Bacteriophages Could Soon Replace Antibiotics

Scientists from George Mason University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies in Fairfax, Virginia have done extensive research on the medical benefits of bacteriophages. It was discovered in a small-scale preliminary trial that bacteriophages can actually destroy bacteria and they are seen as a future possible replacement for antibiotics. The results of this study were presented at Nutrition 2018, the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting held in Boston.

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Kate Spade’s Death Sparks Discussion On Suicide

People around the world are mourning the death of fashion designer Kate Spade (founder of the popular Kate Spade New York brand) who recently committed suicide at the age of 55. Her death has sparked a national discussion regarding suicide particularly among women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of suicides in the US have increased by 24 per cent overall since 1999. Also the number of middle-aged women dying by suicide is also rising.

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U.S. Postal Stamp Surcharge Saves Cancer Patients

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a special breast cancer stamp that will benefit breast cancer studies and research programs. From the genetic testings and trials, the researchers can identify which women with early-stage breast cancer need chemo and which do not. Consequently, breast cancer patients don’t have to spend a lot of money on chemotherapy. The stamp was the first “semipostal” or charity stamp that was created by the U.S. Postal Service. It shows an image of a woman with her arm raised performing a breast self-examination. It’s sold at a premium over the postal value in order to raise money for this particular cause. It was first released back in 1998 and after that it has been released several times. This stamp has raised around $86 million for breast cancer research.

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For Older Moms, Life Begins at Forty

Nowadays, more and more women are having babies over the age of 45, including celebrities. Last year, singer Janet Jackson had her first child at the age of 50. Somali supermodel and entrepreneur Iman (widow of rock musician David Bowie) gave birth to her daughter when she was 48. Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen, ex-wife of Sylvester Stallone has joined the club when she announced recently that she is pregnant with her fifth child at the age of 54. The number of women postponing pregnancy until later in life is definitely increasing.  

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Purdue Pharma Facing Lawsuit

The chief legal officer and legal adviser in the state of Utah has sued Purdue Pharma LP, the makers of the powerful opioid OxyContin, due to its role in aggravating the US opioid epidemic. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes filed the lawsuit in the 7th Judicial District Court in Carbon County after he claims that talks between the drugmaker and other US states in order to reach a settlement have stall. The allegation states that Purdue’s marketing ads had been deceptive in which it secluded the risks of treating chronic pain with addictive opioids.

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Comedienne Blames Racist Behavior On Ambien

Actress and comedienne Roseanne Barr is the latest person using the so-called “Ambien defense” in order to justify her bizarre and racist behavior. On Wednesday, Barr claimed that the sleeping medication was the reason she posted a racist tweet regarding former President Barack Obama’s aide Valerie Jarrett. It was that tweet that got her popular TV sitcom cancelled.

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Saving Lives With Tougher Alcohol Access State Laws

The US CDC has reported that around 1 million people in the country were arrested for drunk driving in 2016 but that’s only 1% of the more than 110 million people who reported that they have driven while intoxicated each year. All 50 states have reduced the legal blood alcohol concentration for drivers to 0.08%. This has reduced the numbers of fatalities, but the CDC says it’s still not enough.

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San Francisco’s Battle Against Flavored Tobacco Products

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has invested around $12 million to the “No on Proposition E” campaign to persuade voters in San Francisco to reject a ban on selling flavored tobacco products including vaping liquids with fruit flavors. They are bombarding radio and TV airwaves as well as mailboxes with ads encouraging people to reject a law that was approved last year which is now included the June 5 ballot.

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