How to Keep Your Bones Strong and Prevent Fractures

THURSDAY, Sept. 12, 2019 — If you’re a young adult, start thinking about your bone health, an expert advises.

Most people reach peak bone mass — the strongest bones they’ll ever have — between 25 and 30 years of age, according to Dr. Philip Bosha, a physician with Penn State Sports Medicine in State College, Pa.

“To some extent, genetics determines the peak, but lifestyle influences, such as diet and exercise, are also factors,” Bosha said in a Penn State news release.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, bone mass starts to slowly decrease after age 40. Taking 1,000 milligrams of calcium and 1,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D a day can help maintain your bones. You should also do weight-bearing exercises such as running and brisk walking, as well as resistance training to maintain bone and muscle strength.

After age 50, the daily recommended calcium intake for men remains 1,000 milligrams per day, but rises to 1,200 milligrams for women, including those who are entering or have gone through menopause.

Declining estrogen levels due to menopause can lead to rapid bone loss. All women 65 and older — and those between 60 and 64 who have an increased risk of fractures — should get a bone density study, according to Bosha.

“If the bone density study shows osteoporosis, it may be reasonable to start taking a medication called a bisphosphonate, which you can get in a variety of forms,” he said. “Some are pills taken on a weekly or monthly basis and other varieties can be taken intravenously.”

Other medications to improve bone density include calcitonin, which can be used as a nasal spray; parathyroid hormone, which is taken by injection; and medications called selective estrogen receptor modulators.

Bosha said men and women who are 70 and older should take 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day and 800 IU of vitamin D. At this age, men become far more likely to have lower bone density, increasing their risk of fractures. Some men should consider a bone density study, Bosha said.

“For people of this age, avoiding falls is crucial,” he said. “Maintaining balance and muscle strength through exercise and maintaining strong bones through adequate calcium and vitamin D intake can help decrease the risk of severe fractures from falls.”

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more on bone health.

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Posted: September 2019

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Ask a Stoner: Weed Is Too Strong Now

Dear Stoner: I don’t want these crazy-sounding strains and heavy hash that is 80 percent THC. Back in my day, we toked easier and talked more. I think weed is too potent now to enjoy socially.
A.R.

Dear A.R.: I can handle my shit after a joint or blunt of this potent, newfangled weed you speak of, but a dab of live resin at a party is guaranteed to make me mute. Further down the spectrum, there are people who take two dabs just to walk to the grocery store. But these are stoners we’re talking about, not the general population.

Novice and semi-regular users don’t need much more than a few puffs to get lit, and routinely find themselves biting off more than they can chew after unexpectedly hitting some flower or concentrate that’s stronger than expected. Anyone who’s smoked weed a handful of times has probably had to take a seat for peace and quiet at some point, but that’s part of growing up. While this does create some issues with predictions, most of us are products of our generations and can plan for the stronger dope accordingly. Ask your dispensary for shake, CBD strains or something under 15 percent THC if you want something tamer for socializing.

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Another Utah Poll Shows Strong Support for Medical Initiative

Yet another poll has showed that a strong majority of Utah voters support the medical cannabis ballot initiative.

Salt Lake Tribune reports:

Utahns continue to show broad support for a proposed 2018 ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state, according to a new poll by The Salt Lake Tribune and the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

The new survey finds 75 percent of Utah voters either strongly or somewhat support the proposed initiative, all but mirroring a July poll that had 77 percent of voters backing legalized medical marijuana.

And it appears support for medical marijuana is growing in Utah: A Tribune-Hinckley Institute poll commissioned in January found 54 percent of voters somewhat or strongly backed legalization.

“Things are trending in the right direction,” said DJ Schanz, executive director of the Utah Patients Coalition, the group organizing the ballot initiative.

“It’s a positive change in our state and across the country. We’re seeing such a positive [stance toward medical marijuana],” said Christine Stenquist, president of Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE), which is working to educate Utah voters on medical marijuana.

 

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Another Utah Poll Shows Strong Support for Medical Marijuana

The 2018 medical cannabis campaign in Utah is fully underway. Right now, the Utah Patients Coalition is collecting signatures from across the state in order to qualify for next year’s ballot.

A new poll was released showing that 74 percent of Utahns support medical cannabis. Other recent polls have showed similar levels of support.

With legislative inaction, a group now puts forward a citizen petition which would set up a medical marijuana (non-smoking) system in Utah, where a limited number of registered growers would provide types of marijuana to be prescribed by a limited number of doctors for specific diseases and/or chronic pain.

Here are some of the interesting numbers found by Jones in his latest survey:

— Utah Republicans favor passage of the citizen initiative on MM, 61-35 percent.

— Democrats really like the idea, 93-7 percent.

— Political independents, who don’t belong to any political party, favor MM, 87-13 percent.

— Even those who self-described themselves as politically “very conservative” favor medical marijuana legalization, 51-42 percent.

— The “somewhat conservatives,” favor it, 71-25; the “moderates” like the petition, 84-14 percent; “somewhat liberals,” 92-8 percent; and the “very liberals,” 97-2 percent.

Those who said they are “somewhat active” in the LDS Church like MM, 80-15 percent; former Mormons who have left the faith like it, 87-5 percent; Catholics favor MM, 80-20 percent; Protestants (which includes born-again Christians), 61-26 percent; and those with no religion like it, 96-4 percent.

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Daily News Bytes: ‘A Silent Voice’ Tix on Sale, ‘Breadwinner’ Wins Strong Reviews, & More

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TICKETS: ‘A Silent Voice’ in US Theaters Oct. 20
ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio’s presentation of the moving anime feature from Naoko Yamada is confirmed for 51 cinemas across the country — from San Diego to New York City and a goodly variety of cities in between.

‘The Breadwinner’ Toronto Review: Vibrant Animated Movie May Force Oscar Attention
Debuting at TIFF, the Cartoon Saloon feature set in war-torn Afghanistan is getting rave reviews that could bring helmer Nora Twomey (who co-directed The Secret of Kells) into the Best Animated Feature race again, despite the questionable shift in Academy voting rules.

Facebook to Spend $ 1 Billion on Original Content for “Watch” Through 2018
Tubefilter sifts the news and rumors about Facebook’s aggressive push into original video content production and promulgation. Watch launched across the US last week.

Where YouTube Meets Japanese Animation
Video sharing sites which blend role-play, film and gaming elements are giving Chinese millennials a customizable online escape from the tedium of everyday life.

In the Golden Age of TV, the Existential-Animation Is King
Sam Thielman dissects the importance of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman (season four available now) and Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty season 3 in today’s television landscape.

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‘In This Corner of the World’ Could Be Strong Oscar Contender

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In This Corner of the World

Sunao Katabuchi focuses on the ordinariness of one Japanese couple’s lives as the specter of war looms in the award-winning In This Corner of the World.

Earlier this year, Sunao Katabuchi’s intimate World War II family drama In This Corner of the World won the Japanese Academy Award for best animated film, beating Makoto Shinkai’s record-breaking Your Name. Katabuchi already enjoyed a distinguished career in animation, having worked on such popular titles as Cardcaptor Sakura, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi and Sherlock Hound, as well as serving as assistant director on Hayao Miyazaki’s beloved Kiki’s Delivery Service.

With the help of translator Junko Goda, Katabuchi discussed In This Corner of the World during a recent visit to Los Angeles, where he screened the film and answered questions at the Anime Expo, prior to the film’s release in theaters and on disc in America.

Based on Fumiyo Kouno’s manga, which will be published in English this fall, Corner tells the story of Suzu, an artistic but diffident young woman, who moves to a small village near Hiroshima when she marries the gentle Shusaku.

Kuono’s carefully depictions of the details of daily life excited Katabuchi. “The scenes in the manga of Suzu making a kimono into the mopei pants women wore during the war and gathering wild plants for dinner made me really want to make this film,” he says. “But Ms. Kouno also shows the battleship Yamato in the background. The seemingly ordinary bridge Suzu and Shusaku stand on while they talk was the target for the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The shadow of war emphasized the preciousness of everyday life — cooking, mending, gardening.”

“I sent Ms. Kouno’s a letter, asking permission to animate In This Corner of the World,” Katabuchi says. “It turned out she had watched my TV series Meiken Lassie (based on Eric Knight’s popular novel Lassie Come Home (1996), and the feature Mai Mai Miracle (2008). Like This Corner of the World, they both depict little snippets of everyday life. When she received the letter, she realized not only had she been watching my work, I had been watching hers. So she said the film was probably fated to be.”

Because In This Corner of the World focuses so closely on daily life in rural Japan during the 1930s and ’40s, Katabuchi felt it was essential to present that life as accurately as possible, which required more detailed research than a typical period film. “Unfortunately, the survivors are getting very old, so I felt we couldn’t use them as a source,” he says. “We had to do our own research: We sought out government documents, local town records and personal journals.”

Although the war inevitably alters the characters’ lives, Katabuchi never allows it to eclipse the relationship between Suzu and her husband: “Suzu was never quite sure why Shusaku chose her, because she doesn’t realize her value. She doesn’t even recognize her talent as an artist. She thinks she’s a very boring person. Shusaku is always telling her, ‘You make my life better.’ But she doesn’t listen until tragedy strikes. Suzu and Shusaku aren’t quite on the same page until the end of the movie.”

Although he confesses he has ideas for at least two more films “in his head right now,” Katabuchi may have other work to complete before he can get to them. The storyboards he and assistant director Chie Uratani (who is also his wife) prepared included 200 scenes that didn’t make it to final film. So talks are underway about making an extended version of In This Corner of the World.

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Staying Trim, Strong May Cut Incontinence Risk

But for women in study, these factors only helped with one type of incontinence

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By Cecilia Lalama

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Urinary incontinence is a widespread complaint among women, but a new study suggests that older women may find relief from this frustrating problem if they’re slimmer and stronger.

The study followed nearly 1,500 women in their 70s for three years. Researchers found that a decrease in body mass index of 5 percent or more during that time led to a 50 percent reduction in the risk of new or persistent stress urinary incontinence.

Body mass index (BMI) is a rough estimate of a person’s body fat based on height and weight. For example, a woman who’s 5 feet 6 inches tall who weighs 175 pounds has a BMI of 28.2. If she lost 5 percent of her BMI, it would be 26.8, which translates to a weight loss of about 9 pounds.

The study also showed that a decrease in grip strength of 5 percent or more was linked to 60 percent higher odds of new or persistent stress urinary incontinence. Grip strength is considered an indicator of overall muscle strength, the study authors said.

“Our study found that changes in body composition and grip strength are associated with changes in stress urinary incontinence frequency over time, but not with changes in urgency urinary incontinence frequency over time,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Anne Suskind. She’s an assistant professor of urology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Suskind said that distinguishing between the two types of urinary incontinence is important.

Stress incontinence is involuntary leakage of urine associated with an increase in abdominal pressure (i.e., coughing, laughing, sneezing),” she explained.

“Urgency urinary incontinence is involuntary leakage of urine accompanied or immediately preceded by a sense of urgency. The underlying mechanisms of each type of incontinence differ and each type of incontinence is treated differently,” Suskind said.

Stress urinary incontinence tends to happen after delivering children, said Dr. Megan Schimpf. She’s chair of the Public Education Committee for the American Urogynecologic Society.

Urgency incontinence may be caused by neurological issues, Schimpf said.

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New Study Shows Strong Spike In Marijuana Use Among Baby Boomers

A new study that surveyed over 47,000 American adults 50 and older, has discovered a rather intriguing trend among America’s baby boomers – they love getting high. Dr. Benjamin Han, of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) said that “with the increased availability of legalized marijuana, there […]
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Ulcerative Colitis: Building Strong Relationships

Everyone needs people they can count on. That’s especially true when you have a long-term condition such as ulcerative colitis (UC). Your “squad” of friends, family, and loved ones can make your day.

Still, it can be a big challenge to hang out with friends, date, or be intimate when you have diarrhea and other symptoms.

Fortunately, you can still keep up rewarding and loving relationships, even when you don’t feel well.

Let Your Friends In

Megan Starshak was 18 and headed to college when she learned she had UC.

“I was still learning about the disease and didn’t know what to tell others,” says Starshak, who is now in her early 30s.

As a result, she spent a lot of nights at home while her friends noticed that she never seemed to want to do anything fun.

“People would say, ‘Join us when you feel better.’ It was like they thought I had a cold. They didn’t understand that I was dealing with a chronic illness,” she says.

Come clean with your close friends. Or at least let a few friends know the details of your condition. Chances are they’ll want to know more so they can support you better.

“It’s good to have someone in your corner who can tell others, ‘Look, Megan has a serious illness, and today she’s not feeling well,'” says gastroenterologist Aline Charabaty-Pishvaian, MD. She directs the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at Georgetown University.

It’s nice to be able to count on a pal who might be willing to give up an occasional night out in order to spend time with you when you need it.

“Looking back on my college days, I wish that I had been more open and let people in on what I was going through,” Starshak says.

Ways to Deal With Dating Jitters

It’s up to you whether you want to make your digestive health a topic for your first date. But you shouldn’t wait too long to bring it up.

“Your date may feel confused and insecure if he doesn’t know what’s going on and you’re canceling engagements because you don’t feel well. Or you’re distracted when you’re together because you’re concerned about having a mishap,” Charabaty-Pishvaian says.

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Digestive problems may not be a sexy topic of conversation, but a medical condition like UC isn’t something to be ashamed of, either. It helps to have a sense of humor about it, Starshak says.

“I could tell my dates which stores or restaurants had the cleanest bathrooms and which places to avoid,” she says. “It may sound like a weird conversation, but it gave them a glimpse into the seriousness of my problem — ‘Hey, she really does have to use the bathroom a lot!’ — without me having to go into too much graphic detail.”

When Starshak and her boyfriend started to date several years ago, she used a fundraiser for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) as an icebreaker.

“I was biking in a charity ride, so I gave him a CCFA brochure and told him, ‘I’m raising money for this organization because I have colitis,'” Starshak recalls. The information in the brochure, including the link to the CCFA’s web site, gave him a background to start asking questions.

Stay Close to Loved Ones

Treatments you use to control colitis can cause other problems, like acne, weight gain, and fatigue. That can affect your sex drive and your self-confidence. And you probably don’t feel in the mood when you have a flare.

That’s OK. Open communication with your partner is key. Let him or her know when your self-esteem needs a boost. Try other forms of intimacy when you don’t feel well, such as a foot rub or cuddle time on the couch while watching a good movie.

Take advantage of the times when you do feel better to shower your partner with affection.

Remember, there is give-and-take in every relationship. When you’re sick with UC, it can seem as if you’re doing more of the taking. But you can return the attention when your health improves.

Be sure to let your friends and loved ones know how much you want and appreciate their support.

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SOURCES:

Louis Aurisicchio, MD, gastroenterologist, Mount Kisco Medical Group, Carmel, NY.

Megan Starshak, Milwaukee, WI.

Aline Charabaty-Pishvaian, MD, gastroenterologist, director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC.

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SIGGRAPH ‘16 Wraps with Strong International Attendance

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SIGGRAPH 2016 has come to a close, concluding its 43rd annual edition with strong attendance numbers from around the world, gathered in Anaheim to “Render the Possibilities.” The event played host to over 14,000 attendees, with 10,600+ from around the U.S. and the balance hailing from 73 different countries, including Canada, Japan, the U.K., S. Korea, France, China and Germany.

Attendees came to see great independent and studio-made films and games; to learn about the newest developments in emerging technologies; to gain hands-on experiences for future application; to hear the “how-to” behind cutting edge productions; and, to experience the merging of traditional hands-on processes with new technologies. During the course of the conference, more than 635 pieces of progressive content were shared by over 1,760 speakers and contributors.

“This year’s conference was yet another remarkably educational and stimulating gathering of thousands of leading researchers, innovators, technologists and creative practitioners — working across many existing or emerging communities within the disciplines of computer graphics and interactive techniques,” says Conference Chair Mona Kasra. “During these past five days, our attendees were exposed to incredible opportunities to learn and interact directly, one-on-one, with these content creators. The next wave of excellence in specialties such as technical research, animation, art, 3D printing, real-time gaming, education and virtual reality were presented by the leading experts in these fields from every corner of the world. Overall, this year’s event was extraordinary, and I truly hope our attendees had a wonderful time!”

The convention floor featured over 150 diverse exhibitors, and novel screening opportunities included the exclusive North American premiere of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new animated short, Inner Workings.

This year’s Real-Time Live! Award for Best Real-Time Graphics and Interactivity went to the presentation “From Previs to Final in Five Minutes: A Breakthrough in Live Performance Capture” — a collaboration between Epic Games, Ninja Theory, Cubic Motion and 3Lateral Studio. Also during Real-Time Live!, Pixar announced the official open source release of Universal Scene Description — the studio’s technology used to interchange 3D graphics data through various digital content creation tools.

The Emerging Technologies program Best in Show Award went to “Demo of Face2Face: Real-Time Face Capture and REenactment of RGB Videos,” which presented a novel approach to producing real-time facial reenactments of a target-video sequence.

The 44th annual conference and exhibition will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, July 30 to August 3, 2017.

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Common Meds and Dementia: How Strong Is the Link?

May 9, 2016 — Could your chances of getting dementia depend on what’s in your medicine cabinet?

A new study found that medicines taken by millions for depression, asthma, allergies, and other conditions may raise that risk.

The drugs involved in the study are known as anticholinergics. They work by blocking a brain chemical called acetylcholine, which is crucial for memory. Although this isn’t the first time researchers have looked at this link, the new study looked at about 100 over-the-counter and prescription drugs that work in this way, ranging from the antidepressant Paxil (paroxetine) to the allergy drug Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to the motion sickness remedy Dramamine (dimenhydrinate).

The experts found a strong link between the drugs and dementia, but they didn’t prove the meds directly cause it. WebMD asked the lead researcher on the recent study and an expert on Alzheimer’s disease to help people taking the drugs understand what to know and do.

What did this study actually show regarding these drugs and dementia?

The brains of those people taking the medicine did not work as well as the brains of those not taking them. “We saw an increased risk of getting dementia over time,” says researcher Shannon Risacher, PhD, assistant professor of radiology and imaging sciences at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Older adults who took the drugs had poorer thinking skills than those not taking them, she says. Their brains were also smaller, especially in the areas important for memory and other thinking skills.

The researchers looked at the brains of 451 men and women, with 60 taking one or more of the anticholinergics medicines. Their average age was 73, and they had normal thinking skills and brain volume.

Study participants took the medicines on average for about 7 years.

Overall, the researchers found that those on the medicines were ”four times more likely to develop either mild cognitive impairment [which often develops into dementia] or dementia” than those not taking the medicines. The brain problems developed over a time frame ranging from 6 months to about 8 years, Risacher says.

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Fallout 4 “Educational Video” Explains the Importance Of Being Strong

Bethesda on Thursday published the first episode in a seven-part “educational video series” for Fallout 4 that aims to teach survivors of total atomic annihilation how to rebuild and thrive. The series comes from the fictional Vault-Tec organization, and talks about a person’s seven defining attributes: Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck. Together, this forms S.P.E.C.I.A.L.

This first video focuses on Strength, with the other six to come later. “Study these materials carefully to ensure your survival and to discover what makes you S.P.E.C.I.A.L.,” Bethesda said.

The video reveals some of the weapons players will have at their disposal in Fallout 4. These include a handheld chainsaw called the Ripper, a barbwire baseball bat, a nailboard, and a Power Fist.

“The greater your strength, the greater the impact,” says the video’s narrator, alluding to the game’s progression system.

In other news about Fallout 4, Bethesda has announced post-launch plans for it, including regular free updates, paid DLC, mods, and more. In addition, Fallout 3‘s Three Dog voice actor has confirmed he won’t be back for Fallout 4. The actor, Erik Todd Dellums, claims he was never even asked to audition.

The Fallout 4 release date is set for November 10 across PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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Disney Posts Strong Profit Boost for 2nd Quarter

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The Walt Disney Co. exceeded expectations in reporting a very profitable second fiscal quarter of 2015.

The company reported earnings of $ 2.1 billion for the quarter, which ended March 28. Diluted earnings per share increased 14 percent to $ 1.23 from $ 1.08 in the prior-year quarter.

“Our second quarter performance, marked by increased revenue, net income and EPS of $ 1.23, demonstrates the incredible ability of our strong brands and quality content to drive results,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Co. in a statement. “The power of this winning combination is once again reflected in the phenomenal worldwide success of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has opened at number one in every market so far.”

Overall revenues rose 7 percent to $ 12.5 billion. Breaking down revenue into segments, media networks posted a 13 percent revenue increase but an overall decrease of 2 percent in operating income. Higher programming and production costs at ESPN dragged down operating income for cable networks 9 percent to $ 1.8 billion. Broadcasting income, however, increased 90 percent to $ 302 million due to growth in advertising, affiliate fees and program sales.

Studio entertainment revenues were down 6 percent to $ 1.7 billion, with income from Big Hero 6 falling short of the high mark set in this quarter last year by Frozen.

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Strong Swiss franc boosts trade at German brothels

Romanian prostitutes pose in the brothel ''Pussy Club'' in Schoenefeld in this April 15, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Files

Romanian prostitutes pose in the brothel ”Pussy Club” in Schoenefeld in this April 15, 2009 file photo.

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(Reuters) – A jump in the Swiss franc against the euro, which threatens to push the country’s economy into recession, is boosting trade in brothels across the border in Germany.

Those who earn wages in francs have been streaming into neighboring countries in search of bargains since the Swiss central bank ditched a currency cap last month, making goods and services priced in euros almost 20 percent cheaper overnight.

“Swiss now account for about 50 percent of our customers,” newspaper 20 Minuten quoted an employee of FFK Palast, a brothel a short drive from the border in Freiburg, as saying on Friday.

The German establishment is flying Swiss flags and offers customers a one-to-one euro/franc rate, better than the official rate of around 1 euro to 1.06 francs, the Swiss newspaper said.

Further east at Club Imperia in the border town of Konstanz, German daily Bild reported seeing the parking lot more than half-full of cars with Swiss number plates.

In response, some Swiss brothels have launched special promotions. “We are keeping the euro stable,” Saunaclub FKK Basel, located in Switzerland’s capital, says on its website.

Prostitution has been legal in Switzerland since 1942, while in Germany prostitutes have been allowed to advertise and enter formal labor contracts since 2002.

(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; editing by John Stonestreet)


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Virginia Poll Shows Strong Support for Marijuana Policy Reform

 A strong majority of state voters support reforming Virginia marijuana laws, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday. The poll of 884 registered VirginiaVA seal voters was conducted January 2-4 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3%. The full results are available at http://www.mpp.org/VApoll.

Three out of five Virginians surveyed support removing criminal penalties for possessing up to an ounce of pot and three out of four back medical marijuana use for seriously or terminally ill patients, according to a survey released Tuesday by an advocacy group.

Forty-nine percent polled support legalizing marijuana for adults

“Most voters do not support laws that saddle people with criminal penalties just for possessing a small amount of marijuana,” said Rachelle Yeung, a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “These antiquated prohibition laws are causing far more problems than they solve.”

The survey by Public Policy Polling found that 60 percent of voters questioned say the criminal penalties for possession of up an an ounce should be replaced with a $ 100 fine with no possibility of jail time. The offense currently is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $ 500.

The Virginia Senate this year is to consider making personal possession punishable only by a civil fine of $ 100.

Seventy-four percent of those polled backed the medical marijuana use for seriously and terminally ill patients. Sixty-four percent said they would be more likely to vote for a legislator who supported the change.


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