Saturday, 27 April 2013

Drinking Beer May Increase Risk of DUI

Tasting just a small sample of your favorite beer brand may increase a tremendous longing for the beverage, and could actually trigger the urge to drink more.  A new study finds that having a small sample could actually trigger the part of the brain that perceives benefits and rewards, and could boost the urge to drink more. 
A person who gives in to such urges is likely to binge, and if he is operating a vehicle, could easily be arrested for DUI.   
The study was conducted recently at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and found that just a sample of the flavor of beer, without any significant amount of alcohol content, can trigger a dopamine response in the brain, triggering the urge to drink more.  The study has been published in the Journal Neuropsychopharmacology, and according to the researchers, it confirms earlier findings from other studies that have been conducted in the past.  For instance, earlier research has indicated to San Jose DUI lawyers that some rats and mice seem to prefer alcohol, and has also confirmed the presence of certain neurotransmitters in rats that prefer alcohol.
The researchers focused on 49 men, and put these men through two brain scans.  None of these men had any history of alcohol or drug use in the past.  However, all of them seemed to have an affinity for drinking beer, compared to other alcoholic beverages.  Interestingly enough, women were excluded from the study, because it was difficult to find women who admitted to liking beer over other beverages. 
The men were all right-handed, because in most men, the capacity for language exists in the left side of the brain.  The participants were then given 15 ml of their favorite brand of beer, and were tested during this time.  They are also tested while drinking Gatorade.
The researchers found that sampling the flavor of one’s favorite brand of beer seemed to increase the men's desire to drink the beer, compared to the Gatorade.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Mark Sanford Divorce Documents Leaked

It’s a scandal that couldn't come at a worse time for disgraced former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford.  The former governor is seeking to contest his old Charleston seat in the upcoming elections, and now divorce-related documents that have recently been published in the Associated Press claim that he trespassed on his wife’s house earlier this year.
Both Sanford and his wife Jenny have insisted that they were not responsible for the leak to the Associated Press.  These divorce documents talk about an alleged incident that occurred earlier this year, in which Sanford trespassed on his ex-wife's home, using a cell phone in as a flashlight. 
Sanford has already released a statement, insisting that on the evening in question, he was at his home with his 14-year-old son watching the Super Bowl.  He insists that he wanted to tell his ex-wife of the situation, and went to her house to inform her.  She was not at home, and he used a cell phone light to find his way around the back steps.
There has been plenty of speculation about the source of the leaked divorce documents, which as any Alabama divorce lawyer knows should have remained sealed.  Both Sanford and his ex-wife insist that it was their understanding that all divorce documents would remain sealed. 
Sanford has openly questioned the timing of the leak of the documents, coming as it does just a few days before this very important election for him.  The election marks his return to public life after the very public collapse of his marriage.  His trip to divorce court was triggered by a long-time extramarital relationship that he had with an Argentinean woman, and allegations that he had used state travel funds to conduct the relationship.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Texting Linked to Fatal Medical Helicopter Crash

The result of an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board confirms that California plane crash lawyers can expect to see greater involvement of cell phones and texting devices in aviation incidents in the future.  The Board has officially confirmed that a fatal medical helicopter crash that occurred in 2011 was at least partly the result of the pilot’s frequent texting during the flight.
The helicopter crashed in Missouri in 2011, and killed the pilot, a paramedic, a flight nurse, as well as the patient who was being transported in the medical helicopter.  According to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation, the pilot was texting on his phone during the flight.  This is believed to be the very first time that texting is being cited as a contributing cause of a fatal commercial aviation incident.
California plane crash lawyers don't believe that that this will be the last time that we see cell phone use by pilots as factors in plane crashes.  According to investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot received at least 4 text messages during the flight.  He also sent at least 3 text messages to 2 different cell phones.
The National Transportation Safety Board cites the pilot's texting as only a contributing factor in the crash, and says that the fact that the helicopter took off without enough fuel to complete the journey, was the main cause of the crash.  However, the Board has also admitted that that there were at least 240 text messages that the pilot sent and received during his shift, and has concluded that texting distracted the pilot, thereby contributing to the crash.  The distraction possibly caused him not to notice that the fuel levels were low before he took off.