A Florida man is under investigation for repeatedly returning boxes of used enemas to a CVS pharmacy where workers re-shelved the items, police report.
The repulsive probe began earlier this month when a worker told Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office deputies that the suspect, on four occasions, had purchased ready-to-use saline enemas only to later return the items.
After accepting the enemas for return, the 22-year-old McDonald decided to “check the box of enemas to be sure that they were not tampered with.” When he opened the box, McDonald “observed that all the enemas were used.” Additionally, the pharmacy worker determined that “the unknown white male… re-glued the bottom of the box so that it appeared that it had not been opened.”
A subsequent review of credit card records and store surveillance tape (which caught the man driving a blue pickup truck) led sheriff’s deputies to identify the suspect, who has not been named. Investigators determined that the man began purchasing the enemas in March and returning them in April. According to a CVS spokesperson, the company believes that, over a two-month period, “as many as 12 enema packages…were possibly used by a customer who then returned them with re-sealed packaging to make the products appear unopened.” The pharmacy added that it was “proactively contacting” 21 customers who bought “any of the potentially impacted enema products” during the period of time that the suspect was carrying out the tampering scheme. As part of the criminal probe, police noted, “Samples were taken of the fluid in the enema bottle and have been sent to the Florida Department of Health for testing. Fecal matter was located on some of the returned enema bottles. The fecal matter has been collected as evidence and submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for testing.”
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CHRONIC PAIN GOVERNED BY YOUR EMOTIONS?
The emotional state of the brain can explain why different individuals do not respond the same way to similar injuries, say scientists.
Some recover fully while others remain in constant pain.
Brain scan studies showed for the first time how chronic pain emerges as a result of an emotional response to an injury.
The process involves interaction between two brain regions, the frontal cortex and nucleus accumbens.
Lead scientist Professor Vania Apakarian, from Northwestern University in Chicago, US, said: ”The injury itself is not enough to explain the ongoing pain. It has to do with the injury combined with the state of the brain.”
The more emotionally the brain reacted to the initial injury, the more likely it was that pain will persist after the injury has healed, he said.
Prof Apakarian added: ”It may be that these sections of the brain are more excited to begin with in certain individuals, or there may be genetic and environmental influences that predispose these brain regions to interact at an excitable level.”
The research involved 40 volunteers who had all suffered an episode of back pain lasting one to four months.
Four brain scans were carried out on each participant over the course of one year.
The results, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, made it possible to predict with 85% accuracy which individuals would go on to develop chronic pain.
The nucleus accumbens teaches the rest of the brain how to evaluate and react to the outside world.
Prof Apakarian said it may use the initial pain signal to teach other parts of the brain to develop chronic pain.
”Now we hope to develop new therapies for treatment based on this finding,” he added.
Chinese Cooked in Cauldrons 20,000 Years Ago
An ancient cauldron unearthed by archeologists in China is an astounding 20,000 years old. Until recently, it was widely believed that pottery vessels for food were only invented after the development of agriculture, when people were transitioning to a more settled way of life. Experts reasoned that the large, fragile objects would be impractical for more nomadic hunter-gatherer societies. Yet, over the past decade, there have been a number of finds that challenge this theory and collectively push back the invention of pottery by 10,000 years. The Chinese cauldron indicates that people were probably cooking their food or brewing alcohol in pottery at least 8,000 years before the development of agriculture.
GOT ELDERLY PARENTS? THE LAW MAY DICTATE YOU VISIT THEM
At least in China:
When was the last time you visited your parents?
Has it been a while?
If you live in China, it might soon be illegal to go without paying mom and dad a visit.
After a survey revealed that more than 33 percent of people had only visited their parents once in the last year, Chinese lawmakers began voicing plans to amend the country’s elderly rights law to make it mandatory for children to visit or “send respects to” their parents. A clause would make it illegal for people to “neglect or cold-shoulder elderly people,” but critics question how this could be enforced. Still, more than 42 percent of people think the law is a good idea, so call your folks now to get rid of that gnawing sense of guilt.
Take a look and tell me who you think would buy something like this for their kid.
First Wal-Mart Store Opens in Rogers, Arkansas (This day in 1962)
Today the world’s largest corporation, the Walmart chain of superstores was founded by Sam Walton, a former US Army Captain with an economics degree. Walton owned and ran a chain of five-and-dime stores in Arkansas before he opened his first Wal-Mart store in 1962. In the 50 years since, the company, which sells brand-name goods in high volume at low prices, has flourished. It now has 8,500 stores operating in over a dozen countries. What percent of the US population visits a Walmart each week?
Hermann Hesse (Born on this day in 1877)
Hesse was German novelist and poet who wrote about the individual’s search for spiritual fulfillment, often through mysticism. His major works include Siddhartha and Steppenwolf. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. At around the time of his death in 1962, his novels began to enjoy a revival of popularity due to their association with some of the themes of the 1960s counterculture movement. What fellow German writers did Hesse help to escape from the Nazis?