Archive for October, 2004

Prozac Use ‘Risky For Children’

The BBC News reports:

Using the anti-depressant Prozac at an early age could lead to emotional problems later in life, US scientists have told the journal Science.

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Being Overweight ‘Can Damage Fertility’ reports:

Beer bellies may take a toll on men below the belt, not just around it. Men who weigh too much are more likely to have poor sperm quality, research on nearly 1,600 young Danish men has found. Being too thin is a problem, too.

Women don’t get off the hook. Though it’s long been known that very overweight women have trouble conceiving naturally, a large new study confirms they also are less likely to become pregnant even when embryos are fertilized in lab dishes and placed in their wombs.

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Cancer Scientists Make Unexpected Discovery On Male Infertility reports:

Sperm cells develop in the testis and undergo a series of changes until they are mature and viable. They begin life as round cells and as they mature they elongate and develop a tail.

Defects at any stage of this process can prevent the cells from maturing and lead to male infertility.

The team knocked out the function of the gene that codes for JAM-C in mice. They found that the male mice unable to produce JAM-C were infertile and had round instead of elongated sperm cells.

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FDA Issues Strong Antidepressant Warnings reports:

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday ordered that all antidepressants carry “black box” warnings that they “increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior” in children who take them.

“Antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior … in children and adolescents with major depressive disorder and other psychiatric disorders,” the warning begins. Those risks must be balanced against clinical need, the label indicates in a warning surrounded by a black box, hence the “black box” designation.

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Looking For A New Job? Beware Of The Googling

A recent article in the Rocky Mountains News reported that hiring managers are now using Google (and other search engines) to conduct due diligence on applicants. Things to look out for include:

  1. Having resumes online that may be different from the one you are currently giving out. For example, one candidate got in trouble, because a manager found their resume online, and it contained two jobs that were omitted on the copy that the manger was given. The hiring manager assumed that this person was fired from these two jobs, and quickly tossed their application out of the running.
  2. Having information online that may discourage managers from hiring you. Although this type of discrimination is most likely illegal, hiring managers may not hire you if they find information about you online that they don’t like. For example, if you’ve posted controversial posts on discussion groups, or have a personal blog that contains distasteful information, you may be passed on for the position.

I recommend that you do some searches on yourself to make sure there aren’t any embarrassing items online. If you do find something questionable, then you should try to alter, or remove it. Of course, some of you may not want to change anything out of principle. That’s commendable, but be prepared to not get hired.

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Adults, Kids Urged To Skip Flu Shot

The flu vaccine has been hit hard this year, because a large batch that got contaminated. Officials are urging those who are not in the high-risk group to skip getting the vaccine this year.

With 46 million doses now unavailable, the government says the 54 million flu shots left from a rival firm should be reserved for youngsters ages 6-23 months, people 65 or older, anyone living with babies younger than 6 months and others in high-risk groups.

I would strongly urge anyone who is not in the high-risk group to heed this call. Otherwise, they may inadvertently be putting either a baby, or an elderly person in grave danger if supplies run out.

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