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The World Will Be A Fantastic Place

There is a simple proverb told in the countryside of South India.
If two good people coming from opposite directions are walking on the same narrow
footpath, there will be three roads. If there is one good person, there will be two roads.

If both are bad people, there will be only one road.
 Probably this needs a little explanation. If both of the people are good, both will give Room for the other one to walk on the path. That means they will create two more paths,emptying the center one. There will be three paths and they will comfortably pass, Smiling at each other.

If there is one good fellow and one bad fellow, the good fellow will move out of the way and give room on the path for the bad fellow. So there will be two paths.When both are bad fellows, they will come and push each other. “Hey, You! Get out!” “No, no, no! You get out!”

There will be only one path. The moral of the story is this: If you want peace forget yourself. Think of the benefit of the other fellow first. “How can I serve you? How can I make you comfortable?” That’s the way it should be.

Giving brings harmony. Love and give, love and give. Think of the other person first. With this kind of attitude, The whole world will be a fantastic place.

How To Meditate:

Sit Still
Just be still. Outer stillness will lead to inner stillness.


It’s not a process. You just let go. Surrender. It’s a beautiful thing.

Pay Attention

To nothing in particular. Just be aware.

Let the happiness bubble up!

Guru’s Book Club:
The Golden Present – Sri Swami Satchidananda 
Getting Past No; Negotiating your way from confrontation to cooperation – William Ury
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramahansa Yogananda

Special Message from the Guru
Whatever you want in your life, you want it because you love it. Take a moment and think about it. You don’t want things you don’t love, do you? Every person only want what they love;

Nobody wants what they don’t love. Talk about what you love. Talk about who you love. Be mindful of your words, thoughts, and your actions.  

Give Love, Spread Love, Be Love.
Press Play to Enter Nirvana

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Pasadena Medical Staffing Company Launches Pay-Later Hiring Program to Combat Coronavirus

A Pasadena-based medical staffing company that connects medical professionals with hospitals and specialty care facilities has launched a new hiring program where these facilities can hire quality talent now and pay a set fee later.

ultraHealth Agency company officials said they started the program, called Hire Now, in response to the increasing need for more competent health care workers due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Hire Now includes marketing, a dedicated coordinator who will conduct one-on-one interviews, and credentialing services. It also allows healthcare facilities to fill multiple positions at a discounted price of $500 per hire, the company announced.

“Above all we are here to help and although we do have a business to operate, we feel as if we can be of service to the community,” Dane Flanigan, ultraHealth Agency CEO, said. “It is our social responsibility to do God’s work and help the best way we can. We realize the gravity of the situation and we need to do our best. We pray for the people that have been affected and we send our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones.”

The Hire Now program requires no upfront cost for the hiring employer, and ultraHealth provides a 90-day guarantee for each hire.

“Should the candidate need to be replaced for any reason within the 90-day period, we will gladly do so at no additional cost,” ultraHeath said.

The Hire Now program covers Level 1 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and Level 1 and 2 registered nurses (RNs), according to the company website.

ultraHealth said they source local California-based medical professionals that are “credentialed, compassionate, and professional.”

“The company has gained a high reputation in the San Gabriel Valley area for having some of the best staff in the country,” the company said.

Pasadena Business Now

Hearts Kept Alive For 24 Hours Outside Body Could Save Thousands

At present, doctors need to transplant hearts within four hours after it was donated because, beyond that time, heart tissues start to die. The breakthrough new system, however, increases the time six-fold of such donor hearts remaining viable. Compact enough to be put inside a carry-on suitcase, this will allow doctors to transport live hearts across oceans to provide the best likely match.

A Life Preserver

The device, called ULiSSES by its makers, came into being after over 30 years of research by experts at the biotech company Vascular Perfusion Solutions and the University of Texas. To replicate the conditions of the body, the heart is sealed in a small cylinder and fed with oxygen-rich fluid, the temperature of which is maintained at 4C. The perfusion liquid is highly available in many hospitals. It consists of saltwater and other compounds like potassium, sodium, and glucose.

According to Dr. Rafael Veraza, a senior researcher from UT Health San Antonio, more than fifty years ago, the first heart was transported in a container filled with ice. After several decades, there seems to be no improvement in how it is being transported.

Because of such a method, it is common for the donor’s hearts to completely die before reaching the recipient. All the while, people lie dying, still waiting for a transplant.

Traditionally, donor organs like hearts are conveyed in ice chests with just about the right temperature to slow its deterioration. This method, however, is seen as ineffective because nearly 75% of organs donated after brain stem death is rejected for transplantation.

Down syndrome

A guide to Down syndrome including symptoms and diagnosis of this genetic, chromosomal disease.Feb. 25, 2020, 11:29 AM PST / Source: TODAYBy Ronnie Koenig

Chances are you have met someone with Down syndrome, one of the most common chromosomal conditions. But there’s a lot to learn about it beyond its physical traits.

For one thing, individuals with Down syndrome are capable of achieving many things and living full lives. And by knowing more about the genetic disorder, it can only help to ensure an inclusive environment for all individuals with Down syndrome and reverse the stigma associated with having different abilities.What is Down syndrome?

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that often results in distinct physical differences and intellectual disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome, making it the most common chromosomal disorder. That’s about 1 in every 700 newborns. Caused by abnormal cell division that results in extra genetic material on chromosome 21, this extra full or partial chromosome results in the developmental and physical differences seen in those with the disorder.What causes Down syndrome?

Most of the time, Down syndrome is not inherited. Instead, it is caused by abnormal cell division. These chromosomal abnormalities are much more prevalent in mothers of advanced maternal age — specifically over the age of 35.

Human cells typically contain 23 pairs of chromosomes — one from the mother and one from the father in each pair. When there is an extra chromosome 21, the result is Down syndrome. There are three genetic variations of Down syndrome:

  1. Trisomy 21: This occurs when there is a third copy of chromosome 21. This is the most typical cause of down syndrome.
  2. Mosaic Down syndrome: Only some cells in the person have an extra copy of chromosome 21. This genetic cause is considered rare.
  3. Translocation Down syndrome: This happens when genetic material from chromosome 21 attaches to another chromosome.

There are no known environmental factors thought to cause down syndrome.Down syndrome symptoms

Down syndrome is usually diagnosed during pregnancy through genetic screening or at birth through diagnostic tests. There are some distinct physical features that typically occur in individuals with Down syndrome:

  • Flattened face
  • Upturned eyelids
  • Protruding tongue
  • Small head
  • Shorter stature

Intellectual disabilities in those with Down syndrome are common and can range from mild or moderate to severe.Down syndrome risk factors

In most cases, Down syndrome is not inherited. Translocation Down syndrome can be passed from parent to child, but this is rare. In these cases, the parent may have extra genetic material from chromosome 21 but no signs of Down syndrome themselves.

Advanced maternal age is thought to be the greatest risk factor for Down syndrome, as a mother’s eggs, when older, have more chance of chromosomal abnormalities. Already having one child with Down syndrome does increase the risk of having another baby with the disorder. A genetic counselor can be helpful in this situation.Down syndrome complications

Many babies born with Down syndrome also have a congenital heart defect that may require surgery in infancy. Other complications include gastrointestinal problems, an increased risk of developing autoimmune disorders, higher instances of childhood leukemia and a greater possibility of dementia in adults over 50. People with Down syndrome also have weaker muscle tone and a higher likelihood of obesity.Down syndrome life expectancy

Despite the many complications and challenges, most babies with Down syndrome can grow up to lead productive, fulfilling lives. With early intervention, many children attend mainstream schools and learn the needed skills to live independently as adults. Life expectancy for those with Down syndrome has increased markedly since 1960 when it was very low. Depending on the severity of accompanying health problems, an individual with Down syndrome can expect to live past age 60.Down syndrome treatment

There is no way to prevent or cure Down syndrome. But through education, support groups and the right team of health care providers, a child with Down syndrome can go on to succeed, achieve and lead a happy life.

Mediterranean diet linked to gut microbiome improvements

Tarini Shankar Ghosh, Ph.D.,

New research has found that older people who adhered to a Mediterranean diet for a year had healthier gut microbiomes and improved measures of frailty.

 new study shows that older individuals who follow a Mediterranean diet have better gut health and reduced frailty.

Mediterranean-type diets — rich in vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains and typically excluding red meat — have been the subject of numerous studies about health and nutrition.

Existing research has found that many people who follow a Mediterranean diet may have better heart and metabolic healthlive longer, and may even have better mental health.

A new study conducted by specialists from institutions in eight countries — including the University of Bologna, in Italy, and University College Cork, in Ireland — is now adding to the list of potential benefits brought on by a Mediterranean diet.

The researchers — who report their findings in the journal Gut — worked with data from a cohort of more than 600 older adults in five countries. They found that, across the spectrum, a Mediterranean diet seemed to improve aging individuals’ gut health and reduce frailty.

Seeking to reduce frailty

The study’s authors point out that previous research has suggested that a simple dietary intervention such as switching to a Mediterranean-style diet might reduce frailty in older people.

This is important because frailty involves the gradual breakdown of multiple systems at once, often involving widespread, low-grade inflammation that further contributes to poor health.

To verify that switching to a Mediterranean diet could lower measures of frailty, the researchers involved in the current study recruited 612 individuals aged 65–79.

Medical exams showed that 28 of the study participants qualified as “frail,” 151 were on the verge of frailty, and 433 showed no signs of frailty.

The participants came from France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, or the United Kingdom.

Of the total number, 323 individuals (141 men and 182 women) agreed to follow a Mediterranean-type diet for 1 year, while the rest continued with their usual diets and acted as a control group.

The Mediterranean diet involved was rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, olive oil, and fish. It featured very little red meat and few dairy products or saturated fats.

Better bacterial diversity in the gut

To understand the diet’s effects on the health of older individuals, the researchers started by examining the impact on gut health.

That was because previous studies have suggested that older individuals — particularly those who live in residential care facilities — tend to have less healthy gut microbiotas, possibly as a result of more restrictive diets.

In turn, an unhealthy gut corresponds to poorer overall health and faster onset of frailty in older adults.

When the researchers compared the compositions of the gut microbiomes of participants who had followed a Mediterranean diet for a year with those of participants who had followed their usual diets, they found significant differences.

Stool samples revealed that after 12 months on the Mediterranean diet, the participants had better bacterial diversity in the gut, compared with peers from the control group.

Moreover, better gut bacterial diversity was associated with improved markers of frailty, including better walking speed, better handgrip strength, and improved cognitive functioning.

Participants who had adhered to the Mediterranean diet also displayed fewer markers of chronic low-grade inflammation.

Why Mediterranean diets may be beneficial

Looking more closely at what was happening in the participants’ guts, the researchers found that health improvements were associated with richer populations of bacteria that produce beneficial short-chain fatty acids, on the one hand, and decreased populations of bacteria that produce bile acids, on the other.

The researchers explain that when bacteria release too much of certain bile acids, it is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance, fat buildup in the liver, cell damage, and even bowel cancer.

According to the researchers, the positive changes were likely thanks to the Mediterranean diet having provided a consistent source of key nutrients, including dietary fiber and crucial vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins C, B-6, and B-9, as well as copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and magnesium.

When they adjusted their findings for potential confounding factors, such as age and body mass index, the investigators observed that the associations between the Mediterranean diet and better gut health remained in place.

The team also noted subtle differences in participants’ microbiome changes, depending on the countries that they lived in, which speaks to the independent influences of other environmental factors.

Regardless of these variations, all of the people who followed the Mediterranean diet showed the same overall improvements in gut and systemic health, the researchers emphasize.

Although they caution that their research was observational, and thus cannot point to a direct causal relationship, the investigators write that:

“By protecting the ‘core’ of the gut microbial community, adherence to the [Mediterranean] diet could facilitate the retention of a stable community state in the microbiome, providing resilience and protecting from changes to alternative states that are found in unhealthy [individuals].”

While they continue to maintain that the Mediterranean diet is, overall, beneficial, the researchers acknowledge that it may be impractical for some older people — an obstacle that healthcare professionals will have to contend with.

“In some older [people] with problems like dentition, saliva production, dysphagia, or irritable bowel syndrome, adapting a [Mediterranean diet] may not be a realistic option,” the researchers caution in their study paper.