January 8, 2011

Can't Drink and Drive

1 Technology Stops Drunk Drivers’ Cars from Starting

New sensory technology, originally developed to detect bombs, keeps a car from starting if the driver’s had too much to drink. And, it may be installed as standard equipment on all new vehicles in a few years says David Strickland of the Nat’l. Hwy. Traffic Safety Adm. who adds that drunk driving “remains the leading cause of fatalities” in the US. Use of the device “establishes a situation where you are guilty until proven innocent every time you get into your car,” says Sarah Longwell of the Am. Beverage Inst. which opposes universal use - but would back it if the devices were set to the legal 0.08 drunken driving threshold. She thinks they’ll be set far lower. For now, advocates hope to have a working model within two years and widespread installation within seven.

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

Previously: New Year's Eve Hazards Abound

Tags: Drunk Driving, Car Safety, Sensory Technology, David Strickland, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Sarah Longwell, American Beverage Institute, Drunken Driving Threshold

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Wound to Left Side of Brain

2 Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Faces Prolonged Recovery

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot point blank in the head today, faces a prolonged recovery period, reports MSNBC. Giffords, the victim of a traumatic brain injury, could possibly face cognitive problems or paralysis. However, Giffords' surgeon has expressed optimism about her recovery. MSNBC notes that other victims of traumatic brain injury have recovered enough to go back to work. For example, ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff has recovered enough to return to work after the brain injury he suffered in 2006 in Iraq. Also, President Ronald Reagan's press secretary, James Brady, regained many of his former functions after he was shot in the head during the 1981 attempt on President Ronald Reagan's life.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Man Has Knife Removed from Head After Three Years

Tags: Traumatic Brain Injury, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff, President Ronald Reagan's Press Secretary, James Brady, Victims of Traumatic Brain Injury, Arizona Political Shooting

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Keeping Naughty Spouse in Check

3 Forgiveness Isn't Always Best in Marriage

Forgiving a spouse may encourage continued bad behavior, finds a recent study of newlyweds. According to study findings, spouses who forgave were more likely to face additional bad behavior the next day compared to spouses who stayed angry. Study author James McNulty, psychologist at the University of Tennessee, believes that the benefits of forgiveness should be weighed against the risks, reports MSNBC. Study findings, published in Journal of Family Psychology, suggest that unforgiven spouses may behave better as they attempt to get back in good graces. McNulty's study followed couples for one week. A second study, which followed couples for four years, revealed a similar pattern. The second study has been accepted for publication.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal of Family Psychology, Cheating Spouse, Should You Forgive Spouse, Bad Husbands, Cheating Wife, Cheating Husband, Staying Angry at Cheating Husband, James McNulty, University of Tennessee, Better to Stay Angry at Spouse, Forgiveness Not Always Good, Forgiving Spouse, Benefits of Forgiveness

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Growth Factor Increases Success

4 New IVF Technology Improves Implantation

Researchers in Australia found that adding a growth factor called GM-CSF, normally found in a mother's tissues, to embryo media optimizes its development and makes it more resistant to stress during implantation. The study involving 1391 women found that embryos incubated in the media, called EmbryoGen, had a 20 percent higher implantation success rate at 12 weeks. The success rate for women who previously had IVF and miscarried was 40 percent. Animal studies have shown that IVF babies born using this media are larger and healthier. This may or may not translate to humans. Professor Sarah Robertson has been working on understanding how to optimize IVF over 20 years and is working with a Danish company to develop the new media which will be released this year.

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

Previously: Doubled Birth Defect Risk with ART

Tags: IVF, In Vitro Fertlization, Optimizing IVF, Embryo Implantaion, Embryo Media, EmbryoGen

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