July 17, 2014

The Jumping Jack. No, Really.

1 Missouri Enacts Official State Exercise

Thanks to a bill passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Jay Nixon, the jumping jack will soon become the official state exercise of Missouri. The new law brings to a happy conclusion a campaign begun by students at the Pershing Elementary School in St. Joseph, named for General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, who was born in Missouri, went on to lead the American armed forces in World War I, and invented the jumping jack during his stint as an instructor at West Point in the 1890s. Whether or not Missouri's new legislation will inspire other state legislatures to create their own state exercises (rollerskating in California, martial arts in New Jersey, shuffleboard in Florida, etc.) only time will tell. The law takes effect on August 28.

More at Kirotv.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Exercise, the Magic Drug for Depression

Tags: Missouri State Exercise, Official Exercise of Missouri, Jumping Jacks, Calisthenics, Black Jack Pershing

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Contracted While Swimming

2 Kansas Girl Dies from Brain-Eating Parasite

The death of a 9-year old girl from a brain-eating amoeba she contracted while swimming in bodies of fresh water has prompted Kansas officials to issue warnings about Naegleria fowleri. The deadly parasite enters the body through and nose and destroys the nervous system. First symptoms include headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. Infection is extremely rare. About 130 Naegleria fowleri infections were reported over the past 50 years. Of those, three people survived. According to the CDC, infection can occur from swimming in contaminated fresh water but not from drinking it. The Kansas health department advises swimmers to use nose plugs when swimming in fresh water and to not stir up sediment in shallow areas. They also recommend that swimmers keep their heads above water in hot springs.

More at CNN.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Brain Amoeba in U.S. Tap Water for First Time

Tags: CDC, Centers for Disease Control, Fever, Headache, Nausea, Parasites, Vomiting, Brain-Eating Amoeba, Naegleria Fowler, Swimmer Dangers

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Food's Newest Super Hero

3 Cinnamon May Aid in Fight for Food Safety

Cinnamomum cassia oil (cinnamon oil) has been shown to be an effective natural antibacterial agent that may be useful in preventing food bourne illnesses. Researchers from Washington State University found that the essential oil from cinnamon is capable of killing certain strains of E. coli bacteria. The study found that the oil is effective in concentrations as low as 10 drops diluted in a liter of water. The study, ""Inhibitory effect of Cinnamomum cassia oil on non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli," will be published in Food Control.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Cinnamon Extract Halts Alzheimer’s

Tags: Preventing Food Borne Illnesses, Cinnamon Safety, Cinnamon Benefits, Food Control Journal, Cinnamomum Cassia Oil Uses, Essential Oil Cinnamon

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When Taxes Are Good

4 Cigarette Taxes Lower Suicide Risk

Suicide rates went down by up to 15 percent (relative to national average) in states with higher taxes for cigarettes and tougher policies against smoking in public areas. The new research, published in Nicotine and Tobacco, found that for each dollar increase in taxes on cigarettes, there was an associated 10 percent decrease for suicide risk. The research also showed that indoor smoking bans were associated with suicide risk reductions. Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine say that they aren't sure how smoking influences suicide risk, but it could possibly affect depression or increase addiction to other substances.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dangers of Third-Hand Cigarette Smoke

Tags: Cigarette Smokers, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Smoking and Depression, Washington University School of Medicine, Suicide Risk, Smoking Suicide

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