Monthly Archives: June 2017

hospital celebrate Halloween in adorable outfits

Babies spending their first Halloween in a Missouri neonatal intensive care unit celebrated the holiday dressed as superheroes and butterflies.

The newborns at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City donned some of the tiniest and cutest outfits for March of Dimes’ annual Halloween costume party last week. Some were dressed as Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman while others had a colorful butterfly or pumpkin costumes.

“Every day a child is in the NICU can be frightening and uncertain, but holidays are especially tough, as families miss the normal joys of celebrations at home.” Rebecca Keunen, March of Dimes/NICU Family Support Coordinator, said in a news release.

“Baby’s first Halloween is a day they’ll want to remember and celebrate and March of Dimes is here with them at Saint Luke’s to help,” she added.

Volunteers helped create the costumes and professional photographers took pictures of the tiny trick or treaters. The photos were given to the families as a keepsake afterward.

Babies are placed in the NICU after they are born too early, small, or have a medical condition that require intensive care.

Seal Your Penis Shut With a Sticker

A company called Jiftip is banking on men hating condoms so much that they’ll use a sticker to seal the tip of their penises shut instead.

Yep, we’re cringing too. The polyurethane film with an adhesive on one side is designed to block the opening of the penis, keeping pre-ejaculate and ejaculate fluids inside during sex. The idea “began as a desperate attempt to avoid using condoms,” according to Jiftip’s website, which sells the stickers for $2 each. Wearers apply one before sex, then face a doozy of a choice: ejaculate with the penis sealed, or remove the sticker before ejaculating to finish the deed… elsewhere.

This, the website promises, will make wearers fall in love with sex all over again. But are these stickers safe to use?

Since Jiftip is designed to help couples avoid using condoms, you’d expect the stickers to do what condoms do, namely prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). But this product does neither. “Because it’s not approved for anything anywhere, let’s make this clear: Use Jiftip for novelty, pleasure, convenience, fun, or entertainment. Thou shalt not use for pregnancy or STI prevention purposes,” says a disclaimer on the Jiftip website.

Instead, Jiftip stickers seal the penis for couples looking to take their chances with the withdrawal method. “Condoms aren’t the problem. Nobody’s using them. The problem is the pullout. Everyone’s doing it wrong,” the website claims. However, more than 9% of women ages 15 to 44 say they’ve used condoms in the last 30 days, according to the CDC, so some people are using them. And while nearly 65% of women ages 15 to 44 report having used the withdrawal method at least once in their lives, it’s notoriously not foolproof—in fact, about one in four women using this method get pregnant every year, according to Planned Parenthood.

For Jiftip to make the withdrawal method safer, it would have to prevent all fluid from escaping the penis. But this might not be entirely safe either, says urologist Koushik Shaw, MD, of the Austin Urology Institute. “Ejaculating under high-pressure circumstances may back up your system,” he explains. Dr. Shaw worries that this practice could lead to prostate or penile pain if done repeatedly. “The body is supposed to do things in a certain way, so I can’t say this would be recommended,” he says.

Warn of marijuana laced Halloween candy

The New Jersey attorney general’s office has warned parents to check for marijuana-laced Halloween candy.

The office posted a public awareness document about possibly tainted treats in a Oct. 24 tweet.

“The presence of these edible forms of marijuana pose great risk to users, especially to children, who may accidentally receive marijuana candy during Halloween.”

The state’s attorney general’s office also recommended that people use latex or vinyl gloves when they handle candy that could be infused with the drug.

The warning said adults should be looking out “for unusual candy packaging (e.g. homemade packages, such as plastic bags).”

“In addition to the packaging, marijuana candy can have an odor similar to that of the marijuana plant making it easier to identify,” it said.


The extra precaution comes after, according to the attorney general’s office, a 10-year-old boy “was sent to the emergency room after ingesting a marijuana infused gummy candy.”

Advocates say marijuana candy has seemingly become the new “razor blades in the apples” Halloween urban myth, with police around the country sharing the message despite the lack of any known cases.

Sharon Lauchaire, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general, said there have been “several instances” in the state and elsewhere of children becoming ill after eating edible marijuana. She declined to respond to follow-up questions to cite specific cases and evidence of anyone doing this on Halloween.

“Our job is to try to prevent accidents whenever possible, and given the striking similarities between these edible drugs and legitimate candy products, a warning was necessary and appropriate. We want our children to have a safe and happy Halloween,” she said.

Effective Birth Control Ranked

When you’re shopping around for the best birth control for you, there are lots of things to take into consideration. You’ll want to know how your method of choice affects your monthly cycle, what side effects it might cause, and how long it will keep you covered.

But one of the biggest considerations is how well it prevents pregnancy—whether it’s because you’re done with kids, you’re never having any, or now just isn’t the time.

The most effective methods are the ones that don’t require much from users, explains Justine Wu, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Michigan and chair of the board of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. “Anything working on its own is going to be [more effective] because there’s no human error,” she explains. “There’s no need for user activity, monitoring, or adherence; you don’t have to take a pill, get to the doctor’s office to get your next shot, or put anything in your vagina.”

When it comes to measuring effectiveness, experts use data based on “typical use,” or how real sexual human beings use each method. The effectiveness rate is calculated by counting the number of women out of 100 who experience an unintended pregnancy during the first year of typical use.

Since effectiveness is so important, it’s a good idea to use effectiveness rates as a guide for what birth control to go with. We’ve laid out the rates (based on Centers for Disease Control numbers) for every method out there—from the most reliable to the iffy. If you’re in the market for a new way to keep your body baby-free, this cheat sheet is for you.