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From Tom Kraeutler - Home Alone: How to Determine if Your Child is Ready
From Tom Kraeutler - Home Alone: How to Determine if Your Child is Ready
July 31, 2014

At some point, every parent faces the decision of determining whether or not a child is able to stay home alone. As a parent of three, I've found that every child is different and each child has a unique level of maturity, at every age and stage of his or her adolescence. Leaving a child alone for the first time is a big step. Along with basic safety advice, there are a few home related emergency situations you should keep in mind when helping your child learn how to handle being at home unsupervised.

There is no standard, acceptable age that a child is considered mature enough to stay home unsupervised. There aren't even standard laws from state to state. But to determine your child is ready, consider whether your child feels comfortable or nervous with the idea of staying home alone. Next, make sure basic safety procedures are discussed, like how and when to dial 9-1-1. Keep hazardous materials out of reach. You might want to keep certain items off limits when no adult is at home, for example kitchen knives, the stove, oven or toaster, power tools or cleaning chemicals.

As your child is older and able to handle longer periods at home alone, discuss emergency scenarios with your child. What would he or she do in case of a fire? What if your child is injured while home alone? Part of this discussion should include basic home know-how, for example - does your child know how to find and shut off the water main in case of a major leak? Can your child safely operate a fire extinguisher? Does your child know what to do if the smoke detector is triggered? What should he or she do if the power goes out?

Many states have guidelines to help you determine if your child is ready for this big step. To learn more, you can find out how to contact your local child protective services agency by calling Childhelp at 1-800-422-4453. Or visit www.childwelfare.gov.


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Losing sleep leaves you vulnerable to 'false memories'
Losing sleep leaves you vulnerable to 'false memories'
July 31, 2014

Sleep deprivation isn't good for any part of your body, but a new study says it can take a really devastating toll on your memory - finding loss of sleep can leave people with false or inaccurate memories.

To get the results researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine attempted to suggest fake memories to sleep deprived subjects, in order to see how accurate their recollection was.

Study lead Stephen Frenda says he wanted to look specifically at how sleep loss affects people's recollection of detailed events.

"The studies that do exist look mostly at sleep deprived people's ability to accurately remember lists of words-not real people, places and events," he told the Association of Psychological Science

The experiment's 104 participants were asked to look at photos of a crime - half saw them on the night before the experiment, half on the next morning. Half of each group got a good night's sleep, while the other half was kept wide awake; then, each subject read a story about the pictures laced with misinformation, and was quizzed on what they remembered from the photos.

Researchers found the participants who were sleep deprived throughout the whole experiment - seeing the photos and hearing the false narrative - were the most likely to misremember details or recall false information.

The study concludes lack of sleep prevented some participants from properly committing the photos to memory. "Sleep deprivation may have impaired encoding of the original event, thus making memory more vulnerable to intrusions from misleading post event information."

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The Best and Worst Times to Go to the Hospital
The Best and Worst Times to Go to the Hospital
July 31, 2014

Does the timing of your hospital visit affect the quality of care you receive? The answer is yes. But only in certain situations.

A new study from the American Heart Association found that heart attack patients who arrive at the hospital on weeknights, weekends, and holidays have a 13 percent increased risk of dying compared with those arriving during regular business hours. Patients who got to the emergency room during regular workday hours had an average time to treatment of 56 minutes compared with 72 minutes for patients who arrived during those other times. However, both averages are well within the American Heart Association's guidelines of administering angioplasty in 90 minutes or less.

So though the risk was slightly worse on nights and weekends, it was still well within the recommended timeframe that is considered safe. To get more clarity, we talked to Seth Goldstein, MD, a surgical resident at Johns Hopkins University who has a specific research interest in this topic. "If you take emergency situations such as appendicitis or pneumonia or a car accident, there's a growing body of data that suggests getting treated during the week is slightly better than on the weekend," he said. "It's more difficult to assess less serious elective conditions because they aren't usually done at night or on the weekends."

It's worth noting, of course, that you should not wait to go to the hospital if you are in an emergency situation at night or on the weekend. The absolute risk for individual patients still remains low, said Goldstein. But in a large population of patients, the collective risk is something that hospitals are working to reduce. "We study these situations not as a warning to patients, but to raise red flags for hospitals," he said. "We want to make things better and safer. It's never a single individual problem that causes patient care to suffer on these off-hours. It's a systemic issue, a thousand little things that add up."

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Deals Today From Groupon, Bath & Body Works and More!
Deals Today From Groupon, Bath & Body Works and More!
July 31, 2014

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Could Sharknado Really Happen?
Could Sharknado Really Happen?
July 31, 2014

Al Roker talks to the Weather Channel's top meteorologist, taking a serious look at the possibility of an actual Sharknado.



























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Could the Ebola outbreak come to the United States? Yes and no.
Could the Ebola outbreak come to the United States? Yes and no.
July 31, 2014

A man boards a plane in Liberia with a slight fever. As the jet nears an airport in New York, his temperature rises; his throat grows sore.

It's the flu, he thinks after he lands, but he's wrong. He's caught the deadly Ebola virus.

He soon dies of hemorrhagic fever while surrounded by family. Some of them catch it, and it's like a flame hitting a fuse.
Ebola: How at risk is the U.S.?
Doc.: Ebola unlikely to spread to cities
How easily can Ebola spread to the U.S.?

The United States erupts in its first ever Ebola pandemic, as healthcare workers fight an uphill battle to contain it.

Could what sounds like the plot of a Hollywood pestilence thriller really happen here?

Well, yes and no.

Yes, Ebola can come to the United States.

But no, there's no reason to panic.

"This is not an epidemic; it's not the kind of disease that can sweep through New York," said Dr. Alexander van Tulleken of Fordham University.

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Houston firm offers space flights for pet remains
Houston firm offers space flights for pet remains
July 31, 2014

A Houston company that already sends human remains out of this world will offer the same memorial space flights for four-legged loved ones.

Celestis Inc. on Wednesday announced that rockets carrying the cremated remains of dogs and cats will start this fall.

Spokeswoman Pazia (PAH'-zee-uh) Schonfeld says the cost will be about the same as for human remains sent into space and returned, starting at about $995.

Celestis Pets is working with a California company, Into the Sunset Pet Transition Center of San Diego, for pet cremations.

Celestis for years has offered a rocket service that takes partial human remains into space and brings them back, including ashes of "Star Trek" TV show creator Gene Roddenberry.

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Final Robin Gibb Recordings On New Album
Final Robin Gibb Recordings On New Album
July 31, 2014

Between 2006 and 2008, a few years before cancer took his life in May 2012, Robin Gibb returned to the studio to record what would have been a largely autobiographical final LP. Now, Gibb's wife Dwina and son R.J. are releasing the best of those sessions - and a few demos recorded as late as July 2011 - as 50 St. Catherine's Drive, an album named for the singer's birthplace in the Isle of Man.

A new version of 1966 Bee Gees tune "I Am the World," originally a B side for the group's "Spicks and Specks," appears as the album's fifth track. "He was always fond of this song and decided to record a new version for this album," Dwina Gibb tells Rolling Stone. "In the studio, Robin and [producer] Peter-John Vettese wrote new middle-eight sections, so it is now an extended version of the original. Robin loved playing with words, as in this song and also in 'Holiday' from the same era, where he sang, 'You Are a Holiday.'"


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California restaurant places ban on crying children
California restaurant places ban on crying children
July 31, 2014

A California restaurant owner doesn't want children in his establishment, so he posted a sign about two years ago informing customers that he won't provide highchairs or booster seats.

Now, Old Fisherman's Grotto in Monterey has three such signs.

In addition to informing patrons about those rules, the signs also reads: "Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and are not allowed in the dining room."

The restaurant also doesn't allow baby strollers.

People who don't like the restaurant's policies are advised to take their business somewhere else.

"If a place has the rules, that's what the rules are, you go in and abide by the rules or you find a place that's more suitable to your dining," Chris Shake told KSBW.

Despite the prohibitive policy, Shake said business is doing just fine.

"Well, let's put it this way -- I haven't had a down year for over 20 years and our business continues to grow," Shake said.

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Doug and My Cool Inventions
Doug and My Cool Inventions
July 31, 2014

Doug teams up with Akos Jankura 'The Solutionist' and John Cremeans 'The Doctor of Shopology' from My Cool Inventions Radio in a search for America's Top Invention weekday mornings at 9am (Eastern)!

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