Hannah's Headlines- 2/7/2018

NY Lawmakers Call For Tide Pods Law

Two lawmakers in New York are calling for a law – other than Darwin – that will force companies to better package laundry detergent pods after a trend of young people eating the toxic item.

Senator Brad Hoylman says it's “outrageous” that Proctor and Gamble still hasn't made Tide pods safer and points out on Twitter that there've been thousands of incidents with children nationally and a growing trend called the Tide pod challenge where teens intentionally put them in their mouths sometimes leading to hospitalization.

"We want to make sure these poisonings are prevented,” Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas said at a press conference yesterday. “It’s easy. All we have to make sure is that public safety trumps their profits.” In addition to color changes, the bill would also require detergent packets to be enclosed in an individual wrapper (each pod in it’s own wrapper) and change the design so they are less appealing to children.

Source: Democrat & Chronicle

Couple With 13 Boys Expecting 14th, Hoping For A Girl

A Michigan couple is expecting their 14th child. Sounds crazy, but what’s even crazier is that the first 13 were all boys. So why are they going for another? They want a girl. And sure, having a 14th child seems like a huge deal, but to Jay and Kateri Schwandt it’s business as usual.

“If you have three, it’s the same as having 10 at this point, if you ask me,” Kateri notes. “It’s more chaos, more noise. It’s nothing we’re not used to at this point.” As for whether it’s a girl or boy, Jay says, “I would live to have a girl, but I just don’t think it’s in the cards.” And get this - they’ve decided to wait until their new bundle of joy arrives to find out the gender.

If it's another boy...will they try again? “I’m thinking that this is it,” Jay offers. “”It feels like this is going to be it, and we’re going to enjoy every second of it.”

Source: Wood TV


Facebook 25 Friends Limit Status Is A Hoax - If you see one of those “25 friend limit” posts on Facebook, let your friend know it’s bogus.

The social media giant is finally saying something after the posts have spread like wild fire. “Friends don't let friends copy and paste memes, and this one simply is not true. We rank News Feed based on how relevant each post might be to you, and while we’ve made some updates that could increase the number of posts you see from your friends, your News Feed isn’t limited to 25 of them."

It’s true they are tweaking the site so we see more of what we want, but give them time! When it comes to posting these hoax statuses, remember to play it smart and put it through the filter of the internet.Source: USA Today

Study says noisy environments can hurt your heart

A noisy environment can be a real headache -- but what about a heartache?

A new study released Monday in the Journal of The American College of Cardiology shows that noise pollution like jackhammers, traffic, and loud concerts may have a significant impact on cardiovascular health.Researchers in Germany and Denmark reviewed years of data and former studies and found that people and animals who were exposed to frequent, loud noise had higher rates of heart failure, irregular heart rhythms, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar.The researchers believe that noise pollution causes a surge in stress hormones, which appear to have harmful effects on the arteries in the heart and the rest of the body, reports Dr. Catherine Spaulding to ABC News.

While this new research can't prove that noise causes heart disease, it does provide convincing evidence that noise-based stress is linked to big consequences for our health.Lead author Dr. Thomas Münzel, from the University Medical Center Mainz Center of Cardiology, explained,"What we know is that if you already have pre-existing risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, noise will amplify that risk."Münzel commented, "Though there is no set threshold...we do know that anything above 60 decibels can increase risk for heart disease."Common noises that are around 60 decibels include a conversation in an office, the sound of a dishwasher, or the noise made by an air conditioning unit. A jackhammer is usually around 100 decibels; an airplane on takeoff can be as loud as 120.However, there's no clear consensus on how much noise is considered to be dangerous for the heart.  Also, cautions Münzel, "the risk comes from years and years of exposure, not days."

Free pet food pantry helping those in need

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Eau Claire County Humane Association has typical animals up for adoption – and some atypical ones, too.

"We've had roosters, mini-horses, lizards, snakes, a tarantula," Elizabeth Berg, kennel supervisor for the humane association, said to WEAU 13 News on Tuesday.

Feeding all those animals, however, takes help from the community.

"I don't think there's a day that goes by when someone doesn't come in and donate us food either dog food cat food and various supplies among other things," Berg said.

That food – and generosity – can add up.

It's in that spirit Berg went out Tuesday to stock the humane association's newest way to spread kindness and generosity – an outdoor pet pantry, which opened at the beginning of the year. Berg said it’s designed for those struggling to feed those who mean so much to them.

"We really wanted to be able to do something here in this community to help out and give back some of our overflow that we get," she said.

All the food is properly portioned especially for cats and dogs. Berg said she’s glad that the humane association’s charitable act has not gone abused.

"That's really awesome and I think it reflects on the community that we have, and just knowing that they're just going to take what they need and leave the rest for other people that need it," she said.

While Berg says the pantry has been a welcome addition for the humane association, she sees it as just another way to give back.

"You don't want someone to not be able to own their pets at the same time because it can help people,” she said. “So, if I can help a pet get or someone to be able to keep their pet, then it's kind of a win-win."

Source: WEAU.com



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