Thursday, 14 July 2016

33 people collapse in the street at the same time after smoking synthetic marijuana K2

33 people collapse in the street at the same time after smoking synthetic marijuana K2
33 people had to be taken to hospital (Picture: L Foehrenbach)

More than 30 people had to be taken to hospital in New York after a mass-overdose of synthetic marijuana, police have said.
They collapsed or were barely able to walk in the same neighbourhood of Brooklyn after smoking K2.

Witnesses reported seeing victims lying on the pavement, shaking and leaning against trees and fire hydrants.

In total 33 people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. It was not immediately clear what drugs the victims had ingested, but police said some of the victims had been smoking K2, also known as synthetic marijuana.

Dennis Gonzalez, of Bushwick, told WNBC-TV that K2 use in that part of Brooklyn was out of control.

THIRTY-THREE people collapse on the same New York street at 9AM after taking a bad batch of synthetic marijuana 'K2
They believed to have taken K2, synthetic marijuana (Picture: L Foehrenbach)

THIRTY-THREE people collapse on the same New York street at 9AM after taking a bad batch of synthetic marijuana 'K2
The use of K2 in the area has been described as being ‘out of control’ (Picture: L Foehrenbach)

‘It’s gotten out of hand,’ he said. ‘They even sleep in the street, we have to walk around them. It’s just too much to keep under control.’
The Health Department said it ‘recorded a spike in K2-related emergency room visits’ connected to the incident in Brooklyn. The department said it was investigating and monitoring casualty departments across the city.

‘We remind New Yorkers that K2 is extremely dangerous,’ the Health Department said.
‘The city’s public awareness efforts and aggressive enforcement actions over the past year have contributed to a significant decline in ER visits related to K2.’

THIRTY-THREE people collapse on the same New York street at 9AM after taking a bad batch of synthetic marijuana 'K2
They collapsed about 15 minutes after taking the drug (Picture: L Foehrenbach)

THIRTY-THREE people collapse on the same New York street at 9AM after taking a bad batch of synthetic marijuana 'K2
There’s a growing problem for people in Brooklyn (Picture: L Foehrenbach)

Although K2 affects the same area of the brain as marijuana, it contains chemicals made in laboratories and sprayed on to dry leaves. These chemicals are not derived from the marijuana plant, according to the Health Department.

K2 can cause extreme anxiety, confusion, paranoia, hallucinations, rapid heart rate, vomiting, fainting, kidney failure and reduced blood supply to the heart.
The production and sale of the drug was outlawed in New York City last October.

What is K2, or synthetic marijuana?

Synthetic marijuana – or to give it its proper name, synthetic cannabinoids – is a chemical-based designer drug created to mimic the effects of cannabis.
More specifically, it is to mimic the cannabinoid element of marijuana – such as THC.
The chemicals are sprayed or soaked into a base material, often plant-based, and sold for recreational use in head shops, convenience stores or online at less than the cost of real marijuana
A UK ban on legal highs – including Spice and similar synthetic cannabinoids – was imposed earlier this year (here’s everything you need to know about the ban of legal highs).
One of the first on the market was Spice, but more brand names – including K2 – have followed. See also: Yucatan Fire, Bliss, Blaze and fake weed, among others.

Synthetic marijuana can come with dangerous or unpleasant side-effects including vomiting, hallucinations, paranoia, seizures, cardiac problems, kidney damage, brain damage and death.
The effects can be much more severe than with natural marijuana because of the way the chemicals act in the brain and the dose in which they are taken.
The chemicals act in a more potent way than natural THC and bind to the brain cells more completely and the dose can be up to 100 times stronger.

A ‘bad trip’ from natural marijuana is relatively rare and passes more quickly when compared to a ‘bad trip’ caused by synthetic marijuana. A bad synthetic marijuana trip looks more like an amphetamine trip – the user can become ‘angry, sweaty and agitated’, according to Lewis Nelson MD from NYU’s Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Medical Toxicology, speaking to Forbes.


Man jailed for raping woman who was laying flowers on her son’s grave

Man jailed for raping woman who was laying flowers on her son's grave
Christopher Rhode attacked a woman who was visiting her son’s grave (Picture: INS)

A man has been jailed for raping a grieving mother as she placed flowers on the grave of her son.
The mourning victim, was visiting the grave in the garden of remembrance at a crematorium when the man knocked her unconscious with a small statue he snatched from a gravestone.

Christopher Rode carried out the double rape as the mother visited her son’s grave on the 20th anniversary of his 1996 death. He knocked her out before ripping off her clothes and raping her.
Rode showed little remorse however as he left the woman cowering on the ground surrounded by blood. He was sentenced to life in prison after he admitted assault causing grievous bodily harm and two counts of rape.
Judge John Reddihough heard that Rode’s victim had finished tidying her child’s grave and was about to walk back to her car when she heard a rustle coming from a bush.

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He anally raped her near her sons grave (Picture: INS)

Prosecuting, Michael Roques told Reading Crown Court: ‘She attempted to scream for help but a gloved hand was covering her mouth.
‘She tried to clamp her legs together in order to prevent her lower garments being further removed.’

The judge heard however that the victim was unable to fend off 30-year-old Rode, who anally raped her twice.
Judge Reddihough also heard that Rode, from Slough, was a notorious woman beater who had numerous convictions having beaten some of his former partners, including one who was pregnant.
Detectives searched the cemetery after the attack and found Rode. He was arrested on the scene and taken to a nearby station to be quizzed. The 30-year-old admitted one count of assault causing grievous bodily harm and two counts of rape at an earlier hearing.
Reddihough jailed him for life and told the defendant he would have to serve at least 14 years and eight months before he could be considered for parole.

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Mother facing jail over baby’s death to give birth to second child behind bars

Mother facing jail over baby's death to give birth to second child behind bars
Claire Riley is likely to be giving birth in prison (Picture: News Team)

A mother looks set to give birth in prison while serving time over the death of her daughter in a dog mauling.
Claire Riley, 23, admitted being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog and was due to be sentenced yesterday.

But she is pregnant and said she was too ill to go to court so sentencing has been adjourned until August.

At a previous hearing she failed to attend because of an anxiety disorder.
Riley and her mother Susan Aucott, 55, both appeared together on the same charge after six-month-old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was mauled to death by an American pit bull.

Pregnant woman jailed
Susan Aucott, Molly Mae’s grandmother, will also be sentenced (Picture: News Team)

However, neither of them turned up for sentencing because of Riley’s illness, according to the BBC.
The dog, called Bruiser, was killed at Riley’s home.

Judge Justice Carr described their absence in court as ‘woefully inadequate’ but added: ‘I am no medical expert but I’m not sure the delay is in anyone’s interests, in any point of view.

‘The sentencing is going to happen and I am not going to delay it until after the birth. [Riley] has to be sentenced. The sooner that happens the better.’


There could be a super-simple way to lose weight that doesn't involve diet or exercise

If you're trying to lose weight, then you've probably already replaced sugary drinks, like soda and juice, with water.
But scientists are beginning to get a better picture about the role that drinking water plays in weight loss. And it's leading to some interesting observations about how it affects our feelings of hunger.

A new study being presented this week at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior looked at how different amounts of water interacted with the brain.
In the small study, researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands looked at 19 healthy men and gave them all a meal shake. That was followed by either 50 milliliters of water (about a shot glass worth of water) or 350 milliliters of water (roughly the amount of a can of soda). The researchers then looked at MRI scans to see how the liquids affected the stomach and brain.
Of those who drank more water, the participants' hunger was more suppressed and they felt more full than those who had only a gulp of water. They also noted more brain activity in those who had drunk more water after their shake.
This is also not the only study to find these kinds of connections with drinking water around mealtime.

Drinking water before or after meals

Alternatively, studies have looked at what would happen to people's weight loss if people drank water before eating. In a small 2015 study, researchers at the University of Birmingham found that, on average, people who drank water 3o minutes before some or all of their three meals a day lost between 5 and 9 pounds over the course of about three months.

For their study, researchers at the University of Birmingham looked at 84 people — 54 women and 30 men — who were on average 56 years old. About half of the participants drank 16 ounces — roughly two glasses — of plain, non-carbonated water 30 minutes before at least one meal a day. Some people ended up drinking water before all of their three meals a day, while others just did it for one or two.

To figure out if they were sticking with the plan, the researchers periodically surveyed the participants and monitored their urine to see how much water they were actually consuming.
The other half of the participants didn't drink any water before their meals. Instead, to encourage them to feel like an active part of the study, they were told to picture feeling full.

Overall, both groups of study participants lost a bit of weight — between 2 and 9 pounds — over the course of the study. Researchers can't say for sure why this happened, but several studies have found that simply being studied can have pronounced effects on behavior.
But people in the water-drinking group lost about 2.7 pounds more than the group that did not change their water-drinking habits.

Why would water make a difference?  
There are many factors that can contribute to weight loss, from an increase in exercise to a change in diet or mood.
The researchers in the Birmingham study tracked some of these factors over the course of their study, including participants' physical activity and how many calories they ate at each meal.
They noted that there wasn't much of a difference between the two groups in terms of how much they exercised — in fact, the group that wasn't drinking water before meals actually worked out a little longer, on average, than the group that did drink water.

They noted that there wasn't much of a difference between the two groups in terms of how much they exercised — in fact, the group that wasn't drinking water before meals actually worked out a little longer, on average, than the group that did drink water.
What likely contributed to the weight loss, therefore, wasn't exercise, and it wasn't necessarily changes in the contents of the participants' meals. They were given general nutrition tips, but they were instructed to eat whatever they wanted.

Yet the people in the water-drinking group ate fewer calories at each meal than the people in the group that didn't change their water-drinking habits.
The researchers thought that this decrease in calories at each meal could be chalked up to the obvious: Drinking water fills up your stomach, making you feel more full and less hungry.
The results from the Wageningen University study seem to back this up: Those who drank more water reported feeling more full and less hungry, and imaging showed more full stomachs.

Considering trying the 'diet'?
While this might have been the case for the participants in the study, other research has found that people continue to eat even when they feel full, so it might not be a foolproof plan for everyone.
Plus, the study sample included mainly white, middle-age adults who are men, so the "results may not be applicable to a general adult population."
So, in everyday life, drinking water to manage weight might fit in better as an addition to an overall healthy lifestyle, as opposed to being used on its own.


All you want to know about using your passport this summer

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The Leave vote in the referendum has led to speculation that we all need new passports, but like so much else, nothing will change until we actually leave the EU.
In the meantime, normal rules apply. And this summer, no doubt the usual stresses will emerge.
If you have just spotted your passport has run out, and you have urgent plans to travel, HM Passport Office has some limited possibilities to help out. The best place to start is by dialling the Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000.

You can apply in person for the Premium one-day service (£128), which is normally delivered four hours after your interview. Alternatively, the one-week Fast Track service (£103) may be sufficient. And if you are well organised and can allow three weeks for the renewal, the standard adult fee is £77.50 (£46 for a child).

Don’t be alarmed by some urban myths about passport validity - in particular stories that for some popular destinations you need months of validity remaining.
A British passport is valid up to and including the date of expiry for travel anywhere in the EU (which includes the Canaries), as well as the US.

Conversely, though, if you are heading beyond those destinations make sure you have enough validity remaining. Egypt, for example, demands six months from your date of entry into the country.
If you lose or have your passport stolen abroad, first report it to the police and obtain a report, and then apply to local British embassy or consulate for an emergency replacement. This usually takes a couple of days. To speed things up, take a photocopy of your passport’s information page and keep it separate to your documents so that you have the details to hand.