• Top of The Morning: Congress Committee Approves “Samboy Lim” Bill

    What does the bill named after the former basketball pro cover?
  • 1. "Samboy Lim” bill approved by Congress commitee

    House Bill 8591 of the “Samboy Lim” bill authored by Pampanga 1st District representatives and PBA coach Yeng Guiao has been approved at the committee level in Congress. Under the bill, students in both public and private schools will be required to undergo CPR training at least once before graduating. The bill was named after the former pro basketball player who collapsed during an exhibition game he participated in last November. In the said incident, no one from the more 20 or so people in the venue knew how to administer proper CPR. Doctors have said that if CPR was immediately done to Lim, who’s still recovering from a coma, his chances of recovery would have been better. (interaksyon.com)


    2. Jessica Biel releases new sex-ed series
    The new mom teamed up with activist Saundra Pelletier to educate women and girls on how their bodies work in a new online sex education series. They aim to help little girls better understand their bodies, so they won’t feel embarrassed or afraid of the changes it undergoes. The videos will cover topics ranging from puberty to contraception and all other issues that affect women. “Nobody can take that away from you. When you have knowledge, that’s empowerment,” she says in an interview. The videos will be shared on the Woman Care Global website. (babble.com)

     

    3. Having kids before marriage not a factor in divorce
    Unwed parents were once considered more prone to getting separated or divorced—but not anymore. A new study shows that a couple who has kids before getting married have no higher chances of separation or divorce than couples who have kids after marriage. It only shows that family structure and societal taboos have changed and that couples were more concerned about the quality of their relationship and starting a family than the pressure to get married. The findings were reported at the Council of Contemporary Families and published in the journal Demography. (livescience.com)

     

    4. Filtered sunlight may be effective for jaundice therapy
    Researchers found that filtered sunlight may be a safe, cheap, and convenient way to treat jaundice. A new study found that filtered sunlight is just as effective as using phototherapy lamps for treatment of jaundice. Jaundice is a condition that occurs when a newborn baby has high level of bilirubin, resulting in it having a yellowish tint to the skin. If not treated immediately, it can lead to permanent brain damage or even death. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. (usnews.com)

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    5. Can humans produce their own lifesaving vaccines?
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense in charge with developing new technologies for the military, thinks so. Researchers with DARPA are developing a new vaccine-making method that co-opts the human body’s ability to quickly create antibodies to fight diseases. Think customized vaccines developed for you alone. The new method would involve giving the body instructions for making certain antibodies, and would yield much faster results than the traditional way of making vaccines -- which takes months or years, even -- before finally approved. (mashable.com)


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