E-Cigarette Promotion Supported by British Physicians

Publication: dailyRx.com
April 30, 2016

The British Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has taken an official stance promoting the use of e-cigarettes for current smokers.

“Nicotine without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction,” a report released by the RCP on Thursday, explicitly supports encouraging the use of e-cigarettes as a method to decrease the harmful effects of tobacco while assisting those who want to quit consuming tobacco products. Continue reading “E-Cigarette Promotion Supported by British Physicians”

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7 Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter

Two Hot Toddy Cocktail Drinks with Cinnamon and Lemmon

Publication: dailyRxNews

January 23, 2015

Your skinny mojito might be great for your New Year’s resolutions, but the attendees of your next ugly sweater party will not be impressed. Winter cocktails need to be warm and hearty to have a place at your next holiday shindig — or next to you on the couch under a warm blanket.

1) An Apple (Cider) a Day

Warm apple cider can be quite the crowd pleaser on a cold Friday night. Drinking cider dates back to America’s first English settlers, who created the drink because grains for making beer weren’t available.

During Prohibition, many cider farms were burned to the ground, and cider’s popularity didn’t rise again until recently, when apples became cheaper because of globalized farming.

Here is a simple recipe from DivineCaroline.com that uses bourbon:

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup high proof bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions: Mix all ingredients except bourbon in pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Add bourbon and stir. Immediately strain and serve. May be garnished with fresh orange or lemon slice or a cinnamon stick in each mug. And feel free to add bourbon individually as desired.

2) Be Toddy for the Party

A hot toddy can be a great way to escape the winter cold.

“Toddy” is a term for any drink that mixes spirits, sugar and hot water. Evidence of the drink’s existence dates back to the 1700s, where it might have been invented in the Todian Spring in Scotland, according to CBS Detroit, or in India, where “toddy” is a term for coconut tree sap.

This recipe from CBS Detroit can be modified to the contents of your liquor cabinet:

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Expensive Worldwide Abstinence Program Did Not Prevent HIV

Abstinence and marriage fidelity programs costing 1.4 billion have not been effective when it comes to preventing HIV on a global scale, Stanford study says.

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Publication: dailyRxNews
June 6, 2016

Worldwide abstinence and fidelity programs funded by the US government at a cost of $1.4 billion have failed to prevent HIV.

The President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a worldwide initiative to rid the world of HIV and AIDS, was implemented by then US president George W. Bush in 2003. A third of its funds were required to focus on abstinence-based programs that promote abstaining from sex until marriage, limiting sexual partners and remaining monogamous. This portion of PEPFAR, which some critics said was added to appease religious conservatives, is referred to as ABC, or “Abstinence, Be faithful, Condoms.” Continue reading “Expensive Worldwide Abstinence Program Did Not Prevent HIV”

Hollywood & Vine Intersect: Showbiz, Tourism and Aviation

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Photo: Diliff

Publication: Hollywood &Vine
July/August 2011

Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street are Historically known as the Mecca of Show Business. Most famously dubbed “Hollywood and Vine,” this renowned intersection is often a more colorful and comedic scene than a glamorous one. On a typical evening, one might see Marilyn Monroe’s star, while adjacent to it stands a superhero, otherwise known as Spiderman, speaking to a homeless pedestrian about the Lakers, all while a group of teenagers waltz by to pass the day at Hollywood and Highland Mall.

Along the sidewalk, a starving musician with an open guitar case full of dollar tips serenades tourists from all over the world. All this action is illuminated by the lights and giant advertisements that rival images of Times Square as they promote the latest big blockbuster film. Tourists appear to be mingling with various L.A. characters of street performers, young Hollywood hopefuls, hippies on bicycles and moviegoers on their way to Mann’s Chinese Theater and a slew of other quirky attractions.  Continue reading “Hollywood & Vine Intersect: Showbiz, Tourism and Aviation”

Meet Chef Watson

Source: foodperestroika.com

Publication: dailyRx.com
January 13, 2015

Roll aside, Rosie — looks like the Jetsons might have found another super helper.

A new version of the “Jeopardy”-winning supercomputer Watson is here, and this time, he’s going to help you make a tasty — and healthy — dinner.

Chef Watson, built by the makers of the supercomputer that won $1 million on the game show, considers food combinations, cuisines, allergies and health concerns to create recipes to its master’s liking, according to Business Insider India. Continue reading “Meet Chef Watson”

How Effective Is CPR, Really? TV Won’t Tell You

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Publication: dailyRxNews.com                                                                                           
September 5, 2015

A scene involving CPR may be a great way to turn a sitcom schlub into a hero, but it turns out this lifesaving technique may not be depicted accurately on TV.

A new study from the University of Southern California Davis (USC Davis) found that the rate of survival after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on TV may be much greater than it is in real life — and this could produce potentially hazardous health care decisions among the public.

“Most people have no knowledge of actual CPR survival and thus make medical care decisions for themselves and family members based on inaccurate assumptions,” said lead study author Susan Enguidanos, PhD, MPH, an associate professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology in Los Angeles, in a press release.

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Once Upon A City Dreary

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Publication: dailyRxNews.com 
April 7, 2015

If you live for the sunshine, you’ll likely want to stay away from Seattle and Buffalo. If you thrive in the gray and rainy, however, pack your bags.

Seattle, WA, and Buffalo, NY, have topped a list of dreary cities compiled by Brian Brettschneider, a meteorologist from Anchorage, AK, who blogs about his research.

The Dreary Index, as Brettschneider calls his findings, charts three variables to figure out which cities — out of the 73 in the US that have a population of more than 250,000 — have the highest annual rainfall, number of days with significant rainfall and average cloud coverage.

“This is right about the time where people in the Northeast are getting defensive. How can Buffalo be as dreary as Seattle or how can Pittsburgh be as dreary as Portland?” Brettschneider wrote on his blog.

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