Archaeologists explore a rural field in Kansas, and a lost city emerges

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Professor Donald Blakeslee in one of the pits being excavated in Arkansas City, Kan. (David Kelly / For The Times)

Of all the places to discover a lost city, this pleasing little community seems an unlikely candidate. There are no vine-covered temples or impenetrable jungles here — just an old-fashioned downtown, a drug store that serves up root beer floats and rambling houses along shady brick lanes.

 

Yet there’s always been something — something just below the surface.

 

Locals have long scoured fields and river banks for arrowheads and bits of pottery, amassing huge collections. Then there were those murky tales of a sprawling city on the Great Plains and a chief who drank from a goblet of gold.

 

A few years ago, Donald Blakeslee, an anthropologist and archaeology professor at Wichita State University, began piecing things together. And what he’s found has spurred a rethinking of traditional views on the early settlement of the Midwest, while potentially filling a major gap in American history.

 

Using freshly translated documents written by the Spanish conquistadors more than 400 years ago and an array of high-tech equipment, Blakeslee located what he believes to be the lost city of Etzanoa, home to perhaps 20,000 people between 1450 and 1700.

They lived in thatched, beehive-shaped houses that ran for at least five miles along the bluffs and banks of the Walnut and Arkansas rivers. Blakeslee says the site is the second-largest ancient settlement in the country after Cahokia in Illinois. [   ]

 

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Stress-THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON

Según una organización benéfica del Reino Unido para la salud mental, 1 de cada 5 británicos ha enfermado por el estrés laboral, y 1 de cada 4 ha llorado en el trabajo por causa de la tensión. En el 2009, año de crisis económica, hubo un aumento sin precedentes en la venta de antidepresivos….

 

THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON

Describes the tragicomedy of life and comparisons.

It’s three  – in English

According to a UK charity for mental health, 1 in 5 Britons has fallen ill from work-related stress, and 1 in 4 has cried at work because of stress. In 2009, the year of economic crisis, there was an unprecedented increase in the sale of antidepressants.

What things cause you stress?

  • Economic and other types of insecurity

  • A grueling routine

  • The interpersonal problems

  • A traumatic experience

How does stress affect you?

  • Health problems

  • Emotional stress

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Depression

  • Deterioration of their personal relationships

Stress activates the body’s amazing emergency system, which releases hormones that raise the breathing rate, heart rate and blood pressure. It also increases the concentration of blood cells and glucose in the blood. This set of reactions prepares the body to deal with the source of stress. Once the stress goes down, the body returns to normal, but if it does not decrease, it can cause chronic tension; it is as if the body were an engine that is always accelerated. So, to be physically and mentally healthy, we have to learn to manage stress.

Stress itself is not bad. The American Psychological Association compares it to the tension of a violin string. If there is very little voltage, the sound will be off and out of tune; If there is too much, it will be strident or the string will break. He also comments: “Stress can be the kiss of death or the salt of life. The question is really how to handle it. “

On the other hand, people have different temperaments and some are healthier than others. What causes tension to one person may not affect another. However, if your routine makes you so tense that it does not allow you to relax or react well to difficult situations, you will most likely suffer from chronic stress.

There are those who resort to drugs, alcohol or tobacco to “manage” their stress. Others modify their eating behaviors or spend a lot of time in front of the television or computer. However, none of this attacks the root of the problem; On the contrary, it could make it worse. So, what is the correct way to handle stress?

Total security does not exist. Try these suggestions:

  • Talk to a family member or friend you trust. Various studies show that the support of loved ones protects us from illnesses related to stress. Yes, a true friend “loves at all times, and is a brother born for when there is anguish”.

  • Do not always think of the worst; The only thing you will achieve is to wear yourself out emotionally. In addition, it is most likely that the terrible situations you imagine will never happen.

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Work, study, travel every day, take care of children, parents … These are things that tend to trigger the level of stress, and yet we have to do them. What to do then?

  • Try to find moments to relax and rest.

  • Put your priorities in proper order and lead a simple life. If possible, reduce your expenses or spend less time working.

Problems with other people, especially in the workplace, can generate a lot of stress. If this happens to you, think about the following suggestions:

  • When someone offends you, try to stay calm. Do not add fuel to the fire.

  • Try to resolve the differences privately. Treat the other person with dignity and respect.

  • Try to understand the feelings and views of the person who offended you. Putting yourself in the shoes of the other person will help you calm down. It is also useful to think about how others see it.

  • Excuse me Forgiveness is something beautiful … and good medicine. According to a study conducted in 2001, not forgiving significantly increases heart rate and blood pressure, while doing so reduces stress.

MRI – am I senile?

I have been attending the Gerontology clinic and from there my Dr. sent me to have an MRI with contrast to check for visual signs of Alzheimer’s or senility/dementia. I have been having great difficulty in remembering names – nouns really, both proper and improper and seemed to have failed the test he gave me.

The results showed that there were no markers that would make me a candidate for dementia though there are some long words that need clarifying.

Above are just a few of the images culled from the viewer programme, Andrew fiddled with the settings for different effects.

written for me by Andrew

Aortic dissection – wikipedia 14 November 2017

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Dissection of the descending part of the aorta (3), which starts from the left subclavian artery and extends to the abdominal aorta (4). The ascending aorta (1) and aortic arch (2) are not involved. Specialty Vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery Symptoms severe chest or back pain, vomiting, sweating, lightheadedness[1][2] Complications Stroke, mesenteric ischemia, myocardial ischemia, aortic rupture[2] Usual onset Sudden[1][2] Risk factors High blood pressure, Marfan syndrome, bicuspid aortic valve, previous heart surgery, major trauma, smoking[1][2][3] Diagnostic method Medical imaging[1] Prevention Blood pressure control, not smoking [1] Treatment Depends on the type[1] Prognosis Mortality without treatment 10% (type B), 50% (type A)[3] Frequency 3 per 100,000 per year[3]
Aortic dissection occurs when an injury to the innermost layer of the aorta allows blood to flow between the layers of the aortic wall, forcing the layers apart.[3] In most cases this is associated with a sudden onset of severe chest or back pain, often described as “tearing” in character.[1][2] Also, vomiting, sweating, and lightheadedness may occur.[2] Other symptoms may result from decreased blood supply to other organs such as stroke or mesenteric ischemia.[2] Aortic dissection can quickly lead to death from not enough blood flow to the heart or rupture of the aorta.[2]

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Source: Aortic Dissection wikipedia

Surgical Management of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection 13 November 2017

Abstract

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection, which causes acute coronary syndrome and can result in sudden death, is rare; but its true incidence is underestimated, since most patients die suddenly, without diagnosis. The aim of this study was to show the importance of prompt diagnosis and treatment.

In reviewing the records of 5,000 consecutive patients who underwent coronary angiography between January 2001 and August 2006, we found 6 cases of spontaneous coronary artery dissection (an incidence rate of 0.12%). Five patients presented with left main coronary artery dissection and 1 patient, with right coronary artery dissection.

Angioplasty with stenting failed in the patient with right coronary artery dissection. Coronary artery bypass surgery was performed in all patients. The patient with right coronary artery dissection died of sepsis on the 30th postoperative day. The other 5 patients (83.3%) are still free of symptoms, and they had negative results on stress tests at the 6- and 12-month follow-up visits after coronary artery bypass surgery.

The clinical presentation of spontaneous left main coronary artery dissection was similar to that of atherosclerotic disease. However, early diagnosis of spontaneous coronary artery dissection by means of coronary angiography is of paramount importance, because urgent coronary artery bypass grafting can be lifesaving.

Key words: Aneurysm, dissecting/diagnosis/therapy; death, sudden, cardiac/etiology; myocardial ischemia/etiology; pregnancy complications, cardiovascular; puerperal disorders; rupture, spontaneous

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (CAD), which causes acute coronary syndrome and can result in sudden death, is a rare event. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection has been observed in 3 groups of patients: patients with coronary artery disease, young women during peripartum, and patients with idiopathic disease and no obvious associated factors. The pathogenesis of spontaneous CAD is still unclear.1,2

The clinical presentation of left main coronary artery (LMCA) dissection may be similar to that of a patient with atherosclerotic disease of the LMCA. Early diagnosis and urgent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is lifesaving in patients with LMCA dissection. In this retrospective study, we present an account of our management of spontaneous CAD, and we review the medical literature in order to investigate the potential causes and optimal treatments of this condition. [ ]

Source: Surgical Management of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection

My surgery was done according to the article below.

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Drones are not a new idea – Intermission Story (28) — Pacific Paratrooper

Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly known as drones, are most often associated with airstrikes in modern warfare, but their history goes much further back than that. While drones came into the spotlight during the early years of the 21st century the idea of a remotely-operated flying machine was developed much earlier. A forerunner of what we […]

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Chabad Hosts Thousands of Eclipse-Chased Across America – Centers along its path offered a Jewish perspective on the spectacle in the sky – Chabad-Lubavitch News

A total solar eclipse streaked across the United States Monday, Aug. 21. In its 70-mile-wide path, people saw the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into darkness, with trails of light streaming through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.

Millions of people witnessed the historic spectacle as the eclipse traveled a path from Oregon to South Carolina. Chabad centers along its route hosted informative and inspirational programs to provide a Jewish perspective on the event.

Streamers of light are often visible around the silhouette of the moon during a solar eclipse, which will take place next on Monday, Aug. 21.
From space, the moon’s shadow during a solar eclipse appears as a dark spot moving across Earth. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Chabad of South Carolina in Columbia is planning to mail solar eclipse kits to community members in advance of the natural phenomenon. In it will be special viewing glasses like these. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Source: Chabad Hosts Thousands of Eclipse-Chasers Across America – Centers along its path offer a Jewish perspective on the spectacle in the sky – Chabad-Lubavitch News

 

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