Uncommon Schools New Scholarship Program

Uncommon Schools is a vital resource for low income students to prepare and succeed in college. They manage urban charter schools in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. Now, the Brooklyn based sector of the Uncommon Schools program is getting a big boost.

Keith Mann, CEO of Dynamics Search Partners, has announced the inception of the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement. The scholarship will be awarded each year to a graduating senior of one of the Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn, and is intended to support the next generation of innovative, business oriented leaders.

Mann is a philanthropist and a well know, longstanding professional in the executive search industry. In 2002, Keith Mann partnered with Dynamic Executive Search and began the Alternative Investment Practice, which specializes in recruiting for hedge fund positions. His work was expanded to include jobs in the private sector in 2006, and in 2009 he started Dynamics Search Partners. And advocate of leadership development and education, his work with DSP helps candidates who show growth and potential be paired with suitable companies after graduation.

To apply for the scholarship, seniors are tasked with writing a 1,000 word essay. The subject of the essay focuses on their professional goals, and how graduation and a college degree will be beneficial to achieving these goals. The contest runs from February 29, 2016 until March 2016. The scholarship amount is $5,000 and can be applied to the student’s tuition. This scholarship, along with the Uncommon Schools program, will afford students who may not have previously had the ability to attend a four year college a greater chance at success. Follow Keith on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all of his philanthropic endeavors.

Investigation Reveals Whole Foods Is Overcharging Customers

When people shop at their local grocery stores they expect to get what the label says they are getting. If the label says three pounds of meat, then they expect to get three pounds of meat, not two and a half, but three. Unfortunately it was found out that the customer is not always getting what they pay for.

An investigation on the grocery chain Whole Foods is now complete and it revealed some disturbing news. The grocery chain is ripping their customers off by overcharging them. The investigation was conducted on over 100 stores around New York. The store chain with the most violations was Whole Foods. The inspectors weighed over 80 different packages of meat and every single label was wrong. Most of the time the scales revealed that the customer was indeed being overcharged.

For many consumers it is bad enough to know what they are paying for, they are already feeling overcharged says Jaime Garcia Dias. To not know is something different entirely. Whole Foods will have some explaining to do. It could be found that it is a technical issue, weights and scales do break down from time to time. How the store reacts to the news, and what they plan to do about it will reveal to their customers if they should take their business elsewhere.

Chipotle Is Now A No GMO Zone

Steve Ellis, Co-CEO of Chipotle has announced that there are no longer any genetically modified ingredients in their foods. Not one single item will have GMOs. This is a first in the fast food industry and an achievement that Chipotle has been working toward for years. The wait came due to suppliers need to grow crops which are non-GMO. Sultan Alhokair stated that while ingredients are safe, people would rather have food that is GMO-free.

Reported in Grubstreet, Chipotle took the lead to label items that contain GMOs. This was voluntarily done, starting two years ago. Major changes have been to change to GMO-free corn and from soybean oil to GMO-free sunflower oil, rice bran oil, and canola oil. The beef comes from pasture-raised, grass-fed cattle. CNN reported that pork and chicken are still from animals who eat from a GMO diet, for now.

The greatest challenge was to find a substitute for soybean oil. Lard was not an option due to vegetarian diets. Palm oil was rejected because of the impact of the environment. Canola oil costs more and may explain the price increases to come later in this year.

How Far Would You Go To Save Your Hair?

How far would you go to save your hair during chemo treatments? There are many woman with breast cancer who are using an expensive and time-consuming treatment to keep their hair from falling out. Brad Reifler (Reuters.com) has read that the treatment involves freezing the scalp during chemo, and the popularity for it is growing in Europe. Women who have had it done say that it worked for them, and maybe the thought of not losing your hair when you are going through something as horrible as cancer could be worth the extra effort and money. If the treatment really works, then it would mean not having to wear a wig or hat, and not having to be embarrassed by the way that you look when you are going through chemo. Would you go so far as to freeze your scalp to save your hair? Would it be worth it to you if you had breast cancer and were forced to go through chemo? It might not be worth the effort and money for everyone, but if it truly works, it is a great way to give a bit of hope and joy through a hard time to the ones who want it.

Treatments of Endometriosis

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition in which a tissue similar to the endometrium, for some reason, tries to align itself somewhere beyond the uterus such as the ovaries or the fallopian tubes. In rarer cases, it’s been known to be found on the bladder or bowels. In even more rare cases, they’ve been known to travel throughout the body into the limbs, etc.

Every month the normal tissue builds up, breaks down and sheds into the form of menstrual blood. The displaced endometric growths on the contrary don’t have any such outlet. This results in all sorts of health challenges from internal bleeding to bowel issues. The condition affects 6.3 million girls and women in the U.S. alone. Currently, the causes are still largely inconclusive but there are some theories, such as that some of the menstrual tissue, for some reason, backs itself up before it can be shed out through the menstrual blood.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometriosis

Endometriosis usually requires three stages of testing before it can be conclusively diagnosed. The first is a simple clinical examination. The second involves the first stage of the biopsy use of a screen visual through a laparoscopy-a fiber optic instrument that is inserted through the abdominal wall in order to view the organs properly. The final stage is the microscope examination. MRI’s (magnetic resonance imaging) and a CT (computerized tomography) scan may also be included.

Treatments of Endometriosis vary according to how mild or severe your symptoms are.
If your symptoms are mild, simple pain medications may be the answer. However, their effectiveness is still quite limited and often helps to show how the displaced tissue causes pain. The other milder treatment is hormone therapy such as the birth control pill; progestin or progesterone pills, injections or pills. A couple of other forms are medications that temporary halt the release of certain hormones to prevent further growth such as GnRH (Gonadtropin releasing hormone agonists).

Aside from the laparoscopy, two other surgical treatments include the laparotomy and severing of the pelvic nerves. The laparotomy involves the simple removing of the larger endometric patches. In more severe cases, you may need to have a partial or total hysterectomy. However, it’s not a guarantee that the displaced tissue won’t show up again as it’s known to do so in about 15% of women.

Severing the pelvic nerves can be done in two ways-presacral neuroectomy or the LUNA (laparoscopic uterine nerve ablation). The former involves simply severing the nerves connected to the uterus, which tremendously helps to relieve pain. The LUNA, on the contrary, involves severing the nerves connected to the ligaments in the uterus. However, it has been found to be effective at relieving the pain only temporarily.

Dr. Tamer Sekin

Dr. Sekin has over a decade of experience in dealing with endometriosis and their associated conditions such as infertility. As a result, he considered to be a well-regarded expert in the field of endometriosis surgery. He and his staff ensure that you are well-informed on your condition and the treatment procedures that you are about to undergo. He and his staff do everything possible to put an end to your pain once and for all.

Dr. Daniel Amen – “Food” for Better Thought

Over the past few years, a debate has been brewing about the negative aspects of taking anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and other “psych” medications over an extended period of time. As part of the debate, prominent figures such as Dr. Daniel Amen have been promoting the use of holistic and nutritional methods of dealing with psychological conditions.

Dr. Daniel Amen is a world-renowned American psychiatrist and bestselling author who specializes in brain disorders. He was born, raised and educated in Southern California. He received much of his initial general psychiatry training at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has also written many books related to nutrition and the brain and serves as CEO for the Amen Clinics.

Through his years of study and practice, Dr. Daniel Amen has arrived at the conclusion that a balanced, healthy diet is the key to proper brain function. As he describes it, there are certain foods and food groups that provide the body and brain with “bliss-enhancing nutrients.” By following certain food regimens, many people can actively participate in maintaining good psychiatric function without the use of drugs. Among the disorders or conditions he typically targets are depression and Alzheimer.

Dr. Daniel Amen is often the first to admit that eating healthy tends to get expensive due in large part to the costs associated with organic foods. However, he also mentions that fast-food and cheaper foods don’t provide the right nutritional value and in the end, brain health suffers. Over the long haul, people might spend more fighting psychological disorders than they would eating expensive organic ingredients.

Some of the foods that Dr. Daniel Amen openly promotes for feeling good include lean proteins, sugar-free dark chocolate, walnuts, saffron and raw spinach. He considers all these foods to be useful in helping to elevate mood, control pain, improve brain function and control the release of important hormones.

The real value in Dr. Daniel Amen’s message is his common sense approach. Along with food group recommendations, he also promotes ways to increase digestive efficiency and body-cleansing. He’s a big advocate for increasing the intake of water to help keep the body flushed of toxins. He also advocates for the intake of proteins and antioxidants.

It is important to note that Dr. Daniel Amen and other doctors who promote nutrition as a means for healing are starting to grab more attention. The rising costs of psych meds and mental healthcare are prompting people all over the world to seek alternatives for better brain function.

Eggs are Off the No-No List

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has made the decision to take eggs off the no-no list by removing their decades-old warning against them. For decades the American people have been told by their family doctors, nutritionists and a variety of other sources that eating eggs was bad for us. Seems they contain too much cholesterol and are detrimental to heart health.
We listened. We limited our our ‘real’ egg consumption and opted to eat cholesterol-free fake eggs in a carton that had to be mixed with water before cooking. Toss out the fake and grab a carton of the real thing, heat the frying pan and have your eggs over-easy, scrambled, poached or made into your favorite omelet. Enjoy them guilt-free every morning.
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will not have eggs on their ‘do not eat’ list.. As a matter of fact, the 2015 guidelines will not contain any limits on food that are high in dietary cholesterol, like eggs or red meat. After careful review of several previous studies done on the connection between food and heart disease by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they found no connection between dietary cholesterol and the bad (LDL) cholesterol that leads to heart disease.
As Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes knows, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is updated every five years, so at least for the upcoming five years we can enjoy eggs and red meat without the guilt.

Skout Releases Survey of Global Friendship Trends

Skout is the leading international social meeting site. It is active in at least 180 countries and 14 languages. Skout is a very active service and last year helped its members make more than 500 million connections.

On February 4, PR Newswire reported on a recent survey of more than 52,000 Skout users which revealed some interesting facts about users.

Most people worldwide prefer to discuss their sex lives on line rather than face to face with friends. Germans and Brazilians lead this category at nearly 60% followed by Americans and others at almost 50%.

In the U.S. a majority of women say they have a close on line friend whom they have never met while men trail at 44%. 60% of all U.S. respondents say they are more honest on line than with real life friends.

Close to half of users reported having an on line friend who lives in another country. Among all ages, almost half reported having made a close friend on line.

These are revealing statistics and highlight the importance of on line contact to people today. The ease of making new contacts world wide encourages people to expand their world view and learn about foreign customs.

Read the full press release.

Dr Rod Rohrich: An Internationally Recognized Plastic Surgeon


Dr. Rod Rohrich is a plastic surgeon who is internationally recognized for his contributions in reconstructive and plastic surgery, facial aesthetics and aging, and education. Plastic surgery is the reconstruction or repair of body parts, usually done by transferring tissue, either for the treatment of injury or cosmetic purposes.

Dr. Rod Rohrich was raised on a ranch in North Dakota, where he also received his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University, and postgraduate degree from the University of North Dakota, graduating with the highest of honors. He proceeded his education and received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, where he also graduated with high honors. After completing general training in plastic surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center, he continued and futhered his training in pediatric plastic surgery at Oxford University in England. In 1986, he joined the Division of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he currently serves as professor and chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery, and plastic surgeon since 1991.

Dr. Rod Rohrich’s range of education and experience has thus brought him many achievements. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, chaired over 100 national and international symposia, and delivered over 900 scientific presentations on plastic surgery. He is the holder of the Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery, the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and recipient of the Rod. J. Rohrich, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Wound Healing and Plastic Surgery. He his also involved in various organizations with goals to promote and advance plastic surgery including the American Board of Plastic Surgery, where he serves as director and is a member of their various committees such as the Ethics Committee, Oral Exam Committee and Executive Committee (where he also serves as director). He has also been the chairman of the Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium since 1987, and is section chairman within the American Medical Association.

In continuing to contribute to plastic surgery and education, Dr. Rod Rohrich has published over 600 peer-reviewed articles and authored over 50 chapters in textbooks on plastic surgery. Many landmark papers have been edited from Dr. Rohrich and associates in facial fracture repair, nasal anatomy and concepts of rhinoplasty, body contouring surgery and liposuction, breast surgery, injectible fillers, patient safety initiatives, and medical education. He is also the editor in chief of the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons entitled “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,” and co-author of the guide for patients seeking plastic surgery entitled, “Navigate Your Beauty: Smart and Safe Plastic Surgery Solutions.”

With his many years of education, experience, and expertise, and many contributions to the world of plastic surgery, Dr. Rodney James Rohrich proves to be a reliable and trustworthy source for plastic surgery.

Best Winter Soups


If you love a hearty bowl of soup in the winter like me and my friend Zeca Oliveira, Grub Street has put together a list of soups from New York restaurants that you may want to try. Noticias.uol.com hassome tasty and healthy soups that can make a cold day just a little better.

The cabbage hot pot from Dirt Candy is filled with lots of vegetables and protein. You can add bean sprouts, fermented black beans fresh herbs to the soup. The smoked cabbage and ramen made from cabbage and kale is packed with vitamins and minerals and the meal is both hearty and light.

The Little Beet Table makes a white bean and kale soup that you may want to try as well. The vegetarian soup has a tomato-based broth and two types of white beans for a full flavor that is savory and satisfying.

For more great soup restaurants, check out the Grub Street website.