Chemicals from sunscreen seep into bloodstream in one day, FDA study shows

It only takes one day for several common sunscreen ingredients to enter the bloodstream, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration study shows.

In the study, the FDA completed research on a dozen chemical sunscreens and found four of the chemicals — avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene and ecamsule — remain in the body for at least 24 hours after sunscreen use stopped.

Now, this absolutely does not mean you should stop wearing sunscreen to prevent cancer. The FDA said much more research is needed to figure out if these chemicals can be considered safe.

Another option is to use barrier sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These physical sunblocks block the sun’s rays and don’t have the chemicals in question.

“I would want to make sure that my patients are not afraid to use sunscreen,” said Dr. Tanya Nino. “Continue to protect their skin from the sun because ultraviolet light is the most preventable risk factor for developing skin cancer.”

Read the full study here.


Diet Coke ‘increases your risk of dying young from heart disease and cancer’

Sugar-laden fizzy drinks also increase the risk of early death from any cause by a fifth – and are also fuelling a rise in cancer cases, Harvard experts said.

While swapping to Diet Coke – or diet versions in general – is better, drink more than four a day and you’re still at risk of dying young.

In fact, previous studies have shown that the six common artificial sweeteners – aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, neotame, advantame and acesulfame potassium-k – have all been found to be toxic to gut bacteria.

They’ve been associated with weight gain, slashing the chances of getting pregnant during IVF, tripling the risk of a deadly stroke and dementia, and raising the risk of developing diabetes.

Stick to water

Experts said the best option is to ditch fizzy drinks altogether and stick to water instead.

Dr Vasanti Malik, who led the study at Harvard Uni in the US, said: “Our results provide further support to limit intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and to replace them with other drinks, preferably water, to improve overall health and longevity.

“Drinking water in place of sugary drinks is a healthy choice that could contribute to longevity.

“Diet soda may be used to help frequent consumers of sugary drinks cut back their consumption, but water is the best and healthiest choice.”

Sugar-sweetened beverages include carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks and sports drinks.

Two sugary cans a day increases risk by fifth

In the new study, published in Circulation, looked at data from 80,647 women and 37,716 men who had answered questionnaires about lifestyle factors every two years.

They found that the more sugar-sweetened drinks a person drank, the more his or her risk of early death from any cause increased.

Drinking two a day increased that risk by 14 per cent, while those guzzling more than two a day had a 21 per cent increased risk of early death.

They also had a 31 per cent higher chance of dying young from heart disease.

Each additional drink consumed per day increased the risk by another 10 per cent.

Researchers also found a link between sugary drink consumption and an early death risk from cancer.


Don Jr.: The ‘Alliance’ Between Big Tech And The Activist Left ‘Prevents People From Being Heard’

Donald Trump Jr. discussed conservative censorship on social media during an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday night.


“Do you think, you talked to a lot of Republicans in Washington, do you think they understand the threat of woke capitalism, the alliance between the activist left and big business that is shutting down speech?” Carlson asked.

“I have a platform to actually do something about it. There are guys, Kevin McCarthy has been pretty vocal about it, but the reality is that nothing has changed,” Trump Jr. answered. “I put up an Instagram post two weeks ago about the Smollett thing because I had the gall to be a little bit cynical about the entire ridiculous situation that was laid out and Instagram just deleted it.”

As Trump Jr. noted, Instagram took down his post about Smollett “in error” last week.

He continued:

I sort of responded in my normal fashion rather aggressively, saying, ‘What’s wrong with this here? Is the problem yada yada?’ and I got inundated, Tucker. Hundreds of people sending me DMs: ‘Don, my account was shut down because I tried liking one of your tweets, or I tried liking one of your father’s Instagram posts that was like him and his grandchildren, nothing even controversial, and time and time again, I’ve had to follow you, Don, three times in the last week because they keep on unfollowing you.”

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Mexican Authorities Relocate Hundreds of Migrants From Border City

Hundreds of Central American migrants encamped in Mexico’s border city of Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, Texas, are being relocated to other cities after a group of migrants rioted earlier this week and attempted to leave an abandoned factory where they were being held.

A senior Mexican government official said Friday that the relocation seeks to disband the group of some 1,400 Central American asylum seekers, most of them from Honduras, and prevent potential mass attempts to rush for the border fence to cross to the U.S., as happened in Tijuana late last year.

The migrants’ arrival in Piedras Negras, in the northern state of Coahuila, threatened to spark a rift between Mexico and the U.S., as President Trump declared a national emergency to build a wall across the border.

On Friday, Mr. Trump thanked Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

“I just want to thank the president because he’s been helping us with these monstrous caravans that have been coming up. We had one that was up to over 15,000 people. It’s largely broken up. Others have gotten through,” Mr. Trump said.

Trump Declares National Emergency Over Border Wall

Trump Declares National Emergency Over Border Wall

President Trump declared a national emergency Friday to get more funding for border barriers. Downplaying the significance of past presidents declaring emergencies, Trump said “They sign it. Nobody cares.” Photo: Getty

President Trump declared a national emergency Friday to get more funding for border barriers. Downplaying the significance of past presidents declaring emergencies, Trump said “They sign it. Nobody cares.” Photo: Getty

President Trump declared a national emergency Friday to get more funding for border barriers. Downplaying the significance of past presidents declaring emergencies, Trump said “They sign it. Nobody cares.” Photo: Getty

President Trump declared a national emergency Friday to get more funding for border barriers. Downplaying the significance of past presidents declaring emergencies, Trump said “They sign it. Nobody cares.” Photo: Getty

President Trump declared a national emergency Friday to get more funding for border barriers. Downplaying the significance of past presidents declaring emergencies, Trump said “They sign it. Nobody cares.” Photo: Getty

A spokesman for Mr. López Obrador didn’t immediately respond to several calls seeking comment.

Mexico granted some 13,000 humanitarian visas for Central American migrants who arrived at its southern border in January in an attempt to persuade them to stay and work in Mexico. They largely split in smaller groups, with many continuing their journey north to try to seek asylum in the U.S. and others staying in Mexico. Another group of some 2,500 migrants has encamped in an improvised shelter in Mexico City.

Late Thursday, some 140 migrants stranded in Piedras Negras were sent by bus some 270 miles south to Saltillo, Coahuila’s state capital, immigration and state officials said. Another 150 people were relocated some 265 miles to the east, in the border town of Reynosa, in neighboring Tamaulipas state. The northern cities of Monterrey and Hermosillo will also receive migrants in the coming days, the officials said.

Most of the migrants are being sent to shelters run by charities. Authorities are offering them jobs so they can live by their own means, said a Coahuila state official.

Coahuila state authorities helped migrants to reach Piedras Negras earlier this month by providing them with buses in what some saw as an erratic response from both local and federal authorities.

“The Mexican government is struggling to address the phenomenon of large numbers of migrants traveling in caravans in the country,” said Maureen Meyer, the head for Mexico at The Washington Office on Latin America, an advocacy group. To prevent further incidents, the government should develop a strategy to address shelter and safety concerns in border cities and “dramatically improve intergovernmental communication and coordination,” she said.

At Eagle Pass, on the U.S. side of the border, U.S. troops were ordered to put up concertina wire and provide support for Customs and Border Protection. There are some 4,350 active-duty U.S. troops on the border, including some 250 in Eagle Pass, according to the Pentagon.

The migrants in Piedras Negras have already spent 10 days at the abandoned factory, surrounded by hundreds of Mexican federal and state police officers. Immigration officials said most of these migrants entered Mexico illegally in late January.

A Central American migrant at a shelter in Piedras Negras.
A Central American migrant at a shelter in Piedras Negras. PHOTO: JULIO CESAR AGUILAR/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Some 1,700 migrants arrived in the city in early February but around 1,400 remain in the city. So far only 340 have received humanitarian visas to stay and work in Mexico, an immigration official said.

Tension in the shelter erupted earlier this week when a group of migrants rebelled and tried to overwhelm Mexican forces. TV images showed the migrants trying to knock down a fence while police contained the group. Four people were wounded.

Many migrants in Piedras Negras are disappointed after a long and treacherous journey through more than 1,750 miles from San Pedro Sula, the Honduran city from where the caravan started out on Jan. 14.

“We want to get out. We didn’t make this long journey for this,” said one migrant reached by telephone who declined to be named.

Some of those who got their Mexican visas are trying to enter illegally into the U.S. Last week, a family with two babies was rescued by U.S. Border Patrol agents while they were trying to cross the Rio Grande, the agency said.

Meanwhile, shelters that are receiving the migrants are asking Mexican authorities for help. “We need food and tents, we can’t do this alone,” said Héctor Silva, who heads a shelter in Reynosa run by evangelical Christians.


Judge gags Roger Stone from Mueller comments

Roger Stone remains free to talk about Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation, just not in and around the Washington, D.C., courthouse where the longtime Donald Trump associate is fighting the special counsel’s charges he lied to Congress and obstructed its Russia investigation.

That’s the end result from a four-page orderissued Friday from a federal judge who had been considering a complete gag order on Stone in the wake of his full-on media blitz since his arrest last month in south Florida.

Also Friday, Mueller’s team released a filing in the case that included a tantalizing nugget suggesting federal prosecutors might have obtained “Stone’s communications” with WikiLeaks, the website that dumped stolen Democratic emails during the election. While the language was somewhat vague, legal watchers quickly noted that it might represent a jarring new revelation, as previously Stone had only conceded to trying to connect with WikiLeaks via intermediaries.

The double-barrel developments in Stone’s case came amid a flurry of activity late on Friday, marking the busiest day yet in a court battle that still remains in a preliminary stage.

First, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that attorneys for Stone, Mueller and any witnesses in the case “must refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case.”


Learn as you sleep: study shows sleepers can learn language from scratch in the depths of slumber

People can learn a new language in their sleep, a new study suggests.

A groundbreaking experiment established it was possible to learn new words and their semantic associations from scratch while in the depths of sleep.

Scientists already know that the fragile neurological connections that form the basis of memory are strengthened during deep sleep, and previous studies have shown that words learned during consciousness can be consolidated by being repeated to a person during sleep.


Civil forfeiture: SC police seize millions, often from innocent people

In South Carolina, civil forfeiture targets black people’s money most of all, exclusive investigative data shows

When a man barged into Isiah Kinloch’s apartment and broke a bottle over his head, the North Charleston resident called 911. After cops arrived on that day in 2015, they searched the injured man’s home and found an ounce of marijuana.

So they took $1,800 in cash from his apartment and kept it.


When Eamon Cools-Lartigue was driving on Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County, deputies stopped him for speeding. The Atlanta businessman wasn’t criminally charged in the April 2016 incident. Deputies discovered $29,000 in his car, though, and decided to take it.


When Brandy Cooke dropped her friend off at a Myrtle Beach sports bar as a favor, drug enforcement agents swarmed her in the parking lot and found $4,670 in the car.


Lasers could beam messages directly to a listener’s ear ‘like whispering secret from afar’

This is the first time this technique has been used safely around humans, scientists say.

It’s hoped the directed sounds could one day be used for headphone-free TV watching without disturbing others.

Or they could warn people of danger discreetly in situations like an active shooter attack.

The laser will not cause burns to eyes or skin due to scientists finding the exact wavelength level that allows it to be risk-free.

Researchers tested out the setup on themselves in a laboratory, putting their ears near the beam to pick up the sound, reported Science News.

Physicist Charles Wynn said: “You move your head around, and there’s a couple-inch zone where you go ‘Oh, there it is!’… It’s pretty cool.”

Microphones were also used to capture the sounds that were being produced.


The photoacoustic effect, in which pulses of light are converted into sound when absorbed by a material, allows the unprecedented phenomenon to take place.

Researchers tested out two different techniques in order to achieve the sounds.

The first technique involves rapidly ramping the intensity of the laser beam up and down, which transmitted voices and songs.

Physicist Ryan Sullenberger said: “You can hear the music really well; you can understand what people are saying.”

The second method involved using a rotating mirror while researchers swept the laser beam in an arc.

The noise was heard only at the distance along the beam where the light passed by at the speed of sound.


US ‘slowing things down’ on troop withdrawal from Syria

The US troop withdrawal from Syria needs a “pause” in order to protect the Kurds, the potential interests of Israel, and to prevent Iran from scoring a big win in Syria, a top GOP senator has said.

The withdrawal of the US military from the country is currently in a “pause situation,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R- SC) told reporters on Monday after having lunch with President Trump at the White House.

“We talked about Syria. He told me some things I didn’t know that made me feel a lot better about where we’re headed in Syria,” said Graham, who is an outspoken critic of Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria.

“I think we’re slowing things down in a smart way.”

Earlier this month, Trump announced his decision to withdraw the US contingent – believed to be some 2,000-strong – from Syria, yet again claiming victory over the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist group in the country. Graham believes the group was not actually defeated and the president promised to destroy it again.

“He promised to destroy ISIS. He’s going to keep that promise. We’re not there yet,” said the senator.

Apart from that, Trump is “worried”about the “potential dangers to Israel,”and will work with Ankara to ensure that “we don’t have a war between the Turks and our allies the Kurds,” Graham revealed.

“We still have some differences but I will tell you that the president is thinking long and hard about Syria – how to withdraw our forces but at the same time achieve our national security interests, which are to make sure ISIS is destroyed, they never come back. That our allies – the Kurds – are protected and that Iran doesn’t become the big winner of our leaving,”she said.

Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw from Syria has drawn bipartisan ire, as well as triggering a warmongering meltdown in the media. Graham himself has demanded hearings on the Syria move, as well as on Trump’s decision to scale down the US military presence in Afghanistan.


Justice Ginsburg Cancerous Growths Removed From Lungs

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, just underwent surgery to remove cancerous growths from her lungs, which may indicate the Bill Clinton-appointed justice may soon resign.

According to CNBC:

Ginsburg, the eldest member of the court’s liberal wing, underwent a pulmonary lobectomy on Friday where two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered “incidentally” during tests to treat rib fractures she sustained in a fall last month.

The news comes as Ginsburg is recovering from three rib fractures she sustained after falling in her office on Nov. 7.

The Supreme Court released the following:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a pulmonary lobectomy today at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7. According to the thoracic surgeon, Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, both nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant on initial pathology evaluation. Post-surgery, there was no evidence of any remaining disease. Scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body. Currently, no further treatment is planned. Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days. Updates will be provided as they become available.

In 2009, Ginsburg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent surgery, and 10 years before the justice was treated for colon cancer.