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Dog put down after eating paralyzed man’s testicle

An Arkansas man, who is paralyzed from the waist down, is being treated at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center after a stray dog he picked up reportedly ate one of his testicles.
The man, who was not identified in the police report, told Trumann police that he woke up to a “burning pain in his mid-section. “He told the responding officer that he sleeps in the nude and when he woke up, he noticed the dog between his legs. He said there was blood on the dog’s muzzle and front paws. When he investigated further, he noticed the dog had eaten one of his testicles.
The dog was a stray that the man had taken in about three weeks prior to the incident. Until this, he said the dog had been “completely docile while it had been in his home.”
The dog, which is described as small, white, and fluffy, was taken to the Trumann Animal Clinic where it was euthanized. The dog’s head was sent to the Arkansas Department of Health to be tested for rabies.
KSLA

Parked cars deadly for kids this summer

It’s only mid-July and already 21 children under the age of five have died from heatstroke in parked cars across America.
Child safety advocacy groups urge parents and caregivers to take extra precautions this summer to help prevent child fatalities resulting from leaving kids unattended in hot parked cars.
In the past decade, approximately 600 children have perished from hyperthermia, otherwise known as heatstroke.
Of the 21 deaths reported through July 17, 2013, 16 were under the age of two and seven were age one year and under. States with the most confirmed or probable child heatstroke deaths include: Florida (4), Texas (3), Virginia (3), Alabama (2), and one each in nine other states (California, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma and North Carolina).
Outside temperatures ranged from 76 degrees to over 100 degrees, but temperatures inside the vehicles often exceeded 125 degrees.
How can such a tragedy happen? Here are the details of a few of these unfortunate child deaths:
– In Fresno, California, a 15-month-old infant boy died after being unintentionally left in a vehicle for an hour. The outside temperature was 101 degrees. Numerous other children had been in the vehicle when the family got out with groceries, thinking the infant boy was with his dad.
– In Miami, Florida, a woman was arrested in connection with the death of an 11-month-old baby boy left inside a vehicle for an undetermined amount of time. His body temperature had reached 109 degrees. The child was discovered after his father asked about his whereabouts and the mother recalled leaving him in the vehicle.
– In June, a 23-month-old Illinois boy died of suspected heatstroke after being forgotten by a parent and left in a hot car for about two hours.
– […]

Man wants jogger to stop pooping on his property

A man wants to identify a woman he caught on camera multiple times defecating next to his home during her morning jog.

It was Easter Sunday, and a young woman was on her morning run. She made a turn, jogging towards an alley. Then a security camera catches her.

“Drops her pants, lets go, puts her shorts back up, without any wipe, nothing else,” said the man who lives at the home, who didn’t want his face on camera and wanted to be called Bobby.

“This is malicious fecal distribution,” he said. “She’s come back multiple times,” at least four times.

He has no idea who she is and why his home has become her personal toilet.

Bobby says she always strikes on weekend mornings. In fact, his security cameras caught her again this past Saturday.

“I saw this little blonde girl running down the street. I said, ‘Oh my god! That’s got to be her,'” he said.

Unsure, Bobby left his home and did some errands. When he came back, the evidence was there.

“This is calculated. ‘Look look look, I’m dropping my pants as I’m running,'” he said.

He hopes speaking out makes whoever the culprit is stop once and for all.

“If it happens again, I’m going to run out there with a hose and hose her down and say, ‘Bad human!'” Bobby said.

Bobby says he has not called police to make a complaint because he’s not sure if police will take him seriously.

Albuquerque police say the woman, if caught, could be charged with a misdemeanor for public nuisance or disorderly conduct.

CNN

Legalize pot, but not for teens, many U.S. adults say

Most American adults who support marijuana legalization oppose legal marijuana use among children and teens, according to a new survey.
While 40 percent of adults are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, a majority of them believe it should only be legal for adults over age 21, according to the survey results released Tuesday by the Partnership at Drugfree.org.
“The reality is that marijuana is now legalized for recreational use in the states of Colorado and Washington and it’s clear that society’s views on marijuana are evolving dramatically,” Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Partnership at Drugfree.org, said in a news release from the group.
Support among adults for medical use, decriminalization and legalization of marijuana was 70 percent, 50 percent and 40 percent, respectively, and only slightly lower among parents.
Support for each of these actions increased between 3 percent and 11 percent when the participants were given specific definitions for medicalization, decriminalization and legalization of marijuana, the investigators noted.
The online survey of about 1,600 adults was conducted in early March. Of the survey participants, 1,200 were parents of children aged 10 to 19. Of these parents, 200 live in Colorado and 200 live in Washington State, where marijuana was legalized last November.
Among the other findings:
About half of all parents in the survey said they had used marijuana. The number is somewhat higher (62 percent) for parents living in Colorado. 

Increasing tolerance does not mean support for an easy-going attitude toward marijuana, even in Colorado and Washington. Ninety percent of parents in those states believe that “marijuana should be sold only through licensed growers/sellers and not in places like convenience stores, grocery stores or newsstands.”

Similar percentages of parents agree that marijuana use should be prohibited in […]

Chemicals in carpets, cosmetics tied to thyroid problems

Exposure to a class of chemicals used to make a wide range of consumer products can cause changes in thyroid function, according to a new study.
People have widespread exposure to perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are used to manufacture items such as fabrics, carpets, cosmetics and paper coatings. These chemicals break down very slowly and take a long time to leave the body.
For this study, researchers analyzed data from more than 1,100 people who took part in the 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The study looked at levels of four different PFCs as well as participants’ thyroid function.
Along with finding that having higher levels of PFCs in the body can alter thyroid function in both men and women, the researchers also found that PFCs may increase the risk of mild hypothyroidism in women.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. This can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, mental depression, weight gain, feeling cold, dry skin and hair, constipation and menstrual irregularities.
The study was published online July 17 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
“Our study is the first to link PFC levels in the blood with changes in thyroid function using a nationally representative survey of American adults,” study co-author Dr. Chien-Yu Lin, of En Chu Kong Hospital in Taiwan, said in a journal news release.
“Although some PFCs . . . have been phased out of production by major manufacturers, these endocrine-disrupting chemicals remain a concern because they linger in the body for extended periods,” Lin said. “Too little information is available about the possible long-term effects these chemicals could have on human health.”
More information
The U.S. National Office on Women’s Health has more about thyroid […]

Cleveland kidnapping victims speak out

For the first time since their rescue two months ago, the world is hearing directly from the three women who were held captive in Cleveland for a decade.
 Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight released a video on YouTube, offering their thanks to all those who have supported them since they were freed from captivity.
“I want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal, everyone who has been there to support us. It has been a blessing to have such an outpouring of love and kindness,” Amanda Berry says in the video. Berry was abducted at age 16 in April 2003 and has a 6-year-old daughter, who was born during her captivity.
Gina DeJesus was 14 when she was kidnapped in 2004. She says to the public, “thank you for the support.”
Michelle Knight, who was abducted at age 21 in August 2002 says, “thank you everyone for your love, support, and donations which helped me build a brand new life. I want everyone to know I’m doing just fine. I may have been to hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face and with my head held high and my feet firmly on the ground.”
The Courage Fund, which was established to help the three victims, has raised more than $1 million dollars.
The three women were held captive by Ariel Castro and were beaten, raped and starved for a decade, according to prosecutors.
They were freed in May after one shouted for help while Castro was gone from the house.
The women don’t plan to make any additional public statements.
“I’m getting stronger each day and having my privacy has helped immensely. I […]

CPR Learned at Work Saves a Toddler’s Life

Chrissy Dykstra dutifully went through CPR training five times for her job as a dental assistant, always hoping she’d never need to use it. 
In fact, the only thing she’d used from the training was what to do if someone was choking, a skill that came in handy when her kids were learning to eat as babies and toddlers. 
Last summer, those two-hour training courses paid off in a big way for a 2-year-old boy.
Chrissy, her husband Matt and their two kids were enjoying a Sunday afternoon at Lake Shawnee, near their home in Topeka, Kan. They’d taken a break from a bike ride, with Matt taking the kids to a playground while Chrissy relaxed and watched the bikes. 
As she leisurely checked her Facebook account from her phone, Chrissy heard shouting near the water. Then she saw a man running toward people on the path, pleading for someone to call 9-1-1. Just beyond him was a woman carrying a little boy dressed only in a diaper, his body limp and his face blue.
Chrissy threw her phone to the ground, ran over and yelled, “I’m trained in CPR!” as she snatched the boy from the woman’s arms.
All those years of training helped her spring into action. She laid the boy on the ground and checked for responsiveness and breathing. Observing neither a response nor breathing, she began chest compressions, being careful not to use her full force since the boy was so young. 
After just three chest compressions, food, water and blood spewed from his mouth. She rolled him to his side and used her hand to clear out his mouth. She returned to giving chest compressions; she started giving breaths as well.
Each time, […]

19 Firefighters Killed in Arizona Blaze

Governor calls loss of 19 firefighters in state’s deadliest blaze ‘unbearable’
They were part of an elite squad confronting wildfires on the front line, setting up barriers to stop the spreading destruction. But in their unpredictable world, it doesn’t take much to turn a situation deadly.
In this case, a wind shift and other factors caused a central Arizona fire, which now spans almost 9,000 acres, to become erratic, said Mike Reichling, Arizona State Forestry Division spokesman.
The inferno proved too much, even for the shelters the 19 firefighters carried as a last-ditch survival tool.
“The fuels were very dry, the relative humidity was low, the wind was coming out of the south. It turned around on us because of monsoon action,” Reichling told CNN affiliate KNXV. “That’s what caused the deaths.

The firefighters were killed Sunday while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix. Among the dead was Eric Marsh, superintendent of the Granite Moutian Hotshots, according to his father, John Marsh.
Gov. Jan Brewer called the loss “unbearable” during a Monday news conference and said she understood the pain people are dealing with.
“For now, we mourn,” she said.
The wildfire, which is considered the deadliest in state history, is not contained at all, according to Brewer’s office and other authorities. About 400 ground personnel and 100 incident-management staff are working to control it.
There are no other reported injuries from the blaze, Reichling said.
“As we face the day the highest priority is for the fallen comrades,” said Roy Hall, an incident commander with the state forestry division. “We got a lot of hotshot crews in the nation, and they are the elite of the ground firefighters. They’re highly trained and highly specialized. They are a younger generation. That’s the […]

‘Dry drowning’ claims 10-year-old’s life

The tragic death of a South Carolina 10-year-old more than an hour after he had gone swimming has focused a spotlight on the little-known phenomenon called “dry drowning” — and warning signs that every parent should be aware of.
“I’ve never known a child could walk around, talk, speak and their lungs be filled with water,” Cassandra Jackson told NBC News in a story broadcast.
 Jackson had taken her son, Johnny, to a pool near their home in Goose Creek, S.C. It was the first time he’d ever gone swimming — and, tragically, it would be his last.
At some point during his swim, Johnny got some water in his lungs. He didn’t show any immediate signs of respiratory distress, but the boy had an accident in the pool and soiled himself. Still, Johnny, his sister and their mother walked home together.
“We physically walked home. He walked with me,” Jackson said, still trying to understand how her son could have died. “I bathed him, and he told me that he was sleepy.”
Spongy material 
Later, she went into his room to check on him. “I walked over to the bed, and his face was literally covered with this spongy white material,” she said. “And I screamed.”
A family friend, Christine Meekins, was visiting and went to see what was wrong. “I pulled his arm and said, ‘Johnny! Johnny!’ ” Meekins told NBC. “There was no response. I opened one of his eyes and I just knew inside my heart that it was something really bad.”
Johnny was rushed to a local hospital, but it was too late. Johnny had drowned, long after he got out of the swimming pool.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an average of 3600 people […]

UPS driver save a man’s life

An UPS delivery driver Maurice Lynch was finishing his route in Wildwood Point when he noticed a lawnmower with no driver on it rolling through a yard toward a house.
“Now the average man, perhaps in a hurry, would have gone about his business, but Maurice is not your average man,” said  Nancy Anderson.
Instead, Lynch backed up his truck and pulled into the yard, where he found the body of a large man lying face down in a three foot deep, muddy ditch. Lynch immediately called 911 and ran over to help the man, who showed no signs of life.
The man’s wife came running out of the house to join in what would become a life-saving rescue. After consulting with the 911 dispatcher, CPR was commenced with the wife giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and Lynch performing the chest compressions.
“At first it did not appear to be working,” said Anderson. “Then after a few more moments there was a slight movement.”
The duo continued CPR, and suddenly, the man caught his breath, his heart started beating and the color returned to his face.
A few moments later, the Warren County Rescue Squad arrived, with EMT Tommy Curl at the wheel along with paramedic Rick Brown. After spinal packing the man and placing him on a backboard, the three men struggled to lift the man out of the ditch.
Just then, Wildwood Point resident Bobby Talton happened to drive up on the scene. He immediately jumped into the ditch to help lift the man to safety.
“The man sustained grave injuries to his neck and spine and was transported to Halifax Regional Medical Center and subsequently airlifted to a trauma hospital,” said Anderson. “He faces a long, arduous recovery but continues to […]