A figure slinks out of the late-night shadows, stepping onto the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, the historic district of the Puerto Rican capital city. In the orange glow falling from nearby street lamps, a long knife flashes from his hand. The figure jams the blade into Adam Anhang, a 32-year-old Canadian real estate developer and recent transplant to the island. As the vicious attack continues – the figure stabs Anhang again and again before crashing a loose cobblestone over his head – Anhang manages to call out to his nearby wife, Aurea Vazquez Rijos, a former Puerto Rican beauty queen. “Run baby, run!” Anhang shouts, law enforcement would later say. When San Juan authorities eventually rushed onto the scene on Sept. 22, 2005, Vazquez Rijos was loaded into an ambulance with cuts and bruises. Anhang, however, was already dead. Blood was spilling across the island that year. In 2005, Puerto Rico notched 766 homicides, a murder rate that was three times … [Read more...] about Police said a millionaire’s murder was a robbery. The truth led to an international hunt for ‘The Black Widow.’
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The authors caution that neither this study, nor ones like it, prove drinking diet soda causes these diseases.Since the introduction of Diet Coke in 1982, artificially sweetened drinks have become increasingly ubiquitous in the American diet. In fact, according to a 2018 consumer survey, more than half of all Americans age 18 to 49 drank at least one Diet Coke at some point in the past four weeks. So it's hardly surprising that epidemiologists are studying the effects the zero-calorie sweeteners have on our health. The most recent study, published this week in the journal Stroke, drew conclusions that sound worrying: In postmenopausal women, drinking two or more of these beverages a day were linked to an earlier risk of stroke, heart disease, and early death.The study collected diet and health information from more than 80,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79 as part of the Women’s Health Initiative, a longitudinal health study created in 1991 by the National Institutes of … [Read more...] about People who drink diet soda may be at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke and early death
For folks who travel frequently over a long period of time, no litany of travel mishaps and inconveniences can do justice to the vagaries of actual life on the road. If you aren’t getting yourself in a bit of a jam once in a while, you probably aren’t trying hard enough. Sound familiar? You might be a perfect candidate for a neglected travel product: annual travel insurance. What Is Annual Travel Insurance? Not many people even know about it, but annual travel insurance is an economical, convenient, and common-sense option for people who travel multiple times a year. Instead of purchasing separate policies for each trip, you purchase a single annual policy that covers any travel you do in a given year. Related:5 Common Travel Insurance Questions, Answered Who Should Purchase Annual Travel Insurance? As you might guess, annual trip insurance is primarily useful to folks who travel a fair amount, but the threshold is lower than you might think. Most travel insurance … [Read more...] about How Annual Travel Insurance Could Save You Money
Why is abortion in the news? Germany is proposing to soften paragraph 219a which makes it a crime for doctors to ‘advertise’ abortions and share information on terminating unwanted pregnancies. The debate over this law, which was introduced in 1933 after Hitler assumed full powers of Nazi Germany, has become one of Germany's most controversial political battlegrounds. Germany is the only country among its Western European neighbours that imposes such a restriction. Pro-choice campaigners want to completely abolish 219a because they say women should have access to information so they can safely find a doctor and know what to expect during the procedure. They believe Germany is behind the times, especially following recent developments in other countries, such as Ireland, which last year voted through a referendum to legalize abortion. But others, including many conservative politicians, want to keep the ban in place. Some people, such as pro-life campaigners, are against … [Read more...] about Explained: Germany’s plans to change controversial abortion laws
On a recent trip to Southeast Asia, I saw signs warning about Zika transmission and realized that it had been over a year since I had heard about the virus. And though a lot has changed the Zika outbreak, Zika is still affecting almost 100 countries in some capacity. After interviewing medical professionals and researching Zika on the CDC’s website, I think this underreporting is the result of zero reported cases of mosquito-bite transmission of Zika in the continental U.S. in 2018. Even Puerto Rico, while it still has the Zika virus, has seen a drop in cases. Because of this decline, Zika has largely gone unreported in 2018 for North Americans. Related:What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus [Updated 2018] So, What About the Rest of the World? The CDC lists almost 100 countries as “areas with risk of Zika,” including popular tourist destinations like India, Mexico, Peru, Fiji, the Maldives, and Singapore, just to name a few. Take a look at the below map to search … [Read more...] about Do Travelers Still Need to Worry About the Zika Virus in 2019?