George H.W. Bush wore socks with books on them to Barbara Bush’s funeral

Former president George H. W. Bush honored his late wife by wearing socks with books on them to her funeral Saturday.

Barbara Bush championed the issue of literacy throughout her life and her husband has a reputation for wearing colorful socks.

“To honor his wife of 73 years and her commitment to family literacy, for which she raised over $110 million over the course of over 30 years, @GeorgeHWBush will be wearing a pair of socks festooned with books at today’s funeral service for former First Lady Barbara Bush,” tweeted the couple’s spokesman Jim McGrath.

The former first lady, who died Tuesday at 92, formed the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to fund programs that teach parents in low-income families to read and pass on reading to their children.

“If everyone could read and write, all the problems I worried about could be solved,” she told USA TODAY in 2014. “If you can’t read, you can’t do anything.”

McGrath later tweeted a photo of the socks worn by the 93-year-old.



Verne Troyer, Mini Me in ‘Austin Powers,’ dead at 49

Verne Troyer, the actor best-known for portraying Mini Me in the “Austin Powers” trilogy has died. He was 49.
The news of the actor’s death was reported on his Instagram account on Saturday afternoon.

“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” a post to the account read.
“Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much,” the post continued.

A cause of death was not revealed.

Earlier this month, Troyer was hospitalized after his friends called 911 saying the actor was drunk and suicidal. He was reportedly held for 72 hours for an evaluation, according to TMZ.

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The World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ at Disney California Adventure Park – Arrivals
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came about one year after Troyer had checked himself into a rehab program to try and overcome his struggles with alcoholism.
On his Instagram account, the post said “you never what kind of battle someone is going through inside.”

“Depression and Suicide are very serious issues,” the post read. “Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help.”


Troyer was recently baptized as he carried on through a difficult time recently, according to the post.

The 2 ft. 8 in. actor has battled alcoholism for years and nearly died from alcohol poisoning in 2002.

Troyer portrayed Mini Me, the sidekick to Mike Myers’ character Dr. Evil, in the 1999 film “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and the 2002 flick “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”

He was briefly married to Playboy model Genevieve Gallen for less than a year in 2004. In 2006, he appeared on the reality series “The Surreal Life” where he was often shown intoxicated.

The actor has made sporadic appearances in films and TV shows since “Austin Powers” and has upcoming roles listed in the 2018 film “Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks” and “The 420 Movie: Mary & Jane.”


Investigation says Prince was isolated, addicted and in pain

MINNEAPOLIS — After Prince had to be revived from a drug overdose a week before his death, one friend told the musical superstar that he needed to stop taking painkillers. But Prince said he couldn’t — his hands hurt so much that if he quit, he’d have to stop performing.

“This piano tour I think was getting to his hands,” singer Judith Hill told investigators, according to a transcript of her interview.

Those words, found amid hundreds of pages of interviews between investigators and Prince’s closest confidants, provide insight into just how much the man known for his energetic performances and larger-than-life personality was suffering. The documents open parts of Prince’s life that the intensely-private celebrity tried to keep from even his closest confidants.

“How did he hide this so well?” Prince’s closest friend and bodyguard Kirk Johnson said in an interview with detectives. While Johnson said he didn’t realize that opioids were a problem until that overdose, he had noticed Prince was unwell before that and took him to a doctor.

In their zeal to protect Prince’s privacy, Carver County Attorney Mark Metz said some of the singer’s friends might have enabled him.

Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park studio compound in suburban Minneapolis on April 21, 2016. An autopsy found he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin. Authorities say it is likely Prince didn’t know he was taking the dangerous drug, which was laced in counterfeit pills made to look like a generic version of the painkiller Vicodin.

The source of those pills is unknown and no one has been charged in Prince’s death.


Barbara Bush, Republican matriarch and former first lady, dies at 92

(CNN)Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty and a first lady who elevated the cause of literacy, died Tuesday, according to a statement from her husband’s office. She was 92.

Only the second woman in American history to have had a husband and a son elected President (Abigail Adams was the first), Bush was seen as a plainspoken public figure who was instantly recognizable with her signature white hair and pearl necklaces and earrings. She became a major political figure as her husband, George H.W. Bush, rose to become vice president and president. After they left the White House, she was a potent spokeswoman for two of her sons — George W. and Jeb — as they campaigned for office.

The mother of six children — one of whom, a daughter, Robin, died as a child from leukemia — Barbara Bush raised her fast-growing family in the 1950s and ’60s amid the post-war boom of Texas and the whirl of politics that consumed her husband.

She was at his side during his nearly 30-year political career. He was a US representative for Texas, UN ambassador, Republican Party chairman, ambassador to China and CIA director. He then became Ronald Reagan’s vice president for two terms and won election to the White House in 1988. He left office in 1993 after losing a re-election bid to Bill Clinton.

Quick-witted with a sharp tongue, the feisty Barbara Bush was a fierce defender of her husband and an astute adviser.

As first lady, her principal persona as a devoted wife and mother contrasted in many ways with her peer and predecessor, Nancy Reagan, and her younger successor, Hillary Clinton, both of whom were seen as more intimately involved in their husbands’ presidencies.


Female McDonald’s cashier charged with incest after she and brother have baby with ‘severe medical problems’

A Florida woman was charged with having an incestuous relationship with her brother after she gave birth to a child with serious medical problems.

Investigators said Pauline Elizabeth Martin, 33, was arrested Friday after genetic testing revealed the child she gave birth to on Nov. 21 had parents that were closely related.

The Orlando Sentinel reported Martin, a McDonald’s cashier, told deputies in Groveland she had a “romantic sexual relationship” with her brother for the past five years. She said the last time they had sex was March 21.

“She said she was going to end her relationship with her brother because she knows it is wrong,” deputies wrote in the arrest documents.
According to authorities, they began investigating after Martin’s baby was transferred to Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando within hours of being born because of “severe medical problems.”

Police said neither Martin nor her brother filled out Medicaid paperwork or obtained a birth certificate for the baby.
The paperwork was not completed until Feb. 26, authorities said.

Authorities interviewed Martin at her workplace in Leesburg on Thursday. She was arrested the next day and charged with incest and resisting law enforcement without violence.

She was released from the Lake County Jail on $3,000 bond.

Authorities are searching for her brother, the Sentinel reported.


The 13 siblings Who Were Held Captive In California Basement See Freedom For First Time

After what is described as a lifetime of imprisonment in a cramped, squalid home near Riverside, California, seven of the 13 siblings who were allegedly held captive by their parents got their first taste of freedom last week, ABC News has exclusively learned.

The newly freed siblings — who are now adults — were discretely whisked away Thursday from the Corona Regional Medical Center, where they had been nursed back to health after police rescued them in January. After being described as on the brink of starvation, the survivors were taught the basics about a world police say they never quite experienced.

But now, the young adults, ages 18 to 29, were taken by their attorney and public guardian from the carefully controlled ward of the hospital to an undisclosed rural house they now call home.


Hall of Famer Joe Montana advocates cannabis for pain relief, healing

© Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports Count the legendary Montana among the former and current pro athletes advocating for the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

As the NFL and NFLPA move toward potentially removing cannabis as a banned substance in the coming years, yet another high-profile former NFL star — four-time Super Bowl champion and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana — has come out in favor of utilizing this medicine.

Montana was one of eight former NFL players interviewed by Playboy magazine on this topic.

“Legalization is picking up steam on a global level and I feel like now is the time to spread information about the curing capabilities of this plant,” Montana said. “As with any medicine, increased accessibility comes with the need for education. Cannabis eased my pain. It also put me in a state of healing and relief.”

Eugene Monroe was also interviewed by the magazine. As he did when he spoke with Sportsnaut about this topic, he continues to spread the message that cannabis is so much more beneficial than opiates. It’s a message that is gaining steam, especially in light of the research that shows cannabis can be extremely helpful for players dealing with concussions.

At this time, marijuana is still a Schedule I drug in the United States of America, though many states have legalized it for medicinal and recreational use. There is political pressure being applied from both sides of the issue, and it remains to be seen what will happen in the coming years in regard to its legality.


Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at 76

Stephen Hawking, one of the most influential scientists in the modern era, has died at age 76.
A representative for his family released a statement saying he died at his home in Cambridge, England, on Wednesday.

“It is with great sadness we announce the death of Professor Stephen Hawking,” the statement said. “Professor Hawking died peacefully at his home in the early hours of this morning.

“His family have kindly requested that they be given the time and privacy to mourn his passing, but they would like to thank everyone who has been by Professor Hawking’s side — and supported him — throughout his life.”
Hawking is survived by his three children, Lucy, Robert, and Tim. The three also released a statement:

“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world.

“He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”
Fellow scientists offered their condolences on social media, including the renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

“His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake,” Tyson said on Twitter. “But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure.”

“Stephen Hawking was the rare famous scientist who deserved every bit of his fame,” Sean Carroll, a physicist at Caltech, tweeted. “A brilliant physicist and an inspirational person. And quite a character.”

“A star just went out in the cosmos,” the theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss said on Twitter. “We have lost an amazing human being. Stephen Hawking fought and tamed the cosmos bravely for 76 years and taught us all something important about what it truly means to celebrate about being human.”

Hawking, a theoretical physicist, made several discoveries that transformed the way scientists viewed black holes and the universe.

Though he had Lou Gehrig’s disease, the neurodegenerative malady also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, that impaired his motor functions, he went on to become a mathematics professor and eventually the director of research at the University of Cambridge’s Center for Theoretical Cosmology.

“I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many,” Hawking, who long used a wheelchair, reportedly wrote on his website. “I have been lucky that my condition has progressed more slowly than is often the case. But it shows that one need not lose hope.”

Hawking was also known to bridge the gap on complicated subjects by infusing humor and wit during his lectures. His character and personality produced several infamous anecdotes and references in pop culture, including appearances on various TV shows.

“I recall when we has giving lectures and it was a huge effort for him to speak (before the tracheotomy and the computer voice) he still made the effort to throw jokes in,” Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said on Twitter.
“That says something.”

He’s 16 and he’s gigantic: Meet world’s tallest teenager

A British boy, who stands at 7 feet and 4 inches, is making headlines as the tallest teenager in the world, according to SWNS.

Brandon Marshall is 16 years old and is still growing.

“People stop him, asking for photos with him,” his mother, Lynne Quelch, told the news service.
Quelch said her son, who loves basketball and plays for the Wales National Team, is shy and introverted.

“When people notice his height, he says ‘Oh, here we go again, yes I am tall, yes I am Britain’s tallest teenager’,” the 49-year-old mother said.

Brandon shot up 5 inches from last year, when he was 6 feet 11 inches tall. “I was normal size up until the age of 9,” he explained. “I then had a big growth spurt. I was about 6 feet when I was about 13 [years old] and I started to grow a lot more by then.”

“When I was in year nine [at school] I got to 6 feet, 7 inches; and in year 10, I got to 7 feet.”

Brandon, who trains three times a week with the team, is getting ready to play his first professional tournament in Lithuania.
The 7-feet-4-inch teen has been able to slam dunk since the age of 13.

His mother said, “All the good colleges that have good basketball academies attached to them are all fighting over him as to who will get him. He absolutely loves it.”

His height, however, can sometimes pose a problem, “He does tend to struggle with roofs, ceilings, doorways — just everything normal-size people take for granted,” his mom shared.

She added, “He has got a super king bed at the moment, but we are having one made for him.”
Because of his size, Brandon consumes 8,000 calories a day, and Quelch said she is “constantly shopping to keep the fridge stocked.”

Doctors in England are trying to learn more about the teenager’s height. He tested negative for Marfan syndrome ꟷ a genetic disorder of connective issues ꟷ but a genetics team is still investigating why the 16-year-old is reaching such dramatic heights.

Brandon is just 3 inches shorter than 7-feet-7-inch Paul Sturgess from the U.K., who currently holds the title for Britain’s tallest man. The American Robert Pershing Wadlow, who is 8 feet, 11 inches tall, has the title for the world’s tallest man.


Texas Mom Discovers Her Baby Has Down Syndrome During Emotional Water Birth

When a couple finds out that they are pregnant, all they really want is to have a healthy, happy baby. Amber Rojas from Cedar Hill, Texas, knew that something was different about her daughter, Ami, from the moment she was born.

Amber told PEOPLE, “Having four kids at that point, I knew exactly what every single one of my kids looked like when they were born. But as soon as I picked Ami up out of the water, I noticed her eyes were slanting opposite the way that my kid’s eyes slant…”.

The mom continued, saying “…I thought to myself, ‘I think she has Down Syndrome’”. According to, the mom of five is 35-years-old and named her fifth baby Amadeus. Her and her husband, Fernando, have nicknamed the baby Ami.

The baby was born in September and this is Amber’s second water birth. According to PEOPLE, the mom also notes that throughout her pregnancy she could sense that something was “different”.

On top of something being “different” throughout her pregnancy, she also felt that the actual birthing process was much harder than her last water birth. Her first water birth was with her fourth child.



From suicidal to ‘thriving’: Montel Williams details his emotional journey with MS

At the age of 43, author, actor, TV host, and entrepreneur Montel Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). “I was on an airplane flying from New York to Utah to shoot an episode of the show Touched by an Angel. I got on this plane in the morning and my feet caught on fire,” Williams tells Yahoo Lifestyle, holding back tears. “The pain was so extreme, and when I focus in on it I can sense it, I can remember it. It was so bad that I literally couldn’t stand up at the end of the flight.”

When Williams was diagnosed with MS shortly thereafter, he says the doctor who diagnosed him gave him a “death sentence” and a litany of opioid prescriptions to dull the pain. “I was walking around in this pseudo-suicidal state,” Williams says. “After my second attempt at taking my own life, I recognized that I was going to not just live with this, I was going to figure out — in some way, shape, or form — how to turn this into something I could thrive at.”

Williams took control of his care and now, nearly 20 years after his diagnosis, lives a lifestyle tailor-made to managing his symptoms. “I just hate this whole idea of spending all my time getting ready to die from MS,” he says. “I’d rather live.”

MS, a chronic, often debilitating disease of the central nervous system, affects 2.3 million people around the world — Williams being one of them. People of all different ancestry and genetic backgrounds have it, and as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society says, “The myth that black people do not get MS is just that — a myth.”

“Everything from my vitamin regimen to my eating regimen to my exercise regimen — these things have all combined together to where I am now thriving with MS,” Williams says.

Since Williams came to terms with his diagnosis, he has been hard at work doing all he can to help the MS community at large. He has helped fund MS research all across the country and even founded a company, Helius Medical Technologies, that is putting forth something called a PoNS device which he thinks has the potential to drastically reduce the amount of pain people with MS endure.

“I have MS,” Williams says of the disease. “MS will never have me.”


Rick Ross Is Hospitalized After Getting Unconscious at Home, but Not on ‘Life Support’

Rick Ross was rumored to be on a life support machine today following reports that he had been hospitalized after being found unresponsive at his Miami home this morning (March 2). His close friend and fellow MMG artist Fat Trel is now taking to Instagram to dispel those rumors.

Ross was reportedly on a machine that was taking over the functions of his heart and lungs, but Fat Trel claims he spoke to Rozay and he’s alive and well.

Fat Trel did confirm that Ross is in the hospital but denied that the rapper is on life support. “JUS TALKED 2 MY BIG HOMIE… HE GOOD… HE IN DA HOSPITAL BUT HE IS NOT ON “LIFE SUPPORT” … HE GOOD💯💯💯,” he wrote.

Earlier today (March 2), it was reported that Rick Ross was hospitalized with possible pneumonia after being discovered unresponsive at his Miami home. Now, sources close to Ross have said he’s been put on a form of life support.

According to TMZ, Rozay has been hooked up to a machine that takes over the function of his lungs and heart. It’s believed the rapper is in the cardiac unit of a Miami-area hospital, which is a strong sign that Ross may have suffered a heart attack.
Doctors are reportedly using a technique called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO, which oxygenates blood outside of the body before being pumping it back into the body.

Rick Ross
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According to earlier reports, someone from the Rather You Than Me rapper’s home called 911 after they found Rozay “slobbing from the mouth” around 3:30 A.M. on Thursday (March 1). The caller also allegedly said Ross was “breathing heavily” while unresponsive in the middle of the night.
While Ross’ team has not confirmed his whereabouts, a rep for the rapper did reveal he had to cancel an appearance last night due to his hospitalization, but a family member of Ross denies the reports.

The “Trap Trap Trap” artist has had a history of medical problems, and has previously suffered from multiple seizures on two different flights. After the health scare, he decided to change his diet and lifestyle, which led him to eventually drop 100 pounds.
XXL has reached out to Rick Ross’ team at Epic Records for a comment about his current health status.


Dodgers send more than 20 players home due to flu outbreak

PHOENIX – An outbreak of illness in a major league clubhouse looks something like this:

Dodgers pitcher Brock Stewart wore a surgical mask as he walked to his locker at Camelback Ranch. A quartet of air filtration devices designed to prevent the spread of germs lined the room. Strength and conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel administered vitamins to the healthy. Matt Kemp exaggerated a cough as he staggered to his locker.

“If you’re sick, go home!” closer Kenley Jansen said. There wasn’t much of an audience for his message. The clubhouse was mostly empty. The Dodgers were either eating breakfast or lifting weights or huddling in a quarantine or not even in the building.

A virus causing chills, fatigue and other flulike symptoms overtook the Dodgers on Wednesday. The number of affected totaled 24 or 25, manager Dave Roberts said. The team sent the ill home. The medical staff hoped the symptoms would subside in one to three days, Roberts said.

“I haven’t seen anything like this,” Roberts said.

The illness caused widespread changes to Roberts’ lineup for Wednesday’s game against San Diego. Hyun-Jin Ryu was scratched from his start and replaced by Wilmer Font. The list of affected position players was extensive: Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Austin Barnes, Logan Forsythe, Enrique Hernandez, Kyle Farmer and Trayce Thompson were all listed on the initial travel roster, but weren’t included in the lineup.

Josh Fields was slated to pitch a session of live batting practice with Rich Hill. Instead, the Dodgers sent Fields home. Hill reported no symptoms – although the team did place a filtration system next to his locker. Alex Wood joked the device was necessary to protect Hill, who at 38 is the second-oldest player on the roster.


Ellen DeGeneres Has Children’s Hospital Room Dedicated To Jimmy Kimmel’s Son

Ellen DeGeneres has honored Jimmy Kimmel and his son Billy by dedicating a room on the Heart Institute floor at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to the child, the daytime talk show host announced Monday.

Kimmel has been vocal about Billy’s battle with congenital heart disease since he was born last May. Billy had emergency open-heart surgery when he was 3 days old, and had a second operation late last year.

Kimmel has been critical of Republican efforts to reform the health care system, and brought Billy onto the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” stage with him in December to advocate for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

DeGeneres praised Kimmel for his honesty about his family’s struggles and his willingness to show emotion when talking about health care reform, mentioning a few times when the late-night host has teared up.

“It’s embarrassing to me. I try not to cry,” Kimmel said before DeGeneres introduced her surprise.

“You’re such a great guy, and that was so emotional to see you go through that,” DeGeneres said. “We called our friends at Children’s Hospital LA, including Billy’s surgeon. We have named one of the rooms of the Heart Institute floor in honor of Billy.”

Then DeGeneres and an emotional Kimmel watched a video of doctors and nurses at the hospital standing outside the room dedicated to Billy.
Kimmel later tweeted about the exchange on Tuesday, with a photograph of Billy smiling:


Mom of girl with high levels of lead in blood thrilled after winning $57M verdict against NYCHA

Dakota Taylor, 12, (l.) and her mother, Tiesha Jones, inside their apartment in the Bronx. (GREGG VIGLIOTTI/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Public housing tenant Tiesha Jones was heartbroken after learning 4-year-old daughter Dakota — life-long resident of a lead-tainted NYCHA apartment — registered an alarmingly dangerous level of lead in her blood.

On Friday, she received a measure of retribution: A Bronx jury handed down a $57 million verdict against the Housing Authority for its failure to inspect her apartment for lead paint as required.

“I was overjoyed. I was crying nonstop,” said Jones, 38, ripping NYCHA officials as “liars” for insisting despite the evidence that her apartment was lead-free.

“The tenants don’t have any hope here. It’s like we’re an afterthought. They’re ruining our quality of life. They’re ruining our hopes and dreams.”

The huge verdict comes as the Housing Authority and Mayor de Blasio struggle to address revelations that the authority had for years neglected to perform thousands of required lead paint checks in its aging apartments.

Even worse, NYCHA then falsely claimed the work had been performed.

Jones moved into the apartment in the Fort Independence development in the Bronx in 1999. By 2010, she was living there with her six children.

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Long Island surgeon accused of choking nurse with elastic cord at hospital

A Long Island surgeon tried strangling a nurse to punish her for making a mistake while treating a patient at Nassau University Medical Center, according to reports and police.

Venkatesh Sasthkonar ripped an elastic cord from his sweatshirt and wrapped it around the 51-year-old nurse’s neck during a fight at the East Meadow hospital around 4:30 p.m. Monday, police said.

The attack left the nurse gasping for air after the 44-year-old surgeon reportedly took exception to the nurse giving his patient medication at the wrong time, Newsday reported.

“I should kill you for this,” Sasthkonar allegedly told his victim.

Sasthkonar left the hospital but returned hours later and was arrested, according to police.

The victim, who was not identified, suffered “substantial pain to her neck,” cops said.

Sashakonar and the victim were both working at the time of the attack. He has been suspended pending the investigation’s outcome, the paper reported.

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Don’t eat the bread first: Saving carbs for last at mealtime may help control blood sugar levels for diabetics

Diabetics should save bread for last at mealtime to keep their blood sugar under control, new research suggests.

Carbohydrates trigger a surge in blood sugar levels in sufferers – hence many avoid such foods completely.

But scientists have found that leaving bread, potatoes and pasta til the end helps to control these spikes after eating.

Going straight for the meat and vegetables stops type patients from consuming as much of the carbs, causing a decreased spike.

Weill Cornell Medicine researchers said adopting this technique and saving carbs for last is comparable to the effects of insulin.

Lead author Dr Alpana Shukla said: ‘Eating carbohydrates last may be a simple strategy for regulating post-meal glucose levels.

‘We all recognize that while it’s good to eat less carbs to control blood sugar levels, it may sometimes be difficult to follow this advice.’

How was the study carried out?

For the study, 16 type 2 diabetics consumed the exact same meal three different times, eating the items in a different order.

The items were bread, chicken, salad and orange juice, the team of researchers wrote in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care.

What did they find?

When people ate the carbs last, their post-meal blood glucose levels were about half as high as when they ate carbs first.

They were also around 40 per cent lower than when they ate all meal components together, the scientists found.

The carbohydrate-last meal was also associated with lower insulin secretion and higher levels of a gut hormone that helps regulate glucose and satiety.

Insulin levels required to keep study participants’ glucose under control were about 25 percent lower when they followed the carbs-last plan.

A hidden killer

Often thought of as harmless, type 2 diabetes is a hidden killer and can lead to heart failure, blindness, kidney disease and leg amputations.

Controlling blood sugar levels is considered to be the key to reducing the risk of life-changing complications for those already diagnosed.

The condition is caused by having too much glucose in the blood because the body’s way of turning it into energy is not working properly.

As it progresses, sufferers often need to maintain a healthy diet, exercise and a combination of medications to manage it.

Someone’s life expectancy with type 2 diabetes is likely to be reduced as a result of the condition, by up to 10 years, it is believed.

Worldwide, there are believed to be around 380 million sufferers. In Britain this has topped 3.8 million, a figure that continues to rise.

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Advanced stages of CTE found in Aaron Hernandez’s brain

BOSTON — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday. His lawyer announced a lawsuit against the NFL and the team, accusing them of hiding the true dangers of the sport.

Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said Hernandez had stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders.

“We’re told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron’s age,” attorney Jose Baez said.

Hernandez was 27 when he killed himself in April in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder. Baez said Hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression that could be attributed to CTE.

“When hindsight is 20-20, you look back and there are things you might have noticed,” he said. “But you don’t know.”

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41 state attorneys ubiquitous summons opioid manufacturers and distributors

Buprenorphine is a opioid used as an alternative to methadone to help addicts recovering from heroin use. Buprenorphine is different from other opioids because it’s a “partial opioid agonist,” which means that when taken in proper prescribed doses, it should produce less euphoria and physical dependence, and therefore a lower potential for misuse. It’s also supposed to have a relatively mild withdrawal profile.

However, if abused by crushing and snorting or injecting, it can suppress breathing and cause dizziness, confusion, unconsciousness and death.

Subutex, the brand name for buprenorphine, is taken as a tablet placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve.

The brand Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, an opioid antagonist. Antagonists block the opiate receptors in the brain, keeping the narcotic from creating the high abusers crave.

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The Lonely Road Back From a Very Public Injury

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“I thought something was wrong,” he said. “I knew I had to come out.”

A few minutes later, in the treatment area that sits on the other side of the wall from the first-team changing room at City’s Etihad Stadium, Sala’s on-field suspicion — a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament — was confirmed with a few cursory tests.

Gundogan injured his right knee when he and Watford’s Nordin Amrabat collided during a match in December. He returned to the field briefly, but soon realized he could not continue.

Many athletes fear a torn A.C.L. more than any other injury. It is not as visibly painful, or as gruesome, as a broken bone, but it is much more menacing. Not so long ago, it was more often than not the end of a career; even now, many who suffer it find they are never quite the same.

Deep down, as Gundogan watched the second half of that December game against Watford on a laptop in silence, his knee packed in ice, he knew what was coming. He tried to be optimistic.

“People know what to do now,” he thought. “They know how to operate, how to do rehab, how long you are out.”

He had steeled himself for the worst. Now he just had to face it.

What he was facing, though, was intimidating. There would be the delicate hours of surgery, the endless days of rest, the long, slow weeks and months that would teach him first to walk, then to run, and finally to play again.

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