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Race may play role in obese teens' blood pressure

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Obese teenagers are at increased risk of high blood pressure, but the effects of those extra pounds may vary by race and ethnicity, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that obesity had a bigger impact on blood pressure of Hispanic and white teens, compared to their black and Asian peers. It appeared to raise their risk of high blood pressure by four to six times.
Pediatric experts said the impact on Hispanic teenagers was striking.

Normal-weight Hispanic kids had a low rate of high blood pressure, at just over 1 percent. That shot up to nearly 8 percent among those who were obese.

"That's a little scary," said Dr. Joseph Mahgerefteh, a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York City.

Mahgerefteh, who was not involved in the research, said the study was well done, and gives pediatricians useful information.

High blood pressure at a young age can set the stage for serious health problems in adulthood, including stroke and heart disease.

All children should have their blood pressure checked at routine doctor visits, starting at age 3, said Dr. Joshua Samuels, the senior researcher on the study.

"But you may want to have your searchlight on a little brighter" when a child is obese, said Samuels, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Doctors should also be aware that obesity can have a particularly strong effect on Hispanic kids' blood pressure, said Samuels.

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More information: Joshua Samuels, M.D., M.P.H., professor, pediatric nephrology and hypertension, McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Joseph Mahgerefteh, M.D., pediatric cardiologist, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, New York City; May 2017, Pediatrics
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Russia, Iran, & Syria issue warning to US against new airstrikes

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>Russia, Syria and Iran strongly warned the United States Friday against launching new strikes on Syria and called for an international probe into last week's chemical attack there.

>Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and Syrian counterparts at a trilateral meeting in Moscow, denounced last week's U.S. attack on Syria as a "flagrant violation" of international law and warned that any further such action would entail "grave consequences not only for regional but global security."

>Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said the meeting sent a "strong message" to Washington. Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasized that the participants warned that any unilateral action by the U.S. is unacceptable.

>The U.S. has blamed the Syrian government for launching a deadly chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun that killed over 80 people on April 4, and responded by striking a Syrian air base. Russia has alleged that the victims were killed by toxic agents released from a rebel chemical arsenal and warned against putting the blame on Damascus until an independent inquiry has been conducted.

>Moscow vetoed a Western draft U.N. resolution Wednesday, saying it failed to mention the need to inspect the area of the attack.

>Lavrov on Friday accused the U.S. and its allies of what he described as attempts to stymie an international probe into the attack. He expressed strong skepticism about a preliminary investigation conducted by the U.N. chemical weapons watchdog, saying that its experts have failed to visit the site and it has remained unclear to Russia where the samples have been taken and how they have been analyzed.
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Russia bans 'extremist' picture of Vladimir Putin as a gay clown

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Russia has banned a picture depicting President Vladimir Putin in heavy makeup as "extremist."

>Russia's justice ministry added the image, which depicts the Russian president in lipstick and mascara, to its list of banned extremist material last week.

>The Vladimir-Putin-as-a-gay-clown meme appeared after Russia introduced a controversial "gay propaganda" law in 2013.
>The meme produced a host of images, and was even played on by Scottish brewery Brewdog for a special edition beer called "Hello my name is Vladimir."

>According to the description posted on the justice ministry's register, the ban applies specifically to a picture posted on Vkontakte, a Russian social network, that is intended to represent "the supposed nonstandard sexual orientation of the president of the Russian Federation" and carries the caption: “Putin voters... they say there are lots of them, but there aren't any among the people I know.”

>The picture was one of several posted by a man called Alexander Tsvetkov which were banned by a court in Tver, a city northwest of Moscow, in May last year.

>The "gay propaganda" law, which bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors, was criticized as state-sponsored homophobia and a sop to extreme a conservative constituency.

>Mr Putin said at the time that the law was not an attack on homosexuality, which is legal in Russia, but an attempt to protect children.

>The Putin photograph is the 4,071th banned item on the register of 4,074 banned materials that also includes Nazi imagery, white power slogans, and jihadist websites encouraging terrorism.

>Earlier this week reports emerged of systematic torture and killing of gay men in Chechnya.
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French Presidential Election: The national polls

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Will Marie Le Pen be able to defeat the old political establishment? Link to article:
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Robert Bentley, Alabama Governor, Resigns Amid Sex Scandal

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>MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Monday, his power and popularity diminished by a sex scandal that staggered the state, brought him to the brink of impeachment and prompted a series of criminal investigations.

>Ellen Brooks, a special prosecutor, said Mr. Bentley quit in connection with a plea agreement on two misdemeanor charges: failing to file a major contribution report and knowingly converting campaign contributions to personal use. He pleaded guilty Monday afternoon.

>It was a stunning downfall for the governor, a Republican who acknowledged in March 2016 that he had made sexually charged remarks to his senior political adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

>“I have decided it is time for me to step down as Alabama’s governor,” Mr. Bentley said at the State Capitol. He did not mention the charges to which he pleaded guilty, or the deal with prosecutors that mandated his resignation.

>His exit from government and guilty pleas followed mounting calls for his resignation, especially after a report that was made public on Friday said he had fostered “an atmosphere of intimidation” and compelled state employees to help him cover up his relationship with Ms. Mason. Impeachment hearings — the first in Alabama in more than a century — began Monday morning, when the State House was consumed by rumors that the governor would soon quit.
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As France votes, Le Pen still worries markets more than the 90 percent taxman

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>Jean-Luc Melenchon, the far-left tax-and-spend candidate in France's presidential election, has surged in opinion polls before Sunday's first round vote and yet he isn't the main reason for growing nervousness on financial markets.

>Reflecting the topsy-turvy state of politics and financial markets today, it is far-right candidate Marine Le Pen who investors still regard as the greater risk.

>In more normal times Melenchon would be their obvious bete noire, proposing a 90 percent income tax band on the country's top earners and expressing openness to taking France out of the European Union.

>He has climbed to as much as 20 percent in recent polls from below 15 percent last month, closing in on Le Pen in what has become a tight four-horse race to choose the two contenders who will go through to the run-off on May 7.

>That has set off a wave of market volatility. One-week implied volatility in the euro/dollar exchange rate this week is on course for its biggest jump since the euro's launch in 1999.

>Compared with the two more centrist candidates, Francois Fillon and Emmanuel Macron, Melenchon is an isolationist; he has promised a referendum on a French exit from the EU if his demands to renegotiate its position within the bloc aren't met.

>His manifesto also calls for withdrawal from the NATO military alliance and the International Monetary Fund, vetoing of international free-trade accords, ending the European Central Bank's independence and taking control of Bank of France.

>Risky though this may sound for investors, whose confidence is built on the certainty of the single European market and common currency, he is sill not as risky as Le Pen; the National Front candidate is campaigning on a platform of 'Frexit' - taking France not only out of the EU but out of the euro too.
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DinaAli caught by Arabian government

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Boy Handed Speeding Ticket By RCMP For Going Too Fast

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A three-year-old Alberta boy has learned there are serious consequences for drivers who rip up the roads.

His punishment? He's been told to serve some hard time helping his mom in the laundry room.

Nathan Snow was driving home from a playground in Fort McMurray, Alta. on Sunday night in his miniature Ford F-150, when he was pulled over by RCMP.

The officer served the toddler with a pink violation ticket that read "Too Fast!"

Nathan's parents were first-hand witnesses to their son's first driving infraction.

"We were more excited than he was," Nathan's mom Heather told The Huffington Post Canada, saying the officer's serious approach to the situation made them laugh.

"The cop was driving past us as we were walking and asked 'Do you mind if I pull him over in his truck?'"

"It was nice to see (the officer) take the time out of his day to interact with Nathan. It was a nice way for Nathan to meet a police officer for the first time."

Heather said her son's a bit young to grasp the concept of traffic tickets — or police officers, for that matter — but it will be a great story to share with him when he's a bit older.

Heather's husband captured the adorable interaction on video and Heather, a professional photographer, made sure to preserve the moment with some sweet photos of her son and his truck.
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