Stanford Speaks Out About Students Viewing Admission Files

February 26th, 2015

Over a month ago, a Stanford University student newsletter revealed that currently enrolled students could access all of their college records, including their admission records. The documents must be obtained under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, and include all of the confidential data that goes into the admissions process.

After the newsletter ran a story on the law, Stanford and other Ivy League schools were inundated with requests for the confidential files. Until recently, Stanford administration has stayed mum on the topic, but as requests grow they are stepping up to discourage students from reading the documents.

An email was sent to all students who requested the documents. The e-mail suggested students think introspectively about what they would really gain from reading through confidential material. The e-mail also goes onto inform students that they can withdraw their request at any time.

Paul Mathirson has read that many Ivy League experts worry that such access to these records could allow a deeper insight into the mysterious world of admission to top tier schools, including graduate programs that many of these students accessing their files will potentially be applying to.

An Extraordinary Diversified Healthcare Professional: Dr. Rod Rorich

February 24th, 2015

Dr. Rod Rohrich is a distinguished, internationally renowned plastic surgeon who holds several notable credentials. His educational background is in the field of medicine with degrees from Baylor University, Radcliffe, and Harvard Medical School, which he completed in 1986.

Dr. Rod Rohrich is currently Department Chairman at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is Editor In Chief of “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery” a professional journal for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He also holds chairs for the Crystal Charity Ball and the Betty and Warren Woodward Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Foundation.

Healthgrades, which is a web site registry of physicians and surgeons across the US, cite Dr. Rod Rohrich to currently have no sanctions, no malpractice history in the state of Texas, and no board sanctions prohibiting practice. Dr Rod Rohrich is also on the Healthgrades Honor Roll.

Dr. Rod Rohrich and staff are said to be fluent in several languages. These include Chinese, French, German, English and Spanish. He has been voted as Best Plastic Surgeon in Dallas, Texas, on repeated occasions, and considered one of the best in America. Professional credit includes co-founder of AIR Foundation. Alliance for Reconstructive Surgery Foundation, whose work involves education about reconstructive surgery. Also, the foundation aids in providing funds for women seeking reconstructive surgery from breast cancer.

Dr. Rod Rohrich advises the following at his web site prior to having any plastic surgery procedure:
-Choose a board certified plastic surgeon, which will ensure stellar credentials.
-Operating privileges within an accredited ambulatory facility.
-Experience or expertise in named procedure.

Dr. Rod Rohrich has performed rhinoplasty defined as nose forming, or nose molding. Additionally, liposuction, meaning the surgical removal of excess fat from under the skin. This is accomplished via a small surgical incision and vacuum suctioning. (See
Dr. Rod Rohrich is a husband, father, outstanding healthcare professional who is well respected and has achieved much in his over 30 years of humanitarian service.

Verdict Expected This Week For German Nurse Who Killed More Than 30 Patients

February 23rd, 2015

A 38 year old nurse, Niels H. from Germany is admitted to killing 30 or more of his patients as part of thrill seeking game. He is being charged with three murders, and two attempted murders as he injected them with an overdose of heart medicine only to see if he could revive them.

He apologized to the families of his victims with the explanation that it was only a game, and that he would understand if that wasn’t accepted. While on trial he admitted to performing this game on at least 90 patients, with over 30 of them dying between 2003 and 2005. A spokesman for the court stated, Niels became bored after being moved from the emergency room to a quieter setting.

Niels admitted to getting a thrill when he performed CPR , and decided to induce the need for resuscitation himself.

Since his admission to so many numerous cases, police are now looking into some 200 other death cases that happened while the man was working in Delmenhorst, Wilhelmshaven and Oldenburg.

There are questions as to why he was not stopped and brought to justice sooner. Marcio Alaor BMG wonders: Was there failure in the hospital system and law enforcement? He was charged in 2005 with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder. It was not until 2008 when he was finally convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison. This is when the other cases were discovered.

Budget Hawks Alarmed at President Obama’s Student Loan Forgiveness Program Amid Soaring Price Tag

February 11th, 2015


Yet another government program’s actual costs has grossly exceeded its initial projections. Medicare was famously said to have an initial ten year cost of $700 million and ended up costing taxpayers ten times that amount. The most recent budget overrun is President Obama’s “Pay As You Earn” or PAYE program that caps student loan monthly payments at 10% of the borrower’s monthly income. The program readjusts principle and interest payments to fit the borrower’s income with taxpayers compensating the banks for the difference between the amortization schedule of payments and the actual payments. President Obama’s 2016 Fiscal Year Omnibus budget states the program will run $21.8 billion in the red this year.

It is unclear just how much of that cost is due to recent changes the president made or the popularity of the program with young borrowers. Marcio Alaor from BMG contributed to in estimations that in 2013, 124,000 enrolled in the PAYE program. Those who make their payments faithfully can have the remaining balances expunged after 20 years. Those working in the public sector are given preferential status and can have their student loan debts forgiven after 10 years of timely payments. Critics of the plan cite the fact that it makes all taxpayers foot the bill. Fully 3 out of 4 workers who do not have college degrees are paying off the loans for college graduates in the PAYE program. Others are concerned whether the program is helping the “right” people.

Measles Parties are Bad According to Doctors

February 10th, 2015


A series of measles outbreaks has been occurring across the nation since at least January 1, 2015, and the cause may have been a group of tourists at Disneyland. The group went to the popular theme park possibly infected with the disease and not immunized against it. Although measles is generally not deadly, it can be and that is what medical officials are warning parents about.

A debate over whether to get children immunized against the measles surfaced on popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter after news of the initial outbreak was reported. Zeca Oliveira agrees with the doctors who agree with parents who believe the immunizations are the safest way to keep kids healthy. Some parents in California disagree, rather siding with an old practice that took place prior to the discovery of the vaccine.

The practice is having Measles Parties. Parents take their children to a party where non-vaccinated children are and hope that the exposure results in the children contracting measles. Once a child has measles, it cannot be contracted again. The biggest problem with this method is that it has a higher likelihood of the child dying as a result of pneumonia. Although measles is not usually fatal, there is a high risk for pneumonia, a health problem that is hard for children to fight. Children who are immunized still face some risk, but not nearly the risk of actually contracting measles.

A Rare and Fine Wine Merchant

February 9th, 2015

The Antique Wine Company (AWC) is a famous wine merchant dealing with fine and rare wines and spirits. Established in 1989 by the current CEO Stephen Williams, the Antique Wine Company, based in Marylebone, London, boasts a client base of over 20,000, and currently operates in over 70 countries in the United Kingdom, Asian, Pan-European and North American markets. Since the start, the company has specialized in exceptionally fine wine and currently holds over 10,000 bottles of the world’s finest vintages in its cellars.

CEO and Founder of the Antique Wine Company

Stephen Williams, founder and chief executive officer of the Antique Wine Company beat all odds when he ventured into the wine business despite his poor background. The wine industry is expensive and often reserved only for the rich. Raised in Ripley, Derbyshire, Stephen Williams was the firstborn in a family of three. His mother was a hard working single mother who stopped at nothing to make ends meet. His father abandoned them when Williams was only ten years old. Despite his background, he went ahead to venture into the wine industry. Three decades later, his company, the Antique Wine Company is a famous wine merchant renowned world over. The success has been consistent. In 2010, the Antique Wine Company made a business turnover worth a staggering 20 million pounds! In the following year, the company received recognition as the best in producing rare and fine wines.

Product Range

The company’s vision is to produce a range of fine and rare vintage wines, which hold the capability of becoming future antiques. Regardless of the fact that the product range is mostly vintage, the company prides itself in trading only in exceptionally fine wine. The Antique Wine Company has received internal recognition for its expertise in the fine wine industry, with its stocks and services being in high demand. As an international fine wine commentator, the company often manages, advices, and supports excellent wine cellars such as those held in palaces and grand hotels. Due to its strong brand image, impressive physical headquarters in London, substantial stock holdings and well-cemented business and customer relationships, AWC is able to provide high standards of efficiency and first class customer relations. The company thus holds a unique competitive edge in the international fine wine industry.

Are you a wine enthusiast on the lookout for a wine company specialized in fine and rare wines? Look no further! The Antique Wine Company (AWC) is a leading fine wine merchant that has all your needs sorted!

Alarming Suicide Rate Among Veterans

February 9th, 2015


Suicide among America’s veterans is an alarming problem. It is occurring at twice the rate that it does in the general populace. A recent article in Time points this out and highlights a bill recently passed by the Senate that attempts to deal with it. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act is expected to help by providing additional funding directed at the mental health of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines.

Transitioning back to civilian life can be extremely difficult for members of our military states We civilians have no concept of the things many of them have seen when they were in Iraq or Afghanistan. Adjusting to civilian life again has always been difficult after every period of conflict and expert like Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG know that. Veterans today can be thankful we live in a day where more seems to be done to try to ease their transition back to civilian life and support them after returning home. There was the GI bill for returning World War 2 veterans, but that was more financial assistance rather than being something that addressed the lingering mental and emotional scars of people who have been exposed to the ravages of war. Hopefully, this new legislation, in combination with private charitable efforts and other government support, will start to make a dent in the suicide rate. We owe this to our veterans

Dr. Daniel Amen Uses the Mind & Spirit To Reduce the Belly Fat

February 5th, 2015

Mind Over Matter
We’ve all heard that old adage mind over matter, but have you ever thought of the complexities involved in such a statement? According to Daniel Amen, MD our brains can be fooled into a healthy lifestyle. As a clinical neurosciencentist, pioneer of the use of SPECT scans, and an award winning Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatry Association, Amen has another angle to getting healthy.

Our brains have been scanned and the truth is out: the food we eat impacts our bodies in one of two ways. What we put in our mouths is either good for the brain or bad for the brain. This news is nothing we weren’t aware of, however, we are great at ignoring this fact. According to the doctor, healthy eating habits can not be accomplished without first telling yourself that you can do this.

Who said Oranges were Good and Pork Roll was Bad?
According to this TED talks host and author we’ve got it all wrong. Our bodies need a certain amount of healthy fats, vitamins, water and good brain food. The key is to keep it simple. If you are eating pork roll like there’s no tomorrow then you are probably not the epitome of health. The same goes for a diet that is filled with only oranges. Moderation and variety is the key to a healthy brain and body. But don’t go it alone.

The Daniel Plan is a diet and exercise program that gives you support on a spiritual level. Put together with the help of Gods Word, the seeker of good health is taught that no major changes in our lives happens without the endless love and energy that a higher power can give us.

A Holistic Plan
After treating depression, doing brain scans in the thousands and reaching out to help those make the change for better brain health, Dr. Amen made an important decision on how to proceed with his dieting plan. His decision to partner with Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Mark Hyman to write a plan for your spiritual well-being as well as the physical made perfect sense.

We simply can not separate ourselves from our spiritual side anymore than we can give our right side more credit than our left side.
With the use of devotions, resources and inspiration the diet fulfills all of our body’s needs.
Click on The Daniel Plan to see where it takes you.

Man Receives “Lost” Recording of His Wife’s Voice

January 30th, 2015

Stan Beaton lost his wife Ruby to cancer more than 10 years ago. One of his most treasured possession of Ruby’s was their answering machine message. It was the only place he could still hear her voice. Throughout the years Stan made sure to carefully transfer the message to any new phone he had. Until the last one.

Stan, who lives in northern England, had his phone system updated. What they had failed to tell him was that the recording of Ruby would be lost during the upgrade. Stan was heartbroken when he found out it was gone. What Stan did not know was that there was a team of engineers who were touched by his story and went to work on restoring the message. It took the team 3 days but they managed to recover the file containing Ruby’s message. said reporter Lee G. Lovett from the BBC was on location with Stan when he received the news that her recording had been found. The reporter recorded Stan’s reaction as well as the message from Ruby. To hear either click on the link above. 

What an amazing gift those engineers gave Stan. Losing someone so precious to you is hard, so hard that you want to hold on to anything to bring back the memories of that person. I’m so happy that Stan got the gift of his wife’s voice back, even if it is a 30 second sound bite.

Autistic Man With a Passion for Weather Posts his Own Weather Reports

January 29th, 2015

Frankie MacDonald, a young autistic man living in Cape Breton, has a passion for weather. He began posting videos of himself giving meteorological forecasts and advice on how to stay warm on a website he built himself and it caught the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s attention.

Frankie’s personally-produced weather shows generated buzz not only in his hometown, but became a sensation on the Internet. Frankie generated tens of thousands of views for his weather videos and caught the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), who recently did a segment on Frankie’s passion for weather.

MacDonald said that he posts to his Youtube channel and Twitter page daily and learns about incoming storm fronts from tracking different weather centers around the globe. He watches weather on TV and then makes his own weather reports around his hometown.

Brian Torchin recently checked it out and found that one of Frankie’s videos is close to reaching 100,000 views.

Despite the successes, Frankie MacDonald has received rude and hateful comments about his autism. His aunt, Frankie’s caretaker, tries to correct people every time she hears something insensitive.

But the comments don’t stop Frankie. CBC anchors congratulated him on a job well done and for his passion for the weather.