Ten-Year-Old Gets Award For Standing Up to Bullies

Dominic Zaffino,10, from Hatfield, Pennsylvania was presented with a medal of courage for standing to bullying. He was cyber bullied on social media, and he handled the situation with grace. Dominic went on Instagram to call out the bullies. The 10-year-old was being bullied because of his size. He told that his short stature was due to chemotherapy. He told them it was better to be short than dead and a person didn’t have to be tall to be a winner. The fifth grader believes it was God’s will to slow down his growth, so he could concentrate on becoming the best person he could.
Dr. Claudio Cerullo founded an organization called Teach Anti Bullying Inc in 2011 because he was concerned with the growing problem of school violence and bullying. Dr. Cerullo was bullied in middle school and through high school. The former secondary principal Susan McGalla, is intent on teaching anti-bullying to young children by writing children’s’ books on the issues. He is concerned with bullying done to able bodied and disabled students. Dr. Cerullo has a guide that teachers and parents can get online. In 2011, Dr. Cerullo created an anti- bullying film to teachers of elementary, middle, and high school levels. One of the things Cerullo recommends is an anti-bullying club. According to data over 5.7 million children in school are involved in bullying, as a victim, or bully.

The Sad State of Retirement Savings

Is saving money really saving when the amount in a bank account wouldn’t last a month? Well, something is better than nothing and, for many Americans, their “something” is going to turn into “nothing” in less than 30 days. Sadly, reports indicate 1/3 of Americans who put money away for retirement only have about $1,000. Needless to say, that is not anywhere near enough money to cover the costs of retirement living. Most people in such a position could be working a job well into their 70’s in order to survive.

At some point, saving money for retirement has to become a priority or else disaster is going to ensue. Most people do not come until this realization until very late – too late – in life. Why do people end up with so little during their retirement years? There are a lot of really great things to spend money on. People who earn money love to spend it. There is no shortage of luxury items in which to direct one’s funds. Budgeting how much is spent is not a priority for some, but is handy for others. Consider all this the sad effect of doing nothing but living in the moment.

To say this is an alarming new trend would be an utter misnomer. People have been spending more than they should since the dawn of time. And people have been suffering the consequences of said actions for just as long. Take this ominous report as a warning. Start saving today.

Baby Powder And Cancer Risks

Baby powder has been around for many years now and it is a common item that is found in most households whether you have a baby or not. It has been used to keep diaper rash away in babies and adults even use it to stay fresh under their arms or to sprinkle some through their hair to soak up excess oil. Some recent studies have determined that this baby powder is actually not as beneficial or safe as it may seem. Baby powder comes in many different varieties and from many different brands, with Johnson and Johnson being the most common. Unfortunately, these products are creating a 33 percent increase in potential cancers like ovarian cancer when used on a daily basis.

Dr. Daniel Cramer, and epidemiologist, believes that there are at least 10,000 known cases of women developing ovarian cancer as a direct result from using baby powder each day. These studies have shown this risk as early as 1982. The product has remained on store shelves since then. Talc based powders are the issue and women who use these products are 300 times more likely to develop cancer. While Johnson and Johnson have been asked to address this issue they have not yet commented on this issue and have not changed their product line. Luckily, there are many new, more organic products on the market that are safer and include better ingredients mentions Ray Lane (more info at cmu.edu).

Fatal Car Crashes Involving Teen Drivers Drop By Half Over The Past Decade

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the number of teenage drivers involved in fatal car accidents has dropped by over half during the last decade. Part of that decrease is due to safer cars on the road, but a large part has to do with adolescents being put on restricted licenses.

According to the CDC report, the number of fatal crashes with teenage drivers fell from 5724 in 2004 to 2568 in 2013 — a drop of 55 percent. More states have graduated license programs, which restrict the youngest and least experienced drivers from driving at night or with passengers. According to Eric Teoh, a senior statistician for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, fewer very young people are driving while still in high school. Instead, more are waiting until they turn 18, and Teoh points out that an 18-year-old novice driver is likely to be more mature and less careless than a 16-year-old novice driver.

Forty-two states were involved in the survey on which the CDC based its report on as gathered by Ricardo Guimarães BMG. The survey reported that the percentage of high school students who drove ranged from 53 percents to 90 percent — with the highest proportions being in the mountain and midwestern states, which have comparatively low populations.

The survey also found that students in cities were less likely to drive than were students elsewhere. Possible reasons for this include shorter distances, lack of income, and a greater use of alternative means of travel like public transportation, walking or cycling.

Parents Save Sick Child’s Birthday Party

A 10-year old girl named Mackenzie Moretter has a rare disease called Sotos syndrome. The young girl is from a small town in Minnesota. Mackenzie’s condition has caused her to develop improperly, and this has ruined her social life. The young girl’s birthday was on April 18th, and she invited a few girls to her party. No one showed up to Mackenzie Moretter’s party, and she was left all alone. Mackenzie’s mom and dad were devastated to see what their daughter was going through. Her parents took action, and they sent out party invitations on Facebook.

Mackenzie’s mom was shocked to see that hundreds of Facebook users had replied to the invitations. Several news stations also showed up to Mackenzie’s party. Mackenzie was absolutely amazed when she heard that hundreds of people were coming to her birthday party. Mackenzie received a mountain of presents from her new friends. Fersen  said that people donated money and presents to the young girl. Mackenzie’s birthday became a huge deal, and the whole world has since wished her a happy birthday. Mackenzie also met many kids with the same condition as her. Mackenzie’s parents are so happy to see that she has made so many new friends. For more information on this story, visit Buzzfeed.

New Findings Link Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy with Anxiety

There’s quite a few things to consider when people use certain medications for years, or even an entire lifetime. One of the most pressing concerns involves whether to continue use of some medications during pregnancy. Regulatory agencies can usually be trusted to notice any obvious complications which might arise from taking any given medication during a pregnancy. Some effects simply aren’t easily observed during early human testing, or by using an animal model. The most recent example of this fact has come from a study of antidepressant use during pregnancy.

The study followed the pregnancy of numerous women and then looked at how their children’s behavior developed over time. The researchers felt they had enough data after three years to begin looking at how antidepressant use during pregnancy might have altered the children’s development. The researchers found a surprising shared effect between the women who’d been using antidepressants while they were pregnant. The children showed a much higher chance of experiencing pronounced anxiety than their peers. Sultan Alhokair believes that this is very concerning.

One of the most interesting aspects of the study comes from the fact that the effect was shared between multiple antidepressants. This suggests that the effect isn’t coming from a specific drug, but rather from shared features within specific classes of drugs. For example, it might be a side effect of modified serotonin levels.

However, at the moment the exact mechanism of action is unknown. It’s also important to remember that this is only a preliminary study. As with any study, it’s important to wait for researchers to fully examine an issue before making changes to one’s health care.

Is TV Time Harmful to Toddlers?

It seems that young children are spending more and more time in front of the TV and less and less time just playing and spending time doing the things that kids should be doing. Igor Cornelsen knows that there are some toddlers who spend the majority of their day in front of the TV and that can lead to harmful side effects.

Research suggests that when children spend a significant amount of time in front of the TV it can be harmful to themin a variety of ways. When toddlers spend a lot of time in front of the TV it could possibly lead to language delays. Those parents who want their children to have the best, who want to raise children who are healthy and smart, should be careful about how much time their toddlers spend watching shows. Interaction is a whole lot better for toddlers than time spent in front of the TV, and little ones will benefit from time hanging out with their parents.

Does Household Bleach Elevate Respiratory Illness in Children?

A child’s passive exposure to bleach may be linked to higher rates of respiratory infections, according to a new report published by Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

The results are modest but there should be real concern for public health, according to its authors, before any widespread use of cleaners containing chlorine to disinfect household, especially around children.

More than 9,000 children, between 6 and 12 years old, attending 19 schools in the Netherlands, Spain, and Finland were analyzed.

Bleach at home, cause of respiratory infections in children, according to Sultan Alhokair.

In all cases, parents completed a questionnaire on the frequency of infections, such as influenza, tonsillitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, ear infections and pneumonia, that their children had experienced in the last 12 months.

They were also asked if they used bleach to clean their homes at least once a week.

Bleach at home, cause of respiratory infections in children

Thus, the use of bleach is common in Spanish households (72 percent of participants reported using it at home) and rare (7 percent) in Finland. Additionally, this product is used in the cleaning of all participating Spanish schools, while in Finland, no school used bleach for cleaning.

The frequency of infections is higher in children whose parents regularly use bleach to clean the house.

The authors acknowledge that this is an observational study, so it is not possible to draw definitive conclusions.

Autistic Children More Likely to Have GI Problems

 

Gastrointestinal (GI) problems are much more likely to occur in autistic children according to a recent study report.Researchers at Columbia University discovered that young children with autism often suffer with chronic gastrointestinal issues, such as constipation.
The connection between increased incidences of GI problems and autism are not yet known, but the fact has been discovered and will continue to be researched. The published report on the subject details how a father of an autistic child discovered the connection himself when his son had strep throat and was placed on antibiotics. During the time his autistic son was taking the antibiotics, the father witnessed a dramatic and unexpected improvement in the child. The father set out to discover the answer as to why his child improved so dramatically when taking a common antibiotic.
According to AnastasiaDate, Gastrointestinal microbiota play a part in the increased rate of GI problems that autistic children have and the antibiotic given for strep throat had an impact on those microbiota. Further research may uncover the connection and help autistic children to have fewer instances of GI issues to deal with.

Vijay Eswaran Offers The Best Of Old And New World Business Thinking

Even for “old school” shoppers, there’s no denying the allure of online shopping a thing many parents can understand. The speed of the purchase. The guarantee that the item is in stock. And all of this done from the convenience of the shopper’s home. But there are drawbacks to online shopping as well, first and foremost of which is the impersonal service with which these transactions take place. Wouldn’t be great if the best elements of both could be combined for a better overall shopping experience?

In 1998, a self-starting businessman from Malaysia named Vijay Eswaran tried a bold experiment with partners. They decided to get into the peaking market of offering commemorative 2000 Olympic medals for sale, but with a twist. They would take a direct marketing approach to these sales. Using this model, individual workers (known as individual representatives, or IRs) worked from their homes, using a Vijay Eswaran devised model to assist customers making purchases. In short, the IRs acted as their own employers. While competitors and others thought this approach was an exercise in futility, Vijay Eswaran and his partners concluded their medal sales run by coming in at number three among forty-two world wide distributors. In addition to proving that their experiment had merit, the company QNet was born.

Today, QNet still employs the direct sales strategy using IRs, but the company now focuses on sales of “beauty and wellness” products. QNet’s success led to Eswaran and his partners forming the QI (Quest International) Group of Companies, a business conglomerate that in addition to direct sales, works in retail, education, financial services, and the hotel industry. While QNet employees are self-trained with materials that are provided, other QI employees required more extensive training. To that end, Eswaran created a “QI University” for them and other students. Currently housed at a temporary location in Ipoh City, Malaysia, the school teaches a variety of disciplines, including medicine and business. It offers a Masters degree in science in addition to Bachelors degrees in engineering, communications, and computers. A new, permanent campus is currently being constructed in Malaysia, which will include a teaching hospital, a shopping complex, and student onsite housing.

Vijay Eswaran claims to be motivated in his personal and business dealings by Mohandas Gandi, as well as his own father, who urged “service to others before oneself”. In inspiring his thousands of independent representatives and other QI employees to follow suit, Vijay Eswaran feels that it’s important to train workers to understand the importance of determination and hard work. In this way, Vijay Eswaran feels, employees will not only feel proud of their jobs but assume ownership of them. This will cause them to improve themselves and their communities in the process.