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Oklahoma gun store declared a Muslim-free zone

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The owner of an Oktaha gun range is proclaims his business is Muslim-free.

Iraq war veteran Chad Neal owns Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear.He says the July shooting at a Tennessee military recruiting center, convinced him to hang a sign that reads, "This privately owned business is a Muslim free establishment. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."Neal credits the sign for an increase in business.

>> Read more trending storiesNeal notes there is a military recruiting center in nearby Muskogee, and he thought this might help protect local soldiers.The Council on American-Islamic Relations tracks businesses that ban Muslims.  It is calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate.

Seven things to avoid touching on a plane

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Frequent flyers accept exposure to germs is unavoidable.

But they also know there are some things you can do to minimize your risk at 30,000 feet.

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Huffpost.com says there are seven things you shouldn't touch on an airplane.

Armrests tops the list of things to avoid.

Also on the list of things you should avoid touching: tray tables.  A 2007 study revealed four in six tested positive for MRSA bacteria and noroviruses.

Rounding out the list of things you shouldn't touch on a plane: The inside door handle of the restroom, the restroom faucet handles, the toilet flushing button, blankets and the toilet seat.

Students learn chemistry via beer-testing lab

A college professor is using beer to inspire chemistry students.

University of Southern Maine professor Lucille Benedict told the Portland Press Herald it can be challenging to keep students engaged in chemistry, so she started using beer as a testing medium.

Benedict oversees the school's new Quality Assurance/Quality Control and Research Laboratory.

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In a partnership with the Maine Brewers Guild, the lab will provide testing and training for breweries and brewmasters.

Students say the beer-testing lab allows them to use science to solve real-world problems. Students will focus on how a flawed brewing process can contaminate or ruin beer.

Classes for brewers begin in the fall. 

Brewers can also send samples to the lab for testing. The lab charges $25 for basic testing.

Trump's popularity baffles Stephen Hawking

Study: Is Alzheimer’s transmissible between people?

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A small study is making big headlines, as the results suggest a possible link between specialized medical procedures and a precursor to what is believed to be Alzheimer’s-related proteins.

The study, published in the scientific journal Nature, studied the brains of eight people who died of the rare brain disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The patients had contracted CJD via contaminated tissue used in human growth-hormone treatment. The autopsy revealed that six of the eight brains had signs of amyloid-plaque formation, which is considered to be a precursor of Alzheimer's disease.

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CJD is caused by an infectious protein known as a prion. One theory suggests that Alzheimer's disease may also be triggered by proteins that have gone rogue.

The presence of plaque in patients aged 36 to 51 is rare, and scientists involved in the study suspect that seeds of the amyloid protein may have transferred to the patients from the hGH injections they received, according to Nature.

If the results prove to be true after further study, it could have major implications in the surgical room. Specialized surgical tools and equipment might be required to undergo expensive decontamination procedures.

But skeptics warn that the study's sample size of just eight subjects is too small to draw any solid conclusions. Health experts encourage everyone to continue undergoing any medical procedures they've been advised to have.

Alzheimer's disease and related dementias affect approximately 47 million people worldwide, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

Alzheimer's most often begins in people over 65, although about 5 percent of cases are early-onset Alzheimer's.

For more information, read the study FAQ published by The Washington Post.

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