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Study: 2 diet drinks a day could double risk of diabetes

Drinking two servings of carbonated soda — even the diet kind — could double the risk of diabetes, according to a Swedish study.

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Research by the Karolinska Institute on 2,800 adults found that those who consumed at least two 6½ ounce servings of soft drinks daily were 2.4 times as likely to suffer from a form of type 2 diabetes.

Many sodas are sold in 12-ounce cans, meaning that one and a half cans would be enough to double the risk.

According to the study, people who drank a liter of soda saw their chances of suffering from diabetes increase tenfold.

The increased risks were the same regardless of whether the drinks were sugary or artificially sweetened, according to the findings published in the European Journal of Endocrinology.

Researchers said the sugary drinks may have induced insulin resistance, triggering the cases of diabetes.

The artificial sweeteners in the diet drinks may stimulate and distort appetite, they said, increasing food intake, and encouraging a sweet tooth. Such sweeteners might also affect microbes in the gut leading to glucose intolerance.

The research was a retrospective study, which relied on participants to recall their diet habits.

Josefin Edwall Löfvenborg, lead author, told The Telegraph that soft drinks might influence glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity, leading to the increased risk of latent auto-immune diabetes, a form of type 2 diabetes.

“In this study we were surprised by the increased risk in developing autoimmune diabetes by drinking soft drinks,” he said. We next plan on investigating what could counter this risk.”

More research was needed into the impact of diet drinks, he said.

NYC teacher uses CPR to save student’s life

A teacher in New York City saved a student’s life Thursday when a sixth-grader had a seizure and stopped breathing.

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Amy Spears, 44, a math teacher at Louis Armstrong Middle School in Queens, saw the girl collapse and begin convulsing outside of her classroom. The teen then stopped breathing.

“I started doing CPR immediately and called people to get help and call 911,” Spears told the New York Daily News. “Another teacher grabbed the machine.”

Spears, who has been a teacher for 21 years, gave the child one shock with a defibrillator before paramedics arrived.

“I never thought in a million years I would have to do this or want to do it,” Spears told the Daily News. “I’m so glad I was trained and I was able to hold it together enough to do what I did. Everyone worked together.”

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to appear in opera

Supreme Court justice and opera enthusiast Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be wearing a different set of robes next month, moving from her court chambers to the stage.

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On Nov. 12, the 83-year-old will perform in a non-singing role as the Duchess of Krakenthorp in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment.” The Washington National Opera announced her one-time, opening night role in its staging of the show at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. next month.

“While the opera is best known for the vocal acrobatics required of its singers, the high-comedy antics of the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp often steal the show,” the opera said in a statement.

The script of the opera will be slightly altered to mention Ginsburg’s job as a Supreme Court justice. Her character has been played by a diverse set of performers, from Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé to actress Bea Arthur.

Ginsburg, however, is no stranger to the stage, appearing as an extra in several operas through the years.

In 2009, she and the late Justice Antonin Scalia were extras in a party scene of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” on the Washington National Opera stage, the Washington Post reported.

The Washington National Opera said she also was an extra in "Ariadne auf Naxos" in 1994 and in Johann Strauss II's "Die Fledermaus" in 2003.

Another Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, once made a surprise appearance in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Henry V,” playing the role of Isabel, queen of France.

Ginsburg has always had a love of the arts. According to the Washingtonian, her mother introduced her to theater at the Brooklyn Academy — “my dream place as a child.”

Ticket sales were brisk for “Daughter of the Regiment.”

“We definitely sold a lot of tickets today after our announcement,” Washington National Opera spokesman Michael Solomon told Reuters.

Evasive emu sends deputies in Florida on wild chase

An escaped emu sent Brevard County deputies and animal control officers on a wild chase Friday night in Cape Canaveral.

The evasive emu escaped from a home on Lincoln Avenue, witnesses said.

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A viewer who called WFTV said he was walking his dog when it got loose and spooked another man's emu.

He said the emu then led deputies on a foot pursuit through a neighborhood.

Officials held up blankets and closed in on the large bird in an attempt to corral it.

An animal control officer eventually subdued the combative bird along State Road A1A.

Photos: Emu sends deputies on wild chase in Cape Canaveral [WFTV]

It was then hogtied and loaded into an animal control vehicle.

The emu was returned to its owner -- albeit with fewer feathers than it had before its escape.

Kanye West shares message on Twitter for Kim Kardashian’s birthday

Kanye West took to Twitter on Friday to say happy birthday to his wife, Kim Kardashian West, who turns 36 today.

“Happy Birthday babe,” West wrote on Twitter with an adorable video of moments throughout Kim’s childhood.

The last time West tweeted was on Sept. 14.

A photo posted by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Oct 21, 2016 at 9:22am PDT

The couple has laid low on social media since Kardashian West was held at gunpoint in Paris on Oct. 3.

Joe Biden says he wishes he could take Trump 'behind the gym'

You can always count on Vice President Joe Biden to say what’s on his mind.

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Biden addressed a crowd in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, while on a campaign stop for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday. Biden discussed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s vulgar comments from the 2005 “Access Hollywood” video that surfaced earlier this month and the recent sexual assault allegations against Trump.

“Press always ask me, ‘Don’t I wish I were debating him?’” Biden told the crowd. “No, I wish we were in high school, and I could take him behind the gym.”

“What he said and did and does is the textbook definition of sexual assault,” Biden bellowed. “He said because I am famous, because I am a star, because I am a billionaire, I can do things other people can’t. What a disgusting assertion for anyone to make.”

Earlier this month, Biden made an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” discussing Trump’s comments and behavior.

(h/t Mashable)

Bill Murray makes unexpected appearance at White House briefing

Bill Murray surprised guests at a White House briefing on Friday to discuss one very important subject — baseball.

After press secretary John Earnest gave his briefing, Murray graced the podium and addressed the audience about the Chicago Cubs, while wearing his Cubs gear.

When asked if the Cubs will win, the actor and comedian told reporters, “I feel very confident that Clayton Kershaw is a great, great pitcher, but we’ve got too many sticks.”

“We also have a little bit of autumn in Chicago. You don’t get that in Los Angles,” Murray went on to say. “Trees just die in Los Angeles. In Illinois, they flourish,” he said as the crowd laughed.

According to People, Murray was in Washington, D.C., on Sunday to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He also met with President Obama while at the White House.

The Chicago Cubs currently lead the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. If the Cubs make it to the World Series, it will be the first time since 1945.

(h/t People)

Man suing city after doughnut icing tests positive for meth during Florida traffic stop

Icing from a Krispy Kreme doughnut landed Dan Rushing in jail after Orlando police mistook it for methamphetamine, and as a result, Rushing is suing the city.

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“They showed me four little pieces, smaller than your fingernail, of icing from a Krispy Kreme doughnut I'd eaten previously,” Rushing said.

The lawsuit Rushing filed on Friday is not only against the city of Orlando, it’s against Safariland, the company behind the test.

The arrest happened in July. Orlando police pulled Rushing over for speeding and searched his car.

When officers found dried icing in his car, they thought it was meth and arrested him.

“I get one glazed every other Wednesday,” said Rushing.                                                        

Orlando police said the icing tested positive twice for meth.

“I said 'That's icing from a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut,' and they went, ‘No. That's drugs,’” said Rushing.

Rushing said that he insisted the substance was sugar.

“They took me to jail. I was there about 11 hours. (They) strip-searched me,” said Rushing.

Rushing said the amount of icing could barely fit on the nail of a pinky finger. He was surprised officers saw it, especially since it was in pieces scattered on the floor of his car.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement later tested the icing and found that it contained “no controlled substances.”

Prosecutors didn't pursue the drug charge.

The lawsuit claims the officer was not properly trained to use the test, and the product was defective or unreliable.

“It's an incredible feeling to get arrested when you haven't done anything wrong,” Rushing said.

WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said that Rushing might have an uphill battle in court because the officers still had cause to arrest him, even if the test was later proven wrong.

But Rushing hopes to force more scrutiny over the field tests.

He said he will still eat the doughnuts, but “just don't eat them in the car anymore.”

The city declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Safariland has not replied to WFTV's request for comment.

Florida couple gets into brawl, leads cops to marijuana grow house

A couple in Central Florida did not expect to lead police to their marijuana grow house after they got into a bloody argument Wednesday. 

Deputies responded to the home of Mark and Judy McKay to find blood on the front steps and throughout the house, Fox 13 News reports. 

During the fight, Mark McKay was allegedly stabbed in the neck and the forehead by his wife, police told Fox 13 News. Judy McKay claims her husband got drunk and became violent and hit her multiple times. 

When police went inside the house, they found marijuana plants and equipment used to cultivate the sale of cannabis, according to Fox 13 News. Police then discovered a shed in the back of the home that contained hundreds of marijuana plants. 

The couple was arrested on drug charges and taken to Polk County Jail. 


In the digital age, pediatricians tweak screen time rules

The American Academy of Pediatrics has some bad news for parents relying on the television or computer to babysit their kids: two hours of screen time may be too much.

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CNN reports that group is  tweaking outdated screen time rules in the age of 24/7 digital media – but it won’t be easy.

“It doesn’t make sense to make a blanket statement [of two hours] of screen time anymore,” said Dr. Yolanda Reid Chassiakos, lead author of the “Children and Adolescents and Digital Media Technical Report” and assistant professor at UCLA.

There is nothing cute about the toddler at the table next to you playing with mommy’s cellphone.

Babies under 18 months should be kept from all digital devices, the researcher said. “The TV should not be a babysitter,” she said. “It’s much better to talk to a child or read from a book.”

Children 2 to 5 years of age should be limited to one hour a day and older children should have defined restrictions by their parents on screen time, Chassiakos added.

For healthy kids, an average day includes “school, homework time, at least one hour of physical activity, social contact and sleep — which is anywhere from eight to 12 hours for kids, said Chassiakos.

“Whatever’s left over can be screen time,” she said.

Read the whole CNN story by clicking here.

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