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(Mirror Daily, United States) – After more than a year since a Canadian teen’s mysterious death, the coroner’s report confirmed that the 16-year-old girl was killed by a condition called the toxic shock syndrome (TSS).

TSS usually affects women that use super-absorbent tampons.

In March 2017, Sara Manitoski was discovered lifeless in bed during a school trip close to Vancouver Island. The girl’s friends thought that she was asleep and left to have breakfast. When they returned, they found the girl unresponsive. Paramedics were unable to save her life via CPR.

This month the BC Coroners Service reported that the girl was killed by a severe infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus. The bacteria were found on the girl’s tampon. Sara had reportedly experienced symptoms linked to TSS before her sudden death.

TSS is a rare condition caused by toxic bacteria. It usually affects women using super-absorbent tampons. However, men, postmenopausal women, and children could also be affected.

Toxic Shock Syndrome Is Not That Rare

Dr. Dee Hoyano underlined that TSS appears when a person has the bacteria in their system. Usually, prolonged tampon use is linked to the infection. Doctors recommend changing tampons frequently.

The Canadian girl’s sister warned other women on Facebook that TSS is not extremely rare as people tend to believe. She disclosed that she knows two people that were diagnosed with the syndrome, with one “barely surviving.”

Can it really be that rare? My sister complained of stomach cramps before going to bed and then she never woke up,

the woman wrote on Facebook.

She insisted that her late sister had no other health condition that could have led to her death. So, women should get more educated on the issue to prevent other tragic and unnecessary deaths form happening.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – Dunkin’ Donuts has launched Donut Fries, a highly caloric but delicious menu item that some Dunkin’ Donuts fans are already crazy about.

The “fries” consist in French fries-shaped doughnuts, which promise to be the perfect snack for a life on the run.

The chain released the treat on Monday in the United States only. What’s more, Donut fries will have a discounted initial price – $2 – at all participating locations.

The snack contains doughnut dough covered in cinnamon-flavored sugar. So, forget about the cake-like dough in the traditionally shaped doughnuts.

Nutritionists warn however that the new snack is a calorie bomb. Only five “sticks” pack 240 calories, 14 gr of fat, and a lot of sugar. In addition, five “fries” contain 40% of the amount of saturated fat you should consume in a day.

Nevertheless, a traditional glazed doughnut or a jelly doughnut pack even more calories: 260 calories and 280 calories respectively.

Customers Enjoyed Donut Fries in Initial Test

The company first tested Donut fries in April in Boston. As customers enjoyed the new product, Dunkin’ Donuts decided to roll it out nationally.

 There was a strong consumer response towards bringing Donut Fries to all Americans during the initial test,

a spokesperson for the coffee chain said.

Yet, Dunkin’ has launched other pastries since the start of the year. What’s more, the company plans a name change. Last year, the chain dropped the apostrophe in its name at a location in Pasadena California. This year, it will decide whether the change will be applied to all U.S. restaurants.

Dunkin’ recently stated that the new menu items are created with the customer in mind. The company promised to keep the customer “at the center” after the re-branding efforts as well.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – On Wednesday, Kohl’s unveiled that it is looking to hire seasonal workers for the holiday season while a major labor shortage is affecting the retail sector.

Retailers that fail to offer enticing wages and benefits will likely suffer the most.

Kohl’s has gone on the hunt for new workers at over 300 stores in the United States. The department store has around 1,100 locations in the country.xc 5

We are hiring seasonal associates earlier than ever to ensure our teams are fully staffed, trained and ready to support peak shopping seasons,

a spokesperson for the company’s human resources department said.

Kohl’s move is well-timed as the retail industry has a major labor issue. Jobless rates in the U.S. sank to a 17-year low, and workers are more likely to leave a retailer if work conditions are not right.

Recruiters confirmed that they have problems in finding new workers, but the most problematic are entry-level and seasonal workers. Employees are reportedly pickier as they want flexible hours, more training, and higher wages. More and more Americans are less likely to apply for an entry-level retail position.

Workers Less Interested in Retail Positions

In the retail sector, the average hourly wage of an entry-level employee stood at $11.21 last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retail companies that offer less appealing perks will have the hardest time with finding candidates.

Fast-food chains are currently facing the worst labor shortage. Dunkin’ Donuts confirmed that finding and retaining employee is one of the biggest challenges affecting the industry. Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees have reportedly complained about being able to operate with only 60% of the workforce they need.

Kohl’s is trying to lure in seasonal workers with 15% discounts for all store ware and promises that they could be hired on a full-time position.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – Most people are aware that uncontrolled sun exposure can boost the risk of skin cancer and premature aging, but very few people wear sunscreen daily.

In addition, many sun lovers are sabotaging their skin safety without even knowing it.

Experts recommend applying sunscreen when going outside or spending long hours in your car in the summertime. You should do it daily regardless of the weather forecast because harmful UV radiation can reach your skin even on cloudy, windy, or chilly days.

To make sure that you keep cancer at bay always wear sunscreen. However, not all SPF products are created equal. You can compromise your skin safety by just spending time at the pool and not wearing high enough SPF.

Other Common Mistakes

What’s more, there are things most people do that slash the protection of their sunscreen. For instance, many people do not apply enough sunscreen to their skin. If you are going to the beach for a tan, ensure that you are very generous when applying the product.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should use an ounce of sunscreen for the entire body and four times less of it for your face. Also, reapply the product every two hours if you are swimming, staying outdoors in direct sunlight, or sweating too much.

Experts explained that our skin absorbs the sunscreen in two hours or less. Therefore, we should reapply it frequently.

Another common mistake is to use sunscreen on top of makeup. Experts recommend applying sunscreen to a clean face for the most protection. Also, ensure that the jawline, hairline, neck, and sides of the cheeks are protected. Most users tend to use less product or no product at all on these areas because they start to apply sunscreen to the center of their face.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – A woman from San Francisco called the police on a little girl for selling bottled water close to her business location. The woman claims that the girl was too loud and disturbed her business.

The story went viral on the social media with the angry woman being nicknamed PermitPatty. The girl’s mother Erin filmed the woman while dialing 911 and posted the video on Instagram.

The angry neighbor reported Jordan Austin, 9, for selling water to passers-by without a permit. The girl’s cousin, Raje Lee, posted the story on Twitter with the #PermitPatty hashtag.

So my little cousin was selling water and didn’t have a permit so this lady decided to call the cops on an 8 year old. #PermitPatty

— Raj 🌹 (@_ethiopiangold) June 23, 2018

Raje claims that the lady approached the kid and asked to see the permit. When Erin defended the girl, the woman called authorities. The video showing the incident accrued more than 7 million views in just two days.

Angry Neighbor Is Selling Pot

The angry neighbor is reportedly running a marijuana business. The drug is legal in California. At least one company promised to sever ties with the woman’s business after the incident.

The woman insists that she called the cops because she was stressed about Jordan being loud on the street. She acknowledged that she overreacted and apologized. But the girl’s mother believes that it all had to do with skin color even though the woman dismissed “any racial component” from her actions.

The angry neighbor later said that she only “pretended” to call the cops on the little girl. After she reportedly received death threats online, she complained about being discriminated against.

It is not the first time a child selling something without a permit is reported by neighbors. In May, two Colorado boys shut down a stand after the police showed up. In 2017, a California man threatened a little girl to call the police on her for not having a business license to sell lemonade.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – The former White House ethics chief blasted White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for misusing her official Twitter account to complain about being kicked out of a Virginia restaurant.

On Friday, the press secretary was denied service at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, simply because her boss is Donald Trump. Red Hen’s owner Stephanie Wilkinson reportedly reminded Sanders that the restaurant cares about “honesty, and compassion, and cooperation,” unlike the Trump administration.

Sanders took to Twitter to reply to a press’ request about the incident. Yet, she used the White House Twitter account, which has 3 million followers. She underlined that she had to “politely” leave when Wilkinson kicked her out.

 Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so,

Sanders tweeted.

Schaub Blasts Sarah Sanders

The former White House’s ethics chief Walter Shaub thinks that the press secretary’s action is illegal. Schaub blasted Sanders for not caring “even a tiny little bit” about the ethics rules governing her office.

Schaub tweeted that she violated 5 CFR 2635.702(a), a federal rule that bars government employees from using their position for personal gain. He likened her behavior to an ATF agent refusing to leave a restaurant when asked and pulling out his badge to make a point.

The ex-ethics chief insisted that the official Twitter account should not be used to smear a private business “for personal reasons.” The move could have deadly consequences for that business. Indeed, Red Hen’s Yelp rating plunged to two stars after the incident.

Wilkinson reportedly threw Sanders and her family out of the restaurant because she was upset Sanders defended Trump’s criticism of transgender military members. The Red Hen owner insisted that the staff has some LGBT members who refused to serve Sanders.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – A man from Connecticut was arrested for placing a 10-foot-long heroin spoon outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma last week.

The police said the man is a gallery owner who promised to deliver more spoons to the nation’s drug makers, some doctors, and politicians.

Fernando Luis Alvarez was charged with a felony for placing the 800-pound heroin spoon outside Purdue’s headquarters. The sculpture is the work of artist Domenic Esposito. The art was placed in the company’s driveway and Alvarez reportedly refused to remove it.

The gallery owner said he wants to send a message to the drug maker and hold it accountable for the many deaths brought by the nation’s rampant opioid epidemic.

 The bigger picture, which both Domenic and I really clicked on, is the importance of creating awareness for the right type of accountability,

the gallery owner told reporters.

DOJ Should Step In

He expressed hope that the DOJ and local governments should start to arrest the people running these types of companies. A fine is not enough to make up for the many deaths caused by Purdue’s shady marketing practices.

Purdue Pharma is the maker of the popular painkiller OxyContin. The company was sued by several states over its marketing practices. Some lawsuits claim that the company has pushed for improper prescribing practices which left many patients addicted to the drug.

Purdue Pharma has dismissed the allegations, but it shut down the marketing division for OxyContin in February and promised this week to get rid of the remainder of the salesforce. In a statement, the drug maker said that it shares the public’s concerns about the opioid epidemic.

Esposito, who lives in Boston, said the heroin spoon would have been larger, but it needed to fit in his trailer. Esposito insisted that many heroin users first get addicted to opioid painkillers. The artist’s brother has been battling addiction for more than a decade.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) –  Starting this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) will no longer consider transgender people mentally ill.

The international organization has reclassified transgenderism, aka gender dysphoria, as a “sexual health” condition called “gender incongruence.”

This means that gender dysphoria will no longer feature as a mental health illness in the group’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a generally accepted guide to diagnosis for medical professionals.

The organization argued that labeling transgender people as mentally ill can cause “enormous stigma” The WHO added that there is “clear” evidence suggesting transgenderism is not a mental illness.

While trans advocates were celebrating the decision, some health professionals and policymakers wondered if transgender people should still have access to taxpayer money for gender reassignment surgeries, counseling, and hormonal therapies.

Departing from reality has consequences even for transgender activists with the initials MD or PhD after their names,

noted the American College of Pediatricians’ head Dr. Michelle Cretella.

Should We No Longer Consider Transgender People Mentally ill?

Dr. Cretella believes that the WHO has indirectly admitted that gender reassignment surgeries and hormonal therapies for transgender people are just cosmetic interventions and should no longer be funded by governments.

The medic added that “normal” is everything that fulfills its function, like being in accordance with physical reality. Thoughts that challenge this reality are not normal. Dr. Cretella explained that gender dysphoria is very similar to body integrity identity disorder and anorexia nervosa.

Also, the idea that transgenderism may be innate has been challenged by research which found no structure in a newborn’s brain that remains unchanged as years go by and which may explain the transgender belief.

Walt Heyer, a former transgender woman, underlined that gender dysphoria is just a moniker for a type of dissociative identity disorder. Heyer is now helping transgender people facing transition regret to de-transition.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – A new study has found that being too much into alcohol can boost the risk of developing cancer.

Researchers also found that those who drink the most are the most likely to die prematurely when compared with other drinkers. In addition, the research revealed that drinkers who consume alcohol in moderation have the lowest combined risk of cancer and premature death. Moderate drinking means drinking one to three beverages per week.

However, cancer risk increases with each extra drink per week, the research shows.

Light drinkers were the least likely to die early when compared with non-drinkers and other types of drinkers. Researchers insisted that they have found only a link between cancer and drinking, not a causal relation.

Andrew Kunzmann noted that the team had expected to find a similar risk in light drinkers and non-drinkers. But the findings were a big surprise. It is unclear why light drinkers have a slightly lower risk of early death than non-drinkers.

Never Drinkers May Have Underlying Health Issues

Some people might speculate that certain alcoholic drinks, especially red wine, have a protective role for the heart, which can dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Other explanations may include light drinkers’ social-economic status, as they tend to have more money and be more educated than some non-drinkers.

What’s more, never drinkers might steer clear of alcohol because they have other health issues they are trying to keep in check. Those issues could boost their risk of premature death, researchers speculated.

The latest study involved nearly 100,000 Americans within the 55-74 age bracket.  Participants were tracked for 8.9 years on average. Researchers had access to their cancer diagnoses from medical records.

The study appeared this week in the journal PLOS Medicine.
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(Mirror Daily, United States) – The World Health Organization has recently decided to include “gaming disorders” in its list of mental health conditions.

The decision has spurred a hot debate whether a behavior not involving a substance can be classified as an addiction. The answer depends on some factors.

An addiction is a disease caused by changes in the addict’s brain. The addict ends up damaging his health, social and financial life, and other parts of a normal life.

Extensive research has shown that too much gaming can impact a gamer in similar ways, including the changes-in-brain-chemistry part. Scientists have long known that addiction involves “extreme behavior” that consumes the addict and prevents him from doing what he should be doing in life.

The American Psychiatric Association has stopped short of labeling excess gaming as a disorder. The group uses the term “condition”. This means that in APA’s view, excess gaming is not an addiction. APA wants more research before labeling the issue as such.

So, What Makes Some Things Addictive?

Dr. Andrew Saxon explained that drugs and alcohol are so addictive because they prompt the brain to release huge amounts of dopamine. A healthy person’s brain only releases dopamine when stimulated by healthy behaviors that help survival, like drinking water and eating.

Because drugs and alcohol can be so rewarding, users cannot get enough of them. What’s more, addicts need to boost the amounts of drugs to get the same feel-good sensation as before. In the process the brain chemistry changes which prevents the user from having any control of the behavior.

Caffeine works in a similar way but on a much lower scale. If a coffee drinker decides to quit coffee, he’ll have to face some withdrawal symptoms like tiredness and headaches. The WHO thinks that people can have a caffeine dependence and has qualified it as a disorder.
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