Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 22, 2013
July 22, 2013
Health and Medical Briefs:
Researchers have found their first evidence that the HPV vaccine also helps prevent cancer in men, just as it does in women.
The study found that Cervarix, originally designed to prevent cervical cancer, protects against throat cancers triggered by the human papillomavirus (which, the study notes, men can get through oral sex).
It's a big deal because men are almost three times more likely to get the virus and four times more likely to get the cancer. The number of heterosexual middle-aged men affected has been soaring.
Since the HPV vaccine works for women, there's no reason to think that men wouldn't get the same protection. Further studies on that point await, but researchers say that "if similar results are observed in men, vaccination of boys may become an important public health measure."
The American Red Cross is in critical need of blood donations. Nationwide, donations were down about 10-percent in June. They were also down the first week of July, and now the agency is issuing an emergency request for blood and platelet donors of all blood types.
Summer is one of the most difficult times of the year for blood and platelet donations. Regular donors are adjusting to summer schedules, and high school and college blood drives aren't held during summer months. And because the Fourth of July fell in the middle of the week this year, the holiday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled for the first part of the month.
FYI: You can find a blood drive near you or schedule an appointment to donate online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 800-RED-CROSS. (Page)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
"Glee" producers say the fall premiere will be pushed back a week, because they need extra time to produce the first episode of season five, which will now roll Sep 26 on Fox.
The Hollywood Reporter says the first two episodes of the season will be a BEATLES tribute, which have already been written, and the current plan is to address CORY MONTEITH's tragic death on the third episode of the season.
Today's police blotter:
Cops in Seattle spotted a 29-year-old man wearing motorcycle goggles and rolling down the street in an office chair.
The unidentified weirdo was holding a set of drumsticks, had a hubcap tied to his arm, and was wearing several scarves. Police say he also had a concealed weapon --a foot long crowbar. When police tried to question him, he yelled that he was "late for a gig" then allegedly spit on them. As he tried to make a getaway, he fell out of the chair. He was taken to a hospital for mental observation.
Editor's note: In Los Angeles, you just call that "performance art." (Still)
KRIS JENNER isn't making many friends in the media. LINDA STASSI from the New York Post revealed last Thursday that the wannabe OPRAH sent her a $325 Tiffany penand cupcakes, then encouraged her to write a "better review next time." Ms. Stassi slammed the KARDASHIAN matriarch saying she has as much right hosting a talk show as her "talentless daughter had for hosting a talent show" --a reference to KHLOE's stint on "X-Factor."
Kris has an uphill battle in daytime television --critics have called the program "horrible," "boring," "self-involved" and downright "unwatchable." (Lee)
It was just another day at the Coalition Drum Shop in La Crosse, WI, when in came a mysterious grandma who proceeded to blow everyone away with her unexpected skin-slapping prowess.
"We have no idea where this lady came from, what her name is, or where she went," said a shop rep, "but she rocked our faces off!" (video)
Editor's note: So great to see the Go-Go's getting ready for their fall tour! --Maiman)
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