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The Daily Buzz: December 5, 2014


Smoking erases Y chromosomes, say researchers; Amsterdam street teams to sell heroin test kits after tourist deaths; and Miley Cyrus smokes pot on stage in Miami.

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Smoking Erases Y Chromosomes in Males
Researchers have found that male smokers are up to four times more likely than nonsmokers to be missing Y chromosomes in their blood cells. Why is this a problem? A recent study found Y chromosome loss is associated with a shorter life span and higher risk of developing various cancers, though there is no direct proof that it causes disease.

Amsterdam Street Teams to Sell Heroin Test Kits After Deaths of Tourists
Amsterdam has sprung to action after three young British tourists died and at least 17 more people were hospitalized from snorting “white heroin” that they thought was cocaine. Street teams and “smart shops” in Amsterdam are to begin selling heroin test kits for about $3. And earlier this week, the city posted signboards warning people: “Extremely dangerous cocaine is being sold to tourists.”

German TV Claims 99% of Russian Athletes Guilty of Doping
A German TV documentary that aired this week alleges that Russian officials systematically supply pro athletes with banned substances and cover up tests. “The majority, 99% of athletes selected to represent Russia use banned substances,” says former Russian discus thrower Yevgeniya Pecherina in the film. “You can get absolutely everything. Everything the athlete wants.”

UK Mother Cleared of Criminal Charges for Drinking While Pregnant
In a landmark case, a woman who drank excessively while pregnant and gave birth to a daughter with fetal alcohol syndrome has been cleared of committing a criminal offense. British judges unanimously ruled: “a mother who is pregnant and who drinks to excess despite knowledge of the potential harmful consequence to the child of doing so is not guilty of a criminal offense under our law if her child is subsequently born damaged as a result.”

Miley Cyrus Smokes Pot Onstage in Miami
The controversy-loving pop star didn’t hold back during a performance at Miami’s “Art Basel” this week that was apparently provocative, even for Cyrus. “Usually I don’t smoke weed and drink, well that’s a lie,” she said on stage. “Usually I don’t smoke weed and drink on show days, but I felt like it was fine in Miami.” Then she lit up a joint on stage, while wearing a silver wig and leotard. Oh, to be 22 again!