Charity Finds A Unique Way To Battle Censors For Breast Self-Exam Video

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(PCM) The anti-breast cancer charity MACMA has found quite a unique way to battle internet censors when posting a video demonstrating the proper way to conduct a breast self-exam. Many tutorial videos for breast self-exams are blocked or pulled down from the internet due to complaints about indecency, as most social networking sites have policies against featuring images of topless women.

After tiring of having their videos removed, MACMA came up with a new approach. They decided to use a male model to create their demonstration video, as apparently male breasts are really not all that different. Way to stick it to the internet censors! Check out their creative video below:

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World Health Day, April 7

At-World-health-dayWorld Health Day is celebrated yearly on April 7 by all countries that are involved with the World Health Organization.  The World Health Organization, also known as WHO, held the first world health general assembly in 1948.  It was at this meeting that it was decided to celebrate World Health Day on April 7.  World Health Day began being celebrated in 1950.

The intention of World Health Day is to draw specific attention to a different health issue each year.  Here is a listing of a few areas of health that have been spotlighted on World Health Day; 2013 Healthy Heart Beat, Healthy Blood Pressure, 2005 Make Every Mother and Child Count, 2004 Road Safety, 2001 Mental Health Stop Exclusion Learn to Care, 1997 Emerging infectious Diseases.  By being aware of the topic of World Health Day and looking into what WHO is trying to teach you may save yourself or someone else.

What can you do on April 7th?  Find out what the World Health Day topic is, do some research and see if it affects you, your family or your community.  Many people go years without taking proper care of themselves.  Use World Health Day to do a check list of where you and your family are standing with your health.  If you’re a woman, are you getting your mammograms done as you are supposed to?  If you’re a man, are you getting your prostate checked as you are supposed to?  It is probably safe to say that women do a lot better with their breasts then men do with their prostates.  Guys the whole thing takes less than minute, man up.

Yearly blood work should be done on everyone.  Diabetes is rapidly becoming a major health crisis.  Are you at risk?  Do you know if you know the factors that would make you at risk?

Inventory your diet.  Are you eating well?  Can you do better?  Can you afford not to do better?  No one needs to say again that obesity is a major issue in The United States.  World health Day is a great day to make some changes towards a healthier lifestyle for both you and your loved ones.

Eating healthy, proper care of your skin, eye exams, dental exams, driving with your seatbelt on and your cell phone off, exercise, and strong relationships all make for a healthy person.  A Happy World Health Day can also mean a happy you.

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Fat-Shaming Billboard In England Featuring A Cartoon Alien Creates An Uproar

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(PCM) A billboard for the gym, Fit4Less, in England is creating an uproar, as people are taking offense and the company is being accused of fat-shaming. The billboard in question features a fit-looking cartoon alien standing next to a UFO with the text “They’re coming … and when they arrive they’ll take the FAT ones first”.

Many people are having a hard time finding the humor in the ad and are outraged claiming that it is just another form of bullying and it made them feel very self-conscious. A representative of Fit4Less claims that the billboard in question was only meant to be harmless humor and claim that they don’t take themselves too seriously. They said “There is such a thing as being overweight and healthy, not everyone has to be skinny.”

Either way the billboard is certainly stirring up controversy, however the company has no plans to have the sign removed. Do you think the billboard is a form of fat-shaming/bullying or just harmless tongue-in-cheek humor?

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Rock Music Being Used To Maximize The Efficiency Of Cancer Drug Delivery

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(PCM) Vibrations caused by rock music have been found to increase a drug’s therapeutic window by creating a Teflon-like coating over the micro particles used in drug delivery.

Researchers from the University of South Australia used AC/DC’s Thunderstruck to cause porous silicon micro particles to bounce in the air, which allowed for the entire structure to be coated with a plasma polymer overlay.

Senior research author Professor Nico Voelcker said completely coating a micro particle was difficult but essential in ensuring the optimal amount of a drug was delivered to the cancer cell.

“The micro particles are porous, basically they are like a sponge. You fill them up with a drug, but of course you want to prevent the drug from escaping, and that is why we create the coating,” he said

“Normally we would ignite a plasma onto the surface. The problem with doing that is you only form the coating on one side of the particle, the side that is exposed. But the side of the particle on the surface, the other side, is not going to get coated.”

“That is where we came up with the idea of using a loud speaker that we would play into the system. We would turn that loudspeaker to a song that it would vibrate and the particles would bounce up and down. The chaotic frequencies worked well and gave you a more homogenous coating.”

Researchers filled the micro particles with a chemotherapy drug called camptothecin and found that when it was coated using the rock vibrations there was a markedly slower release of the cytotoxic drug. This effect correlated positively with the plasma polymer coating times, ranging from two-fold up to more than 100-fold, revealing a significant time delay in cell death onset.

Professor Voelcker said although the technique had so far only been used on anti-cancer drugs were, it could potentially be used for other treatments.

“This is something that has not been done before, particularly not with plasma coatings,” he said. “We only tried this with a chemotherapy drug that we use for the treatment of cancer because you can visualise it so easily. We might end up using different types of drugs; we might use drugs that are anti-inflammatory or antibiotic. It was just one model application for us.”

“We have done some work with cells and now we will move on to the next stage of research.” Professor Voelcker said the use of the Australian rock band’s song Thunderstruck was intentional because he felt it was a perfect fit for the study because of its upbeat tempo and title. “Plasma is the fourth stage of matter, it is an ionised gas,” Prof Voelcker said.

“We used a cold plasma, but an example of a hot plasma would be the rays of thunder. We ended up using Thunderstruck because we liked how it linked thunder and plasma gas.” The proof of concept paper was co-authored by Dr Steven McInnes and Thomas Michl from the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute.

The article titled “Thunderstruck”: Plasma-Polymer-Coated Porous Silicon Microparticles As a Controlled Drug Delivery System was published in the American Chemistry Society.

South Australia’s capital Adelaide has three-long standing public universities, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of South Australia each of which are consistently rated highly in the international higher education rankings.

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Hazmat Team Evacuates Seattle Church Over AXE Body Spray Stench

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(PCM) Men often think that dousing themselves in an overwhelming amount of AXE body spray is a good thing. We are here to tell you, it’s not! Seriously! In fact, a church/daycare center in Seattle, Washington was recently evacuated due to what was described as “cough inducing fumes” in the building, caused by … you guessed it, a can of AXE body spray!

Firefighters who showed up to the scene were unaware that the AXE body spray was the cause for the obnoxious fumes and they quickly evacuated the building and called in the hazmat team. When finally reaching the source of the stench the firefighters discovered a backpack that had been left in the church’s bathroom that contained a can of AXE. It is not clear whether or not the can had been leaking or someone had just decided to spray way, way too much on their way out.

Either way, the firefighters and hazmat team declared the situation non-hazardous and everyone was allowed to re-enter building. Let’s hope they opened a ton of windows, and we are not sure we completely agree with that whole non-hazardous part! Have you ever smelled AXE, if so, you will completely understand!

 

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Lush Soap Is Spawning Plants In User’s Shower And Sink Drains

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(PCM) Lush Cosmetics company is known for their all-natural luxury bath and beauty products, however we didn’t realize they were getting into the gardening business as well. Customers who purchased Lush’s Wiccy Magic Muscles massage soap bar were surprised to see small green plants beginning to sprout up from their sink and shower drains after using the product.

Not all Lush products will spawn a shower garden, it is really only the massage bars that have beans or seeds in them, such as aduki beans that can grow plants that are over 2 feet high without any need for soil. The directions for using the Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar do say to rub the soap over dry skin first, people of course don’t listen and that leads to the beans becoming loosened from the bar and falling down the drains.

It certainly proves the fact that Lush uses incredibly fresh ingredients. Lush co-founder and product inventor Hellen Ambrosen commented “In order for the beans to germinate, they must have been left in the shower for a few days. The results you get just go to show how fresh the ingredients really are.”

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