Bruno Bashing?

Poor old Frank Bruno. The 49 year old boxer has such a legendary reputation that it seems no one will give him a break. Police stopped him in his Mercedes ML sports car worth £45,000 and accused him of stealing it!
Bruno initially thought the matter was quite comical, not realizing for a second that it was actually for real. “I thought it was a hidden camera show,” he was reported to have said.

It might not have been quite so bad had the police officers themselves been laughing, which Bruno himself spotted, and added, “I didn’t find it funny.” Once he realized they were for real, Mr. Bruno was not laughing at all who, according to one of his spokesmen, felt it was “an abuse of power” along with a waste of public time and money.”

The police recognized and knew who he was but just thought they’d have a giggle by using their power to question anyone on the road. This whole incident shows that Britain’s police force could probably do with a couple of smacked knuckles to whip it into shape.

Would-be 200th Birthday for Bunsen Burner Creator

Had he still have been alive today, Bunsen Burner creator Robert Bunsen, would have been celebrating his 200th birthday today. This event was marked by a particularly cool Google doodle, beautifully incorporating the creation. But the problem is, if you look at the real details of the Bunsen Burner and Mr. Bunsen’s life, you could be somewhat disappointed since it appears that it wasn’t actually Robert Wilhelm Bunsen who invented the piece of equipment! He did improve on the original creation which is said to have been developed by his assistant Peter Desaga who was asked by Mr. Bunsen to develop a prototype. It was the assistant who was the mechanic.

Some time later the two together designed a hot, soot-less, non-luminous flame by mixing the gas with air in a “controlled fashion.” Still, at the end of the day it is Robert Bunsen who will be remembered for designing the Bunsen burner, whether he did technically or not. And perhaps even more significantly, Mr. Bunsen made far great contributions to the chemistry field that he won’t be remembered for (including arsenic compounds, elemental spectroscopy, galvanic battery and organic chemistry).

Missing Bronx Zoo Cobra Explores NYC

A deadly, twenty-inch long female Egyptian cobra escaped from its exhibit at the Bronx Zoo earlier this week, forcing the zoo to close the Reptile House. Officials insist that the snake is most likely still in the building, as they prefer dark, closed spaces and are uncomfortable if they are exposed. Staffers conduct daily searches in the area.

The Snake’s Game

Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny said the snake most likely found a secure hiding spot, like among the pipes of the building. He explained that when it feels safe enough, it will move about, looking for food.

“Right now, it’s the snake’s game,” Breheny said. “At this point, it’s just like fishing; you put the hook in the water and wait. Our best strategy is patience, allowing her time to come out of hiding.” The process, he said, can take anywhere from days to weeks.

Well, She’s Tweeting

Meanwhile, a suspicious Twitter account entitled “BronxZooCobra,” has come into the equation, attracting more then 100,000 followers in two days. The Snake-on-the-Town account features humorous messages from the cobra as it explores New York City.

Some of the more recent Tweets include “City may not sleep, but I’m ready to. Ooh a chimney! I bet you bragged to your friends about having a working fireplace in NYC. Hi roomie.” and “Holding very still in the snake exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. This is gonna be hilarious!”

The Common Cold: Its Origins

Pump Up the Zinc

Perhaps you are among the millions of people who believe that you’re getting a cold from the cold weather. If you are, then you are not alone in your error. According to a CNN report, this sickness that impacts over a billion Americans each year is actually caused by other things. The good news is that there are various natural remedies that can help once you have been afflicted by this virus. Recent research has shown that a since supplement can reduce symptoms and may even work as a preventive measure.

Cold Lessons: 101

Rather than take major steps in an attempt to avoid any cold weather as a preventive method, consider the following facts. It’s good to stay warm for sure (especially for those most at risk like asthmatic children and the elderly) and according to Massachusetts pediatrician Dr. Peter Greenspan, a scarf wrapped around the nose and mouth can also be beneficial (to prevent an asthma attack).

Also be aware that just being in the same vicinity as someone with a cold will not render you more susceptible. It’s only if they sneeze on their hand and then come over and wipe it all over you that you will have a greater chance of being affected.

Winter Worries?

While it is the case that you can’t directly get a cold from the bad weather, on a cold day it is the case that sneeze droplets have the capacity to travel father than on a humid one. As well, transmission is facilitated during stormier weathers since people are more likely to be indoors and thus physically closer to each other. Be sure you use disinfectants around your house to the spreading of such droplets.

Cold Prevention?

Ultimately what those billion of Americans want to know is, is it possible to prevent the common cold? Firstly, always wash your hands for a good few minutes (soaping and rinsing). Secondly, a good night’s sleep goes a long way in preventing many viruses. Thirdly, to ensure others don’t catch whatever you have, try to cough into your elbow as that is a better preventive measure of spreading according to experts.

Janna Bullock Featured As Miracle Working Nurse on New TV Show

Janna BullockThe ABC Television Network introduced a new television series on March 6, which aired for the first time on WCHS-TV8 at 10pm. Each week “Miracle Workers” will deal with two real-life people who have been told by their doctors that “there is nothing more that we can do.” The series will show that, with the help of an elite team of medical professionals and access to hard-to-get medical procedures, it is indeed possible to overcome the odds.

The “Miracle Workers” medical team will include a fearless cardiac surgeon, Redmond Burke, known for performing the first hear lung transplant on a child in New England; a cardiovascular surgeon, Billy Cohn, who is known as the Thomas Edison of heart surgery on account of his long and impressive list of innovative inventions which have forever altered surgical techniques; indefatigable UCLA Medical Center nurse Janna Bullock; and RN Tamara Houston of the McLennan Community Recovery Facility.

Teaming up to produce the series are Dream Works Television and Renegade 83 Entertainment. Together they will be able to continue in the network’s tradition of creating reality TV programming based on making the greatest dreams of ordinary people come to fruition.

The show will take viewers on a real-life journey witnessing as those who would otherwise not have access to necessary medical attention are able to get this attention.

The series will not leave out a moment of the transformation, from the first consultation with their newly found team of doctors to the necessary procedures to the life-changing effect the care they received has on the patients and their families and loved ones. Incredible special effects graphics will be incorporated into the show to explain the procedures and to show in detail the physiological effects the procedures have on the patients.

Screening for Teen Psychiatric Disorders

Recent studies published in the Archives of General Psychiatry show that eating disorders in teens are strongly connected to suicide. These eating disorders can be fatal, usually beginning during the ages of 12- 17, and are associated with numerous other psychiatric disorders.

The research was based on a survey of more than 10,000 teenagers between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. The study revealed that more than fifty percent of American adolescents have suffered an eating disorder. Most do not seek treatments for their issues; in fact, less than a quarter of all teens seek help for eating or weight problems. Psychiatric disorders are addressed more often.

Of those who participated in the survey, nearly 86% had suffered from at least one other psychiatric disorder, such as depression, anxiety disorder or social phobia. All eating disorders were associated with a certain level of suicidal risk, bulimia nervosa was the one found to be the most strongly tied to suicide. A third of the respondents who experienced bulimia admitted to attempting suicide at least once.

Health care professionals strongly encourage parents and youth organizations to pay careful attention to their children’s eating habits, as well as to their emotional and psychological health. Proper awareness, prevention and treatment can effectively reduce the risk of suicide in American teens today.