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Warhammer: Age of Sigmar

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Warhammer: Age of Sigmar

 

Carolyn Upshaw enjoys spending time outdoors and participates in outdoor activities such as kayaking and scuba diving. Carolyn J Upshaw also enjoys playing video games like Tetris and is an avid player of the tabletop game Warhammer.

A role-playing strategy game, Warhammer is filled with fantasy battle scenarios and has a wide range of players from different generations. The original fantasy game began more than 30 years ago, but the creators brought it to a close and created a new incarnation of the game, known as Warhammer: Age of Sigmar.

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar changes the format of the game from the original rival world empires similar to works created by authors like JRR Tolkien to a more distinct, established universe. The most obvious change is the Stormcast Eternals faction, an elite force whose duty is to serve the god Sigmar. The Stormcast faction is similar to Warhammer’s earlier Space Marines. Age of Sigmar includes other races from the original Warhammer such as the hordes of undead and the rat-like Skaven.

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The Benefits of Knitting

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Knitting
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Carolyn J. Upshaw is a practitioner of crafts, and she possesses significant knowledge and experience in a variety of disciplines. Among these various skills, Carolyn Upshaw is an accomplished knitter.

Knitting is a wonderful hobby that allows an individual to not only learn a new skill, but create something in the process. In addition to the joy that hand-crafting an item can bring, research also indicates that knitting can have a positive impact on a person’s physical and mental well-being. Here are some ways that knitting has been shown to be helpful.

Researcher Dr. Herbert Benson, who studies the link between the mind and the body in health and wellness, says that the repetition of activities such as knitting can help lead a person into a meditative state. Once a person is comfortable enough to knit without much thought, they then go into “auto-pilot” mode, which can lead to a state of mind that reduces stress and lowers cortisol levels in the blood.

Additionally, people who are suffering from chronic health conditions or are otherwise disabled can see a boost in self-esteem from activities such as knitting. As they begin devising a plan of how they will knit a piece of clothing, they can be inspired to plan other healthy activities for their life as well.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia also found in 2009 that women who suffer from anorexia nervosa showed significant improvement in their battle against the disease when they were taught how to knit. Nearly three-quarters of the 38 women involved in the study reported that knitting lowered their fear levels and gave them something else to focus on.

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Pancreatic Beta Cell Replacement Research

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Beta Cell Replacement
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A trained business administrator, Carolyn J. Upshaw currently devotes a great deal of time to her hobbies and charity work. Participating in several walk-a-thons on an annual basis, she most recently walked five miles in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Carolyn Upshaw’s contributions to the JDRF are particularly important to her because several of her loved ones suffer from diabetes.

JDRF is the leading organization in the world that focuses exclusively on fighting type-1 diabetes. Among its various scientific studies, JDRF sponsors comprehensive beta cell replacement research.

Grouped into clusters of tissue called islets, beta cells are responsible for producing insulin in the pancreas. By replacing these cells in diabetic patients, researchers are working toward a future in which insulin shots will no longer be necessary.

Beta cell islet transplants have yet to achieve widespread popularity because not enough islets are currently available and transplant recipients must take powerful drugs that weaken the immune system. However, encapsulated beta cell replacement therapies have the potential to overcome both these obstacles.