OB-GYNs Issue Major New Recommendations On Cord Clamping

More and more research has said there are benefits to keeping the umbilical cord attached for several minutes after childbirth a practice known as “delayed cord clamping.” But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has held off from endorsing the practice, saying there was insufficient evidence to support it universally.

This week ACOG issued new guidelines changing its stance. In the first policy opinion on the topic issued since 2012, the group now recommends that doctors and midwives hold off on clamping all healthy newborns’ cords for at least 30 to 60 seconds.

“While there are various recommendations regarding optimal timing for delayed umbilical cord clamping, there has been increased evidence that shows that the practice in and of itself has clear health benefits for both [all] infants,” Dr. Maria Mascola, lead author of the new ACOG opinion, wrote in a press release. “And, in most cases, this does not interfere with early care, including drying and stimulating for the first breath and immediate skin-to-skin contact.”

The change may not seem significant it is, after all, a delay of only a few seconds or minutes but the timing of cord clamping has been a major source of debate within the childbirth community. 

For decades, doctors cut the umbilical cord (or encouraged enthusiastic partners to do so) immediately after birth, thinking it reduced the risk of maternal hemorrhage. But research has not supported the idea that delaying cord clamping put moms at risk in any way.

Instead, studies have found numerous benefits to waiting for a minute or two, particularly for vulnerable pre-term babies. It can cut their risk of brain hemorrhage in half, allowing blood to flow from the placenta to the baby. For full-term babies, delayed cord clamping has been linked to longterm neuro-developmental benefits and improved iron levels

“Blood carries more than just red blood cells; it also includes important nutrients, iron, antibodies, and clot-making factors,” Dr. Heather Smith, an attending physician and OB-GYN with the Montefiore Health System, told HuffPost.  

When extenuating medical circumstances make it impossible to delay cord clamping, it is possible to try “umbilical cord milking,” Smith said, which involves squeezing the cord to push the blood in it back up to the baby. However, in the new statement ACOG said there was not enough evidence to support or refute any potential benefits of cord milking this time. 

Ultimately, the new statement is more a reflection of ACOG catching up with the times rather than fundamentally changing best practices. The World Health Organization already recommends it and many hospitals and midwifery practices across the country already practice routine delayed cord clamping. However, ACOG holds a lot of sway over obstetric practices in this country, with nearly 60,000 members.

“The biggest differences that a mom might notice right after vaginal delivery is that we won’t immediately ask the support person to cut the cord,” Smith said. “The baby will be placed on her chest with the cord still attached from the baby to the placenta that’s still inside the uterus.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ob-gyn-group-issues-major-new-cord-clamping-recommendation_us_585acaabe4b0de3a08f3de4b


How Much Sex Should You Have If You Want To Get Pregnant?

The announcement that sex leads to pregnancy is ten thousand-year-old news, but Indiana University scientists have given it a new spin by confirming the suspicion that sex throughout the menstrual cycle increases the chance of conception. Besides helping those struggling to conceive, the findings could have implications for wider understanding of the immune system.

“It’s a common recommendation that partners trying to have a baby should engage in regular intercourse to increase the womans chances of getting pregnant even during so-called ‘non-fertile’ periods although its unclear how this works,” said Dr Tierney Lorenzin a statement.

It sounds like anexcuse for people who really just want to have more sex look we need extra practice but Lorenz is the lead author of two papers released in the last month showing the advice has substance.

Sperm, and the fertilized egg, run the risk of being rejected by the mother’s immune system as foreign objects, so it makes evolutionary sense that there might be a trigger to make the body’s defenses less hyper-alert when pregnancy is a possibility.

Previousstudies have produced contradictory resultsabout changes to women’s immune systems during the menstrual cycle. Lorenz suggests this may be because they failed to ask about sexual activity. Certain changes might be expected, only in women who are reproductively active that is, regularly engaging in sexual activity, she and her co-authors write in Physiology and Behavior.

As part of the Kinsey Institute’s Women, Immunity and Sexual Health study Lonrenz tested biomarkers in two groups of women, half of whom were sexually active, throughout their menstrual cycle.

In Fertility and SterilityLorentz reports that the mix of helper T cells ratios changed during the luteal phase,immediately after ovulation. Helper T cellsmobilize the immune system cells responsible for killing material identified as foreign. Sexual activity increased levels of type 2 helper T cells (TH2)during this phase, while decreasing type 1 cells (TH1)relative to the rest of the cycle.

The Physiology and Behavior paper reports a similar change in the mix of immunoglobulin antibodies in saliva. Sexually active women had higher levels of the antibody IgG,common in blood. On the other hand levels of IgA,a different antibody the authors describe as the body’s first line of defense against invaders, were lower among those having sex most often.

The combined effect is to temporarily give sexually active women an immune system more open to conception.

Lorenz told IFLScienceThere were a number of very puzzling findings from her research that will need more work to unravel. Most notably, she is not sure why IgG rises with sexual activity. She noted that the study was done by testing saliva, and said, I do think we are seeing an example of immunoredistribution, when the immune system sends certain cells and antibodies to where they need to be, so when we look elsewhere we find them in smaller numbers. Thus an increase in antibodies in saliva may reflect a decrease in the vaginal tract, making it easier for the fertilized egg to survive.

The sample sizes, 32 in one study and 30 in the other, are also small enough that the results should be treated with caution, despite achieving statistical significance.

“The female body needs to navigate a tricky dilemma,” Lorenz said.”In order to protect itself, the body needs to defend against foreign invaders. But if it applies that logic to sperm or a fetus, then pregnancy cant occur. The shifts in immunity that women experience may be a response to this problem.”

“We’re actually seeing the immune system responding to a social behavior: sexual activity,” Lorenz added.”The sexually active women’s immune systems were preparing in advance to the mere possibility of pregnancy.”

Sexually active women experienced the same immune system changes when they used condoms, but to a lesser extent, leading Lorenz to suggest there might be multiple mechanisms, of which ejaculateexposureis only one.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/more-sex-gets-you-pregnant


Sonic youth: vaginal speaker lets you play tunes to foetuses

Babypod, a speaker inserted into the vagina, launches with first concert for foetuses as 2009 Eurovision song contest contender sings to pregnant women

Does anybody else remember when a Donny Osmond poster was found up a womans vagina? Because I do. Ive never forgotten it, and I never will.

Now, theres another means of smuggling Osmond into ones insides a vaginal speaker. Spanish company Babypod has invented a speaker that is designed to be inserted into the vagina, stimulating foetal development.

Babies learn to speak in response to sound stimuli, especially melodic sound. Babypod is a device that stimulates before birth through music. With Babypod, babies learn to vocalise from the womb, reads the blurb on the companys website.

There has been plenty of research on the effect of sound on foetuses, and evidence suggests that unborn babies do respond to music in the womb. There are already multiple speakers available on the market (prenatal speakers) which are fitted around a pregnant womans stomach.

Babypod, however, cites research from a gynaecological clinic, the Institut Marqus, that babies hearing external noise clearly is solely possible via the vagina, because the abdominal wall muffles sounds.


The incredible PR photo from Babypod. Photograph: Babypod

The pale pink device, which costs 150 euros (110), is controlled by a phone app but does not use Bluetooth. Parents-to-be can share their babies listening experience using split headphones which hang out of the vagina.

The Babypod, which has a top sound level of 54 decibels, is recommended for use from the 16th week of pregnancy, and for between 10-20 minutes a time or around half the length of the average Joanna Newsom song.

Babypod was launched at the first concert for foetuses ever held in the world in which Soraya Arnelas, who finished 23rd in the 2009 Eurovision song contest, serenaded 10 pregnant women fitted with the speakers, singing Christmas carols.

Babypod reassures customers that the vibrations of the device do not adversely affect a foetus this is why sex toys are allowed in pregnancy.

One cant help but think of the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode in which a woman is discovered smuggling a mobile phone in her vagina when Larry David calls it and hears it ring.

One can also imagine alternative uses for the Babypod speakers. Adeles line hello from the other side from her huge hit, Hello, would surely come into its own echoing from the vagina during a particular sex act.

Testimonials from users on Babypods websites praise the fact that ultrasound scans showed their babies singing along or mouthing a response to music from the speakers. Which means that, should a sadistic mother-to-be ever choose to play Osmonds Puppy Love, a foetus should be able to object accordingly.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jan/05/vaginal-speaker-foetuses-babypod-music


C-Sections Might Be Altering Human Evolution

The rate of Caesarean sections is increasing, as more women have to go under the knife to give birth. Obviously, the medical benefits areenormous, preventing potentially fatal situations for both mother and child. But a new piece of research suggests, perhaps quite controversially, that theproceduremay also be altering human evolution.

The researchers of the study state that the estimated number of cases in which babies cannot be born vaginally have increased from around 30 in 1,000 births in the 1960s to 36 in 1,000 in the present day. This equates to a 20 percent rise in obstructed childbirths, something thatthey postulate could be altering the evolution of humans.

There is a selective pressure for babies to be born larger, as bigger babies are more likely to survive. But this evolutionary pressure is countered by another that selects for women to have a narrow pelvis, as it is thought to help women walk upright as well as prevent the chance of a premature birth. These two opposing factors mean that the size of a babys head closely fits that of a womans pelvis.

However, the researchers claim that with an increase in the rate of caesareans, the balance between these forces is now shifting. In the past, if a babys head was too large or a womans pelvis too narrow, the baby would get stuck in the pelvis and usually kill the child and potentially the mother, thus preventing the genes from being passed on. However, this may no longer be the case.

Without modern medical intervention such problems often were lethal and this is, from an evolutionary perspective, selection, explains the University of Viennas Dr Philipp Mitteroecker, who co-authored the study published in PNAS. Women with a very narrow pelvis would not have survived birth 100 years ago. They do now and pass on their genes encoding for a narrow pelvis to their daughters.

This could, in theory at least, lead to evolutionary changes. But this isnt necessarily what is being seen. The scientists havent actually provided any evidence to back up their postulation, and instead carried out their work using statistical analysis based on data collected from the World Health Organization.

It is true that the rate of caesareans is increasing, especially across the Western world, but there are many possiblereasonsfor this and these factors are difficult to separate. For example, doctors will recommend a C-section to older mothers, due to an increasedriskof vaginal tearing, and with theaverage age of women giving birth on the rise, this could help explain the increasein caesareans. Other possible factors includediabetes and obesity.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/csections-might-be-altering-human-evolution/


Incredible Animation Shows How Surgeons Turn A Penis Into A Vagina

Gender reassignmentis quite a major transformation, so making the necessary alterations requires a fair bit of skill. This eye-opening video,uploaded bythe European Society of Urology, provides a detailed look at the key surgical procedures involved in male-to-female gender reaffirmation, whereby the penis and testicles are used to create a vagina that is not only convincing to the eye, but is also capable of orgasm.

As the animation below shows, the procedure begins with the opening of the scrotum in order to remove the testicles, followed by the separation of the glans or head of the penis from the main shaft. Since this is the part of the penis that contains the most sensory nerve endings, it is later used to create a neoclitoris.

The skin of the shaft and scrotum are then used to create the labia and vaginal canal, with many patients going on to enjoy an active and fulfilling sex life.

Of course, a male-to-femaletransformation involves more than just the conversion of the penis and testicles into a vagina, and begins with a series of emotional and lifestyle readjustments.The prospective patient is often required to live as a woman for a period of time before undergoing surgery. This is followed by a course of hormone therapy, using estrogen and anti-androgens (androgens are male sex hormones like testosterone)in order to alter the patient’s musculature and fat distribution, as well as their body hair,thus creating a more feminine figure and appearance.

Uniklinikum Tbingen: Sex-Reassignment: Male to Female Surgery 2009 from Azraels-Art on Vimeo.

Uniklinikum Tbingen: Sex-Reassignment: Male to Female Surgery 2009 from Azraels-Art on Vimeo.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/how-do-surgeons-turn-penis-vagina


Wait to cut umbilical cord, experts urge

(CNN)For decades, experts have argued over when to clamp and cut a newborn’s umbilical cord after birth.

Now, more health organizations are beginning to recommend delayed cord clamping. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has become one of the latest to advise medical professionals to wait at least 30 to 60 seconds before clamping and cutting.
Throughout a pregnancy, the umbilical cord carries important nutrients and blood from the mother to the baby. After birth, a clamp is put on the cord, and it is cut so that the baby is no longer attached to the placenta. This procedure is one of the oldest involved in birth.
    In most Western countries, including the United States, the cord is clamped immediately after birth: usually between 10 to 15 seconds after.
    “Preterm infants definitely do better with delayed cord clamping,” Denny said, noting that they have fewer serious problems such as brain bleeds and intestinal issues. “For term infants, we don’t really have that data yet.”
    Other organizations have also made similar recommendations.
    The World Health Organization recommends that the umbilical cord should be clamped after the first minute. However, in some babies who can’t breathe on their own, the cord should be cut immediately to allow effective ventilation to be performed, it says.
    The American College of Nurse-Midwives recommends delaying the clamping of the cord in full-term infants for five minutes if the newborn is placed skin-to-skin with the mother or two minutes if the newborn is at or below the height of the vaginal canal.

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    The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends waiting at least 30 to 60 seconds for most newborns.
    Expectant parents interested in delayed clamping should speak with their physician to ensure that both the mom and baby are in a stable condition to do so, according to Denny.
    She explains to her patients that, if there is any kind of emergency with the mom or baby, they should not wait to clamp the cord.
    “Even though there are benefits, the bigger benefit is getting patients the care they need right away,” she said.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/03/health/umbilical-cord-cutting/index.html


    Seriously, Don’t Put Wasp Nests In Your Vagina

    Doctors (and common sense) are warning against a pseudoscientific practice that involves eating and putting mushed up oak galls intothe vagina, claiming it’s an organic way to clean, heal, and tighten the vagina.

    The product was being peddled by a Malaysian health shop on the e-commerce site Etsy. The instructions advise customers to boil the oakgalls and then use them as a feminine hygiene wash around the time of their period. It also advises drinking one boiled oakgall for 40 days to restore elasticity of the uterine wall.

    Oak galls (aka oak apples) are small spheres, usually 2 to 4 centimeters (1 to 2 inches) in diameter, that are formed by gall wasps. The larvae of the wasps live within these galls, which they create by inducing the tree to produce abnormal growths.

    The shop’s listing, which has since been removed, explains: The galls, which contain tannin and small amounts of gallic acid and ellagic acid have antimicrobial qualities and are used in South East Asia, Malaysia, and Indonesia by women after childbirth to restore the elasticity of the uterine wall.”

    Some women take mankanni [oak galls] to improve their sex life; some say that it can tighten vagina, so they say.

    Dont be fooled by this pseudoscientific spiel, theres zero evidence to suggest it works and it’s potentially dangerous.On top of that, it also highlights many popular misconceptions about sexual health and the vagina. Namely, the myth that only tight and dry vaginasare desirable and healthy.

    Dr Jen Gunter, a certified gynecologist, dispelled the practice in a blog post called: Dont put ground up wasp nest in your vagina. Dr Gunter explains that the product will dry out the vagina and mess with its natural pH and healthy bacteria.

    Drying the vaginal mucosa increases the risk of abrasions during sex (not good) and destroys the protective mucous layer (not good). It could also wreak havoc with the good bacteria. In addition to causing pain during sex it can increase the risk of HIV transmission… This is a dangerous practice with real potential to harm, writes Dr Gunter.

    Heres a pro-tip, if something burns when you apply it to the vagina it is generally bad for the vagina, concludes DrGunter.

    This isnt the first bizarre alternative medicine for vaginas found on the corners of the Internet. Last year, there were reports of an equally dangerous trend of herbal tamponsused to freshen and purify the vagina. The teabag-like product contains a mix of perfumed herbs such as motherwort, angelica, borneol, rhizoma, and Cnidium monnieri. Much like this oakgall, it was a load of unscientific bullsh*t.

    Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/seriously-dont-put-wasps-nests-in-your-vagina/


    Your Throat Is Like A Horrible Secret Hide-Out For Gonorrhea

    Super-gonorrhea is not as super as it sounds. Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released two rather daunting studies saying that this sexually transmitted disease is becoming increasingly more resistant to antibiotics, creating strains of super-gonorrhea that are tougher, if not impossible, to treat with the usual medicines. Just super, right?

    Scientists are now saying that a driving force behind this growth of antibiotic resistance could be oral sex. Its fairly well known that gonorrhea can infect the throat through oral sex, however its now becoming part of a bigger problem.

    First of all, oral gonorrhea is way harder to detect. Approximately 90 percent of these infections show no symptoms, meaning many people dont even realize they have it and could unknowingly spread it through unprotected oral sex.

    The throat infections act as a silent reservoir, Dr Emilie Alirol, head of the sexually transmitted infections program at the Global Antibiotics Research and Development Partnership in Geneva, told the New York Times.Transmission is very efficient from someone who has gonorrhea in their throat to their partner via oral sex.

    Secondly and this is where it gets bad an infection in the throat allows the gonorrhea bacteria (Neisseria gonorrhoeae) to mingle with other bacteria in the throat and covertly pick up antibiotic resistance. Anytime you take antibiotics to treat infections like a normal sore throat, this mixes with the gonorrhea species in your throat and over time canresult in resistance.

    Oral sex isnt the only suspect though. Decreased condom use, increased urbanization and travel, poor infection detection rates, and inadequate or failed treatment all contribute to this increase, according to theDrugs For Neglected Diseases Initiative.

    Each year, an estimated 78 million people are infected with gonorrhea worldwide. Most cases are picked up through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The genital symptoms do not always appear, but when they do, they can include a rather unpleasant mix of a burning sensation when peeing, a green-yellow discharge fromthe penis, or an unusual increase in discharge from the vagina. Left untreated, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.

    Of course, all this unpleasantry can be avoided if you use a condom and practice safe sex.

    The pipeline of new drugs to fight against gonorrhea is relatively empty, although just this week a new antibiotic class was found to be effective against gonorrhea in lab conditions. On a side note, a randomized controlled trial in theBritish Medical Journal from last year also showed that Listerine, the widely used mouthwash, may be a potentially useful agent for gonorrhea control. Although an interesting idea, it wouldnt address theproblem of genital infections, which commonly co-exist alongside a throat infection.

    Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/your-throat-is-like-a-horrible-secret-hideout-for-gonorrhea/


    Welcome to Gwyneths Goop mudroom. But does it sell rose quartz vaginal eggs?

    As Goop Mrkt brings the farm aesthetic of Cornwall to the Hamptons, our style expert says the most fashionable stores are never really about selling stuff

    What is the one essential store I should know about to be fashionable?

    Joe, by email

    Once upon a time, Joe, this was the easiest of peasiest questions. Oh sure, there are plenty of trendy boutiques in the world Dover Street Market in London, 10 Corso Como in Milan but the queen of em all for the past 20 years has been Colette in Paris. Colette is what fashion people call a concept store, which means in English a store where hardly anyone ever buys anything. I have been in Colette dozens of times and I have never, not once, seen anyone buy clothes. To be honest, Im pretty impressed Colette lasted six months, let alone 20 years.

    When I lived in Paris, shortly after Colette opened, I was such a naive young thing that I didnt understand about stores where you dont buy anything. So when I went to visit this store I had read so much about I almost certainly dressed up for the occasion I bought the only things Icould afford: a scented candle and one of Colettes weird mix CDs. What a rube I was! It wasnt until I was working on the fashion desk of this paper that I realised what I should have done was walk around in a circle, occasionally looking at a Prada skirt, and then walk out the door.

    But now Colette is shutting up shop, which leaves two questions: first, where will fashion journalists walk around in circles in between fashion shows in Paris? Second, wheres the essential store now?

    The first question remains unanswered, but the second has, thankfully, been resolved by a woman who is either a modern-day saviour or a satire on the modern day. I speak, of course, of Gwyneth Paltrow.

    Now, making fun of Paltrow is so easy its not so much shooting fish in a barrel as taking an AK-47 to a goldfish in a tea cup, and, because this column has never shied away from the obvious, Paltrow has featured here two or 17 million times before. This makes me sadder than you might think because Paltrow, the actor, was a concept I could always get behind. Remember how delightful she was in Emma? How fabulous in The Royal Tenenbaums? How sweet in Shakespeare in Love? Admittedly, all those films are about two decades old, but, damn, Gwyneth, why you decided to give all that up to flog vaginal steaming is a mystery at least as puzzling as the survival of concept stores.

    Anyway, Paltrow doubtless foresaw the need for a new store in some $350 rock she flogs on her reliably absurd website, Goop, because this summer she has opened a Goop store in the Hamptons, New York but just for the summer, because pop-up stores are the new concept stores. Thrillingly, Architectural Digest has done an article on this new essential retail experience for those of us who are not blond and therefore banned from the ritzy preppy-haven.

    When I first talked with Gwyneth, she wanted me to bring the farm aesthetic of Cornwall to the Hamptons, says the stores designer, Vicky Charles. The village store there sells everything from a stamp to an ice cream. Well, this is exciting has Gwyneth set up a Spar to the Hamptons? Or a Londis? Or even be still my beating heart a Europa? My God, Im so excited about the idea of a Gwyneth-designed Europa (ahhh, those yellow and black signs!), I might have to bleach my hair, buy some white shoes and make a trip to the Hamptons for this.

    My hometown in England only has one store, so it made sense for me. You get used to that vibe, Charles says. Yes, because there is nothing more aspirational than the vibe of rural degeneration. But pray, continue.

    This particular space was inspired by a room in an English cottage where you can just kick off your wellies and store your gardening tools, says Brittany Pattner, Goops creative director. Yes, Brittany, I believe that space is called a shed, although Paltrow seems to insist on calling it the mudroom. Do English people have rooms for just mud? Did Paltrow ever leave her own house and visit other peoples even once in the decade she lived in this country? Yet more questions that must, for the moment, remain unanswered.

    We wanted to create a holistic experience of not only curating products, but also providing the right context for those items, Pattner says. And in that sentence, which I would bet my vaginal jade egg will appear in next weeks Pseuds Corner, you see why Gwyneths Hamptons store is the new Colette: this is not about selling stuff. Good heavens, how common! This is about curating products and telling people who visit your store how much cooler you are than them.

    I have just enough space left to tell you that Gwyneth is currently quarrelling with an obstetrician and gynaecologist called Dr Jennifer Gunter, who has queried the soundness of Goops frequent advice about what women should and shouldnt stick up their vaginas. When they go low, we go high, Paltrow tweeted, and by low she means argue against our nuttiness with inconvenient facts and high she means up the nuttiness with personal attacks. I urge you to read Gunters blog about this, perhaps on the Hampton Jitney on your way to her store. It might save you some money and stop you buying a rose-quartz vaginal egg or better yet, stop you buying anything at all. Its the fashionable way, Gwyneth.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2017/aug/07/colette-welcome-gwyneth-paltrow-mudroom-rose-quartz-vaginal-eggs


    Here Are The 35 Questions Taylor Swift’s Potential Jurors Had To Answer In Court

    Was there an assault or not? This is the question at the center of

    A month later, the Love Story musician countersued, claiming he “intentionally reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission.”

    Fast forward to Monday, jury selection for the trial began where all parties including Swift — dressed in a white dress and black jacket — were in attendance. According to the Associated Press, the DJ had his “back turned to Swift, who sat at a nearby table with her mother, Andrea Swift, and their attorney.”


    A total of eight jurors will be selected from a pool of 60, and each were asked 35 questions, focusing on whether they are fans of Swift and whether they saw the photo of Mueller and the now-27-year-old. Each side believes the snap will determine if an inappropriate touch occurred.

    See the 35 questions (below):

    1. Where do you currently live (what city or town)?

    2. What is your gender?

    3. What is your current age?

    4. Please identify [how you] describe your race and/or ethnicity.

    5. Do you have any problems with language, hearing, your vision, or your health that could make it difficult for you to see, hear, and understand the testimony and evidence in this case, or to sit as a juror between today and next Thursday, August 17?

    6. The Courthouse is a non-smoking building. If you are a smoker, will you be able to go without taking any smoking break each day from approximately 8:45 a.m. until approximately 5:15 p.m.?

    7. What is your occupation?

    8. Please describe your educational background?

    9. What is your marital status?

    10. Do you have any children? If yes, what are their ages and genders?

    11. Specialized training or background: Do you, or does anyone in your immediate family (meaning your spouse/partner and children) have specialized training or experience in any of the following areas?

    Law, Police, Court or Legal System.

    Media (radio, TV, newspaper, webcasting)

    Music Industry (Circle One)

    12. Have you served as a juror in any prior court case(s)?

    13. What magazines, newspapers, websites, or blogs do you read regularly?

    14. What are your primary sources of news?

    Internet. Which web site(s)?

    Local TV news. Which station(s)?

    Cable news. Which station(s)?

    Radio. Which station(s)?

    Newspaper. Which one(s)?


    15. Have you ever heard of, or do you know anything about, a lawsuit between a former Denver radio DJ, David Mueller (known on air as “Jackson”), and singer Taylor Swift?

    16. Have you ever seen any pictures related to a lawsuit or dispute between David Mueller and Taylor Swift?

    17. Have you formed any opinion about a lawsuit or dispute between David Mueller and Taylor Swift?

    18. Do you have any opinion of David Mueller? If so, what is your opinion?

    19. Do you have any opinion of singer Taylor Swift?

    20. Do you listen to Denver-area country radio station KYGO?

    Have you in the past?

    Have you ever considered yourself a fan of KYGO?

    Have you ever considered yourself a fan of the on-air KYGO personality “Jackson” (David Mueller)?

    21. Have you ever considered yourself a fan of Taylor Swift?

    22. Is anyone in your immediate family a fan of Taylor Swift?

    23. Which, if any, of the following have you done in the last two years?

    Listened to Taylor Swift on the radio?

    Watched any Taylor Swift video (including online)?

    Read a blog, magazine, or other news reporting about Taylor

    Purchased a Taylor Swift album?

    Paid money specifically to download or listen to Taylor Swift’s music online?

    Intentionally listened to Taylor Swift through an online service that you pay for?

    Intentionally listened to Taylor Swift through a free online service?

    Gone to a Taylor Swift concert or performance?

    Done something else related to Taylor Swift that you think the Court and the attorneys should know about?

    24. In a lawsuit between David Mueller and Taylor Swift would you have a bias for or against either Taylor Swift or David Mueller?

    25. Did you attend a concert performed by Taylor Swift at the Pepsi Center in Denver on June 2, 2013?

    26. The jurors in this case will be instructed that they must base their decisions entirely on the evidence produced in court, not from any outside source or preexisting opinions or attitudes. Can you set aside any opinions you may have developed as a result of anything you may have seen, heard, or read about this case before trial and decide this case only on the basis of evidence produced in Court and the instructions the judge will give?

    27. If, as a juror on this case, you heard evidence that was in conflict with any information you learned before the trial, how would you resolve that conflict?

    28. Have you, your spouse/partner, or your children, ever been inappropriately touched?

    29. Have you, your spouse/partner, or your children, ever been wrongly accused of inappropriately touching someone?

    30. Have you, your spouse/partner, or your children ever been wrongly accused of other wrongful or criminal conduct.

    31. Have you, your spouse/partner, or your children been convicted of a crime?

    32. Have you, your spouse/partner, or your children, ever been a plaintiff or a defendant in a civil court case?

    33. Have you, your spouse/partner, or your children ever been fired from a job.?

    34. Is there anything else you believe the Court or the parties should know which might potentially be important to your possible role as a juror in this lawsuit or affect your ability to be fair to both sides?

    35. The following people and entities are or may be involved in this case, as parties, witnesses, lawyers, or Court staff. Please indicate whether you know any of these people or entities, and if so, explain how.

    • David Mueller (sometimes known as “Jackson” on KYGO Radio).
    • Jeffrey Opp
    • Bob Call
    • Hershel Coomer (sometimes known as “Eddie Haskell”)
    • Shannon Melcher
    • Tracy Dixon
    • Ryan Kliesch (sometimes known as “Ryno” on KYGO radio)
    • John Dimick
    • Lincoln Financial Group
    • Entercom Communications
    • Bonneville Radio
    • Evans & McFarland, LLC
    • Gabe McFarland
    • Cyd Hunt
    • Gina Bowermaster
    • Taylor Swift
    • Andrea Swift
    • Frank Bell
    • Stephanie Simbeck
    • Erica Worden
    • Greg Dent
    • Gabby Liddicoat
    • Lorraine Bayard de Volo
    • Kevin Call
    • Venable LLP
    • Douglas Baldridge
    • Danielle Foley
    • Katie Wright
    • Judge William J. Martnez
    • Deborah Hansen
    • Mary George
    • Cassandra Hill
    • Nathan Foster

    Welp. We definitely wouldn’t have been picked!

    As for how this will all end? Well, David is seeking $3 million while the songwriter wants $1 million, so the stakes aren’t low. Stay tuned…

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