April 29, 2011

Sleep or Wedding?

1 Royal Wedding Dominates Twitter

While no one can predict exactly how many people may get up in the wee hours to watch live coverage of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the topic dominated Twitter trends just before the start of the wedding. "Buckingham Palace," "Westminster Abby," "William & Kate," and "Royal Wedding" were trending, along with "Strawberry Cheetos," which are apparently available in Japan. The trend "Royal Wedding" was promoted by Slim-Fast. Meanwhile, CNN writes that when William and Kate kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Place on Friday, "all bloody hell could break loose online" from heavy internet traffic.

More at Twitter | Hat tip to CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Missing Bronx Zoo Cobra Speaks on Twitter

Tags: Royal Wedding, Royalwedding, William and Kate, Royal Wedding on Twitter, Strawberry Cheetos, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abby

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Students, Lab Workers Affected

2 Labs to Blame for Salmonella Outbreak

Some employees of clinical and teaching microbiology laboratories, students and those living in households of people who study or work in the labs have become ill from exposure to salmonella. One person has died and 10 have been hospitalized. Some of the illnesses are linked with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, which is sold for commercial use in lab settings. The CDC has warned that the bacteria can be transmitted via contaminated pens, lab coats, notebooks, or items taken into the labs, like car keys. MSNBC reports that 73 people in 35 states have been affected by the bacteria since August with patients ranging in age from under 1 to 91. The most recent illnesses were reported on March 8.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Baby Chicks, Ducklings Carry Salmonella

Tags: Salmonella Outbreak, Salmonella Typhimurium, Microbiology Labs, Laboratory Bacteria, Dangers of Working Science Laboratory

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It's Art?!

3 Food Delivery Guy Starts Blog on Bad Tippers

Larry Fox, a guy who delivers food for several restaurants in Brooklyn, has started a blog, Tumblr ≤15%: a bunch of shitty tips, to expose bad tippers. Fox believes that delivery people deserve at least 15 percent of the check, not just a $2 pat on the back, or in some cases, nothing. In an attempt to bring on shame, the blogger has posted the addresses of the bad tippers! Some might say that's going too far, but one of Fox's employers, Luis Illades of Urban Rustic deli, told Gawker that he supports Fox's "art project." One of Fox's entries shows the receipt for a meal delivered to the Wardrobe Department for CBS' The Good Wife. The amount was $89 with a $3 tip.

More at Gawker | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: How to Tip Delivery People, Tipping for Deliveries, Food Delivery Tipping, Tips on Takeout Food, Larry Fox, The Good Wife, Urban Rustic Deli

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Busier Than Most

4 Americans Want to Do Something All the Time

Americans don't really care so much what they're doing, as long as they stay plenty busy, suggests new research. Study author Dolores Albarracin of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign noticed that people in the U.S. tend to stay much busier compared to people in other countries. "People have this inclination to do more, even if what they do is trivial," she notes. Albarracin also believes that the desire to do something could lead to productive behavior like work or to impulsive actions like drug use. The findings are published in the APA journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Used Instruments Can Make Kids Sick

Tags: Current Directions in Psychological Science, University of Illinois, Stay Busy, American Hobbies, Spending Free Time, Dolores Albarracin

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Too Close to Reality

5 Fox Respectfully Postpones Family Guy Hurricane

After more than 300 reported deaths from monster storms in Alabama and other parts of the South, Fox decided it might be inappropriate to show their planned Family Guy series that was to be a crossover with other Fox animated comedies The Cleveland Show and American Dad. New York Times reports that the shows, featuring an interconnected story line about a hurricane, were "too close to current events for comfort." A spokeswoman for Fox has said that the postponed episodes will be aired next season instead of Sunday.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Tornado Death Toll, Alabama Storms, The Cleveland Show, American Dad, Family Guy Hurricane Postponed

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More Evidence of Fetal Harm

6 Secondhand Smoke Linked to Increase in Stillbirth

Researchers analyzing information from a database of about 12,000 linked secondhand smoke to a slightly increased risk of stillbirth. Eleven percent of women said they breathed in fumes from tobacco products and the rate of stillbirth was 0.83 percent in these women compared to 0.37 percent in women who did not. Babies born to mothers who smoked passively also had babies that weighed less and had smaller heads. Other unknown risk factors may play a role but after accounting for things such as maternal age and drinking habits, secondhand smoke more than tripled the odds. Researchers think chemicals from cigarette smoke may restrict blood flow or damage the placenta which increases the risk. This study supports previous research that suggests secondhand smoke harms fetuses.

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

Previously: Fetal Exposure to Smoking May Cause Psych Problems

Tags: Healthy Pregnancy, Secondhand Smoke, Secondhand Smoke and Stillbirth Risk, Stillbirth Risk Factors

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All Kids Received Acupuncture

7 Acupuncture and Glasses Improve "Lazy Eye"in Kids

Earlier research suggested that acupuncture may help kids with "lazy eye" as well as patches and a new one based on those results shows that acupuncture along eyeglasses may help 3 to 7 years old with the condition. Eyeglasses were given to 83 Chinese children to correct the bad eye and then had their vision tested. Half had five weekly acupuncture sessions for 15 weeks and then the other half did so both groups had glasses with and without acupuncture which improved recruitment and retention by guaranteeing they all would get acupuncture and mitigate the placebo effect in those partial to acupuncture who enrolled their kids. Acupuncture and glasses improved the bad eye from 20/63 to 20/32, versus 20/40 in those just given glasses. At 30 weeks the bad eye was 20/30 in both groups.

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

Previously: Acupuncture for Lazy Eye As Good As Patch

Tags: Acupuncture, Lazy Eye, Acupuncture for Lazy Eye in Kids, Acupuncture and Eyeglasses for Lazy Eye in Kids, Lazy Eye in Kids, Lazy Treatment, Vision Problems in Kids

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Sleep on This Idea. . .or Not

8 Wake-Sleep Cycle Genes Altered in Alzheimer's

Genes expressed in the brain involved in the circadian rhythm, or wake-sleep cycle differ in their rhythm patterns and synchronization in patients with Alzheimer’s according to new research. This research also demonstrates for the first that the genes PER1, PER2 and BMAL1 are expressed and functional in more than one area of the human brain which animal studies support. In patients with and without Alzheimer’s, these genes were found in three regions of the brain and had dramatic expression related to day and night. Altered sleep pattern are seen in individuals with Alzheimer’s which get worse as the disease progresses and is the top reason that people with the disease are put into managed care. Researchers hope that understanding will allow them to develop better treatments.

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

Previously: Study Will Look at Melatonin to Manage Alzheimer's

Tags: Alzheimer’s, Circadian Rhythm, Dementia, Wake-Sleep Cycle, Wake-Sleep Cycle Disruptions in Alzheimer’s, Circadian Rhythm and Alzheimer’s, PER1, PER2, BMAL1, Sleeping Patterns in Alzheimer’s Disease

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Increases Survival

9 FDA Approves Zytiga for Advanced Prostate Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug called Zytiga that fights advanced prostate cancer by blocking a protein that is critical to testosterone production. Testosterone promotes the growth of prostate cancer. A clinical trial of almost 1,200 men with advanced prostate cancer that was not responding to chemotherapy were treated with Zytiga in combination with the steroid prednisone lived on average for 14.8 months whereas those in the placebo group lived 10.9 months. The drug was developed by Pennsylvania-based Centocor Orhto Biotech and side effects of the treatment include joint pain, low potassium, fluid retention, hot flashes, diarrhea and urinary traction.

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

Previously: Pomegranate Juice May Inhibit Prostate Cancer

Tags: FDA, FDA Approval, Food and Drug Administration, Prostate Cancer, Prostate Cancer Treatment, Testosterone, Advanced Prostate Cancer, Zytiga, Centocor Orhto Biotech, Testosterone and Prostate Cancer

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