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Massage: It's real medicine -

By Kristyn Kusek Lewis

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Having your honey rub your back is sweet, but it's tough to compete with the hands of a pro. A good massage therapist can make you feel like a new person. And now research suggests massage can ease insomnia, boost immunity, prevent PMS, and more. Maybe that's why hospitals are making it a standard therapy.

"All of our surgery patients are offered the treatment -- I call it 'service with a smile' -- and it's a mandatory weekly prescription I give myself," says Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., director of the Cardiovascular Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital--Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and a member of the b

2 weeks ago

How to Use Lab Laboratory Refrigerators and Freezers

Laboratory refrigerator or freezer lab has an obvious and important function for these units, chilled or frozen storage of samples. Generally, refrigerators used to store the samples at temperatures between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius and freezers to store samples typically at temperatures between 25 and 15 degrees Celsius.

Some laboratory freezers are used to store biological samples such as vaccines significantly lower temperatures. Cryogenic freezing is also used in some laboratories, but requires specialized equipment that can generate and tolerate extremely low temperatures. Ultra-low temperature freezers (-50 degrees C generally and below) often use a dual-stage compressor system type to achieve these low temperatures. The compressor is used to get around -40

2 weeks ago

Fertilizer Industry. - Free Online Library

The enhanced productivity in agriculture sector can be achieved by

improved and efficient crop husbandry. Applying fertilizers in required

quantity and quality at appropriate times with the using of other inputs

can improve yield per healthcare of agriculture crops. In the article,

the production of fertilizers, factors that affect on it and other

relevant aspects have been analyzed.


The fertilizer industry has played a significant and responsible

role in the development of both the agriculture and industrial sectors

of economy. Fertilizer Industry is in turmoil due to 70% rise in gas

2 weeks ago

Amazon steps up social media efforts | Reuters

By Alistair Barr


SAN FRANCISCO Inc (AMZN.O) is stepping up social media efforts after the largest Internet retailer partially missed one of the hottest technology trends of recent years.

Amazon hired a director of social media, John Yurcisin, from WPP's (WPP.L) Ogilvy & Mather earlier this year to help the company come up with social strategies. He is the brother of Jeff Yurcisin, the general manager of, an apparel retail website owned by Amazon.

The company is also building a Social Games Group to take on Zynga, the leader in the space which is preparing for an initial check my reference public offering.

Amazon is hiring developers and engineers for the effort. A poster in a kitchen area on Amazon's new Seattle campus unveiled the Social Games Group as "Worldwide Breaking News."

"The Group is growing fast!" Amazon said on the poster. "We're actively additional hints looking."

The company poster expresses most interest in software development engineers and Flash developers, the latter likely referring to Adobe System's (ADBE.O) Flash, which is used to add video, animation and other interactive content to websites.

Amazon has also posted social games jobs on LinkedIn (LNKD.N) and tech jobs website One August 15 LinkedIn posting for a Senior Social Games engineer said the group is "working on a cutting edge initiative within Amazon."

Amazon was a pioneer in e-commerce, electronic books and reading devices and cloud computing. But it has lagged in social networking and social media, leaving Facebook and Zynga as leaders in the area.

This occurred even as Amazon's main shopping website sported several social aspects that could have been exploited.

One long-time feature that has helped Amazon become the largest Internet retailer is the customer review section that occupies the bottom of most product pages. This was an early way to harness personal opinions on products, preceding such innovations as Facebook's popular "like" button.

When a purchase is made on Amazon's website, the company shows what other products were bought by people who made the same purchase.

Still, such information is sent to shoppers by Amazon. There is currently little ability for customers who have purchased similar items in the past to connect directly with each other. It is also difficult to find out automatically what friends have recently bought on Amazon.

It is not clear what John Yurcisin is working on at Amazon and a company spokesman declined to comment on Amazon's social plans.

Yurcisin's LinkedIn page lists him as "Director, Social" at Amazon and says he has been in the position since May.

Before that, he was Vice President, Marketing & Analytics at OgilvyOne, a big direct and interactive marketing business owned by Ogilvy & Mather.

Yurcisin's Twitter page lists him as "Director, Social Media" for Amazon with a focus on strategy, customer relationship management, digital and mobile.

Amazon is dipping its toes in social waters. The company added Twitter and Facebook social networking features to its popular Kindle electronic book offering.

Kindle e-book readers can send public notes about sections of the book they are reading. This is now integrated with people's Twitter and Facebook contacts. (Reporting by Alistair Barr, editing by Matthew Lewis)

3 weeks ago

US companies increasingly turning to temporary workers to fill positions

Hiring is exploding in the one corner of the U.S. economy where few want to be hired: Temporary work.

From Wal-Mart to General Motors to PepsiCo, companies are increasingly turning to temps and to a much larger universe of freelancers, contract workers and consultants. Combined, these workers number nearly 17 million people who have only tenuous ties to the companies that pay them -- about 12 percent of everyone with a job.

Hiring is always healthy for an economy. Yet the rise in temp and contract work shows that many employers aren't willing to hire for the long run.

The number of temps has jumped more than 50 percent since the recession ended four years ago to nearly 2