Month: December 2011

The risks of anti-aging medicine

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(Health.com) — Hanneke Hops wasn’t afraid of dying. What concerned her was growing old and not being able to run marathons, ride horses, or fly planes. So the 56-year-old Hayward, California, woman turned to Alan Mintz, M.D. — a radiologist who founded the Cenegenics Medical Institute in Las Vegas, which specializes in “age management medicine.”

She was prescribed recombinant human growth hormone (HGH), a synthetic version of a pituitary hormone hawked as a miraculous fountain of youth. Though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that taking HGH poses serious health risks, Hops –unaware there was any harm — began injecting it into her thigh six times a week.

She never did grow old. Six months later, in 2004, she was dead, her liver full of malignant tumors. While it is impossible to prove that HGH therapy contributed to Hops’s death, the use of HGH has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. (Mintz said at the time of Hops’s death that Hops would not have been treated if he knew she had cancer.)

Today, thousands of physicians are catering to the 78 million baby boomers who are hoping to feel younger, longer — and willing to pay for the privilege. The anti-aging industry is expected to gross more than $291 billion worldwide by 2015. http://tpt.to/a2dXPMt

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Six Reasons OS X is Better Than Windows ~ LockerGnome

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As we investigate the current state of matters between Windows and OS X, people tend to mention the same two or three differences that stand out more than others. Gamers claim that OS X is terrible for gameplay; programmers might say that Windows offers a more open-ended environment for developers, and just everyone can agree that the price of entry to the platform is less for a Windows-based PC.

Did you know that OS X actually has quite a few advantages over Windows? Depending on what you plan on doing with your computer, you might find that your job can be done easier on the Apple platform. In addition to some pretty impressive proprietary software, each Mac comes complete with a variety of programs that are easily comparable to very expensive software equivalents on the Windows platform.

Here are six reasons why OS X is better than windows. http://www.lockergnome.com/osx/2011/12/20/six-reasons-os-x-is-better-than-windows/

12 Ways to Save $12 a Day in 2012 ~ LockerGnome

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We’re just a few days a way from the beginning of 2012, which means millions of people around the world are resolving new attitudes, goals, new fitness routines, and diet plans. With the current state of the economy, many are also brainstorming new budgets and ways to save a little money. If you’re hoping to break even in 2012 — or at least stop breaking the bank — here are 12 ways to save at least $12 a day in 2012. http://www.lockergnome.com/social/2011/12/21/12-ways-to-save-12-a-day-in-2012/

Can Using Coupons Actually Hurt Your Budget Goals? ~ LockerGnome

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We have all heard (via the TV, a newspaper article, or a magazine) about the lady who buys an incredible amount of groceries for just pennies on the dollar. Her secret is what has become known as extreme couponing, a process that allows the coupon’s user to purchase a week’s worth of groceries for next to nothing, or in some cases for nothing at all. But are the hours you spend hunting and tracking down these savings worth the effort? http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2011/12/22/can-using-coupons-actually-hurt-your-budget-goals/

How Non-Techies Can Succeed With Landing Page Testing

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If you’re not A/B testing, then you’re definitely missing out on an incredible opportunity to improve your business’ bottom line. A/B testing is a powerful tool that marketers often forget to leverage as a way to optimize their content and generate more leads. Ideally, it should be something that every marketer uses to test and adjust the performance of their individual marketing channels such as landing pages, emails, and website pages to pump up lead gen. A/B testing may sound too technical to many marketers — something you’d want to push off to your web designer or developer –but by using modern tools like the ones HubSpot offers, even mortal marketers can easily create, implement, and analyze this type of experimentation on an ongoing basis.

One of the most important places to leverage A/B testing is on your landing pages. You spend countless hours and invest a lot of resources creating remarkable content to drive traffic to your site, so you should want to be sure you’re capturing as many of those visitors as possible. In order to capture those visitors, you need to convert them into leads by gathering additional information about them. The more leads you generate, the more you can nurture and eventually morph them into profitable paying customers. Below, we’ll dive into how you can get the most out of your landing page A/B testing. http://tpt.to/a2dxzWC

6 Daily Habits That May Make You Sick

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They say that home is where the heart is. But what you may not know is that it’s also where 65% of colds and more than half of food-borne illnesses are contracted. The things we do around the house every day have a big impact on both our long- and short-term health. Here are six common household activities that may be making you sick. http://tpt.to/a2drQBk

Marinara Sauce

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You’ve have got to check out this quick and easy recipe from Ina Garten http://tpt.to/a2dmbFM