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ICYMI (Week of 4.9) Tune in for a Change

By: Randy Gerber, Esq., Founder of

Congratulations, we almost made it through another week.  The sun and warm weather made a welcome appearance which reminded me of the Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun”.  Hopefully it is warm where you are.

Each week I try and select a few interesting stories that appeared this past week that I think may be of interest.  I know I'm competing against all of the other articles that pass before your eyes.  So my goal is to present you with something of value while keeping it light.  Here is my list for the week:

“Try a Little Tenderness (Otis Redding)”.   You know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer and you want to help.  Many of us don’t know exactly what to do. Interesting article this week that suggests that simple acts of kindness might be part of the cure for this dreadful disease.  A Stanford University study found that your kindness could cause wounds to heal faster, a reduction in pain and anxiety, lower blood pressure and shorter hospital stays. As Otis says: try a little tenderness.

“Morning has Broken (Cat Stevens).”  It’s 5:30 a.m. and your alarm goes off (okay, take an extra half hour).  You are thankful to be given another day and get out of the sack. Meanwhile, your neighbor can’t seem to make it happen until 9:00 a.m. (because he stayed up so late).  Guess what, a new study suggests that morning people live longer than night owls. How about these stats: night owls are twice as likely to have psychological disorders; 30% more likely to have diabetes, 23% more likely to have respiratory issues; and 22% more likely to have gastrointestinal disorders.  Need I say more? Good Night!

“Ooh, Baby, Baby (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles).”  A study In JAMA Pediatrics suggests the possibility that pregnant women who take antidepressants may interfere with the development of their baby’s brain, in the area of emotions.  The article points out that the study is preliminary, but worth keeping an eye on.

Well that’s it for this week.  Hope you have a relaxing and “Happy” weekend.   Feel free to email with questions/comments at

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