AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMilitary operations by both NATO and the Taliban have been halted today in honor of International Peace Day. In Afghanistan, NATO’s top general has called a ceasefire in all offensive operations by international troops and the Taliban militants have pledged to lay down their weapons for the remainder of a three-day polio vaccination campaign. Today is the 26th anniversary of the International Day of Peace, a United Nations-backed day of nonviolence and global cease-fire. ================ UPDATE- (Monday, Sept. 22) “The UN said tens of thousands of international and Afghan soldiers as well as Taliban militants ‘all stood down from offensive military operations in support of International Peace Day,” reported Reuters News. “Government officials around the country reported no violence.” =============== (Image courtesy of Sun Star) We are sorry. The content item you requested needs to be replaced since the sydicator has abruptly ended this news service. The Good News Network is committed to finding another version of this news story elsewhere and adding the replacement link by mid-January, 2009. Please check back!We are sorry. The content item you requested needs to be replaced since the sydicator has abruptly ended this news service. The Good News Network is committed to finding another version of this news story elsewhere and adding the replacement link by mid-January, 2009. Please check back!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
A church in Dallas, Texas has made it their mission to help people who are struggling financially. Earlier this year the pastor of Crossed Timbers told members to take money from the collection plate if they needed it, even though church donations were down. That day they had the largest collection ever. Video Below, from KDAF and CNN.com
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA few nostalgic baseball fans make weekly pilgrimages to the place where their beloved Tiger Stadium once stood in Detroit, to weed and clean up the grassy field that remains. “He’s doing what the city couldn’t do. He’s getting done what the city couldn’t get done, and it’s really encouraging. I mean, talk about power to the people. It’s really amazing to see what he’s doing.”Between chores a game of catch might break out…(READ the story at MyFoxDetroit.com)Tiger stadium, by Steve Thomas, DetroitAthletic.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
”This officer has changed my life, not just because he purchased a car seat for my 5 year old, but because he has opened my eyes and given me hope,” the young mom wrote on the Facebook page of the Emmett Township Department of Public Safety, when they posted photos of the good deed.“As soon as I can afford it, I will be paying forward,” she added.Officer Hall said he was not looking to be paid back. “It’s a pay-it-forward situation completely,” he told a WXMI-17 news reporter.UPDATE: “The only the reason the photo was put on Facebook was the little girl wanted to get a photo of the officer and her new car seat,” Lt. Tony Geigle told Good News Network Wednesday. “The only one of them with a camera at Walmart was the ‘loss prevention officer’ on duty. She snapped a few photos, emailed them to the family and sent them to the Department… The little girl was really happy,”One of the officers at headquarters told Geigle, ‘I just got this picture from Amanda at Walmart.’When other officers in the department heard about it they were pulling out their wallets to help pitch in and reimburse him. But, Hall refused any contributions telling them, “I wanted to do it, it made me feel good.”“It has been pretty overwhelming for him,” said Geigle, referring to all the media attention. “For the most part, it has been very positive.”The Emmett Township runs all their police, fire and EMTs out of a single office with everyone training together. “We are very community oriented and created our Facebook page to provide info to our public, to let people see what we are doing. We even post all our calls.”(WATCH the video below or READ more from WXMI-17 News)Photos courtesy of Emmett Township Public Safety Department Facebook PageAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLexi DeLorenzo knew she could have been fined for letting her five-year-old ride in a car without a car seat. But her car had been repossessed with the booster seat still inside, after the family fell on hard times and couldn’t pay their bills. When she and her friend were pulled over, with her daughter secured only in a seat belt, she feared the worst.But, instead of giving her a ticket, Emmett Township Public Safety Officer Ben Hall led her to a nearby Walmart in Battle Creek, Michigan and bought the family a car seat to keep her safe.“A ticket wouldn’t have solved the problem,” said the kind-hearted officer later.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhile visiting the Taipei Zoo in Taipei, Taiwan, Audi Yu shot this video of a friendly giant tortoise helping an overturned friend. In less then one one minute, the thoughtful tortoise manages to get his buddy back on his feet.This isn’t the only time a tortoise has helped flip a friend. Watch the second video to see a hilarious example.(WATCH the video below) SHARE with your Friends and Turn their Day Around… (Click below)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
In December, Davion moved in, and the legal adoption process began.The two celebrated his adoption on their shared birthday in February by signing the papers together, and on April 22 it will become official.Indeed, they have the same birth date, further evidence that this family was meant to be.(WATCH Davion’s 2013 church plea below) Photo from Connie Going FB PageInspired by this story? SHARE the love below…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 MoreAddThisMoreIt was her all along.After a heartfelt plea to his church in 2013, a 16-year-old Florida boy’s prayers were answered by the very woman who was was by his side all along, helping the foster teen look for a home.Good News Network first covered the story when Davion Navar Henry Only stood in front of a church congregation publicly asking someone, anyone, to love him. Touched by his plight, following widespread media coverage, more than 10,000 families came forward asking for information about adopting the teen.Eventually, he moved in with a Reverend’s family, but was later rejected and sent back to foster care, after numerous fights broke out in the home.The 9 Orphan Siblings Who Raised Themselves Rather Than Split Up After months of feeling totally dispirited, Davion telephoned his social worker, Connie Bell Going, known to him as “Miss Connie”, and asked the same question that he’d posed several times since the age of seven.“How do you feel about adopting me…?”As a single mother of three, she had always wanted to take him in, but held out hope for finding a family with a father. But she decided it was time and by the next month, Davion was spending weekends with her daughters, Sydney, 21, Carley, 17 and adopted son Taylor, 14.Housekeeper Receives Life Changing Surprise (WATCH)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreScientists from Children’s Health Research Institute, a program of Lawson Health Research Institute, and Western University have developed a new blood test that identifies with greater than 90 per cent certainty whether or not an adolescent athlete has suffered a concussion. Concussion is a major public health concern, often resulting in significant acute symptoms and in some individuals, long-term neurological dysfunction.“The discovery of a blood test that can aid in concussion diagnosis is very important,” says Dr. Fraser. “With further research, we anticipate that our blood test will also aid clinicians in predicting concussion outcome, as well as aid rehabilitation after concussion.”MORE: Simple Blood Test Could Detect Cancer Ten Years Before Symptoms ShowThe findings were recently published in the international journal Metabolomics.The technology is subject to a patent application filed through WORLDiscoveries®, the joint technology transfer office of Lawson and Western.“This relatively quick and inexpensive blood test for concussion is by far the most accurate reported with tremendous potential for clinical management and commercialization,” says Kirk Brown, Manager of Business Development for Lawson.(Source: Lawson Health Research Institute)Click To Share This Story With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Diagnosis of a clinically significant concussion, or a mild traumatic brain injury, can be difficult as it currently relies on a combination of patient symptom assessment and clinician judgement. Equally problematic are the decisions to stop play or activities, or when patients who have suffered a concussion can safely return to normal activities without risking further injury.In the new study, researchers have demonstrated that a blood test can now accurately diagnose a concussion using a form of blood profiling known as metabolomics. Dr. Douglas Fraser, a physician in the Paediatric Critical Care Unit at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre and Lawson scientist, led the study with his co-investigator Mark Daley, a professor in the Departments of Computer Science, Biology and Statistics & Actuarial Sciences at Western University.RELATED: First Ever Quadriplegic Treated With Stem Cells Regains Motor Control in His Upper BodyIn the relatively inexpensive test, blood is drawn from an individual that may have suffered a concussion as the result of a sudden blow to the head (or from transmitted forces from a sudden blow to the body) within 72 hours of the incident. The scientists measure a panel of metabolites – small molecules that are the products of the body’s metabolism – in the blood to search for distinct patterns that indicate a concussion has occurred.“This novel approach, to use blood testing of metabolites as a diagnostic tool for concussions, was exploratory and we were extremely pleased with the robustness of our initial results,” says Dr. Fraser, also an Associate Professor in Western’s Departments of Paediatrics, Physiology & Pharmacology and Clinical Neurological Sciences at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. “We looked at a host of patterns and it appears that those who suffered a concussion have a very different pattern than those who have not had a concussion.”MORE: How Negative Headlines Can Impact Your Mental and Emotional HealthThis new method, fully funded by the Children’s Health Foundation and conducted by the Western Concussion Study Group, is unique in that previous attempts have looked unsuccessfully for a single highly accurate protein biomarker that can distinguish concussed from non-concussed adolescent patients.In this latest successful attempt, the researchers took a different approach and investigated a full spectrum of 174 metabolites.CHECK OUT: New Drug Inspires Hope For Alzheimer’s Cure“We looked at all of these metabolites in concussed male adolescent patients and in non-concussed male adolescent patients and it turns out that the spectrum is really different,” explains Daley, who is also Western’s Associate Vice-President (Research) and a principal investigator at Western’s renowned Brain & Mind Institute. “There is no one metabolite that we can put a finger on but when we looked at all of them, those profiles are different enough that we could easily distinguish concussed patients from non-concussed. In fact, with fine tuning we can now look at sets of as few as 20-40 specific metabolites and maintain the diagnostic accuracy level of the test over 90 per cent.”
The new research, involving more than 300 patients, showed that the test could diagnose cancer with an overall accuracy of 85%.RELATED: Simple Blood Test Could Detect Cancer Ten Years Before Symptoms ShowDr Sheraz Markar, an NIHR Clinical Trials Fellow from Imperial College London, told the Congress: “At present the only way to diagnose oesophageal cancer or stomach cancer is with endoscopy. This method is expensive, invasive and has some risk of complications.“A breath test could be used as a non-invasive, first-line test to reduce the number of unnecessary endoscopies. In the longer term this could also mean earlier diagnosis and treatment, and better survival.”The trial was based on the results of previous research that suggested differences in the levels of specific chemicals (butyric, pentanoic and hexanoic acids, butanal, and decanal) between patients with stomach or oesophageal cancer and patients with upper gastrointestinal symptoms without cancer. The new research aimed to test whether this ‘chemical signature’ that seemed to typify cancer could be the basis of a diagnostic test.MORE: Bold Trials to Kill Vicious Cancer Type is So Successful, FDA Will Fast Track to PatientsIn the new study, the research team collected breath samples from 335 people at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; University College London Hospital; and the Royal Marsden Hospital, London. Of these, 163 had been diagnosed with stomach or oesophageal cancer and 172 showed no evidence of cancer when they had an endoscopy.All the samples were analyzed with a technique called selected ion flow-tube mass spectrometry, which is able to accurately measure small amounts of different chemicals in mixtures of gases such as breath.Researchers measured the levels of the five chemicals in each sample to see which ones matched to the ‘chemical signature’ that indicated cancer.CHECK OUT: After Marrying On Her ‘Deathbed,’ This Bride Made a Miraculous Recovery After Quitting 1 FoodThe results showed that the test was 85% accurate overall, with a sensitivity of 80% and a specificity of 81%. This means that not only was the breath test good at picking up those who had cancer (sensitivity), it was also good at correctly identifying who did not have cancer (specificity).Dr Markar said: “Because cancer cells are different to healthy ones, they produce a different mixture of chemicals. This study suggests that we may be able detect these differences and use a breath test to indicate which patients are likely to have cancer of the oesophagus and stomach, and which do not. However, these findings must be validated in a larger sample of patients before the test could be used in the clinic.”Over the next three years, the researchers will continue with a larger trial, using the test with patients who are being given an endoscopy for gastrointestinal symptoms but not yet diagnosed with cancer. This will assess the ability of the test to pick up cases within a group that is likely to contain only a small percentage of cancers.The team is also working on breath tests for other types of cancer, such as colorectal and pancreatic, which could be used as first-line tests in general practice surgeries.(Source: European Cancer Organization)Click To Share This Breathtaking Discovery With Your Friends – Photo by Fire NightAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA test that measures the levels of five chemicals in the breath has shown promising results for the detection of cancers of the oesophagus and stomach.Together, stomach and oesophageal cancer account for around 1.4 million new cancer diagnoses each year worldwide. Both tend to be diagnosed late, because the symptoms are ambiguous, meaning the five-year survival rate for these two types of cancer is only 15%.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis new study says that smiling really can make people feel happier – even if they’re feeling stressed.The paper, which was co-authored by Heather Lench at Texas A&M University and researchers at the University of Tennessee, looked at nearly 50 years of data testing whether posing facial expressions can lead people to feel the emotions related to those expressions.“These findings address a critical question about the links between our internal experience and our bodies – whether changing our facial expression can alter the emotions we feel and our emotional response to the world,” Lench said. RELATED: Why Smiling Is Good for You – and Five Photos That Guarantee Grins on World Happiness Day“Conventional wisdom tells us that we can feel a little happier if we simply smile. Or that we can get ourselves in a more serious mood if we scowl. But psychologists have actually disagreed about this idea for over 100 years” said Nicholas Coles, the lead author of the paper.These disagreements became more pronounced in 2016 when 17 teams of researchers failed to replicate a well-known experiment demonstrating that the physical act of smiling can make people feel happier.This new paper for Psychological Bulletin, however, describes how the team used a statistical technique called meta-analysis to combine data from 138 studies testing over 11,000 participants from all around the world. According to the meta-analysis, posing facial expressions has a small impact on our feelings.MORE: Scientist Surprised to Find How Important it is to Have Visual Diet Rich in Kindness Over CutenessFor example, smiling makes people feel happier, scowling makes them feel angrier, and frowning makes them feel more sad.“We don’t think that people can ‘smile their way to happiness’. But these findings are exciting because they provide a clue about how the mind and the body interact to shape our conscious experience of emotion” said Coles. “We still have a lot to learn about these facial feedback effects, but this meta-analysis put us a little closer to understanding how emotions work.”(Reprinted from Texas A&M University)Put A Smile On The Faces Of Your Friends By Sharing The News To Social Media..AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
“I had been talking to the kids in the village back then and even they felt that they had to do something about the dying water resources,” Tanwar told NDTV. “When they tried talking to their parents, the adults refused to believe that there could be any such thing as ‘lack of water.’”Tanwar began traveling from house to house in order to teach the residents about the critical condition of local water supplies. He recruited his fellow students to gather villagers together for weekly classes so they could discuss how to resuscitate their lakes and rivers.LOOK: This Simple Solution for Pollution Kept 815 Pounds of Trash Out of the Water–Your City Can Do it TooAs Tanwar’s teachings began to inspire more and more people, they collectively started hauling all of the trash out of their water supplies and planting tree saplings around the water’s perimeter in order to protect the shoreline – and the trees are apparently still flourishing today.In order to prevent any more trash from ending up in the water, Tanwar and his crew installed double water filtration systems made of wood and grass. He also urged local fish farmers to bring in aquatic bottom feeders so they could eat up the smaller bits of particle waste and keep the water clean.MORE: Totally Green Machine That Uses Biowaste to Generate Clouds for Clean Water Wins $1.75 Million XPrizeSince Tanwar began his “Jal Chaupal” clean-up efforts in India five years ago, he has helped to revive 10 lakes across the region, and his initiative has sparked conservation efforts in over 50 villages.Inspired by his success, the government of Uttar Pradesh launched separate “Groundwater Army” conservation groups in each district of the state – and they hired Tanwar as the program’s coordinator.Since the government doesn’t have much funding, Tanwar admits that he is often forced to pay out of pocket for various expenses and supplies for the program.He is also works 6 days a week from dusk till nighttime—but he says that he doesn’t mind the long hours or meager salary; he is simply excited to continue his conservation efforts so he can protect India’s water.Clean Up Negativity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media…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 MoreAddThisMoreThis 26-year-old engineer could not bear to see his country’s rivers and lakes plagued by drought and pollution – so he decided to do something about it.Ramveer Tanwar had just been finishing up his final year of university in 2013 when he became concerned over the state of his home village in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The region had experienced 13 droughts in just 15 years, and the local communities were suffering as a result.Even though many of the older villagers were oblivious to the seriousness of the situation, Tanwar felt compelled to take action and galvanized his younger peers to make a change.