February 14, 2011

They've Got You Covered

1 NYC Creates Condom Finder App

Today, the New York City Health Department presented their Valentine's Day gift: NYC Condom Finder, an app for locating free condoms around NYC. The app may be downloaded from Apple's iPhone App Store or the Android Market. Using GPS, the app pinpoints the condom-seeker's location and offers a list of condom distribution venues, plus directions to get there. CNN reports that New York's health department has given away free condoms since 1971. The effort now includes 3,000 outposts throughout NYC, including clubs, restaurants and social gathering spots.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Vancouver Distributing 100,000 Condoms

Tags: Apple's IPhone App Store, Android Market, NYC Condom Finder, New York City Health Department, How to Find Free Condoms, Free Condoms in NYC, App for Condoms

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Narrow Escape Thanks to Ladle

2 Woman Armed with Ladle Saves Husband from Tiger

A woman in northern Malaysia saved her husband's life when she used a wooden soup ladle to fight off the tiger that was attacking him, reports BBC. Tambun Gediu, a member the Jahai tribe, had been chased into a tree by the tiger and then dragged back to the ground as his wife responded to the screams. While Gediu tried hitting the tiger to stop the attack, it apparently took a woman with a soup ladle to scare the tiger away. Gediu is currently in the hospital recovering from lacerations. Wildlife rangers are planning to send the tiger further into the jungle, away from the tribe's settlement.

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Chinese Mothers Are Better

Tags: Tiger Attack, Fighting off Tiger, Jahai Tribe, Tambun Gediu, Scaring Away Tigers, Tiger Attacks in the Wild

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DOT Clarifies Ruling

3 E-Cigarettes Still Not Allowed on Flights

The Department of Transportation has stated that the use of smokeless electronic cigarettes on airplanes is prohibited and plans to issue an official ban this spring. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood issued a letter to clarify the ruling because some flight attendants had assumed that they were only not allowed during takeoff and landing, as are other electronic devices. Most airlines have already begun informing passengers that the devices are not allowed. E-cigarettes are plastic and metal devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge, creating vapor that the smoker inhales. There is even a lighted tip that glows similarly to a real cigarette. They were first introduced in the United States in 2006.

More at MSNBC | Hat tip to The Consumerist | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Electronic CigArettes Are Unsafe

Tags: E-Cigarettes, Electronic Cigarettes, Nicotine, Smoking, Department of Transportation

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Couples Kissing for 33 Hours

4 Who Will Set World’s Longest Kiss Record?

Fourteen couples are taking part in a kissing competition in Pattaya City, Thailand to see who will break the Guinness Book of World Record for longest continuous kiss. The couples began kissing at 6 am their local time on Sunday, which was 6 pm ET Saturday. Currently at around 33 hours, seven couples have already surpassed the standing record of 32 hours 7 minutes and 14 seconds set in Germany in 2009. The couples cannot sit or sleep during the competition, nor can they leave the venue. They can eat, drink and use the bathroom, provided they do not break their embrace (staff members monitor to ensure no one breaks the rules). The winning couple will receive a diamond ring worth around $1600 plus $3,000 in cash.

More at Reuters | Hat tip to UK Telegraph | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Kissing Bugs Cause Allergic Reactions

Tags: Kissing, Love, Valentine's Day, Guinness Book of World Records

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Possible Link to Bowel Cancer

5 Vitamin D Levels Not Linked to Prostate Cancer

Vitamin D is an important nutrient for health and deficiency has been linked to many health problems including several different types of cancer. However, in a detailed review of all available evidence to date, researchers have determined that there is no reason at this time to suspect vitamin D as having a role in prostate cancer development. Sara Hiom, director of health information at Cancer Research UK said, “There’s still a way to go before we fully understand the link between a person’s vitamin D levels and their risk of cancer.” She notes that the greatest evidence for maintaining vitamin D levels is in the possible prevention of bowel cancer, but “there’s no convincing evidence to suggest that vitamin D offers any protection against other types of cancer developing.”

More at PhysOrg.Com | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: IOM Sets Vitamin D and Calcium Recommendations, Vitamin D Levels and Cancer Risk Independent

Tags: Men's Health, Nutrition, Prostate Cancer, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency

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The Sound of Dementia

6 Hearing Aids May Slow Down Dementia

A twelve year studied that looked at over 600 men and women who did not have dementia at the start of this study found that those with difficulty hearing had a greater risk of developing dementia. Researchers cannot say that one causes the other at this point. It may be that one factor predisposes someone to both dementia and hearing loss. Hearing loss may make it difficult to deal with dementia and hearing loss often leads to loneliness which is known to accelerate dementia. One of the potential outcomes of the study may be reviewing if there needs to be a bigger focus on treating hearing loss and if hearing aid should be covered by insurance, which in most cases they are not. The same team that conducted this study is going to determine if treating hearing loss prevents dementia.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Sleep Disorder May Be a Sign of Impending Dementia

Tags: Dementia, Dementia Risk Factors, Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids

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