ASMR: ‘It helps people, it’s not sexual’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLauren’s attempts to create brain tingles has attracted 125,000 subscribers In Lauren’s most popular ASMR video she “role-plays” a hairdresser, inviting the viewer to relax as she pretends to trim their beard. “If you are a girl, it is OK to imagine you have a big beard,” she says. Why would a video of someone acting out cutting an imaginary beard be watched 700,000 times? Lauren, whose YouTube channel is called Scottish Murmurs, says it is because of the up-close personal attention she gives and the sounds she creates such as the click of the scissors or the squelch of the shaving cream. This brain tingle sensation is the hallmark of ASMR …

More than 12,000 cases of Pillsbury flour recalled over salmonella concerns

(CNN)Hometown Food Company issued a voluntary recall for select Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour products, amid concerns they may be contaminated with salmonella, the US Department of Agriculture said. And this is why you shouldn’t eat raw flour The US Food and Drug Administration used this recall as an opportunity to remind consumers to “never eat raw dough when making cookies, etc.” adding that flour may contain bacteria that could cause disease. Back in 2016, the agency, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated an outbreak during which dozens of people were sickened by a strain of bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121. The investigation found rough dough that was handled or eaten by some of …

Bernie Sanders Tests An Updated Pitch In Once-Hostile Territory

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. ― When Sen. (I-Vt.) traveled to South Carolina for the first time as a 2020 presidential candidate on Thursday,  in the state’s Democratic presidential primary three years earlier seemed like a distant memory. Mounting the stage in the gymnasium of a Baptist church to the Doobie Brothers’ “Taking It To The Streets,” Sanders received the kind of fawning reception to which he has become accustomed in larger and more liberal American cities. The crowd, 1,600 strong, according to Sanders’ campaign, welcomed him with chants of “Ber-nie” and roars of support that initially made it hard for him to complete his sentences. “Thank you for being part of a campaign which is not only going to win the …

“Smart” pills are here and we need to consider the risks

(CNN)In the new Broadway musical “Be More Chill,” the main character is a bullied teenager who doesn’t fit in with the popular kids at his high school. The play purports to be science fiction. But is it? Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Ultimately, in “Be More Chill,” the lead character decides that the drug poses more risks than benefits. Acknowledging the clashing teenage impulses in his head, he sings, “They scream and shout. I tune them out, then make up my own mind.” It won’t be long before many of us will have to make up our minds about these smart pills as well. Hearing these concerns in harmony and rhyme can raise …

Former Sen. Birch Bayh, Champion Of Title IX Federal Law, Dies

Now, women make up more than half of those receiving bachelor’s and graduate degrees and more than 3 million high school girls — one in two — play sports. “There was a soccer field I used to jog around,” he said in a 2002 interview. “One day, all of a sudden, I realized that half of the players were little girls and half of them were little boys. I realized then that that was, in part, because of Title IX.” But it was his work to pass the landmark Title IX law that helped solidify his legacy before his death Thursday at age 91. “You simply cannot look at the evolution of equality in our nation without acknowledging the contributions …

How polluting are idling cars and buses?

Image copyright Getty Images Local authorities in the UK already have the power to issue fixed penalty notices to motorists in parked vehicles who refuse to turn off their engines when asked. The emissions consultancy Cambustion has looked at when it is worth switching of engines to reduce emissions. It found that for emissions of nitrogen oxide from a diesel car meeting Euro 5 requirements (that is broadly any diesel car made before late 2015) it is worth switching off the engine if you expect to be stationary for at least 30 seconds. For Euro 6 diesel cars (those manufactured after 2015) it is worth switching off if you are not going to move for three seconds. The company also …

Chef Boyardee bowls recalled over labeling mix-up

Affected products were produced and packaged on Jan. 16, 2019 and include 7.5 ounce canned microwavable bowls of “Chef Boyardee rice with chicken & vegetables,” according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service website. The items have a package code of 210090151050045L, a best by date of July 8, 2020 and were shipped to retailers in Florida, Kentucky and New York. WATER ADDITIVE RECALLED OVER POTENTIALLY DEADLY BACTERIAL CONTAMINATION The company said they were alerted to the problem after consumers complained of opening up the product labeled as “rice with chicken & vegetables,” only to discover beef ravioli. While no adverse effects have been reported, the impacted products may contain milk and wheat, which is not declared on the label. …

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s pet faces ‘dangerous dog’ hearing after attack on neighbor; 911 audio released

“They bit off your finger?” the dispatcher replies. “Yeah, the tip of my finger.” BACKLASH ASIDE, COWBOYS QB DAK PRESCOTT DEFENDS POSITION ON STANDING FOR ANTHEM When police arrived at the woman’s home in Frisco, Texas, they found that paramedics had bandaged the woman’s right hand, FOX 4 of Dallas-Fort Worth reported. The finger “was still attached, but split open,” a police report states, according to FOX 4. The woman told the 911 dispatcher she was “standing outside with a stick, trying to beat them off,” until help arrived, the report said. Prescott’s two dogs were found loose in the front yard of the 50-year-old woman’s home after biting and tearing her wooden fence, according to a complaint filed by a Frisco …

Teen convicted in metal-pipe beating death of 10-year-old girl gets life sentence

“In 27 years as a prosecutor, I have never seen a 15-year-old commit such a violent act,” 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young said at the sentencing, according to Fox 31 Denver. “In 27 years as a prosecutor, I have never seen a 15-year-old commit such a violent act.” — 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young After slugging the child in the head five times with the pipe, Zellmer then dragged her into a ditch, where he left her to die, an affidavit showed. Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

FDA approves first immunotherapy regimen for breast cancer

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration has granted its first approval to an immunotherapy regimen for breast cancer, the agency announced Friday. Dr. Otis Brawley, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of oncology and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, said the FDA’s decision to grant the treatment accelerated approval was “the right thing to do” but cautioned that it’s not the end of the story. “The FDA has approved it based on progression-free survival with the hope that later on … data will show that the treatment actually makes women live longer,” said Brawley, who was not involved in researching the treatment. This FDA says it grants accelerated approvals to “drugs that treat serious conditions, and that fill an unmet medical need” based …

SpaceX’s triumph, exoplanets and mysterious killer whales: This week in space and science

(CNN)This week saw the beginning of a new era of human spaceflight, thanks to the launch and return of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, the first commercially operated spacecraft designed to carry astronauts. It’s not shuttling humans just yet, but it did have some interesting cargo. A big win for SpaceX, Ripley and Little Earth The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule launched March 2 and completed its historic mission Friday. The capsule docked at the International Space Station to deliver supplies, spent the week attached to the station and then splashed back down on Earth. It’s been designed to carry astronauts to the space station as early as June or July, but no humans were on board for this historic test flight. …

Lawmakers Slam Trumps Inadequate Response To Chinas Alleged Abuse Of Muslims

In a “The United States must stand up for the oppressed and, at every opportunity, make clear to the Chinese government that the situation in [Xinjiang] is a priority for the U.S. Government,” Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), the chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation; and Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations were the other signatories on the letter. “We write today with a renewed sense of urgency on this serious matter,” they wrote. Hikvision and Dahua — two Chinese tech giants that have profited from the surge of security spending in Xinjiang,” the lawmakers said.  Reuters …

How to make your cervical test more comfortable

“Ideally, you would arrange it for somewhere in the middle of your cycle or towards the end of your cycle.” Dr Kaye adds the test itself might cause some pain similar to menstrual cramps, “but that lasts maximum 30 seconds, and then it’s gone”. Wear comfortable clothes The doctor or nurse taking the test needs you to be relaxed when taking the test – so make sure you’re comfortable. “Maybe you want to wear a skirt, so that we can lift that up and you still feel more covered – as opposed to taking off leggings or jeans,” says Dr Kaye. Ask for a woman to do the test If you’re more comfortable with a female doctor or nurse doing …

Start your Monday smart: Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, first Manafort sentencing, South by Southwest

(CNN)Ready to feel protected? You’re in luck. Today starts National Consumer Protection Week, which wants to help youunderstand your consumer rights and make better decisions about your money. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. You give us five minutes, and we give you five things you must know for your weekday, plus a Sunday edition to get your week started smart. Sign up here.) Neil Bush on his father’s legacy MONDAY • Another partisan gerrymandering case goes to court. Ohio is the latest battleground in the fight over whether state lawmakers violated the US Constitution by drawing voting districts to benefit a political party. A federal trial is set to …

Was Luke Perry too young for a stroke? No, they can happen at any age

(CNN)The death of Luke Perry, after the actor suffered what his publicist said was a massive stroke, is evidence that the disease can affect people of any age, the American Heart Association said. Ischemic strokes account for 87% of all stroke cases. They occur when a blood vessel becomes blocked by fatty deposits and blood has trouble passing through to the brain. Other types of strokes include thrombotic ischemic stroke — triggered by a blocked vessel — and a hemorrhagic stroke, caused by weakened blood vessels that rupture and bleed into the brain. The cause and type of Perry’s stroke has not been revealed. But Elkind said it’s important to know risk factors and symptoms. The risk factors Stroke is …

In scathing ruling, judge rips insurer for putting ‘bottom line’ over patients’ health

(CNN)In a scathing decision, a federal judge blasted a subsidiary of the nation’s largest insurance company for focusing on the “bottom line as much or more” than patients’ health, saying the insurer illegally denied treatment to thousands of people. The judge also slammed the company’s medical directors for being “deceptive” under oath. Patrick Kennedy, the former US representative from Rhode Island who has long championed mental health issues, called the ruling “breathtaking” in its scope. For the mental health community, he equated it to the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that found racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. “This ruling is the Brown v. Board of Education for the mental health movement,” Kennedy said. “The insurance industry is hellbent on …