Argument At Chuck E. Cheese Spurs Gun Threat By Mom

BY: - 6 Feb '13 | On the Web

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A heated argument at a Newington, Conn. Chuck E. Cheese turned violent when a woman pulled out and loaded a semi-automatic hand gun before being arrested, police say.

Thirty-year-old, Tawana Bourne attended the restaurant with her child on Monday night. For unknown reasons,  an argument ensued with another mom, who was also with a child during her visit. The Middletown woman bore a registered .380 caliber handgun causing the staff to contact Newington Police Department.

“At Chuck E. Cheese’s, providing wholesome entertainment to families with young children and maintaining a safe experience for our guests and staff is a primary concern for us just as it is top-of-mind for the families and parents who visit us,” an employee stated. “We want to assure parents and caregivers that we take great measures to protect the experience children and families have in our stores.”

No one was injured during the incident and Bourne’s gun permit has since been taken away. She was released on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

Read the full article on NBC Connecticut.

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HPV Vaccination for Boys an Important Step in Prevention

BY: - 7 Feb '13 | Lifestyle

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The human papilloma virus (HPV) is widely known to affect women as the leading cause of cervical cancer. While cervical cancer cases have declined, risks such as oral and anal cancers in men are on the rise.

HPV vaccines for men are just four years into being approved, but a recent study from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) showed that low-income and minority parents were receptive to vaccinating young boys. The study also found that a lack of information about the vaccine’s efficiency and safety contributed to less parents getting it for their children The Huffington Post reported.

A Mercury News article revealed that the death rate for oral cancer is three times higher than that of cervical cancer as they account for 78.2 percent of HPV related diseases. The vaccine, Gardasil, which is FDA-approved for men and women, defends against HPV cancer causing strains 18 and 16. Cervarix protects against the same two strains, but is not licensed for men.

“The very low rate at which boys are vaccinated is a result of the inability of the manufacturers and doctors to speak openly and with factual evidence about oral cancer in a context that parents will understand,” says Brian Hill, president of the Oral Cancer Foundation, who was present at the National Institute of Health meeting where the aid was requested. “Vaccination is not just about cervical cancers but cancers their sons will potentially get in the future.”

The cost of vaccination is typically free or low cost for those under 26 and is most effective to someone who’s least likely to have already been exposed. Once the HPV strain is contracted, the vaccine will not be effective.

Read more on boys and HPV prevention on MercuryNews.com

BMWK — What are your thoughts on young boys receiving HPV vaccinations? What steps are you taking to make sure your children are protected against the disease?

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