Heroine of the day - Sally Hemmings

Sarah "Sally" Hemings (c. 1773 – 1835) was an enslaved woman of mixed race owned by President Thomas Jefferson and reputed to have had a long-term relationship and six children with him,[1] of whom four survived and all gained freedom. The youngest of six siblings by the planter John Wayles and his mulatto slave Betty Hemings, Hemings was three-quarters European and a half-sister of Jefferson's wife, Martha Wayles Skelton.[2]

Incomprehensible Demoralization

An absolute definition of the word “bottom” for an alcoholic is not possible unless it is kept so simple it would lose meaning. The reason for this is that it moves. It’s different from one drunk to the next. By my estimation of the definition, I thought I had a pretty high bottom but then I heard a guy describe drinking five or six beers as “alcoholic”. That was breakfast, so maybe I was a little farther down the scale than I thought.

Hero of the Day - John Kerry

John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is an American politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. He has served in the United States Senate, and was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry was the candidate of the Democratic Party in the 2004 presidential election, losing to incumbent President George W. Bush.

Unlearn and Relearn - A strategy for success.

Unlearn and relearn – A strategy for success

Lao Tzu said, “To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” More recently, Peter Drucker put it another way, “We spend a lot of time teaching leaders what to do. We don’t spend enough time teaching leaders what to stop.”

Cannabinoid CB2 Receptors in Brain Reward Systems

It is well known that the brain and body contain receptors that bind to tetrahydro-cannabinol (THC) the active ingredient in marijuana and that the body naturally produces substances known as cannabinoids that bind to these receptors. There are two known cannabinoid receptors, CB1 is located on neurons in the brain and spinal cord, and CB2 is located primarily on immune cells. Prior to the present study, it was unknown whether CB2 receptors could be found on neurons in the brain and what role they might play in brain function.

Hero of the Day - Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA, DFBCS (born 8 June 1955), also known as TimBL, is an English computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He made a proposal for an information management system in March 1989,and he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet sometime around mid-November of that same year.

Heroine of the Day - Ada Lovelace

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 Decembrists 1815 – 27 November 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognized as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Because of this, she is often described as the world's first computer programmer.

Hero of the Day - Adolphie Sax

Antoine-Joseph "Adolphe" Sax (6 November 1814 – c. 7 February 1894) was a Belgian musical instrument designer and musician who played the flute and clarinet, and is well known for having invented the saxophone. He also invented the saxotromba, saxhorn and saxtuba.


Early life

Hero of the Day - RK Laxman

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman (24 October 1921 – 26 January 2015) was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He is best known for his creation The Common Man and for his daily cartoon strip, "You Said It" in The Times of India, which started in 1951.

Addiction and the factors that fuel it

Addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

As Department of Psychiatry associate professor Sheila Specker, M.D., has seen time and again, it’s often accompanied by depression, bipolar disorder, an eating disorder, or another mental health problem. Sometimes it’s one thread in a tangle of issues; often it’s tough to tease out which problem came first.

Two decades ago, when Specker was running an outpatient treatment program she’d developed for women battling addiction and eating disorders, she learned that in many cases, depression had often preceded both.


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