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Children Poisoned by Lunch in India


At least 22 children have died in India, while more than two dozen are left sick after eating a free school lunch that had insecticide. Officials are not sure how the chemicals got into the food, but think the food may not have been washed properly before it was cooked. School authorities stopped serving the meal after children between the ages of 5 and 12 began vomiting from the meal of rice, lentils, soybeans, and potatoes. The lunch was part of a national campaign to give one daily meal to children of poor families.


Hugs promote healthy survival

Hugs promote healthy survival

Let’s hug it out!

Not something you hear that often, but research has shown that daily hugs are effective at healing stress, anxiety, depression, sickness, and reduced blood pressure.

A University of North Carolina study showed, an increase of hugs during the day will intensify the levels of oxytocin. Oxytocin is referred to as the “love hormone”, which is connected to the “bonding” hormone. Happiness and connectedness is given off, due to the release of oxytocin.  

Virginia Satir, a family therapist says, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”

Start including a hugs into your daily routine. It’s what the doctor ordered, and just so happens to be free! So, next time you are feeling down, don’t grab the ice cream, find a friend or loved one, all you need is a hug.

July begins Firework Safety Month

July begins Firework Safety Month

We all know that July 4th, wouldn’t be the same without fireworks. July is Fireworks Safety Month, which couldn’t come at a better time.

In 2012 there were an estimated 8,700 injuries reported from the use of fireworks. Most of the energies were reported around July 4th, says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Prevent Blindness America wants people to know the dangers of fireworks. The organization encourages you only attend authorized firework displayed. There are many people that will put on firework shows without a license, be aware, and protect yourself.

With July 4th quickly approaching, no one wants to take away from the fun of the holiday. But, before you go out to purchase illegal fireworks remember the dangers and charges that come along with the use.

Humidity affects your hair and your home

Summers in Hampton Roads bring high levels of humidity, but the increased moisture in the air damages more than just your hair do.

Humidity can cause damages to your home.

Moisture problems in crawl spaces can produce condensation on walls and surfaces leading to mold and mildew.

To avoid these problems, leave foundation vents open to help the foundation to dry out. Crawl spaces should be covered with polyethylene or other thick solid vapor barrier to keep moisture from the ground out.

Humidity can also lead to condensation on water pipes causing mold and mildew problems. Insulating the inside of the tanks and outside of the pipe can prevent condensation.

If mold and mildew get into carpet or wood flooring, clean the area completely. If the damage is more extreme, floors may need replacement.

Lightning Safety Awareness Week:June 23-29

When thunder roars, go indoors! This lightning safety rule could save you from dangerous lightning strikes.

The week of June 23- 29 has been recognized as National Lightning Safety Awareness Week to educate and raise awareness about the hazards of lightening.

In the U.S., an average of 54 people are killed yearly by lightning with hundreds more being injured.

Although lightning is unpredictable, knowing safety guideline can reduce the risk of injury or death. Be prepared and familiarize yourself with the weather forecast before heading outside.

Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from its parent thunderstorm. This means if you can hear thunder, you are in striking distance.  

Seek shelter immediately and stay there until 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder. Stay away from windows and doors.

Bipartisan Bill To Lift Ban on HIV+ Organ Donors

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan effort could pave the way to HIV-positive people donating organs to each other.

Senator Coburn (R-Ok) and Senator Boxer (D-Ca) introduced a bill that would allow research into HIV positive people donating organs to other HIV positive people.

Congressman Andy Harris from the Eastern Shore is a co-sponsor of the bill.

The bill allows scientists to investigate how safe such transplants are.

South Africa has successfully conducted such transplants in the past.

HIV positive people have been banned from donating organs in the U.S. since 1988.

Recall on Jeep Liberty Strollers

96,000 Jeep Liberty strollers have been recalled by Kolcraft. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said that 18 people have been injured by the tires of these strollers blowing out. The injuries took place when the tires were being inflated, causing cuts and bruises to the face, head, torso, arms, or legs. The strollers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Sears, Toys R Us, and other retailers in the US and Canada between June 2010 and June 2013.