Monday, February 9, 2009

Good News From Mary Feb. 9, 2009

How to Find Grace for Caregiving

Caring for a loved one like an elderly parent or chronically ill spouse demands constant sacrifice. It’s costly, yet it’s also valuable, because as you give to the person you’re caring for, God will give to you. The gift you’ll get from God is something of eternal value: grace.

Here’s how you can find grace as you care for your loved one:

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Multivitamins no cancer, heart help, study says

The largest study ever of multivitamin use in older women found they did nothing to prevent common cancers or heart disease.

The eight-year study in 161,808 postmenopausal women echoes recent disappointing vitamin studies in men.

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Patients to get help making wiser health choices

It's one of medicine's uncomfortable truths: That blood test for prostate cancer is far from perfect. Would as many men take a PSA test if they knew?

Or consider treatment for early breast cancer: Is saving the breast worth all the extra doctor visits for radiation or would you prefer the whole breast removed in one trip?

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Muslim in America: a 'voyage of discovery'

Hailey Woldt put on the traditional black abaya, expecting the worst.

The last time she'd worn the Muslim dress that, with a head scarf, covered everything but her face, hands and feet, she was in Miami International Airport, where the stares were many and the security check thorough.

This time, she was in a small town called Arab. Arab, Alabama, no less.

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Uh, O!

Why medical experts were shocked by Oprah Winfrey's take on hormone replacement and Suzanne Somers's controversial theories on aging.

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Monday, February 9, 2009 Good News Posts from Margaret

Mediterranean Diet May Preserve Memory

"A new study shows that people who eat a Mediterranean-style diet are less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, which is a stage of memory loss between typical aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Mediterranean eaters who already have mild cognitive impairment are less likely to transition into Alzheimer’s."

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Top 5 Easy Ways to Garden Greener

"Green gardening is a confusing term. Gardeners talk about their love of nature, but in reality what we’re doing is manipulating nature and short of growing a field of weeds, it will remain so. So the easiest way to garden greener is to work more cooperatively with nature. Here are 5 easy steps to make your garden greener. "

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Volunteers come to aid of Dominican town

"Three months after Hurricane Noel slammed into the Dominican Republic and nearly destroyed the small town of Pimentel, Youth for Christ volunteers are helping residents rebuild.'

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Japan scientists identify enzyme that may suppress cancer

"Scientists in Japan have identified an enzyme which appears to suppress breast cancer and they hope the finding will spur new therapies to control the second most common cancer in the world."

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Good News for February 9 (posted by Mary Beth)

Mercy Ships’ Africa Mercy Sailing to Benin, West Africa

"A nine-day sail on the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship is different from others. It’s not a regular working ship, where every crew members has traditional sailing duties, nor a vacation cruise, where people just relax and watch the blue waters of the Atlantic slide by."

Access the ship's blog here.

Reborn to Emptiness: What to Make of Lifelike Doll Babies

"Nowadays, calling yourself a 'born again Christian' might elicit disapproving looks and maybe even some snide comments. But there is an area where being 'reborn' is a good thing. I’m not talking about Eastern religions—I’m talking about dolls."

Read more of Chuck Colson's commentary here.

Plant, Krauss win album of year at Grammys; Jennifer Hudson is tearful, triumphant

"The 51st annual Grammy Awards got more drama than they bargained for Sunday in Los Angeles. The nationally televised awards show had to shuffle its schedule at the last minute."

Catch up on all the Grammy news here.

Moving Mass for Maggie

"Sister Marguerite Kelly moved a few things on the top of the bureau and then it wasn't a bureau top anymore. It was an altar."

Read the story of a sacrament taken to the one who needed it here.

Obama makes stimulus pitch in town hall as Senate vote looms

"President Barack Obama made a campaign-style pitch for his massive economic stimulus plan, traveling Monday to a hard-hit industrial city in hopes of winning support for a package that has become the first big test since taking office."

Read more about the President's Indiana appearance here.

Shot of the Day for February 8, 2009

Pearls on Red Shirts

Photo by Flickr Member Emma Werderman Photograph

Emma writes: "That was a middle school choir I went to see."