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Computers Can’t Fake Pain unlike Humans

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By: Elena Grace Flores

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The University of California in San Diego jointly with the University of Toronto in Canada concluded in their research report in the Current Biology Journal that computers are more accurate than humans when measuring pain according to the article written by Marie Ellis.

It was explained in their report that the brain is equipped with two pathways for motor system. One controls the facial movements while the other is the driver of emotions felt. This is called the Suncortical extrapyramidal system of motoring. The manipulated or faked facial expressions are carried out by the cortical pyramidal motor system.

The computer system can serve as a lie detector for sick humans at 85% accuracy rate – since a human being can simulate feelings by showing off facial expressions dictated by the brain. There are many instances that a patient fakes the pain felt due perhaps to lack of attention from loved ones or staging excuses for whatever reason. The existence of this pain-measuring computer can guide medical practitioners better in their diagnosis through the symptoms exhibited by their patients as confirmed by this computing device.

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Side Effects of Mood-stabilizing Can Prevent Cancer

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By: Elena Grace Flores

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English: Shaving head to campaign for cancer fight. Raising money by going bald! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Valproic acid or VPA medicated drugs for regulating emotions can actually prevent cancer in the head and neck according to the recent research findings during the joint experiment between Emory University and Veterans Medical Center in Atlanta according to Dr. Johann Christoph Brandes, the leader of the team based on Honor Whiteman’s article.

The drug’s ability to block HATs or Histone Acetyl Transferases- also noted as the enzymes for controlling genetic expressions through DNA structure alteration can prevent the formation of various types of cancer during the early period. The HAT blockage can possibly avoid the development of cancers not just in the neck and head but also in the prostate, bladder and lungs.

The fact that VPA can be an anti-cancer agent is still under thorough studies. However it has been noted that people who were treated with this drug for bipolar, PSD, seizures and migraine for at least 3 years were less likely to contract the above mentioned types of cancer. The optimal dosage for cancer cure is yet to be determined depending on its stage – but the researchers are close to conclude that head and neck cancer upon detecting malignant lesions can positively be prevented!

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Big Bellies Signify Diseases Caused by Childhood Pains

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By: Elena Grace Flores

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Hormones that trigger Obesity and Diabetes are found to be developed as early as childhood. In the article written by Robert Preidt on March 20, 2014, stated that there are credible findings that adults who were abused or neglected as children were more at risk to these diseases than those who are well-taken cared of emotionally and physically.

Maltreatment both physical and emotional including sexual abuse or even neglect can actually result to a more serious degree of obesity and diabetes. The study focused on the examination of Leptin which is an appetite regulator affecting the fat levels. The metabolizing energy called Irisin and Adiponectin which decreases bodily inflammation were also the other important elements during the experiment.

Abnormal levels of these hormones constitute risk for obesity already. Those who had the most traumatic childhood experiences showed to have a lot higher Leptin  and Irisin levels with lower Adiponectin level. Note that when testing the subjects, their diet, exercise routines plus lifestyle differences were accounted for – but Leptin and Irisin remained high that matches the extremity of childhood sufferings.

A bulging belly thereby signifies childhood trauma because the stress experienced earlier on was affecting the endocrine system – and progressed towards adult life. Knowing this relevance to these diseases dating back to childhood can help a lot in finding remedies and preventive measures against cardiac problems later on.

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It Pays to be Bossy

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By: Elena Grace Flores
Bossy women are reputed to be girls with attitude. Something negative to hear but there are many positive reasons why. Often, a woman has to stand up and fight for survival because the man of her life can’t be leaned on. Others are like that by choice because they have responsibilities in their personal, professional or social life that require them to be tough. Since March is Women’s month, let’s review this Ban Bossy Campaign:

Backlash against Ban Bossy campaign

By: Clarence Page

Now she’s unveiled Ban Bossy, a campaign that enlists power women as diverse as Condoleezza Rice, Jennifer Garner and Beyonce plus the Girl Scouts to beat back the negative thinking that squelches budding take-charge attitudes in girls.

“When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a ‘leader,'” says the banbossy.com website. “Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded ‘bossy.'” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-ban-bossy-backlash-oped-page-0319-20140319,0,5357616.column


Women can be leaders like any other gender – and it is not right to call those prominent women “bossy” just because they are as good as men in their field. This might not be a big deal for many people but a woman can get emotional when things like these are addressed for their welfare. After all, they are still women in mind, heart and well-being.

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Challenges for Bar Board Passers

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By: Elena Grace Flores
The bar review for soon to be lawyers do not start after graduation contrary to popular belief. One of the 2014 top board passers disclosed that the hard work should start upon entering law school. It will be too late when one is cramming to review test materials in such limited time right before the bar exam.

It takes dedication to be a lawyer in the Philippines. Controversies surround the nation and the call for good lawyers never fades. Stories of struggle from one disaster to another can be sources of inspiration. If one is determined to be a lawyer, no calamities or sad happenings can discourage him or her in pursuing this noble but highly controversial profession.

Government, private and charitable law practices are all rewarding both financially and self-fulfillment. It’s just a matter of how much. The private sector may be paid higher but so as lawyers in government offices with all the high profile public cases going on. Lawyers handling charity works to defend people who can’t afford professional fees earn the least in terms of money – but the most rewarding of them all. Now take a pick and be the lawyer that you worked hard for! Congratulations to all the Bar Board Passers!

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