Category Archives: Health

Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone, New York Times Reports

How is Medicaid Funded?

Woman Sues After Employee at Medical Center Allegedly Releases Her Medical Records

New High Definition Images of Earth Captured and Released by Nasa

Is Opposing Medicaid Expansion and Minimum Wage Increase Racist?

Incredible Aninals That May Go Extinct in 10 Years

‘Moving’ Towards the Future

A man paralyzed from the waist down wiggling his toes.A man paralyzed from the waist down is wiggling his toes.

Movement is one thing that the majority of people seem to take for granted every day. Sure there is a plentiful amount of reasons for one to be grateful, such as being happy, receiving that promotion, or scoring a date with your crush. But what about your ability to move your arms, adjust your legs, snap your fingers, or wiggle your toes? These things are so common place to most of us that we rarely give these gifts a second-thought. Sadly, there are individuals in the world who do not have the ability to move their limbs due to unfortunate circumstances. These are the people that never take what they have for granted and these are the people who may be fortunate enough to gain movement through advancements in modern technology.

Three years ago, Claudia Angeli from the Kentucky Spinal Cord Research Center and her team were able help a man paralyzed from the neck down experience movement through sending electricity through the man’s spinal cord (by having a device surgically implanted into the lower back). The man was able to wiggle his toes and stand. Now in the present, this team’s study has proven to be far from a fluke. Angeli and her colleagues have implemented the same electrical technique to three other paralyzed men and they all were able to demonstrate a certain amount of movement. Besides from providing movement to four different cases of paralyzed individuals, the true benchmark for this study is that electricity has been able to allow these patients to move parts of their limbs that experts theorized would never be able to move.

While this study has received praise, experts have warned that this treatment should not be considered a cure, since the movement is only temporary. But the mere possibility that a paralyzed individual could actually have a chance to move is certainly a notion to behold. While this may be the first baby-step in the right direction of research, the joy that Angeli and her team provide is astounding. One of the handicapped individuals, Dustin Shillcox, experienced a horrific car crash in 2010 that left him paralyzed. But the hope that he felt when the electrical device implanted in him allowed him to move made him experience a great deal of emotion, giving him the chance to believe that moving again would be a very plausible future. Even though this not an immediate cure, let’s keep our fingers crossed that we may live to see the handicapped receive the gift of movement.

Federal Marketplace Deadline Extended to Mid-April

U.S. and Russian NASA Astronauts Remain Amicable

Aerie Lingerie Gets #Real

The lingerie and intimates business generally seems to lead the charge of industries that reinforce the idea that skinny, busty, white, and flawless women are beauty itself. While there has been occasional pushback, ideals such as these have maintained a firm grasp on the beauty industry for decades. Aerie, American Eagle Outfitters’ line of intimates and sleepwear aimed at teens and young adult women, recently took a small, albeit notable step toward expanding the scope of beautiful beyond photoshopped perfection. This year’s spring campaign, called “aerie Real”, features a myriad of models in all colors, shapes, and sizes presented in unretouched photos. Aerie is adverting this campaign—“Time to think real. Time to get real. No supermodels. No more retouching. Because the real you is sexy.”—on billboards, totebags, sleep tees, and through social media hashtags. Jennifer Foyle, Aerie’s Chief Merchandising Officer, explains “…the purpose of ‘aerie Real’ is to communicate there is no need to retouch beauty, and to give young women of all shapes and sizes the chance to discover amazing styles that work best for them. We want to help empower young women to be confident in themselves and their bodies.”


Aerie is one of few companies in the women’s clothing and cosmetics that have taken a stand against the hyper-retouched beauty industry by focusing its marketing campaigns on appealing to the average woman and promoting self acceptance and love. In 2013, Dove produced a short film titled Real Beauty Sketches as part of its Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. Pantene’s commercial Shine Strong, highlighting sexism in the workplace, also made waves, spurring a conversation challenging the way media and advertising presents female beauty and strength.


Aerie has joined this conversation in recent months. ABC News’ Juju Chang asked Jenny Altman, style and fit expert for Aerie’s newest line of bras, to comment on the fresh marketing approach. “We left everything. We left beauty marks, we left tattoos, what you see is really what you get with our campaign,” she explained. “It’s a selling point because our customers represent this great demographic and they don’t really get to see what girls their age really look like. They are still models, they’re still gorgeous, they just look a little more like the rest of us,” she added. “We’re hoping to break the mold … we hope by embracing this that real girls everywhere will start to embrace their own beauty”. Aerie model Hana may have explained the sentiment of the campaign best in her closing comments in the collection preview. “The world is full of strong girls,” Hana tells the camera with a bright smile, “the world just needs more strong girls that stand up and share themselves.”

options trading risk