October 13, 2010

Nausea and Headaches

1 D.C. Law Firm Gets Neighboring Burger Shop Closed

Most people who have a beef with a restaurant would just trash it on Yelp and be done with it. But the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Steptoe and Johnson took neighboring upscale hamburger shop Rogue States to court, put them through a three-day trial, and ultimately received a court order from Judge John M. Mott ordering the restaurant to stop grilling burgers because of the "intense and noxious odor," which caused Steptoe's staff to experience "itchy and watery eyes, nausea and headaches." Since a french-fries-and-soda-only shop would have grim prospects, Rogue States must close. Presumably Steptoe used idle associates to prosecute the suit, while Rogue States had to burn money by hiring an attorney and investigating alternative exhaust systems. Rogue hopes to reopen elsewhere.

More at Washington Post | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Steptoe and Johnson, Rogue States, Rogue States Burgers, Hamburgers, Restuaruant Exhaust Systems, John M. Mott

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Just an Acrylic Sheen

2 Happy Meal Shows No Sign of Decay After Six Months

"I do not understand why this is considered news. Morgan Spurlock carried out a similar experiment in Supersize Me."
- Squidy in the comments

A McDonald’s Happy Meal bought six months ago looks pretty much the same as a new Happy Meal, says Manhattan artist Sally Davies who’s been photographing the fast food since its purchase last April. The Happy Meal shows no sign of mold or decay, Davies told The Daily Mail which reported on the state of the comestibles. Davies, in a work entitled The Happy Meal Project, has kept copious photographic evidence of the meal’s journey through time. She chose McDonald’s because of its proximity to her home “but the project could have been about any other of the myriad of fast food joints in New York.” A McDonald’s spokesperson, when asked if their food was not biodegradable said, “This is nothing more than an outlandish claim and is completely false.”

More at DailyMail.co.uk | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Ban on Happy Meals Closer in San Francisco

Tags: Fast Food, McDonalds Happy Meal, Sally Davies, The Happy Meal Project

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Respiratory Problems the Worst

3 Rescued Chilean Miners May Face Health Issues

The world watches breathlessly as 33 Chilean miners are freed from their ordeal underground that began when their mine collapsed more than two months ago. But getting to the surface is just the beginning, say medical experts who foretell potential health problems, the most serious of which are respiratory conditions. Other problems that might affect the miners include fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, dental problems including gingivitis and eye problems from prolonged exposure to darkness. So far, the rescued miners seem to be doing well but this is the first time anyone’s been rescued after so much time underground, Dr. Jean Romagnoli, chief medical officer of the team that is leading the rescue told the LA Times. "We're looking at some unknowns."

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Miners, Chilean Miners, Rescued Chilean Miners, Fungal Infection, Athlete's Foot, Dr. Jean Romagnoli, Dental Problems, Respiratory Problems

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Support and Guidance Are Key

4 Program Helps Pregnant Women Reach Healthy Weight

Women have long been advised not to gain too much, or too little, weight during pregnancy because of potential risks to both mom and baby. Overweight and obese mothers-to-be are at a greater risk of complications such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and C-section. Excessive weight gain during pregnancy can lead to macrosomia, or larger babies, which can lead to the child having health issues later in life, including childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. A lifestyle program for expectant women through the California Polytechnic State University found that during the support period, more women achieved a healthy weight gain as opposed to gaining too much or too little. Women also were found to return to their pre-pregnancy weight more often after receiving guidance.

More at USA Today | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Tags: Obese Pregnancy, Obese Women, Obesity, Overweight, Pregnancy, Weight Gain for Women

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There Are Limitations

5 Some Memory Present Even with Brain Damage

People who damage an area of their brain linked to working memory, such as spatial information, still retain some of it, challenging old idea that it is linked to parts of the brain that affect memory. Four patients with memory problems due to damage to the medial temporal lobes which plays a role in long-term memory formation were asked to study how objects on a table were arranged and them on another table in the same relative position. When they had to place 3 objects or fewer, they could do that as well as someone without brain damage but four or more was too difficult. Larry R. Squire who led the study said that the results mean that the results “provide strong evidence for a fundamental distinction in the brain between working memory and long-term memory. . ."

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Coma Victims May Be Helped by Familiar Voices

Tags: Working Memory, Spatial Information, Long-Term Memory, Brian Damage

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