was thought up by St. Francis of Assisi some 800 years ago as a way to teach people the Christmas story.  If you’re feeling adventurous, here’s a few ideas of incorporating more modern elements into your family’s crèche. First you’ll need to cast your nativity.

by Anne Middleton

December 17th, 2015

Ugly Sweaters And Shoes

Once reviled, ugly Christmas sweaters are now haute.  In fact, some are nixing their more traditional holiday party themes and having ugly sweater parties.  There are even companies are rolling out ugly sweaters for the holidays, though I much prefer the old-school, cringe-worthy vintage holiday sweaters.  Just because you are wearing an ugly sweater doesn’t mean that you have to wear atrocious shoes.  Here’s a few favorite pairs to offset those ugli-licious sweaters you may wear. Let it Snow! Snowfall varies state to state, with New York state topping the list in average annual snowfall, at 123.8 in.

by Anne Middleton

December 15th, 2015

First Seen, First Eaten

Its holiday time, but you probably didn’t need us to break this news to you.  And along with holidays comes gluttony and increased calories. It is an enormous challenge to pass up the temptation of luscious creamy dips and mouth-watering potatoes swimming in butter.  But a new study offers insight for how to manage the walk of shame down the buffet line. A 2013 investigation found that, “Serving healthy foods first in buffet lines improved overall meal selection.”  In other words, the first foods encountered on a table of treats are the ones most selected.

by Anne Middleton