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Report: America's lawyers have serious drinking problem

Report: America's lawyers have serious drinking problem

A latest report from the American Society of Addiction Medicine has suggested that America's lawyers suffer form a serious drinking issue.

The drinking levels of over 20% of licensed attorneys are considerably ‘hazardous, harmful, and potentially alcohol-dependent’. The rate among them is thrice as compared to the rate of problem drinking among the general public.

The numbers are based on a Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association funded survey, conducted over more than 12,000 American lawyers.

Male lawyers had higher rates of problem drinking that is 25.1% as compared to than women with 15.5%.The peak rates as a whole were in lawyers below 30 and junior associates at law firms.

Video game entrepreneur Henk Rogers applies for Hawaii Marijuana Dispensary

Video game entrepreneur Henk Rogers applies for Hawaii Marijuana Dispensary

Woody Harrelson, an actor and marijuana advocate, was among the roughly 60 applicants, who have applied to open the first medical marijuana dispensary in Hawaii. The 54-year-old actor has applied for a license in Honolulu County under Simple Organic Living, the company in which he works.

On Friday, the Hawaii Department of Health displayed the list of 66 applications on its website. Now, the state is reviewing applications for dispensary permits, which will be awarded by them in April.

Good news for some in high-BMI crowd

Good news for some in high-BMI crowd

There is good news for some people in the high-BMI crowd as a latest study has found that nearly 54 million Americans, who were earlier labeled as obese or overweight based on their body mass index (BMI), are actually healthy, if you look deeply.

The findings from the University of California, Los Angeles researchers have appeared in the International Journal of Obesity. The findings have revealed that employers could potentially burden people with wrongly high health insurance costs on the basis of a deeply defective measure of actual health.

Lead author A. Janet Tomiyama, a psychologist at UCLA, said this must be the last nail in the coffin for BMI.

CDC’s advice on how to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome prompts backlash; Agency defends advice

CDC’s advice on how to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome prompts backlash

Following a strong backlash prompted by recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for sexually active women to avoid drinking alcohol if they aren’t using birth control, the CDC has defended its words. Many women considered its suggestion insulting, severe and impractical.

In an interview on Friday, Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the CDC, said that they weren’t as clear as they had hoped to be.

Released on Tuesday, the focus of the CDC report was on the likelihood that children could develop fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, estimating that 3.3 million women of the age group 15 to 44 drink alcohol while not using birth control and put their infants at the risk of the disorders.

Single strand of hair almost cost Wichita baby one of her toes

Single strand of hair almost cost Wichita baby one of her toes

A single hair strand nearly cost a Wichita baby one of her toes. Post this incident the parents of the baby have been cautioning others regarding what is known as a ‘hair tourniquet’.

In January 2016, Wichita’s Scott Walker shared a picture of Molly, his daughter, and her swollen toe on social website Facebook, and just seven days after that, it went viral. Several others commented about experiencing a scare with hair tourniquets.

What happens is that a strand a hair or loose fiber wraps the finger, toes or even penis of a baby. In case not noticed timely, the strand can get tight eventually, causing the child to miss blood flow to that part of the body.

UCLA Study suggests BMI Readings could be misleading

UCLA Study suggests BMI Readings could be misleading

A study has been featured with good news for some of those Americans who were mislabeled as obese or overweight considering their body mass index (BMI). The study by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), suggested that BMI mislabeled about 54 million individuals.

The individuals were considered as obese or overweight after reviewing their BMI, but when a closer look was taken, it could found that some 54 million Americans were still healthy, stated the study published in the International Journal of Obesity.

The new findings should be seen as a final nail in the coffin for BMI, said A. Janet Tomiyama, a psychologist at the university and lead author of the study.

Human Beard Could Help Treat Antibiotic Resistant Infection

Human Beard Could Help Treat Antibiotic Resistant Infection

Adam Roberts, a microbiologist at University College London, and his team of researchers are trying to develop new antibiotics to prevent resistance to antibiotics in patients. The bacteria that could fight off resistance breeding bacteria are derived from none other than human beard.

The idea flashed into Roberts’ mind when he saw an article by a TV journalist in Albuquerque, in which she described how she swabbed men's beards for a microbiologist to examine. The expert found enteric bacteria that are often found in the intestine. It’s been a year since Roberts has been requesting people from all around the world to pack and send their beard for testing antimicrobial properties. So far, he has collected 20 isolated promising strains that are capable of killing bacteria and yeast.

75 percent of Women continue drinking after stopping Birth Control to become Pregnant: CDC

75 percent of Women continue drinking after stopping Birth Control

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended this week that sexually active women of reproductive age, who consume alcohol, should be on birth control.

The CDC has recommended it with overwhelming evidence that alcohol intake during pregnancy, even before the woman knows about her pregnancy, poses major risks to her newborn suffering from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or the more serious fetal alcohol syndrome.

The CDC report said, “An estimated 3.3 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 are at risk of exposing their developing baby to alcohol because they are drinking, sexually active, and not using birth control to prevent pregnancy”.

Fear of Zika virus has left Brazilians rushing to buy repellant

Fear of Zika virus has left Brazilians rushing to buy repellant

The mosquito-borne Zika virus threat has left Brazilians rushing to purchase repellant, which has resulted into a lack of some brands on pharmacy shelves. It has boosted the sales for the industry, a trend many producers have been preparing for at other places as the outbreak spreads.

As per a consumer research firm, Nielsen, after Zika detection in April, repellant sales in Brazil went up by one-third in previous year, which doubled revenue for the sector, making it $55.7 million. The purchase was also spurred by a rise in dengue case, which is another virus spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

UNICEF: More than 200 million girls and women have faced genital mutilation

UNICEF: More than 200 million girls and women have faced genital mutilation

Over 200 million girls and women in this world have faced genital mutilation. On Friday, the United Nations said that the number is quite higher than earlier estimated, highlighting the need to accelerate efforts to wipe out the practice.

Though the drive to bring female genital mutilation (FGM) to an end has grown with time, experts have cautioned that booming populations in some high prevalence nations have been undermining efforts to deal with the practice broadly condemned as a serious human rights abuse.

On the eve of International Day for Zero Tolerance of FGM, the UN children's agency UNICEF said that in case prevailing trends persist than the number of girls and women facing FGM will rise notably in the coming 15 years.

Two SCU Students Develop Meningococcal Infection

Two SCU Students Develop Meningococcal Infection

Santa Clara University initiated the process of vaccinating thousands of students to prevent them against bacteria that can cause meningitis, which has already affected two students belonging to the same group. The strain that has entered the Jesuit campus is unlike the ones that can be avoided through the usual meningitis vaccination, according to the health officials of Santa Clara County. The usual vaccination prevents the individual from four regular strains, except this one that has struck the two SCU fraternity pledges. The US Food and Drug Administration did not approve the vaccination for this strain until late 2014 and early 2015.

Extra Hours of Sitting Can Put You at Risk to Type-2 Diabetes

Extra Hours of Sitting Can Put You at Risk to Type-2 Diabetes

A recent study published in Diabetologia says a normal sedentary behavior can lead to type-2 diabetes. The study proved that every extra hour of sitting could lead to more diabetes. It bewares people to avoid sedentary position for long in their study or while using computers.

In an experiment to know the relationship between the duration of a sedentary behavior and resulting metabolic syndrome, 2,000 participants with an average age of 60 were given a standard glucose tolerance test after an overnight fast to determine their diabetes status. To know about metabolic syndrome, the researcher measured waist circumference, HDL-cholesterol levels, fasting glucose levels, blood pressure, and medication use.

Depression in Parents May Affect Child’s Learning

Depression in Parents May Affect Child’s Learning

A study conducted in Sweden has found a link between depressed parents and their children’s scholastic performance. Unlike former studies into the effects of the depression in parents, which focused on only on the psychological development of child, the new study focused on school performance. The research even suggests depression may run in families.

Ex-Prez Carter Supports Trump in Presidential Election

Ex-Prez Carter Supports Trump in Presidential Election

When the former president, Jimmy Carter, was asked who he thinks could make an ideal president for the following four years of the US, he said Donald trump. The reason why Carter chose Trump over Ted Cruz was his malleable character. Cater said that Cruz is not malleable..

Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques are declared ethically Permissible

Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques are declared ethically Permissible

A panel has made mitochondrial replacement techniques (MRT) permissible. The panel consisting 12 top bioethics experts from Johns Hopkins, Caltech and Harvard released its report on Wednesday, which allow researchers to conduct clinical investigations of MRT. However, certain strict conditions are framed for avoiding ethical and religious concerns. The final approval rests with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Former drug executive Martin Shkreli apparently playing a ‘daredevil game’ with his image

Former drug executive Martin Shkreli apparently playing a ‘daredevil game’

Charged with securities fraud and facing congressional inquiry, ex drug executive Martin Shkreli has replaced his legal team with Benjamin Brafman, the lawyer who was behind getting Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs set free of gun and bribery charges in 2001.

The move has been taken after Shkreli was lately called ‘the most hated man in America’ for the sky-high rates he set on life-saving medications, has boarded a risky strategy for repairing his image without any assistance of professional communications advisers.

Obama administration unveils $1.1 billion proposal to combat heroin crisis

Obama administration unveils $1.1 billion proposal to combat heroin crisis

On Tuesday, the Obama administration disclosed a $1.1 billion proposal to fight the heroin crisis, which includes $970 million dedicated to substance abuse treatment.

According to the White House, Maine may benefit more than other states because the funding formula would be weighted in a way, favoring rural states and the ones more affected by the crisis.

Though the proposal has to be approved by the Republican-controlled Congress, the funding may help hundreds or even thousands of Mainers, who presently have been facing difficulty in finding treatment. At the national level, the program may provide funding over two years for the treatment of nearly 150,000 to 200,000 addicts.

US Red Cross issues ‘self-deferral’ notice for blood donors who visited Zika-hit areas

US Red Cross issues ‘self-deferral’ notice for blood donors who visited Zika-hit

On Tuesday, the American Red Cross asked prospective donors who have travelled to Zika outbreak zones to wait for more than 28 days prior to donating blood, however, mentioned that the risk of the virus transmission through blood donations is ‘extremely’ low in the continental United States.

In a statement, the Red Cross said that the ‘self-deferral’ notice for blood donors is applicable on the ones who have travelled to Mexico, the Caribbean, or Central or South America in the previous four weeks.

The Washington-based nonprofit disaster relief agency also asked that donors who donate blood and then contract symptoms consistent with Zika in the time span of two weeks of donating must consult the Red Cross so that the product can be quarantined.

Sitting for long hours may boost risk of type-2 diabetes even if you exercise, say researchers

Sitting for long hours may boost risk of type-2 diabetes even if you exercise

Researchers have reported that if you sit for long hours, then it might boost your chances of suffering from type 2 diabetes, no matter you exercise or not.

The study authors said that every additional hour in a sedentary position, whether you are in sitting in front of idiot box, computer or lounging in the recliner, apparently raises your odds of type-2 diabetes by 22%.

Lead researcher Julianne van der Berg, from Maastricht University in the Netherlands mentioned that they have discovered that people suffering from diabetes spend more time sitting as compared those without diabetes, roughly 26 minutes more per day.

US’ first reported Zika virus transmission likely contracted through sex, and not mosquito bite

US’ first reported Zika virus transmission likely contracted through sex

The report of first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States came from Texas on Tuesday. Local health officials, who reported the case, said that it was probably contracted via sex, and not a mosquito bite. The report has come a day after the World Health Organization announced an international public health emergency.

In the Americas, the virus associated with severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, has been spread at a very fast pace. On Tuesday, the WHO officials expressed concern that it may hit Africa and Asia also.

It was though that the virus spreads by the bite of mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, so sexual contact called a mode of transmission would be a likely alarming development.



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