Cold Drugs Send 7,000 Children a Year to ERs

first_imgFor the complete story, click here. WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 7,000 children get rushed to emergency rooms each year after suffering adverse reactions to cough and cold medicines, according to the first national estimate of the risks posed by the widely used remedies.last_img

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Baby Otter Learns How to be an Otter From Expert Humans

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis wee one has been enrolled in Otter School.“Luna” was only a week old when found lost and alone on a California beach. Weighing just two pounds at the time, she was taken in by Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where people have been teaching her the ways of the world — an otter’s world – how to swim, how to groom, and how to eat.How to be adorable, however, comes naturally.As part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Program, six to eight animal care experts will give her round-the-clock attention until she’s eight months old.“Our animal care team is teaching the pup how to be an otter,” said Tim Binder, Vice President of Animal Collections at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.Over the past 25 years, nearly 700 sea otters—adults and pups—have come through the program, which rescues, treats and releases injured otters; raises and releases stranded pups through a surrogacy program; provides care for sea otters that can’t return to the wild; and conducts scientific research.Luna is on track to graduate with a diploma in ottering.(WATCH the Reuters video below or READ more at the Washington Post)  Photos: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna HernandezSHARE the Love:AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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As the U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis, Landmark Study Shows CBD Does Not Impair Driving

first_imgLed by the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney and conducted at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, the study’s results were published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.There has been substantial growth in medical treatment using cannabis-related products in Australia and overseas. This includes increasing use of CBD-containing products for conditions such as epilepsy, anxiety, chronic pain and addictions. Many currently available products also contain a mixture of THC and CBD.RELATED: First-of-its-Kind Clinical Study Finds That Microdosing THC Can Reduce Chronic PainThe research also measured the effects of driving with THC in one’s bloodstream—the intoxicating cannabis component tetrahydrocannabinol—and found that moderate amounts produced mild driving impairment that lasted up to four hours.Sydney UniversityParticipants inhaled vaporized cannabis containing various mixes of THC and CBD, or a placebo cannabis, then went for a 60-mile drive (100-km) under controlled conditions on public highways both 40 minutes and four hours later. Cannabis containing mainly CBD did not impair driving while cannabis containing THC, or a THC/CBD mixture, caused mild impairment measured at 40 minutes later but not after four hours.RELATED: Cannabis Can Be 30x More Powerful Than Aspirin for Inflammation, Says New Study Eyeing Future Opioid Substitute “With cannabis laws changing globally, jurisdictions are grappling with the issue of cannabis-impaired driving. These results provide much needed insights (that) can help to guide road-safety policy,” said Dr Arkell. “These results should allow for evidence-based laws and regulation for people receiving medical cannabis.”“The results should reassure people using CBD-only products that they are most likely safe to drive, while helping patients using THC-dominant products to understand the duration of impairment,” said Lambert Initiative Director, Professor Iain McGregor.METHODThe one-hour driving test was conducted on a public highway in a dual control car with driving instructor, using a well-established scientific test that measures standard deviation of vehicle position (SDLP), including lane weaving, swerving, and overcorrecting.The amount of THC vaporized by participants was enough to cause strong feelings of intoxication.MORE: Canada Becomes First Western Nation to Legalize MarijuanaWhile some previous studies have looked at the effects of cannabis on driving, most have focused on smoked cannabis containing only THC (not CBD) and have not precisely quantified the duration of impairment, said authors of the study on JAMA.“This is the first study to illustrate the lack of CBD effects on driving and to also provide a clear indication of the duration of THC impairment.”SHARE the DATA With Cannabis Fans on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe United Nations this week reclassified cannabis by removing it from the category of most dangerous and addictive drugs, which includes heroin.Meanwhile, a landmark study was published on cannabis and driving ability, which showed that cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis component now widely used for medical purposes, does not impair driving.“These findings indicate for the first time that CBD, when given without THC, does not affect a subject’s ability to drive,” said lead author Dr Thomas Arkell. “That’s great news for those using or considering treatment using CBD-based products.”last_img read more

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Burlington School District interim superintendent and team resign

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The three-person team that has run the Burlington School District said they will quit November 10 and return to their regular duties because of the way they’ve been treated by the Burlington School Board. In a letter sent to Board Chairman Patrick Halladay and made public today by Interim Superintendent Stephanie Philips on behalf of her and colleagues Paul Irish and Nikki Fuller, she said that the Board was disrespectful and inattentive to the needs of the three-person team running the district while a permanent superintendent is being sought. The three are ranking staff members in the District.In the letter, Phillips said: “Some Board members have little understanding, concern or respect for the work the interim administrative team has faced.” She said public comments and emails “malign” administrators. “This behavior,” she said, “only serves to expand the ‘us versus them’ culture.”Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, who has no authority over the school district, issued a terse statement following the announcement, and called the latest development “unacceptable.” He previously had reached out to help in the transition to a new superintendent, which the Board declined. The District has suffered several setbacks over the last few years, concluding with the forced resignation of its previous superintendent earlier this year. Jeanne Collins agreed to step down in June. She was hired by the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union in May.The District has suffered through the well publicized scandal of a teacher having an inappropriate relationship with a student, diversity problems, and, earlier this year, the school budget was defeated and an auditor found that the District had been running an unacknowledged $2.5 million deficit for three years. Mayor Miro Weinberger Statement about School District Leadership”As Mayor, I am committed, above all, to the children in our community, as well as to our parents and our teachers.”I am frustrated and disappointed that the School Board and interim schools administration have not been able to come together and move forward during this challenging time.”This is unacceptable. Burlingtonians will not tolerate this failure of leadership, which puts our children’s education at risk.”Within my authority as Mayor, I can offer no easy answers – the School Board is independently elected and selects our superintendent. “Upon hearing today’s news, I immediately spoke with School Board Chair Patrick Halladay and State Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe to ensure that all appropriate actions are being taken to protect the children and parents who will be impacted by today’s announcement and resulting events.”Last spring, I offered to help the schools manage their leadership transition. That offer was politely declined, but I will repeat it today. We are part of a shared community, and the City is here to provide any reasonable assistance it can to the Board in accomplishing the immediate tasks before it: recruiting and appointing an interim superintendent and selecting the next superintendent.”It is important that we act decisively, but not precipitously, in a way that moves our community forward.”Finally, I am very grateful to the teachers, principals, and staff in all our schools who have continued their excellent work with students this school year, despite the uncertainty at the top of the district.  The importance of that work cannot be understated – we are fortunate to have such committed and talented educators in our City.”RELATED STORIES:Burlington School District to deal with ongoing deficits, IRS problemStephanie Phillips named acting superintendent of Burlington School DistrictBurlington Elementary School teacher named 2015 Vermont Teacher of the YearStatement from Secretary of Education Holcombe“The Agency has been monitoring and will continue to monitor the situation in Burlington to ensure appropriate processes are in place, and appropriate efforts being made, to get the Burlington School District through its current crisis. We will respond as warranted, will provide support as requested, and are available to assist the district in its search for an interim superintendent.“The Burlington School District Board needs to put aside any individual agendas, and put the focus back on kids and putting in place the people and processes that will enable the schools and students to thrive. The board needs to move as quickly as possible to post a search for an interim superintendent, and work quickly and responsibly to get a high-quality individual in place.“Above all, the board needs to recommit to the integrity and efficiency of a search for a new full-time superintendent, and commit to getting behind the new superintendent so he or she can do the important work of serving the children of Burlington.“We offer our profound thanks to the staff who have kept the schools running and are working hard for the benefit of the students, despite the turnover.“last_img read more

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Inntopia launches Cloud Express

first_img“We put a huge amount of focus on data cleansing, deduping, and integrating every data source possible, so the guest profiles that exist in Marketing Cloud are second to none,” said Inntopia’s CEO, Trevor Crist. “But until now, only marketing had easy access to those profiles. With Cloud Express, accessing all of this data is now one click away for your front desk or call center, giving them powerful guest insight in the exact moment they need it.”The profiles include the typical data with a guest-service twist. For example, a front-desk agent welcoming a family will not only see their name and photo, but a glanceable view at key moments such as whether it’s someone’s birthday or anniversary as well as previous requests, customer notes from prior stays, their loyalty status, how long it’s been since their last visit, and lifetime spend.Cloud Express will first be available on Inntopia’s own CRS with two PMS partners following soon after. The integration will display a link within a guest’s record that, when clicked, will open that guest’s CRM profile in a new window complete with householded data, social profile information, survey and spend history, past transactions, and more.“It’s often been said that every member of your team is part of marketing because of their direct, face-to-face contact with every guest that walks through your door,” said Ben Zeeb, Inntopia’s SVP of Marketing Cloud. “Your marketing team already knows how critical a clean, complete guest profile can be when talking to guests at scale, and now Cloud Express will give every member of your team that same realization once they see how insightful certain information can be when engaging with guests one-on-one.”The initial concept of Cloud Express was built in partnership with Two Roads Hospitality who recently chose Inntopia to roll out a custom CRM, automation, and lifecycle messaging platform across most of their North American properties.About InntopiaInntopia is an integrated commerce, marketing, and intelligence platform based in Stowe, VT. Driven by a powerful one-cart booking system that allows rooms and activities to be sold side-by-side no matter the system in which they originate, the addition of a marketing CRM and forward-looking benchmarking system in 2016 have made the company one of the fastest-growing technology providers in hospitality. The company also has offices in Portland, ME, Denver and Edwards, CO, and Burlington, VT, and is proud to work with brands such as Two Roads Hospitality, Vail Resorts, The Grand America, and PGA Tour Experiences.Source: STOWE, VT, July 17, 2018 – Inntopia,Yes Inntopia,Vermont Business Magazine Stowe-based Inntopia announced today the release of Cloud Express(link is external), a system that gives front-desk and call-center agents one-click access to complete guest profiles directly from their CRS or PMS. Built as a bridge between Inntopia’s award-winning Marketing Cloud and Commerce technologies, Cloud Express takes the complete guest profiles once reserved only for the marketing team and puts them into the hands of a hotel’s or resort’s entire team.last_img read more

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How Smiling Can Backfire

first_imgScientific American:If you’re reading this at a desk, do me a favor. Grab a pen or pencil and hold the end between your teeth so it doesn’t touch your lips. As you read on, stay that way—science suggests you’ll find this article more amusing if you do. Why? Notice that holding a pencil in this manner puts your face in the shape of a smile. And research in psychology says that the things we do—smiling at a joke, giving a gift to a friend, or even running from a bear—influence how we feel.This idea—that actions affect feelings—runs counter to how we generally think about our emotions. Ask average folks how emotions work—about the causal relationship between feelings and behavior—and they’ll say we smile because we’re happy, we run because we’re afraid. But work by such psychologists as Fritz Strack, Antonio Damasio, Joe LeDoux shows the truth is often the reverse: what we feel is actually the product, not the cause, of what we do. It’s called “somatic feedback.” Only after we act do we deduce, by seeing what we just did, how we feel.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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South Africa returns fall in 2006

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Plans to move nightclub to world’s tallest building

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Nevsky Capital

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