AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“He just showed up at my house,” said Makua Rothman, a Hawaiian surfer who frequently rides the local pipeline.When Makua learned that Derek Rabelo, who was visiting from Brazil, could surf even though he was totally blind, the Hawaaiian was so blown away that he gave his new friend a brand new surf board.WATCH the beautiful 3 minute video by Lemos Images TV…
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA British-Nigerian 10-year-old looks like a typical little girl when she dresses up as Elsa from “Frozen,” but then you find out Esther is also a university student.The talented girl from the UK’s West Midlands area enrolled in a distance learning college and is already top of the class, having recently scored 100% in a math exam.“I’m going to do my PhD in financial maths when I’m 13,” Miss Okade told CNN. “I actually wanted to start when I was seven. But my mum was like, “you’re too young, calm down.”(WATCH the video above and READ the full story from CNN via PIX-11) – Story tip from Kelly Harrington AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreImagine what songs might be playing in your iTunes today had we not lost John Lennon 35 years ago.The co-founder of The Beatles would have celebrated his 75th birthday October 9th — and to mark the occasion some of today’s biggest stars have joined surviving Beatles Ringo and Paul to honor the rock-and-roll legend in a broadcast set to air on cable TV this weekend.An A-List music line-up performed some of his greatest hits on December 5 at a charity concert in New York. “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert” airs this Saturday on AMC network.NEED MORE HAPPY NEWS? …GET OUR GOOD NEWS APP—> Download FREE for Android and iOSJohn Fogerty opens the show with back to back performances of “Give Peace a Chance” and “In My Life.”Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler does a crowd-pleasing reprisal of his role from the 1978 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” movie, in which he played leader of the Future Villain Band. Additionally, in a duet with country music superstar Eric Church, Tyler belts out “Revolution.”The roster also includes Aloe Blacc, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, Peter Frampton, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Willie Nelson, The Roots, and Chris Stapleton, among others.RELATED: Ringo Sells Beatles Drum Kit, Other Treasures, Raises $9.2M for CharityPaul McCartney sent a pre-recorded video and actor Kevin Bacon hosted the concert, which ends with the all-star line-up performing “All You Need Is Love.”The concert raised money for charity with a portion of the ticket sales going to Robin Hood, a New York nonprofit funding 200 programs to help people rise out of poverty.(WATCH the video trailer below) —Photo: stuarthampton, CCScore Some Instant Karma: Alert Your Friends Before Saturday! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor patients with a deadly skin cancer who previously had few treatment options, a drug that will boost their immune systems has shown great promise.After 655 patients with advanced melanoma received the drug pembrolizumab, a new study showed 15% of people in the trial had no sign of cancer three years later, achieving total remission.Until now, this type of melanoma had a median overall survival rate of less than 1 year. In this trial, of those who received the antibody, 89% remained in some state of remission after three years.MORE: Bold Trials to Kill Vicious Cancer Type is So Successful, FDA Will Fast Track to Patients “Advanced melanoma is still a very challenging cancer, which is why it is so remarkable that such a large proportion of patients see a long-term survival benefit from this therapy,” said lead study author Caroline Robert, MD, PhD, Head of the Dermatology Unit at the Institut Gustave-Roussy in Paris.The data, released ahead of the world‘s biggest cancer conference, showed patients did develop side effects including fatigue and a rash.RELATED: Cancer Cells Self-Destruct With New Therapy, Patients Live LongerInvented at Organon Biosciences and marketed by Merck, under the name Keytruda, pembrolizumab is one of several new drugs that works by making cancer cells vulnerable to the immune system. It was approved in the US for use against lung cancer. It is also being tested for use with triple-negative breast cancer, gastric cancer, urothelial cancer, and head and neck cancer.The drug has already been approved for use in the UK for patients with melanoma–and in the US, the FDA gave the drug the go-ahead under its “Fast Track” program in 2014.CHECK OUT: Colorado Doctor Discovered Natural Way To Treat Common VertigoPatients in this trial were on the drug for an average of slightly less than one year–which would cost on the retail market around $150,000.SHARE the Good News… (Photo by Merck)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIn a bid to curb plastic packaging, students are mailing wasteful snack wrappers back to the manufacturers with demands for more sustainable packaging.At the suggestion of their city council, dozens of school girls from the Subbiah Vidyalayam Girls Higher Secondary School in Thoothukudi, India collected 20,244 snack wrappers over the course of two weeks.The students then mailed the wrappers back to the respective companies with a letter reading: “We are happy with the taste and quality of your products, but unhappy with the plastic packaging. We want to ensure a safe environment for our future generations and minimize our plastic footprint.“We have decided to collect used plastic wrappers of your products and send them to you for safe disposal,” they added. “Please help us savor your products without guilt, by introducing eco-friendly packaging.”RELATED: Two Teen Girls Push Government in Bali to Ban the Bags That Have Turned Their Paradise Into an EyesoreSince national legislation states that snack companies are responsible for the disposal of their own packaging, the city council is reportedly demanding that these snack companies create an action plan to tackle their waste problem within the next two months.According to Times of India, city council commissioner Alby John Varghese says that the initiative was a “grand success” and they intend to “extend the practice to other corporation and private schools” in the future.Clean Up Negativity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media – Representative photo by Waste Warriors Corbett FacebookAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
The two paramedics, identified only as Kate and Hanna, asked the senior: “If you could eat anything… what would it be?” He replied, “A caramel sundae.”LOOK: Hundreds of People Bring Backpacks Instead of Flowers to Woman’s FuneralThe medics then detoured from their route, so they could buy McCartney the sweet treat before arriving at the hospital.After Sharon expressed her appreciation for the gesture, the pair posted a photo of McCartney with his sundae.Kate and Hanna said they were “humbled” by the note of gratitude which “underlines an often-unseen aspect of patient care; the caring.”“Sharon’s message emphasized the enjoyment Ron received from such a simple action and thanked paramedics for the swift and high level of care and compassion shown to him on both this occasion, and their previous interactions over the last few months as well,” wrote the ambulance service. Shortly after the ambulance ride, McCartney’s daughter Danielle Smith commented on the photo to express her own appreciation for the compassion shown to her father before he passed away.RELATED: When Widow Carries On Husband’s Kind Tradition of Filling a Cooler, People Pay It Forward“Dad enjoyed this so much and [it] was the last thing he was able to eat by himself,” wrote Smith. “Mum and I cannot thank QAS enough for all the help and compassion you have all given towards us.”The story is a perfect example of how important kindness can be, even if it’s as simple as ice cream.Be Sure And Share This Sweet Story Of Compassion With Your Friends – Photo by Queensland Ambulance ServiceAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThanks to the attention and kindness of two Australian ambulance workers, a dying man was able to have the last meal he most desired.After 17 years of fighting pancreatic cancer, Ron McCartney was set to be taken into palliative care earlier this month.His wife Sharon, however, needed to call for a medical escort after her husband’s sickness took a bad turn. While the Queensland paramedics conducted an evaluation in the ambulance, they discovered that the 72-year-old had not been eating for several days.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA team of researchers have developed a spray-on gel that could prevent cancer from returning to plague a patient after surgery.Many people who are diagnosed with cancer will undergo some type of surgery to treat their disease. Almost 95 percent of people with early-diagnosed breast cancer will require surgery, and it’s often the first line of treatment for people with brain tumors, for example. But despite improvements in surgical techniques over the past decade, the cancer often comes back after the procedure.Now, a UCLA-led research team has developed a spray gel that is embedded with immune-boosting nanoparticles that could help. In a peer-reviewed study, the substance was successful half of the time in awakening lab animals’ immune systems to stop the cancer from recurring and inhibit it from spreading to other parts of the body.RELATED: Researchers Develop Cheap, 10-Minute Test That Can Detect Cancer Anywhere in the BodyThe spray not only inhibited the recurrence of tumors from the area on the body where it was removed, but it also controlled the development of tumors in other parts of the body, said the team’s lead researcher Zhen Gu, a professor of bioengineering at the UCLA Samueli School of EngineeringThe substance will have to go through further testing and approvals before it could be used in humans, but Gu said the scientists envision the gel being applied to the tumor resection site by surgeons immediately after the tumor is removed during surgery.“This sprayable gel shows promise against one of the greatest obstacles in curing cancer,” Gu said. “One of the trademarks of cancers is that it spreads…because of tumor recurrence or metastasis. Being able to develop something that helps lower the risk for this to occur and has low toxicity is especially gratifying.”MORE: Drug That Can Stop a Dozen ‘Untreatable’ Cancers Gets Approval—And Company Vows to Help Every Patient Afford ItThe researchers loaded nanoparticles with an antibody specifically targeted to block CD47, a protein that cancer cells release as a “don’t-eat-me” signal. By blocking CD47, the gel enables the immune system to find and ultimately destroy the cancer cells.The nanoparticles are made of calcium carbonate, a substance that is the main component of egg shells and is often found in rocks. Researchers chose calcium carbonate because it can be gradually dissolved in surgical wound sites – which are slightly acidic – and because it boosts the activity of a type of macrophage that helps rid the body of foreign objects.“We also learned that the gel could activate T cells in the immune system to get them to work together as another line of attack against lingering cancer cells,” said Qian Chen, the study’s lead author and a postdoctoral researcher in Gu’s lab.CHECK OUT: 13-Year-old Named America’s Top Young Scientist for Drastically Improving Pancreatic Cancer TreatmentOnce the solution is sprayed on the surgical site, it quickly forms a gel embedded with the nanoparticles and promotes wound healing; the nanoparticles gradually dissolve and release the anti-CD47 antibodies into the body.The researchers will continue testing the approach in animals to learn the optimal dose, the best mix of nanoparticles, and the ideal treatment frequency before testing the gel on human patients.The study was published earlier this week in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.(Source: University of California, Los Angeles)Cure Your Friends Of Negativity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media – Photo Tumor Gel Under Microscope by Zhen Gu / UCLAAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore It can’t be easy working as a delivery driver during the busy holiday season—which is why Kathy Ouma always makes sure to leave out some goodies for mail workers.Despite how there is a basket of snacks and beverages on Ouma’s doorstep every year, one particular Amazon Prime delivery driver named Kareem Earl Reed III recently went viral for having the sweetest reaction to Ouma’s labor of love.According to security footage from Ouma’s doorbell cameras, Reed can be seen dropping off some packages only to catch sight of the goodies and let out an exclamation of delight.“Oh! This is nice!” says Reed. “They’ve left some goodies! Oh, this is sweet! Oh, wow! Get out of here. This is so nice!”RELATED: Kangaroo Has Been Hugging Her Rescuers Almost Every Day Since They Saved Her As an Orphan #TBTThe basket of snacks was adorned with a sign reading: “UPS, USPS, Amazon, FedEx: Please take some goodies to enjoy on your route. Thank you for making holiday shopping easy. The Ouma Family.”After selecting a few treats for the road, Reed can even be seen doing a little happy dance as he is walking away from the house.Since uploading the footage to Facebook last week, the video has been viewed more than 10 million times—and it’s not hard to see why.(WATCH the adorable video below)Deliver This Sweet Story Of Kindness To Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
According to a National Water Quality Inventory 1996 Report to Congress, rainwater runoff is the 2nd greatest polluter of water in estuaries—critical ecosystems for the health of shorelines and migratory and aquatic bird populations.MORE: Cheap ‘Plant Pods’ That Can Grow More Lettuce in a Room Than Half-Acre Plot May End HungerDuring storm events or heavy snow melts, single facilities that treat both storm water and sanitary sewage may become overloaded from urban rainwater runoff and discharge untreated waste into surface waters.Bioswales are typically planted on a slope above the roadside or sidewalk and below the level of the front porch to a typical house or building. This allows water flowing off of roofs, stairs, gutters, and parking lots to run down across the bioswale—ensuring maximum absorption of toxins and pollutants.The city of Portland has become just one of the many west coast cities that have hopped on the bioswale train in the US. Over the course of the last 10 years, Portland has been helping citizens install the bioswales in their front and back gardens. Not only that, legislators have even gone so far as to take care of the bill.RELATED: Over 1 Million Gardeners Have United to Create Global Network of Greenery That Nourishes Bees and ButterfliesThe bioswales are part of a massive overhaul of the Portland sewer system called the “Green Streets” initiative.“Green Streets reduces and manage rainwater runoff through interception, evapotranspiration, throughfall, and attenuation,” details the authors of the 2007 Green Streets policy report. “One of the most closely monitored facilities—the Glencoe Rain Garden—has performed extremely well… and has retained 94% of the runoff.”According to a report from Sunset, the project will add 83 Green Street policy rain gardens and planters to filter 7.1 million gallons of runoff, ensuring the water has greatly reduced its pollutant potential before entering the sewer system.LOOK: City is Converting Highway Pillars into Vertical Gardens to Clean the AirAs mentioned in the Green Streets report, the potential certain plants have to remove pollutants like oils, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and harmful bacteria can be as high as 90%, while sediment content can be reduced by 80%. Since the gardens are also naturally drained and dried in 12 to 48 hours, there’s no risk of bioswales becoming mosquito breeding centers.PPenvironmental created this simple DIY tutorial for building your own bioswale, whether in front of your house or near a creek or fresh water source, while Portland City authorities have launched this particular page where you can apply to have the percentage cost of installing a bioswale on your property recovered.Plant Some Positivity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media – File photo by Chris Hamby, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRainwater runoff is notorious for polluting urban waterways by sweeping up all the chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria, and automotive oils that sully dense metropolitan areas.Thankfully, cities across the west coast of the United States are rapidly applying a simple new method for combatting rainwater runoff: gardens.These aptly-named “Rain Gardens” (also known as “bioswales”) are specifically designed to capture runoff and filter water before it enters the urban sewer system through city storm drains—and they don’t look half bad in front of your house, either.
Notre Dame’s Army ROTC program prepares cadets for American military life, but this weekend members of the Fightin’ Irish Battalion will compete for German recognition. Four cadets will compete for the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, awarded by the German Army, known as the Bundeswehr. Senior Josh Sandler, will compete for the award along with Holy Cross sophomore triplets Randy Jozwiak, Matt Jozwiak and Allen Jozwiak. The group will participate this weekend in Indianapolis, with Sandler serving as the team leader. Each will vie for his own badge individually. Sandler said though the German army gives the award, it is for American participants. “The German Armed Forces Badge is an award for military proficiency from the German army, authorized to be awarded to and worn by Americans,” he said. The competition takes place over two and a half days and is comprised of eight separate individual events — a 200-meter swim, a 100-meter sprint, a five-kilometer run, a long jump, a shot put competition, a first aid test, a 9 mm pistol shoot and a march carrying a 33-pound pack called a “ruck march.” Competitors have to meet or exceed a standard of performance in each event. These standards vary for different age brackets and are based on gender. Further, some events are referred to as “go, no go” contests, and others determine whether a competitor receives a gold, silver or bronze badge, Matt Jozwiak said. “Go, no go” means a competitor will no longer continue in the competition if they fail to meet an event’s standards. Jozwiak said an example of a “go, no go” event is the long jump, where competitors are disqualified if they do not jump at least 4.5 meters. Other events in this category are the 200-meter swim, the 100-meter sprint, the five-kilometer run and the shot put. Jozwiak said the first-aid test is similar to the “go, no go” physical event, as competitors must pass in order to receive a badge. The shooting competition and the “ruck march” determine the type of badge a competitor is eligible to receive, Jozwiak said. “There is a shooting competition with a 9 mm pistol. You have five chances to hit a target 25 meters away,” he said. “Three out of five is the minimum to still be eligible for a badge. If you hit the target five times you are eligible for gold, four times you are eligible for silver, and three times you are eligible for bronze.” The “ruck march” is the final competition and determines what type of badge an individual earns, Jozwiak said. Different distances and time standards for the march are required for different types of badges. Sandler said he wanted to compete for the German Armed Forces badge for the prestige. “In the Army, you wear your resume on your chest,” he said. “This is a shiny new bullet point.” Jozwiak said he is competing for the badge because he has never participated in a similar experience. “I really just wanted to do it because I’ve never done anything like the track-and-field events before,” he said. “The experience itself is what I’m looking forward to. I also want to better myself physically.” Sandler said all of the Notre Dame ROTC cadets have a chance at a badge this weekend. “It’s not a participation ribbon, but if we continue to put the work in every one of us is capable of coming home with some hardware,” he said. Jozwiak said he is confident at least one of the four teammates will come home victorious. “Personally, I don’t know how I will do,” he said. “I think as a team we’ll come back with some badges, at least one gold.”