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How to grow a tree on your patio

January 30, 2010 --

Oregon State University Extension Service
Garden Hints

SALEM, Ore. – You don’t need a backyard or other piece of property to grow a tree if you have a porch, patio or balcony – and a large gardening container.

You are likely, however, to need information on how to choose and grow your container tree, according to Neil Bell, Oregon State University Extension horticulturist in Marion County.

“Pay attention to the expected size of a mature tree,” Bell said. “For obvious reasons, a tree whose mature size is small will be most adaptable to container growing. The size of a tree is usually proportional to the size of its root system, and containers will restrict root growth.”

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Video: Audience is no place for notables to hide

January 29, 2010 --

January has seen some celebrities become the focus from the sidelines, Below is a video of Brenden Fraizer’s awkward clap at this month’s Golden Globes which became a top 10 You Tube most requested entertainment video. Also below is Chief Justice Samuel Alito quietly mouthing disagreement at President Obama’s State of the Union address.


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Decade of Decline in U.S. Teen Pregnancies Ends

January 28, 2010 --

Decade of Decline in U.S. Teen Pregnancies Ends

HealthDay News – After more than a decade of decline, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate increased 3 percent in 2006, which led to a 4 percent rise in teen births and a 1 percent increase in teen abortions, a new study shows.

Between 1990 and 2005, there was a 41 percent decline in pregnancies among females aged 15 to 19 — from a peak of 116.9 pregnancies per 1,000 girls to 69.5 per 1,000. Between 1991 and 2005, births among teen girls decreased 35 percent, while teen abortions declined 56 percent between 1988 and 2005.

However, all three trends reversed in 2006, said the report from the Guttmacher Institute, which focuses on sexual and reproductive health research, public education and policy.

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How My Fertility Struggle Became An Adoption Journey: Part II

January 27, 2010 --

By Erika Weisensee
Milwaukie Mom

We started IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) at the end of August. The first step of IVF involves several days of injections designed to super-charge ovulation, and hopefully, create a lot of viable eggs for “retrieval.” The “retrieval,” or the extraction of eggs, is a minor surgical procedure. After that, the eggs are combined with sperm and then watched in Petri dishes. The healthiest looking embryos (sometimes one, commonly two, and sometimes even more) are then implanted in the uterus. This is a simplified summary of a very complex process, but that is essentially how it works.

IVF is the most advanced option available for people seeking fertility treatment. Obgyns and fertility doctors often prescribe fertility drugs like Clomid or recommend artificial insemination (a less drastic, more affordable option) before trying IVF. I had, in fact, tried Clomid for six months with no success. My own mother had conceived with the help of Clomid back in 1974. She had been trying to get pregnant for a year and took only one dose of it. The result was triplets—my sister, my brother and me.

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Lessons on the Calorie-Burning Zone

January 26, 2010 --

From the Fat-Burning Zone to the Cardio-Zone—It’s All About the Calorie-Burning Zone
By Olivia Rossi, RN, MSN
Your Personal Trainer:

Do you have a “fat zone” you’d like to burn?  I do.  It’s located south of my waist and north of my knees.  Other common fat zones are known to reside between the shoulders and the elbows, from the chins to the shins, the chest to the hips, or any combination of the above!  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get on a machine, dial in our own personal “fat zone” and say “Be gone”!!!

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.  The best way to begin and to continue burning away your excess weight is to move.  Cardiovascular exercise, also known as aerobic exercise, will burn off your fat as well as provide you with long-lasting health benefits.  Excess calories, stored as fat, are shed slowly but surely when caloric intake is reduced and caloric output is increased.

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Oregon survey on the Late Night TV Battle

January 25, 2010 --

Oregon Women’s Report survey results;

Survey on
(1) Who Should fill the NBC 11:30pm time slot

(2) Favorite over all host Late Night Host

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Photo: Forget dog-pony show, try bear-pony show

Study: Compulsive dogs gives clues to compulsive people

January 23, 2010 --

Compulsive Dogs Yield Clues to Human OCD, Autism

HealthDay News- A study of obsessive-compulsive Dobermans might someday help explain similar repetitive behaviors in humans. Scientists have identified a region on chromosome 7 in obsessive-compulsive dogs that may correlate to the human version of the psychiatric disorder.

The gene is the same in humans, said Dr. Nicholas Dodman, first author of the study, which appears as a letter to the editor in the January issue of Nature Molecular Psychiatry. In humans it resides on chromosome 18, the same chromosome which holds all of the psychiatric genes identified thus far, he said.

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Near 7-foot teen girl may revolutionize basketball

January 22, 2010 --

By Evergeen,

I saw this story and was amazed. This 6-foot 10 inch tall teen girl is a High School basketball star. She is taller than much of the men in the NBA and she is still growing! Check out the video below.

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