A new study led by USC researchers concluded that living in polluted areas increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes for overweight Latino children in urban Los Angeles.Researchers studied over 300 children for an average of 3.4 years, none of whom had Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes prior to the study. The children had annual physicals at USC or at the Los Angeles County hospital, where scientists measured their glucose and insulin levels.None of the children developed type 2 diabetes after the study concluded. However, once subjects turned 18, they had higher blood insulin levels and many were marked as pre-diabetic.According to the study, which was published last week in the journal Diabetes, socioeconomic status was also measured for participants. The scientists examined parents’ occupations and ranked their levels of education.The study noted that the results may only be applicable to the specific group they studied — overweight Latino children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. In the future, researchers plan to broaden the study to participants who are not overweight.Previous USC researchers have also found a link between air pollution and lung cancer survival time, cognitive impairment for the elderly and dementia in older women.
Asamoah Gyan sat out Ghana’s opening training session on Tuesday evening ahead of the crucial 2014 World Cup playoff against Egypt.The Black Stars captain took his place on the sidelines as he watched his teammates train at the Accra Sports Stadium.The Al Ain ace was not treated while on the sidelines – raising further uncertainties over why he did not take part in the session.Seventeen players took opened session presided over by coach Akwasi Appiah and the rest of his backroom staff.The session started off with light jogging and stretches after which Michael Essien and Andre Ayew pulled out.The Olympique Marseille forward had his right ankle heavily strapped in ice as he watched the remainder of the session from the sidelines. The 23-year-old appears to have a very minimal injury concern and was presumably withdrawn from the session as a precaution.Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantankyi and a host of top Ghana FA officials also observed the session.Ex Black Stars players and former Ghana coach Osam Duodoo were also present at the opening session.Coach Akwasi Appiah expects to have his full set before Wednesday’s session as the remaining six players are expected to arrive on Tuesday night.Ghana will be hosting Egypt in the first leg of the World Cup playoff tie on October 15 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi. Ghana players in camp:Fatau Dauda, Jerry Akaminko, Daniel Opare, Rashid Sumaila, Awal Mohammed, Samuel Inkoom, Edwin Gyimah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Emmanuel Frimpong, Michael Essien, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari, Christian Atsu, Albert Adomah, Andre Ayew, Abdul Majeed Waris, Jordan Ayew and Asamoah Gyan.
This came as a surprise to the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, but he’s come to understand the league from a business standpoint.”That’s the expectation when you get drafted to a team: You want to be there for the long haul and bring championships and all those good things,” Mack said. “It’s the business side of it that doesn’t really let you do that.”Chicago was willing to do business with Mack though, as it signed him to a massive six-year, $141 million extension after acquiring him.He went on to get 12 1/2 sacks and six forced fumbles in 14 games in his first year with the team, helping the Bears finish with a 12-4 record, win the NFC North, and snap a seven-year playoff drought. Mack has remained hot in 2019, as he’s totaled 4 1/2 sacks and forced four fumbles through Week 4.He won’t let ill will for the Raiders distract him from his individual dominance or his team’s success. “You can’t play this game with too much emotion, man. Ultimately, I try to stay focused on the task at hand and understanding the situation and understanding what they’re going to be thinking that I feel. But ultimately, I’m going to go out there and do what I do — and that’s play football and love the game that I play, you know what I mean?”Oakland drafted Mack with the No. 5 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and dealt him to the Bears last year after denying to meet his contract holdout demands. Related News Michael Gallup injury update: Cowboys receiver (knee) ‘not ruled out’ vs. Packers Tyler Boyd: Bengals ’embarrassed’ by Steelers in prime time Khalil Mack hasn’t played the Raiders since being traded to the Bears in 2018, and he’s excited to face some of his old teammates Sunday as Chicago heads to London to take on Oakland.”It’s another game, man,” Mack told ESPN Tuesday. “It’s going to be a fun one because I know a few of the guys out there. But it’s going to be a good one. Can’t wait. “There are feelings you suppress,” Mack said. “But also, it’s no big deal to me, man. I’m here. I love the Bears and I’m going to go out and try to get this win.”Chicago (3-1) is looking for a fourth straight win in Week 5 while Oakland (2-2) is looking to move above .500. Panthers place Kawann Short on IR with torn rotator cuff