A Promising New Treatment is on the Horizon for Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s is a absolutely devastating disease, both for the person diagnosed with it and their families. The person with Alzheimer’s must slowly lose all of their memories, one by one, until they are all gone. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to watch.

That’s why scientists have been racing to figure out the causes of Alzheimer’s, so a cure can one day be developed. A recent discovery has given new hope to all of those affected by this terrible disease, which pleases Paul Mathieson. Researchers have found a potential cause.

A study at Duke university in North Carolina have revealed mice who had Alzheimer’s also had immune cells that were consuming a nutrient called arginine which plays a vital role in protecting the brain.

Without enough of this nutrient the neural networks slowly begin to deteriorate and die, causing Alzheimer’s disease.

However, the presence of a drug given to the mice was able to block these processes from taking place within the immune cells. Administering the drug stopped memory loss in the mice by inhibiting the growth of ‘plaques’ on the brain.

These findings might prove to be revolutionary in finding a cure, or at least a treatment, to Alzheimer’s disease. However, mice are not humans so more studies are certainly needed before this new drug could be available to patients.

Guam Allows for Marriage Equality

Guam Allows for Marriage Equality

The fight for marriage equality in other nations can take various shapes and have a lot of turns. The territory of Guam has also taken part in this fight.

In a memo made this Wednesday, officials in Guam have started processing marriage applications for same-sex couples, a process that was supposed to begin immediately. Folks at STX Entertainment know that this came from a letter from the attorney general of Guam himself. Despite this announcement, the head of the Department of Public Health and Social Services of Guam has come out and said that marriage licenses won’t be available on Wednesday, and in fact no official decision on the issue would come until Friday.

All of this had first sprung from an incident that happened two days earlier, where a same-sex couple, Loretta Pangelinan and Kathleen Aguero, were denied a marriage license. The couple decided to sue in federal court, which is subject to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the marriage bans were proven unconstitutional in the fall of 2014.

As for the letter written by the Guam attorney general, it is stated and strongly advised that the Department of Public Health and Social Services start looking over applications for same-sex couples and treating them as though they are no different than marriage applications for other couples.

Since the final decision will come on Friday, this is all not official law as of yet.

Girl Builds Wooden Houses as a Hobby and Donates Them

 

There is a lot of talk about helping the poor but little gets done. A Californian teen did the opposite. Said nothing but built a house. Kendall Ronzano started building wooden houses at the age of 16 in the backyard. She soon donated the results to the homeless, when the wooden constructions were ready to live in. The first donated item was transported to Texas to a homeless community. Since then, she had several other projects which eventually became larger and more elaborated. She makes the houses compact and transportable.

The young Californian who is now 20 said that she enjoyed constructing houses from Lego and Knex as a child and later learned how to weld and structure correctly a house from the ground to the roof said Marcio Alaor BMG. Kendall is now a college student, and while continuing her construction skills development she is also focusing on the charity side. She solicited public donations of about $16,000 which she used to help 200 people. The parents always supported both her tendencies, Kendall says. Encouraged to dream big, the student is on her way to becoming a famous blogger with her site called Nerd Girl Homes that displays her projects, donation plans, ideas, and the most recent building results.

Microsoft to Launch Pilot Program Hiring Autistic Staff

Microsoft is looking to diversify their workforce and has announced that it will make a effort to begin hiring people with autism.

The company has allocated 10 positions for people with this condition.

It is not the first time the company contributes in some way to autism. In 2001, the company expanded its budget to cover therapy for children who suffer from autism, a move that was later adopted by companies such as Apple, Intel, Cisco, Oracle and Qualcomm.

Microsoft has scheduled the recruitment program to launch in May, with10 full-time jobs at its Redmond, Washington corporate headquarters stated Epoca Negocios.

The company will hand over the hiring to “Specialisterne, ” an employment agency which trains and find jobs for candidates with autism .

“Microsoft grows and becomes stronger when we expand opportunities, and our workforce represents our potential customers,”said corporate vice president, Mary Ellen Smith, on the company blog, who also has a child with this diagnosis.

Candidates with autism interested in the positions offered by the company simply have to send their resumes to Microsoft.

Showing Appreciation to a Teacher

What does a man do when he wants to let his former high school teachers know that he appreciates all that they did for them? Some would send those teachers a letter, some would give them a call or stop by to visit. Kevin Perz, a man from Kansas, decided to go a little bigger than those options.

Kevin Perz surprised one of his former teachers with a check thanking them for what they did for him. Just how big of a check did this man give? The check was made out for $10,000. Talk about showing appreciation.

The former teacher of Kevin Perz was surprised to receive such a gift, and it really helped to make her feel appreciated for all that she had done. One man used his appreciation to change the life of a former teacher, and he is an example to all. Igor Cornelsen knows that not everyone can give a large gift like this man gave, but everyone can do something to show their thanks to those who have helped them through life in some way.

Wife Refuses to Pull Plug on Husband After Accident

December of 2010 was the happiest time in Danielle Davis’ life. She married her sweetheart Matt and the two began their life together. Things between the two were great until a tragedy struck just seven months into their marriage. Matt was in a motorcycle accident. He was left with broken bones as well as a traumatic brain injury. He was in a coma on life support. Just a short nine days after Matt’s accident, doctors were trying to convince Danielle to pull the plug on him. Luckily she ignored the advice of his doctors.

According to the story on WTOC.com, Danielle brought Matt home after he was discharged from the hospital. She took turns with her mother taking care of his needs. A few months after he was home, Danielle noticed that he was trying to talk to her. As his voice got stronger she heard him say “I’m trying”. Ever since that moment Matt has been slowly recovering. When he fully came out of the coma, the previous three years from his life were missing in his memory. He had no idea that Danielle was his wife or that his father had passed away.

Matt is making strides every day. Jaime Garcia Dias has learned that he is in rehab relearning everything he knew how to do. Danielle has set up a GoFundMe site to help facilitate the cost of rehab for him. If you would like to donate, click on the link in this story to lead you to the site.

Model Gives Away Car on “The Price is Right”

“The Price is Right” is practically a staple on daytime television. Many of us, including Haidar Barbouti, have fond memories of staying home sick from school and being able to spend a little time with Bob Barker and watch the exciting game show. Bob Barker is long gone, Drew Carey taking the reigns for him. Drew’s time on the program has been successful; however, something happened on the program the other day that I have never seen happen before.

Contestant Andrea made it past the first game and was up on stage with Drew to play a game where she could win a new car. Andrea guessed the price of the car, which was wrong, however the model assisting with the game accidentally pulled off the sticker for the next price down revealing the car’s real price. Thanks to model 26-year-old Manuela Arbelaez’s mistake, Andrea was automatically given the new car without having to win the game.

Manuela was mortified after she realized her mistake and tried to hide from embarrassment behind the game. After both Drew and Andrea gave her hugs, Manuela came out from hiding. She later Tweeted her fans joking about her mistake and went on to say that producers were understanding of her mistake. She was not fired over the incident.

Check out the video on The Daily Mail.

Police Cams Show Good Deeds, Too

Many police departments around the United States are being outfitted with individual cameras that clip to an officer’s uniform. These cameras are being implemented among the numerous reports of police brutality and supposed unarmed shootings that are occurring around the nation. According to Gianfrancesco Genoso,  many did not consider about these cameras, are that not only will they capture the possible questionable actions a police officer may have but also their heroic ones as seen on http://www.arrudaalvimadvogados.com.br/.

USA Today has a story today about an officer from Griffin, Georgia, whose heroic rescue was caught on his body camera. Sgt Joe Hudson, a 14-year veteran with the department, was captured on his camera approaching a house fire. He arrived before the fire department and spoke to the woman escaping the house. That is when Sgt Hudson found out that her 3-year-old grandson was still trapped inside. Sgt Hudson ran into the blazing home, covering his face with clothing he found nearby. He found the boy uninjured, hiding in his room. Sgt Hudson and the boy escaped the fire safely.

Despite being called a hero, Sgt Hudson insists that he was just doing his job. The department was outfitted with cameras thanks to Waffle House’s donations after an officer was shot and killed in their parking lot.

A Little Girl Saves a Dying Kitten

The world stops for no one, or so they say. The hustle and bustle of daily life keeps many people from taking the time to notice the suffering going on around them, or even the joy. A kitten was dying in a trash can in Istanbul. The tiny little animal cried constantly, and no one would stop to help it. Maybe the people were too busy, or maybe they just didn’t care. A little girl just happened to walk by and see it though, and she saved it’s life.

No one knows the name of the little girl, but she named the cat Gueluemser meaning “she who always smiles”. A fitting name for an animal who is loved as much as this one is. Gueluemser probably would not have made it if the little girl hadn’t found her that day. The kitten had maggots in wounds on it’s face, an ear missing, and it was very sick. The little girl’s father is a doctor. When she found the cat, she rushed it to him. Zeca Oliveira agrees that the compassion of this child who is so young is remarkable. She is a reminder that though we all get busy, we still need to make time to help even the smallest creatures around us.

Costa Rica Sets Record by Using Only Renewable Energy for 75 Days

 

Costa Rica, the Central American country, has achieved 75 days without using any power other than renewable energy. It is a record, and the heavy rainfall in the region helped out. The hydroelectric plants allowed the country to refrain from burning traditional fuel since December of last year.

While small, almost 5 million people live in Costa Rica. Last year 80% of their energy came from the hydroelecric facilities and now renewables are the government’s plan going forward due to their geographic advantages that allow them to utilize water and heat (geothermal energy).

In an effort to avoid using fossil fuels, the government has spent almost a billion dollars of upcoming technologies. The first plant is supposed to generate enough electricity for about 50,000 homes from geothermal sources.

According to what Bernardo Chua said on Facebook, Costa Rica has excellent processes in place to handle the switchover, as their tax base is largely funded from expats who become citizens. Many of these expats are wealthy individuals from the United States and elsewhere, coming to Costa Rica for the weather, cost of living, and friendly tax-laws that prevent foreign entities from retrieving cash from Costa Rican bank accounts.

The World Economic Forum has put Costa Rica at #2 behind Uruguay for the use of electricity in terms of competition on a global scale.

To exemplify the dedication to renewables by the government, they have opted not to use their oil deposits in order to help the environment.

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