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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Governor Bobby Jindall....Louisiana Gun Laws 2013


Gov. Bobby Jindal used a visit to West Monroe on Wednesday, the third stop on his 64 parish statewide tour, to sign six gun bills into law. The legislation includes a measure to penalize anyone who publishes concealed handgun permit information and another to increase information sharing with federal authorities on mental health and firearm possession. "We're not just signing a few bills -- we're also celebrating the Sportsman's Paradise and American values," Jindal said in an email statement Wednesday afternoon. "Today, we are building on the work we've done to protect the rights of Louisianians while also implementing common-sense gun safety measures." The most discussed piece of legislation in the batch signed Wednesday was House Bill 8 by state Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City. The new law will enforce penalties on the intentional publication of the personal information of concealed handgun permit holders. Citizens face penalties of up to six months in jail and $10,000 for those who "intentionally disseminate for publication" the personal information, such as names and addresses, of permit holders. Law enforcement or public safety employees who share such information will face up to six months in jail and a fine of $500. Thompson, who helped found the pro-gun group Defend Louisiana this year, said the legislation was introduced largely as a reaction to the publication of New York gun permit holders' names and addresses by The Journal News last year. He said permit holders' lives and property were put at risk by the release and he wants to ensure such publication will be penalized in Louisiana. "It is a great day in Louisiana and across this nation for those of us who refuse to give an inch when it comes to defending our right to protect our families and we will stand strong in the defense of the Second Amendment," Thompson said Wednesday. "Responsible, law-abiding citizens should not be villainized simply because they are concealed carry permit holders," he added. The bill received significant push-back from journalists, including Baton Rouge Advocate Executive Editor Carl Redman and Louisiana Press Association Executive Director Pamela Mitchell. Penalties will not be imposed if the permit holder had approved the information release or if it was already in the public domain. Publication would be allowable if the permit holder committed a felony involving a gun or if the information is subject to a court order. The governor also signed two bills that would mandate state courts share more information with federal authorities, especially as they relate to mental health information and background checks for gun buyers. The legislation aims to keep guns out of the hands of people with legally defined mental health problems. House Bill 717 and Senate Bill 135, were introduced by Haughton Republican Henry Burns and Columbia Republican Neil Riser. The new laws will require clerks of court in Louisiana to report to the state Supreme Court when a citizen loses the right to possess firearms. This can occur when someone is found guilty of certain criminal offenses or when a legal determination has been made that the citizen lacks the mental capacity to stand trial. The court would then send this information to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check system. The system is utilized by every federal licensed firearm dealer in the country to ensure a potential buyer does not have a criminal or mental health history that precludes the purchase of a gun. In Louisiana, a citizen is legally barred from buying a gun if he or she pleads guilty to a crime by reason of insanity, lacks the mental capacity to proceed to trial for a crime or is involuntarily ordered to be committed to an inpatient mental health treatment facility. The law mandates specific information must be passed to the FBI NICS system, including date of birth, aliases, Social Security number, race and gender of the person in question. The three other pieces of legislation Jindal signed into law Wednesday include: House Bill 6 by Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington: Will allow off-duty law enforcement officers to carry their guns onto school campuses. Law only applies to commissioned, certified law enforcement agents. Given final passage by the Legislature May 28. House Bill 98, sponsored by Thompson: Will allow sheriffs to recognize concealed handgun permits issued by their colleagues in neighboring parishes. In Louisiana, the State Police and individual parish sheriffs have the power to issue the permits. Given final passage June 6. Senate Bill 178, sponsored by Riser: Will allow voter registration application forms to be made available to gun buyers "at the point of purchase." The dealer distributing the applications must have a federal firearms license and employ at least 25 full-time workers. The six bills represented the last pieces of gun-related legislation to pass the Legislature this year that had yet to be signed. Also on Wednesday, Jindal ceremoniously signed a bill he had already given final approval to that would allow for lifetime concealed handgun permits. "In the face of an administration in Washington that wants to take away the rights of law-abiding gun owners, we are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution of the United States," Jindal statement said. While the governor did signed seven gun bills into law, two other pieces of legislation that sought to circumvent White House-backed gun control laws died in the state senate this year. Lawmakers in both chambers expressed concerns with the bill's constitutionality and with the possibility of opening the state up to costly litigation from he federal government.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Louisiana Crawfish Casserole 1 lb crawfish tail 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can French onion soup 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup 1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes & chilies 1 1/2 cups uncooked rice 1/3 cup butter, melted 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper 1/2 cup chopped green onion 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 cup chopped celery salt and pepper 1/2 cup grated monterey jack cheese 1 cup grated cheddar cheese Directions: Mix all ingredients except cheeses and pour into a large greased casserole. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle cheeses over casserole. Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes more.

Friday, June 14, 2013

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Juice Box And Sickness


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By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29 . We've all encountered cancer in some way: Whether we've lost a loved one or have battled it ourselves, the big C looms all around us. And, sometimes it feels like the media loves to capitalize on our fear - hardly a week goes by without the news telling us about part of our daily routine that might be slowly be killing us. Between the media constantly hyping cancer scares and the reality of so many people in our lives actually facing cancer, it's getting increasingly more difficult to have perspective on what should realistically concern us. So, to find out more about the current buzzy cancer scares, we caught up with some experts to separate the facts from the fiction. Read on to peek behind the curtain of three cancer scares - this is need-to-know stuff. Oral Sex, HPV, and Throat Cancer By now, we've all heard about Michael Douglas blaming his throat cancer on cunnilingus. We love safe sex, and think the more it's discussed, the better, but we were also suspicious. After all, if the link between oral sex, HPV (human papilloma virus), and throat cancer is so concrete, why is it that so few people know about it? And what's up with blaming cunnilingus, of all things? Honestly, the last thing we want is for female pleasure to get yet another stigma. RELATED: HPV: Answering Your FAQ's On The Most Common STD Dr. Robert Haddad, the Disease Center Leader of the Head and Neck Oncology Program of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, explains that HPV is a common sexually transmitted virus; in fact, according to the CDC, it's the most common sexually transmitted infection. What makes HPV so dangerous is that most people who have it don't know about it, since there usually aren't any signs or symptoms. And, while women can get tested for HPV with a Pap smear, there is currently no test for men. As far as HPV leading to throat cancer, Dr. Haddard says the risk is relatively low. However, he explains, many patients with throat cancer are likely to have had HPV - it's present in two out of three cases, according to the American Cancer Society. He likens the phenomenon to smoking: "Not all smokers will develop lung cancer, but of patients who do have lung cancer, many of them are smokers." So, while having HPV does increase the risk of developing throat cancer, it's not an inevitable result. According to Dr. Haddard, smoking and drinking are much more closely linked to throat cancer. Additionally, as for the buzz about throat cancer in straight men in particular, Dr. Haddard says that there's no evidence to indicate whether throat cancer from orally-contracted HPV is more or less likely than cervical cancer from vaginally-contracted HPV. Dr. Haddard says that oral sex is just one of many ways of contracting the virus, and advises taking safer sex precautions with all sexual activity. And, having a partner with HPV-related oral cancer does not mean that you will necessarily develop the virus or the cancer: In a recent study of partners of people with HPV-related throat cancer, the HPV subtype which can lead to throat cancer was present in 2% of female partners and actually none of the male partners. The main problem with HPV in the U.S., according to Dr. Haddard, stems from a lack of education - not a lot of people know about the extremely effective HPV vaccine. "The number of vaccinations is very low, close to 35 percent," he says. "We need to do better." The bottom line: While oral HPV can definitely lead to throat cancer, the blame shouldn't be placed on cunnilingus alone, and there are some preventative measures one can take. If you get the HPV vaccination, use protection when you have sex, make sure that you and/or your partner get regular Pap smears, and quit smoking, you shouldn't let Michael Douglas keep you up at night (with worry, that is). . Thirdhand Smoke And Lingering Carcinogens Of course, smoking doesn't just increase your own risk of getting cancer, it increases the risk for everyone around you. Secondhand smoke is a well-known carcinogen, but what about thirdhand smoke? Even after cigarette smoke has cleared, toxins can linger, says Dr. Jyothi Marbin, M.D., a pediatrician at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. "Close your eyes, and imagine you're sitting in a car where someone has been smoking," she says. "Can you smell that lingering odor that remains in the car? That's thirdhand smoke." According to Dr. Marbin, the health impact of thirdhand smoke is still being investigated, so while experts don't know the whole story yet, they know that the effects are real and serious. Some of Dr. Marbin's patients have reported that their asthma symptoms flare up in a room where someone has been smoking. ("Even long after the smoker is gone," she notes.) It's no coincidence: Thirdhand smoke contains at least 11 toxic substances, she says, "including arsenic, cyanide, and lead." Dr. Marbin says that everyone should be concerned, but children are at a greater risk, as they spend more time indoors. "Think about a baby playing on the ground in a room where someone has been smoking," she says. "Imagine all those particles that sticking to their hands as they crawl through the carpet. Once they put their hands into their mouths, they are literally eating those carcinogens." Non-smoking adults are commonly exposed to thirdhand smoke when they stay in a hotel, ride in a car, or move into a home or a building where smoking is allowed. The best thing you can do is avoid entering areas where people have (ever) been smoking. It's very easy to detect thirdhand smoke - if you can smell it, it's there. But, Dr. Marbin says, it might be there even if you can't smell it. "Research studies found that even two months after a cigarette is smoked in a room, there are still measurable levels of thirdhand smoke," she says. Unfortunately, there's no publicly available test for it, and it's not easy to get rid of. Dr. Marbin suggests cleaning surfaces or fabrics with an acidic solution like vinegar, and washing walls with hot, soapy water. Though, when it comes to carpets, it might never come out - sometimes you just have to remove the carpeting and start fresh. So, what should someone do when exposed to thirdhand smoke? Dr. Marbin says taking a shower and washing your clothes can remove the residue. But, much like there is no such thing as a safe level of secondhand smoke exposure, Dr. Marbin says, "It's a safe bet that the same rule applies." The bottom line: Although there's no 100% confirmed cause-and-effect relationship between thirdhand smoke and cancer, the evidence doesn't look good. "We need to set a high standard for clean environments which are free of toxins and carcinogens," says. Dr. Marbin, "and that means environments free of second- and thirdhand smoke." . BPA In Water Bottles And Other Plastic Products Summer's almost fully upon us, and the hotter we get, the more water we drink. But, what about those rumors we've heard about plastic water bottles causing cancer? We'll never forget when Sheryl Crow attributed her breast cancer to the BPA (Bisphenol A, a chemical used in plastics) in re-used water bottles. According to Shanaz H. Dairkee, Ph.D., a Senior Scientist of Cancer Research at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute and Consulting Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, BPA is all around us, everywhere. "We are swimming in it," she says. "In our homes, workplaces, schools, and recreation areas." She points out that it's used to line food cans and paper plates, in beverage bottles, and even in cash register receipts. Beverly Rubin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anatomy & Cellular Biology at Tufts University, says BPA is also in the soil, ground water, and in the dust that collects both indoors and outdoors. And, it's not just around us: a whopping 93% of people in the U.S. have appreciable levels of BPA in their urine, according to Cheryl S. Watson, Ph.D, the editor-in-chief of Endocrine Disruptors (Landes Bioscience Journals) and professor of bio-chemistry and molecular biology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Dairkee says that BPA has also been found in human blood, breast milk, and fetal liver - which indicates that BPA can cross the placenta. The danger of BPA in our bodies lies in its relationship to estrogen, Dr. Watson says. "BPA resembles (but is not exactly like) natural estrogens, and can mimic or disrupt the actions of the body's own estrogens, for both males and females." When a body has too much estrogen, Dr. Dairkee says, it can initiate cancer and precancerous lesions in estrogen-sensitive tissues. The effect has has been proven in animals, with results that repeat across species. Though this isn't technically direct evidence that BPA causes cancer in humans, humans are indeed animals, and the results of these tests should be taken seriously. So, should you ditch your water bottle? Dr. Dairkee says that re-using plastic does indeed cause more BPA to leach out of the product. And, it's even worse for water bottles left in the sun or in a hot car, as the sun causes the chemicals in the plastic to leak into the beverage - a process that occurs at a faster rate in a warm environment. While we can try to avoid using products that contain BPA as much as possible by using glass water bottles, Dr. Dairkee says that using BPA-free products isn't necessarily a safer option - because the replacement compounds haven't been reliably tested yet. "Current regulatory requirements in the U.S. do not place the burden of proof on the manufacturer, which is why there is almost no incentive to pre-test chemicals for safe consumption," she explains. The bottom line: To minimize your cancer risk, stay away from BPA. "A chemical such as BPA, which is not only persistent but disruptive for normal functioning right down to the level of individual cells in the human body, should be avoided to the best of one's ability," Dr. Dairkee says.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

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Friday, June 7, 2013

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Heart Attacks & Drinking Warm Water


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A Chicago high school student is facing misdemeanor battery charges after allegedly spiking the school cafeteria's spaghetti marinara with hot sauce. Three cafeteria staff members were hospitalized after inhaling fumes from the fiery sauce, according to Highland Park High School spokeswoman Natalie Kaplan. "Several staff and students reported reactions to the sauce, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and skin rashes," said Kaplan. "The impacted staff members were taken to hospital but no serious injuries were reported." The World's Hottest Pepper: Brings Pleasure and Pain Relief Police say the male student behind the peppery prank, whose name and age have not been released, somehow sneaked "Da Bomb" hot sauce into a container of marinara sauce during the first lunch period on May 14. "A student then went through the food line and purchased spaghetti with marinara sauce, and after sitting down and taking his first bite, found it intolerably hot and went back to the food line to advise staff," said Highland Park Police Deputy Chief George Pfutzenreuter. "Staff pulled the sauce from the line and, in evaluating the sauce, some of the staff members also started feeling effects." Pfutzenreuter said he didn't know which type of Da Bomb hot sauce was used in the prank. According to the brand's website, "Final Answer Hot Sauce" reaches 1,500,000 Scoville units - a level of heat approaching that of law enforcement-grade pepper spray. The alleged perpetrator will be charged as a juvenile on five counts of misdemeanor battery, according to Pfutzenreuter. And the high school plans to install a security camera in the cafeteria food line to fend off future schemes, according to Kaplan.

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Epilepsy Findings


MULTIMEDIA POSSIBLY RELATED Mexican pride shows in Center for Creative Photography exhibit New research decodes bilingualism, shedding new light on field Police beat New technology converts web text to sound Eller to offer new online program, accessibility for future students Michael Hammer, geneticist and researcher at the UA, is one of a few in his field who can lay claim to a groundbreaking medical discovery, but his personal stake in the matter is much deeper. Hammer’s daughter, Shay, was epileptic and began having seizures at an early age and had limited coordination and learning skills. She died from complications from the disease in March 2011. After she died, Hammer, along with a team of UA researchers, were able to find the genetic cause of her affliction. Those findings led the team to conduct a second study, in which they used DNA sequencing technology to look for the causes of severe epilepsies in children from 10 different families. The study, which was recently published in the journal “Epilepsia,” found genetic mutations that are known to or suspected of having caused epilepsies in seven of the 10 children studied. Although Hammer, who is a research scientist in UA’s Arizona Research Laboratories Division of Biotechnology and a member of the UA BIO5 Institute, was initially hesitant to speak publicly about his daughter’s story, he said he is now more open about it because he knows it helps families who are in a similar situation. “It’s important for me to acknowledge that none of this would have happened without her,” he said. In 2010, after years of inconclusive tests, Hammer said he made it his mission to find the cause of his daughter’s epilepsy. He sent samples of his family’s DNA to a lab in California to have them sequenced. The data produced were then analyzed by Hammer and his team at the UA. Hammer said many of his colleagues tried to talk him out of it, citing the low probability of success, but he persisted. “I said, ‘Well, even if there’s a 1 percent chance of finding something, I’m going to try it,’” Hammer said. Despite the odds, Hammer’s team identified a mutation in a gene not previously associated with epilepsy, which, upon further research was shown to have effects relevant to epilepsy. “That was the first ever case of finding a gene involved in any neurological disorder using these new whole-genome techniques,” said Krishna Veeramah, a postdoctoral researcher in Hammer’s group and the first author of the study. “I thought, ‘If we can do it for her, we can do it for other kids,’” Hammer said. For their study, the team selected children who, like Hammer’s daughter, had seizures within the first year of life, in addition to developmental issues like autism and impaired movement. The DNA of the child and the parent’s were sampled and sequenced. The sequencing technique employed was called whole-exome sequencing. Instead of looking at all 3 million base pairs, whole-exome sequencing looks only at the 2 percent of DNA that actually codes for proteins — the genes, Veeramah said. Since the affected children didn’t have family histories of the illness, the team hypothesized that the epilepsies were caused by a “de novo” mutation, which is a genetic mutation that is present in the child’s DNA but not in the parents. In seven out of the 10 children, mutations were found that had already been or, through subsequent research, were shown to be associated with epilepsy. According to Veeramah, the 70 percent positive rate was higher than anticipated. The findings could lead to better diagnostic tests as well as new treatment options for the children, said Dr. Linda Restifo, a professor of neurology and co-author of the study. “If epilepsy is manageable,” Restifo said, “meaning that the child takes a medication long-term, but grows up to be a functional adult … we’re now light-years ahead of where we are for many of these kids.” The results also offer answers for the families of those affected by such disorders, who likely feel lost after years of testing without a medical diagnosis, Hammer said. “As a parent, I know how much it means,” he said. “Just knowing is a huge relief.”

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Worm In the brain


Experience: I had a worm in my brain 'I couldn't stop thinking about the fact that there was a foreign body inside me, feeding off my ability to write and speak' Share 264 inShare 1 Email Joanna Rossiter The Guardian, Friday 31 May 2013 Joanna Rossiter: 'Left untreated, it would continue to eat away at my brain.' Photograph: Mark Chilvers for the Guardian I was three months into my stay in India when I realised that something unusual was happening to my mind. I had travelled alone to a remote area of Tamil Nadu in order to research my novel and teach at a local school. I am used to having command of my words, but I began to find that simple ones would slip from my memory and I would be left speechless in front of a classroom of expectant pupils. Instead of "ran", I would say "runned" and "slept" would become "sleeped". In the evenings, when I tried to write, my thoughts were frustratingly blank; I couldn't concentrate on anything for very long. I spent a lot of time crying: in spite of all the new experiences I was enjoying, I could not seem to keep myself emotionally steady. After five months, I woke up early one morning to find my whole arm numb: the tingling that had started a few days earlier had spread from my thumb up to my neck. There was a wedding in the village next to ours and music was echoing around the hills outside. I knew I would not be able to get back to sleep, so I picked up a pen and jotted down the first sentence that came into my head: "It is there before I know about it, being born… My wave, heavy, like death." As it turned out, my words were an eerily prescient description of what was going on inside me. In the afternoon, I walked to the children's home connected to the school to take my mind off the sensation in my arm. I was sitting with a group of girls when I felt one side of my face start to droop. My arms and legs began to flail, and I was thrown backwards on to the floor, where I fell into a fit. I regained consciousness after a few minutes, but could remember very little of what had happened. When the girls tried to explain what they had seen, my first thought was that I had suffered a stroke – frightening given that I was only 21. An hour after I recovered from the first fit, the drooping in my face returned and I fitted again. This time, I stayed unconscious for longer. The nearest hospital was a five-hour drive on potholed, unlit dirt tracks, but I knew I needed medical help. The family who ran the children's home wasted no time in driving me there. At the hospital, I was given a brain scan and diagnosed with a tapeworm, which had become lodged in my brain tissue and formed several cysts. Left untreated, it would continue to develop and eat away at my brain cells, and the seizures would become increasingly serious. I had known for a while that something was wrong, but now the problem gained shape in my imagination: I couldn't stop thinking about the fact that there was a foreign body inside me, feeding off my ability to write and speak. It was only after I was flown back to the UK that I realised how lucky I was to have been treated by a local doctor familiar with the condition – he knew exactly how to kill the worm. He told me that pigs play a role in the parasite's life cycle, but given that I had not eaten meat, I had most likely inhaled an egg. I took epilepsy medication to control the seizures and the worm was killed using a combination of steroids. In total, the treatment lasted a year and a half, during which time I could not drive or drink. The disease is unheard of in Britain and without the medical notes given to me by the Tamil doctor, I would probably not have been diagnosed in time. The British doctors had no idea how to treat an illness that was so specific to the area in which I was staying. I no longer suffer from the seizures and, while the scarring in my brain means I sometimes struggle to recall certain words, the worm and the cysts are gone for good. It was frightening as a novelist to realise that my language – the very medium I work with – was under threat. But it has made me more determined than ever to put words on to paper: they seem more precious now – as if, like youth or loved ones, they won't be with me for ever. The words that I wrote in my notebook on the day of my first seizure went on to form the opening sentence of my first published novel – a story about the intimate knowledge that landscapes lend their inhabitants. It was this knowledge, shown by the Tamil doctor who treated me, that saved my life and my language.

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