Gorging in the Name of Science: New Study Looks For Diabetes-Obesity Link

Sep 14, 15 Gorging in the Name of Science: New Study Looks For Diabetes-Obesity Link

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The war against the obesity epidemic is on, with more than two in three adults in the U.S. being considered overweight or obese. In the latest scientific battle, researchers had six men gorge themselves for a week in the hopes of finding how, why and when chronic overeating leads to metabolic problems and to Type 2 diabetes. All the investigators needed to spot what they were looking for, and it’s likely cause, though, took effect in less than three days. By the second and third day of the study and participants’ consumption of 6,000 calories — more than double their usual caloric intake — researchers could detect the onset of insulin resistance. The indisputable cause of their insulin resistance was the sudden onset of their gluttonous diets. More specifically, researchers found that their bodies’ efforts to manage the sudden caloric assault forced the mitochondria in their cells to unleash a flood of oxygen byproducts that are toxic to nearby cells. “Mitochondria are energy engines and when they’re flooded with calories they become leaky and release [chemicals] and cause oxidative stress,” Dr. Kevin Niswender, associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee, explained to ABC News. Oxidative stress could lead to inflammation and other problems down the line. It could also affect certain proteins that can lead to insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin, causing the pancreas to produce more insulin to keep with the difference. Insulin resistance can lead to two things: high concentrations of glucose remaining in the blood — which damages nerves and blood vessels — and an overworked pancreas. The study, which was published in the journal of Science Translational Medicine, suggests antioxidant therapies, such as Vitamin C and E supplements, coenzyme Q10 or selenium, could help patients who overeat from developing metabolic problems in order to target the cells that have become insulin...

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Lotto Ticket Error Voids Woman’s $20,000 Win

Sep 14, 15 Lotto Ticket Error Voids Woman’s $20,000 Win

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When something seems too good to be true, it probably is. That’s the lesson a Washington, D.C. woman is learning after she thought she won $20,000 on a scratch-off ticket late last month. Ardella Newman was in disbelief when she saw her winning number matched the corresponding prize of $20,000, according to local news affiliate KTLA5. “When I saw that $20,000, you don’t know how excited I was,” Newman said. And she certainly doesn’t agree with lottery officials claims that her ticket was issued in error. They’re arguing that legitimate tickets have winning numbers on the top, but Newman’s ticket displays them on the bottom. “One ticket was cut off near the top, and the corresponding top of a different ticket was still attached at the perforation,” Virginia Lottery Communications Specialist John Hagerty said in a statement. “We cannot award a prize for a non-winning ticket. Additionally, we cannot take parts of two tickets to create one winning ticket.” Unfortunately, she already had planned on using some of the money to help pay for medical bills for her ailing sister. Newman has filed a complaint with the Virginia Lottery and is awaiting the results of an investigation by the organization’s Audit and Security Department. “I want the money that I thought I won,” she said. “If you look at the ticket, it says I won this money. It wasn’t anything that I did wrong. It’s what they did wrong.” Perhaps the most condemning piece of evidence against Newman though is the barcode and validation code on the ticket. Both say the ticket was not a winner, according to Hagerty. Until the organization makes a ruling Newman can only wait, hope, and continue going to work at her old job like 48% of lottery winners do anyway. And any future lottery tickets she buys are sure to get a much more extensive look before she starts counting her...

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Bay Area Bartender Finds $20, Wins $1 Million in California Lottery

Sep 14, 15 Bay Area Bartender Finds $20, Wins $1 Million in California Lottery

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Talk about lucky! Hubert Tang, a Bay Area bartender at the San Francisco International Airport, walked outside after work and found a $20 bill on the sidewalk, so he decided to have some harmless fun and purchase a couple scratch-off lottery tickets at the corner store nearby — because why not? There’s nothing to lose, he figured. And then he realized he had just won $1 million. Tang told local news outlets that after he found the $20 bill, he bought two $1 million Jackpot! Scratchers tickets from the California State Lottery when he stopped by Andrea’s Market in San Mateo County. He scratched off both tickets and realized immediately that he had just been very lucky. “I scratched the ticket outside of the store,” Tang said. “I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, ‘I think I just won a million dollars.’” According to USA Today and CNN, Tang hadn’t purchased a single lotto ticket in at least 10 years. Although he’s not an avid gambler, Tang decided that it wouldn’t be too much of a loss if he didn’t win any of the money back. He stated that he currently doesn’t have any plans for the money, beyond having a celebratory dinner and purchasing “a new car or something” for his mother. “Maybe I’ll start leaving $20 bills on the street in random places,” he added. The rest of the money, he told the California Lottery, would probably go straight into a savings account. As Forbes noted, however, most lottery winners end up facing an amalgam of financial problems after finding that winning ticket. For Tang, he won’t actually be taking home $1 million; before any of it reaches his bank account, he’ll pay a 39.6% federal tax and a 13.3% state tax on the winnings. Should Tang decide to share any of the winnings with friends or family — maybe he’ll go with that new car for Mom –those recipients will have...

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What is San Francisco Doing to Combat its Astronomical Housing Prices?

Sep 14, 15 What is San Francisco Doing to Combat its Astronomical Housing Prices?

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With housing prices in San Francisco and across the Bay Area showing no signs of letting up on their precipitous rise, affordable-housing activists have tried nearly every avenue of protest in the book. They haven’t, however, tried taking legal action against high housing prices — until now. According to the Inquisitr, the housing activist group San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation (SFBARF) recently launched an effort to file a lawsuit against the city of Lafayette, CA called Sue the Suburbs. In its mission statement, the group argues that the city’s move to build a luxury gated development of single-family homes instead of a moderately-priced apartment complex is only adding to the Bay Area’s housing crisis. The city’s decision to build 44 single-family homes, priced at about $1.2 million each, equates to far fewer spaces for new residents. Lafayette isn’t the only city contributing to the housing crisis. Over the last few years, several cities and counties in the area have built just half the needed number of housing units to accommodate the current economic and population boom taking place. As a result, the Bay Area — and San Francisco in particular — has the highest housing prices in the nation. In one recent poll, 41% of Americans reported that they would rather purchase a brand-new home rather than an existing one. In San Francisco, where the median home value for both new and existing homes is more than $1.225 million, it’s nearly impossible for members of the middle class to afford either option. In fact, 100% of the housing in San Francisco is now unaffordable for those on a teacher’s salary, the San Francisco Chronicle recently reported. SFBARF’s lawsuit filing comes just a week after activists held a rally against additional luxury developments in the city. Currently, the city of Lafayette is considering instating a ban on additional high-priced luxury constructions — though it’s unclear if this is a direct result of SFBARF’s pending lawsuit or...

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Are the Olsen Twins Too Late to Capitalize on the Dry Shampoo Trend?

Sep 11, 15 Are the Olsen Twins Too Late to Capitalize on the Dry Shampoo Trend?

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Celebrity twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are many things — actresses, former child stars, and fashion designers are just a few of the hats they wear. The pair’s “Elizabeth and James” line, named for two of their siblings, offers clothing, handbags, fragrances, and now a line of dry shampoos, according to E! Online. Dry shampoo is the (somewhat dirty) little secret of beauty mavens everywhere. Don’t have enough time to wash your hair? A little dab of dry shampoo can bring hair back to life. The Elizabeth and James dry shampoos are part of the Nirvana hair and body collection and come in two different varieties: Nirvana White and Nirvana Black. The White option is scented like a spring garden, whereas the other option contains violet, sandalwood, and vanilla notes. The line is available at Sephora and costs $28 per bottle. Other Nirvana White and Black products are also available through the store in the same scents. Like dry shampoo, a number of salon treatments are designed to minimize the amount of effort that most people put into their daily hair care routines. For instance, keratin treatments are one option because they save time with straightening and adding various products to the hair. One famous stylist thinks that hair products are here to stay, despite the salon, but shampoos are on their way out. So will dry shampoo fall by the wayside someday, too? That’s what Bumble and Bumble founder and president Michael Gordon thinks. Gordon, whose hair care line sells a number of sprays, pastes, glosses, and mousses, said that shampoo and anything plastic “will have gone away” in the future. “What remains will be quite lovely and beautiful and refillable.” But Gordon’s motivations aren’t simply to sell more. Cutting back on hair care products could help reduce waste. “I looked at the world of hair products and thought, ‘This is crazy!'” Gordon told Yahoo News. “Everybody has ten shampoos, ten conditioners, masks, and then before you blink they’re making a hundred different...

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