Diets high in saturated fat and sugar may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, and a new study may explain why. In the study, participants who ate a diet high in saturated fat (including lots of beef and bacon) and "high glycemic index" foods (such as white rice and white bread) had an increase in levels of a protein called amyloid-beta in their cerebral spinal fluid. Amyloid-beta is a key component of the brain plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's. High glycemic index foods release sugar quickly into the bloodstream. In contrast, participants who ate a diet low in saturated fat (including fish and chicken) and low in high glycemic index foods (such as whole grains) had a decrease in amyloid-beta in their cerebral spinal fluid. While previous studies have found that poor diet, obesity and diabetes are linked with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, the new study is one of the first to try to explain why, on a biological level, this might occur. … [Read more...] about High-Fat Diet May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk
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Marshawn Lynch, the crotch-grabbing , interview-hating star running back for the Seattle Seahawks, had a simple message for reporters at the NFL 's annual pre- Super Bowl XLIX media day circus: He's just there so he won't get fined. Lynch answered every question on Tuesday afternoon the same way: "I'm just here so I won't get fined." The NFL had previously threatened — you guessed it — massive fines for Lynch if he refused to talk to media before the game, as he did before much of last year's Super Bowl . See also: The NFL just can't let go of Marshawn Lynch's crotch The full, unedited interview is embedded atop this post, but this Vine pretty much sums it up: Lynch, a Cal Bear and Oakland Technical High School alum, employed a similar strategy at a previous media session this year. After one game, he answered all questions with a simple " yeah ." After another, he answered all questions with variations of the phrase, "I appreciate you asking." Perhaps he … [Read more...] about Marshawn Lynch trolls NFL again with 7 words
A day after Marshawn Lynch answered all questions at Tuesday's Super Bowl media day by repeating the phrase, "I'm just here so I won't get fined," the star Seahawks running back was at it again. At a required media-availability session on Wednesday, Lynch answered virtually all questions by telling reporters , "You know why I'm here." It's all got many a casual NFL fan wondering: Why does Lynch hate talking to the media so much? He actually explained his thought process in a lengthy interview last year that has since gone largely overlooked. And it makes some good sense. See also: The NFL just can't let go of Marshawn Lynch's crotch NFL.com's Michael Silver — a Cal alum like Lynch who has covered Lynch since he was a college star in Berkeley — interviewed the Seahawk in-depth before last year's Super Bowl . A specific set of quotes from Silver's subsequent revealing, enlightening article made the rounds on Twitter on Wednesday morning and were picked up by … [Read more...] about It’s about the team: Why Marshawn Lynch doesn’t talk to media
UPDATED: Jan. 22, 2015, 10:15 a.m. ET Deflate-gate. Ballghazi. The Deflatriots. Whatever cheeky nickname you know it by, the mysterious scandal of the New England Patriots' deflated balls in their 45-7 AFC Championship Game win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday has dominated the Super Bowl XLIX conversation so far. See also: The 16 ballsiest reactions to #DeflateGate For casual fans who only really follow the NFL come Super Bowl time, however, the fact that 11 of 12 balls the Patriots used Sunday were reportedly significantly under-inflated likely raises many questions and causes confusion. Here are the key points, explained: What exactly are the Patriots accused of and how did this all come to light? Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Sunday's game, then reportedly gave the ball to a member of the Colts' equipment staff, who noticed that it was not fully inflated and reported that to Colts coach Chuck Pagano. … [Read more...] about The Patriots’ deflated balls: Sizing up a Super Bowl scandal
Father Time is undefeated, and nothing can make you feel quite as aged as watching the sports idols of your youth fall unceremoniously back to Earth. Now, without further ado, here is 38-year-old Vince Carter — who was, not all that long ago, the NBA's most majestic high flier — bricking a fast-break dunk. See also: Flashback to '95: Reliving the NBA of 20 seasons ago The play comes from Tuesday night's NBA preseason game between Carter's Memphis Grizzlies and the Houston Rockets. Here it is in Vine form: As the Romanian philosopher Emile Cioran once said, "Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all." BONUS: 25 of YouTube's Funniest Sports Fails 1. Golf Cart Fail This runaway vehicle wreaked minor on-field havoc following a high school football championship in Texas last December. But a heroic bystander hopped aboard and put on the brakes. No casualties occurred, and the clip immediately became Internet … [Read more...] about Here is Vince Carter bricking a dunk. In other news, you are old.