May 1, 2011

Vanity Card Slams Monkey

1 Smoking Monkey on The Big Bang Theory a Junkie

Chuck Lorre, who created the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, says that the smoking monkey featured on last week's episode was "impossible to work with." On the show, the monkey was part of a nicotine addiction experiment, but in reality the monkey never actually smoked a cigarette. CNN reports that the monkey was also safe from secondhand smoke during filming. The monkey's behavior on set was erratic to the point that he refused to rehearse. Chuck Lorre didn't understand until later exactly why the monkey was so difficult. According the vanity card that aired after the viewing of The Big Bang Theory, the monkey is a heroin addict whose intervention was staged by the Geico lizard. He's supposedly going through a detox program at Bonzo Center in Palm Springs. Is the monkey Charlie Sheen?

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: China Bans Smoking Inside Hotels and Restaurants

Tags: Smoking Monkey, Chuck Lorre, The Big Bang Theory, Bonzo Center in Palm Springs, Geico Lizard, Vanity Card

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New Worldwide Caution

2 Osama Bin Laden Killed on Obama's Orders

Upon news of Osama bin Laden's death, many are cheering "USA! USA!" and "Hey, hey, goodbye!" outside the White House as the U.S. State Department warns that al Qaeda supporters may attempt retaliation against America. President Barack Obama tonight announced to the nation that Osama bin Laden was killed in gun fire by U.S. forces who found the terrorist mastermind hiding in a mansion outside of Islamabad, the Pakistani capital. The government had been acting on a tip received last August. CNN reports that the U.S. State Department will be sending out a new "worldwide caution" for Americans as a precaution against retaliations.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Bin Laden Shot, Firefight Kills Osama Bin Laden, How Osama Bin Laden Died, President Obama Orders Operation Kill Bin Laden, Osama Bin Laden Dies, Islamabad, Cheering Outside White House

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Ready. . .Set. . .Breathe!

3 Video Games Help CF Patients Clear Airways

Researchers in Vermont got creative and designed games controlled by air so kids with cystic fibrosis had to use breathing techniques to race a car, for example. Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes mucus to accumulate in the lungs and GI tract. To clear their airways they do exhalation exercise many times a day called “huffing.” Compliance is low and most were not doing it consistently prior to the study. Each child was given a computer and spirometer which measures the speed and volume of air breathed out. The experiment was set up in two phases: a game phase and control phase which lasted two to four weeks. During the game phase, they were provided with the games. Pulmonary function tests done in both phases showed increased ability to take a deep breath during the game phase.

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

Previously: Human Growth Hormone As a Tool for Cystic Fibrosis

Tags: Cystic Fibrosis, Managing Cystic Fibrosis, Clearing the Airways in Cystic Fibrosis, Huffing to Manage Cystic Fibrosis, Air-Powered Video Games, Breath-Powered Video Games, Video Games to Manage Cystic Fibrosis, Spirometer

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Breast Milk Saves Preemies Lives

4 Preemies on Formula at Higher Risk of GI Condition

: A study involving 29 preemies who got donor breast milk and 24 fed formula showed that the latter increases the risk of a life-threatening GI condition called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Five babies in the formula group developed NEC whereas only one in the breast milk group did. Babies who weighed less than 3.3 pounds at birth were considered “extremely premature.” NEC results when tissue in the baby’s bowel dies and is an emergency. Although antibiotics and fasting can treat it, sometime the dead tissue has to be surgically removed and 40 percent of babies with it die. Even with surgery, the healthy tissue can scar and impair the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients. Researchers say that these results demonstrate that extremely premature babies only receive human milk.

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

Previously: The Smallest Premature Babies Counted

Tags: Preemies, Premature Birth, Premature Infants, Preterm Birth, Donor Breast Milk, Extremely Premature, Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Formula, Preemie Diet

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Four Times More Likely

5 More Male Doctors Disciplined for Misconduct

When it comes to being disciplines for misbehavior, a new study out of Australia analyzing 485 cases over 9 years found that male doctors are four times more likely to be disciplined than their female counterparts after accounting for their being less women doctors and their shorter work schedules. When they categorized the type of complaints they received in order of frequency was sexual misconduct in 24 percent of cases, 21 percent of complaints involved unethical or illegal prescribing and eight percent had to do with a patient dying. The two types of doctors most likely to be disciplined were obstetrician/gynecologists and psychiatrist. Most cases did not cause physical or psychological harm but that did not affect the regulatory board’s readiness to sanction doctors.

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

Previously: U.S. Apologies for Sex Studies Done 64 Years Ago

Tags: Misconduct Doctors, Misconduct Male Doctors, Complaints Against Doctors, Disciplining Doctors

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Iron Necessary for Fetal Growth

6 Obese Moms Increase Infant Iron Deficiency Risk

Research suggests that obese pregnant women increase the risk of their babies being born iron deficient which is a serious concern because half of the iron a fetus needs for growth is obtained prior to birth. This study involved 281 pregnant women with a body mass index of at least 30. Umbilical cord blood was taken to measure the fetuses’ iron levels. Newborns of obese mothers did have impaired iron status but is it not known why this occurs. Impaired iron absorption has been associated with obesity in adults who are not pregnant and researchers believe diabetes may play a role. Maternal obesity results in large fetuses and since iron is needed for fetal growth, the need increases as fetal size increases. Brain development in infants can also be impaired due to iron deficiency.

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

Previously: The Dangers of Obesity During Pregnancy

Tags: Fetal Brain Development, Fetal Development, Healthy Pregnancy, Iron Deficiency, Obesity, Pregnancy, Maternal Obesity, Maternal Obesity and Iron Deficiency in Newborns, Fetal Growth

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Errors Higher for Younger Kids

7 Kids Being Overdosed Due to Prescription Errors

Preliminary results from analyzing over 50,000 pediatric prescriptions for narcotics medications such as codeine and hydrocodone that have power sedative effects were analyzed and it was found that four percent were given an overdose. And 1 in 10 kids in the youngest group, aged 0 to 2 months, were given over twice the dose that has been calculated for their age, gender and estimate of their weight. Under two month the rate of overdose jumped to approximately 40 percent. After a year the rate dropped to three percent. This is a serious concern because the issue of parents having trouble accurately measuring liquid drugs is well known so this adds another layer of error. And the average overdose error prescribed was 42 percent more than the correct dose.

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

Previously: More Teens Prescribed Dangerous Drugs

Tags: Prescriptions, Pediatric Medications, Pediatric Prescriptions, Prescription Errors, Overdosing Children on Narcotics, Prescription Overdoses

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Papal Prelude to Sainthood

8 Pope John Paul II Beatified at the Vatican

Pope John Paul II was beatified at the Vatican today in front of hundreds of thousands of faithful onlookers. French nun Marie Simon-Pierre, who says Pope John Paul II cured her of Parkinson's Disease, was one of many Catholics in attendance. The Vatican has declared her cure a miracle, and is a big part of the case for his beatification. Beatification, or declaring a person to be blessed, is the final step before full sainthood can be bestowed upon a person. The move by the Catholic Church comes with much criticism. Much of the child abuse which rocked the Church with scandal occurred during the tenure of Pope John Paul II, and the Vatican has been criticized for not doing enough to punish those responsible. The late Pope could be canonized if found to have performed another miracle.

More at BBC News | Posted 7 years ago by Brian Randles

Tags: Pope John Paul II, Beatification, Vatican

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