(SL) – Is it that deep? Let it go for 9 months. There’s a staggering number of women that continue to roll the dice with their babies’ health by smoking weed while they are pregnant.
There are no benefits. I repeat, no benefits in smoking weed while you’re pregnant.
A study just published in JAMA found that marijuana use among pregnant women in Kaiser Permanente Northern California has been rising substantially.
For the study, Kaiser Permanente researchers (Kelly C. Young-Wolff, PhD, MPH, Lue-Yen Tucker, Stacey Alexeeff, PhD, Mary Anne Armstrong, Amy Conway, MPH, Constance Weisner, DrPH, and Nancy Goler, MD) analyzed questionnaire answers and laboratory results from 279, 457 pregnant women over an 8 year period. They found that from 2009 to 2016, marijuana use rose from 4.2% to 7.1% for all pregnant women. The jump was significantly greater for those under 25 years old with the numbers going from 12.5% to 21.8% among those under age 18 and 9.8% to 19.0% among those 18 to 24 years old.
No word yet on exactly why these women are still getting high while carrying a child but most feel that it could be in part to get rid of morning sickness, aches and pains. NBC 2 News did a report on the increase of marijuana use for morning sickness but, I repeat, this is no approved use of marijuana, no medical use, nothing.
Just say no.
(Kansas City, MO) – When Robin Schneider gave birth to her little girl ‘Ellie’, she says it unnerved her to look at the little bundle of joy. The size of a coke can, Ellie was born at just 21 weeks after what seemed to be the perfect pregnancy.
All that changed however when she went in for her first routine ultrasound and found out that her cervix was shortened. Normally, the cervix shortens and gets thinner and softer as a pregnancy progresses, so that the baby can pass through the birth canal during labor. But it was happening way too soon for Robin.
Robin says, “My cervix was about a tenth of the length it was supposed to be. The next day when I went back for a more detailed emergency scan, it had shrunk completely. This meant that I could have gone into labor at any second which would have been terrible because the doctors couldn’t have helped her and she wouldn’t have survived. It was a massive shock to us because I had thought me and the baby were healthy.”
Doctors inserted a small ring shaped device or cervical pessary into Robin’s cervix in the hope that it would ‘plug’ her up and prevent premature labor. But at 20 weeks, when Robin went into St Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City to have her pessary checked, it failed and her water broke.
Robin says, “It was absolutely terrifying. I was put on 24-hour bed rest and intravenous antibiotics, which were known to actually prevent labor.”
Robin hung on for almost two weeks but by mid-June, the premature dilation caused when her water broke had developed into a premature pre-partum rupture of the membranes (PPROM) which led to an infection and with that, there was nothing the doctors could do. Robin had to deliver her baby.
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(SL) – Hollywood is still in shock after reports that Creative Artists Management Founder and Maroon 5 Manager, Jordan Feldstein, died suddenly.
The 40-year brother of actors Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein and father of two reportedly passed away after suffering from a heart attack. He was a music talent manager who worked with Maroon 5 from their inception over 15 years ago
A representative of the family released a statement saying, “Unfortunately, last night Jordan called 911 for shortness of breath, when paramedics arrived it was determined he went into full cardiac arrest and passed away shortly thereafter. His family asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time,” the statement from the family continued. “In lieu of food and flowers, the family will announce a charity in the coming weeks where memorial donations can be made in Jordan’s name.”
Outside of Maroon 5, Jordan also worked with Big Boi, Elle King, Rick Springfield, The B-52s, Robin Thicke and more.
Jordan famously once married Clint Eastwood’s daughter Francesca but the union was annulled a week later.
(SL) – Arizona Senator John McCain is heading back to Arizona after spending several days in a Maryland hospital and will miss a vote on the upcoming GOP tax plan. CBS News reports McCain left Washington today to spend the holidays with his family. It is unclear when McCain might return to Washington. Despite McCain’s trip to Arizona, the GOP believes it has enough Senate votes to pass the measure. Senators Bob Corker and Marco Rubio both announced they’ll vote yes for the tax bill, possibly as soon as Tuesday.
Earlier today, McCain’s son-in-law says the senator is “doing well” as he deals with brain cancer. Ben Domenech tweeted that McCain “remains one of the toughest men on the face of the earth.”
(SL) – The Texans are coming under fire for how they handled Tom Savage’s concussion during a loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Cameras showed Savage on the ground and his hands shaking after a hit by San Francisco’s Elvis Dumervil.
He went back into the game during the next series and then was pulled for good with what was called a concussion. Savage originally passed a concussion test, but failed a second one that forced him to leave.
Savage was hurt with about nine minutes remaining in the second quarter of Houston’s 26-16 loss when he was driven to the ground with a hit by Elvis Dumervil.
Replays showed Savage looking dazed after his head hit the ground, with both of his arms shaking and lifted upward.Coach Bill O’Brien was asked if it was worrisome that Savage was allowed to return to the game when he had a concussion. To which he said, “I don’t direct that. I don’t direct that at all. They just come to me and that’s kind of where that’s at. I don’t have anything to do with that. All I do is coach.”
Several of Savage’s teammates said they didn’t notice anything different about him on the drive after he was injured, and T.J. Yates, who took over for him, said the same thing.’When he got back to the sideline he seemed fine and coherent.” Final Score, San Francisco won 26-16.
(SL) -A new study says young football players can have measurable changes in the brain after only one season of play. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas say that’s true even with youngsters who have not had concussions.
They found changes that can lead to traumatic brain injuries and mental disorders. Researchers say the vast majority of head impacts players experience don’t cause concussions. They say that’s something that needs a lot more study among youth football and high school players.Science Daily reports, For the study, 26 youth football players (ages 9-13) were outfitted with the Head Impact Telemetry System (HITS) for an entire football season. HITS helmets are lined with accelerometers or sensors that measure the magnitude, location and direction of impacts to the head. Impact data from the helmets were used to calculate a risk of concussion exposure for each player. Players were equally divided into high and low concussion exposure groups. Players with a history of concussion were excluded.
A third group of 13 non-contact sport controls was established. Pre- and post-season resting functional MRI (fMRI) scans were performed on all players and controls, and connectivity within the DMN sub-components was analyzed.
The researchers used machine learning to analyze the fMRI data. Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that allows computers to perform analyses based on existing relationships of data.
“Machine learning has a lot to add to our research because it gives us a fresh perspective and an ability to analyze the complex relationships within the data,” said Murugesan. “Our results suggest an increasing functional change in the brain with increasing head impact exposure.”Five machine learning classification algorithms were used to predict whether players were in the high-exposure, low-exposure or non-contact groups based on the fMRI results.
The algorithm discriminated between high-impact exposure and non-contact with 82 percent accuracy, and low-impact exposure and non-contact with 70 percent accuracy. The results suggest an increasing functional change with increasing head-impact exposure.”The brains of these youth and adolescent athletes are undergoing rapid maturation in this age range.
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(SL) – X-rays could help doctors identify victims of domestic abuse. That’s according to a new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Researchers analyzed X-ray images from patients referred to programs for domestic abuse or sexual assault.
They noticed many patients had soft tissue injuries, and fractures to the hand, wrists and face. Experts say these injury patterns could alert radiologists to potential partner violence.
Dr. Elizabeth George, the author of the study, said, “Intimate partner abuse affects one in four women in the United States.” She encouraged fellow radiologists to be aware that many of the patients they encounter may “have this unfortunate story.”
(SL) -Tyrese has been going through a lot lately. He’s drinking a coke and thanking the beverage company for the product placement. Does he still have an endorsement with them? Smoking a cigar with a fur around his neck and waiting for a $5 million dollar gift from Will and Jada Smith that doesn’t exist.
(SL) – Lawyers for late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez are filing another lawsuit against the NFL.
They filed suit in a Massachusetts state court yesterday against the league and against the company that makes their helmets, alleging they didn’t appropriately handle Hernandez’ brain injuries.
Unlike the Hernandez family’s lawsuits in federal court, this one doesn’t name the Patriots organization.
Hernandez was still serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013, but his suicide made Hernandez a legally innocent man as he died during an appeal process.
In September, the former New England Patriot player’s lawyer Jose Baez announced brain scans by the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center found Hernandez had advanced stage 3 CTE, otherwise known as the degenerative brain disease common in retired football players and linked to suicide and depression.
The lawyers’ case against the state alleges the NFL hid knowledge on the true dangers of football, naming Illinois-based helmet maker Riddell.
The company, founded in 1929, told the Associated Press it plans to vigorously defend its products and reputation in wake of the new lawsuit, as well as any other concussion-related lawsuits.
(SL) –House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is accusing President Trump of going “rogue” on various decisions, including ending Obamacare subsidies.
Pelosi tells ABC’s “This Week” her fight and her mission is to take care of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Pelosi says President Trump went “rogue on women’s health in particular.” Earlier this month, the Trump administration rolled back an Obama-era mandate that required employers to provide coverage of birth control in health insurance plans.
Meanwhile, “Healthcare Arson.” Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy’s reaction to President Trump’s decision to end cost sharing reduction payments to insurance firms. The Democrat from Connecticut said on “Fox News Sunday” the President is setting the entire healthcare system on fire.
Murphy says Trump is “upset that the United States Congress won’t pass a repeal bill that is supported by 17 percent of the American public.” Murphy accused Trump of killing Obamacare without actually passing a bill to repeal the law.
Murphy says without the subsidies, many people won’t be able to afford insurance.