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Woman Drinks Only Soda for 16 Years, Suffers Heart Problems


Rachael Rettner, LiveScience Senior Writer
LiveSceience - Health


A 31-year old woman's heart problems and fainting might have had something to do with the fact that she drank only soda for about half her life, according to a report of her case.

The woman, who lives in Monaco, a small country near southern France, was brought to a hospital after she fainted. A blood test showed she had severely lowpotassium levels. And a test of her heart's electrical activity revealed she had a condition called long QT syndrome, which can cause erratic heart beats.

The woman did not have a family history of heart or hormone problems. But she told her doctors that, since the age of 15, she had not drunk any water — soda (specifically cola) was the only liquid she consumed. She drank about 2 liters (2 quarts) of cola daily, she said.

After abstaining from soda for just one week, the woman's potassium levels and heart electrical activity returned to normal. ...more

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Heat won't relent in scorched Southwest

By Michael Pearson and Greg Botelho, CNN

David Reyes, left, and Shavaar Hanes take a break from posing for photos with tourists as the Mario Brothers along the Las Vegas Strip on June 28.
 


(CNN) -- If you think a place called Furnace Creek would be hot in the summer, you're right. The town in California's Death Valley is expected to hit 128 degrees Saturday.
 
And the heat will stay on full blast through Tuesday, at least. At night, the mercury will drop to a refreshingly cool 96 degrees.
 
Fun aside, the heat wave scorching the Southwest is dangerous, as 170 concert goers found out Friday evening in Las Vegas, according to the fire department.
 
Ambulances plucked them out of 110 degree heat in an open air musical venue and drove them to a shady spot, where they could sit down and drink water.
 
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Museum Tower makes its case to re-configure the Nasher roof in a full-page advertisement

By Gary Jacobson / Reporter

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Monsoon eases, boosting summer crop planting


By Ratnajyoti Dutta ~ Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's monsoon rains may ease again next week after heavy downpours for nearly a month, weather experts said on Thursday, bringing relief to flood-hit areas and giving room to speed up planting of summer crops such as rice, soybean and cotton.

Rains were three percent above average in the week that ended on June 26, data from the weather office on Thursday showed, after the monsoon poured 54 percent more than average rains on the sub-continent in the first three weeks from June 1.

The rains caused fatal flooding in northern India and forced tens of thousands from their homes, prompting a massive relief and rescue effort. 

But the monsoon remains crucial for the 55 percent of the country's farmland that relies on it for irrigation to grow crops. India is one of the world's biggest producers of cereals and sugar, but also has one of the largest populations to feed. ...more

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How Disney Turned Itself Around in the 1990s & Tonto

By Brendan Byrnes The Motley Fool

We talk with author and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, who has published 10 books on media, culture, and technology. He joins us to discuss his most recent work,Present Shock, about living in today's immediate, always-on world.

In this video segment, Douglas explains why Disney's (NYSE: DIS  )  attempt to leverage its legacy products and characters didn't work, and how "living in RAM" succeeded where Mickey was doomed to fail. The full version of the interview can be found here. ....
 

Douglas Rushkoff: There's one way for Disney to make money, and the way they were looking to do it in the late '80s and early '90s was by selling off their historical assets on a certain level, or selling them out. "Oh, here's Mickey again." "Here's Cinderella." "Here's...  Read More

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Missing red panda from National Zoo found in DC - Thanks Twitter!

By Brett Zongker, Associated Press

Red panda goes missing from enclosure at DC's National Zoo, found in nearby neighborhood



WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Twitter photo and phone tip from a resident helped animal keepers track down a red panda in a Washington neighborhood after it went missing from the Smithsonian'sNational Zoo.

The male named Rusty was captured Monday in a tree near a home in the Adams Morgan neighborhood Monday afternoon, said National Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson. It had traveled across the leafy Rock Creek Park, perhaps crossing a road or under a creek bridge to reach a residential area nearly ¾ of a mile from the zoo.

Senior curator Brandie Smith said animal keepers surrounded the area where he was found and called Rusty's name to calm him before capturing him in a...  Read More

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High-wire walker crosses near the Grand Canyon - in pictures



Amazing Nik Wallenda made it! Whoo Hoo! In spite of swirling winds 1,500 feet above the Gorgeous Grand Canyon without a net, Nik made the quarter-mile 'walk' look like child's play! An Incredible Feat! Congratulations to him and his family!!
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What China's Stagnating Economy Means for the World

By Dan Carroll | The Motley Fool


Crunch! That's the sound of China's manufacturing sector as the slowdown intensifies in the world's second-largest economy. The country's once-powerhouse economic growth has slowed from a double-digit percentage rise just a few years ago to growth of less than 8% projected for this year, and manufacturing has fallen right alongside that number. HSBC's Flash Purchasing Managers Index for China, showing the health of the manufacturing industry nationwide, declined to 48.3 in June, dropping nearly a full point from May's reading and now solidly in contraction territory.

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'Supermoon' Science: Biggest Full Moon of 2013 Explained

By Miriam Kramer | SPACE.com


Skywatcher Roberto Porto took this photo of the biggest full moon of 2012, a so-called supermoon, in Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Spain, on May 5, 2012.


The full moon is seen as it rises near the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday, March 19, 2011, in Washington. The full moon tonight is called a super perigee moon since it is at its closest to Earth in 2011. The last full moon so big and close to Earth

There is more to a "supermoon" than meets the eye.

Science governs the appearance of the largest full moon of the year, and this weekend you can check out the amazing lunar sight for yourself.

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Tiger Woods fails to prepare enough for majors, reiterates ex-coach Hank Haney

By Emily Kay SB*Nation


Hank Haney offers a more detailed view on why Tiger Woods needs to prepare himself better for majors.


Tiger Woods’ nagging elbow pain may hinder his chances of winning his 15th major at next month’s British Open, but it’s his game prep -- or lack thereof -- that has former coach, Hank Haney, expanding on why he believes the world No. 1 must spend more time studying Muirfield’s greens if he’s to contend.

Haney tweeted during last week’s U.S. Open that Woods’ pre-major preparations were suspect. (@HankDHaney - I watched it for 6 yrs, I question Tiger's preparation, he doesn't practice his putting or short game enough on site at unfamiliar courses.)


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