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Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of heart attack, stroke
Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of heart attack, stroke
April 30, 2016

The list of Mediterranean diet benefits is getting even longer. A new study found that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish and unrefined foods is linked to a lower risk of heart attack and stroke in people who have heart disease.
The latest research builds on previous evidence that your health might benefit if you follow the Mediterranean diet. It can help your bones, keep your brain young, help you live longer, manage your weight better (PDF) and lower your risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

The current study examined more than 15,000 people in 39 countries around the world, all with stable heart disease and an average age of 67. Researchers asked about their diet, including how many times a week they consumed servings from food groups such as meat, fish, dairy, whole grains or refined grains, vegetables, fruit, desserts, sweets, sugary drinks, deep-fried foods and alcohol. Participants were given a "Mediterranean diet score," based on consumption of healthy foods, or a "Western diet score," based on consumption of unhealthy foods.

he researchers followed up about four years later to compare how many participants from each diet group had experienced a major adverse cardiovascular event, such as heart attack, stroke or death.

They found that for every 100 people who ate the highest amount of healthy Mediterranean foods, there were three fewer heart attacks, strokes or deaths compared with 100 people who ate the least amount of healthy foods.

After adjusting for other factors that might affect the results, such as smoking and exercise, the study also found that the risk of heart attacks, strokes or death from heart disease was reduced by about one-third for those who follow a Mediterranean diet, said study author Ralph Stewart of Auckland City Hospital and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

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Type 2 diabetes may damage hearing, study finds
Type 2 diabetes may damage hearing, study finds
April 30, 2016

Type 2 diabetes may raise the risk of hearing loss, say researchers who recommend hearing tests for patients with the blood sugar disease.

The researchers reviewed prior studies examining the link between diabetes and hearing loss. However, further research is needed to confirm this connection, said the team at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in New York City.

"An association between diabetes and hearing impairment in human subjects has been shown in many, but not all, studies," said Elizabeth Helzner, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health. "Direct comparison of these studies is complicated due to a lack of consistency in defining hearing impairment and other factors," she said in a SUNY news release.

However, Helzner added, the association between diabetes and hearing impairment tends to be stronger in studies that included younger participants. It's possible that in older patients, other causes of age-related hearing impairment may mask the contribution of diabetes, she said. "This factor in itself lends weight to the notion that type 2 diabetes can damage hearing," she explained.

Hearing loss affects more than 16 percent of American adults, with nearly half of people older than 75 having difficulty hearing, according to the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Hearing loss has been linked with social isolation, depression, mental decline, dementia, and increased risk for falls, hospitalization and death, the researchers say.

The study results were published recently in the journal Current Diabetes Reports.

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Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of heart attack, stroke
Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of heart attack, stroke
April 30, 2016

The list of Mediterranean diet benefits is getting even longer. A new study found that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, fish and unrefined foods is linked to a lower risk of heart attack and stroke in people who have heart disease.
The latest research builds on previous evidence that your health might benefit if you follow the Mediterranean diet. It can help your bones, keep your brain young, help you live longer, manage your weight better (PDF) and lower your risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

The current study examined more than 15,000 people in 39 countries around the world, all with stable heart disease and an average age of 67. Researchers asked about their diet, including how many times a week they consumed servings from food groups such as meat, fish, dairy, whole grains or refined grains, vegetables, fruit, desserts, sweets, sugary drinks, deep-fried foods and alcohol. Participants were given a "Mediterranean diet score," based on consumption of healthy foods, or a "Western diet score," based on consumption of unhealthy foods.

he researchers followed up about four years later to compare how many participants from each diet group had experienced a major adverse cardiovascular event, such as heart attack, stroke or death.

They found that for every 100 people who ate the highest amount of healthy Mediterranean foods, there were three fewer heart attacks, strokes or deaths compared with 100 people who ate the least amount of healthy foods.

After adjusting for other factors that might affect the results, such as smoking and exercise, the study also found that the risk of heart attacks, strokes or death from heart disease was reduced by about one-third for those who follow a Mediterranean diet, said study author Ralph Stewart of Auckland City Hospital and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

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Type 2 diabetes may damage hearing, study finds
Type 2 diabetes may damage hearing, study finds
April 30, 2016

Type 2 diabetes may raise the risk of hearing loss, say researchers who recommend hearing tests for patients with the blood sugar disease.

The researchers reviewed prior studies examining the link between diabetes and hearing loss. However, further research is needed to confirm this connection, said the team at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in New York City.

"An association between diabetes and hearing impairment in human subjects has been shown in many, but not all, studies," said Elizabeth Helzner, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health. "Direct comparison of these studies is complicated due to a lack of consistency in defining hearing impairment and other factors," she said in a SUNY news release.

However, Helzner added, the association between diabetes and hearing impairment tends to be stronger in studies that included younger participants. It's possible that in older patients, other causes of age-related hearing impairment may mask the contribution of diabetes, she said. "This factor in itself lends weight to the notion that type 2 diabetes can damage hearing," she explained.

Hearing loss affects more than 16 percent of American adults, with nearly half of people older than 75 having difficulty hearing, according to the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Hearing loss has been linked with social isolation, depression, mental decline, dementia, and increased risk for falls, hospitalization and death, the researchers say.

The study results were published recently in the journal Current Diabetes Reports.

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From Steve Weisman - New evidence revealed against lottery security director
From Steve Weisman - New evidence revealed against lottery security director
April 29, 2016

Eddie Tipton, the former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association was convicted of electronically rigging the Iowa Hot Lotto game enabling him to buy the winning 16.5 million dollar ticket. The jury believed the evidence that indicated that Tipton used a portable USB drive to install malware on to the computer that picked the winning number. The computer is not accessible to the Internet in order to prevent tampering and only four people including Tipton had access to the room where the computer was housed. The closed circuit camera that recorded activity in the room had been wiped clean so there was no visual evidence of Tipton tampering with the computer. In addition, the sophisticated malware used by Tipton was self-deleting and left utterly no trace on the lottery computer. However, despite the lack of either visual evidence showing Tipton actually tampering with the computer or evidence of the precise malware used, after a week's deliberations, the jury found Tipton guilty of two counts of fraud.

Now, almost a year later new evidence has been revealed by prosecutors against Tipton who is presently awaiting trial regarding additional lottery fraud in Colorado, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Kansas. Where previously, only circumstantial evidence tied Tipton to charges that he rigged state lotteries, now, according to prosecutors, they have found the random number generator used by Tipton to rig a 2 million dollar Megabucks drawing in 2008. According to prosecutors, a forensic investigation found that the generator had code installed on the computer used to produce the winning Megabucks numbers after the computer had been audited and was used to make the computer not produce random numbers three times during the year leaving Tipton able to predict the winning numbers.

TIPS

No computer system is foolproof, however this case does highlight vulnerabilities in the computer security systems used to protect the honesty of state sponsored lotteries. Hopefully, this case will lead to better security in the operation of state lotteries to insure that the public has faith in them as being operated honestly.

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Amazon Echo: Always ready, connected and fast
Amazon Echo: Always ready, connected and fast
April 29, 2016

You can use Amazon's Echo device to order a pizza or stream music on Spotify, so shouldn't you be able to ask the digital assistant "Alexa" to call you a car from Uber? Well, starting today, you can. Uber is announcing Friday that its application program interface, or API, has been integrated with Amazon's smart home hub. The update may be the purest manifestation of Uber's mission to make getting you from point A to point B completely seamless. After all, what's easier than speaking the words "call me an Uber" into thin air, and having the car show up minutes later? Alexa will also accept "request me a ride," "call me a ride," "get me an Uber," and dozens of other iterations. She will even accept "call me a taxi," because to Alexa, taxi is synonymous with Uber. Amazon is out to prove its electric genie is more versatile than Apple's Siri or Microsoft's Cortana.

Price: $179.99 In stock on May 15, 2016. 

• Plays all your music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
• Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
• Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control
• Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
• Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service • Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Nest, and ecobee smart home devices
• Always getting smarter and adding new features and skills--over 100 added since launch, including Domino's and Uber

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Super Beets!
Super Beets!
April 29, 2016

Nitric oxide (N-O) is the master regulator of the cardiovascular system that signals arteries to relax and dilate, improving circulation and blood flow. Dietary nitrates, like those found in SuperBeets, can help the body:

Support Heart Health & Blood Pressure
Promote Improved Natural Energy
Promote Extended Exercise Endurance & Stamina
Promote Increased Circulation

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Mid-Air Collision With Bird Leaves 2-Foot Crater In Airliner Nose
Mid-Air Collision With Bird Leaves 2-Foot Crater In Airliner Nose
April 29, 2016

A Texas-bound American Airlines flight was forced to return to Seattle Wednesday afternoon after striking at least one bird during takeoff, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport said.

The incident, which occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time, severely damaged the nose of the Airbus 321. There were no reports of injuries among the 150 passengers and six crew members.

American Airlines said in a statement that Flight 2310, bound for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, returned to Seattle "due to a bird strike, which struck the nose of the aircraft."

Airline spokesman Ross Feinstein said the plane "landed safely and taxied to the gate."
"Our maintenance team is currently evaluating the aircraft," Feinstein added. Passengers were transferred to a different aircraft for the flight to Texas.

The pilot told air traffic controllers, "Looks like we hit some birds after takeoff. We're gonna need to go back and have the airplane looked at," according ABC News, which cited LiveATC.net.

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The Investigation of Prince's Death Has Taken a Grim Turn
The Investigation of Prince's Death Has Taken a Grim Turn
April 29, 2016

This week, as investigators look into Prince's tragic death at the age of 57, new details have emerged that appear to paint a tragic picture. Two days ago, investigators told the media that they are focusing on the role that painkillers might have played in the musician's death. This news came shortly after a TMZ report claimed that Prince's emergency landing days before his death was caused by a drug overdose. Today, the county sheriff investigating the death has asked for help from the Drug Enforcement Administration, as prescription painkillers were found in Prince's possession when he died.

According to NBC News, the DEA's role "will be to determine such things as where the medications came from, and what prescriptions Prince had obtained. DEA agents often check those records in death investigations."

An autopsy was conducted last week, but the medical examiner said it will take weeks for the cause of death to be confirmed, and officials have not said what role the painkillers played in Prince's collapse in his Minneapolis house.

This week, Michael Padden, an attorney for Prince's siblings told the Star Tribune that Prince had "substantial" problems with opioid painkiller Percocet and cocaine for at least a decade. Meanwhile, the past week has been filled with touching tributes to the late musician, including a powerful performance by D'Angelo on The Tonight Show.

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Bison May Be Named United States' National Mammal
Bison May Be Named United States' National Mammal
April 29, 2016

The United States House of Representatives voted this week to name the North American bison as the national mammal of the country, giving it a recognition many believe it deserves.

The bill in process, called the National Bison Legacy Act, passed the House, and will go to the Senate and then to the President for signing and aims to honor the history and the historical significance of the animal.

The bison plays an important role in American history, maybe more so than any other native species.

The Bison Act was drafted with support from both political parties and from both the House and the Senate. The reason for the choice, according to Rep. William Clay, is straightforward: "The American bison is an enduring symbol of strength, native American culture and the boundless Western wildness."

Elevating the status of the Bison may help to raise awareness and prevent extinction for the amazing mammal. Once roaming across the Western plains in the millions, bison were slaughtered in mass during Westward expansion, leaving the population in the thousands by the turn of the 20th century.

The bison population is now estimated to be nearly a half million, and many groups are involved in protecting and celebrating the bison.

The Senate is expected to make a decision later this week.

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