April 9, 2011

Not the Way to Go

1 If You Get Sucked Out of Plane, This Happens

What happens if you get sucked out of a plane at 30,000 feet? MSNBC thought you might want to know. Those with aerophobia shouldn't read more. Southwest flight 812 passengers were horrified when a section of their plane opened up. No one was sucked out, but some can't help wondering how you'd die if the worst happened. The only good news is that you'd die very quickly. After loss of consciousness from oxygen deprivation, you'd freeze rapidly from exposure to temperatures around -70 Fahrenheit and 500 mile-per-hour winds. You could experience deadly spikes in blood pressure and heart rate, as well as the bends. Oh, and you could get cut in half from hitting the plane. Not fun, but the point is, you'd be dead. Terrified briefly, then dead. Good thing it's rare to get sucked out of a plane.

More at MSNBC | Hat tip to Gawker | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dozens of Human Heads Seized at Airport

Tags: Southwest Airlines 737 Problems, What If Get Sucked Out of Plane, How Die If Sucked Out Plane, Fear of Flying, Aerophobia, Bends, Freezing to Death, Southwest Flight 812, Oxygen Deprivation

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Good Schools Make Good Kids

2 High Achieving Schools Reduce Bad Behavior

A three year study looking at academic achievement scores of 61 middle schools in inner-city Chicago found an indirect correlation between achievement and drug and alcohol use and delinquency. Students in the seven schools that performed above expectations were less likely to do drugs and use alcohol and steal or fight by about 25 percent compared to the other schools. All the schools had lots of students with factors linked to low academic achievement such as being minority and living in poverty. These show that whatever schools do that improves academic achievement also encourages good behavior. With financial cuts looming to manage states’ budgets, researchers fear good schools will lose their ability to continue improving the lives of disadvantaged students.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Price Hike Reduces Smoking among Australian Teens

Tags: Academic Achievement, Inner-City Schools, Academic Achievement in Disadvantaged Kids, Successful Schools, Delinquency, Delinquent Behavior, Drug and Alcohol Use in Kids

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Affects Caregivers’ Habits Too

3 One in 5 Lung Cancer Patients Doesn't Stop Smoking

A study of 742 lung cancer patients found that 18 percent do not quit smoking cigarettes after being diagnosed, even though it is the top cause of their disease. A quarter of the care-givers, usually middle-aged women or the patients’ spouses, also continue smoking. Many patients felt that it was pointless to quit now that they had cancer. Caregivers are likely to quit if the patient does, but if only one does, negative feelings arose. Smoking reduces the effectiveness of treatment and increases the odds that a secondary cancer will develop. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease tends to exist alongside lung cancer, making it harder to breathe, and is made worse by smoking. Researchers want patients and caregivers to get the support they need to quit smoking and become healthier.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: One in Five Americans Still Smoke

Tags: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer Risk, Smoking Cessation, Smoking Cigarettes, Effects of Smoking on Lung Cancer

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Normal Ovarian Function Remains

4 Less Invasive Method May Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

Women at high risk of ovarian cancer often have their ovaries removed, eliminating the chance of having children and their primary estrogen search. But researchers at Oregon National Primate Research Center have developed a technique that would decrease their risk while preserving fertility. They performed minimally invasive surgery on female monkeys and washed away the epithelium on the surface of the ovaries. A place for the cancer cells to take root appears to be these cells’ only function. It was found that the production rate of eggs was normal and hormonal patterns of the menstrual cycle were normal post-operatively. And they did well in terms of overall health. It is hoped that after further investigation, this could be used in high risk women of child-bearing age.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Curcumin May Enhance Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Tags: Ovarian Cancer, Ovarian Cancer Risk, Ovarian Epithelial Cells, Preserving Fertility in Women at Risk for Ovarian Cancer, Oregon National Primate Research Center

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