The CDC fears ‘zombie’ deer disease – an illness that infects the brain, spine and tissue of deer, elk and moose – is spreading in the U.S. (now in > 24 states) and could someday threaten the health of humans. No known human cases yet, and it’s not even known whether or not we could be infected, but the CDC is warning the public to play it safe. It is suggesting we “test” our meat before eating it, particularly from areas with documented infections.
If you think the idea of getting a transfusion w/“young blood” to ward off aging sounds far-fetched, U.S. health officials agree. On Tuesday, the FDA issued a warning, saying that this therapy – one that has fascinated some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley and gotten the attention of Hollywood elite (They like the “vampire facials”.) – is neither safe nor effective. And could even be harmful.
A new study out this past week shows that screen time for kids under age two has more than doubled over the past 20 years, and one of the more surprising takeaways is that despite the rise of smartphones and tablets, time spent in front of the TV is actually the top driver of the increase. Kids (literally-toddlers) are watching TV for 2.5 hours/day (!), up from just half an hour in 1997. Pediatricians are of course concerned since excessive screen time is linked to delays in cognitive, verbal and social growth, as well increased risk of obesity and impaired sleep.
The fashion industry is mourning the loss of Karl Lagerfeld. One of the most prolific and widely popular designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, Lagerfeld died on Tuesday in Paris, at the age of 85. Creative director of Chanel since 1983 and Fendi since 1965, Lagerfeld was also the founder of his own line.