Looking At Tiny Screens Could Hurt Your Eyes



Millions of Americans spend much of their waking hours with their eyes fixated on computers, cell phones and television screens all the while scarcely noticing the fact that using them for extended lengths of time is putting a tremendous strain on their eyes.

According to a Japanese study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association – Ophthalmology, using computers for a protracted number of hours strains the eyes leading to a decrease in a fluid important to eye health.

Researchers selected 96 young and middle aged Japanese office workers for a study of the frequency of eye problems in people who use computers.

The research team collected tear samples from the participants and information about their eye problems (if any), using questionnaires as well as a diagnostic exam for the presence of dry eye disease.

The study demonstrated that mucin 5AC (MUC5AC) concentrations - a protein in human tears - was lower among people with eye strain and those whom used computers for a long period of time. Moreover, people with dry eye disease tended to have lower concentrations of mucin 5AC than people without the disease.

Ophthalmologists and optometrists are very familiar with a condition known as Chronic Vision Syndrome (CVS) which increasingly effects computer and cell phone users.

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), computer glare and reflections on the screen forces the eyes to work harder.

Added to this is the fact that texts and images on computer screens are viewed at different angles than on printed paper; this forces the eyes to focus and move in ways that are potentially damaging to them.

People who already suffer from astigmatism, far sightedness, and aging can worsen CVS.

According to the AOA, people who spend two or more hours in front of a computer are most susceptible to CVS.

According to Penn Medicine, the following symptoms are characteristic of CVS

  • dry, itchy, red eyes
  • blurred vision
  • headaches
  • neck aches
  • muscle fatigue
  • back aches

According to the AOA, Chronic Vision Syndrome can be diagnosed through eye exams which look at patient history, measurements of visual acuity, refraction, as well as tests that for eye focus, movement and how well they work together.

While the condition usually isn't permanent, if the problem is not corrected, the symptoms of CVS can worsen over time, and possibly even prevent future use of computers and cell phones.

Penn Medicine ophthamologists say that CVS symptoms can be reduced by following a few simple steps including

  1. Reduction of computer glare. Placing a hood on the computer monitor, adjusting the contrast and brightness of the screen and making the room a little darker could improve eye focus.
  2. Keeping your distance from the computer. Keep the computer at arm's length ca reduce eye strain.
  3. Placing the computer four to eight inches below the eyes in order to reduce itchiness, dry eyes and neck strain.
  4. Maintaining good posture. Sit in a chair with a back rest, and make sure to that the your forearms on the arm rests are kept at a 90 degree angle.
  5. Taking a break. Spending lengthy amounts of time at the computer isn't healthy. Blinking the eyes can prevent them from becoming dry and irritated. Standing up can give your muscles a chance to relax.
  6. Maintaining a clean, humidified work environment. Dust and low humidity can dry out the eyes, and make them more irritated. Working in a location that is dust-free and humidified can be helpful to your eyes.

Most folks rely so much on computers and cell phones that they tend to ignore some of the dangers it could potentially do to their eyes.

But we must never take our vision for granted, because if we don't take care of our eyes, we may lose them forever.


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Article References

Uchino Y, Uchino M, Yokoi N, Dogru M, Kawashima M, Okada N, Inaba T, Tamaki S, Komuro A, Sonomura Y, Kato H, Argüeso P, Kinoshita S, & Tsubota K (2014). Alteration of tear mucin 5AC in office workers using visual display terminals: The Osaka Study. JAMA ophthalmology, 132 (8), 985-92 PMID: 24903353

Computer Vision Syndrome http://www.pennmedicine.org/ophthalmology/patient-care/eye-diseases/computer-vision-syndrome.html

Computer Vision Syndrome http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/protecting-your-vision/computer-vision-syndrome?sso=y

Mucin 5AC - wikipedia.org


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Research Scientists Are Investigating New Treatments To Prevent Heart Disease



Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women in the United States. In fact, 610,000 people in the US die from cardiovascular disease every year; that's 1 out of every 4 Americans!

Needless to say, our nation needs new treatments for this deadly disease.

This study trial will test the effectiveness of Epanova, a drug already approved by the FDA for treatment of patients with severely high triglycerides to see if it can successfully treat people with moderately high triglycerides.

As a CureClick Ambassador I want to share this information with my readers because it could be helpful for medically treating people who are at risk of heart problems.

For more information visit the research trial sponsor's website.

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Important info you need to know:

Patients must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be currently taking a statin
  • have high cholesterol

Patients must not:

  • have an allergy to fish, shellfish, omega-3 fatty acid, or corn oil
  • currently be on dialysis

The research study will require 13,000 participants, so please see if you qualify.

For those of you whom are not familiar with clinical trials, here's some information that you can use:

What Are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are research studies to determine whether investigational drugs or treatments are safe and effective for humans.

All investigational devices and medicines must undergo several clinical trials, often times these clinical trials require thousands of people.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

People whom are eligible will have access to new investigational treatments that would be available to the general public only upon approval.

People whom are eligible for clinical trials will also receive study-related medical care and attention from clinical staff at research facilities.

Clinical trials offer hope for many people and gives researchers a chance to find better treatment for others in the future.


Disclaimer: I am not participating in this clinical trial. I am providing this information to my readers as a CureClick Ambasssador. Click on the links below to learn about my relationship with Cureclick and why I'm talking about clinical trials.



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Advice to Those Who Don’t Know How to Cook

Advice to Those Who Don’t Know How to Cook

Submitted by: Cedric P Loiselle

Most of us are too busy to ever have time in the kitchen. When was the last time you cooked for your family or even for yourself? If you can’t answer this question, you are probably one of those people who would just grab a burger on their way to work and go home and have pizza for dinner. Maybe you did not go to cooking school and could not even boil potatoes or make omelets. So, you have canned beans in your cupboard and you would rather find yourself dining at a nearby eatery. However, it is worthwhile to learn how to work in the kitchen. It’s very beneficial.

The first thing to understand is that cooking doesn’t have to take ages. What puts off many people from working in the kitchen is that they think it always takes a lot of time. If you don’t want to be late for school or work, you can prepare quick recipes that don’t even take ten minutes. Have you tried preparing quick quesadilla and mashed avocado or egg omelet?

Don’t be put off by mistakes. Disasters can happen in the kitchen. Even chefs make mistakes, so don’t fret if you failed on your first attempt to cook beef steak. Cooking major recipes can be really scary, but as the cliché goes, practice makes perfect. But please do not serve your practice recipes to your guests.

Invest in good cooking utensils. If you want to be a good cook, you have to have the right materials. Starters need to have measuring instruments, different types of knives, a chopping board, pans, cooking pots, spatula, ladle, meat tenderizer, and so many more. You don’t need to buy all together at once. And just because you don’t have a mixer doesn’t mean you cannot cook anymore. You can always use something else. If you don’t have an electric egg beater, you can use a fork.

Go to a cooking school. While you can learn recipes by reading cook books, there is nothing better than learning through demonstrations and actual applications. Where else can you see demos aside from cooking schools? There are a lot of schools to go to. And right now, there are available online cooking courses. Cooking lessons are exciting for those who have no background in cooking but are very willing to learn the art.

Perhaps being good in math is a plus if you want to learn the basics of cooking. Instructions most likely include measurements. If a recipe is good for 8 persons, and there are only four of you, you probably should halve the amount of each ingredient. Go back to the basics of learning how many tablespoons there are in a cup or how many grams there are in a kilogram. You will be glad to have come across this reminder when you double or halve a recipe.

Most dishes follow quite a predictable pattern. If you read a lot of cook books and observe a lot of cooks, you will notice that many dishes start with heating oil in a pan and sautéing onions and garlic. Then, add the beaten eggs or the chicken breasts. The rest is history.

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Being What We Want to See

Being What We Want to See

Being What We Want to See

By: Norma Schmidt

My parents had just come home from a farmer's market and noticed an extra bag of peaches.

"You have to take these back," my mom told my dad. "WE HAVE KIDS. We can't keep something we didn't pay for."

My mother was putting her finger on an essential truth: Kids absorb the values they see adults putting into action.

Ever notice how quickly kids spot any inconsistency between what we say and what we do? Long before kids can spell "hypocrisy," they notice when our actions fall short of our words.

"Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you," author Robert Fulghum says.

Kids need to see us "walking the talk."


If you volunteer in your child's school, you might have noticed that savvy teachers practice "being what they want to see" in their students.

These teachers encourage respect by speaking respectfully to their students, even when correcting them. They teach self-control by sticking to "indoor voices" in the classroom, especially in situations that could provoke angry shouting.

"Being what we want to see" isn't always easy - though perhaps it's easier with other people's children!

At home one day, I found myself shouting "STOP YELLING!" at the top of my lungs. I caught the inconsistency between my words and behavior about two seconds before my child commented on it.


If we vent our anger through yelling, put-downs or sarcasm, that's how our kids will learn to handle their anger.

I once heard a preschool teacher say that by listening to the children, she could tell exactly how their mothers spoke to their husbands!

If we respond to unpleasant situations with kindness, self-control and respect, then our kids will learn that.

Not all at once, and not perfectly. But surely.

And that extra bag of peaches?

Soon after my dad left to return them, the phone rang.

"We stopped by, but you weren't home," my grandmother said. "Did you get the bag of peaches we left you?"

We all shared a big laugh when my dad got home. And more than 35 years later, whenever a clerk makes an error in my favor, I remember the peaches.


Author Bio
Norma Schmidt, M.A., M.Div., is a parent of two and a former Lutheran minister with experience as a pastor and a cancer center chaplain. She gives workshops on parenting and on living with illness. To get her free report, "61 Great Ways to Teach Kids About Money," visit www.ParentCafeOnline.com/pages/53/index.htm

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Aromatherapy for Hair Loss-Top Eight Essential Oils to Promote Growth

Aromatherapy for Hair Loss-Top Eight Essential Oils to Promote Growth

Aromatherapy for Hair Loss-Top Eight Essential Oils to Promote Growth

Losing my hair, handfuls at a time until I was practically bald was a painful experience for me. Fortunately I was able to overcome my hair loss and re grow my hair through the use of aromatherapy.

Learning about aromatherapy soon became my passion and my field of study. For fifteen years now I have been able to control my hair loss and maintain healthy hair with aromatherapy.

There are approximately 200 essential oils in use today. Of those, about 35 are commonly used for scalp and hair. Most people who work with essential oils settle into about 10 or 15 oils they can't live without. This article contains what I consider to be the top eight essential
oils to stimulate and maintain hair growth.

BASIL, (Ocimum basilicum). Basil oil is a powerful scalp stimulator. When applied to the scalp you can actually "feel" it working. It produces a warm, slightly tingling sensation. When I use basil I don't have to use a conditioner. My hair rinses out smooth, tangle free and squeaky clean. I've noticed that basil, more than any other essential oil, makes my hair look shiny, healthy and thicker.

CARROT SEED, (Daucus carota). Carrot seed oil is superior for hair and skin that is in need of nourishment, moisture and elasticity. It is indicated for alopecia areata, fragile hair, brittle hair and falling hair. It is calming to the skin and scalp. Carrot seed oil is rich in beta-carotene, vitamins A, B1, B2, and C, essential fatty acids and other nutrients. It is expensive and harder to find than most essential oils. Although some people find it pleasing, I am not particularly fond of the scent; but I am fond of the results!

CYPRESS, (Cupressus sempervirens). Imagine your self in a quiet forest surrounded by tall Cypress tress. The aroma of cypress oil can transport you to that soothing place. Cypress is used to reduce oiliness in the scalp and is good for dandruff. I use cypress if I am making a nighttime scalp formula that I will leave in while I sleep. It clears the mind and prepares it for sleep. It is important to use only the smallest amount (1 drop) in your formula or it could have the opposite effect. I like to blend it with orange and lavender in a base of jojoba.

LAVENDER, (lavendula vera) Lavender oil is a standard in hair and skin care. It has cell-regenerating properties. It is used to promote hair growth and to prevent future loss. It is effective for all hair types. Because it has the ability to regulate sebum production, it is useful for either oily or dry scalp. Lavender is often paired with rosemary in scalp and hair formulas. Together they produce an outstanding synergy for hair care.

LEMON, (Citrus limon) the essential oil comes from the rind, which is high in Vitamins A, B and C. Lemon oil is very versatile. It can be used for dry or oily hair because it helps to regulate sebum production. It is anti-aging and promotes cell-regeneration. It helps to restore the hair's natural ph level. Lemon oil can produce a healthy shine, especially to blonde hair.

PEPPERMINT, (Mentha piperita) If I could only have one essential oil for my hair it would be peppermint. It is refreshing and invigorating, excellent to use in the morning to get the day started! Peppermint produces a cool, tingling feeling as it energizes the scalp. It is used to promote hair growth, for dandruff and itchy scalp.

ROSEMARY, (Rosmarinus officinalis) Rosemary oil is very well known for it's superior hair care qualities. For hair care, it is probably used more often than any other essential oil, especially to promote hair growth. It is a powerful scalp stimulator for hair loss and to strengthen thinning hair. It is also used to shine and condition hair and to bring out highlights in dark hair.

TEA TREE, (Melaleuca alternifolia) Tea tree oil has become very popular. It is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It is effective against any type of fungal condition of scalp such as ringworm. It is used to heal infections and to reduce itchiness. It removes build-up on the scalp and helps rejuvenate dull lifeless hair. It leaves hair soft, clean and manageable. Tea tree has a strong, clan medicinal scent.

It is important to know and follow all safety guidelines before using any aromatherapy products. Essential oils must be diluted properly before applying to skin. Certain oils cannot be used if certain medical conditions are present. Enlisting the help of a trained professional aromatherapist can help ensure a safe and effective formula.

Author Bio
Melanie Vonzabuesnig is the author of Hair Loss in Women... Getting to the Root of the Problem. She is passionate about empowering women with information and solutions involving female hair loss

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Omega 3 fish oil EPA and chronic fatigue syndrome the real science

Omega 3 fish oil EPA and chronic fatigue syndrome the real science

Omega 3 fish oil EPA and chronic fatigue syndrome the real science

By: David McEvoy

Since the publication of a book called 'Beat Chronic Fatigue The Natural Way', many people are turning to the natural substance omega 3, and in particular pure ethyl EPA, to help treat the debilitating condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

What is chronic fatigue syndrome?

We all get tired. Many of us have felt depressed at times. But the mysterious chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is not like the normal ups and downs we experience in everyday life. The early sign of this illness is a strong and noticeable fatigue that comes on suddenly and often comes and goes and sometimes, it never stops. You sometimes feel too tired to do normal activities or are easily exhausted with no apparent reason. Unlike the mind fog of a serious hangover, to which researchers have compared CFS, the profound weakness of CFS does not go away with a few good nights of sleep. Instead, it slyly steals your energy and vigour over months and sometimes years.

Who gets chronic fatigue syndrome?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) affects both men and women, and its incidence cuts across wide strata of age as well as racial and socio-economic groups. It was first described in the 1930s; CFS received a flurry of publicity in the mid-1980s when the syndrome was erroneously associated with the Epstein-Barr virus. In the early to mid-1990s it was being described as 'yuppie flu'.

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome

  • muscle aches and pains, especially after physical exertion
  • feeling depressed and emotional
  • poor sleep, difficulty getting off to sleep, frequent wakings, and not feeling refreshed after sleep
  • nausea and loss of appetite
  • a recurrent sore throat, feeling of enlarged glands in the neck which come and go
  • running a slightly high temperature for no apparent reason
  • feeling of faintness and dizziness

Omega 3 fish oil EPA and chronic Fatigue syndrome

The most recent study that has been performed was published in the journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. In the study, doctors from London found that in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome there are high levels of two key chemicals, choline and creatine.

Choline is important for controlling fat levels in brain cells while creatine provides energy.

The doctors said the findings suggested CFS patients had abnormal phospholipid metabolisms. Phospholipids are special types of fats which are an essential component of cells. They are protected by certain types of fatty acids.

The London doctors believed fatty acid supplements could help to restore the chemical imbalance in the brain and alleviate the symptoms of CFS. EPA, which is found in omega 3 fish oil supplements, may be particularly useful.

The leader of the study said: "This study suggests that if patients with CFS take a high-EPA fatty acid supplement, then this should have a beneficial action on the chemical imbalances in the brain which we have identified."

Since this study was published further advances have been made, and the findings released by a leading professor in the United Kingdom state clearly that he considers Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to be a genuine physical illness. The professor describes how he came to conclude that CFS could be successfully treated by supplementation with essential fatty acids, specifically ultra-pure EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and virgin evening primrose oil.

The professor describes the changes in the immune system seen with CFS, as a reduction in natural killer cell activity and a shift from TH1 cell activity toward increased TH2 cell activity, known as a type 2 immune response. He believes that this is best explained by the presence of a pre-existing, long-term, viral infection to which the immune system is reacting.
Using MRI scanning to carry out neurospectroscopy examinations of people with CFS, in order to obtain information about the chemistry of the living brain, the professor demonstrated a clear difference between the brains of people with CFS and 'normal' volunteers; the results indicated a very significant change in the turnover of fatty acids in the cell membranes of CFS sufferers.

Essential fatty acids - linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha linolenic acid (omega-3) - are known as such because they must be acquired from food and cannot be manufactured by the body. The professor explains how viruses can cause the symptoms of CFS by inhibiting a crucial enzyme in the chains that convert these essential fatty acids into other fatty acids required by the body, including GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), EPA and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). This leads to a deficiency in these fatty acids. He believes the resulting lack of EFAs in the body leads to many of the symptoms familiar to CFS sufferers, including tiredness, poor immune response and painful joints.

The professor concluded by saying that by giving patients large amounts of GLA and EPA the effects of the virus can be circumvented and how CFS patients taking high-dose supplements reported improvements in symptoms within 12 weeks. Crucially, the supplement should be DHA-free, which means that the majority of fish oil supplements, which contain both EPA and DHA, are not suitable. The Professor also strongly believes that the type of DHA found in most fish oil supplements inhibits some of the beneficial actions of EPA.


Since both these sets of findings were released, more and more people are turning to high grade ethyl EPA fish oil to help with this debilitating condition. Whether this will lead to a mainstream treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome, and whether it will work for all sufferers, remains to be seen. However, a large majority of people who are trying this as a form of treatment are reporting some very interesting and very good results.


Author Bio

Dave McEvoy: A great resource for high grade ethyl EPA with a concentration strength of 90% and no DHA visit www.mind1st.co.uk

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Calbee North America Recalls Harvest Snap Black Pepper Snap Pea Crisps Due To Undeclared Allergen



According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Calbee  has announced that it is recalling 3,588 cases of Harvest Snap Black Pepper snap pea crisps are in 3.3 oz bags and have Lot Number MAR 31 17 0141 S. According to the company, Harvest Snap Black Pepper snap pea crisps might actually contain Harvest Snap Wasabi Ranch snap pea crisps which contain dairy ingredients. Dairy allergens are undeclared on the Harvest Snap Black Pepper snap pea crisps label.

People who are allergic or sensitive to milk risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The product was sold through Publix Super Market stores in Florida on October 3, 2016 and October 4, 2016.

Calbee said all retail outlets that sell this product have been notified to immediately remove the product with affected date code from their shelves and warehouses.

The company said no illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date and no other Calbee North America products are involved in this recall.

Consumers who have bought this product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions can contact the company at (707) 427-2500 Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time.


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Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Third Time Stupid

Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Third Time Stupid

Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Third Time Stupid

Over the years in recruitment, I have seen many job applicants make the same mistake again and again. This is a fatal mistake that I feel need to be addressed. These are the list of things that you should not do in the event of applying for jobs.

Do not spam the HR executives
A lot of desperate job seekers had been committing this same mistake. If you visit the yahoo groups, you will realize that some of the members are so helpful that they list out all the email addresses of the HR executives and headhunting/recruitment firms. It is really scary as the list comes in hundreds and thousands. Not surprisingly, my email was included in it as we're in the headhunting business as well.

Guess what happens when the hr executives receive your email. Count yourself really lucky if they don't list your email in the spam folder. What have you achieved? Nothing, but you have probably pissed people off. If you are one of those that enjoy broadcasting your resume, you would probably ban yourself from applying for jobs. Most of the established companies have got spam filters installed and even if your email doesn't get picked up by spam filters, your resume is likely banned from their database. Word get around fast and all HR executives normal share a common pull of blacklist resumes.

Do not submit your resume to job portals where anybody can assess
I always receive calls from a lot of jobseekers asking me why they are not able to find job opportunities with large MNCs. It's not as if they do not qualify as some of them do have pretty good credentials. As all these queries piled up, I decided to do some cross reference with some of my clients to find out what was the main problem. Guess what was the reply?

Oh...they have been banned. Why have they been banned, I asked? Well by submitting their resumes to job portals that all employers have full access to (e.g Monster.com), you have just flooded the market with their resumes. You might think it might be a good thing but this should be done only on a last resort. Why is it so? Basically all the recruitment firms accessing that has access to the portal will pick your resume up as well. Imagine 30 or 40 recruitment firms submitting your resume to companies like Microsoft and Accenture. What happens? Your name gets strike off even if you apply directly to the company later.

Do Not Submit Your Resume More Than Once
By submitting your resume more than once you're really getting on people's nerves. A lot of people do not know that. What do you think I do when I receive the same resume 3 or 4 times a day? I delete his email and go to the spam filter and block his email address. That's what most HR executives do as well. Remember, your job is to send a neat & professional resume to make sure that the HR executives can do their job easily. You help them by helping yourself.

Always Indicate The Job Title/Code
Imagine a large MNC who has got 50 different openings. Out comes a resume that does not indicate any intention. What do you think the HR executive will do? Your resume will probably end up in the deleted mail folder. Do you think the HR executive has time to call all the candidates? They might do so if your resume is really well written. Imagine 50 X 100 resumes. The likely chance is that your resume will end up being deleted.

Now you understand the meaning of Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Third Time Stupid. There are so many people who continue to make these glaring mistakes day after day and that is going to impact on their career if they are choosing to join a large and reputable firm. More importantly, you need a good solid resume that bring you far in your career.

To sum it up, these are the things that you shouldn't do to avoid losing the opportunity of joining an MNC.

1 - Do not Spam the HR executives if there are no genuine opportunities advertised.
2 - Do not submit your resume to job portals where anybody can assess.
3 - Do not submit your resume more than once.
4 - Always indicate the job code.

Follow these steps and you stand a better chance of securing a good job.

Author Bio
Edmund Ng is the CEO of a consortium of Headhunting Firms. He manages multiple job portals and the largest IT-Jobs Yahoo Groups in Singapore. He also runs http://www.PurchaseResume.com - a professional resume service provider that has helped more than 700 people get their dream jobs.

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Medical Scientists Investigating New Treatments For Osteoarthritis



Osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common form of arthritis. Affecting nearly 27 million Americans, the disease wreaks havok on the joints. Patients often complain of pain, stiffness and swelling which is caused by degenerative loss of cartilage that acts as a cushion between the joints.

Medical scientists are currently seeking patients for research studies that shall explore better treatment options for OA. 

As a CureClick Ambassador I want to share this information with my readers because it could be helpful for medically treating people who have OA. Patients do not require health insurance or referrals to participate in these studies. But space is limited, so please visit the research sponsor's website to see if you qualify.


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Age Range

At least 18 years of age


For those of you whom are not familiar with clinical trials, here's some information that you can use:

What Are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are research studies to determine whether investigational drugs or treatments are safe and effective for humans.

All investigational devices and medicines must undergo several clinical trials, often times these clinical trials require thousands of people.

Why participate in a clinical trial?

People whom are eligible will have access to new investigational treatments that would be available to the general public only upon approval.

People whom are eligible for clinical trials will also receive study-related medical care and attention from clinical staff at research facilities.

Clinical trials offer hope for many people and gives researchers a chance to find better treatment for others in the future.


Disclaimer: I am not participating in this clinical trial. I am providing this information to my readers as a CureClick Ambasssador. Click on the links below to learn about my relationship with Cureclick and why I'm talking about clinical trials.



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Frito Pie Recipe: Funtabulous Frito Pie

Frito Pie Recipe: Funtabulous Frito Pie

Submitted by: Brandy Summers

This is a great sitting on the couch and watching TV recipe. You’ve got two kinds of chili, onion, cheese, sour cream and of course, corn chips.

1 (15oz.) can chili, no beans
1 (15 oz.) can chili with beans
3/4 cup water
2/3 cup of corn chips
1 cup onion, chopped
3/4 pound cheddar cheese, grated
1 (8 oz.) carton sour cream (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 1 1/2-quart or 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

In a saucepan, combine both cans of chili with water; heat to boiling; stirring occasionally.

Layer 1/2 of the corn chips in the bottom of the casserole dish. Layer on half of the chili mixture. Sprinkle on a 1/2 cup of the onion and half of the grated cheese. Repeat the layers, ending with the cheese.

Bake 25 minutes, or until completely heated. Garnish with scoops of sour cream.

=> Taco Pie Recipe: Tasty Taco Pie

This recipe has an easy-to-make pie crust using crescent rolls. You’ll enjoy this taco pie recipe featuring ground beef, taco seasoning, cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips. Ole!

1 (8 oz.) package refrigerated crescent rolls
1 pound ground beef
1 (1 oz.) package taco seasoning mix
1 (16 oz.) container sour cream
8 oz. Mexican style cheese blend, shredded
1 (14.5 oz.) package tortilla chips, crushed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Layer the crescent dough out flat on the bottom of a square cake pan and bake according to package directions.

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium high heat. Add the taco seasoning; stir well. When the dough is cooked, remove it from the oven and spoon the meat mixture on top. Layer with sour cream and cheese. Top with crushed tortilla chips.

Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes, black olives and guacamole.

=> Meat Pie Recipe: Tamale Pie Recipe

This is one hot tamale of a pie. It goes well with a nice green salad.

1 1/2 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups stewed tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
2 cups whole kernel corn
1 cup sliced black olives
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup green pepper, chopped


1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cheese, shredded


In a skillet, brown the ground beef and onion. Add in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, olives, green pepper and seasonings. Cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour into a well-greased 8x12-inch baking dish.

Prepare Topping: In a bowl, combine the milk, cornmeal, butter and salt; cook until mixture is nice and thick. Add in the eggs and cheese; mix well. Pour over meat mixture.

Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until top is golden brown.

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Preventing the Misconduct of Your Children or Employees

Preventing the Misconduct of Your Children or Employees

Preventing the Misconduct of Your Children or Employees

By: Etienne A. Gibbs

Human behavior, whether that of a child or a grown employee, always stems from a goal or purpose. Starting as a thought, the behavior is further enforced by triggers of the emotions and senses. This behavior, when it is "good", gets us rewards and recognition, while on the other hand, negative, or "bad", behavior creates a strain on a relationship, sometimes fatally.

If you were to look at it closely, the misconduct of some employees closely resembles that of a child's misbehavior while he is seeking his mother's attention and not receiving it. Remember the antics of a young child in the supermarket who had a "Terrible Two's" tantrum because his mother won't but him the candy or toy he wanted? Well, it is my opinion that the goal behind the employee's purposeful misconduct is to seek attention, in one way or another.

"Every behavior, good or bad, has a goal behind it."

Looking at the goals that triggers misconduct, let's begin by looking at the primary misconduct, that of attention-seeking. Behavioral studies show that the desire for attention is universal in all people, regardless of age, color, language, culture, etc. People tend to seek attention in positive and useful ways; but if they can't get it that way, they will seek attention in negative and useless ways.

Turning the Negative into a Positive To become effective in helping negative attention-seekers, we must first change our response to them by showing them that they can be accepted as a useful and contribution member of the family or organization. We do this effectively when we show them that they achieve significance through their positive and useful contributions rather than through they useless bids for attention or service. In order to focus on their constructive behavior, we must either ignore their misbehavior or pay attention to it in ways they don't expect. Caution: Attention should never be given on demand, even for positive acts, because doing so reinforces their inappropriate desire for attention.

* Instead of reinforcing their negative and untrue belief that they don't belong unless they are the center of attention, help them develop positive feelings about themselves, their abilities, and their contributions.

Who's Your Daddy?

Next set of misbehaviors are those of the power-seekers who feel that they are significant only when they are bossing (bullying?) people around. They tend to do what they want, when they want, and how they want despite the rules, regulations, or policies. Even when their parents or supervisors succeed in subduing them, the victory is only temporary. The argument may be won, but the relationship is lost - maybe permanently. On the other hand, sometimes the defying child or employee may seem to be complying, but they are doing so in their own way, in their own time, and at their own speed, all contrary to the rules, regulations, or policies. This artificial obedience is known as "defiant compliance". If this struggle for power continues and the power-seeker comes to feel that they cannot defeat their parents or supervisor, they may trade-in their desire for power for their next misconduct weaponry, that of subtle revenge.

* When dealing with power-seekers, refrain from getting angry, from "blowing your top", and disengage from the power struggle by refusing to hold a no-win conversation. After arranging an appointment to meet with them when they calm down, turn your back and walk away. (After all, it does take two to tango, doesn't it?)

When Getting Mad Is Getting Even or Stopping the Madness

The revenge-seekers are somewhat paranoid in their thinking, in convincing themselves that the world is out to get them, in believing that they have no significance unless they are hurting others, and in finding their belonging by being cruel in their relationships. Unfortunately, they trigger a downwards spiraling chain of events. Their revengeful acts, when discovered, deeply hurt their parents or supervisors, causing them to want to retaliate. The revenge-seekers then respond to the counterattacks by seeking further revenge, either by intensifying their misbehavior or by selecting another item from their weaponry inventory.

* To be of help to the revenge-seekers, train yourself to avoid retaliation, at all cost. As difficult as it may seem, train yourself to improve your relationship with the revenge-seeker by remaining calm and showing them goodwill. Be prepared to the unexpected: If the war of revenge continues despite your attempts to defuse it, the revenge-seeker may come to feel completely defeated and may give all attempts to become a contributing member. They may even turn their feelings inwards by displaying manipulation as their next weapon of choice.

To Suck Up or Seek Out? That Is the Question.

Manipulators, because they tend to feel inadequate to interact appropriately in a relationship, may display feigned inadequacies or disabilities. Rather than come right out with their wishes, wants, and desires, they will find elaborate ways to get others to do something for them. They become con men and women. To them they are finding the "easy and sure way" to get what their want by lying, cheating, overcommitting, supercharming, and "gently" aggressive.

* To help the manipulator convert this misconduct, train yourself to eliminate criticism, and focus, instead, on their assets, strengths, and abilities. Look for ways to help them, as I like to call it, "maximize their potential".

Turning Misconduct Into Super Performance

Remember that all misbehavior and misconduct, even appropriate bids for attention, stems from discouragement. Discouraged people lack the courage to behave in an active, productive, and constructive manner. Their misbehavior does not become evident unless the manipulator perceives a real or imagined loss of status. Whatever goal or purpose the manipulation serves, it is done in the belief that only in this way can they have a place in the family or organization.

Conclusion: In your relationship with your child or employees, remember that their behavior and intentions towards you will change only when you change your approach. Although you do not cause them to misbehave, you can reinforce and encourage their misbehavior by reacting in ways they expect. Therefore, concentrate your efforts on changing your behavior if you want them to change theirs.


Author Bio
Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW, Management Consultant and Trainer, conducts lectures, seminars, and workshops, and writes articles on: ... helping you maximize your potential for individuals, schools, small businesses, and non-profit organizations, Reach him at www.MasterBlogBuilder.com.

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