TSA Agents at LAX Forced TV Host With Cancer to Remove Her Wig During ‘Horrific’ Cavity Search

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*”The 2 TSA Agents on my video went too far,” is what “The MOMS” co-founder, Denise Albert, wrote on the shows website as she described how agents from the Transportation Security Administration at LAX took her through a “horrific” and demeaning pat down on Sunday because she had medical cream in her carry on luggage.

The cream, which she has had clearance for on past flights, is related to her breast cancer treatment. Albert was diagnosed in 2015 with early stage breast cancer and  began chemo and radiation in February after having a lumpectomy.

Albert told PIX11 Morning News, where she is a frequent guest, that the agents pulled her to the side for a manual body search after they discovered she had the cream.

“I don’t know what was different this time but TSA agents aggressively attempted to do a body cavity search in public,” Albert wrote in the post. “I was TSA pre-checked and once through the scanner they asked me to take off my shoes. I explained I didn’t have socks on and that my cream is for an infection from my current treatment, including on my feet.”

Cold feet is often the result of chemo. Continue reading

So Prop 64 Passed, Recreational Weed is Now Legal in California, But at What Cost?

Buds are removed from a container at the "Oregon's Finest" medical marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon April 8, 2014. Over 20 Oregon cities and counties are moving to temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries ahead of a May deadline, reflecting a divide between liberal Portland and more conservative rural areas wary about allowing medical weed. Portland, Oregon's largest city, already has a number of medical marijuana clinics and has not moved to ban them. Picture taken April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola (UNITED STATES - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY POLITICS HEALTH) - RTR3KMHE

*As you probably already know, on November 9, 2016 a law was passed in California that made marijuana use legal. That means all persons 21 years of age and up can smoke marijuana recreationally…they don’t need to spend $65 (or the $15 to renew) for a doctor to clear them for medicinal.

Oh I see that eyebrow raising, and you subconsciously wondering, “How does this writer know these details?

Suffice it to remember: I’m a journalist. I researched it. Keep reading!

But now, with such a law passing, many Californians are saying, It’s ON now! Let the good times roll.

…and others who don’t smoke (or do so responsibly) are thinking, “Uh-oh.”

Voters may have chosen the yes vote on prop 64 that makes the drug legal under state law; but make no mistake, both medicinal and other is still illegal under federal law.

Here’s what the passage of this law (Prop 64) really means. Continue reading

App May Help Parents to Curb Climbing Teen Depression Rates

According to recent studies, the rates of teen depression continue to climb — especially among white teenaged girls. Researchers have found that nearly one in every 11 adolescents and young adults have a major depressive episode each year. What’s more, the prevalence of these episodes in adolescents increased from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014. But while it’s clear that more and more teens are battling depression, the reasons aren’t quite as apparent.

Some researchers chalk it up to greater exposure to risk factors like cyberbullying. This may explain why teen girls are more vulnerable, since rates of cyberbullying have also increased more dramatically for teenaged girls than for boys. Female adolescents also use mobile texting applications more frequently; since problematic phone use has been linked to depressive moods, this may also play a part.

But what’s even scarier than the increasing rate of depression is that this correlation has not been found in medical treatment reports. In other words, doctors aren’t reporting an increase in depression treatment.

One reason for this may be that antidepressant drugs pose a higher risk for suicide in teens, which may cause doctors to avoid prescribing them. But another reason might be that teenagers who are suffering with depression simply aren’t telling anyone about it.

While up to 67% of American teens say they actually want to spend more time with their parents, it seems as if those teenagers who are suffering from depression aren’t confiding in adults they trust. Suicide continues to be the third leading cause of death for the 10 to 14 age group; it’s the second leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 34. When teens aren’t being forthcoming about their emotional troubles, it’s up to parents and doctors to ask the right questions and listen for cues that they might otherwise miss.

John Pestian and his research team have devoted the last decade to recognizing and documenting these cues. They’ve found that there are countless verbal and non-verbal clues that can help parents, school counselors, and doctors identify when someone is suffering from a mental illness or might be at risk for suicide. Even something like a pause or a change in pitch can be important to note.

To help adults read between the lines, Pestian worked with tech gurus to build algorithms. These algorithms were then turned into an app called SAM, which is being studied throughout eight schools this year in the Cincinnati area. SAM, which stands for Spreading Activation Mobile, records conversations during teen counseling sessions. It then analyzes the speech using Pestian’s technology to measure sounds and words. Astoundingly, the app can tell the difference between regular, angsty teen speech and speech that indicates a risk for suicide.

However, Pestian himself is quick to say that, while these technological advancements are astounding, there’s no replacement for therapists and parental involvement. As he says, “technology is not going to stop the suicide, the technology can only say: ‘We have an issue over here.’ Then we have to intervene and get a path to get care.”

SAM makes it easier for parents and medical professionals to identify those teens who need help, but it’s important for these adults to be aware of the risk for suicide in the first place. Facilitating conversations in conjunction with these technological advancements, eliminating the stigma of mental illness, and encouraging kids to open up about the problems they’re facing are all a part of the puzzle. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

Wanna Just Walk Into A Store, Take What You Want and Leave…Introducing ‘Amazon Go’ (Watch)

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*What if you could just walk into a grocery store, go to the aisle where the coffee is, grab a cannister and walk out. Or head to the chips aisle and repeat. Then leave with them all without dealing with a cashier. Not even a self-checkout. Just walk out the door.

And the best part is, when you look back no security is following you!

Thanks to online retail giant Amazon, this is no longer a hypothetical.

Introducing ‘Amazon Go’ a new way of shopping in a new kind of store. Based on app usage, you can just go into a store, scan your app and start shopping. You never have to stand in line to pay for your items because the moment you pick it up, its automatically added to your virtual cart. 

Change your mind about that box of cookies? No worries, just put it back and the charge goes away.

I’ve had dreams about this strategy. Continue reading

What is Barbie Doing?…Duh. She’s Breastfeeding Fool!

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*Who knew? Barbie has developed tits and she’s putting them to good use. A smart mom and artist named Betty Strachan came up with a great way to educate children using something every little girl plays with.

Dolls.

Strachan has created a fine niche for herself as an artist, custom designing Barbie dolls by painting new faces on them.

Wait. Sidebar. Can we assume she has gotten permission from Mattel?

Anyway, the talented artist calls her new creation, “Mamas Worldwide Barbie.”

Nice. Continue reading

Georgia Man Gets Life in Prison for Intentionally Leaving Son in Hot Car (Watch)

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*On Monday a judge couldn’t hit the gavel hard enough as he laid down the law and sentenced a Georgia man to life in prison for what jurors believe was an intentional act that ended up killing his young son.

36-year-old Justin Ross Harris, a web developer for Home Depot, was convicted by a jury in June of 2014 for charges that included malice murder of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. Harris claims he meant to take the boy to childcare, but says he rushed into his office and forgot the child was in the back seat of the SUV for his entire seven-hour-work day!

Investigators discovered Harris, who has a wife, had spent the day flirting with prostitutes online, and also in person with a teenage girl. Continue reading

Kym Whitley and D. L. Hughley Partner with Special Needs Network in 4-Week Gift-Giving Campaign

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*(Los Angeles) — Special Needs Network under the direction of Areva Martin, will partner with actor D.L. Hughley and the D.L. Hughley Foundation; and Young & Hungry star, Kym Whitley, as they embark upon a 4-week journey to collect 10,000 gifts for deserving children; children with autism, and children in foster care.

Coming off of perhaps the most divisive presidential campaign in modern history, the participants hope this season of giving will encourage individuals and businesses alike to help create a new tone and focus for a deeply divided nation. Giving to others in need can be a great help in empowering one’s self, while easing fears and spreading joy.

“Too many families are frightened about their livelihoods, safety, and security in this post election America. Now more than ever, we need to rally together and show each other love and support. That’s why I’m partnering with Special Needs Network for 4 weeks of Christmas giving. It’s the perfect opportunity to spread joy in the midst of a grey and an uncertain time,” explains D.L. Hughley. Continue reading

New Breathometer Device Helps Users Check Oral Hygiene

There are thousands of species of bacteria that live inside the human mouth and roughly 47.2% of adults over 30 have some form of periodontal disease. An easy way for people to determine if there are any existing dental issues is to check their own breath. If a foul smell is coming from a person’s breath, it means that a dentist should be consulted because something is wrong.

According to the Verge, Breathometer, a Silicon Valley startup, has designed a device to provide someone the ability to smell their own breath, which is otherwise nearly impossible. The FDA-approved Mint has a removable mouthpiece that syncs with an application via Bluetooth.

“There are a lot of molecules in your breath and there are a lot of sulfur compounds in your breath,” said Terence Risby, the chair of the International Association of Breath Research. “And clearly, if you have periodontal disease you will have sulfur compounds in your breath.”

The Mint is easy to use. A user just puts it in their mouth, keeping it shut for 30 to 40 seconds to allow the gasses a chance to roam around inside. Then, the user bites down on the mouthpiece. Rather than blowing into it, the device can remove a sample of air released from the mouth and run it through electrochemical sensors that can identify various types of sulfurs. After the testing period is over, the measurements are then converted into an oral health grade. A grade of ‘A’ means that a person’s organ hygiene is healthy and an ‘F’ rating means they have serious dental issues and should seek professional help.

Charles Michael Yim, CEO and founder of Breathometer, stated that breath analysis has been a relatively untapped market despite the science backing it.

“It’s never been properly brought to a consumer market in a user-friendly form factor, connected device experience and so that’s really the opportunity that Breathometer offers,” said Yim.

Tech Crunch reports that Breathometer began selling the device at the end of the summer for $100.

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