May 23, 2010

Wakes Up After 11-Day Coma

1 Georgia Woman Loses Breast to Spider Bite

"Thanks to this woman I will be more careful and make sure to kill every spider where I am"
- Jessica in the comments

A 51-year-old Georgia woman lost her breast after being bitten by a poisonous brown recluse spider. Victoria Franklin noticed lumps on the surface of her left breast, but thought nothing of it. She waited 3 days before going to the hospital, during which time she had started to vomit and the breast had become painful, smelly like rotten eggs, and "black as tar," signs of gangrene. At the hospital she went into a coma and woke up 11 days later without her breast or the underlying muscles. Ms. Franklin says she frequently saw spiders in her house but was not particularly squeamish about them. But now she wants to get the word out to people to call the exterminator if they see spiders. We'd add that you shouldn't wait 3 days to go to the hospital if your flesh is rotting and turning black.

More at MyFox Atlanta | Hat tip to CNN | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Tags: Coma, Mastectomy, Spider Bites, Poison Spiders, Brown Recluse Spider, Victoria Franklin

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Win/Win!

2 New Chocolate Bar May Help Prevent Wrinkles

Callebaut, the world’s largest chocolate manufacturer, has developed a chocolate bar that may help fight wrinkles. Acticoa is loaded with antioxidants called flavanols that, while usually destroyed in the chocolate-making process, help mop up free radicals produced by pollution, smoking and caffeine. Free radicals are blamed for a number of health issues including accelerating the aging process. Callebaut says it’s found a way to preserve flavanols, making its chocolate bars and buttons good for you. Studies carried out by Callebaut show that eating just 20 grams or 0.755 oz a day may help prevent wrinkles, boost skin’s hydration and improve elasticity. Prestat's Choxi Acticoa, Thorntons' Antioxi Dark Berryboost, and Guylian Extra Seashells are now available for age-conscious chocoholics.

More at Www.Dailymail.co.uk | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Dark Chocolate May Protect Brain After a Stroke

Tags: Antioxidants, Chocolate, Flavanols, Wrinkles, Callebaut, Barry Callebaut, Swiss Chocolate, Acticoa, Healthy Chocolate, Free Radicals, Prestat’s, Thorntons’, Guylian Extra Seashells

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More Real, More Mean

3 Study Shows That Reality TV is More Aggressive

A recent Brigham Young University study shows that reality TV programs display more aggression than non-reality TV shows. The researchers found on average 52 acts of aggression per hour on reality TV compared to 33 per hour for non-reality programs. Not surprisingly, The Apprentice topped the list at 85 acts of verbal or relational aggression per hour. While American Idol had 57 aggressive acts per hour, with thanks to Simon Cowell. Sarah Coyne, a BYU professor of family life and lead author of the study, claimed that she "knew the level of aggression was going to be high" but didn't think it was going to be "this high." Her concerns that reality programs are more likely to be imitated and although "audiences think that it won't affect them, we aren't as immune as we think we are."

More at PhysOrg | Posted 8 years ago by Yi Chen

Tags: Brigham Young University, Research, The Apprentice, American Idol, Aggression, TV, Program, Show, Sarah Coyne

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Moms Still Do Most Housework

4 Video Diaries Show How Families Spend Their Time

According to a new study by social scientists utilizing video, dual-earner middle class American families with multiple kids lead stressful lives full of multitasking and mutual nitpicking. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles analyzed 1,540 hours of videotape from 32 families taking part in the study, reports New York Times. The families were videotaped nearly every waking hour in their home from 2002 to 2005! Researchers learned that mothers spend nearly 27 percent of their time at home doing housework, compared with 18 percent for fathers and only 3 percent for kids. Couples were alone in their home for only 10 percent of waking time. The whole family gathered in one room together only 14 percent of time.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: University of California, Dual Income Families, Middle Class Families, How Families Spend Time at Home, Amount of Time Women Spend Going Housework, Working Women Doing Housework, Time Men Spend on Housework, Time Kids Spend Doing Chores

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Pay Back Time

5 Drug Giant Guilty of Sexual Discrimination

Drug maker Novartis, with $9.5 billion in revenue in 2009, has been found guilty by a federal jury of discriminating against thousands of women who worked for them as sales representatives. The company must pay $250 million in punitive damages to women who were discriminated against over promotions, pay or pregnancy, reports New York Times. The jury deliberated for four days following the five-week trial. They ordered compensatory damages for 12 women who testified, and another 5,588 women are eligible to apply for damages on an individual basis. Ironically, Novartis had been named one of the 100 best companies by Working Mother magazine for the last 10 years!

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Drug Maker Novartis, Punitive Damages to Be Paid by Novartis, Women Discriminated Against by Drug Maker, Female Drug Sales Representatives, Novartis Guilty in Federal Trial

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