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White House: Hagel To Be Nominated As Defense Secretary

President Obama plans to nominate former senator Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican and Vietnam War veteran, to be secretary of defense, according to a person close to the process and a senior administration official.

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Sharon Vining:Adipotide – Weight loss for obese cancer patients


Obesity is a problem which affects almost 50 percent of all Americans.  The 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Exam Survey showed 68% of Americans over the age of 20 were overweight or obese.  This is an increase from the 1988 survey which found 56% were overweight or obese.

Obesity and the risk of cancer have been associated with the following cancers: 

·         esophagus      

·         pancreas

·         colon

·         rectum

·         breast

·         endometrium

·         kidney

·         thyroid

·         gallbladder


 An association between obesity and co-morbidities are as follows:

·          diabetes

·         all cardiovascular diseases (except CHF)

·         asthma

·         gallbladder disease

·         osteoarthritis

·         chronic back pain

Obesity by the numbers

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Apps In Demand

A tepid tech job market still has hot spots: The last quarter of 2012 was marked by wide-scale layoffs in the computer chip industry. Yet at the same time, software firms here, including a number of dynamic start-ups in the Internet and cellular software fields, continue to recruit new staff at a fast clip, and at handsome starting salaries. A 2012 industry survey reveals that demand for research and development and start-up workers in the chip industry declined by 10 percent, according to the Ethosia human resources firm, while salaries in the sector remained flat. On the other hand, demand for cellphone app developers for the iOS and Android operating systems grew during the year 25 percent.

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Pap Tests Going To Waste

While younger females (under 30) are receiving regular screening with the country's current suggestions, 60% of women keep getting consistent Pap tests even after undergoing a total hysterectomy.

The findings came from two different reports by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and were published in CDC'S Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Women aged 21 and older should receive a Pap test screening every three years, according to suggestions in 2012 by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American Cancer Society. They advised women not to receive screening every year.

These groups also said that the majority of women who have had a total hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and uterine cervix) for reasons other than cancer do not need to be screened. Females older than 65 who have received many normal test results in the past were not recommended to be screened either.

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Sharon Vining: In Search Of The Perfect Diet

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology the top New Year’s resolution for 2012 is to lose weight. So what is the next step?

Do your homework!

Losing “weight” is probably the wrong objective. Losing weight can be done one of three ways: the loss of fat, muscle or fluid. Losing fat while maintaining muscle mass would be a better objective. This can be tricky because the body will try to hold onto the fat by decrease the metabolism rate. Which is a bummer for anyone who has ever tried to lose weight.

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Fewer Miles = Lower BMI

Cutting car travel can be as effective as reducing calories in lowering body mass index (BMI), according to research published online Dec. 5 in Preventive Medicine.

Banafsheh Behzad, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and colleagues analyzed BMI data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS; 1984–2010), vehicle miles traveled data (1970–2009) from the Federal Highway Administration, licensed drivers data (1970–2009) from the Federal Highway Administration, and adult average daily caloric intake data (1970–2009) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A statistical model to provide an estimate of changes in the average adult BMI associated with changes in automobile travel and caloric intake was proposed.

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Best Buy Ex-employee Vents On Blog

He took the job to become a tech support guru, but what he got in return were nothing but headaches.
A jaded former Best Buy employee crafted a 1,100-word blog post shortly after quitting - and dishing the dirt on the electronics giant.
In a piece posted to the Tape Noise Diary blog on Sunday, user JayCruz writes that he had high hopes after scoring a job with the Geek Squad in 2009 after attending technical school.

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Immigration Reform, Promises, Promises

This year we saw a great divide in the nation on the issue of immigration reform.
Much of the concern surrounds the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country — the majority of whom are from Mexico and Latin American countries, and about 10 percent from Asia.
President Obama won office again with 71 percent of the Latino vote. He has called pledge to reform current immigration law.

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Quadrantid Meteor Shower Jan 2-4


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China Following Western Lead On Internet Privacy


China's top legislative body has vowed to develop a law on Internet administration to protect netizen's personal information and clean up information-related crimes in cyberspace, says an article in Beijing News Daily. Excerpts:

Spam emails, junk phone calls and leaks of personal information are the most common annoyances for Internet users. The endless disturbances from unsolicited contacts, including salespeople, real estate agents and insurance companies seems impossible to deal with after the rapid development of the Internet over the past decade. The continual harassment of junk information infringes on people's legal rights and makes people feel helpless.


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