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This Magical Headband Could Help You Sleep Through The Night

When it comes to quality sleep, it’s not just the hours we spend in bed that count. It’s also about the time we spend in the stages of sleep that actually restore and energize our bodies. 

The most critical stage, deep sleep, is the one that leaves us feeling refreshed when we wake up. It also helps rebuilds muscle, improves mental reaction time and makes workouts more effective. But for insomniacs, this essential sleep can be elusive

That’s what the makers of a new sleep gadget, the Sleep Shepherd Blue, hope to address. While other sleep trackers record how much you slept or wake you up at a specific stage of your sleep cycle, they don’t directly intervene to support better sleep. But the Sleep Shepherd Blue uses brain-training sounds to help people get an extremely deep night’s sleep. 

Sleep Shepherd Blue
Sleep Shepherd Blue

Michael Larson, an entrepreneur and mechanical engineer, began working on the Sleep Shepherd after his 17-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a sleep disorder. When the only recommendations for treatment she was given involved pharmaceuticals, he decided to develop an effective tool that was drug-free. First came a Sleep Shepherd hat, and now the sleeker, smaller headband version called Sleep Shepherd Blue.

The Sleep Shepherd Blue plays sounds call binaural beats. These subtle humming noises — one playing in each ear of the headband — are said to lull the brain into a meditative sort of state and lower it slowly, slooowly into deep sleep. 

“(The beats) are like a hammock for your brain,” Larson told The Huffington Post. “They help your brain slow down, which is the very definition of sleeping.”

A number of apps and online streaming systems also play binaural beats to help you sleep, though unlike the Sleep Shepherd Blue, they don’t necessarily play the beats directly into your ears. Studies suggest these beats improve perceived sleep quality, though more research is needed to see if they actually cause you to fall asleep.   

The Sleep Shepherd headband measures your brain waves as well. If it senses them speeding up toward wakefulness, it will play beats designed to guide you back to sleep for the night.

It’s an all-natural route for anyone who wants to avoid sleep medicines, Larson said. The headband connects to an app that tracks your hours of sleep each night and shows you how long you spent in each stage, kind of like a revved-up FitBit

The Sleep Shepherd Blue is currently only available on Kickstarter for introductory prices of $119 to $199, depending on when you get in on the deal. Headbands will be ship out next month, Larson told HuffPost.

Sleep Shepherd Blue

We’re encouraged to see a drug-free sleep aid for those who can’t or prefer not to take medication. Now THAT’S a win all around. 


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CNN And Fox News Agree Which Scientist To Go To

Thousands of scientists and their allies marched around the world in defense of scientific research on Saturday, but the right-wing crackpot media didnt see fit to interview any of them.

Rather, in covering Saturdays vast marches for science, Fox News and CNN both turned to a physicist named William Happer, who has found a niche as well as a hearing from the denier-in-chief in the Oval Office, and has said he would take the job of White House science adviser if it were offered to him. Happer has retired as a physics professor at Princeton, but in the eyes of Fox, firmly riveted to their dogmas, he remains a Princeton professor.

Fox News interviewer said to Happer, Im wondering what they [the marchers] have wrong. Happer replied: Most of them dont know any science. Its sort of a religious belief for them.

Now, how Happer knew what most of the marchers knew and didnt know was not clear, any more than it was clear to Trump-loving blowhard Alex Jones that the marchers were anti human, globalist useful idiots who, unlike patriotic sports fans, left mountains of trash around Washington.

To Happer, the 97 percent of climate scientists who affirm that climate change is caused by human activity are mistaken. He who has never conducted any research on the subject feels entitled to trash those who have done so, and Fox News, which knows as much about science as Roger Ailes and Bill OReilly know about women, cheerfully books him. Is this the old Fox News or the new one? I lose track.

On another occasion, Happer told The Guardian that climate scientists are a glassy-eyed cult. He was more muted on Fox News, saying that those who worry about human-caused climate change are addressing phantom problems.

CNN gave him a chance to trumpet one of his pet themes: heralding the wonders of carbon dioxide, calling it a perfectly natural gas. Its just like water vapor. Its something that plants love. There he was balanced by activist May Boeve and science guy Bill Nye. (Were no climate scientists available for the green room?) On another occasion, availing himself of the hospitality of Rupert Murdochs Wall Street Journal editorial page, he declared his affection for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, considering it a boon to plant life. For most plants, and for the animals and humans that use them, more carbon dioxide, far from being a pollutant in need of reduction, would be a benefit

Original as it may sound, bring-on-the-CO2 is an old theme for climate doubt-mongers, running back to the early 1990s, and no better defended today than before, when it was promoted by the Western Fuels Association to fight back against the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which committed the signatories, including the government of the United States, to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference in the climate system. Then too, as the science historian Naomi Oreskes wrote, the deniers intended to create the impression that global warming was the subject of active scientific debate, so a crucial component was the use of scientists as spokesmen.

Those cherry-picked scientists were artists of distortion and exaggeration. For fossil-fuel industry propaganda, they were the most useful of idiots.

And so on down to Happer, who is no slouch at metaphor, having said: The demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler. If he gets the White House job, he can have some rollicking conversations with Sean Spicer.

No matter that Happers specialty is atomic physics, not climate. Indeed, here is how Happer introduces himself on his Princeton faculty page: I am interested in the physics of spin-polarized atoms and nuclei, and in the application of these spin-polarized systems in other areas. Like spin-polarized professors, perhaps. But the crackpot media find it convenient to equate all scientists as soon as they find one who fits the help-wanted description. Their principle seems to be: In the dark, they are all the same.

So, too, Fox News second-tier go-to guy, Michael Guillen, who was given op-ed space on Fox News the day before the march. Guillen holds a Cornell doctorate in theoretical physics, mathematics and astronomy, and subsequently was a science editor for ABC News. According to The New York Times late media reporter David Carr, writing in 2003, Dr. Guillen once approached Fox Entertainment with a story about human cloning by a company, Clonaid, owned by what other Times reporters called a religious sect that believes space travelers populated earth through cloning and that humanitys mission is to clone. Carr wrote that Guillen was offering an exclusive, and that he had approached

other news divisions and cable companies as well, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and HBO, media executives said. An executive at one network said the offer, which would have given his network little editorial control and would have meant significant payments to Dr. Guillen, was not the way we do things. The executive said the proposed exclusive documentary about the process of creating the first human clone was offered for a price in the low six figures.

This, Guillen said, was normal freelance activity. Thats what freelance reporters do every day of the week, he said. I have to earn a living. Whats wrong with that? Subsequently, he backed away from Clonaid, suggesting the clone scheme might be an elaborate hoax.

Guillen, in his piece, writes: I cant bear seeing the organizers and partners of the so-called March for Science trying to politicize the scientific method. He has the gall to claim, as a hero of contrarians who fought against the establishments settled science, Albert Einstein.

Scientists construct hypotheses and evaluate them. They make mistakes. (Einstein made some too.) They also correct them. The whole community of science is the authority, not the individual. Unlike unthinking ideologues who preserve their dogmas solidly in cold storage, impervious to revision, scientists revise. Thats their business. They come up with models on the basis of plausible ideas, match them against evidence, and, when evidence suggests doubts about theory, search for better theory. But so-called conservatives are not so discriminating.

Just as there is no Planet B, as many March for Science signs pointed out, it is the height, or depth, of intellectual dishonesty to feature the scientist who matches your prejudice and ignore the arguments of the vast majority. Science is, to put it mildly, complex, so it is not surprising that among the legions of deep-pocketed fossil fuel companies and climate-change deniers there are a few dissenters who hold Ph.D.s. Scientific ignorance today is so widespread, and knee-jerk doubt so chic and widely promoted, that the nature of science as a self-correcting, collective enterprise is obscured.

The consequence of such dishonesty is not benign. In 1987, a Berkeley molecular biologist named Peter Duesberg published a contrarian article in a scientific journal arguing that AIDS was not caused by the HIV virus. The virus, according to Duesberg then and in subsequent articles, was a harmless hitchhiker on the actual causes, namely (1) illegal recreational drugs used by gays, and (2) antiretroviral drugs that had been introduced to fight AIDS. Although the overwhelming consensus among biologists was that HIV was indeed the cause of the disease, Duesbergs cause was taken up by a few other scientists. It was also taken up by right-wing promoters, and also, paradoxically, for a while, by some gay activists, although Duesberg had said that the AIDS epidemic was caused by a lifestyle that was criminal 20 years ago. Poking around on the internet, South African President Thabo Mbeki came upon Duesbergs work, with the result, according to the journal Nature, that

In 2000, Mbeki put Duesberg on a panel of AIDS advisers along with several other researchers who deny that HIV is the cause of AIDS. The resultant policies prevented the roll-out of ARV [antiretroviral] drugs in South Africa at a time when the country was in the throes of an AIDS epidemic, with a quarter of the population testing HIV positive. Since then, two studies have estimated that the lack of medication during Mbekis administration led to some 330,000 premature deaths.

Thanks to the Republican Party and its oligarch funders, we fall prey to contrarians who think that they alone can fix things. Last years Republican defense of willful ignorance, Im not a scientist, has a corollary: Ill tell you which scientists to listen to. (Perhaps this is the ultimate logic of their free-market fantasies.) And on this score, Donald Trump is no outlier: He speaks for his partys intellectual brutality.

No wonder scientists the world over took to the streets on Saturday partisans not of a party but of reason. Which makes all the difference.

This post first appeared at

Thanks to Naomi Oreskes and Aryt Alasti for assistance.

Viral frat bros donate 37 Taylor Swift tickets to Big Brothers Big Sisters

A “Shake It Off” lip dub video from the Transylvania University chapter of the Delta Sigma Phi-Beta Mu fraternity came full circle on its virality this week when 37 kids from the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program got to go to a Taylor Swift concert.

It’s been a strange journey.

Back in September of 2014, the frat brothers uploaded their lip dub to YouTube to help raise money for their team in the Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietyLight The Night Walk.

The videowhich was shot in a single, cutless takegot way more pickup than the bros had expected, and within days Taylor Swift had vowed to invite them to her next Kentucky show on Twitter.


Which brings us up to this month. Swift’s 1989 world tourwas scheduled to stop in Kentucky, and true to her word, she sent the fraternity enough tickets for each of the brothers and a date to attend.


But instead of bringing dates, the brothers donated their plus-one tickets to their local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter, and gave 37 kids the chance to come with them to see Taylor Swift live.

It was reportedly a lotof the kids’ first concert experience ever, and if the tweets are any indicator, everyone had a great time.

In true frat fashion, the brothers made custom T-shirts to commemorate the occasion:


Then, during the seating process, Swift played the lip dub on the big screens:

And, as a cherry on top, Swift and her dad swung by to chat:



The brothers may not have planned it this way, but their video might go down in the books as the most successful lip dub of all time.

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E-cigarette may become available on NHS – BBC News

Media captionHywel Griffith reports on new EU laws to be introduced on e-cigarettes

The UK medicines regulator has approved a brand of e-cigarette to be marketed as an aid to help people stop smoking.

The decision means e-Voke, produced by British American Tobacco, could be prescribed on the NHS.

Public Health England says e-cigarettes are far less harmful than tobacco and help smokers quit.

But some experts, including the British Medical Association, say the benefits and harms are not yet known since e-cigarettes are still relatively new.

The Royal College of GPs said doctors would be reluctant to hand them out to patients without clear merits.

Around 10m adults – one in five – in the UK smoke cigarettes.

Many of these would like to or are actively trying to kick the habit and an increasing number are turning to e-cigarettes, the NHS says.

In the year up to April 2015, two out of three people who used e-cigarettes in combination with the NHS stop smoking service managed to successfully quit.

Prof Kevin Fenton, National Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England, says e-cigarettes have become the most popular quitting aid in England.

And he thinks more people should benefit.

“Public Health England wants to see a choice of safe and effective replacements for smoking that smokers themselves want to use,” he said.

But Dr Tim Ballard of the Royal College of GPs said it would be unreasonable for the NHS to be asked to fund lifestyle choices for people.

“Potentially, there may be a place for the prescription of e-Voke as part of a smoking cessation programme, but GPs would be very wary of prescribing them until there was clear evidence of their safety and of their efficacy in helping people to quit,” he said.

“At the moment there isn’t the evidence and the guidance hasn’t been written to help GPs make those decisions.”

1. On some e-cigarettes, inhalation activates the battery-powered atomiser. Other types are manually switched on

2. A heating coil inside the atomiser heats liquid nicotine contained in a cartridge

3. The mixture becomes vapour and is inhaled. Many e-cigarettes have an LED light as a cosmetic feature to simulate traditional cigarette glow.

Different brands of e-cigarettes contain different chemical concentrations.

Deborah Arnott of Action on Smoking and Heath (ASH) said: “Electronic cigarettes are a much safer alternative source of nicotine for smokers than cigarettes, but that doesn’t mean they are risk-free and we would discourage anyone who’s not a smoker from using them.

“It is good news that an electronic cigarette has received a licence from the medicines regulator, as we know that they have been effective in helping smokers quit, and the cost, as part of a quit attempt, will be far lower than treating the diseases caused by smoking.”

Another type of nicotine inhaler which closely resembles a cigarette, called Voke, was licensed in 2014 to be marketed as an aid to help people stop smoking.

Obesity now linked to 12 different cancers

Earlier studies found links between excess body mass and seven different cancers, but new evidence has found five more

Obesity is linked to as many as 12 different forms of cancer, according to a major new report which advises giving up bacon and swapping sugary drinks for water as part of a 10-point plan for avoiding the disease.

Up to 40% of cancers are preventable, says the World Cancer Research Fund, launching its updated report on the reasons for the global spread. While smoking is still the biggest cause of cancer, WCRF says obesity will overtake it within a couple of decades in countries like the UK. The fund advises that our unhealthy modern lifestyle and the promotion of junk food has to end if people are to avoid the disease.

Watching screens, whether computers at work or the TV at home, is bad for adults and children because it is sedentary. Physical activity, including walking, is protective. Processed meats and too much red meat are linked to bowel and other forms of cancer. Sugary drinks cause people to put on weight. Alcohol is also calorific and linked to bowel, breast, liver, mouth and throat, oesophagus and stomach cancers.

Ten years ago, WCRF identified links between obesity and seven cancers. Today, the evidence shows links to 12, says the report presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna. They are cancers of the liver, ovary, prostate (advanced), stomach, mouth and throat, bowel, breast (post-menopause), gallbladder, kidney, oesophagus, pancreas and womb.

It is impossible to work out how many cancer-free years a better lifestyle could buy people, says WCRF, but a spokesperson said we do know that around 40% of cancer cases are preventable and that eating a healthy diet, being more active each day and maintaining a healthy weight are after not smoking the most important ways you can reduce your cancer risk.

WCRF says one in six deaths globally are already caused by cancer. As more countries adopt western lifestyles, moving less and eating more junk food, the number of new cases of cancer is expected to rise. At the current rate, the number of cases around the world will increase by 58%, reaching 24m per year by 2035. The global cost of cancer, it says, is projected to be an astonishing US$458bn by 2030.

It is the whole diet that matters not just giving up sugars or salami. WCRF recommends that people cut down on fast and processed convenience foods. In February the Guardian revealed that more than half the UK diet was made up of ultra-processed foods.

Our research shows its unlikely that specific foods or nutrients are important single factors in causing or protecting against cancer, said Dr Kate Allen, WCRFs executive director of science and public affairs.

Rather, different patterns of diet and physical activity throughout life combine to make you more or less susceptible to cancer. Our cancer prevention recommendations work together as a blueprint to beat cancer that people can trust, because they are based on evidence that has now proved consistent for decades.

This is the third expert report on global cancer prevention that WCRF has published the others were in 1997 and 2007.

Individuals can help reduce their cancer risk by living a healthy life, but governments have a responsibility too, it says. Public health policies and regulations that reduce the advertising and marketing and discounting of junk and processed foods and make it easier to walk, cycle and be active are vital, the report says.

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Prof Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UKs prevention expert, said: This report supports what we already know the key to cutting cancer risk is through our way of life. Not smoking, keeping a healthy weight, eating and drinking healthily and getting more active all helps. A bacon butty or glass of wine every so often isnt anything to worry about, its the things you do every day that matter most. Building small changes into your daily life, like choosing sugar-free drinks or walking more, can add up to a big difference for your health. She also called on the government to act to curb junk food marketing.

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  • Keep your weight within the healthy range and do not put on the pounds in adult life
  • Be physically active
  • Eat a diet rich in wholegrains, fruits, vegetables and beans
  • Limit fast and processed foods high in sugar, salt and fat
  • Limit red and processed meats – for processed meat like bacon and salami the evidence is very strong. Red meat should not be consumed more than three times a week
  • Limit sugar-sweetened drinks
  • Limit alcohol – to prevent cancer it is best not to drink
  • Do not consume food supplements – get your vitamins and minerals from healthy foods
  • Breastfeed babies if you can – good for the mother and child
  • After a cancer diagnosis, follow the WCRF recommendations if you can






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The WCRF has launched an online cancer health check tool to allow people to assess their own lifestyle and risk.

A separate presentation at the conference suggests that obesity plays a part in malignant melanoma a form of skin cancer that is the fifth most common in the UK, causing 2,000 deaths a year. Magdalena Taube and colleagues at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have shown that obese people who undergo stomach-shrinking bariatric surgery and lose a quarter of their weight have a dramatically decreased risk of the cancer.

The data showing a 61% drop in risk came from the long-running 4,000-strong Swedish Obese Subjects study, with follow-up of 20 years. Half had bariatric surgery and half did not. Our study indicates it is not the sun exposure, said Taube. It is the obesity that drives this melanoma. The subjects are all Swedish residents who do not have a great deal of sun exposure.

Taube also cites a study in the US of war veterans, in which black subjects had a higher rate of malignant melanoma than those with more sun-susceptible white skins. One possibility, she said, is that this is a different type of melanoma which is not affected by the suns radiation.


‘I had this time-bomb inside me’ – BBC News

Image copyright Helga MacFarlane
Image caption Helga Macfarlane was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, (HCM)

Helga Macfarlane says she is “horrified” to think that she was unknowingly living with a faulty gene that put her at high risk of coronary heart disease or sudden death.

The 52-year-old, from Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, seemed to be fit and healthy all her life and took part in numerous sports, including squash and running.

Ms Macfarlane was diagnosed last year with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, (HCM), which is an inherited condition.

Her diagnosis came almost 20 years after a brief episode of irregular heart rhythm in her 30s, the cause of which was not found.

“In hindsight it absolutely frightened me that I had run and played squash and I had this time-bomb inside me,” she told BBC Scotland.



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Image caption Helga’s son Murray was tested for the faulty gene


According to new research from the British Heart Foundation, more than 50,000 Scots are thought to be carrying a faulty gene that puts them at high risk of heart disease.

The majority of those affected are undiagnosed and unaware that they may be at risk of a sudden heart attack.

Each week in the UK about 12 seemingly healthy people aged 35 or under are victims of sudden cardiac death with no explanation.

Ms Macfarlane says she had first noticed irregular heart beats and palpitations when she was in her 30s but nothing was found.

“Then in my mid-40s I started getting more severe palpitations, light-headedness and I passed out a couple of times,” she says.

“I was referred back to the cardiology department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, who did various tests and echo scans, ultrasounds, a treadmill test and they could not find anything at all.

“There was certainly nothing lifestyle related like blocked arteries or anything so it was a bit of a mystery.”

Ms Macfarlane says she was “starting to feel like I was some kind of hypochondriac” but doctors persevered with their tests.

Cardiac defibrillator

Eventually she was fitted with a reveal monitor, which was implanted into her body for two years.

“For 18 months it didn’t pick up anything,” she says.

“Then in the last six months it picked up what’s called tachycardia, which is a very fast heart beat.

“They were able to analyse this and see that it was something a bit sinister.”

Another episode of fainting last June led to an MRI scan which showed that the wall of her left ventricle, which is the lower chamber of the heart, was thickened.

That suggested the possibility of an inherited heart condition.

She was sent for a gene test which gave the positive result.

Ms Macfarlane says that her father had died of a heart condition but doctors could not tell from his notes whether he had carried the faulty gene.

They also tested Ms MacFarlane’s son and her brother to see if they had the gene. Both tested negative.

As a result of her diagnosis, Ms Macfarlane was fitted with a cardiac defibrillator.

She says: “That gave me a complete new lease of life because I had lost all my confidence, knowing that I had the condition that could possibly lead to sudden cardiac death.

“The cardiac defibrillator constantly monitors my heart and if the rhythm goes off or my heart stops for any reason it will kick in and I am extremely lucky to have that.”