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Entrepreneurs Giving Back: Abraham Mitchell, Jimmy John Liautaud & Others

It is always refreshing to see when business owners give back to their communities and to those around them. In an interesting report released by Ernst & Young, they found that entrepreneurs are more likely to make charitable contributions than are any other type of professionals in the United States. Their study found that 89% of the 160 CEOs and company founders they evaluated donate money and 70% donate their time. Here is a look at a few such entrepreneurs.

Abraham Mitchell: Mitchell co-founded the Mitchell Group which is a real estate firm in Alabama. He has donated over $50 million to the University of South Alabama with $25 million going to academic scholarship endowment programs and the other half going to the Mitchell College of Business.

Jimmy John Liautaud: Jimmy John is the owner of Jimmy John’s Sandwich shop with thousands of locations across the United States. When asked about his charitable giving, Jimmy John Liautaud said, “I was bullied as a kid and as an adult I have been discriminated against for being overweight. It hurts. I decided long ago that I would take that hurt and turn it into a positive by giving to people who need a helping hand.” Jimmy John gives back in a number of ways. He offers dental work to store employees and he funds the operational costs of the Francis Nelson Smile Healthy dental clinic in Champaign, Illinois. He also supports good health by giving to hospitals, he supports the armed forces and funds education programs.

James Clark: The co-founder of Netscape is certainly at the top of the chart for financial giving. He donated $60 million in 2013 to Stanford University’s James H. Clark Center for Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. He was one of the founders of this department in 1999 and he had already gifted it $90 million before the donation in 2013.

Abraham Mitchell, Jimmy John Liautaud and James Clark are just a few examples of the many entrepreneurs who are giving back and showing the importance of giving in their lives.

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Are You Showering All Wrong?

towels-1348220_960_720Are you showering all wrong? You probably didn’t know that there was a right and wrong to showering, but Dr. Derek V. Chan, a New York-based cosmetic and medical dermatologist who was recently interviewed by the Daily Mail explains how you should be showering.

Dr. Chan explains that he recommends that people shower once a day and that you should use a moisturizer within five minutes of exiting the shower if you have exzema.

Warm showers are better than hot ones since hot showers can reduce moisture in the skin.

When you are washing your hair, Dr. Chan explains that you should massage a shampoo or conditioner into your scalp and then leave it on for approximately two to three minutes. If it’s a shampoo for dandruff, then they should leave it in for 3-5 minutes.
In general, exfoliates aren’t necessary but they can help with acne and clogged pores. Use a gentle exfoliation 1-2 times a week on the face. He says not to squeeze at pimples since it can cause scarring and color changes.
And that should be all that you need for your shower!

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A World of Beauty with TEFAF New York

TEFAF New York Fall 2016 is coming to the Park Avenue Armory and many exhibitors and organizers are getting ready. This is a unique fair that will bring together 93 top experts in fine and decorative art and design to showcase their beautiful items together in one location.

TEFAF New York is a collaborative effort taking place from October 21-26 as a joint effort between TEFAF Maastricht and Artvest. TEFAF New York and Artvest Partners created a panel of eight judges to evaluate inclusion into the fair. The list of participants includes, among many others: French & Company, Haboldt Pictura, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Jack Kilgore & Co., Les Enluminures, Lillian Nassau, Menconi + Schoelkopf, Michele Beiny, Mireille Mosler, Otto Naumann, Phoenix Ancient Art, Primavera Gallery, Richard L. Feigen & Co., S.J. Shrubsole, Safani Gallery, Siegelson and Taylor Graham.

Phoenix Ancient Art

Phoenix Ancient Art booth design for TEFAF

TEFAF New York has lofty goals which mirror those of the TEFAF fairs that have taken place around the world. As a leading provider of art fairs, they have become a location which collectors, sellers and museum representatives see as invaluable.

Now, esteemed exhibitors like A La Vieille Russie, Adam Williams Fine Art Ltd, Phoenix Ancient Art and others will come together for this elegant and enlightening week in New York.

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Labels on Sugary Drinks Really May Make a Difference

coca-cola-473780_640Here is an interesting study that many parents will find important. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that simple food label warnings on soda makes teenagers much more likely to avoid these sugary drinks. Researchers used an online survey to see what drinks 2000 participants most loved. The participants were between 12 and 18 and were from diverse backgrounds.

The beverages either had no label on them, or one of five warning labels. One featured the calorie content and four had various types of warning labels. 77% of the people who didn’t see a label said they would select a sugary drink in a hypothetical situation they were given. When there was a health warning on the drink, participants were 8-16% less likely to take it.

62% of the participants also said that they would support having warning labels on sugary drinks. As Dr. Eric VanEpps, a researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said, “ The influence of warning labels on the purchasing intentions of teenagers in this study highlights the need for nutrition information at the point of purchase to help people make healthier choices.”

He continued, “This study shows that warning labels can affect teenagers’ beverage preferences, and future research will be needed to determine whether these labels are similarly effective in more typical purchasing environments.”

Their findings appear in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine and could certainly influence policy decisions about labeling drinks.

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iPads as Tools of Relaxation

ipad-632512_960_720Recent research about iPad use in children is certainly interesting for patients undergoing operations – but a bit daunting for those of us who let their kids zone out with technology.

In a French study of 112 children aged 4-10 who were having a day surgery, the researchers found that computer games worked as well as drugs to help kids relax before their operations. Half of the kids were given a sedative before their anesthesia, while half were given an iPad loaded with games just twenthy minutes before going into surgery.

Then, the children, their parents and the surgery nurses were all asked questions. The answers to these questions showed that the iPads worked as well as the midazolam sedative did to help with anxiety. Even more significant, the parents and nurses were more satisfied with the children who had used the iPads than they were with the children given the sedative.

As researcher Dominique Chassard of the Hospices Civils de Lyon explains, “Our study showed that child and parental anxiety before anesthesia are equally blunted by midazolam or use of the iPad. Use of iPads or other tablet devices is a non-pharmacologic tool which can reduce stress without any sedative effect in paediatric surgery.”

Certainly, this information is helpful in terms of surgery. But it also indicates the power that technology can have over children; allowing them to zone out and become immersed in another world, of sorts.

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Back to School Fashion

As long as we’re focusing on the back to school adventure, we figured we’d offer some cute fashion tips. We all want to look great as the school year starts – whether we are dressing the kids or dressing ourselves. Here are some suggestions for back to school style that won’t break the bank.

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Great Back to School Tips

Learn the best back to school tips to keep you organized and to keep your cool as you head back into the classroom.

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What’s Making You Binge Eat?

burger-500054_960_720In a new study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers looked at binge eating to see if it is actually a brain disorder – and they found that it is. The irrational desire to eat way beyond being satiated has long confused neurologists. But this study has identified neural circuits in the brain’s pleasure area that can actually inhibit binge-like eating in mice.

When normal people eat, the brain releases chemicals into the pleasure center like dopamines. When we’ve eaten enough, the brain them stops flooding the pleasure center. The theory here is that people who binge have a built up tolerance and a healthy amount of food doesn’t stimulate pleasure.

This team, led by Baylor’s Dr. Yong Xu, and conducted by the Baylor Colleget of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, analyzed lab mice which have been raised to binge eat. Of the 14 potential receptors that control the effects of serotonin in the body, Xu and his colleagues were able to identify one that might influence binging behavior. The serotonin 2C receptor could help to suppress binge eating.

There is already an FDA-approved drug that works as a serotonin 2C agonist and it is currently used for overweight and obese people. This could, perhaps, be repurposed to suppress binge eating in adults, according to Xu.

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