A small pilot study led by a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researcher found that a nasal insulin spray improved memory, thinking skills, and functional ability in people with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Currently, there are no effective treatments to delay or prevent Alzheimer's. A VA team with the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System led the trial, which was sponsored in large part by the National Institute on Aging. The new findings appear in the Sept. 12 Archives of Neurology...
For Gulf War Veterans with certain ailments like: Chronic fatigue syndrome; Firbromyalgia; Functional gastrointestinal disorders; and other undiagnosed illnesses the current deadline for when the condition must have "appeared" is on or before December 31, 2011. If you have any conditions that are "undiagnosed" and you did a tour in the Middle East, this could apply to you. The VA is working to extend the deadline to December 31, 2018. If this occurs, it will be great news for veterans and military members who develop symptoms after the 2011 cut-off...
There are numerous advantages to having a VA mortgage. A VA mortgage loan can be guaranteed with no money down, in some cases up to $417,000. There is also no private mortgage insurance requirement with a VA guaranteed loan, which could offer you substantial savings on your monthly payment. You can even use your VA Loan benefit to refinance an existing loan -- even if it is not a VA Loan. Be sure to ask for information about the interest rate reduction loan. This program adjusts an adjustable-rate mortgage to a fixed-rate loan, which is part of the Streamline Refinancing Program, which allows you to refinance at little or no expense to them...
A required first step in the VA loan process is obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility* * Link pulled at the request of directvaloans dot com, a website that cares more about their google rankings than actually helping vets. (COE). COE can be obtained through a VA-approved lender or online. The COE provides information to the VA-approved lender about the eligibility and entitlement of each borrower. For more details on how to obtain your COE, as well as more tips for obtaining a VA loan, visit the VA Loan blog .
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has automated its online Health Benefits Renewal (10-10EZR) form. Previously, veterans filling out the online 10-10EZR were required to print a copy, sign it and send it to their local medical center before updates to their personal, insurance or financial information could occur. Veterans may now submit these updates online. For additional information, visit the VA Health Eligibility homepage or call VA's toll-free number at 1-877-222-VETS (8387). The online form is available on the VA website ( pdf. format).
September was National Suicide Prevention Month. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is educating individuals and communities about VA's suicide prevention resources and the steps to take to help veterans in crisis. Veterans, their families, and friends can call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or chat online at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care...
While Teachers Take Pay Cuts, Their Boss Rakes In $1.5 Million (Good)
Enter John Covington, the incoming superintendent of Michigan's Education Achievement Authority, a new district comprised entirely of schools that have performed poorly on state tests. Covington's just-signed contract has him set to earn more than $1.5 million in salary and bonuses.
Marc Dion: Self-Service Checkout Lanes Never Adopt a Kitty (Creators Syndicate)
The grocery store my wife uses has self-service checkout lanes, but she doesn't use them and she doesn't use the service the deli offers, either, which lets you key your deli order into a machine and then come back when it's ready. "The stores tell you it's more convenient," my wife says, "but they're really just trying to get rid of the people working there."
How Cooked Food Made Us Human
People and animals eat basically the same food; the only difference is that we cook our meals. But does the ability to flame-broil a burger and burn a meal really make us that special? According to Harvard anthropology professor Richard Wrangham, it does.
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George Burns (January 20, 1896 - March 9, 1996), born Nathan Birnbaum, was an American comedian, actor, and writer.
He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, television and movies, with and without his wife, Gracie Allen.
Marian was first, and correct, with:
Alan J wrote:
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As I recall, Nathan Birnbaum is the birth name of comic and actor George Burns.
Say Goodnight, Gracie.
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Sara in upstate NY said:
Sure wish he'd achieved his dream of playing the Albert Hall in London on his 100th birthday. It was actually supposed to be "The Palace" on Broadway but that theatre's decline changed
(with all this rain, we could be in a future Bible chapter in Revalations)
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Thanks to Joe S. for the great Buster Keaton YouTube clip.
CBS opens the night with a FRESH'How I Met Your Mother', followed by a FRESH'2 Broke Girls', then a FRESH'2½ Men', followed by a FRESH'Mike & Molly', then a FRESH'Hawaii Five-0'.
Scheduled on a FRESHDave are Brian Williams and Sting.
Scheduled on a FRESHCraig are Lily Tomlin and Ioan Gruffudd.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Sing Off', followed by a FRESH'The Playboy Club'.
Scheduled on a FRESHLeno are Evangeline Lilly, Magic Johnson, and Jo Koy.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Kathy Bates, Paul Scheer, Sean Parker, Radiohead.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/21/11) are Richard Engel, Chris Hardwick, and Death Cab for Cutie.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'Dancing With The R's', followed by a FRESH'Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Jane Lynch, Ramon Rodriquez, and Blink 182.
The CW offers a FRESH'Gossip Girl', followed by a FRESH'Hart Of Dixie'.
Faux has a FRESH'Terra Nova', followed by a FRESH'House'.
MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.
A&E has 'Hoarders', another 'Hoarders', still another 'Hoarders', and 'Intervention'.
AMC offers the movie 'Top Gun', followed by the movie 'Billy Madison'.
[6:00 AM] BBC World News
[7:00 AM] BBC World News
[8:00 AM] The Graham Norton Show - Ep 2 Anna Paquin, David Mitchell & Robert Webb, Paolo Nutini
[9:00 AM] Gordon Ramsay's F Word - Episode 4
[10:00 AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited - Ep 2 The Fenwick Arms
[11:00 AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 4 Finn McCool's
[12:00 PM] Doctor Who - 1 - The Eleventh Hour
[1:00 PM] Gordon Ramsay's F Word - Episode 5
[2:00 PM] Gordon Ramsay's F Word - Episode 6
[3:00 PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 9 - Le Bistro
[4:00 PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 5 Sandgate
[5:00 PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Ep 26 Redemption, Part 1
[6:00 PM] Top Gear - Episode 2
[7:00 PM] Top Gear - Episode 4
[8:00 PM] Top Gear - Episode 1
[9:00 PM] Top Gear - Episode 2
[10:00 PM] Top Gear - Episode 1
[11:00 PM] Top Gear - Episode 1
[12:00 AM] Top Gear - Episode 2
[1:00 AM] Top Gear - Episode 1
[2:00 AM] Top Gear - Episode 1
[3:00 AM] Top Gear - Episode 2
[4:00 AM] Top Gear - Episode 1
[5:00 AM] BBC World News (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NJ', 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills', then a FRESH'Most Eligible Dallas'.
Comedy Central has '30 Rock', another '30 Rock', 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', another 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', still another 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', and yet another 'It's Always Sunny In Philly'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJon Stewart Thomas Friedman.
Scheduled on a FRESHColbert Report Jerome Groopman.
FX has '2½ Men', anther '2½ Men', followed by the movie 'What Happens In Vegas', then the movie 'What Happens In Vegas', again.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', 'American Restoration', 'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.
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[5:30AM] Wilfred - Dogs of War
[6:00AM] Young Broke and Beautiful - San Diego
[6:30AM] Man About Town
[8:30AM] Good Guys Wear Black
[4:00PM] Good Guys Wear Black
[6:00PM] Malcolm in the Middle - Funeral
[6:30PM] Malcolm in the Middle - Cheerleader
[7:00PM] Dying Breed
[9:00PM] The Descent
[11:00PM] The Whitest Kids U'Know
[11:30PM] Malcolm in the Middle - Rollerskates
[12:00AM] Malcolm in the Middle - The Bots and the Bees
[12:30AM] Indie Sex II: Extremes
[2:00AM] The Descent
[4:00AM] Dying Breed
[10:30AM] The Whitest Kids U'Know
[11:00AM] The Whitest Kids U'Know
[11:30AM] My Best Friend
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The Bluth family's frozen banana stand may be back in business.
At an "Arrested Development" reunion Sunday at the New York Festival, the creators and cast announced plans for another season of the short-lived but critically acclaimed TV show, which went off the air in 2006 after just three seasons. They also discussed more concrete plans for a much-awaited movie.
Creator Mitchell Hurwitz said he wanted to do the movie originally but decided to tell where the nine main characters have been for the last five years. The Fox show starred Jason Bateman, Michael Cera and Portia de Rossi.
Shooting for the TV show is tentatively set to begin next summer.
Gary Knell, the longtime president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, will take over leadership of the public radio network, NPR, on Dec. 1.
Knell succeeds Vivian Schiller, who resigned under pressure in March after a former NPR fundraiser was caught on camera calling the tea party racist. The episode led some conservatives to call for an end to federal funding for NPR, but Congress ultimately retained the funds as part of a budget deal in April.
In his previous role, Knell headed the organization that produces "Sesame Street" and other children's educational programming for public television.
NPR board chairman Dave Edwards calls Knell "an extraordinary leader" who has the skills and experience to lead NPR into the future.
Culinary confession time for Whoopi Goldberg: Potato chips are her undoing.
At the New York City Wine and Food Festival on Friday, Goldberg said she "can't resist them. It's terrible. And fried chicken, but that's so ethnic I'm afraid to say it out loud." And, she added, she won't "eat watermelon in public, just on principle."
Goldberg is hosting the festival's annual Burger Bash competition but admits that it's an odd job for a woman who doesn't cook. That is, with one exception: Every year she tries to recreate her late mother's Thanksgiving turkey.
Goldberg says her mom "made a great holiday turkey. And every year I try it."
Actress Charlize Theron poses at the official launch party for the video game "Rage," Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Los Angeles. The first-person shooter video game will be released on October 4. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons and his girlfriend of 28 years, the actress and former Playmate Shannon Tweed, were married this weekend before 400 guests.
The outdoor evening ceremony on Saturday at the Beverly Hills Hotel is the latest celebrity nuptials to have a second life as a television event. It is scheduled for an October 18 episode as part of the new season of A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," a reality series that has chronicled the pair's unconventional relationship since 2006.
The Israeli-born Simmons, 62, and the Canadian-born Tweed exchanged vows they wrote themselves, People magazine reported. Guests included Hugh Hefner, Bill Maher and Simmons' fellow Kiss members, with band guitarist Paul Stanley a member of the wedding party.
Tweed, 54, walked down the aisle in an ivory Priscilla of Boston gown and, according to TMZ, wore $2.5 million of diamonds -- in addition to her engagement ring -- for the first dance of the evening.
The couple's daughter, Sophie, 19, served as maid of honor and son Nick, 22, created the illustration for the wedding invitation.
If you thought the first Sarah Palin documentary, "The Undefeated," bombed at the box office, wait until you see what happened to the latest nonfiction film to focus on the conservative gadfly.
"Sarah Palin: You Betcha!," filmmaker Nick Broomfield's unflattering look at the Alaska governor-turned-presidential hopeful, grossed only around $7,000 in six locations during its opening weekend. Freestyle Releasing distributed the film.
That shakes out to about $389 per day per theater -- meaning that an average of fewer than 40 people a day saw the film in each location. That's like the equivalent of the popcorn line on Saturday afternoon for box office winner "Dolphin Tale."
Given that Broomfield's work is hardly pro-Palin, the political figure's core followers probably didn't turn out in force to see the movie.
Celebrity chef Jacques Pepin speaks during an interview on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in New York. Pepin is participating in the weekend-long annual Food and Wine Festival in Manhattan alongside dozens of other food industry notables from around the country and beyond.
Photo by John Minchillo
Live rock returned to Afghanistan after three long decades on Saturday as young men and women cheered and leapt into the air to the sound of heavy bass beats and punk rock.
Bands from Australia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan served up a six-hour musical feast of blues, indie, electronica and death metal to hundreds of fans, many of whom had never seen live music before.
Sound Central was something new in a deeply conservative Muslim country where music was banned under the austere Taliban regime. Even now music shops are attacked in some cities and musicians taunted for their clothes or hair.
The festival retained a distinctly Afghan accent, with alcohol banned, kebabs the only snacks and a respect for strong religious values amid the rock and roll.
Canadian author Mordecai Richler has his award accepted posthumously by his wife Florence Isabel Wood with their son Noah (L) during the 14th annual Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, October 1, 2011.
Photo by Mark Blinch
Actress Lynda Carter reacts to photographers at the official launch party for the video game "Rage," Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Los Angeles. The first-person shooter video game will be released on October 4.
Photo by Chris Pizzello
US presidential hopeful Rick Perry sought on Sunday to tamp down a row over his family's rented hunting lodge, insisting he was not responsible for its 'insensitive and offensive' name: 'Niggerhead.'
Throughout his meteoric rise from state legislator to Texas governor and now leading contender for the 2012 Republican nomination, Mr Perry has alluded to an idyllic rural upbringing centered on Boy Scouts, school and the church.
But in a front-page expose, the Washington Post sought to examine a potentially darker aspect to his background, growing up in the segregated south, where issues of race predominate. The article called upon Mr Perry to explain why a giant stone at the entrance to the hunting camp still had the shocking name 'Niggerhead' emblazoned upon it in bold letters long after his family picked up the lease.
Mr Perry, quoted in the Post story, says his father painted over the rock at the earliest opportunity after taking over the lease in 1983, but the article cites several witnesses saying the letters were clearly legible years later.
Members of the Occupy Wall Street media organization produced bails of newspapers chronicling the past three weeks of protests under the title "The Occupied Wall Street Journal," Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in New York. Over 700 protestors were arrested on Saturday when they marched on the Brooklyn bridge while protesting against corporate greed and police brutality.
Photo by John Minchillo
Wave a wand and a ladle across the room turns in a cauldron. Move your hand and a knife starts to chop.
Warner Brothers aims to recreate the magic of the Harry Potter movies with a major tour at its newly renovated Leavesden Studios on the outskirts of London, with the attraction due to open next spring.
The Hollywood studio behind the record-breaking franchise has relocated the original Great Hall at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and visitors will be treated to a surprise entrance into the towering set.
There they can admire the attention to detail in which the production crews on the eight movies took great pride -- from the elaborate "stonework" of the outer walls to graffiti carved into wooden tables by students.
A devotee of the Bang Neow Chinese Shrine has his cheeks pierced with objects during a street procession at the vegetarian festival in Phuket, southern Thailand Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011. The annual nine-day festival, held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, celebrates vegetarianism with the belief that the sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite.
Photo by Apichart Weerawong
The Warner Bros. family film "Dolphin Tale" held up well with $14.2 million in its second weekend to take the No. 1 spot from "The Lion King," the Disney reissue that had been the top movie for the past two weekends.
"The Lion King" slipped to third place with $11.1 million, just behind Sony's Brad Pitt baseball tale "Moneyball," which was No. 2 in its second weekend with $12.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
"Dolphin Tale" features Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman in a real-life story about strangers who team up to help an injured dolphin. The movie had debuted a week earlier at No. 3, closely behind "The Lion King" and "Moneyball," but it earned good word-of-mouth that kept fans coming.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
Photographer Robert Whitaker, who shot some of the most famous - and infamous - images of The Beatles, has died at the age of 71.
Whitaker's friend, photo archivist Dave Brolan, said he died of cancer Sept. 20 in Sussex, southern England.
Whitaker took scores of well-known pictures of The Beatles, including the controversial "butcher" cover of the 1966 American album "Yesterday and Today."
The image of the Fab Four in white coats surrounded by decapitated dolls and slabs of raw meat proved too strong for record company Capitol, which ordered the cover withdrawn soon after the album's release.
The record was rereleased with an inoffensive picture of the band sitting on a steamer trunk. Originals are coveted by collectors and can sell for thousands of dollars.
Whitaker - a fan of surrealism - later said the image was a meditation on fame and an attempt to shake up the band's image, inspired by a dream "about The Beatles being ripped to shreds by all these young girls when they came out of a stadium."
Born in Harpenden, southern England in 1939, Whitaker emigrated to Australia in his early 20s and was working as a photographer in Melbourne when The Beatles visited the country in 1964. He was assigned to photograph manager Brian Epstein for the Jewish News; Epstein was so impressed with the resulting image of himself adorned with peacock feathers that he offered Whitaker a job as staff photographer for his company, NEMS.
The job involved photographing "Merseybeat" acts including Cilla Black and Gerry & The Pacemakers, as well as capturing The Beatles - onstage, backstage, in planes and hotel rooms and all manner of locations - over more than two years. He covered the band's final world tour in 1966 and took the pictures used on the collage-style cover of the "Revolver" album.
After parting company with The Beatles, Whitaker photographed Mick Jagger on the sets of the films "Performance " and "Ned Kelly," helped create the psychedelic cover for Cream's "Disraeli Gears" album and worked on the influential underground magazine Oz.
Increasingly wary of being pigeonholed as a "pop" photographer, Whitaker moved into news, covering the Vietnam War and other conflicts for publications including Time and Life. He also spent time photographing his artistic hero, Salvador Dali.
In the 1970s he moved to the English countryside, where he farmed and raised cattle.
Whitaker compiled several books of his Beatles photographs, including "The Unseen Beatles" and "Eight Days a Week."
He is survived by his wife, Sue, and three children. Funeral details were not immediately available.
A U.S. Marshals Service spokesman says a Phoenix-based TV pitchman charged with running a nationwide scheme to sell essentially worthless Internet-based businesses has died in an apparent suicide while in federal custody.
Spokesman Matt Hershey says Donald Lapre was found dead in his cell at a Florence facility Sunday morning. His trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday.
Hershey says the death remains under investigation.
A grand jury indicted Lapre in June on 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and promotional money laundering. He was accused of overseeing and promoting the opportunity through his company called "The Greatest Vitamin in the World."
The government says at least 220,000 victims in the scheme were defrauded of nearly $52 million.
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