Health news, week of Dec. 17

On your mark, get set...Happy New Year! Credit: NYRR
On your mark, get set…Happy New Year!
Credit: NYRR

30-second lifesaver

This week’s tip comes from Dr. Eric Collins, Addiction Psychiatrist and Physician-in-Chief at Silver Hill Hospital, a Connecticut-based mental health facility.

Put the brakes on someone drinking and driving

“Telling someone directly that you are concerned about their drinking can be challenging, but if a friend or loved one is determined to drive after drinking, be direct but calm and reasonable. Start with: ‘I care about you, and you may hurt yourself or someone else. You should not drive.’ If they get in the car to drive, calmly explain you are serious. Even a DUI conviction is less destructive than a manslaughter or another conviction.”

Scary stat

38 percent of Americans feel less informed about the Affordable Care Act over the past month, a month after the start of open enrollment, according to Consumer Reports. They created www.HealthLawHelper.org to help people make sense of the new law.

New Year’s fitness

Get a leg up on your resolution with these fitness happenings.

  • Start your 2014 on the right foot — literally (or your left foot, if you’re a lefty) — at the New York Road Runners’ annual Midnight Run sponsored by Emerald Nuts. The all-night party begins with a costume contest, dancing and fireworks before segueing into a four-mile run in Central Park. Sign up at www.nyrr.com.
  • The JCC (334 Amsterdam Ave., 646-505-5708) will host an open house from 10 a.m.-6 pm., featuring Zumba, indoor cycling, nutrition consultations and more.
  • Alvin Ailey’s “Get Fit in ’14″ program kicks off Jan. 2; participants can take 14 classes in 14 days for the price of 10 classes. All dance levels are welcome; sign up at www.aileyextension.com.


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National

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Local

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A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

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The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

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Television

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See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

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NFL

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U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

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NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.