Daily Archives: February 15, 2018

Indian Man Allegedly Steals Wife’s Kidney as Unpaid Dowry

28-year-old Rita Sarkar’s husband frequently complained about her family’s failure to pay her dowry after their wedding, but she never imagined he would go as far as stealing one of her kidneys to make up for the unpaid dowry. She was wrong.The young woman recently told reporters that she had been the victim of domestic abuse from her husband and his family over her unpaid dowry for many years. She had gotten used to it, but what Rita didn’t know was that her husband, Biswajit Sarkar, would stop at nothing to get his hands on the money he felt he was owned. So when an opportunity to steal one of his wife’s kidneys presented itself, the man did not hesitate.

“Around two years ago, I began suffering from acute stomach ache. My husband took me to a private nursing home in Kolkata, where he and the medical staff told me that I would be fine after removing my inflamed appendix through surgery,” Rita Sarkar told the Hindustan Times newspaper.The operation went well, but Rita began to feel that something was wrong when Biswajit told her that she was to talk to no one about it. Soon after returning home, Rita began experiencing sharp pain in her lower back, but despite begging her husband to take her to a doctor, he flat-out refused. Instead, he kept her in the house, away from her family and friends until she recovered on her own.

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Vaping May Increase Pneumonia Risk 

Vaping may help pneumonia-causing bacteria stick to cells lining the airways, likely boosting disease risk, researchers said Thursday.A study published in the European Respiratory Journal did not directly compare vaping’s effect to that of smoking tobacco cigarettes.But the findings did suggest that users of electronic cigarettes may be at higher risk of lung infection than people who do not vape, the research team reported.

“If you choose to take up e-cigarettes… this indicates a red flag that there may be an increased susceptibility” to pneumococcal bacteria, study co-author Jonathan Grigg of the Queen Mary University of London told AFP.Grigg and a team conducted three types of experiment. One exposed human nose lining cells to e-cigarette vapour in the lab, another involved mice inhaling vapour and then being exposed to pneumococcal bacteria, the main cause of pneumonia.A third trial studied the nose lining of 11 e-cigarette users compared to six non-vapers.

Source: Vaping May Increase Pneumonia Risk | Newsmax.com

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No cars allowed: Georgia considers highway just for trucks

Georgia transportation officials are exploring the idea of a separate highway for trucks only.It would be the first highway of its kind in the United States, said John Hibbard, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s operations director.WABE Radio reports that the toll-free highway would stretch 40 miles (65 kilometers) from metro Atlanta to Macon. It would give trucks their own separate roadway, which would have its own exits and entrances, Hibbard said.State transportation officials say they expect truck traffic to double by 2040. The truck-only lanes have been proposed as a solution to reducing congestion for drivers of noncommercial vehicles on Georgia interstates.Gov. Nathan Deal praised the truck-only highway during a recent Georgia Transportation Alliance meeting, calling it “an important part of what our future transportation system should and will look like.”

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No, Asparagus Won’t Give You Cancer | American Council on Science and Health

One of the top trending Google searches at the time of this writing was “asparagine,” one of the roughly 20 amino acids that make up the proteins in our bodies and in our food.Why was this rather boring molecule that biology majors are forced to memorize grabbing international headlines? Because, according to the media, it causes cancer. And where can you find asparagine? It can be found in any food that contains protein — which is a lot of foods — including asparagus, the vegetable after which it was named.Thus, asparagus causes cancer.Think I’m joking? I’m not. This headline is from The Times of London:This article from The Guardian is fairly well explained, but it has an abominable headline:And this is from Evening Standard:How Does the Media Get Something So Wrong?What went wrong on, literally, a global scale?

Sloppiness combined with a greater desire for eyeballs and ad revenue rather than telling people the truth.Here is an abridged version of the abstract from the research paper, along with some added emphasis:”[A]sparagine synthetase expression in a patient’s primary tumour was most strongly correlated with later metastatic relapse. Here we show that asparagine bioavailability strongly influences metastatic potential. Limiting asparagine by knockdown of asparagine synthetase, treatment with L-asparaginase, or dietary asparagine restriction reduces metastasis without affecting growth of the primary tumour, whereas increased dietary asparagine or enforced asparagine synthetase expression promotes metastatic progression.”

Source: No, Asparagus Won’t Give You Cancer | American Council on Science and Health

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Confirmed: Facebook Is Testing A Downvote Button

Facebook is testing a new feature that allows its users to downvote the comments they consider inappropriate or unmeaningful for the community. This step could be seen as a means to promote healthy discussion and interaction among the users.This move can also be connected to the recent push being made by the company to bury the content from the websites and media companies that don’t help users. As per The Daily Beast, Facebook has confirmed that it’s testing a feature for people to share feedback about comments on public posts. At the moment, the test is being carried out with just a tiny segment of people.It’s worth observing that Facebook has refrained itself from calling it a “dislike” button, however, it undoubtedly works like one. If rolled out publicly, this will allow an individual to dislike comments and help the negative statements push to the bottom of the comments feed.

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New York City bar bans customers who use the word ‘literally’ 

Those who “literally can’t even” are going to have to find a new bar to patron.The Continental, in New York City’s East Village, has banned use of the word “literally” in its establishment, calling the word “the most overused, annoying word in the English language.”In a sign prominently displayed at the bar, the owners warn those who “say the word ‘literally’ inside Continental you have 5 minutes to finish your drink and then you must leave. If you actually start a sentence with ‘I literally’ you must leave immediately!!!”“Stop Kardashianism now!” the flyer ends.

Source: New York City bar bans customers who use the word ‘literally’ | Fox News

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Polluted Air May Pollute Our Morality – Association for Psychological Science

Exposure to air pollution, even imagining exposure to air pollution, may lead to unethical behavior, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. A combination of archival and experimental studies indicates that exposure to air pollution, either physically or mentally, is linked with unethical behavior such as crime and cheating. T

he experimental findings suggest that this association may be due, at least in part, to increased anxiety.“This research reveals that air pollution may have potential ethical costs that go beyond its well-known toll on health and the environment,” says behavioral scientist Jackson G. Lu of Columbia Business School, the first author of the research. “This is important because air pollution is a serious global issue that affects billions of people—even in the United States, about 142 million people still reside in counties with dangerously polluted air.”

Source: Polluted Air May Pollute Our Morality – Association for Psychological Science

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