Kristen Leccese

Writer, Editor & Graphic Designer
New York

About Metrix Jewelry

As a native New Yorker and graduate of NYC’s prestigious Fashion Institute, Metrix Jewelry founder Lisa Mignoli knows that no two people on Earth are quite the same. Metrix Jewelry is based on just that - individuality. Each piece of jewelry is designed and handcrafted by Lisa herself with geometric shapes, leather, metal and brass. She creates her futuristic style by thinking outside the box. "When I design a piece, I love to combine materials that aren’t usually put together," she says. Lisa’s creative method gives Metrix its signature style - futuristic, funky and always unique. One of her favorite material combinations is her signature black leather with brass, which has a meaning that we can all relate to. https://www.etsy.com/shop/MetrixJewelry/about

About Us: EOI Technologies

Electronic Operational Innovations provides state-of-the-art electronic recycling and resale services, strategic product solutions for business or home, and custom price offers for¬ electronics, including Graphing & Scientific Calculators, Ink & Toner Cartridges and more. Our extensive knowledge of the electronics industry and strong commitment to our clients allows us to provide effective electronic solutions at a competitive rate to fit your business and/or household needs. www.eoitechnologies.com

About Us: Pay IT Forward, Inc.

About Us Pay It Forward Books offers an original selection of antique, vintage, and first edition collectible books and paper ephemera. In our store, you'll find valuable literary memorabilia from the 1800s, 1900s and through the 21st century: fiction, non-fiction, biographies, autobiographies, literature reviews, ephemera, and more. Our original book collection includes rare first printing and 1st edition works by James Joyce, H.G. Wells, William Shakespeare, Herman Hesse, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and many other notable writers, literary critics and Noble Prize-winning authors. If you're looking for antique books and paper ephemera, browse our store to find collectibles from these legendary authors and many more. http://stores.ebay.com/payit4w0rd/

Can Mindfulness Replace Medication for this Mental Condition?

A major focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Month is “mindfulness”, which means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and present environment. Mindfulness also entails tuning into current emotions without judgment of whether they are “right” or “wrong” in the present time. The key phrase is “in the present” – in mindfulness practice, the goal is to tune into sensations in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future, which often lead to worsened depression and anxiety symptoms. http://www.invitehealthblog.com/can-mindfulness-replace-medication-for-this-mental-condition/

EOI Blog - Texas Instruments Talking Calculator is a Major Breakthrough in Education

Lillie Pennington is a 17-year-old junior at Turpin High School in Cincinnati. In terms of academics, she’s miles ahead of her peers. She also happens to be legally blind. This has impacted every area of her life – but it nearly destroyed her chances of success when it comes to math and science. In classes like AP Statistics, graphs and other visual learning tools are essential. Texas Instruments teamed up with the American Printing House for the Blind and Orbit Research to make sure that visual impairment wouldn’t be the “end” of learning math and science for students like Lillie. They came up with the Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Calculator. The Orion looks almost exactly the same as the TI-84 Plus that Lillie’s classmates use, but it includes an extension with talking components. Students who are blind can use the calculator using speech, audio and vibration feedback. Lillie uses the Orion TI-84 Plus daily, and it’s the tool that allows her to keep up with her classmates in advanced math classes. https://eoitechnologies.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/texas-instruments-talking-calculator-a-major-breakthrough-in-education/

Overview: Multivitamins

Are you spending time browsing through the vitamin aisle of your pharmacy, trying to find out which multi vitamin will work best for your personal health and wellness needs? There are dozens of choices when it comes to multi vitamins, and while all of them attempt to promise a full daily dose of essential vitamins and minerals, some are indeed more effective than others. InVite makes your choice easy! We offer a full range of top-quality multi vitamins that supply an essential combination of nutrients that work together effectively to improve your health, immunity, well-being, recovery, energy levels and much more. Our selection of multivitamins includes a variety of effective and well-constructed products, created with only the best quality ingredients. Our multivitamins work to reduce the rate of cognitive decline as we age, protect sensitive tissues throughout the body, boost immunity and energy, and support the nerves, vascular system, lungs, and many other vital organs and body processes. http://www.invitehealth.com/multi-vitamins/

Unmask Addiction Campaign Launched to Battle Overdose Deaths - InVite Health

This issue is incredibly complex, stemming from the extreme abuse of prescription opiates throughout the last decade. When the restrictions on prescription drugs were tightened, many addicts turned to heroin instead. This highly addictive street drug produces a high that’s nearly identical to prescription opiates. New, stricter laws on prescription drugs were intended to curb opiate abuse – instead, they produced a disturbing and unforeseen side effect. When the government put these laws into place, they overlooked a major factor: addiction does not simply disappear because of the law. Millions of Americans who were previously using drugs like OxyContin are now suffering the devastating impact of heroin addiction. Now, many organizations are scrambling to find an effective method to battle this terrible problem. Many experts believe that prevention methods must aim to accurately portray the harsh reality of heroin abuse in 2015: this drug is not limited to low-income areas, homeless shelters, or dangerous street corners. Heroin abuse is happening in affluent neighborhoods, quiet suburbs, and at top-tier universities. Heroin addiction can happen to anyone. http://www.invitehealthblog.com/unmask-addiction-campaign-launched-to-battle-overdose-deaths/

The Quick Fix: Overuse of Medications in the US

Our generation has become alarmingly dependent on medication, and according to experts, this is likely doing us far more harm than good. Increased knowledge of the leading causes of death in the US, like heart disease and stroke, may lead more people to take precautionary measures that include medication. But it seems that these days, we forget that lifestyle changes can have the exact same impact as medications – in fact, a 2013 study published in The BMJ found that exercise was more effective for the treatment of stroke, and equally as effective as medication for prevention of both heart disease and diabetes. So why choose the pill over a healthy lifestyle? “I think that it is probably easier for patients to pop a pill as opposed to changing their lifestyle, exercising and losing weight,” Dr. Ravi Hira, a cardiology researcher at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, told Medical News Today. “These are difficult changes to make.” Is leading a healthier lifestyle difficult? Sometimes. But what’s far more difficult is the dangerous side effects of over-medicating. http://www.invitehealthblog.com/quick-fix-overuse-medications-us/

Mental Health Spotlight: Living with Schizophrenia

All too often, it’s a difficult task to deal with aspects of our lives that we can’t control – office rules, orders from the boss, law enforcement, and more. But what happens when those voices that tell you what to do are inside your own head? How do you deal with it, and how do you escape? Paranoid schizophrenia is a lifelong, chronic mental illness. There are several variations of schizophrenia, but paranoid schizophrenia is particularly challenging. Paranoid schizophrenia comes along with severe delusions and hallucinations, making it incredibly difficult to deal with on a daily basis. What’s more, these delusions may seem so genuine to the victim that they neglect to seek help because they truly believe what they’re experiencing is real. http://www.invitehealthblog.com/mental-health-spotlight-living-schizophrenia/

The Connection Between Head Trauma & Mental Health in Athletes

Head injuries in sports have been linked to mental health issues, particularly depression, suicide and sometimes even death. According to studies, those who endure a serious head injury face a suicide risk three times higher than their peers. Over Thanksgiving weekend, a 22-year-old Ohio State football player and wrestler was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had suffered many concussions, once again pointing to the fact that head trauma is directly linked to a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. CTE is a neurodegenerative disease seen in those with traumatic brain injuries. There is no known cure for the condition. It has been linked to memory loss, impaired judgment, depression, aggressive behavior and dementia. There have been a rising number of athletes who suffered similar mental health related consequences due to head injuries lately in the US. http://www.invitehealthblog.com/connection-head-trauma-mental-health-athletes/

Children’s Health: Music Training May Boost Brain Function in At-Risk Kids

Years ago, scientists discovered what they called the “Mozart Effect” – the fact that classical music may help boost a child’s IQ. Classical music is helpful for many students, but this theory turned out to be false. Listening to music doesn’t have a true impact on IQ scores – however, learning to play music just might. Researchers recently found that playing music offers many mental benefits that simply listening does not. For example, a program called El Sistema in Venezuela found that kids who participated in community music classes were more likely to stay in school, get good grades, and pursue college degrees than their peers who were not involved in music programs. http://www.invitehealthblog.com/childrens-health-music-training-may-boost-brain-function-risk-kids/

"Miracle Baby" Tests Positive for HIV Virus

Back in the spring, we wrote a blog about a baby girl born in Mississippi who appeared to be “cured” after being born with the HIV virus. Immediately after birth, the baby received high doses of antiretroviral drugs and showed no signs of HIV a few weeks later. This pointed to a possible cure for newly infected babies as well as adults, and a research study was immediately set up. Sadly, federal health officials announced yesterday that the girl is now showing signs of the HIV virus. In light of the failure to cure the Mississippi baby, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, a leading AIDS expert who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases stated that the trial would need to be re-designed. http://www.invitehealthblog.com/miracle-baby-tests-positive-hiv-virus/

FDA Approves Release of Powerful New Painkiller Zohydro

Despite the epidemic of opiate abuse and addiction in the US, the FDA has approved the release of Zohydro, a powerful new painkiller that is set to hit pharmacies this month. This new drug will be available in doses up to 50 milligrams per pill – an amount five times higher than the commonly abused immediate-release hydrocodone pills currently on the market. Zohydro is intended to release slowly over 12 hours, but it comes in a form that can be easily tampered with to release the entire dose at once. Research claims that only two of these pills could be fatal. The FDA approved Zohydro despite warnings from its own advisory committee, who voted against it with a ruling of 12 – 2. The decision to release yet another painkiller with extremely high potential for abuse has critics up in arms. With the rate of opiate abuse, addiction and overdose steadily rising every day, why would the FDA choose to release what could potentially be an even more dangerous drug? “I firmly believe that the benefits of this product outweigh its risks,” the FDA’s Bob Rappaport, MD, stated as to why he chose to approve Zohydro. “Many patients in the US suffer from untreated or poorly treated chronic pain. Further limiting access to potential treatments is not the answer when new treatments are critically needed.” pills-and-syringeIt’s true that many people do suffer from chronic pain, but there just as many who suffer from the devastating effects of opiate addiction. Restrictions on painkillers have increased, but they certainly didn’t solve anything – in fact, the new restrictions only exacerbated the problem. http://www.invitehealthblog.com/fda-approves-release-powerful-new-painkiller-zohydro/

Gymnast Nastia Liukin to Correspond Daily from 2014 Winter Olympics

Nastia Liukin, the beautiful and talented 2008 All-Around Olympic Gold Medalist, has been chosen by NBC to present daily features from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Liukin, who holds a dual US-Russian citizenship, already has experience as a commentator for dozens of NBC’s televised gymnastics events. She also provided online coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics. In Sochi, she’ll be on the sidelines with the NBC team, tuning every day in to present features for a half-hour daily program called “The Olympic Zone.” http://www.thesportsfannetwork.com/posts/295266-gymnast-nastia-liukin-to-correspond-daily-from-2014-winter-olympics/
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