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Bananas, avocados help deter strokes, heart attacks, study says

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 6:22 PM

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Can’t get enough avocado toast?

Keep feasting, because the potassium in avocados and bananas could help prevent heart attacks and strokes, according to a new report.

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Published in Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently conducted an experiment to determine the link between potassium and healthy arteries.

To do so, they gave mice high-fat diets, and the critters were given either small, average and large amounts of potassium.

After analyzing the results, they found that the mice that consumed the least amount of potassium had harder arteries, while mice that had a large amount of potassium had more flexible arteries.

Why is that?

As people get older, the heart’s arteries stiffen, which can cause heart attacks and strokes. However, there are nutrients that can loosen them, such as potassium.

Co-author Paul Sander said their "findings have important translational potential.”

“They demonstrate the benefit of adequate potassium supplementation on prevention of vascular calcification in atherosclerosis-prone mice, and the adverse effect of low potassium intake," she said in a statement.

Despite the results, researchers are not sure if their results are relevant to humans. However, they think the results are promising since potassium is associated with several human diseases.

“Reduced dietary potassium intake has been linked to the pathogenesis of a variety of human diseases, including atherosclerosis, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease,” the study said. “All of these disease share common vascular complications, such as vascular calcification.”

Scientists hope to conduct more studies to solidify her their findings. Learn more about their expermient here

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New Texas billboard responds to sign telling liberals to leave state: 'Welcome, y'all'

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 6:35 AM

Texas Billboard Urges Liberals To Leave The State

Just one week after a billboard telling liberals to get out of Texas went viral, a new sign is offering a unifying message.

>> Texas billboard urging liberals to leave state to be taken down

According to KVII, Amarillo resident Roman Leal started a GoFundMe page Wednesday to put up a more welcoming sign after learning of a billboard near Vega that read, "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS." (That billboard has since been taken down.)

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Billboard 6 miles east of Vega on I-40 east bound! I like it!

Posted by Kyle Mccallie on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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"We need a sign that represents the true, hospitable spirit of the great state of Texas," Leal wrote in the fundraiser's description. "'Texas is for everyone – not for bigotry. Welcome, y'all!' will go up on the Lamar digital billboard at I40 and Coulter. It will be visible to travelers and commuters driving along the interstate in Amarillo, giving us a chance to put our best boot forward. Meeting the campaign goal will keep the billboard up for 4 weeks. Any contributions exceeding the goal will be used to pay for a longer duration."

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The campaign quickly met its $1,800 goal. By Monday morning, it had raised $3,075.

The new billboard reportedly went up over the weekend and has already gone viral on Reddit.

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New Amarillo billboard in response to “liberals keep driving” from r/pics

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Update: Texas billboard urging liberals to leave state to be taken down

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:09 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:09 PM

Texas Billboard Urges Liberals To Leave The State

The Texas billboard urging liberals to get out of the state went viral, but will be taken down following backlash.

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According to KDFW, the owner of the advertising company said the billboard that reads "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS" will be taken down and the buyer will be reimbursed.

The billboard is located along Interstate 40 near Vega.

Facebook user Kyle Mccallie of Fritch shared a photo of the sign Tuesday.

"Billboard 6 miles east of Vega on I-40 east bound! I like it," he quipped in his Facebook post, which has been shared more than 12,000 times.

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Billboard 6 miles east of Vega on I-40 east bound! I like it!

Posted by Kyle Mccallie on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
 

The billboard's owner was not identified in KFDA's report

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Teen girl helps blind, deaf man by signing into his hands on Alaska Air flight

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:44 PM

Clara Daly, 15, helped a blind and deaf man communicate during an Alaska Airlines flight from Boston to Portland.
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Clara Daly, 15, helped a blind and deaf man communicate during an Alaska Airlines flight from Boston to Portland.(Alaska Airlines)

A teen girl helped a blind, deaf man communicate on a recent Alaska Airlines flight, according to KIRO.

Dianne McGinness with Alaska Airlines shared the heartwarming story after a passenger on the flight wrote a post this week about the interaction that was shared over 400,000 times.

The passenger, Lynette Scribner, was traveling on the same flight as the teen and man, and was moved to write a post on the touching encounter. 

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Scribner said the man, Tim Cook, was traveling home to Portland after visiting his sister. Cook lives at Portland's Brookdale Senior Living. 

When passengers of the flight realized Cook was blind and deaf, many helped ensure he was comfortable. A man sitting next to Cook gave him the aisle seat and helped with little tasks like opening his coffee creamer and pouring it into his coffee, Scribner shared.

A flight attendant made an announcement asking if a passenger on board knew American Sign Language. Fifteen-year-old Clara Daly, who has studied ASL for the last year, rang her call button.

When Daly learned the man could communicate only if someone signed into his hand, she immediately went to help.

Cook asked Daly questions and she patiently sign-spelled answers into his hand.

Scribner said Daly learned ASL because she has dyslexia, and it was the easiest foreign language for her to learn.

“Clara was amazing,” an Alaska Airlines flight attendant said in the news release. “You could tell Tim was very excited to have someone he could speak to -- and she was such an angel.”

“When (Cook) asked (Daly) if she was pretty, she blushed and laughed as the seat mate, who had learned a few signs, communicated an enthusiastic yes to Tim,” Scribner shared. “I don't know when I've ever seen so many people rally to take care of another human being. All of us in the immediate rows were laughing and smiling and enjoying his obvious delight in having someone to talk to.”

Clara Daly, 15, helped a blind and deaf man communicate during an Alaska Airlines flight from Boston to Portland.(Alaska Airlines)

After the flight, McGinness said Cook met a service provider from Brookdale Senior Living at the gate.

Cook said the flight was the best trip he's ever taken.

Daly told her mom she thought the encounter was "meant to be," since her original flight was canceled and she was redirected to Cook's flight.

On Thursday, Scribner added a note on her beloved post: “We are all starving for good news and this was just what we needed.”

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Massachusetts chemical leak sends at least 29 people to hospitals

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 4:41 AM

Dozens of people were sickened after a chemical leak late Sunday at a Peabody plant in Salem, Massachusetts.
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Dozens of people were sickened after a chemical leak late Sunday at a Peabody plant in Salem, Massachusetts.(Boston25News.com)

Dozens of people were sickened after a chemical leak late Sunday at a Peabody plant in Salem, Massachusetts.

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It was the second call to Thermal Circuits that firefighters received Sunday, and it wasn’t immediately clear if the business would reopen Monday morning. 

That will depend on whether investigators and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials give the OK that it’s safe to return.

>> On Boston25News.com: More than a dozen hospitalized after hazmat situation in Salem

The concern stems from what appears to be two chemical leaks Sunday.

Salem firefighters got a call around 3:30 p.m. Sunday for what they said was a chlorine leak.

The building was evacuated as firefighters and hazmat teams checked everything out.

The leak was said to be under control around 4 p.m., but it wasn’t until 8:30 p.m. that the cleanup finished.

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When the next shift was allowed to go back inside, several employees said they started having trouble breathing, felt nauseous and had trouble with consciousness.

Officials said 29 people were treated at area hospitals.

A hygienist and a chemist were scheduled to check things out Monday morning.

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