Read this in the news today….what do you people out there think???

March 19, 2008 at 11:33 pm (Weird News) ()

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Study finds depressed women have more sex

By Tamara McLean

March 20, 2008 01:03pm

Article from: AAP
DEPRESSED women have more sex than those who are happier, regardless of whether they are in a relationship or not, a study of Australians has found.

A survey of Melbourne women presented at an international mental health conference has concluded that females who suffer from mild to moderate depression have a third more sexual activity than those who are not.

They also had more sexually liberated attitudes, a bigger variety of sexual experiences and, if single, were more likely to partake in casual sex, Sabura Allen, a clinical psychologist at Monash University, said.

\”It was more sex and more of everything from kissing to petting, foreplay and intercourse,\” said Dr Allen, who studied the recent sexual experiences of 107 depressed and non-depressed women who were in relationships.

\”We knew this anecdotally from clinical samples but this is the first time it\’s been shown in research.\”

She said depressed women were likely seeking out sexual intimacy more often to help feel more secure.

\”When people are depressed they feel more insecure about their relationships and concerned that their partner may not care about them or find them valuable,\” Dr Allen said.

\”Having sex helps them feel that closeness and security.\”

Asked whether intercourse could be an effective balm for depression, the psychologist said \”we really don\’t know but we presume it helps as it gives these women opportunities to be close to their partner and loved.\”

The team also is investigating depressed single women and has found a trend towards more casual sex than happier singles.

Dr Allen said Australian couples tend have sex between once and three times a week, with \”very much the majority in the once a week group\”. Single women have it \”significantly less\”, but the same is not necessarily true of single men.

The study, soon to be published in a British medical journal, was presented today at the International Congress on Women\’s Mental Health in Melbourne where the latest research in mental illness and hormone-related conditions is being showcased.

New studies have shown high rates of severe PMS and post-natal depression among Australian women, a dramatic drop in the abortion rate, and a promising new treatment for Alzheimer\’s disease.

Look, I don\’t know about you but when I was depressed the last thing I wanted to do was get naked in front of someone that I don\’t particularly know well.

On the other hand when I feel attractive and good about myself, well, its a totally different matter.

I agree that sex does things to your brain and makes you feel good, but if I am depressed I just want to hide in my house and not even go out, so having lots of sex kind of gets well, impossible.

Hmmmm not really convinced. Maybe I should stop taking those happy pills.

 

Love Me xxxx

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An amazing cat story…

July 25, 2007 at 8:57 pm (Cats, LOL cats, Weird News) ()

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Thursday July 26, 10:04 AM

Cat predicts deaths in US nursing home

Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours.

His accuracy, observed in 25 US cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live.

\”He doesn\’t make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die,\” said Dr David Dosa.

He describes the phenomenon in a poignant essay in the New England Journal of Medicine.

\”Many family members take some solace from it. They appreciate the companionship that the cat provides for their dying loved one,\” said Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor of medicine at Brown University.

The two-year-old feline was adopted as a kitten and grew up in a dementia unit at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre. The facility treats people with Alzheimer\’s, Parkinson\’s disease and other illnesses.

After about six months, the staff noticed Oscar would make his own rounds, just like the doctors and nurses. He would sniff and observe patients, then sit beside people who would end up dying in a few hours.

Dosa said Oscar seems to take his work seriously and is generally aloof.

\”This is not a cat that\’s friendly to people,\” he said.

Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there, said Dr Joan Teno of Brown University, who treats patients at the nursing home and is an expert on care for the terminally ill

She was convinced of Oscar\’s talent when he made his 13th correct call. While observing one patient, Teno said she noticed the woman was not eating, was breathing with difficulty and that her legs had a bluish tinge, signs that often mean death is near.

Oscar would not stay inside the room though, so Teno thought his streak was broken.

Instead, it turned out the doctor\’s prediction was roughly 10 hours too early.

Sure enough, during the patient\’s final two hours, nurses told Teno that Oscar joined the woman at her bedside.

Doctors said most of the people who get a visit from the sweet-faced, grey-and-white cat are so ill they probably do not know he is there, so patients are not aware he is a harbinger of death.

Most families are grateful for the advanced warning, although one wanted Oscar out of the room while a family member died. When Oscar is put outside, he paces and meows his displeasure.

No one is certain if Oscar\’s behaviour is scientifically significant or points to a cause. Teno wonders if the cat notices telltale scents or reads something into the behaviour of the nurses who raised him.

Nicholas Dodman, who directs an animal behavioural clinic at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and has read Dosa\’s article, said the only way to know is to carefully document how Oscar divides his time between the living and dying.

It is possible his behaviour could be driven by self-centred pleasures like a heated blanket placed on a dying person, Dodman said.

Nursing home staffers are not concerned with explaining Oscar, so long as he gives families a better chance at saying goodbye to the dying.

Oscar recently received a wall plaque publicly commending his \”compassionate hospice care.\”

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The Tale of Duncan the Dog and his Mate….

March 11, 2007 at 6:19 pm (Weird News) ()

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I saw this story on t.v. this morning and just had to share it.

Its about a man and a dog and how they ended up together.

Tale of true soul mates

Effort under way to reunite Australian visitor, rescued dog

This is a story of an Australian man who loves a dog from the American Midwest so much that a small-town police chief is raising money to keep them together.

It\’s a story of how the man and dog saved each other.

It also may be a story about how an angel disguised as a dog met a man in Spokane through divine intervention.

Sound over the top?

It\’s not to Kevin Greer, an Aussie with failing health who says he found a second chance in Duncan, a black Russian terrier that was homeless and hurting in rural Missouri and got his own second chance.

 

\”He sends out this aura to people, everyone he meets,\” Greer said of Duncan. \”He\’s got a little bit of angel in him.\”

Greer, 69, a wrinkled, tanned outdoorsman grew up in the outback and has a deep love for animals.

Four years ago his German shepherd, Mona, died at his home, outside of Brisbane, Queensland. He was devastated.

\”There\’s not a day that goes past that he doesn\’t talk about Mona,\” said Greer\’s daughter, Lisa Rosier, a Spokane resident.

Later, Greer suffered a heart attack and underwent triple-bypass surgery. He had a stroke, and doctors operated twice on his neck to clear the arteries. He emerged with a damaged vocal cord, leaving him unable to talk above a whisper and pushing him into coughing fits.

He was then diagnosed with lung disease and a growth in his skull that gives him headaches and vertigo.

A follow-up operation allowed him to speak in a weak, raspy voice. Greer, a normally social and active man, was weak, and embarrassed about his voice, he said.

He became a recluse, he said.

Meanwhile, an ocean and half a continent away, a farmer in rural Missouri saw what he thought was a black calf among his cattle. He found a dog, malnourished and tick-ridden. The dog had a ¾-inch barb embedded in his paw, and pockmarks on his chest that looked like he had been shot with a shotgun, Rosier said.

The farmer took him to an animal shelter, where he was saved by a couple that named him Duncan and contacted a national black Russian terrier rescue association, Rosier said.

\”He was very thin. He was covered with ticks and burs and mats all over him,\” said Sonja Hicks, who, with her husband Gary, rescued Duncan, who is about a year and a half old.

That national rescue association notified Rosier, who had signed up to rescue a dog. Rosier flew Duncan to Spokane on June 14.

Meanwhile, in Australia, Greer was preparing to visit his daughter. He arrived June 15.

Dog and man met at Rosier\’s southeast Spokane home.

\”We both arrived at the same time. We just clicked,\” Greer said. \”We became bloody mates.\”

The dog changed Greer.

He started telling jokes. He painted the back deck. On walks with Duncan he started talking with neighbors and taking different routes so he could meet new neighbors and see new areas, he said.

Greer also changed the dog, who became more healthy and vocal.

During some of his walks with Duncan, he went barefoot so he could feel what the dog was feeling, Rosier said.

Greer, a man who had to put down animals on the farm and is accustomed to blood, almost passed out when a veterinarian gave Duncan a shot, Rosier said.

The two became so close that Greer began to dread leaving the dog when he flew back to Australia on Aug. 9.

It was clear what had to be done, Rosier said. She had to send Duncan to Australia.

\”It\’s more than a coincidence,\” she said. \”It\’s obvious they\’re meant to be together. I told Dad, \’We\’ll make it happen.\’ \”

\”I think Duncan was sent to Dad to say \’you have a few years left,\’ \” Rosier added.

Greer, when asked last week how he felt when his daughter told him she would try to keep the pair together, became choked up and had to retreat to a back room.

But sending the dog to Australia is easier said than done. All told, it\’ll cost about $4,000 to get him the required tests, have him flown there and board him while he\’s in mandatory 30-day quarantine in Sydney, according to a cost sheet compiled by Rosier.

Rosier, who works for the Cheney Police Department, told her boss, Chief Jeff Sale, she was going to have a garage sale.

Sale had bigger ideas.

So far, he has opened the Duncan Relocation Fund account at Spokane Teachers Credit Union and solicited Cheney businesses for donations. He told the City Council, which passed a resolution supporting the effort.

Though he has yet to hear back, he mailed a letter last week to Qantas airways asking for free or reduced-cost airfare for the dog. And he talked with the local American Legion about closing a city street and putting on a fundraiser, complete with music and food, on Oct. 7.

He hasn\’t heard back yet, but he contacted the Seattle Seahawks asking for free merchandise that could be auctioned off, he said.

Sale said he did it because in his decades in law enforcement he\’s seen how a sequence of unrelated events can lead to tragedy.

\”This is one where a certain sequence of events brought two souls from different parts of the world together at the same time for a good outcome,\” he said. \”And I would just like to help perpetuate that to make sure that that continues on.\”

As of Tuesday morning, Sale said he\’d received $355 in donations. Because he has yet to hold any large events, he\’s hopeful they\’ll reach the goal.

Sale said any extra money would be donated to Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service.

Greer left on Aug. 9, and Duncan is here until at least mid-December, when Rosier hopes to fly him to Sydney for the monthlong quarantine.

After Greer left, Rosier said, Duncan wouldn\’t eat for a day and had trouble sleeping.

If Duncan makes it to Australia, Greer plans to take him around to hospitals for veterans and the elderly, people he thinks could benefit from time with Duncan.

\”He wants to share that with others who might be thinking about giving up, too,\” Rosier said.

But the wait is going to be hard for Greer.

\”It\’s gonna be the roughest time in my life. It really is,\” he said.

\”When Dad left the house, he had tears running down his face,\”
Rosier said.

\”He\’s a tough old bugger. I\’ve never seen him like that.\”

Well the good news there was enough money raised and Duncan has now been moved to Australia and reunited with Kevin.

I thought after my Ode to Truffles a story about a lovely dog would be nice too!

Love Me xxxx

Photo of Duncan waiting to go to Australia.

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