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Texas Denying Birth Certificate to U.S.-Born Kids of Undocumented Parents
Many of the women had used the same documents – a so-called matricula issued by their consulate or a foreign passport without a current U.S. visa – to obtain birth certificates for other children born in Texas as recently as 2012. The lawsuit, which …
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Puppy passport scam that exposes UK to risk of rabies outbreak
Mitzi's case is particularly extraordinary as the 'dog' was in fact a stuffed toy bought for £8.99 from Toys R Us. It went unexamined through controls because its pet passport number and microchip number matched – though both were as fake as the dog.
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Mexican and Central American Illegal Immigrants Sue Texas for Birth
The parent plaintiffs of the 23 children claim that the State of Texas violates their children's rights because the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that any child born on U.S. soil warrants American citizen. It also …
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Weekly Health Update

Mental Attitude: It Could Be In Your Head. Your emotional response to challenging situations can predict how your body responds to stress. People with high levels of anger and anxiety showed greater increases in a marker of inflammation than those who remained relatively calm. This could help explain why some people with high levels of stress experience chronic health problems. Over time, these emotionally-reactive individuals may be more vulnerable to inflammatory diseases, such as cardiovascular disease. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, February 2011
Health Alert: Time To Get Healthy! A shortage of oncologists and the rising cost of chemotherapy and radiation therapies and imaging tests are making delivering quality cancer care increasingly difficult. By 2020, the shortage of oncologists in the US will be between 2,350 and 3,800, which represents a capacity of between 9.5 million and 15 million office visits. Cancer, March 2011
Diet: Vitamin E And Pneumonia. Vitamin E decreased pneumonia risk by 69% among those who had the least exposure to smoking and who also exercised. In contrast, vitamin E increased pneumonia risk by 79% among those who had the highest exposure to smoking and who did not exercise. Over half of the participants were outside of these two subgroups and vitamin E did not affect their risk of pneumonia. Clinical Epidemiology, February 2011
Exercise: Fat Burner! Muscles are metabolically active, so the more muscle mass, the more calories you burn even when you’re not working out. For each pound of muscle you add, you will burn an extra 35-50 calories per day. Every 5 pounds of muscle added will burn 175-250 calories a day, or an extra pound of fat every 14-20 days. Mayo Clinic
Chiropractic: Better Immune System? Ronald Pero, Ph.D., chief of cancer prevention research at New Yorks Preventive Medicine Institute and professor of medicine at New York University, performed one of the most important studies showing the positive effect chiropractic care can have on the immune system and general health. In his initial 3-year study of 107 individuals who had been under chiropractic care for 5 years or more, the chiropractic patients had a 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care.
The Chiropractic Journal, August 1989
Wellness/Prevention: A Leg Up? 9 million Americans over the age of 50 have peripheral arterial disease. Symptoms: 1. Claudication (fatigue, heaviness or cramping in the leg muscles that occurs during activity and goes away with rest). 2. Foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs sleep. 3. Skin wounds or ulcers on the feet that are slow to heal. Risk increases if you: smoke, or used to smoke, have diabetes, have high blood pressure and/or abnormal blood cholesterol, if youre African American or have a Vascular disease. Foundation, February 2011
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Get A US Passport Renewal and Use Your Vacation Days This Year

Ahh, vacation…a time to relax and unwind. Did you know that according to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, American workers leave a grand total of 459 million vacation days unused every year. Additionally, giving up the stress-reducing benefits of vacation can also potentially affect your health. For example, Royal Caribbean’s press release quoted John de Graaf, Executive Director of Take Back Your Time, who stated that men who take vacation days have a 32% lower risk of having heart disease, while women who take all of their vacation days cut their risk of heart disease in half.

 

It’s amazing what a vacation can do, and there’s no better way to get away from it all than to leave the country, even if you only go as far as Canada or Mexico. After all, when you leave the country, you suddenly have to deal with roaming charges for cell phone calls and roaming data charges for accessing the internet on your phone, so you have a perfect excuse to not be “always on.”

 

Before you book an international vacation, make sure to check the expiration date on your passport. Adult passports expire 10 years from the date they were issued, while child passports expire within 5 years.

 

Applying for your US passport renewal well in advance can help keep your vacation from inadvertently adding to your stress.

Remember, it generally takes about 6 weeks for a US passport renewal application to be processed with normal processing. If you pay a $ 60 expedite fee and fork over the money for overnight shipping to and from the passport office, you can cut the processing time down to 3 weeks door-to-door. For even faster service, you’ll have to make an appointment at a Regional Passport Agency office capable of issuing same-day passports, or use a private passport expediting company for an additional fee.

 

 

Alison Kroulek is a freelance writer and blogger with a focus on the travel industry.

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Simon Calder: Keep your passport fresh, or risk a brush with the 'brick wall'

Simon Calder: Keep your passport fresh, or risk a brush with the 'brick wall'
Smart travellers renew their passports as soon as possible after the nine-month point is reached. Applications made within nine months of expiry are granted remaining validity in addition to the normal 10 years. So, if your passport is due to expire on …
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EasyJet bungle over passport rules
All EU countries, and many others including the US, allow travel as long as your passport is valid for your flight home. And given that this sort of bungle is unusual, you may think that you'll be better off waiting for as long as possible before you …
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Snowden accuses Obama of 'deception,' punishing him with exile
Snowden, whose U.S. passport was revoked after he began his globe-trotting flight from justice for leaking national security secrets, lamented in a statement posted on the WikiLeaks website that President Obama was obstructing his right to seek asylum …
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