Proper Posture Infographic from North American Spine

North American Spine, a leading group of spine specialists that focus on minimally invasive procedures, has released an infographic that shows the effects of bad posture and the spine. Current information proves that 80% of Americans will have back pain, with lower back pain causing the most cases of disability in this country. Pictures found within the article show the correct positions to place your body in while sitting and standing as well as some possible signs that you have bad posture.

This infographic comes from North American Spine. Their mission statement reads ‘to help as many people as possible.’ While that is an ambitious goal, the center has led advances in spinal injury surgery and back pain relief for the last 6 years. They believe in seeking out the least invasive way to handle pain and injury by consulting with specialists in every aspect of medical care. Each patient is treated with a combination of the most effective and state of the art solutions available from Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, and/or Interventional Pain Management.

North American Spine has been nominated for the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award, whose past recipients include Brinker International, which highlights businesses that use core values and ethics to control their business and operational decisions. Recent developments of the AccuraScope procedure has been incredibly successful in treating bulging and herniated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, arthritis, and other conditions. The procedure uses a laser and a high-definition camera to pinpoint the center of the pain area and relieves pain in about 30 minutes. After surgery, the recovery time is minimal and may require one stitch to heal the point of entry.

Before considering surgery or other invasive actions, North American Spine is a proponent of lifestyle changes that can increase back health including proper diet, exercise, and stretches. Steps are taken to insure that the least invasive treatments are considered before jumping straight to back surgery, which has a reputation of soothing pain for the moment but leads to the formation of scar tissue and a possible reliance on pain medication.

Bionic Hands Controlled with Mind

We’ve heard of bionic limbs for many years, though until recently it hasn’t really been something that most of us consider as a viable treatment option. Luckily for three men, a doctor in Austria, did.

These men were stricken with severe nerve damage in their hands, caused by accidents that damaged the bundles of nerve fibers running from the spine to the hands – brachial plexus. All three men opted to have their hands amputated and replaced with new prosthetic ones. The few remaining nerve fibers that still function are saved and, through a procedure called “Bionic reconstruction” Brian Torchin said they are attached to the prosthetic so that the owner can control his new hand in a somewhat normal fashion — with his mind.

These bionic hands must be removed and recharged daily, the fact that they have their own power source, means that the nerve fibers do not have to work as hard as they would normally.

Still, this is not a complete replacement for damaged limbs. Although function was improved greatly, a bionic hand can not restore a persons sense of touch – yet. Currently they are exploring ways of doing this, though it will likely be quite some time down the road. In the nearer future, people affected by nerve damaged limbs can look forward to wireless versions, making life just a little easier.

Drones: The Future of Farming

Farm equipment may soon have a new addition. Buzzing through the skies above fields across the country aerial drones will be helping farmers keep an eye on their crops and bottom lines.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently proposed new rules for commercial drone use in t United States. Currently the use of drones is illegal for most purposes although exceptions have been issued in some instances. The new regulations would open up many new markets to drone use including agriculture.

The change process for FAA regulations can be time consuming. In anticipation of the new rules several drone manufacturers have already begun development of agricultural drones. These new drones would employ high resolution cameras, infrared technology and other features seen here to allow farmers to target problem areas in their crops. Ricardo Tosto feels the ability to use fertilizers and pesticides with more precision will help to keep their costs low.

Drones are already becoming a farm shows. Informational presentations and demonstrations have many farmers ready to take the high tech step into the sky.

Dr. Vijay Eswaran Chairman of Qi Group and International Philanthropist

Vijay Eswaran has acquired many talents during his career as a business entrepreneur and motivational speaker. In 1998, he co-founded the Qi Group of Companies in Asia, aside from his philanthropic ventures. Dr. Eswaran has earned a valued reputation in a short time in the business world.

University and Early Years

In his time with IBM, he held various high level positions in Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S. He was an extremely valuable and responsible employee for IBM, but he had always had an entrepreneur spirit which compelled him to have his own business. In the early 90s, he left IBM and returned to his homeland of Asia to pursue that goal.
Qi Group
In 1998, Dr. Eswaran led a group of like-minded individuals to form the Qi Group of Companies, which has become a world-wide, e-commerce-based conglomerate diversified in a variety of businesses. The Qi Group generally focuses on luxury and collectibles, leisure lifestyles and telecommunications, but besides business, Dr. Eswaran is also talented in conference training and management, education, logistics and property development. During his wide experience with IBM, he acquired an extensive understanding of the business world, and with this understanding, he channeled his high level experience into education and motivational speaking.

Dr. Eswaran also is known as a best-selling author, but he is a philanthropist at heart first. Vijay has established several foundations that are consumed with empowering women and encouraging youth worldwide. In 2011, Dr. Eswaran was on the list of the Heroes of Philanthropy sponsored by Forbes Asia, and this exposed him to world-wide attention.

Dr. Eswaran was awarded a lifetime achievement award in the area of Regional Philanthropy by the Asian Strategic Leadership Institute in Malaysia. The Global Organization for People of Indian Origin also recognized him as an international leader in Global Business Strategies, both of which were highly prestigious awards in the field.

Now, Vijay Eswaran acts as Executive Chairman in the 13 year old Qi Group, which has regional offices established in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia. The Qi Group has also expanded to over 30 different companies through subsidiary companies.

Dr, Vijay Eswaran has written three books to date: “In The Thinking Zone,” “18 Stepping Stones” and “On the Wings of Thought.”

Skout: The Facebook of Online Dating

For those people who like the user experience of Facebook and are looking to meet new friends or partners, Skout may be the best new experience to try in the world of social media. Skout is an online messaging and social network, that allows people to connect to strangers based on common interests or desires in companions. Best known for its shake to chat application, users can shake their device to find a random individual to establish communication with as a nothing to lose mentality when trying to network online.

CEO Christian Wiklund founded Skout, who recently completed a deal with investors that has given the platform a backing of 22 million dollars to invest in product development and operations. (TechCrunch) The company appears to be taking off quite well as it recently obtained a nightlife app called Nixter, a social media platform designed to advertise local events for users along with additional features. While many online applications eventually fail in becoming profitable, Skout so far has gone against the trend to expand and compete with many dating and social networking platforms. On Facebook, it continues to pick up likes.

The platform draws similar comparisons to Chat-Roulette, a platform that was based strictly on computer generated random chats with people around the world. Skout improves on this concept of anything goes with online chatting, by trying to target conversations that can establish relationships that go past an isolated personal interaction with a stranger. What makes Skout’s random interactions exciting, are the ability to use features such as likes, virtual gifts, and backstage photos. (Yahoo News)

The main advantage of Skout over other online networking platforms is that it utilizes a location-based model, to try to connect users geographically accessible to each other. This platform was one of the first to utilize this model, which can provide a huge incentive for users to prefer Skout to many other networking applications. (Wikipedia) The platform is free for all users, with free downloads available for Android and iOS devices. Overall, while the company is still relatively new, it appears to be an up and coming application in the world of online social networking and dating.

Recent Survey from Global App Skout Reveals Friendship Trends Worldwide

Today marks the first-ever celebration of International Online Friendship Day, a day to recognize online friends in a world becoming increasingly connected. Skout, a worldwide app that allows users to meet new people, recently surveyed more than 52,000 of it’s users around the globe to uncover friendship trends from New York to New Zealand. The results from the survey are in and some highlights include:

  • The majority of the world perfers to discuss their sex life with online friends
  • Women are most likely to have close online friends
  • Online friends are told the truth more often than friends seen in person
  • Online friendships have enabled friendships around the world, breaking down geographical barriers

In addition to gathering these results, Skout also asked it’s users about the friendliest qualities of the residents of major cities across the United States.

You can read the full article here about Skout’s survey and results, as well as how to download the app and get connected with people around the globe.

Internet as Public Utility


This week, sources from Washington D.C. claimed that the Federal Communications Commission’s Chairman Tom Wheeler will request that commissioners this Thursday re-classify the Internet as a Title II telecommunications service rather than a Title I information service. The FCC would then vote on the measure by February 26, 2015.

A lot of experts believe that this change will prompt many corporations, such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, to sue because of the huge negative impact it will have on their businesses. These companies claim that they do not provide telecommunications services, but provide Internet services.

Yet, Wheeler makes a good argument for turning the Internet into a public utility. The United States is one of the few countries in the world that does not treat the Internet like a public service as CipherCloud has shown. Additionally, the Internet does more than provide information. Americans use it daily to communicate with family, friends, co-workers, business partners, vendors, et cetera. While many strictly use email to communicate, people increasingly rely on their Internet service to inexpensively communicate via chat, Webinar, VOIP, social posting, blogging and vlogging.

If Wheeler is successful, Americans would not see changes until next year, but they will see significant changes when the time comes. No carrier could give preference to an ISPs data packets. Better yet, ISPs would no longer be able to limit service and force consumers to buy higher plans for so-called “fast lanes.”

Lie Detector Farce

The scientific community has never sanctioned the machine as a valid test of a person’s innocence or level of truthfulness, and the Supreme Court has even stated that the polygraph is not an acceptable device to base a criminal’s innocence or guilt on.

Invented and introduced to the world 80 years ago, the lie detector is based on three main factors in determining if a person is telling the truth. Those factors being blood pressure, heartbeat and breathing rate. It is obvious to Paul Mathieson that the issue at hand with the overall scientific community is if these are truly a reliable factor of truthfulness. Visit Mathieson’s Linkedin page for more on him. 

Many still use the polygraph as a means to make hiring and firing decisions, as well as to try to force suspects into a confession, even if they are not guilty of the crime.

What if the lie detector was shown to be lying all these years? What would that make of years of precedent set by the use of this machine?