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A Week Of Negative News On Sugar Consumption With Links To Behavioral Problems In Kids, Dead Female Mice & Dementia

1. Americans dominate the globe in our per capita consumption of soft drinks. Based on 2011 data, the average American buys 170 liters of soda each year. By comparison Canadians buy 101 liters and the French 45.

Research presented by the American Academy of Neurology associates a 30-38 percent higher risk of depression among those who drink four cups/cans of soda daily or fruit punch. The effect is more pronounced with diet fruit punch/soda than non-diet versions.

Meanwhile, researchers found a 10 percent lower risk of depression among coffee drinks who consume four cups a day or more.

The Harvard School of Public Health provides statistics on Sugary Drinks and Obesity.

2. New research examining the behavior of about 3,000 at risk 5-year-olds concludes that the more sugary soft drinks they consumed, the more likely they were to exhibit aggressive behavior.

“We found a significant relation with soda consumption with the overall measure of aggression and with the three specific behaviors we felt were most indicative of aggression: destroying things belonging to others, getting into fights and physically attacking people,” wrote the authors, led by researcher Dr. Shakira Suglia, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, said in a written statement.

3. Researchers reported this week that when mice consumed a diet 25 percent higher in sugar — the equivalent of three added cans of soda each day for a healthy human, females died at twice their normal rates. Male mice were 25 percent less likely to reproduce with the added sugar in their daily diet.

A separate group of mice were fed the same sugar-enhanced diet. Those mice experienced higher cholesterol and a hampered inability to get rid of glucose in the blood among female sugar-fed mice. Of note, neither group of mice became obese. Nor did they have notable differences in their fasting-insulin, glucose or triglyceride levels.

4. People without diabetes but above normal blood sugar are associated with an increased risk of developing dementia. Researchers examined the blood sugar levels in more than 2,000 older adults — average age 78 —taking part in the Adult Changes in Thought study.

The study does not prove that high blood sugar causes dementia, but only that there is a positive correlation between the two.

Poor dental health and gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, with British researchers identifying gum bacteria in the brains of 10 people without dementia and 10 people with dementia. No gum disease was found in the brains of normal patients, with four dementia brains containing the bacteria. 

5. Classic Anne: Coca Cola Does Not Deliver Big O Happiness in a Can

Coca Cola is guilty of premature ejaculation.

Like a guy who can’t keep it up for long, Coke promises a big happy fantasy, tantalizes you with visions of joyful nirvana but loses it, just when you’re reaching peak pleasure. It’s a guy thing.

Knowing that America is the fattest country in the world; and knowing how obesity affects not only self-esteem but our sexuality; and knowing also how worthless is the sugar in Coke, Pepsi and other sugar- rich drinks, I said just now “God bless you, Coke. Reducing the size of your can will NOT make Americans happy.”


Saudi Cleric OKs Rapes of Syrian Women; Israel Bans Models With BMI's Below 18.5; Obama Joins Ike & FDR 51% Club

In 2013 Anne’s jewelry collection GlamTribale will sponsor ‘Informed’, a series of quick info bits for Anne of Carversville readers. View our goddess Diana Collection (above) online.

1. XO Jane writes: FSD (female sexual dysfunction) is a serious disorder — part of a family of disorders. Let’s start talking about it.


Alex Nabaum illustration6. Both ancient philosophy and modern psychology suggest that darker thoughts can make us happier. Consider it the power of negative thinking — and it’s positively unAmerican. via WSJ

2. Israel bans models with BMIs below 18.5 in ads. Also ads must reveal use of Photoshop. via WSJ

7. Print book sales tumbled in America last year, declining from 72% who said they had read printed books in the previous 12 months to 67%. via Pew Research

8. Indian police have filed rape and murder charges against five men accused of a brutal gang rape of a New Delhi woman. The sixth suspect is a juvenile who will handled separately. Police say they will seek the death penalty. Read on at AOC

3. Saudi religious leader Muhammed al-Arifi, calls for gang rape of Syrian women over 14, specifying that “intercourse marriages” last only a few hours “in order to give each fighter a turn”. via Salon

The hard-line Wahhabi cleric said that the marriages between the foreign-backed militants and Syrian women will satisfy the militants’ sexual desires and boost their determination in killing Syrians.

BREAKING NEWS!!! Time Warner drops Current after Al Jazeera deal via Salon

4. President Barack Obama is the first president in more than 50 years to win at least 51% of the vote twice. The last president to do it was Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. The last Democrat to win such solid support was Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. via Bloomberg

9.Fragonard’s ‘The Swing’ is a model of French Beauty & Decadence, writes Anne.

The existing — or soon to be — mistress flies through the air in frivolous abandon, losing her shoe in an action powered by her husband.

5. Among tablet users, men are 11% more likely to say they get news on the devices than women. via Pew Research. Age, on the other hand, seems to be less of an indicator of mobile news consumption. This is particularly true on the tablet, where daily rates are similar across all four age groups studied (50- to 64-year-olds are a bit more likely than the youngest and oldest groups to get news). On the smartphone, owners under 50 get news at higher rates than those over 50. Read more at Pew Research

10. Energy drinks are the fastest-growing part of the beverage industry in America, reaching more than $10 billion in sales in 2012. Energy drinks promise edge, writes the NYT, but experts say there’s little proof to the claim. 


Raging Grannie Action League Forms Viagra Review Board | Tzipi Livni @Women in the World Summit | Obama & Gas

Members of the Raging Grannies Action League in Palo Alto

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Writing for The Daily Beast, John Avlon calls Tzipi Livni, the Israeli opposition leader and head of the centrist party Kadima, “one of the most fascinating figures on the international political stage.” In New York recently to speak at the Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit, Livni disagrees that President Obama is “weak on Israel”.

Livni, a former Israel Defense Forces lieutenant, lawyer and mother of two children, is positioned to become Israel’s second female prime minister, although she faces a primary challenge within her own party.

“I hate the idea that talking security is Likud and right wing, and talking about peace is left wing and Labor and Kadima. The whole idea is to find a way to bridge, to find a way to have security and peace together,” Livni says while pouring a glass of water. “I think that most of the Israeli public is in the center. They are in the center, and they are more moderate.”

Obama’s Gas Prices

Every time we hear the Republican candidates talk about Obama’s lack of control over oil prices, and they will control it, we just shake our heads. Every one of those guys knows that they price of oil is global and driven largely by factors that no American president can control.

The public comprehends that Obama isn’t to blame for high gasoline prices, as recent polls make clear. Think Progress reminds us that even the Wall Street Journal and Cato Institute agree: “It’s not Obama’s fault that crude oil prices have increased.”

What’s scary is that facts don’t matter in the GOP discussion. NY Times writes

The issue of gas prices has not only been misunderstood but thoroughly distorted by relentless ideological spin from industry and its political allies, mainly Republican.

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Raging After being featured on Facebook today, their website is over capacity. The photo above went viral, after the Raging Grannies Action League stated their firm position that men who want drugs such as Viagra to treat impotence should be required to have strict testing before receiving a prescription “for said drugs”.

The Grannies applauded Ohio State Senator Nina Turner who has introduced a bill requiring that physicians take specific actions before prescribing Viagra and similar drugs, including giving a cardiac stress test and making a referral to a sex therapist for confirmation that the patient’s symptoms are not solely attributable to one or more psychological conditions.

The Raging Granny VRB (Viagra Review Board) was formed in response to moves by Republicans to limit women’s right to reproductive health. The members are all women who came of age before Roe v. Wade. Headquartered in Palo Alto, the grannies say that they are “old enough to know what it was like to live before women’s reproductive rights became law of the land, and they will do all they can to make sure that the US does not return to that era.”

Tennessee Bill May Expose Identities of Women Seeking Abortions ThinkProgress

New Networked Feminism Just Like the Old Networked Feminism: Organize or Die RH Eality Check

Illustration by Lola Dupré, based on an original photograph by Shaun Kardinal via NYMagNew York Magazine investigates America’s anxiety-ridden culture and the drugs that keep a calm numbness throughout the land.  Xanax and its siblings—Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, and other members of the family of drugs called benzodiazepines—work effectively to keep fear at bay. Prescriptions for benzodiazepines have risen 17 percent since 2006 to nearly 94 million a year; generic Xanax, called alprazolam, has increased 23 percent over the same period, making it the most prescribed psycho-pharmaceutical drug and the eleventh- most prescribed overall, with 46 million prescriptions written in 2010. “In their generic forms, Xanax is prescribed more than the sleeping pill Ambien, more than the antidepressant Zoloft. Only drugs for chronic conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol do better.”