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What you eat is better for your bones than exercise, scientists find

If you think lifting weights is the only way to tone your muscles? Think again, because nutrition has a better impact, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from the University of Michigan recently conducted a study, published in the PLOS One journal, to explore the relationship between exercise, nutrition and muscle strength.

To do so, they examined mice. The rodents went through exercise training and were fed a mineral-supplemented or normal diet for eight weeks. The scientists measured the animals’ bone mass and strength and administered mechanical assessments on the bones after the training period and again eight weeks after detraining.

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After analyzing the results, they found nutrition has a greater impact on bone mass and strength than exercise. In fact, the mice that continued to eat a mineral-supplemented diet maintained their bone strength even after the exercising stopped.

“The longer-term mineral-supplemented diet leads to not only increases in bone mass and strength, but the ability to maintain those increases even after detraining,” coauthor David Kohn said in a statement. “This was done in mice, but if you think about the progression to humans, diet is easier for someone to carry on as they get older and stop exercising, rather than the continuation of exercise itself.”

Upon further evaluation, they learned diet alone had a positive effect on bones without exercise. 

“The data suggests the long-term consumption of the mineral-supplemented diet could be beneficial in preventing the loss of bone and strength with age, even if you don’t do exercise training,” Kohn said.

>> Related: Is two minutes of exercise just as good as 30 minutes?

Although they noted that the findings don’t translate directly from mice to humans, they said the results “give researchers a conceptual place to start.”

Rescuers help hundreds of animals impacted by Hurricane Michael

Animal rescue groups are on the ground in the devastated Florida Panhandle, trying to help pet rescue organizations impacted by Hurricane Michael. 

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The Humane Society of the United States is one of the groups taking part in the effort and has already moved more than 400 shelter animals into new homes across the country. 

Some of the pet shelters in the Panhandle were badly damaged by the powerful Category 4 hurricane, which knocked out power and water to many facilities. 

Sara Varsa with HSUS said moving animals from damaged shelters allows those shelters to better focus on animal-recovery efforts.

>> Related: Pets rescued from South Georgia Hurricane Michael damage zone need new homes

“Those facilities or those areas then have a lessened burden of unowned animals in care so that they can serve their community needs,” Varsa said.

Parts of the Florida Panhandle were decimated by Michael, which made landfall last Wednesday close to a Category 5 storm with winds of more than 150 mph.

“What I’m hearing back on the ground from our responders is this is like an F5 tornado,” Varsa said. “That’s what this devastation looks like. It’s going to be a long, long time in recovery.”

>> Related: Trumps visits storm-ravaged Georgia, Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael

Lawmakers are considering a House bill that would require certain licensed animal rescue groups and facilities have a disaster plan in place to keep animals safe after the next hurricane or other major storm strikes. 

 

Staying healthy into old age may be directly linked to this food, researchers find

Regular exercise and a well-balanced diet can help you maintain your health as you age. But one type of food is especially beneficial, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from Tufts University recently conducted a study, published in the BMJ journal, to determine the link between omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential nutrients that help prevent and manage heart disease and may help lower blood pressure, and healthy aging.

Healthy aging was defined in the assessment as “a meaningful lifespan without major chronic diseases and with good physical and mental function,” 

>> Related: Eat this meat twice a week to avoid heart attacks and strokes, study says

For the trial, they examined 2,622 adults, with an average age of 74, who took part in the U.S. Cardiovascular Health study from 1992 to 2015. The analysts measured the participants’ blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids at the beginning of the trial, at the six-year mark and again after 13 years. 

After analyzing the results, they discovered only 11 percent of the subjects maintained good health through old age, which they believe was due to omega-3 acids. 

>> Related: About those omega-3s: You need them, so eat more fish

While the nutrients are found in foods like nuts, leafy greens vegetables and flaxseed oils, the results show omega-3s in seafood had the greatest effect. In fact, seafood with omega-3s was linked with a 24 percent lower risk of unhealthy aging.

“These findings encourage the need for further investigations into plausible biological mechanisms and interventions related to n3-PUFAs [omega-3s] for maintenance of healthy aging, and support guidelines for increased dietary consumption of fish among older adults,” the authors wrote in a statement

The scientists think the omega-3s can prevent heart disease, depression and Alzheimer’s disease, but more research is needed to explore its benefits. 

>> Related: Fish oil benefits: Study says fish oil not as healthy as you think

“Any evidence-based clues to improve health in later life are welcome but additional efforts to accelerate this area of research are essential,” they concluded. 

Man carrying replica machine gun fatally shot by Georgia police

A 63-year-old man was shot and killed by police in Monroe, Georgia, Thursday after pointing what turned out to be a replica Thompson submachine gun, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

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The incident happened about 9 a.m., when police responded to a report of a man with a gun, Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass said in a statement.

The man was identified as Mahlon Edward Summerour, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a statement, adding that Summerour appeared to be wearing a curtain over his clothing.

“During the encounter, Summerour pointed the weapon at one of the officers,” Miles said. “One officer fired a shot at Summerour, striking him in the chest. Summerour was transported to a local hospital where he later died.”

Officer-involved shootings in Georgia in 2018 are on track to surpass the 97 recorded in 2017, according to the GBI. The Monroe shooting is the 73rd such investigation the agency has opened in 2018.

Babysitter charged after 2 children found in neighborhood at night

Two children were returned to their home after a woman said they showed up at her front door, according to Middletown, Ohio, police.

The children, ages 1 and 2, were found at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, not properly clothed and barefoot, when the temperature was about 50 degrees and windy, according to a police report.

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A woman called police after she found the children at her front door. She told police she didn’t know where the children lived.

Police canvassed the area and found a home where there were toys and car seats scattered in the yard and the front gate was open. The woman who answered the door told police she was babysitting the children and other juveniles.

The mother showed up and told police she had left the children in the care of the babysitter while she went to the store.

The babysitter was issued a summons for child endangering. Police also forwarded a copy of the report to Butler County Children Services.

Suspect shot dead after pulling gun during traffic stop, injuring officer, Georgia State Patrol says

The Georgia State Patrol says a man is dead after he managed to fire a weapon that he had hidden behind his back while he was handcuffed during a traffic stop on Interstate 75 in Georgia.

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The shooting happened at exit 293 in Cartersville, near the exit ramp to Highway 411 in Bartow County.

Officials say a trooper pulled a couple over around 5 a.m. Thursday and the trooper found contraband in the car.

The female driver was taken into custody. Authorities said the male passenger originally gave a false name and, at some point, the first trooper called for backup.

When a second trooper arrived, the officers determined the man was a wanted parole violator who had been on the run for months, officials said. The troopers searched the man’s car for weapons and handcuffed his hands behind his back, according to investigators.

>> Man carrying replica machine gun fatally shot by police, cops say

The man was able to grab a weapon hidden behind his back in his pants and fired at the troopers. One of the officers was struck in the stomach, but protected by a bullet-proof vest. 

The troopers shot back at the suspect, authorities said. The man was taken to the hospital and later died, according to officials. 

The trooper was treated at the hospital and released. 

Authorities continue to investigate.

Abandoned house ordered from Sears catalog in 1920s, still standing, haunted residents say

A house built from a Sears catalog kit in the 1920s that has been abandoned for the last 20 years is becoming a popular photo stop.

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"It's kind of a ghost house," resident Michelle Jones told KRQE. "People love it for this time of year, for Halloween."

The house was built by lawyer Fred Ayers in the 1920s. It came as a kit from the Sears Roebuck and Co. catalog. The company sold about 70,000 build-it-yourself house kits under the Sears Modern Homes name from 1908 to 1940.

Members of the Ayers family, who also raise cattle on surrounding property, still own it, KRQE reported.

Some believe the doorless edifice is home to something macabre. 

"If you drive by, sometimes you can see ghosts standing in the window," resident Raul Zubia told KRQE.

It has attracted visitors hoping to snap a photos of a ghost. Some are concerned about trespassing and have had to chase people from the building.

"I just think it's wonderful that it's in our town," Jones told KRQE.

More than half of parents believe myth about flu shot, survey finds

Doctors across the country have stressed the importance of the flu vaccine. However, there are still misconceptions about the shot, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital recently conducted a study to assess parents’ attitudes about the vaccination. 

“We know that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about the flu,” study coauthor Jean Moorjani said in a statement. “In this day and age we have so many ways to get information, so if anybody has questions or concerns, we recommend they talk to a doctor they trust to get the right information about what's best to protect themselves and their families.”

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For the assessment, they surveyed 700 adults in America. After analyzing the results, they found more than half of parents with children under age 18 believe their child can get the flu from the flu shot and a third of them think the shot does not protect against the flu.

“The parts of the virus that are used in the vaccine are completely dead, so you cannot get the flu from the flu shot,” Moorjani clarified. “It takes time for your body to get strong and ready for flu season, which is why we recommend everybody get the shot as soon as they can. If you are infected with the flu shortly after getting your flu shot, your body may not be able to fight it off.”

>> CDC reminds everyone who can, to get a flu shot this year

The survey results also revealed parents question the safety of the flu shots. About 28 percent believe that it can cause autism. 

“After extensive studies, we know that the flu vaccine is safe,” Moorjani said. “You cannot get autism from the flu vaccine. It is not a conspiracy for doctors to recommend the flu vaccine. Doctors recommend it because we know -- based on science, research and facts -- that it is the best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu.”

>> Unvaccinated child dies of flu, Florida health officials say

During the 2017-2018 season, 180 children died after contracting the illness, which was the most severe on record. 

Experts recommend everyone over 6 months should get the shot. Children under the age of 8 who are receiving the shot for the first time should receive two doses spaced a month apart to build their immunity.

“As a parent,” Moorjani said, “the flu shot is just another level of protection I can give my kids, and with so many places offering flu shots, it's really simple.”

Wendy’s worker fired after calling customer ‘Chubby’ on receipt 

An employee at a North Carolina Wendy’s who called a customer “Chubby” on a receipt has been fired.

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Officials with the Carolina Restaurant Group Inc. apologized to customer Jimmy Shue and fired the employee, who has not been identified. 

Shue went to the restaurant earlier this month and ordered two sandwiches. He said he provided his name “clear as day.” However, he noticed the name “Chubby” was written on the receipt.

Another employee called out the name on the receipt when the order was ready, prompting laughter from people dining at the restaurant. 

Shue, embarrassed, left the restaurant and contacted Wendy’s corporate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Man carrying replica machine gun fatally shot by police, cops say

State authorities are investigating a deadly shooting involving police in Monroe, officials said.

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The incident happened about 9 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of East Marable Street in Walton County when police responded to a report of a man with a gun, Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass said in a statement.

>> See the latest on AJC.com

A 63-year-old man was shot and killed after police said he was carrying a gun that turned out to be a replica Thompson machine gun, WSBTV reported.

The scene is about one block from Athens Technical College’s Walton campus.

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It was one of two officer-involved shootings in Georgia on Thursday. The second was reported in Bartow County.

>> Suspect shot dead after pulling gun during traffic stop, injuring officer, Georgia State Patrol says

Officer-involved shootings in Georgia this year are on track to pass the 88 recorded in 2017, according to the GBI. The Monroe shooting is the 73rd such investigation the agency has opened in 2018.

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