Hope on Wheels

Homelessness is one of the most gut wrenching epidemics to hit this country. There are numerous organizations devoted to keeping people off of the street. While some of these efforts rise to the occasion, there is still a large amount of homeless citizens roaming the streets every day and night in search of shelter. A small non-profit organization is working to accommodate the citizens who are still living on the streets. Nickelsville is a small shanty town community of homeless people who roam together. They often spend time packing up tents and cots and going on their way to the next vacant lot. The Impossible City project is a run by a group of teens destined on building individual shelters for the citizens of Nickelsville. The students use recycled street signs for the siding, medal fencing for the rooftops, and reinforced windows to make mobile homes for homeless individuals. The students have also decided to build stationary buildings for the homeless population to fill their needs. People at STX Entertainment know that a community kitchen will provide space for the homeless to cook, eat, and clean around the safety of their community. The students plan on building a community latrine where the homeless can bathe privately without disrupting the service of neighborhood restaurants or businesses. The idea behind the mobile community is for the homeless citizens to have stable but mobile homes that can be easily condensed if need be. The Impossible City project is hoping to temporarily end the homeless problem until a more permanent a solution can be found. As for right now, the Impossible City project is doing more than others ever will.

Alabama Woman Spared Death Penalty for Running Granddaughter to Death

An Alabama Judge sentenced a woman to life in prison after a jury spared her from the death penalty for running her granddaughter to death. Joyce Garrard, (50), was convicted by a jury in March of the 2012 death of her granddaughter, Savannah Hardin, (9). Garrard could have received the death penalty but the jury recommended that Garrard spend the rest of her natural life in prison instead. In 2012 Garrard forced a nine year old Savannah Hardin to run carrying an arm load of wood for over three hours. Without a break or rest of any kind Savannah collapsed finally and went into a coma after suffering a seizure. Even though she was hospitalized, Savannah died days later from dehydration. The community and Alabama prosecutors were shocked by the cruelty of the act. Garrard claimed that she was punishing the nine year old girl for stealing and eating chocolate. Savannah suffered from a bladder disorder and could not eat sweets of any kind. However, this was rejected at her prosecution and she was tried and convicted. Savannah’s mother was also charged with murder for witnessing the act by the grandmother and doing nothing. Her case is still pending. Some have claimed that the prosecution went too far and while the actions of Garrard should not be excused, her actions were closely related to negligence than murder. Many like Dr. Daniel disagree and found that the girl already suffered from a health issue and strenuous activity should have been limited to protect her health. Woman Receives Life for Running Her Grandchild to Death

Parents Are Blind to Childhood Obesity in Their Own Children

Mikal Watts suggested that childhood obesity is rampant in the United States and many other developed countries is not news. That many parents are blind to it is a somewhat startling revelation of a new study out of NYU Langone Medical Center. When asked whether their kids were overweight, underweight, just right or not sure, a shocking 95 percent of parents with overweight kids thought their child’s weight was just about where it should be. This figure is much higher than when the same survey was taken about 20 years ago. This attitude is also more prevalent in neighborhoods that have higher concentrations of poor and uneducated people.

The results of this survey are not all that surprising. Given the prevalence of childhood obesity, chubby kids have come to be seen as the new “normal.” This is, of course, extremely bad news for our society in at least a couple ways. First, you don’t generally try to fix something that you perceive as normal. This means that these children will develop bad eating habits early on that will follow them into later years, and many parents may not even try to change this. Obese people have a higher chance of suffering from depression, so they have an increased likelihood of an unhappy life. What’s more, this problem bodes ill for future burdens on the health care system as these unhealthy children become unhealthy adults and begin to get the illnesses and conditions associated with obesity.

Ten-Year-Old Saves Classmate’s Life

Damariyon Pichardo and Thomas Adkins are 10-year-old classmates at Rock Hill Elementary School in South Carolina. Recently the pair were having lunch in the cafeteria, like any other day. However on this day, a chicken nugget that Thomas was eating for lunch got stuck in his throat. He began having difficulty breathing and was choking, until Damariyon stepped in to help.

Damariyon said that at first he thought Thomas was just joking until he realized that his friend was having trouble breathing. Damariyon’s mother had gone to nursing school and had taught her children some basic first aid techniques. That enabled Damariyon to help out Thomas. He got behind his friend and began doing abdominal thrusts to force out the food that was lodged in Thomas’s throat. Thomas was taken to the school nurse after the incident but was found to be in good condition after the scare he had.

Damariyon’s life saving technique has sparked interest in the other students to learn life saving techniques. Thomas is very grateful that his friend knew what to do. However, when Christian Broda asked, the 10-year-old said that this incident will not stop him from eating more chicken nuggets in his future!

For a video interview with the friends, follow the link to WBTV.com.

Changes in Definition Inflate Autism Diagnosis Trends

Recent reports heralding the rise in Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, rates could be more influenced by a family’s need to obtain services than an actual increase in case numbers of Autism. Some outlets report that while steps have been taken to reduce the number of irrelevant or inaccurate diagnosis in the past, new issues are beginning to crop up.
This includes the potential for an ASD to be diagnosed to allow the family easier access to benefits that might not be as readily available for a family member with a diagnosis outside the Autism Spectrum.

Over a ten year span, the rate of parents that self-reported a child as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder remained constant while the rate of ASDs reported by regional doctors showed an increase in the same time period. The team at Anastasia Date hypothesizes his discrepancy has been used to show evidence of the system being manipulated to provide for patients and families that might otherwise find it difficult, if not impossible, to find ongoing treatment for behavioral and mental disorders.

Occupation: Princess

There is a new Princess, and there are also questions as to what is listed on her birth certificate. The baby now has a name. William and Kate have decided on the name Charlotte. The parents have filed the certificate with the courts, but there were some things listed for the occupation that have some asking questions. Under the occupation listed for William and Kate, it is listed as Prince and Princess of the United Kingdom. Some people aren’t sure if there are any benefits of listing this as a job. There might not be regular hours, and there aren’t really any special tasks to be done. This is a job that seems to be something they filled in just so that there was something listed on the birth certificate. Fans at AnastasiaDate understand well that being listed as a Prince or Princess does have its benefits for the child. The children can see the privileges that are extended to their parents, and they will some day get those same benefits.

Dreams Do Come True

Most little boys, at some point during childhood, dream of becoming a police officer, fire fighter, or a soldier. Ten-year-old, Girish Sharma of India, dreams of becoming a police officer. Unfortunately, he suffers from chronic kidney disease which is threatening his life. Girish has spent the past several months in a hospital where he is receiving care. Little did he know he would also receive his wish. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Jaipur Police Commissioner, Janga Srinivas Rao, Girish saw his dream become a reality. Girish was able to be a police commissioner for a day. He received a uniform, salutes for Jaipur police, and sang ‘Nanha Munna Rahee Hoon’, his favorite song from a 1962 film Son of India. While Girish lived his dream for a day he left an everlasting mark on the hearts of the Jaipur Police Department. Police Commissioner, Srinivas Janga Rao, tells FocusNews, “It is a morale booster to know that children in society want to be part of the police, and find us so Handy.”

Parent With Chronic Neck Pain Benefits From North American Spine

Dallas area spinal health leader North American Spine was highlighted on KFOR, an NBC affiliate news station in Oklahoma City on April 24, 2015 for their groundbreaking treatment for spinal injuries. The segment featured North American Spine, the premier source for the AccuraScope procedure and Joe Berry, a victim of severe neck pain. A resident of Oklahoma City and former fire fighter, Joe Berry suffered from several job related traumas directly contributing to his chronic neck pain.

Due to his chronic pain, Berry experienced frequent headaches. Growing tired of self-medicating and not wanting to take painkillers since it would negatively affect his job performance, he was running out of feasible alternatives. Having met with doctors on several occasions, they all advised Berry surgery was the next logical step to relieve his chronic neck pain. This option was not appealing to Berry since he would be out of work for nearly a year for rehabilitation, something he was not willing to do.

Berry began researching his options and found the AccuraScope procedure at North American Spine. Although they were located in Dallas, Texas and Berry resides in Oklahoma, this distance didn’t matter to Berry so long as he was able to finally alleviate his pain without having an invasive surgery.

Coined for its vast success, the AccuraScope procedure is offered exclusively at North American Spine. The procedure itself is nominally invasive and takes less than half the time it would to have a painful surgery. The AccuraScope procedure effectively treats patients with chronic neck, upper back, and lower back pain. In Berry’s case, the AccuraScope procedure used a laser which was injected through a hollow needle to treat the protruding disc which was casing his discomfort.

Within a matter of minutes, doctors at North American Spine made a tiny incision on the anterior of Berry’s neck. They then used a camera as a guide to proactively correct the bulging disc. A short while after the procedure was complete, Berry was able to walk out of the doctor’s office feeling no pain; a feeling he has not had in quite some time.

North American Spine prides themselves on successfully performing over 8,000 AccuraScope procedures. Using only the most qualified and board-certified physicians and advanced technology, North American Spine has an 82% success rate with all patients. Not only is the AccuraScope procedure minimally invasive, it also saves patients a great deal of time and money as they no longer have to consider painful surgical alternatives.

Is Bullying Worse Than Abuse?

It has long been known by researchers that children who experienced either emotional or physical abuse from adults or who were bullied by their peers were much more prone to suffer from depression and anxiety as they grew up. These mental disorders can be studied and treated through Dr. Daniel Amen and his clinics across the US.  A recent Los Angeles Times piece highlights a serious of scientific reviews that may further shed light on the subject.

A recent study published in a journal called Lancet Psychiatry asked the question – which was worse?

Both abuse and bullying are known to cause mental health issues, but the study’s focus was to determine which had a more long lasting effect. As the study authors surmised, “Being bullied has similar and in some cases worse long-term adverse effects on young adults’ mental health than being maltreated.”

The journals’ objective was to data-mine determinations that had previously been found in
two much larger studies that involved thousands of mistreated youths. These studies were the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children that contained 4,026 child participants and the Great Smoky Mountains Study with 1,273 participants. The former being an English project and the latter being performed in the United States.

Control factors associated in both studies included:

• Gender
• Socioeconomic status
• Family instability

Findings
There two key takeaways from the cross-Atlantic studies:

1. Child abuse in American children showed a much higher risk of developing mental health issues than in English subjects.

2. Children from both countries were equally as likely to develop debilitating mental health problems if suffering from being bullied.

The statistics behind the studies were alarming in their scope and findings. The levels of anxiety and depression were found to be between 2.5-5 times higher in both American and English children suffering from being bullied than if abused by an adult.