April 8, 2014

Facebook Uproar Cancels Event

1 Autism Fundraiser Canceled by Chili's

Chili's restaurant chain canceled Monday's Give Back Event that would have benefitted the National Autism Association (NAA) after customer feedback via Facebook concerning the NAA's views on the link between autism and vaccinations. According to the NAA, vaccinations may trigger or worsen autism in some children, particularly those genetically predisposed to inflammatory conditions or immune or autoimmune conditions. A Chili's spokeswoman sent an e-mail to CNNMoney explaining that the intent of the fundraiser wasn't to present a view on vaccinations and autism, but to support families affected by autism. The spokeswoman also noted that the NAA was chosen based on the percentage of donations going directly toward financial assistance to families and programs for children with autism.

More at CNNMoney | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Lancet Retracts Autism Study

Tags: Autism and Vaccine Research, Give Back Event, Chili's Fundraiser, National Autism Association

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New Role Model

2 Topless Woman Trashes Florida McDonald's

McDonald's employees in what's thought to be St. Petersburg, Florida watched and laughed as a topless, thong-wearing woman jumped behind the counter to knock over equipment, throw food and eat soft-serve straight out of the machine. According to Gawker, the uncensored security footage of Monday's incident was leaked by employees who posted it on LiveLeak. One employee in the video can be heard joking, "This woman is my new role model." Orlando Sentinel reported that no one, including the police, seem to have any details about the incident, but Daily Mail identified the restaurant as being located in St. Petersburg.

More at Gawker | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: McDonald's Debuts Cupcakes to Dubious Germans

Tags: McDonald's, Topless Woman Florida McDonald's, St. Petersburg McDonald's Thong Wearing Woman

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Alexis, 12, Free of Diabetes

3 Child Who Had Weight Loss Surgery Doing Well

Alexis Shapiro, 12, no longer has type 2 diabetes and has already lost 12 pounds after a weight-loss surgery on March 21. Already noticeably thinner less than three weeks after the surgery, Alexis is expected to lose up to 40 pounds. Doctors say that Alexis, who weighed more than 200 pounds, needed the surgery to correct a rare metabolic problem that developed two years ago after surgery to remove a brain tumor. Surgeons at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center performed the surgery that resulted in Alexis having an 80 percent smaller stomach size, a smaller appetite and an immediate reversal of her type 2 diabetes.

More at NBC News | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Gastric Bypass Lowers Risk of Pregnancy Diabetes

Tags: Weight Loss Surgery, Weight Loss Kids, Alexis Shapiro, Rare Metabolic Disorder, Reasons Obesity

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