Distracted and Drunk Driving Continue to Cause Problems Across Texas
Oct28

Distracted and Drunk Driving Continue to Cause Problems Across Texas

In late October, Houston woman died in a car crash that left six others injured. The Houston Police Department stated that the accident occurred on the Katy Freeway at Washington Avenue around 1:00 a.m. A blue SUV was traveling eastbound on the road when it slammed into the back of a black car. The black car was then forced to the side of the road and into a grass field as the SUV spun around and was then hit head-on by an oncoming vehicle. KHOU reports that both the male driver and female passenger of the SUV were taken to the hospital where the woman later died. Houston Police Department is investigating whether or not drugs or alcohol played an influence in the crash. In Dallas, a few hours after the Houston crash, two more people have died as a result of an intoxicated driver. In Bexar County, on Loop 1604 near FM 1346, one vehicle veered into oncoming traffic while trying to pass a car and collided with another vehicle head-on. A man and woman in the vehicle that was hit died moments after the accident while the driver of the other vehicle, whom authorities believe was under the influence at the time, suffered minor injuries. In one of the vehicles — it is unknown at this time which vehicle — there were three children present who were also injured. Of the three children, two were taken by ambulance to the nearby University Hospital. One child in serious condition was flown to the hospital. Roadway accidents have continued to be an epidemic for Texas. In 2013, there was one reportable crash roughly every 71 seconds. Every two hours and 36 minutes, someone died in an accident. Sadly, there was not one day without a fatal accident in Texas and distracted driving and drunk driving played major roles in these fatalities. Roughly 460 people died at the hands of distracted drivers and 1,089 people were killed where a driver was intoxicated during the time of the...

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Researchers Find Possible New Link Between Insomnia and Depression
Oct17

Researchers Find Possible New Link Between Insomnia and Depression

When someone wakes up from a poor night’s sleep, it’s normal to feel a little irritable, grumpy, or apathetic. But when someone wakes up from their 50th poor night’s sleep in a row, new research reveals that the effects on the brain go way beyond irritability and drowsiness. Sleep deprivation and sleep disorders are extremely common, with more than 60 million Americans suffering from these conditions. Sleep difficulties have already been linked with depression and anxiety, suggesting that depression was one possible cause of insomnia and other sleep disorders. However, research by Alice Gregory, a psychology professor at the University of London, says that the opposite may actually be true as well. Lack of sleep and trouble sleeping may actually cause someone to become depressed. Unfortunately, that means lack of sleep and depression could cause a feedback loop, causing each problem to worsen dramatically. A part of the brain called the amygdala is believed to be responsible for controlling our emotions. When we go to sleep, the brain’s activity is reduced, allowing it to reset. When not enough sleep is received, the brain isn’t 100% recharged. During a study, participants were shown emotionally negative images. Professor Gregory’s research shows that participants who were deprived of sleep for 35 hours had a greater amygdala response to the pictures than the participants who were not sleep deprived. The research findings also showed that parts of the brain that regulate the amygdala had decreased activity when the participant lacked sleep. This could suggest that those who do not receive sufficient sleep are less able to control their emotions. Inability to control emotions is, in fact, a symptom of depression in all ages. Other studies show that people who suffer from depression have high levels of inflammation in their bodies. Coincidentally, disturbed sleep also happens to cause inflammation. Sufficient sleep is said to reduce inflammation by allowing the body to heal itself, so this may be another link between both conditions. While people today are busier than ever with long hours at work, families, social lives, and personal time, it’s important to prioritize sleep in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. While this research has not been directly conclusive, there is no question that sleep is beneficial to the body and...

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Connecticut Law Requires Those Served With a TPO to Hand Over Their Firearms
Oct14

Connecticut Law Requires Those Served With a TPO to Hand Over Their Firearms

The victims of abuse often worry about continued violence even after their relationships end. In Connecticut, new laws will assist those victims and ensure that they will not have to face the threat of gun violence during one of the most difficult times of their lives. According to the New Haven Register, a highly debated law was finally passed that now requires a person to surrender any firearms if they are involved in a temporary restraining order. It bans them from obtaining those weapons until a court hearing. While the police can issue a temporary protective order, it can be terminated between 30 and 90 days after the initial issuance. Gun rights activist were upset because they thought the new law infringes the constitutional right to own a gun without confiscation without due process. “The ultimate constitutional right is the right to live,” said Connecticut Rep. Robyn Porter. “I feel that my right, and any other victim’s rights, supersede the right to carry a gun.” The Westerly Sun reports that any firearm is required to be handed over to police within 24 hours after being served with a temporary protective order. If a judge then determines that a formal restraining order is not needed after an expedited hearing, the gun owner will then be allowed to repossess their firearms. Karen Jarmoc, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, states that women who are in abusive relationships are five times more likely to be killed if their abuser has access to a gun. This legislation is “a significant step in Connecticut’s efforts to protect victims of domestic violence at the most dangerous time,” Jarmoc added. “I think it’s really going to save lives.” During a 15-year period from 2000 to 2015, approximately 3,600 Connecticut residents have suffered serious, near fatal injuries caused by an abusive...

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Your Daily Kardasian Update: Kim’s Post-Robbery Epiphany
Oct10

Your Daily Kardasian Update: Kim’s Post-Robbery Epiphany

Many of us dream about one day being able to afford or receive a piece of diamond jewelry. Though it’s seen as a big expenditure for some of us, nearly a third of those buying diamond jewelry are willing to spend upwards of $1,000. It’s no wonder, then, that the diamond industry is big business. The total value of diamond jewelry sold in a typical year is around $72 billion, which includes the cost of precious metals and gems as well as the diamonds themselves. Investing in one piece of diamond jewelry represents a dream for many people, and the idea of losing it in any way would not only be a sentimental loss but a financial one as well. And then there are those like the Kardashians, whose measure of wealth will be barely affected by such an event. By now, we know that reality television starlet and social media mogul Kim Kardashian was recently robbed of nearly $9 million worth of jewelry at gunpoint during Fashion Week in Paris. Kardashian was allegedly tied up and gagged by two men dressed as policemen, who later escaped along with at least three accomplices. Not only did they take the jewelry, including an expensive ring that Kardashian flaunted on social media, but the robbers also took cell phones and a wallet containing three credit cards. Parisian police have stated that Kardashian’s highly accessible social media presence and celebrity status made her an easy target for criminals. Up until now, being open about her private life was a main part of Kim’s brand identity. Because Kardashian constantly posted updates pertaining to her activities during Paris Fashion Week, the chief spokesperson for the Paris police department believes this made it easier for criminals to zero in on the star. The newest development came when a source stated that Kim has been rethinking her approach to social media as a result of the crime. The source said that Kim realized “she was living in a bubble” and “loved flaunting her wealth” in the public eye. Prior to the incident, Kardashian “felt safe and never really thought about her vulnerability.” Now the star feels she was naive and that “everything has to change going forward.” To that end, Kim and the rest of the Kardashian clan have reportedly decided to cut back on posting, and to modify their approach to social media. Kim has since increased her security detail and continues to reevaluate risks like public appearances. Kardashian made the decision to cancel an upcoming makeup class she had scheduled in Dubai. And the entire family has been practically radio silent since the...

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