Thursday October 19, 2017

Are Roller Coasters plain Fun or Is there an Inherent Risk?

Children aged 10-14 yrs. are the ones who most often sustain injuries on roller coasters. As per US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Thousands of children get hurt each year and some of them even end up in the emergency room.

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Fun can be dangerous, In 2016, US registered number of serious medical cases caused by roller coaster rides. (Illustration by Sagrika Saraf, New Delhi)

– By Dr Bharti Raizada

In the United States of America, millions of people, young children, youth, adult, are fond of Rollercoaster rides. They want to have fun and feel the thrill with family and friends by trying out some new and fast roller coaster rides.

Latest roller coasters can drop you from 500 feet height and can accelerate from zero to 120 miles/hr within four seconds.

Is Roller Coaster Ride Safe?

The roller coaster rides are usually fun and safe. When compared with driving on roads, people are safer on the roller coasters. They are usually maintained in good shape and checked frequently. There are computer systems to ensure smooth rides and eliminate the chances of accidents and operator errors, however, accidents do happen.

Children aged 10-14 yrs. are the ones who most often sustain injuries on roller coasters. As per US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Thousands of children get hurt each year and some of them even end up in the emergency room. Spinal cord injuries and fractures are the possibilities of cases.

Injury rate increased 60 percent from 1996 to 2000 in which 10,580 injuries needed emergency treatment.

In the year 2016, around 30,900 emergency room visits were documented for injuries. During the years 1990 and 2004 at least 52 deaths were reported and 22 deaths since 2010 to present.

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People on roller coaster ride. (image source: flick, available for reuse)

The major effects caused on the body by the twisting, turning, dropping, rising, and catapulting of the roller coasters are:

  • Blood flow rapidly changes in different parts of body
  • Blood pressure and heart rate increase
  • Brain fluid moves rapidly and pressure changes occur
  • Dizziness, spinning sensation feeling
  • Subdural hematoma or bleeding in brain can occur
  • Barotrauma to ears can occur because of ear fluid movement and pressure changes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stress disorder/PTSD

A person with pre-existing diseases and older aged people have higher risks, so they should avoid the roller coaster rides.

People who should avoid Roller coaster ride?

  • People with uncontrolled blood pressure
  • People with history of arrhythmia
  • People with spinal injuries
  • History of aneurysms
  • Stroke
  • Patients on anticoagulants/sedatives
  • Pregnant females
  • Every ride has Height and weight specifications.

People falling in the above categories should strictly avoid the roller coaster rides. A normal person can feel Dizziness, Excessive and abnormal sleepiness, confusion, headache, sinking feeling, lightheadedness and blackout soon after the roller coaster rides. These can occur even a few days after the ride.

So next time when you go for a roller coaster ride, keep these associated dangers in mind. If you do not feel comfortable do not go for this thrill. Do not get pressurized by your children. Roller coasters can have medical consequences. Be vigilant all the time and follow your instinct. Stay safe!

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June 2 is National Doughnut (Donut) Day: Here is why it is of Significance to Americans!

America loves its doughnuts. On National Doughnut Day, we bring you ten facts you might not know

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June 2 is National Doughnut (Donut) Day, at Donut Street. Pixabay

June 02, 2017: 

If you have a sweet tooth, then today is certainly your day! On this day, the first Friday of June which the Americans celebrate as the National Doughnut (or Donut) Day. It is to celebrate and honor the Salvation Army Lassies.

The origin of this occasion can be traced back to the year 1938 in Chicago when the Army celebrated doughnut day to honor the women who served doughnuts to tired and hungry American soldiers during the World War 1.

The doughnut has been popularized in America. Over 10 billion doughnuts are made in the US each year! The global audience sees it most of the times in pop culture. The police head in The Simpsons has a few doughnuts piled on his gun all the time. It is portrayed as police force’s favorite snack with a coffee.

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Here are ten things you may not know about doughnuts:

  • They were called ‘olykoeks’ when they first came to America. Olykoek is a Dutch word for ‘Oily Cakes’. Crazy right?
  • Did you notice the two different spellings in the title? Well, both are acceptable. Originally spelled doughnuts, the shorter and convenient form ‘donut’ was popularized by the opening of ‘Dunkin Donuts’ in the 20th Century.

American Doughnut. Pixabay

 

  • There are different stories to the starting of the relationship between a cop and a doughnut. The most common story is that doughnut shops were open till late at night and provided for an accessible snack for the cops on night shifts. Gradually, a reciprocal relationship emerged. Doughnut shops would welcome the police.
  • Doughnuts were declared ‘the hit food of the century of progress’ at a 1933 Chicago world fair.
  • It was Captain Hensen Gregory who claims to have invented the whole in the doughnuts. His mother Elizabeth Gregory made doughnuts that did not have a hole.
  • Red Cross during the World War 2 would provide doughnuts and coffee to American and British soldiers. While it was free for Americans, the British had to pay. This led to a conflict between the soldiers and Red Cross had to ultimately charge everyone.
  • The Vietnamese in 1966 had an argument with Marine Capt. Orson Swindlen regarding the absence of holidays in the US. The marine responded that US has a National Donut Day on November 10. The American soldiers held captive were served doughnuts on November 10. It was actually the Marine’s birth date.
  • The doughnut industry in the US is worth 3.6 billion dollars.

Doughnut and Coffee. Pixabay

  • The first doughnut machine was invented in 1920 by Adolph Levitt who was a Russian-born immigrant in the US.
  • The Guinness World Record for most doughnuts eaten in three minutes without licking lips was by an American Patrick Bertoletti who ate 3 doughnuts.

Money can’t buy happiness, or so it seems today- rush to the places in the US giving away free doughnuts and kick start your weekend with what happiness tastes like!

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Top Indian American lawmakers feel that the new travel ban does not keep US safe

The revised travel ban still does not make a difference in justifying the ban and surely does not keep US safe as per the Indian American representatives

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The US Capitol; Source: Pixabay

Washington, March 8, 2017: Top Indian Lawmakers said, the new revised executive order, the new travel ban, temporarily banning entry of people from six Muslim majority nations into the United States, excluding Iraq from the list, “does not make us safe.”

“Make no mistake: this ban does not keep us safe. It puts American lives at risk while isolating the Muslim community at a time when we need to address the threat of homegrown extremism. No matter the changes, this executive action remains immoral and fundamentally un-American,” California Senator Kamala Harris said.

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Harris, the first Indian American US Senator said, “While I welcome the decision to omit Iraq from the list of banned countries, the President still has an obligation to provide evidence of a national security threat posed by immigrants and refugees from the remaining six countries.’

She added,” Omitting one nation from this list does not terminate the need to provide the Americans with meaningful evidence in support of this ban. The White House failed to provide actual explanation and justification based on facts despite having more than a month.”

Jayapal, one of the four Indian American who recently joined Harris in the House of Representatives, others including Ami Bera, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ro Khanna, is the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the House.

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Jayapal said that Trump has been forced to accept that his original travel ban was not only unconstitutional but also ineptly executed. “The new order recognizes that we must honor the visas of those who already have been given clearance to come to the United States, as well as excludes legal permanent residents and dual citizens affected by the ban,” she said.

“Excluding Iraq is another clear sign that such a ban would hurt our coalition efforts to promote peace in the Middle East. In the first place, nationwide protests and the Court should not have been necessary to stop such orders”

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The president was “irresponsible” in “throwing” the country into chaos and putting fear in the hearts of millions of families, she added.

Prepared By Nikita Saraf, Twitter: @niki_saraf

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Food Platform Pixsweet creates Ice Popsicles of US Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on popular demand

A custom search engine called “3D Munchifier” in Pixsweet is used to make the popsicles of one's choice

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An ice-cream cone (representational image), Pixabay

November 8, 2016: Pixsweet ia an online platform that allows you to customize edibles on demand was launched last week. Owner, Janne Kyttanen, a Finnish conceptual artist known for his work with 3D printing walked into the US presidential elections by creating ice popsicles representing the presidential competitors.

Pixsweet depicts the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in form but Donald Trump, the Republican candidate is represented by a chunk of excrement. The symbols of the parties, a donkey and an elephant have also been shaped into iced pops, mentioned dezeen.com.

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A custom search engine called “3D Munchifier” is used to make the popsicles. Click To Tweet

The platform is dedicated to the making customized food designs fast and the ones that are on demand, but the only edibles under production currently are ice pops but the company may broaden its production in the future.

Kyttanen left the 3D printing industry in early 2016 to put up WTFVC, his own venture capital fund. Pixsweet is the first startup under it, mentioned the report.

Kyttanen told Dezeen that the focus of WTFVC is on designing new companies as fast as designing products.

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A custom search engine called “3D Munchifier” is used to make the popsicles. It hunts the internet for relevant images for the search terms entered by the user.

A 3D structure is made by detecting the object and the object’s edges. From here, the design is sent into the production line, which takes 1.3 seconds to complete the process to make a mould. The mould is then packaged and the desired flavor is injected into it. After sealing and labelling, the popsicle is ready for shipping.

Kytannen’s earlier work comprises mainly of 3D printing but the process followed by Pixsweet does not use 3D printing at all.

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The designer told Dezeen that Pixsweet has solved most of the problems with 3D printed food items which is expensive, inconvenient for distribution and very slow to produce.

These popsicles were created prior to the US elections, that is taking place today and the designer is planning to hand out these lollies with his team at polling stations in Los Angeles where he is currently based.

The satirical works of many artists about the political views of Trump show that the artist community does not like the candidate very much.

– prepared by Shivam Thaker of NewsGram. Twitter: @Shivam_Thaker