Hannah's Headlines- 3/30/2018

Coffee Will Now Come With A Cancer Warning In California

Californians will now get their coffee with a cancer warning. A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has ruled that Starbucks and several other large companies failed to prove that a chemical produced in the roasting process was harmless.

A California law requires businesses to warn consumers if a product contains a chemical linked to cancer. In this case, it's one called acrylamide. California businesses that serve coffee will now have to provide clear warnings that acrylamide is linked to cancer.

If you love your coffee, don’t panic – acrylamide is only considered as potentially dangerous when consumed in large quantities, but it's in many foods we consume (and can't be removed from coffee). And by the way? The International Agency for Research on Cancer — the cancer agency of the World Health Organization — moved coffee OFF its “possible carcinogen” list in 2016.

Source: Associated Press

Man contracts world’s worst case of super-gonorrhea

A UK man has contracted the “world’s worst” case of “super” gonorrhea – a powerful new version of the sexually transmitted disease that’s highly resistant to a number of antibiotics, according to a report.

Public Health England announced that the unidentified man picked up the dangerous STD during a hookup with a woman in South East Asia earlier this year.

After developing symptoms a month later, the man’s urine tested negative for the bacterial infection – but a throat swab was positive.

The World Health Organization and the European Centres for Disease Control agree that his case is the first globally to show resistance to the first-line treatment for gonorrhea — a combination of antibiotics azithromycin and ceftriaxone — and other drugs, the BBC reported.

“This is the first time a case has displayed such high-level resistance to both of these drugs and to most other commonly used antibiotics,” said Gwenda Hughes, a doctor with Public Health England.

The man is currently being treated with IV antibiotic ertapenem, which appears to be working — but officials won’t know for sure until mid-April.

Health officials are scrambling to trace any sexual partners to the man in an effort to stop the nasty infection from spreading.

The man’s regular partner in the UK hasn’t tested positive.

Gonorrhea is a very common STD that can be spread through unprotected sexual contact. In most cases, men and women who are infected never show symptom, which can include burning while urinating and white, yellow or green discharge from the penis or vagina. It is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Left untreated, gonorrhea can cause infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease and can be passed on from a pregnant woman to her child.

Last year, the WHO said antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea was on the rise. An estimated 78 million people are infected with gonorrhea every year.

Cases of an azithromycin-resistant strain of “super” gonorrhea recently tripled in Australia.

Source: New York Post


Everything You Want To Know (Or Not) About Peeps - There’s more to marshmallow Peeps than meets the eye.

These once seasonal treats have been made in Bethlehem, PA for 65 years, and after all this time we should know more about Peeps.

  • There are 60 flavors.
  • Over two billion are made a year.
  • They are made with three ingredients: sugar, corn syrup and gelatin.
  • It takes six minutes to create a Peeps marshmallow chick.
  • If you put them in the microwave, they expand.

Source: Peeps

Under Armour Breach Compromises 150-Million Accounts - If you have one particular fitness app, your info may be on the dark web.

Under Armour is the latest in a growing list of corporations victimized by hackers. The maker of athletic performance apparel revealed 150-million user accounts of its MyFitnessPal nutrition tracker were breached in February. The company says it became aware Sunday that an unauthorized party had acquired user account data.

The company says government-issued data such as Social Security numbers and driver's licenses are not collected from users and are not affected. Payment card information is also unaffected because it's done separately. Usernames, e-mail addresses and hashed passwords are affected.

MyFitnessPal is Under Armour's food and nutrition application and website. Users will be required to change passwords.Source: The Verge

Yucky Ducky? Study Reveals Bath-Time Toy's Dirty Secret

Scientists have the dirt on the rubber ducky: Those cute yellow bath-time toys are — as some parents have long suspected — a haven for nasty bugs.

Swiss and American researchers counted the microbes swimming inside the toys and say the murky liquid released when ducks were squeezed contained "potentially pathogenic bacteria" in four out of the five toys studied.

The bacteria found included Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that is "often implicated in hospital-acquired infections," the authors said in a statement.

The study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, ETH Zurich and the University of Illinois was published Tuesday in the journal Biofilms and Microbiomes. It's billed as one of the first in-depth scientific examinations of its kind.

They turned up a strikingly high volume — up to 75 million cells per square centimeter (0.15 square inch) — and variety of bacteria and fungus in the ducks.

Tap water doesn't usually foster the growth of bacteria, the scientists said, but low-quality polymers in the plastic materials give them the nutrients they need. Bodily fluids — like urine and sweat — as well as contaminants and even soap in bathwater add microbes and nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus and create balmy brine for bacteria.

Link: https://www.yahoo.com/news/yucky-ducky-study-reveals-bath-time-friends-dirty-131916399.html

Taking Photos On Smartphones Could Be Ruining Memory

These days it’s hard to go anywhere, except maybe a Jack White concert, without seeing folks taking out their phones to capture a moment, but it turns out taking all those pictures may not be helping you remember that great experience. That’s because, according to a new report, folks aren’t actually experiencing the moment. 

A new study suggests that all this picture taking with Smartphones is causing people to lose their memories, simply because they are so distracted with their phones they don’t remember what they’ve experienced. As "Vox" points out, without paying attention, our brains won’t store the experience.

The study, to be published in the “Journal of Experimental Social Psychology,” had a few hundred participants visit the Stanford Memorial Church at Stanford University, asking them to take note of certain details, with some in the group given iPods to take pictures, and others given nothing. When quizzed about what they saw a week later, those without a camera got 70% of the questions right, while those with the camera only got 60%.

  • The bottom line is this: The camera acts as a distraction, with the study author noting that with so many folks with cameras these days, “we’ve just inserted into our daily lives potentially a giant source of distraction.” They also suggest that it may not just be the cameras, but texting and tweeting, and other phone use, that could be blamed for memory issues.

Source: Vox 



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