Hand sanitizer can lead to positive alcohol test
Researchers say this could be a problem for health care professionals, who frequently apply the stuff
Frequent use of alcohol-containing hand sanitizer won’t get you drunk, but it may lead you to test positive in a urine test for alcohol consumption, according to a recent study.
In the study, 11 volunteers who had not consumed alcohol in five days prolifically applied a popular brand of hand sanitizer, Purell, to their hands. According to the manufacturer, 62 percent of Purell consists of ethyl alcohol. By day’s end, the urine of eight of the subjects contained levels of an alcohol-breakdown product that would indicate the subjects had recently consumed alcohol.
You’d have to go through large quantities of the stuff before you needed to worry about a positive test result. Just how much? Participants applied one squirt of sanitizer to their hands every five minutes for 10 hours a day for three days. That’s the equivalent of about 4 ounces (120 milliliters) per day, or an ounce more than the maximum bottle size you can carry on an airplane.
Still, the researchers said this might be a problem for health care professionals who frequently apply hand sanitizer. Some individuals with a history of drug or alcohol problems are required by their employer to abstain from alcohol and undergo frequent drug tests.
“We would encourage these individuals to be aware of the myriad sources of alcohol they can come across in daily life,” said study researcher Gary Reisfield, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Reisfield notes that products such as cough syrup, aftershave and mouthwash all contain alcohol, and exposure to these substances also might add up to a positive urine test result. Continue reading
If you’ve got pre-gaming plans for the release of “The Hangover Part II,” don’t cancel them: The movie will head into theaters on Thursday without a hitch.
The movie’s opening wasn’t always so crystal clear, however, since the tattoo artist who gave Mike Tyson his memorable face art brought a lawsuit against Warner Bros. for copyright infringement at the end of April. As seen in the trailer for “Hangover Part II,” actor Ed Helms wakes up to find similar ink on his face.
The tattooist was seeking an injunction to halt the release of the highly-anticipated film, but that attempt was unsuccessful. According to the Hollywood Reporter, a judge presiding over the case declined to stop “Hangover II’s” release, although the case will move forward.
On Monday, two Warner Bros. execs testified in the federal court hearing, claiming that the injunction would cause “irreparable harm” since the studio’s already dropped $80 million to market the movie. THR reported that same day that “The Hangover Part II” is tracking to bring in more than $100 million at the U.S. box office during its opening weekend.
The judge noted that while an injunction would cause too much stress on the studio and the movie theaters planning to screen the movie this weekend, Whitmill does have “a strong likelihood of succeeding on the merits of this case.”
Warner Bros. said in a statement, “We are very gratified by the Court’s decision which will allow the highly anticipated film, ‘The Hangover Part II’ to be released on schedule this week around the world. Plaintiff’s failed attempt to enjoin the film in order to try and extract a massive settlement payment from Warner Bros. was highly inappropriate and unwarranted.”
“F*ck You Fa*got” Only Costs Joakim Noah $50,000, But Costs Kobe $100,000.
The NBA has fined Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah $50,000 for targeting a fan with a homophobic slur during last night’s playoff game against the Miami Heat. The fine is exactly HALF the amount the league fined Kobe Bryant when he hurled the same word at a referee during a game earlier in the season.
McDonald’s (MCD) got aletter from 550 health expertsWednesday accusing the fast food giant of ignoring the impact its products — and its marketing — have on America’s children. “McDonald’s and industry front groups have refused to address the dangerous toll that fast food and predatory marketing is taking on our kids,” they wrote.
“In the decades to come, one in three children will develop type 2 diabetes as a result of diets high in McDonald’s-style junk food, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the experts noted. The letter, which also attacked Ronald McDonald as a marketing toll which helps the fast food company draw in younger customers, ran in several papers around the country, including large metros likeThe Chicago Sun-Times.
At an associatedLetter to McDonald’s website, consumers were encouragedto add their signatures, and “Invite your friends and colleagues to sign the letter” via email, Twitter or Facebook. Several famous doctors were signatories, including Hans-Olov Adami, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and William C. Roberts, M.D., the executive director at the Baylor Cardiovascular Institute.
There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.
A Brief History of Zombies
We’ve all seen at least one movie about flesh-eating zombies taking over (my personal favorite isResident Evil), but where do zombies come from and why do they love eating brains so much? The word zombie comes from Haitian and New Orleans voodoo origins. Although its meaning has changed slightly over the years, it refers to a human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead. Through ancient voodoo and folk-lore traditions, shows like the Walking Dead were born.
A couple dressed as zombies – Danny Zucco and Sandy Olsson from the movie Grease walking in the annual Toronto Zombie Walk.
In movies, shows, and literature, zombies are often depicted as being created by an infectious virus, which is passed on via bites and contact with bodily fluids. Harvard psychiatrist Steven Schoolman wrote a (fictional) medical paper on the zombies presented in Night of the Living Dead and refers to the condition as Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome caused by an infectious agent. The Zombie Survival Guide identifies the cause of zombies as a virus called solanum. Other zombie origins shown in films include radiation from a destroyed NASA Venus probe (as in Night of the Living Dead), as well as mutations of existing conditions such asprions, mad-cow disease, measles and rabies.
The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way. The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder “How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?”
Well, we’re here to answer that question for you, and hopefully share a few tips about preparing for real emergencies too!
Better Safe than Sorry
Some of the supplies for your emergency kit.
So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit theCDC Emergency page.
Queens femcee Nicki Minaj recently fired Diddy as her manager. Also, a source close to the Young Money recording artist confirmed to XXmag.com that Minaj and Diddy did parted ways. Diddy, who replaced Nicki’s former manager Debra Antney was dropped because Nicki felt that he should have been more hands-on with her career. Below is how XXL is reporting the story:
A source close to Nicki Minaj has confirmed to XXLMag.com exclusively that the femcee has parted ways with Diddy and James Cruz, her managers since she left Debra Antney’s firm, and is now being managed by Gee Roberson and Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua over at Hip-Hop Since 1978. HHS1978 also has Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Jeezy and Just Blaze on its roster.
Although the reason for her departure isn’t clear, another source tells XXL that Minaj was under the impression that Diddy would be more hands-on with her career, but was disappointed when she realized it wasn’t the case.
Apparently, according to the source, there are no hard feelings between Nicki Minaj, Diddy and Cruz.