Friday, 28 August 2015

A newborn photo shoot…..with a dog ?

A Couple Did A Newborn Photo Shoot With Their Dog To Stop People Asking About Babies
Photographer Elisha Minnette says she came up with the idea to do the puppy shoot with the couple, Matt and Abby, on a long drive home from picking up Humphry from a breeder.
Minnette says it was intended to be a “light-hearted” poke at parents who do similar photo shoots with their newborns.

“We did this shoot just for a little bit of humour between ourselves, as well as for those that share the same sense of humour as us.”

Minnette then decided to shared the photos on her Facebook page – and people loved the idea.

Will we get to see more of Humphry, the star of the newborn shoot, in the future?

Dogs are nice…..I'll take a grandchild first though any time

More of Mattais Anderson Hiatt - August 28/2015

One week ago our first grandchild Mattais Anderson Hiatt came into the world.  What a gift of God and a wonderful blessing to Tim and Karla and to us as grandparents.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

A Smile A Day - August 27th

What Happens to Your Body Within an Hour of Drinking a Beer

When it’s happy hour on a hot summer day, there are few things more refreshing than downing an ice-cold beer. But what exactly happens to your body as you knock back that brew? Turns out, quite a bit. Drinking beer affects everything from the brain to blood sugar levels.
You probably already know the definition of “moderate” alcohol consumption, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — up to one drink a day for women, two drinks per day for men — and that binge drinking can put your health at serious risk. But what happens in your body after just one beer?
Well, there’s a reason having a drink feels so relaxing — a 2013 study in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that, even before you feel buzzed, sipping beer releases the famous feel-good hormone dopamine. This lights up the reward centers in the brain, which in some people, can increase the desire to have another … and another.

(Infographic: Erik Mace for Yahoo Health)
Although you won’t exactly be hanging from the restaurant chandelier after having a single beer, you do start to lose your inhibitions after just one. “You get more garrulous, talk a lot more, and are more likely to make a social interaction, such as going over to a colleague you’ve been wanting to meet and introducing yourself,” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism director George Koob, PhD, tells Yahoo Health. “That’s why it’s a social lubricant.”

As anyone who has ever gotten truly buzzed knows, if you keep the drinks coming, feeling uninhibited gives way to impulsiveness (dancing on the bar, anyone?) and risk-taking behavior (there’s a reason alcohol is also known as “liquid courage”). But Koob points out that the initial effects of drinking one beer are more emotional and cognitive. It’s only if you go for more rounds that the drama ratchets up — as Koob puts it: “where people are very happy and garrulous and then they start getting teary and complaining about their boyfriend or girlfriend” — and the alcohol starts to have a physical effect, messing with balance and coordination.
How hard you’re hit by alcohol depends on several factors, including gender and weight. But in general, alcohol affects women more than men. “Females tend to get more intoxicated than males from the same dose mainly because of the distribution of body water and body fat per kilogram,” explains Koob. “Females tend to have less body water than males and tend to get 30 to 40 percent more intoxicated than men with the same dose.”
And yes, there’s a reason why drinking alcohol on an empty stomach (or without alternating sips of water) seems to bring on a buzz faster: “If you’ve had a meal and are drinking alcohol during the meal, you’ll have much slower absorption rate,” says Koob. “If you’re dehydrated, on an empty stomach, and are drinking alcohol, you’ll get a faster absorption and a much more dramatic high from intoxication in the short-term.”
You’re not imagining things if it seems like you’re going to the bathroom more often as you sip your beer. “Alcohol inhibits antidiuretic hormones, so like coffee, you’ll go No. 1 more often while you’re drinking alcohol,” Koob says.
Now, what might the cumulative health effects be if you were to down a beer a day over a certain period of time? Surprisingly, you might experience fewer kidney stones: A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that every bottle of beer consumed per day reduced the risk of painful kidney stones by an estimated 40 percent.

And while wine often takes the credit as the booze that benefits your heart health, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, beer might also have some kind of a beneficial effect. While any health expert will tell you that binge-drinking alcohol is bad for your heart, the study showed that among men with coronary artery disease, drinking a single 12-ounce beer per day for a month may help reduce the risk of a heart attack. The reason: Beer is full of antioxidants (who knew?) and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Animal research also suggests that an ingredient in the sudsy stuff may boost brainpower. A study published in the journal Behavioral Brain Research found that a type of flavonoid in beer called xanthohumol could improve cognitive function. Other research shows that consuming a single beer per day can help protect vision. How: The antioxidants in beer help fight free radicals that can damage cells in the eye, reducing the risk of cataracts by as much as 50 percent. Up that amount to three beers, though, and you’ll lose the eye health benefit.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Another reason to get enough sleep

Studies link poor sleep to risky Alzheimer’s protein, another reason to get enough shut-eye

WASHINGTON — To sleep, perchance to… ward off Alzheimer’s? New research suggests poor sleep may increase people’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease, by spurring a brain-clogging gunk that in turn further interrupts shut-eye.
Disrupted sleep may be one of the missing pieces in explaining how a hallmark of Alzheimer’s, a sticky protein called beta-amyloid, starts its damage long before people have trouble with memory, researchers reported Monday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.
“It’s very clear that sleep disruption is an underappreciated factor,” said Dr. Matthew Walker of the University of California, Berkeley, who presented data linking amyloid levels with people’s sleep and memory performance. “It’s a new player on the scene that increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”
Sleep problems are treatable — and a key next question is whether improving sleep can make a difference in protecting seniors’ brains.
“Sleep is a modifiable factor. It’s a new treatment target,” Walker said.
Enough sleep is important for good health generally — seven to eight hours a night are recommended for adults. When it comes to the brain, scientists have long known that people who don’t get enough have trouble learning and focusing. And anyone who’s cared for someone with dementia knows the nightly wandering and other sleep disturbances that patients often suffer, long thought to be a consequence of the dying brain cells.
The new research suggests that sleep problems actually interact with some of the disease processes involved in Alzheimer’s, and that those toxic proteins in turn affect the deep sleep that’s so important for memory formation.
“It may be a vicious cycle,” said Dr. Miroslaw Mackiewicz of the National Institute on Aging, who wasn’t part of the new work.
EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages filesA new genetic discovery that affects Alzheimer's disease risk could help point the way to new gene therapies that could fend off or prevent the disease from developing, doctors say.
Walker’s team gave PET scans to 26 cognitively healthy volunteers in their 70s to measure build-up of that gunky amyloid. They were given words to memorize, and their brain waves were measured as they slept overnight.
The more amyloid people harboured in a particular brain region, the less deep sleep they got — and the more they forgot overnight, Walker said. Their memories weren’t transferred properly from the brain’s short-term memory bank into longer-term storage.
What’s the risk over time? Two sleep studies tracked nearly 6,000 people over five years, and found those who had poor sleep quality — they tossed and turned and had a hard time falling asleep — were more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, early memory problems that sometimes lead to Alzheimer’s, said Dr. Kristine Yaffe of the University of California, San Francisco.
Sleep apnea — brief interruptions of breathing that repeatedly awaken people without them realizing — caused a nearly two-fold increase in that risk, Yaffe said. She recommended that people at risk of Alzheimer’s be screened for sleep disorders, especially apnea, which has effective treatment.
“There’s a lot of evidence that we need to pay more attention” to sleep in seniors, she said.
Animal studies give clues to the biology behind these changes. Dr. David Holtzman of Washington University in St. Louis reported a series of mice experiments that found amyloid production is highest during waking hours and lowest during deep sleep. Depriving mice of sleep spurred toxic amyloid build-up and, intriguingly, once those deposits began, the mice stayed awake longer on their own. Holtzman also checked Alzheimer’s other bad actor, the protein tau that forms tangles in the brain, and found the same effect on deep sleep.

Another hint came a few years ago, when University of Rochester scientists reported that the brain uses sleep to flush out toxic debris. They injected mice brains with amyloid and watched it clear faster while they slept.
The work comes as researchers hunt ways to prevent a coming wave of Alzheimer’s as the population ages, driven by the baby boomer generation that begins turning 70 next year. More than 5 million Americans already have Alzheimer’s, a number expected to more than double by 2050. Changes that lead to Alzheimer’s can begin 20 years before memory lapses, and scientists are studying drugs in people at high risk in hopes of finding preventive treatment.
But so far, lifestyle changes are the main recommendation, and starting early seems important. Yaffe also reported Monday that younger adults who get little physical activity have worse cognitive functioning by middle age. In Sweden, Karolinska Institute researchers tracked down seniors’ long-ago report cards to find that school performance at age 9 or 10 predicted who was already building a better “cognitive reserve” to guard against later-in-life decline.
“There are lots of risk factors we might be able to change. Sleep is one,” said Alzheimer’s Association chief science officer Maria Carrillo. Together, she said, the new research emphasizes how “sleep is critical as we age.”

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

10 Parents Who Are Having A Very Bad Day - Worse Than Yours

When you're a parent with a young baby, "spit-ups" happen around the clock. You get used to the smell and wearing "the look". . . Well, maybe not this dad..

Kids like to copy parents, but only in the WAY they see fit. . . like feeding the fish black pepper. They figure they've got the "shaking" action down. NOPE.

Funny how kids are able to get away with certain things while with dad. Just sayin', but can you imagine this body art with mom? No way, right?

Stay away! The toy department is NOT for anyone over three feet! It's a kids' war zone.

Nothing is sacred to these little demons. . . Not even your bra.

Omg, it might be the last time you EVER buy your kid a painting set. . . OR is this a young Picasso. . . OR a demon in the making?

This dad thinks he's dreaming about being tickled, and when he wakes up he'll STILL think he's dreaming, but in a colorful nightmare..

Kids scare themselves when they barf up their whole meal, but this dad is resigned to it AND wears it like a badge!

Luckily this is fixable and you count your lucky stars. . . it might not be the next time around..

You're dressed to dine out, NOT be barfed on, BUT it's why parents hire baby-sitters.

As a new first time Grand parent long removed from babies…note to self…be careful….
very careful