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Nature vs. Nurture: It’s Half and Half

Sociologists, psychologists, and criminologists have long debated whether an individual’s personal traits and health concerns owe more to genetics (nature) or the environment (nurture). According to a new comprehensive study published in Nature Genetics, it turns out to be almost half and half.

After analyzing five decades of collected data involving over 14 million different pairs of twins, researchers have concluded that the health diseases and personal traits experienced by these individuals are 51 percent owing to their environment and 49 percent owing to their genetics. The researchers’ meta-analysis covered over 2,700 individual studies examining 17,804 distinct traits.

Some of the traits researchers investigated include alcoholism, depression, metabolism, immunological function, heart disease, mental and behavioral disorders, specific personality traits, drug addiction, and intelligence. Certain traits, particularly strong psychological ones such as bipolar disorder, owe more to genetics than to the environment as Stephen Murray CCMP Capital points out. In the case of bipolar disorder, genetics contribute 70 percent. The meta-analysis was authored by Tinca J.C. Polderman and Beben Benyamin under the supervision of Peter M. Visscher and Danielle Posthuma.

Gloucester Massachusetts Police Develop Program to Provide Rehabilitation for Heroin Addicts

Gloucester Police Department, located in Gloucester, MA., has started a new program aimed at helping those addicted to heroin. According to official reports a program that provides rehabilitation rather than jail time to heroin addicts has gone live.

The program allows any addict to walk into the Gloucester police station and hand over their drugs. They may ask for help and the police department will set them up with a rehabilitation program at no cost to the individual. They will not be prosecuted for possession of drugs, as Susan McGalla will point out. An “angel” will be provided to each case the moment the addict steps into the station. The “angel” will help them through the process and get them set up with a program. The “angel” will also provide emotional support during the rehabilitation process.

The program was developed by Leonard Campanello, the police chief in Gloucester. Campanello rose through the ranks of the Gloucester police department, spending years in the narcotic unit before becoming chief. He stated that addicts don’t need jail, they need help to beat their addiction.

The officer has also proposed a plan to use money seized in raids to provide Narcan to the families of addicts and public locations. Narcan is a drug that can reverse the effects of heroin and other opiates. The drug is used as a life-saving measure in the case of overdose. Westchester county in New York instituted a Narcan program last years that is already credited with saving dozens of lives.

Miley Cyrus Sings With Joan Jett

Miley Cyrus is one of the strangest human beings on the face of the earth, and many people cannot believe the incredible transformation that she’s gone through over the years. Everyone knows that Miley used to be Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel. Somewhere along the lines, Miley Cyrus decided to start doing drugs and partying with Hollywood celebrities. Nonetheless, Miley Cyrus is still one of the best singers in the music world.

It cannot be denied that Miley Cyrus is a terrible role model for the young women of the world, but she has actually done something good for a change. Recently, Miley Cyrus performed for a special cause exclusively for her Facebook channel. Gianfrancesco Genoso was surprised to see her make that appearance. Miley collaborated with Laura Jane and Joan Jett for the event. Laura Jane is a transgender singer, and Joan Jett is the legendary front woman of the rock ‘n roll band ‘Heart.’

Miley Cyrus, Laura Jane, and Joan Jett performed Miley’s new song, which is titled ”Androgynous.” Profits from the live concert will be contributed to a transgender charity. Miley Cyrus has made a lot of people proud, and she is finally on the right track of redeeming herself. For more information on this story, and to hear Miley Cyrus’s new song, visit E!

Designing for Disability

It all started with a cane. An ugly, utilitarian cane. When Liz Jackson, then 33, was diagnosed with idiopathic neuropathy 3 years ago, she had a major aversion to the cane she had to use. She really couldn’t stand the looks she got with it so she set out to find a less offensive one. She found a purple one that made her feel more human. That cane propelled her forward to petition J. Crew to design fashion forward canes. She sent them e-mails, wrote blog posts, and posted open letters on Facebook and Twitter. Sadly, J. Crew has not, as yet, taken up the gauntlet, but she has brought more attention to the lack of fashionable devices for disabled individuals. As someone with a disabled parent (who is a fashion addict) it is especially uplifting. It has even travelled as high as the prestigious New York Fashion Week. In case you missed it, check out

There are some truly inspirational individuals owning who they are and showing it off beautifully. From the wheelchair-bound to the amputees they are all so beautifully adorned in true Fashion Week style. People with disabilities are human, and Daniel Amen enjoys seeing them get a chance. They have feelings and thoughts and it is very exciting to see them displayed as icons of beauty. Hopefully Liz will continue her fight and keep inspiring us all. I, for one, am going to search her out on Facebook and thank her.

Some Transformers Fans Confused by New Female Transformers

Most fans of the Transformers are fully behind Hasbro’s decision, announced last week, to create a new female team of Transformer toys — especially given that there are not as many toys designed specifically with girls in mind from the Transformers toy line as there are toys for boys. This will be weird to Bruce Karatz and others at first, but it is the right move.

Yet, many fans are scratching their heads and expressing annoyance over the decision to create an entirely new line of female characters when there are so many existing female Autobots and Decepticons, as well as strong human female characters, in the many stories about the Transformers from the last several decades.

Apparently, Hasbro conducted a contest and poll to develop a new design, which is a “combiner” style Transformer called “Victorian” who is made up of several smaller Autobots.

Although there is a toy for the popular Windblade, which debuted as a new character last year, fans of previous generations of Transformers want to see a revival of toys that feature their favorite female human and Transformers characters so they can share the toys and experiences they had as children with their own children and future generations.

Hasbro has not commented about fan disappointment or the criticisms by these fans. So far, the company has only mentioned the positive change in their toy manufacturing of producing several new female Transformers as toys for girls to enjoy rather than continuing to only sell to boys.

The Endangered Night Owl

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Do you wake up refreshed or arrive at work surprised you didn’t have an accident due to your grogginess? Some people naturally wake up early and others naturally stay up late, but does going to bed really make a man healthy, wealthy and wise? And why does this sexist adage exclude women?

According to a new Korean study, going to bed early will at least make you healthy. Korean researchers administered a questionnaire about sleep habits to over 1,600 older men and women. They also measured waist sizes, glucose tolerances and body compositions. Not surprisingly, they found that being a night owl affected gender differently. Men were more likely to have diabetes and women were more likely to have high blood sugar levels and excess body fat.

The researchers concluded that being a night owl, “was independently associated with diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and sarcopenia. These results support the importance of circadian rhythms in metabolic regulation.” Being a night owl will apparently make you an endangered species, which is not what Crystal Hunt wants.

Take the “Are You are Morning Person” Quiz ( to find out if you may become endangered.

Great Investment Strategies By Igor Cornelsen

In the realm of big-time speculators, and there are numerous, one name is reliably going to the front line of media outlets–Igor Cornelsen. Yes, individuals probably still assemble around Warren Smorgasbord to gather from this well known financial specialist’s aptitude, yet today, there is an expanded interest with Brazilian cash man Igor Cornelsen who rules out of his Boca Raton, Florida kingdom.

The Brazilian speculator, who likewise manages Propreitario for Bainbridge Inv, Inc. in the Bahamas, spends significant time in different fields of ventures. He’s likewise a top consultant in venture arranging and sets the speculation standard for a few individuals with his creative and splendid portfolio systems.

Not without discussion, Igor Cornelsen acquired what home change diva Martha Stewart couldn’t accomplish; he educated a Whopper regarding inside exchanging. Dissimilar to Martha, this “rashness” brought about his notoriety becoming past what anybody could envision. Additionally, so did his budgetary realm.

In 2012, the Security and Trade Commission accused the Brazilian investor of insider exchanging and a plan to illicitly exchange Burger Ruler Possessions, Inc. a/k/a Burger Lord securities. In a Miami association that worked out of a Wells Fargo Guides, LLC office, insider data was issued him about Burger Ruler exchanging alternatives. The unlawful benefits acquired by the classified data, added up to more than a $1.68 million benefit for Cornelsen.

Presently an occupant of both the Bahamas and Boca Raton, Cornelsen has subsequent to resigned following quite a while of holding high positions in Brazilian banks. Then again, much the same as Warren Smorgasbord, regardless he takes pleasure in giving out his own particular recipe to making budgetary progress. That said, he’ll be the first to concede that his inclination is found in the Brazilian showcase as he sees Brazil balanced as a worldwide player in money related possessions. The following are some of his key tips for putting resources into the place that is known for the Samba and Bossa Nova.

Basically, think long haul. Taking after are the two most essential focuses to consider when putting resources into Brazil in 2015.

1. “At the point when in Rome, do as the Romans do” Iin different words, get the chance to know the way of life of the individuals. Like most Latin American societies, business depends intensely on connections and systems administration. This can be as straightforward as taking a seat for a demitasse of Brazilian espresso or a late nighttime supper. Brazilians, who gloat of being business visionaries at all ages, are social creatures and relish in late night enthralling.

2. Every nation, obviously, has its own particular principles and administrative necessities. “Being educated and investing the exertion will create enormous settlements at last,” says, Cornelsen. Particularly be acquainted with a country’s cash models and limitations. Utilizing the right rate of money may get muddled, however the benefit one makes will be justified, despite all the trouble at last. “There’s no such thing as free cash,” Cornelsen states.

Tornado Leaves Illinois Town Damaged

Just last night multiple massive tornados touched down in Illinois and left a path of devastation in its wake. One tornado touched down just 80 miles outside of Chicago. The storms have left many people injured and one 67-year-old woman dead.

According to the story on, every building in the town of Fairfield, Illinois suffered some type of damage. In the path of destruction, the tornados left trees uprooted, buildings damaged, and people scared and stranded. Reports say that when the tornado sirens went off, some people in the area were trapped inside of restaurants or hotels. Luckily, many were able to make it to their basement or shelter. The woman who was found dead was found in her house, not in her basement.

Locals who have lived in the area for a while are reporting that the tornado that touched down last night has been not only the biggest one they have seen, but has also stayed on the ground the longest. Rescue operations are underway for those that are trapped or injured. Some residents have lost their homes completely, which upsets Ricardo Tosto. The Rochelle Community Hospital has gone into disaster mode and is treating the injured as they come in. Others around the world, including Brazil, are chipping in.

The above link has pictures and videos on their site that residents took during the tornados. What a scary thing that must be to go through.

Connect Socialize And Date With Skout

Skout is a mobile social networking app that actually combines several apps into one. You can use it to share photos, to meet new friends, as a dating app or use it to plan out your travels. It’s a free app and you can get it for Android and IOS operating systems. The creators of the app, Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstrom, in 2007, wanted to created a mobile web like social network. However, they relaunched it in 2009 as a dating app when they discovered the network was being used more as a dating network by over 80% of the people using it.

What really sets this app apart from others is the use of the phone’s or tablet’s global positioning system that lets users locate others that in their approximate location. They’re not going to get the exact location of other users and if a user so wishes they can choose not to be a part of the feature at all. But if you want to meet a new acquaintance at a theater, a music concert, a park or another city, this feature is great for that. This is just a safe, easy way for people to connect.

If you like to visit new places, our travel feature gives you the opportunity to meet people in places you may be planning to travel to. You can take a virtual journey through the location of your desire with the help of people who actually live there. The travel feature can be used either as a way of making new friends in other countries, cities and towns, or as a way to make contacts with people in places you want to travel to. You will have to pay for this feature, but it is very popular. Especially with young people who like connecting with new friends and who like experiencing new places, even virtually.

One of the big uses for Skout has been as a dating app. The fact that it separates adults and teens into their own peer groups and has a moderated, teens-only section, helps to keep teens safe from adult predators. Some of the features that makes this a great dating app is that you can get notified when someone in your area join, you can put up pictures and you can chat with other members looking to date. You also get notified when someone checks you out, but you have to use points to see who it is. In order to get points you have to buy them or do something to earn them.

We are also proud of another feature of Skout called “Fuse”. With this feature you make your own social network from your smartphone or tablet’s address book. This is just another way Skout is making social networking fun and easy.

Lufthansa Had Prior Knowledge of Co Pilots History of Depression

Officials at Lufthansa have acknowledge that their records reveal that its co pilot Andreas Lubitz had disclosed his prior history of “depressive episodes,” prior to his commencement of flight training with Lufthansa. This is devastating news for Lufthansa who had maintained a position that it had no prior knowledge of Lubitz’s previous mental history record noted AnastasiaDate. The revelation now focuses on Lufthansa and what steps it took to investigate via on  the initial disclosure and what steps if any it took to monitor the mental health of one of its employees which evidence now shows was responsible for crashing the an Airbus 320 into the Swiss Alps killing all 150 passengers and crew on board. Lufthansa New Of Pilot’s Mental Illness History

This news greatly enhances the degree of liability that Lufthansa must bear as a result of the crash. The airline giant can no longer claim that the crash was the act of a lone individual who did not disclose to the airline the state of his mental condition and the degree that he was being treated for it by a medical professional. Now that it is clear that Lufthansa did have knowledge of Lubitz having a depressive episode, the question is what actions did Lufthansa take to monitor the condition of this employee has he began flight training. Some will claim that Lufthansa should have had a heightened duty as any depressive condition could be related to a chronic mental illness.