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Research links blood sugar and memory loss


July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A researcher at Iowa State University finds a link between the insulin that regulates blood sugar in our bodies and Alzheimer’s disease. I-S-U’s Auriel Willette conducted the study with a researcher from the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute. “In certain brain regions that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, they show that these neurons are using less and less blood sugar. And so, these problems with using blood sugar were also selectively related to — in these same people — to having problems with memory,” Willette says.

People who are obese tend to become insulin resistant, which could lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Willette says they found the link between the insulin resistance and memory issues. “Immediate memory over the course of a couple of minutes, all the way down to 20 minutes later,” Willette says. He says this study may be enough warning for people to think more about losing weight now, to prevent the possible onset of Alzheimers. Willette wants to do more work on the impact of blood sugar levels on the brain.

“Some subsequent work that I want to do is trying to see…if you are overweight or if you are obese, if you do engage in moderate exercise, could that have an affect on the brain where we don’t see the relationship we’re seeing here?,” Willette says. Willette says having less sugar means the brain has less energy to relay information and function, but there’s a lot that isn’t known.

“We as brain scientists know very little about the dynamics of how this works,” Willette says. “We are just now kind of beginning to understand this as to how we perceive food and things along those lines.” He says this new link involving brain sugar and insulin raises more questions. “In relation to how insulin might give us that extra jolt of energy to be able to figure something out or to remember something or to make a new memory — things along those lines — we really don’t understand much of how that works at all. It’s just a really, really new field, and so know we are just trying to puzzle out what it all means,” according to Willette.

Willette’s findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., July 28th 2015


July 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

LIME CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two men from Muscatine have been killed in an accident along Interstate 80 in eastern Iowa’s Cedar County. The accident occurred around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The Iowa State Patrol says a semitrailer was legally parked on the south shoulder of the eastbound lanes when it was struck in the rear by a car. The driver was identified as 20-year-old Gregorio Tapia. His passenger was identified as 19-year-old Anthony Nunez.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man accused of torturing his roommate’s cat last year has been given probation. Ywenty-one-year-old Leo Nopoulos, of West Liberty, was sentenced to two years of probation under supervision on charges of animal torture and animal abuse. He also received 30 days in jail on a separate drunken driving charge from an arrest in May.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa newspaper editor who said he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs on a personal blog has reached a settlement over a discrimination complaint. Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group, says its client, Bob Eschliman, and Dixon, Illinois-based Shaw Media Inc. reached a confidential settlement over Eschliman’s termination in May 2014 from the Newton Daily News. Eschliman was editor when he posted online that gay organizations are trying to reword the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God.'”

MOSCOW, Iowa (AP) — About 100 people gathered at a family cemetery this weekend in Iowa as part of an annual family reunion. Jeff Kaufmann, a former state legislator and current chairman of the state’s Republican Party, was the chief organizer of the reunion, which began in 1916. His great-great-great grandparents, Gottlieb and Dorothea E. Kaufmann, arrived in America from Germany in 1847 with 13 family members. Relatives gathered on Saturday in the Kaufmann Family Cemetery, which is just north of Moscow.

Villisca woman arrested on Theft warrant


July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officers with the Red Oak Police Department, Monday, arrested a woman at the Mills County Jail, on a warrant for Theft in the 5th Degree. 49-year old Stephanie Lee Hightshoe, of Villisca, was taken into custody at around 2:45-p.m. and brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where her bond was set at $300.

Iowa Homes Selling Fast, Sales Climbing in June and Second Quarter


July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The good news just keeps getting better if you are selling your home in Iowa. According to the Iowa Association of Realtors (IAR), sale prices and number of homes sold continue their upward trend. Sales increased almost 10 percent and average days on market reached a new 3 year low. Homes continue to sell at a fast pace in most communities. Days on market dropped to 69 in June, which is the fastest rate in over 3 years. That’s a 14.8 percent improvement from June of 2014.

Sales increased 9.7 percent from a year ago. 4,749 homes were sold last month as compared to 4,329 homes that sold in June 2014. Active listings were up 3.7 percent and Pending listings were up 7.6 percent when compared to last June. The IAR’s 2015 June Housing Trends Report shows the median sale price rose 6.0 percent. In June 2014 the median sale price was $143,900 while the median price last month was $152,500. The days on market of 77 days hit a new low when comparing second quarter performance of this year to the past eight years.

IAR President Jon Yocum said “The second quarter statistics demonstrate the strong housing market we have had in Iowa this year. In fact, the second quarter of 2015 shows a higher number of sold properties than we have had in the last eight years. We’ve had a 10 percent increase in sold properties when comparing to the second quarter of last year. Buyers are realizing that it is still a good time to buy with relatively low interest rates. Homeowners are hearing that homes are selling fast with low inventory levels. It is a great time for them to put their homes on the market.”

5 arrests in Atlantic


July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest of five people over the past week. On Sunday, 32-year old Bryan Kirby, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Violation of Probation. And, 36-year old Michael Trotter, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Theft in the 5th Degree.

On Friday, Atlantic Police arrested 27-year old William Seffron, and 37-year old Richard D. Smith, both of Atlantic, were both arrested on a Cass County warrants for Violation of Probation.

And, on July 23rd, 49-year old Richard Lewis, of Atlantic, was arrested by Atlantic Police for Domestic Abuse Assault, 3rd or Subsequent offense. All five subjects were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Reward grows in connection with chainsaw carving thefts

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson


Photos provided to the Atlantic Police Dept. courtesy Laura Bacon with the Atlantic News Telegraph.

A group of concerned area citizens is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the return of two chainsaw carvings taken sometime Sunday night from the Cass County Fairgrounds.  The pig and goat head carvings were created over the last couple of days by Doyle Chainsaw Artist and are to be auctioned off tonight (Monday) at the fair as part of a fund raising effort for the fair.IMG_7494

A reward is being offered for information leading to the return of the carvings. Anyone who might have any information about the theft is asked to contact the Atlantic Police Department, the Cass County Extension Office, or any Fair Board member. Anyone wanting to contribute to the reward fund can contact Bill Simons (249-9503) or Allen Zellmer.

3 arrested on drug charges in Mills County


July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Three people were arrested on drug charges over the weekend, in Mills County. The Sheriff’s Department reports Mathew Jessy Jo Davis, of Council Bluffs, was arrested Saturday night for Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drug. His bond was set at $2,600.

Sunday night, deputies in Mills County arrested 45-year old Mark Douglas Berggren, of Red Oak, for Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,300.  That same night, 39-year old Steven Wayne Thomson, of Harlan, was arrested for being a Felon in Possession of Firearm, Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set at $6,300.

Windows 10 is arriving soon, is your computer ready?


July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Hundreds of thousands of computer users in Iowa will see pop-ups on their screens soon, as Microsoft is releasing a free version of Windows 10 this week. Thor Schrock, a computer repair store owner in Omaha/Council Bluffs, says it you reserve a copy by Wednesday, the new operating system will be delivered automatically.

“Anybody who has a Windows 7 or a Windows 8 computer might be eligible for a free, as in no cost at all, update from Windows 7 or 8 up to Windows 10,” Schrock says. “Now, your computer’s hardware will have to be compatible. Almost every computer running Windows 8 will be compatible. Most computers running Windows 7 are also compatible.”

Computers that are compatible will get a pop-up window asking them if they want to upgrade. Having seen the new O-S, Schrock says it has several impressive features. “If you’re excited to get Windows 10, you should reserve the copy because you’ll be ‘among the first,'” he says. “They’ll release this in waves. The last time this happened, between Windows 8 to 8.1, some 20% of the computers that attempted to install 8.1 automatically ended up failing, they ended up crashing.”

According to Microsoft, those not wanting to upgrade now can purchase Windows 10 upgrades later at prices that range from $120 to $200, depending on the version. Also, there are a few wrinkles in the red carpet rollout. “You won’t get a pop-up if your computer is not compatible or if any device on your computer, like an old printer, is not compatible,” Schrock says. “Another thing to be aware of, if you’re using Office 2003 or Office 2007, neither one of those are compatible with Windows 10. You’ll have to buy a new copies of Office if you upgrade.”

One of the new features of Windows 10 is a personal digital assistant, called Cortana. It aims to rival “Siri” on iPhones. “Microsoft’s voice recognition blows Siri out of the water,” Schrock says. “When you figure, they’re going to leverage Cortana on over a billion devices next month, it’s going to have the opportunity to learn so much. It’s going to be Skynet before it’s done.”

That’s a reference to the popular “Terminator” movies, where Skynet was an artificial intelligence-driven computer system which eventually took over the world and tried to wipe out all of humankind. He’s kidding. Relax.

(Radio Iowa)

2 Chainsaw Carvings Stolen from Cass County Fair


July 27th, 2015 by Jim Field

Cass County Fair Board members report that a pair of chainsaw carvings were stolen sometime Sunday night or Monday morning from the fairgrounds in Atlantic.  The piglets and goat head carvings were created over the last couple of days by Doyle Chainsaw Artist and are to be auctioned off tonight (Monday) at the fair as part of a fund raising effort for the fair.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the return of the carvings. Anyone who might have any information about the theft is asked to contact the Atlantic Police Department, the Cass County Extension Office, or any Fair Board member.

Hundreds get buzz cut to support 5-year-old boy with cancer


July 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

MONTICELLO, Iowa (AP) – Hundreds of people volunteered to have their heads shaved this weekend in an effort to set a world record and show their support for a 5-year-old boy who lost his own hair during treatment for cancer. The boy, Austin Smith, is the son of Monticello police chief Britt Smith. KCRG-TV reports that Austin’s grandfather was the first person in line among the more than 400 people who had their heads shaved within one hour on Sunday.

Organizers say they needed at least 372 people to have their heads shaved. They will present the figures, along with videos and photos of the event to the Guinness Book of World Records.