Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk
2013-08-08 06:33:54 UTC
Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer's disease — by keeping glucose at a healthy level.
Alzheimer's is by far the most common for...
Minn. dad claims third of $448M Powerball jackpot
2013-08-09 05:42:33 UTC
ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man claimed his third of a $448 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, wasting no time before revealing his good fortune to the world and saying he had "been waiting for this day my entire life."
Paul White, 45, a project engineer from Ham Lake, said his fam...
Powerball jackpot reaches $400M for Wednesday
2013-08-04 13:49:08 UTC
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Dreamers hoping to strike it rich quick plunked down $2 a ticket hoping to win a Powerball jackpot estimated to be at least $300 million.
The winning numbers for Saturday's drawing were 21, 24, 36, 42, and 45, with the Powerball 15. There were no jackpot winners for Sat...
Woods just ordinary, still up by 7 at Bridgestone
2013-08-03 23:19:52 UTC
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — With an elite field chasing the lead, Tiger Woods decided to play keep-away.
Already up by a staggering seven shots through 36 holes thanks to a career-tying best of 61 in the second round, Woods shot a solid 2-under 68 on Saturday in the Bridgestone Invitational to maintain...
Arianna Huffington: 'My mother said failure was a stepping stone to success'
2013-08-03 22:44:21 UTC
On a sweltering evening in central London this week, smartly dressed young women gathered to discuss "Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power". The keynote speaker contrasted the ancient Greek philosophers' ideal of "a good life" with our modern misapprehension that it means working 24/7, sleep...
Swaddle-maker swamped after UK prince's photo-op
2013-08-03 16:12:50 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It took 45 seconds, but it was enough.
Newborn Prince George, carried from the hospital to the royal car, appeared in a cotton swaddle with the tiny birds on it. Mums-to-be around the world wanted to know: Who are you wearing?
The answer shows what it is like when a small comp...
Camping resets internal clock
2013-08-03 15:45:02 UTC
A short camping trip could help people rise and shine.
After a week living in tents in Colorado’s Rockies, volunteers’ internal clocks shifted about two hours earlier, transforming night owls into early birds, researchers report August 1 in Current Biology.
“It’s a clever study, and it make...
New Zealand botulism scare triggers global recall
2013-08-03 05:47:22 UTC
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities have triggered a global recall of up to 1,000 tons of dairy products across seven countries after dairy giant Fonterra announced tests had turned up a type of bacteria that could cause botulism.
New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries...
FDA defining what "gluten free" means on packages
2013-08-02 15:31:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers are going to know exactly what they are getting when they buy foods labeled "gluten free."
The Food and Drug Administration is at last defining what a "gluten free" label on a food package really means after more than six years of consideration. Until now, manufactu...
3 sisters give birth to boys
2013-07-31 23:19:16 UTC
LAYTON, Utah (Deseret News) — A Layton family is going to have to plan a pretty big birthday party for the month of July.
That’s because three sisters gave birth to three little boys in July. Two of those boys were born just 65 minutes apart — in the same hospital and delivered by the same doc...
FDA links stomach bug in 2 states to Mexican farm
2013-08-03 00:31:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says an outbreak of stomach illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska is linked to salad mix served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in those states and supplied by a Mexican farm.
The outbreak of cyclospora infections has sickened more than 4...
'Fat man' says New Zealand visa decision 'totally unfair'
2013-07-30 06:26:37 UTC
A South African man who was told he was too fat to have his work visa extended in New Zealand has called the decision "totally unfair".
Immigration officials said Albert Buitenhuis's weight - 130kg (20st 6lb) - could put him at "significant risk" of health complications and be a drain on the c...
End-Of-Life Lessons For Nelson Mandela's Family -- And Yours
2013-07-30 05:23:22 UTC
As the world watches, former South African President Nelson Mandela, 94, remains hospitalized in critical condition. Amid conflicting reports and limited information from relatives and officials, many observers believe he is on life-support equipment.
Mandela’s family now faces the same wrench...
Official: Cannes diamond heist actually nets $136M
2013-07-30 04:32:18 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Wearing a scarf to mask his face, the gunman sneaked into the posh Cannes hotel and held up a diamond show as three security guards looked on, then fled on foot about a minute later. In the end, he made off with a breathtaking $136 million worth of valuables — the biggest jewelry hei...
Unsealed birth records give adoptees peek at past
2013-07-29 02:55:48 UTC
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Maura Duffy spent a day in Chicago last September with her mother: A walk along Lake Michigan, shared meals, a boat tour highlighting Second City architecture.
But this was no typical mother-daughter outing. It was the first time the two women had ever met.
Since a ...
99-year-old woman from Iran becomes US citizen
2013-07-27 04:53:12 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In nearly a century since her Iranian birth, Khatoun Khoykani has lived through revolutions and world wars.
Now, 15 years after moving to the United States, the 99-year-old can add to the list the unlikely experience of becoming a U.S. citizen.
Khoykani joined about 3,700...
FDA proposes rules for safer imported foods
2013-07-26 22:10:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chances are that about 15 percent of the food you eat — more if your diet includes lots of fruits, vegetables and cheese — comes from abroad, and the government is taking steps now to make it safer.
New rules proposed Friday by the Food and Drug Administration would make U.S....
Royal baby named George Alexander Louis
2013-07-24 21:11:47 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The little prince has a name: George Alexander Louis.
The announcement Wednesday that Prince William and his wife, Kate, had selected a moniker steeped in British history came as royal officials suggested the new parents are seeking quiet time away from the flashbulbs and frenzy ...
Artist, Syrian children beautify refugee camp
2013-07-24 05:01:03 UTC
ZAATARI, Jordan (AP) — Young Syrian children, refugees of their country's grinding civil war, playfully grab paint brushes and rollers nearly as big as they are in this windswept desert camp, adding splashes of bright color to their bleak surroundings.
Most of the trailers and tents match the ...
Skipping breakfast may increase heart attack risk
2013-07-23 06:47:34 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Another reason to eat breakfast: Skipping it may increase your chances of a heart attack.
A study of older men found those who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of a heart attack than those who ate a morning meal. There's no reason why the results wouldn't...
Mandela had spent 27 years in jail, and then - he had forgiven his jailers
2013-07-21 21:55:44 UTC
NELSON MANDELA turned 95 last week, spending his birthday in a Pretoria hospital where he has been fighting a lung infection since June. His illness unleashed a worldwide wave of international concern and well-wishes. The most revered statesman in Africa’s history may be physically in decline, bu...
Thousands of kids hurt yearly on amusement rides
2013-07-21 21:35:09 UTC
From carousels to roller coasters, part of summer fun for many kids is a trip to the local carnival or a nearby amusement park. But experts are warning parents their children need to be supervised on rides because of the risk of injuries.
Researchers from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Colu...
Scrapbooks give peek inside Hemingway's early life
2013-07-21 05:54:21 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — Long before Ernest Hemingway first wrote a story, his mother was busy writing about him.
Grace Hall Hemingway started a series of scrapbooks documenting the childhood of the future Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner by describing how the sun shone and robins sang on the day in July ...
Revisiting this week’s social media outrages
2013-07-19 16:53:23 UTC
Oliver Burkeman ( The Guardian ): Head confidently into the (very warm) weekend with this handy guide to how you should feel about recent online controversies.
“We don’t need to have a National Conversation about the Rolling Stone cover,” the prolific political-comedy tweeter @pourmecoffee obs...
Breastfeeding Note From Pizza Waitress Pays It Forward
2013-07-19 05:07:24 UTC
A breastfeeding mother at a pizza restaurant got the surprise of her life when she received a free pizza and a kind note on her receipt from a waitress.
Jackie Johnson-Smith, 33, a stay-at-home mother from Ankeny, Iowa was celebrating her 33rd birthday on Sunday at Fong’s Pizza in Des Moines ...