Daily Archives: November 15, 2017

Today’s Holiday: Great American Smokeout

Today’s Holiday:
Great American Smokeout

The American Cancer Society encourages nonsmokers to “adopt” smokers on this day and support them as they go through withdrawal from nicotine—a drug that is said to be as addictive as heroin. Schools are particularly active in observing the Smokeout, teaching young people that the easiest way to avoid the health problems associated with smoking is never to start. Other organizations also sponsor programs and activities designed to increase public awareness of the hazards to which both smokers and those who breathe their smoke are exposed. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: George Simon Kaufman (1889)

Today’s Birthday:
George Simon Kaufman (1889)

Kaufman was an American dramatist and humorist who co-wrote more than 40 plays, many of which became tremendously successful. His collaboration with Moss Hart produced such plays as Once in a Lifetime and You Can’t Take It With You, and he also worked on the Marx Brothers’ A Night at the Opera. Kaufman was also an influential drama critic for New York newspapers and was known for his caustic wit. What did he once suggest as a way to avoid crowds during a flu epidemic? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: LSD Is First Synthesized by Swiss Chemist Albert Hofmann (1938)

This Day in History:
LSD Is First Synthesized by Swiss Chemist Albert Hofmann (1938)

Ergot, a toxic fungus that grows on rye, can cause spasms and hallucinations if accidentally ingested. In 1938, Hofmann was researching potentially useful derivatives of ergot when he first synthesized lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). However, he did not discover its hallucinogenic properties until five years later, when he accidentally absorbed some of the substance through his fingertips. In 1947, his laboratory introduced LSD as a psychiatric drug. What is “Bicycle Day”? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Charles Darwin

Quote of the Day:
Charles Darwin

How great would be the desire in every admirer of nature to behold, if such were possible, the scenery of another planet! More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Pyramid of Cestius

Article of the Day:
The Pyramid of Cestius

One of the best preserved ancient buildings in Rome, the Pyramid of Cestius was built circa 12 BCE as a tomb for magistrate Gaius Cestius Epulo. Constructed of brick-faced concrete covered with slabs of white marble, the pyramid stood at a fork between two ancient roads and was later incorporated into the Aurelian Walls, built around 271 CE to fortify the city. The origins of the pyramid were forgotten during the Middle Ages, and later Romans mistakenly concluded that the tomb belonged to whom? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: in default of (something)

Idiom of the Day:
in default of (something)

Due to the absence or lack of something; through the failure of something. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: unperturbed

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Free from emotional agitation or nervous tension.
Synonyms: unflurried, unflustered, unruffled
Usage: Though chaos and panic swirled all about him, the fireman remained unperturbed and calmly brought order to the scene.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

My pot with flowers today

My pot with flowers today

My pot with flowers today

My birds on the wire today

My birds on the wire today

My birds on the wire today

My Duck today

My Duck today

My Duck today

My Chakra today

My Chakra today

My Chakra today

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8 Ways to Prevent the Spread of Hepatitis C
Allison Tsai | Apr 3rd 2014 Nov 2nd 2016

1 of 8
Cover cuts and blisters

Covering cuts and blisters prevents other people from coming into contact with your blood. Though risk of hepatitis C transmission in a household is near zero, it’s still good to take precautions.

2 of 8
Dispose of used bandages

Carefully dispose of used bandages, tissues, tampons, sanitary napkins or anything else with your blood on it. Taking these extra measures will help prevent the spread of hepatitis C to others.

3 of 8
Wash your hands

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water if you have a cut or dried blood on you. In addition, make sure you do the same with any object that has come into contact with your blood.

4 of 8
Clean spilled blood

Clean any spilled blood on surfaces, including dried blood, with bleach and water. The cleaning solution should be one part bleach and ten parts water.

5 of 8
Don’t share personal items

Personal care items, such as razors, nail clippers and toothbrushes, could have blood on them, so it’s best not to share these items with anyone else.

6 of 8
Be aware when breastfeeding

Hepatitis C is not spread through breast milk, but, if your nipples are cracked and bleeding you should not continue breastfeeding your baby until they have healed. Once healed, you can continue breastfeeding.

7 of 8
Don’t donate blood

If you have hepatitis C you cannot donate blood, sperm or organs for uninfected people. Though the U.S. does screen the blood supply, you still shouldn’t donate.

8 of 8
Seek drug treatment

If you are injecting street drugs, try to get into a treatment facility. If you continue to inject drugs, don’t share needles or equipment with anyone.

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France 24 :  Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe: From liberation hero to autocrat

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe: From liberation hero to autocrat

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe was feted as a liberation hero when he came to power by a nation that lived nearly a century under British rule. But while the West regards him as an autocrat, some in Africa still see him as an anti-colonial hero.

When he came to power, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe was feted as an African liberation hero in a nation that had endured nearly a century of white colonial rule.
Mugabe has not been seen since the military seized power in the early hours of Wednesday, targeting “criminals” around the veteran president.
South African President Jacob Zuma said Mugabe had told him he was confined to his home but was otherwise fine.
Educated and urbane, Mugabe took power after seven years of a liberation bush war. But nearly four decades after independence in 1980, many see him as power-obsessed and willing to unleash death squads, rig elections and trash the economy in the relentless pursuit of control.
The 93-year-old is the only leader Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia, has known since independence from Britain. While the West regards him as an autocrat, some in Africa see him as an anti-colonial champion.
Mugabe has said he wants to seek another five years in office and last week he dismissed his putative successor, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, in a boost for Mugabe’s wife Grace, 52, also seen as a contender but whose whereabouts are unclear.

> Grace Mugabe seeks diplomatic immunity in South Africa assault case
Mugabe travels frequently to Singapore for medical treatment as age has taken its toll.
The leader of Zimbabwe’s influential liberation war veterans, Chris Mutsvangwa, told Reuters: “It’s the end of a very painful and sad chapter in the history of a young nation, in which a dictator, as he became old, surrendered his court to a gang of thieves around his wife.”
A jewel
Born on a Catholic mission near Harare, Mugabe was educated by Jesuit priests and worked as a primary school teacher before going to South Africa’s University of Fort Hare, then a breeding ground for African nationalism.
Returning to Rhodesia in 1960, he entered politics but was jailed for a decade four years later for opposing white rule.
After his release, he rose to the top of the powerful Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army, known as the “thinking man’s guerrilla” on account of his seven degrees, three of them earned behind bars.
Later, as he crushed his political enemies, he boasted of another qualification — “a degree in violence”.
> WHO withdraws Mugabe as goodwill ambassador after global outcry
After the long bush war ended, Mugabe was elected as the nation’s first black prime minister. Initially, he offered reconciliation to old adversaries as he presided over a booming economy.
Liberation rival
But it was not long before Mugabe began to suppress challengers such as liberation war rival Joshua Nkomo.
Faced with a revolt in the mid-1980s in the western province of Matabeleland which he blamed on Nkomo, Mugabe sent in North Korean-trained army units, provoking an international outcry over alleged atrocities against civilians.
Human rights groups say 20,000 people died, most from Nkomo’s Ndebele tribe. The discovery of mass graves prompted accusations of genocide against Mugabe.
After two terms as prime minister, Mugabe changed the constitution and was elected president in 1990, shortly before the death of his first wife, Sally, seen by many as the only person capable of restraining him.
When, at the end of the century, he lost a constitutional referendum followed by a groundswell of black anger at the slow pace of land reform, his response was uncompromising.
As gangs of blacks calling themselves war veterans invaded white-owned farms Mugabe said it was a correction of colonial injustices.
“Perhaps we made a mistake by not finishing the war in the trenches,” he said in 2000. “If the settlers had been defeated through the barrel of a gun, perhaps we would not be having the same problems.”
The farm seizures helped ruin one of Africa’s most dynamic economies, with a collapse in agricultural foreign exchange earnings unleashing hyperinflation.
The economy shrank by more than a third from 2000 to 2008, sending unemployment above 80 percent. Several million Zimbabweans fled, mostly to South Africa.
An unapologetic Mugabe portrayed himself as a radical African nationalist competing against racist and imperialist forces in Washington and London.
Britain once likened him to Adolf Hitler but Mugabe did not mind, saying the Nazi leader had wanted justice, sovereignty and independence for his people: “If that is Hitler, then let me be a Hitler ten-fold.”
Rock bottom
The country hit rock bottom in 2008, when 500 billion percent inflation drove people to support the challenge of Western-backed former union leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
Facing defeat in a presidential run-off, Mugabe resorted to violence, forcing Tsvangirai to withdraw after scores of his supporters were killed by ZANU-PF thugs.
An increasingly worried South Africa squeezed the pair into a fractious unity coalition but the compromise belied Mugabe’s de facto grip on power through his continued control of the army, police and secret service.
As old age crept in and rumours of cancer intensified, his animosity towards Tsvangirai eased, with the two men enjoying weekly meetings over tea and scones, a quirky nod to Mugabe’s affection for British tradition if not authority.
On the eve of the 2013 election, Mugabe dismissed cries of autocracy and likened dealing with Tsvangirai to sparring in the ring.
“Although we boxed each other, it’s not as hostile as before,” he said. “It’s all over now. We can shake hands.”
At the same time, Mugabe’s agents were finalising plans to engineer an election victory through manipulation of the voters’ roll, the Tsvangirai camp said.
The subsequent landslide was typical of a man who could always out-fight and out-think opponents.
“To give the devil his due, he is a brilliant tactician,” former US ambassador Christopher Dell wrote in a cable released by WikiLeaks.
But whatever the outcome of this week’s events, they could usher in a generational change for the southern African nation.

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Parents: Be aware of the dangers in cheap products, of suspect provenience: Lead Poisoning From ‘Healing Bracelet’ | Pediatrics | JAMA | The JAMA Network


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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
November 14, 2017
“Healing Bracelet” Causes Harm
Rita Rubin, MA
Article Information
JAMA. 2017;318(18):1751. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.15723
Lead poisoning of a 9-month-old baby girl in Manchester, Connecticut, last fall has been traced back to an unexpected source—a metal bracelet.

Routine screening revealed that the baby had normocytic anemia and a blood lead level of 41 μg/dL—8 times the normal limit.

Kimberly Dubanoski/Manchester Health Department, Connecticut
The infant was cared for only at her home, built in 1926. Two interior window wells in the house were found to have peeling lead-based paint, but given their inaccessibility and normal blood lead levels in the infant’s 3 older siblings, investigators concluded that this was not the likely source of the poisoning.

The parents told the local health department that the infant sometimes wore a handmade homeopathic “healing bracelet” to relieve teething discomfort. They had bought the bracelet at a local fair and had seen their daughter chew on it.

Testing revealed that small spacer beads on the bracelet contained lead. The bead manufacturer could not be identified, and the person who had made the bracelet could not be located.

Lead paint, dust, and contaminated soil are the main sources of lead exposure in children, although lead-containing charms and jewelry marketed to children were linked to severe lead poisoning and death in 2003 and 2006.

In 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission set a limit on lead content in items made and marketed for children. However, the standard doesn’t apply to items such as the homeopathic bracelet that are not intended for use by children. Physicians and caregivers should be aware of the potential for lead poisoning in children who have mouthed metal objects, especially jewelry.

News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.
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