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THE SEXIEST TURTLE IN THE WORLD

A libidinous 100-year-old giant tortoise named Diego has almost single-handedly saved his species from extinction, says The Week.

In the 1960s there were only 2 male and 12 female members left alive on the Galapagos island of Espanola. Conservationists transported Diego from the San Diego Zoo to Galapagos, hoping he would breed.

He did. The 182-pound male has fathered 800 surviving babies in the last 50 years, turning the tide for the species.

BRITISH DEMENTIA DEATHS DOUBLE IN LAST 13 YEARS

According to the UK Daily Mail, dementia deaths have doubled in the last 13 years. While some are the result of the aging population, say scientists, other factors are at work.

Increased dementia seems to be caused by modern diseases that physically attack the brain.

U.S. CONGRESS HIDING GMO FOOD CONTENTS

As expected, reports Acres USA, the tremendous pressure from industrial agricultural interests, commodity groups, GMO seed/chemical -makers and food processors prevailed on Congress to pass a backroom bill without debate—effectively hiding genetically modified ingredients from U.S. consumers.

GARLIC TO THE RESCUE—AGAIN

The supplement aged garlic extract can reverse the buildup of deadly plaque in arteries and help prevent the progression of heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

PESTICIDES LINKED TO RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS

New research from North Carolina State University connects several pesticides commonly used by farmers with both allergic and non-allergic wheeze. Glyphosate, the most commonly used pesticide in the world was associated with both kinds of wheeze.

WATER FLUORIDATION & TYPE 2 DIABETES

A study published in the Journal of Water and Health examined links between water fluoridation and diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic in the U.S. Incidence rates have quadrupled in the last 30 years.

The chemical fluoride, common in town water systems, is a known preservative of blood glucose.

HEALTHY PRESIDENT NOT IMPORTANT

According to an editorial by Arthur Caplan in WashingtonPost.com, a healthy president is not important.

“The same voters who will choose the next president are part of a population with escalating obesity rates, helmetless motorcycles, untouched treadmills and billions of dollars in junk food sales.” Why would they put more importance on the president’s health than on their own? says Caplan.

INTERNET ADDICTION AFFECTING HEALTH

Young adults who spend too much time online may have higher rates of mental health issues. Scientists in Canada used a tool called the Internet Addiction test (IAT), which predates the advent of smartphones and social media.

They found that modern students had 40 percent higher rates of depression, anxiety, impulsiveness and inattention than their earlier peers.

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