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As Disease Outbreaks Tied to ‘Anti-Vaxxers’ Rise, States Take Action

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2019 — Outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases are on the across rise in the United States, often fueled by “anti-vaxxer” parents reluctant to immunize their kids.

However, states are countering these trends with laws to boost childhood vaccination rates and safeguard children, a new study finds.

“Vaccines are our best public health tool for controlling many childhood diseases,” said lead author Neal Goldstein of Drexel University, in Philadelphia.

“Seeing an uptick in legislation aimed at cutting vaccine exemptions following disease outbreaks suggests that media coverage may raise public awareness and advocacy and response from legislators,” Goldstein said in a university news release.

“While it is unfortunate it took outbreaks of preventable disease to spawn legislative action, it further affirms the widespread support of this life-saving intervention,” he added. Goldstein is an assistant research professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in Drexel’s School of Public Health.

Recent outbreaks of illnesses such as measles or whooping cough in California (2015) and New York (2019) led lawmakers in those states to ban all non-medical vaccine exemptions.

To see if that trend was widespread, Goldstein’s team analyzed 2010 to 2016 state data on outbreaks of 12 childhood vaccine-preventable diseases, including hepatitis A and B, flu, measles and whooping cough.

The investigators also examined 2011 to 2017 data on state bills introduced the year after the start of an outbreak that would tighten or ease vaccination requirements for these diseases.

Each state reported an average of 25 vaccine-preventable diseases per 100,000 people per year, but there was significant year-to-year variation.

Of the 175 state vaccination-related bills proposed during 2011 to 2017, about 53% made it easier to get an exemption from vaccine requirements, while 47% made exemption more difficult.

While there were more anti-vaccine bills than pro-vaccine bills introduced overall, further analysis showed that increases in vaccine-preventable diseases were followed by increases in the number of proposed bills that restricted vaccine exemptions.

There was no association between decreases in vaccine-preventable diseases and proposed bills that made it easier to get vaccine exemptions, according to the study. The results were published Nov. 18 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Legislation to reduce vaccine exemptions is needed in the United States, the study authors said. Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, but there were 695 cases in 22 states in April 2019, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on vaccines.

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Posted: November 2019

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Man of Action Charges Up Hybrid Series ‘Power Players’ for ZAG, On & CN

A new CGI/live-action hybrid superhero series is heading to screens, as Power Players makes its linear debut on Cartoon Network on Saturday, September 21 at 12:30 p.m. Ahead of the TV launch, the first six episodes will preview across on August 30 across all Cartoon Network platforms, including CN App and On Demand.

Power Players follows an eponymous team of secret toy heroes led by Axel, a kid who discovers the Power Bandz which can transform him into the living, toy-sized action figure: Action Axel. Together with his team of toys brought to life, Axel and the Power Players fight the destructive fun of villainous robot Madcap and his pack of toys gone bad.

Based on an original idea by ZAG Entertainment founder/CEO Jeremy Zag, the series was developed by Man of Action Entertainment (creators of the Ben 10 franchise for Cartoon Network). MoAs Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle serve as executive producers along with Cedric Pilot, Carine Karsenti and Kevin Marciano. Jeremy Zag and Aton Soumache are producers. story editors are Michael Delachenal, Marcus Rinehart, AJ Marchisello and Man of Action. The shows directors are Tarik Hamdine and Yohan Parents.

“When we saw the incredible vision that Jeremy and Tarik had for Power Players, there was no way Man of Action was going to say anything other than ‘yes’ to coming aboard to shape the world, the characters, and the story,” the creative coalition stated. “It’s a really fun show with a great cast and an eye-popping standard that you usually only see in feature animation.”

Man of Action created the characters and team featured in Big Hero 6, Disney/Marvel’s Academy Award-winning feature, in addition to creating, writing, executive producing Ben 10 and its current iteration, now in season 4 on Cartoon Network. They developed, executive produced, and wrote episodes of Mega Man: Fully Charged for Dentsu and DHX. Man of Action Ent. and ZAG Ent. previously collaborated on the MoA original Zak Storm: Super Pirate for Netflix, and both series are part of the ZAG Heroez brand which also includes Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir.

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Netflix and Sony Preparing New Elvis Presley Action Comedy Toon

Netflix is all shook up for Elvis. The streaming service has announced that has ordered an adult animated action comedy series featuring Elvis Presley. The show which is titled Agent King will be exec produced by Priscilla Presley and John Eddie and will be co-produced by Authentic Brands Group, Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures TV, per Variety.

Actress and business magnate Priscilla Presley, who was married to Elvis from 1967 to 1973, told the trade pub, “From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! Agent King lets him do just that…My co-creator John Eddie and I are so excited to be working with Netflix and Sony Animation on this amazing project and getting the chance to show the world an Elvis they haven’t seen before.”

According to the official description of the show, “Elvis Presley trades in his white jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves — all while holding down his day job as the King Of Rock And Roll.”

Co-creators Presley and Eddie will also executive produce the series. Jerry Schilling is consultant, while Mike Arnold (Archer) will be the showrunner, writer and co-executive producer. Fletcher Moules will serve as supervising director and co-executive producer.

Netflix made the announcement on the anniversary of Presley’s death (August 16, 1977), which coincides with “Elvis Week,” a Graceland celebration of Elvis’ music, movies and legacy.

Here’s hoping that audiences can’t help falling in love with the show, won’t look at it with suspicious minds and don’t return it to sender.

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Agent King

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Be Prepared to Take FAST Action If You Suspect a Stroke

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 — Would you be able to recognize if you or someone close to you were having a stroke? A stroke is a 911 medical emergency and every second counts for survival.

To help you recognize the signs of stroke, the National Stroke Association wants you to remember F-A-S-T, or fast.

F stands for “face.” Signs of stroke include drooping or numbness on just one side of the face. An uneven smile is another clue that something’s wrong.

A stands for “arm.” Is just one arm weak or numb? If the person tries to lift both arms, does one drift downward? In general, stroke signs appear on just one side of the body.

S stands for “speech.” When a stroke happens, the person can’t speak or their speech is slurred or hard to understand. He or she won’t be able to accurately repeat a simple sentence.

T stands for “time.” It’s time to call 911 if you see any of these symptoms. Even if the symptoms go away, the person needs to get to the hospital fast. There’s a finite window of opportunity for care, particularly the administration of a specialized clot-busting medication, needed when the stroke is due to a blood clot.

More Signs of Stroke

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in one leg.
  • Sudden confusion.
  • Trouble understanding, seeing or walking.
  • Dizziness or lack of balance.
  • A sudden severe headache with no known cause.

It’s good to know the name and location of the stroke center nearest to you. Leading hospitals and medical centers with comprehensive stroke services often carry the designation “Certificate of Distinction” from the Joint Commission, an accreditation organization. You can access a stroke center database at qualitycheck.org.

To protect yourself and loved ones, learn all you can about stroke now, so you’ll be prepared should an emergency strike.

More information

The National Stroke Association has more facts about stroke.

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Posted: March 2019

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Pot Banking Gets Attention but No Action in Hyped Hearing

The United States House of Representatives held its first hearing on the challenges of marijuana business banking on February 13, gaining attention and praise for doing what congressional leaders had not done in the past: actually considering federal marijuana reform.

Even so, the House Financial Services Committee hearing provided more bark than bite, since this was just an initial discussion of the issue. Among the topics: a draft of Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s SAFE Banking act, which he plans to introduce formally later this month, after he incorporates feedback from the hearing.

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Because the plant is still federally illegal, licensed marijuana companies and the ancillary businesses that serve them often have a hard time finding banks and financial institutions that will take their money. Fearing the potential for federal racketeering and trafficking charges for handling funds related to something still deemed federally illegal, most financial institutions won’t serve the pot industry…or drop those clients once they find out they’re dealing with marijuana businesses. As a result, the majority of licensed pot companies operate on a cash-only basis.

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“Today’s hearing is a big deal. It’s a big deal for thousands of employees and businesses across this country who have been put at risk because they are forced to deal with piles of cash while Congress has stuck its head in the sand,” Perlmutter said during the hearing. “We need these marijuana-related businesses and employees to have access to our banking system. It will improve transparency and accountability, and help law enforcement root out illegal transactions to prevent tax evasion, money laundering and other white-collar crime. Most importantly, though, it will help reduce the risk of violent crimes in our communities.”

Perlmutter, who has been pushing federal banking reform in connection with licensed pot businesses since 2013, told fellow lawmakers about Travis Mason, a security guard who was shot dead in 2016 during an attempted robbery at a dispensary in Aurora.

“These stories are why we drafted the SAFE Banking Act,” he explained. “If someone wants to oppose the legalization of marijuana, that’s their business, but the American voters have spoken. The fact is, you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. Prohibition is over.”

Colorado Representative Ed Perlmutter has been working on marijuana banking reform since 2013.

Colorado Representative Ed Perlmutter has been working on marijuana banking reform since 2013.

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The meeting was Perlmutter’s first chance to have a draft of his bill heard in committee. Praised for his “moment in the sun” and acting as a “portrait of persistence” by his colleagues, Perlmutter saw support from representatives in states that have also legalized marijuana, such as Denny Heck (Washington), Maxine Waters (California) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan).

“You’ve made a really strong case here as to why these banks deserve a safe harbor,” Waters, who serves as committee co-chair, told Perlmutter. “This is so important; so many people have been waiting on it.”

Not everyone on the committee was persuaded, however, and the loudest opposition came from representatives of Southern states, including Blaine Luetkemeyer (Missouri), Patrick McHenry (North Carolina), Roger Williams (Texas) and Bill Posey (Florida). Most of their objections centered on marijuana’s federal status and — despite committee co-chair Gregory Meek’s warnings to keep the discussion on banking — the plant’s stigma and designation in the Controlled Substances Act.

“This is like having a stoplight at a major intersection..and the light gets turned off. And [then] what do you have? Confusion and chaos,” Luetkemeyer said. “I’m concerned it would create more confusion than it solves.”

Calling marijuana “a gateway drug,” Williams voiced his disapproval of furthering legalization and allowing banks to serve federally illegal businesses.

Posey’s criticism went back to gun rights. A proponent of loosening gun restrictions, he said he didn’t believe the marijuana industry deserved “special treatment” from federal enforcement while firearms dealers, payday lenders and other companies believed to be at a higher risk for fraud and money-laundering are also largely denied banking services as a result of a 2013 Department of Justice directive, Operation Choke Point.

However, the Trump administration announced plans to end Operation Choke Point in 2017.

Luetkemeyer and Kentucky rep Andy Barr both wondered why the marijuana industry didn’t pursue federal legalization, as industrial hemp had done. “The hemp industry showed us how to solve this problem — by de-scheduling the substance,” Luetkemeyer said. “The states have jumped the gun here. They should have contacted their congressman.”

Although the much-hyped hearing didn’t provide any concrete results, it did represent progress that the pot industry hopes will continue, according to lobbyist Melissa Kuipers Blake.

“This is probably the first [hearing] of its kind. Having this be scheduled so directly and with preparation is really exciting,” Blake says. “With the Democratic takeover of the House, there’s a larger appetite to take on marijuana issues and have solutions for businesses across the country.”

A lobbyist for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and the Cannabis Trade Federation, Blake represents marijuana brands like LivWell and Dixie Elixirs. She says that the hearing could create more momentum for Colorado Senator Cory Gardner’s STATES Act, which would leave marijuana regulation up to the states, similar to the way they regulate alcohol. “Having Senator Gardner — who’s in a state that’s very blue right now and has taken up the cause and wants to win re-election in 2020 — that’s a lot of good politics,” she explains.

Blake expects more marijuana reform bills to be introduced in Congress this year, including proposals for conviction expungement and reclassifying THC.

“For Democrats, this has long been an issue and one that they embrace. There’s a lot of interest in the social component, and making sure certain groups that were under-represented are now properly represented,” she adds. “The Republican side has been completely based on state law and the Tenth Amendment issue. Republicans, as you know, care very strongly about the Constitution. They can’t defend guns if it’s in the Constitution, and the same goes for states that legalize marijuana.”

Update: This story was updated on February 15 to reflect that fact that Representative Perlmutter’s bill has not yet been formally introduced.

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Trump Vows Action on Surprise Medical Bills

By Emmarie Huetteman

Jan. 24, 2019 — President Donald Trump on Wednesday instructed administration officials to investigate how to prevent surprise medical bills, broadening his focus on drug prices to include other issues of price transparency in health care.

Flanked by patients and other guests invited to the White House to share their stories of unexpected and outrageous bills, Trump tasked his health secretary, Alex Azar, and labor secretary, Alex Acosta, with working on a solution, several attendees said.

“The pricing is hurting patients, and we’ve stopped a lot of it, but we’re going to stop all of it,” Trump said during a roundtable discussion when reporters were briefly allowed into the otherwise closed-door meeting.

David Silverstein, the founder of a Colorado-based nonprofit called Broken Healthcare who attended, said Trump struck an aggressive tone, calling for a solution with “the biggest teeth you can find.”

“Reading the tea leaves, I think there’s big change coming,” Silverstein said.

Surprise billing, or the practice of charging patients for care that is more expensive than anticipated or not covered by their insurance, has received a flood of attention in the past year, particularly as Kaiser Health News and other news organizations have undertaken investigations into patients’ most outrageous medical bills.

Attendees said each of 10 invited guests — among them patients as well as doctors with their own stories of unexpected bills — was given an opportunity to talk, though Trump did not stay to hear all of their stories during the roughly hourlong gathering.

The group included Paul Davis, a retired doctor from Findlay, Ohio, whose family’s experience with a $ 17,850 bill for a simple urine test was detailed in a KHN-NPR “Bill of the Month” feature last year.

Davis’ daughter, Elizabeth Moreno, was a college student in Texas when she had spinal surgery to remedy debilitating back pain. After the surgery, she was asked to provide a urine sample and later received a bill from an out-of-network lab in Houston that tested it. Experts said such tests rarely cost more than $ 200, not nearly what the lab charged Moreno and her insurance company. But fearing damage to his daughter’s credit, Davis paid the lab $ 5,000 and filed a complaint with the Texas attorney general’s office, alleging “price gouging of staggering proportions.”

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Davis said White House officials made it clear that price transparency is a “high priority” for Trump, and while they did not see eye to eye on every subject, he said he was struck by their sincerity.

“These people seemed earnest in wanting to do something constructive to fix this,” Davis said.

Dr. Martin Makary, a surgeon and health policy expert at Johns Hopkins University who has written about transparency in health care and attended the meeting, said it was a good opportunity for the White House to hear firsthand about a serious and widespread issue.

“This is how most of America lives, and [Americans are] getting hammered,” he said.

Trump has often railed against high prescription drug prices but has said less about other problems with the nation’s health care system. In October, shortly before the midterm elections, he unveiled a proposal to tie the price Medicare pays for some drugs to the prices paid for the same drugs overseas, for example.

Trump, Azar and Acosta said efforts to control costs in health care were yielding positive results, discussing in particular the expansion of association health plans and the new requirement that hospitals post their list prices online. The president also took credit for the recent increase in generic drug approvals, which he said would help lower drug prices.

Discussing the partial government shutdown, Trump said Americans “want to see what we’re doing, like today we lowered prescription drug prices, first time in 50 years,” according to a White House pool report.

Trump appeared to be referring to a recent claim by the White House Council of Economic Advisers that prescription drug prices fell last year.

However, as STAT pointed out in a recent fact check, the report from which that claim was gleaned said “growth in relative drug prices has slowed since January 2017,” not that there was an overall decrease in prices.

Annual increases in overall drug spending have leveled off as pharmaceutical companies have released fewer blockbuster drugs; patents have expired on brand-name drugs; and the waning effect of a spike driven by the release of astronomically expensive drugs to treat hepatitis C. Drugmakers are also wary of increasing their prices in the midst of growing political pressure.

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Since Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives this month, party leaders have rushed to announce investigations and schedule hearings dealing with health care, focusing in particular on drug costs and protections for those with preexisting conditions.

Last week, the House Oversight Committee announced a “sweeping” investigation into drug prices, pointing to an AARP report saying the vast majority of brand-name drugs had more than doubled in price between 2005 and 2017.

KHN correspondents Shefali Luthra and Jay Hancock contributed to this report.

Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation which is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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Cartoon Network Turns the Action up to 11 with ‘Ben 10’ Season 4

Cartoon Network has given the greenlight to a fourth season of global hit Ben 10, promising to take “hero time” to all-new levels. Season 4 is expect to premiere worldwide in 2020.

In the new season, Ben, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max will venture to some of the world’s most popular destinations including Italy, Japan and Mexico — with plenty of new alien transformations, action-packed battles with villains and more along the way. Ben will also discover a special key that upgrades his beloved Omnitrix to add “Omni-Kix” armor enhancements to his aliens so he can power up during the action.

Ben 10 is currently in its third season, with new episodes returning later this month in EMEA, with the U.S. and Latin America following in February and Asia Pacific in March. The new episodes will feature new aliens, vehicles and villains, including a new character named Kevin 11, who serves as Ben’s 11 year-old-nemesis and the inventor of the “Anti-trix,” a custom version of Ben’s Omnitrix which he can activate to produce alternative versions of Ben’s heroic aliens. Fans can also join Ben on expeditions around the world as he and his family board the new Omni-Copter to fly overseas to Asia, Europe and South America.

Ben 10 was watched by 182M individuals with 56M kids tuning in to watch it in Q3 of 2018 worldwide. The show is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and created and executive produced by Man of Action Entertainment (Big Hero 6, Generator Rex), with John Fang (Mixels, Generator Rex) as executive producer.

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John Krasinski, the Everyman’s Action Hero

He also appeared on the big screen, in the romantic comedies License to Wed and Something Borrowed and the historical drama Leatherheads. In 2016, he starred in 13 Hours, which chronicled the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and the efforts of a small security team, led by Krasinski’s Jack Silva, to protect those trapped inside.

For that role, Krasinski had to get ripped. He spent 3 months punishing himself with muscle-building bench presses, rack pulls, sled drags, and deadlifts. He limited his diet mostly to chicken, salad, and water. His new, 9% body fat physique made headlines. It also set him up with a base of physical fitness that he works to maintain.

13 Hours was brutal,” he recalls, “but once I did it, I kept myself in shape so that I would not have to go through that again, so that I would not have to start from scratch ever again.”

His workout for Jack Ryan was comparatively easy: “I did a lot of rowing, because Jack’s on a crew team.” He has also kept to a healthy diet, though not as restrictive as his 13 Hours eating plan. “I’m a salad guy. I like salads with protein,” he explains. “The days of eating a whole pizza are over, the days of eating a whole tub of Häagen-Dazs are over. I like to eat well, to take care of myself.”

Krasinski has put his buff body to a good cause: veterans’ issues. In August 2016, he took the 22 Pushup Challenge to raise awareness about mental health issues faced by military veterans. The name comes from a grim statistic: In 2013, the Veterans Administration estimated that, on average, 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Veterans’ risk of suicide is 22% higher than that of non-veterans.

Like the ice bucket challenge before it, the 22 Pushup Challenge went viral, as celebrities dropped, did pushups, then posted the videos to social media. Actor Chris Pratt challenged Krasinski, and Krasinski in turn challenged the man who directed his 13 Hours training regimen, Jason Walsh, as well as Captain America star Chris Evans.

On Memorial Day 2017, Krasinski and Pratt together took up the Murph Challenge, a brutal workout done wearing body armor. The challenge raises money for a scholarship that honors Navy Seal Lt. Michael P. Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan 2005.

Accompanying a post to his Instagram account, Krasinski wrote, “Today we remember and honor each and every one of the brave men and women who gave their lives for us.”

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FDA Takes Action Against Teething Products, Makers

May 23, 2018 — The FDA is warning consumers to immediately stop using all baby teething products that contain benzocaine because they can pose a “serious risk” to infants and children.

The agency is also asking companies to stop selling the products and said it will take official action to remove them from stores.

“In addition to our letters to companies who make these products, we urge parents, caregivers and retailers who sell them to heed our warnings and not use over-the-counter products containing benzocaine for teething pain,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement Wednesday.

Benzocaine is used in products to treat not just teething, but also sore throats, canker sores, and other oral irritations. It is sold as gels, sprays, ointments, and lozenges. Some of the more common brand names are Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel, and Topex.

The FDA previously warned consumers about the risks of benzocaine, which include a chance of getting a disease known as methemoglobinemia, which can raise the levels of methemoglobin in the blood while dangerously lowering blood oxygen levels. It can be fatal.

Symptoms of methemoglobinemia can happen within minutes of using benzocaine. They include pale, gray- or blue-colored skin, lips, and nail beds; shortness of breath; fatigue; headache; lightheadedness; and a rapid heart rate.

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FDA: “FDA takes action against the use of OTC benzocaine teething products due to serious safety risk, lack of benefit.”

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Daily News Bytes: Studio Ghibli Fest Presents ‘Ponyo,’ China ❤️ ‘Molang’, ‘Rick and Morty’ Fans Take Action & More

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Marvel’s Avengers Are Getting Their Own TV Channel
Disney TV in the UK and Ireland will launch a “pop up channel” dedicated to the superhero squad, with an on-air takeover across Sky and Virgin Disney XD +1 channels from April 1-29. Fans can catch exclusive Infinity War content as well as new Marvel Funko animated shorts, premieres of Marvel Video Comic and Super Hero Adventures shorts, and the complete Avengers Assemble animated series.

Visegrad Animation Forum Announces Official Project Selection
21 projects from across Europe have been picked out to participate in the Short Film and TV Series & Specials pitch competitions, which each come with a 2,000 EUR development funding prize. TV winners get access to Cartoon Forum 2018, Animation Sans Frontiers is offering a 1,500 EUR scholarship, and Playade Sound (Poland) is offering 1,000 EUR to the best short film to cover sound postproduction.

Care2 Petition for ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 Nears Goal
A fan-generated petition to Adult Swim to order a fourth season of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s cult hit sci-fi comedy is rapidly reaching its 3,000 signature goal, with 2,700+ Szechuan Sauce-chugging wannabe mad scientists joining the call. Harmon recently Tweeted a sarcastic reply to a fan who told him to finish the unordered season and stop being a “lazy alcoholic.” A former series writer had revealed in January that none of the parties seemed particularly keen on getting to work. Wubba lubba dub dub!

Millimages Sweeps Chinese Market with Multiple Deals
The Emmy-nominated French producer continues to extend the presence of its best-selling animated series Molang (104 x 3’30?) across the country, with pickups from top platforms Tencent, Alibaba’s Youku and Tudou, and Mango TV, following its iQiYi premiere — an L&M program is coming soon through Alibaba. Millimages also inked a package deal with Wow Dadi for Pirata & Capitano (52 x 11’), S1-2 of Paper Port (52 x 11’) and S1-2 of Corneil & Bernie (104 x 13’). The company now has 10 series on offer in mainland China.

Snapchat Introduces a Morbidly Cute New ‘Cuphead’ Lens
The app is bringing the merciless action of the Fleischer-esque brawler game to your phone camera with a new lens featuring Cuphead and Mugman, who start blasting when a person enters the frame — but they’re not invincible!

Studio Ghibli Fest Kicks Off with 10th Anniversary Screenings of ‘Ponyo’
GKIDS and Fathom Events bring back the Studio Ghibli Fest this weekend with Hayao Miayazaki’s Oscar-nominated “mermaid” tale, in theaters nationwide for three days only March 25, 26 and 28. The family adventure centers on a young boy named Sosuke who gets more than he bargains for when he rescues a stranded goldfish — which turns out to be a magical creature named Ponyo whose desire to be human causes chaos, and whose sorcerer father won’t let her go that easily. Featuring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Lily Tomlin, Liam Neeson, and more.

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Clips & Art: Bad-Asgardian Action Comes Home in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

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Thor: Ragnarok

To help you get stoked for the on-disc release of Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Studios has unleashed production artwork cool clips from two of the marvelous bonus features delving into the creation of striking characters Hela and Valkyrie. The smash-hit latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which snagged over $ 845 million at the global box office, is arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March 6; it’s available now on Digital HD and 4K and via Movies Anywhere.

Synopsis: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

Blu-ray bonuses:

  • Director’s Introduction
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Exclusive Short: Team Darryl
  • Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes
  • Getting in Touch with Your Inner Thor
  • Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie
  • Finding Korg
  • Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown
  • Journey into Mystery
  • 8-Bit Scenes
  • Director’s Commentary

Digital exclusives:

  • Evolution of Thor and Hulk’s Bromance
  • Additional Deleted Scenes

“A New Valkyrie” Bonus Feature

“Villainesse” Bonus Feature

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How to Take Action Against Acne

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 — Waiting for acne to clear up on its own can be frustrating, especially for teens who are already self-conscious about their appearance.

Untreated acne can cause low self-esteem and anxiety as well as permanent facial scars. Ignoring it or assuming kids will outgrow it can harm them physically and emotionally. Acne can also continue into the adult years, and be especially problematic for women.

Mild cases with just a few blemishes or blackheads may respond in a month or two to over-the-counter drugstore products with ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These are designed to unblock pores and encourage cell turnover.

But deep pimples and inflamed pustules need the strength of prescription products and the know-how of a dermatologist.

Most prescriptions are topical. That means they’re applied to the skin, typically to kill bacteria and/or reduce oil. Often in gel form, they may contain a retinoid (a vitamin A-based ingredient), prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide, or antibiotics. There are many effective combinations that your dermatologist can recommend. If one doesn’t work, another might.

Severe acne, with cysts and nodules, often needs medication in pill form, from antibiotics to the most powerful vitamin A drug called isotretinoin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one 4- or 5-month course of isotretinoin brings about clear skin in 85 percent of patients. However, it can have serious side effects, primarily birth defects, so it’s essential that people taking it don’t become pregnant (or even breast-feed) while on it.

There are also many office procedures that may help, such as lasers and other light therapies; chemical peels; and extractions, which remove stubborn cysts and help prevent scarring.

With so many options, there’s no reason to suffer through this skin condition.

More information

The American Academy of Dermatology has a section on acne on its website, including the latest treatments.

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Posted: January 2018

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