A new study published in the journal PAMA Pediatrics has found that gay marriages are linked with fewer teen suicides – meaning that the more gay marriages, the lesser teen suicides. Suicidal tendencies are most common among teens who claim to be gay, lesbian and bisexual with many of them responding negatively to gay-limiting policies. This study aimed to see how policies limiting the rights of gays impact on their mental and physical health.
A series of discreet investigations carried out by federal authorities have revealed a systematic loss and theft of controlled substances at Veteran Affairs hospitals. Investigators found that VA employees have been engaging in opioid theft, unauthorized use of VA drugs, and disappearance of patients’ prescriptions since 2009 till date. The Department of Veterans Affairs said they are now aware of the problem and taking steps to remedy the situation.
A team of researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine has published a study in the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine linking the ingestion of hydrogen peroxide with emergency hospitalizations. The study finds that children often inadvertently consume the mild antiseptic because they mistaken it for water. The study looks into what treatments are available for patients of hydrogen peroxide ingestion and what more could be developed in time to come.
Maria Oquendo, president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has warned psychiatrists to desist from issuing opinions on President Trump’s mental health since this contradicts their code of ethics. She said it is unethical and irresponsible for any psychiatrists to carry on with the president this way. But several psychiatrists are sworn never to remain silent in the face of the president’s unusual policies and mannerisms.
A team of microbiologists from the University of British Columbia has found a yeast in the guts of babies indicative of asthma as babies grow. The study was carried out on Ecuadorian children and then compared with results obtained in Canada. The researchers found that a particular type of yeast in the guts of babies predisposed them to developing asthma as they grow into childhood.
Engineers from Brigham Young University have developed a lightweight bulletproof shield to protect police officers from light and heavy bullet fires. The new bulletproof shield is able to resist pistol and revolver bullets such as the 9 mm, .44 Magnum and .357 Magnum. The engineers used Origami as the inspiration for their new creation, and the success has been overwhelming.
UPS truck drivers stopped turning left on the road since the 1970s, and even today they still apply that rule wherever possible. The package delivery company justifies this on fuel economy, reduced emission, and reduction in auto accidents. The company now has a software known as Orion which regulates the use of right turns against left turns in pre-planned routes.
Researchers from the University of Michigan have published a study in the journal Nature Communications describing what constitutes hidden hearing loss in people and what causes it. Long exposure to excessive noise and loss of myelin have been found to be causes of second hearing loss in people. The researchers think this study is a step in the right direction towards finding treatment for people with hidden hearing problems.
Faulty air hoses at CDC’s $214 million Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory facility in Atlanta have prompted the agency to halt lab activities at the facility. The air hoses are connected to the protective suits worn by lab scientists to enable them breathe fresh air inside a lab that is brimming with deadly viruses. About 100 lab workers use the air hose inside biosafety level 4 labs operated by CDC before the shutdown.
Researchers from Vanderbilt University’s Radiation Effects Research Group have blamed computer crashes and phone freezes on cosmic particles from outer space. The research group explained that cosmic particles are electrically charged and generated from cosmic rays. They insist these cause outages and interference with electronics but without any noticed effects on humans.
A Texas couple, Walker and Garyt, have made a Facebook post accompanied with a unique photo that tells the two-year story of how they waited for a baby. The 28-year-old wife and 29-year-old husband are no longer waiting for any baby today, because Walker is pregnant with twins which are due to arrive in August. And they have chosen to tell their story to the world as an act of gratitude to God and to encourage other couples waiting for their own babies.
In their bid to understand how antibiotic-resistant bacteria or superbugs mutate to become resistant to powerful drugs, NASA are sending samples of MRSA superbugs to space for further study. The deadly pathogens will leave Earth on a trip to the ISS on Saturday, February 18, via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will launch from the Cape Canaveral pad. The study is led by a medical doctor and physicist, Dr. Anita Goel of biomedicine company Nanobiosym.
The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, an agency of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Thursday posted a Facebook video of a bird killing and eating an alligator. The video has opened the eyes of wildlife conservationists and nature enthusiasts to the fact that birds can be a serious threat to amphibians and reptiles alike. It has also proven the point that there is little humans can do to protect endangered species from certain predators in the wild.
The publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that this year’s flu vaccine is 48% effective against the current strain of flu virus. Health officials however advise that regardless of this less-than-perfect vaccine effectiveness, everyone should endeavor to get a vaccination shot. They insist that flu vaccination goes a long way at preventing flu hospitalizations and related deaths.
A group of 33 psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers earlier this week signed a letter published by the New York Times indicating that President Donald Trump is emotionally unstable and mentally incapable of leading as president. Following this development, over 23,000 people have signed a petition asking that President Trump be removed based on some personality disorder. But a leading psychiatrist, Dr. Allen Frances, disagrees that Mr. Trump is mentally ill, stating that he’s rather unpleasant.