McDonald’s Set To Begin Serving Breakfast All Day

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(PCM) In what is definitely a business move to combat declining sales revenue, McDonald’s has made the announcement that many of their restaurants will begin serving breakfast around the clock.  The new all-day breakfast menu will go into effect in 14,300 McDonald’s locations on October 6.

The topic was voted on and approved by a franchisees in a meeting last week and was confirmed by the franchisee leadership council to go into effect. However, the change will not be cheap for the company as they will not have to install additional grills, as well as, additional toasters because the breakfast and lunch food need to be kept separately and cooked at varying temperatures.

A majority of the restaurants have already purchased the necessary equipment and feel that the increase of sales from serving a breakfast menu 24-hours a day will more than make up for the additional equipment costs. Consumers have been asking for years for McDonald’s to serve all-day breakfast and now they have finally gotten their wish.

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Hot, Humid Weather Affects More Than Just Your Hair

Everyone knows that humidity wreaks havoc on your hair, but did you know that it also affects your skin? Hot, humid air can take a toll on your skin, reducing the body’s natural moisturizing oils and causing dry skin. But at the same time, the sticky, humid weather makes your skin sweat more, and sweat that doesn’t evaporate can lead to clogged pores, acne and other unsightly problems. So what can you do about it?

Make sure you’re showering every morning to rid your body of any sweat and moisture produced overnight. Wash your face first thing in the morning and again at night, and if you find that you’re especially oily mid-afternoon, wash it again or keep face wipes on hand at work. Blotting sheets will also help clear some of the moisture and oil from your face.

You also want to make sure you’re still moisturizing. You might think moisture is the last thing your skin needs in the summer, but in high humidity, the skin’s production of natural moisturizing oils is reduced. This can lead to dryness, inflammation and skin flaking. According to Eucerin, our skin becomes more permeable in hot, humid weather, allowing more moisture to escape. Make sure you continue your moisturizing routine, applying lotion after your shower and using a light face moisturizer with SPF.

If you’re house is particularly humid, or if you’re not big on air conditioning, invest in a quality dehumidifier. They can make a big difference, even if you just turn it on while you’re sleeping!

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Signs You’re Way Too Stressed: Nosebleeds, Vomiting and Other Weird Symptoms

Stress is unavoidable, and sadly, even stress in children is on the rise. Aside from the obvious signs of anxiety, such as headaches, muscle tension, sleep problems, irritability, etc., there are additional symptoms caused by stress that you may not even realize are linked.

Here are six weird signs you’re way too stressed out:

#1: Vomiting. According to Rodale, stress and anxiety can trigger vomiting and a condition called “cyclic vomiting syndrome,” in which people experience nausea and vomiting over an extended period of time. It often starts at the same time every day.

#2: Hair loss. There are two conditions associated with stress-induced hair loss: alopecia areata and telogen effluvium. The former is an autoimmune disorder, and the latter is linked to a stressful event.

# 3: Nosebleeds. A 2001 article in the British Medical Journal suggests that stressful events lead to spikes in blood pressure, which can trigger nosebleeds.

# 4: Memory loss. Chronic stress can expose the hippocampus, the area of the brain that controls your short-term memory, to high levels of cortisol, which can inhibit your ability to remember things. Fatigue and sleep problems are other causes of stress, and let’s face it, when you’re sleep deprived you’re usually not at your best.

# 5: Weakened immunity. If you’re constantly stressed, this one probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Stress shrinks your thymus gland, the gland that produces infection-fighting white blood cells, among other harmful effects on your immune system.

If that weren’t enough to get your stress under control, it’s important to understand that left unchecked, stress can contribute to serious health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Stress kills! Get it under control with these tips!

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Misting Showers Installed At Auschwitz Memorial Are Met With Controversy

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(PCM) The Auschwitz Memorial in Poland is being met with some controversy after the decision was made to install misting stations outside the memorials front entrance as a way to battle an extreme heat wave that has been affecting the area.

Auschwitz was once known as the largest Nazi concentration camp in Poland and now visitors are comparing the newly installed misting stations to the gas chamber “showers” that were used to kill the Jews during World War II.

In response to the controversy the museum addressed concerns via Facebook saying that due to the fact that guests waiting to visit the museum must stand in direct sunlight while waiting for entry cards and there is no shade there have been several incidents of fainting episodes and the museum felt that they needed to take action for the safely of museum visitors.

The museum also goes on to explain that they can not comment on any suggested historical references and say that this misting sprinklers in no way resemble showers or the fake showers installed by the Germans in some of the gas chambers, which were not actually used to deliver gas into the chambers. Instead Zyklon B was released into the gas chambers in a very different way. It was released through holes in the ceiling or airtight drops in the walls.

What do you think? Should the museum be concerned about guest sensitivity or are the misting stations a good idea?

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Newlyweds Create An Epic Music Video Montage In Just One Take!

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(PCM) On the internet there have been a ton of amazing dance videos filmed at weddings, but none quite as epic as the one filmed by newlyweds Robert and Theresa where they managed to involve all of their guests in on the fun.

The couple celebrated their nuptials by having all of their 250 guests join them in the filming of an amazing mash-up music video shot in only one take. Opening things up with “Love Is An Open Door” from Frozen and blasting through hits such as “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, “Sugar” by Maroon 5, and of course “Gangnam Style” by Psy the pair danced and partied their way around the entire banquet hall.  They truly did an fabulous job!

The couple’s wedding guests only had about 10 minutes to prepare for the video shoot and were give instructions in manila envelopes taped under their seats.

The couple own a ninja-themed sushi restaurant in Orlando, Florida and friends say they are know to go “all out” and certainly enjoy crazy!  Since the video was uploaded it has already gone viral and has racked up well over 1 million views and counting on YouTube!

We definitely need an invite to their next party!

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Is There a Happiness Gene?

(PCM) Yes…but only in women!

Researchers at the University of South Florida, Columbia University, and the New York State Psychiatry Institute found that low-expression of the gene MAOA (monoamine oxidase A) is associated with higher levels of happiness in adult females – but not in men.

According to the study, the MAOA gene works similarly to antidepressants by targeting the enzyme that breaks down the same neurotransmitters that many antidepressants target!

Lead author, Henian Chen, MD, PhD, said, “This is the first happiness gene for women. I was surprised by the result, because low expression of MAOA has been related to some negative outcomes like alcoholism, aggressiveness and antisocial behavior. It’s even called the warrior gene by some scientists, but, at least for women, our study points to a brighter side of this gene.”

So it’s not all good news, but it does offer some explanation as to why women report more anxiety and mood disorders than men, but more happiness, too.

The study of nearly 350 men and women found that women with the low-expression type of MAOA were much happier than women without copies, and women with two copies were even happier. Though the gene was also found in men, it did not make them any happier. Researchers explain that low expression of the gene encourages elevated levels of monoamine, which results in higher quantities of neurotransmitters remaining in the brain, thus improving mood. But why doesn’t it affect men the same way? Chen and her team point to higher testosterone levels found in men, which can possibly neutralize the happiness effects of MAOA.

However, the MAOA gene isn’t the only gene affecting our level of happiness. In fact, according to Medical News Today, previous studies have shown that our genes are likely responsible for 35% to 50% of the variations in people’s happiness!

“I think the time is right for more genetic studies that focus on well-being and happiness,” adds Chen. “Certainly it could be argued that how well-being is enhanced deserves at least as much attention as how (mental) disorders arise; however, such knowledge remains limited.”

Interesting!

Source: Medical News Today

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