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    It's late in the season but Flu is not over. Influenza in Georgia is widespread, and the intensity level is high, meaning a lot of people are showing up at the doctor's officer very sick. Nancy Nydam with the Georgia Department of Public Heath says, 'Today we've got a predominate strain of H1N1 and less of the H3N2.' She says we saw H3N2 earlier in the season. 'The good news is both of those strains were contained in the year's flu vaccine,' says Nydam.
  • This weekend, we set our clocks ahead one hour as we return to daylight saving time. It officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. 'Springing forward' will temporarily disrupt the sleep of millions of Americans. Most people need at least seven to eight hours of good sleep each night.  Professor at Emory University, Ann Rogers tells WSB Radio that the biggest thing you can do: “Go to bed as early as possible Saturday night.”  In addition to being just plain tired, lack of sleep can also pack on the pounds. “When you are sleep-deprived, your appetite regulated hormones aren't regulated, so you crave sweets and high fat foods,” Rogers explains. A chronic sleep-restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and weight loss or weight gain. It adversely affects the brain and cognitive function.  Rogers says, 'A lot of people are trying to get by on six or six and half hours of sleep a night and they really can't. '  The main symptom of ongoing sleep loss is excessive daytime sleepiness, but other symptoms include:  Yawning  Moodiness  Fatigue  Irritability  Depressed mood  Difficulty learning new concepts  Forgetfulness  Inability to concentrate or a 'fuzzy' head For more information from Emory Healthcare, click here.
  • More than 119,000 people suffered from bloodstream staph infections in the United States in 2017 and nearly 20,000 people died, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Common food additives may promote anxiety, according to researchers at Georgia State University. They say emulsifiers commonly found in processed foods to improve texture and extend shelf life, may adversely affect anxiety related and social behaviors in mice. Lead researcher, Geert de Vries, professor of neuroscience and associate vice president for research at Georgia State, says, “We asked the question: Can emulsifiers’ effects on general systemic inflammation also be extended to the brain and to behavior? “The answer was yes.”
  • Flu is a tough bug says, Lynnette Brammer head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's domestic influenza surveillance team. She says, 'You're constantly chasing a moving target.' She says we've had a wave of H1 activity and now we are seeing H3. She says, 'there's probably weeks and weeks of flu season to come.' Vaccines are still the best way to prevent both strains of the flu. This year's vaccine is 62 percent effective against H1N1 and 44 percent effective against H3N2, according to the CDC.
  • Girl time' may be more important than you think. Research from Georgia State University finds same-sex social interactions among women to be more rewarding than males, and females are more sensitive to the rewarding actions of oxytocin. Oxytocin is a powerful hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. It influences social interaction and sexual reproduction, playing a role in behaviors from maternal attachment to an infant and milk release to empathy, generosity, and orgasm.  “Recognizing gender differences in social reward processing is essential for understanding sex differences in the occurrence of many mental health diseases and the development of gender-specific treatments for psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, substance abuse and schizophrenia,” said Dr. Elliott Albers, director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and Regents’ Professor of Neuroscience at Georgia State, who led the research team.  The research team discovered that while OT acting within the “reward circuit” in the brain is essential for the rewarding properties of social interaction in both males and females, females are more sensitive to the actions of OT than males. The team also found that as the intensity of social interactions increases among females, these interactions become more rewarding up to a point and then are ultimately reduced. This is the first study to provide evidence that same-sex social interactions and OT are more rewarding in females than in males in an animal model. These findings are consistent with human studies.
  • When you work out you can help set your body clock, according to new research in the Journal of Physiology. Lead author Shawn Youngstedt says the findings suggest exercise could counter the effects of jet lag, shift work and other disruptions to the body's internal clock -- helping people adjust to shifted schedules.
  • A record 7 million Americans are 90 days or more behind on their auto loan payments, according to The Federal Reserve Bank’s latest quarterly report on U.S. household debt.  Approximately 6.5% of all auto finance loans are 90-plus days past due.
  • Flu activity right now is the highest it's been all season. In Georgia, flu activity is widespread. The flu vaccine was about 50 percent effective against this year's influenza strains, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For children, the overall effectiveness was a little better at 61 percent.
  • A surge in e-cigarette use is erasing past progress in reducing tobacco product use among teens, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The use of e-cigarettes is so bad that's it's being called an epidemic in the United States. About 4.9 million middle and high school students in the U-S use tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

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  • Two men are accused to stealing more than $70,000 worth of musical instruments from the University of Louisville’s School of Music, WLKY reported. >> Read more trending news  Alphonso Monrew, 22, and Anthony Abrams, 52, were arrested Thursday, according to Jefferson County Jail records. Each were charged with two counts of third degree burglary and two counts of theft by unlawful taking, the television station reported. According to police, on several occasions the two men stole instruments, including a $10,000 guitar, from the university’s music school, WLKY reported. The thefts occurred over several weeks, the television station reported. All of the instruments have been recovered and will be returned to students, police said.
  • A Texas woman got an early start to celebrating her 105th birthday, joining more than 150 family members for a party at a San Antonio church, KSAT reported. >> Read more trending news  Minnie McRae, who turns 105 on Tuesday, was the guest of honor at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on Saturday, the television station reported. McRae’s nephew, Arturo Ayala, flew from Germany to attend the party for a woman who taught him how to dance by giving him lessons in her living room, KSAT reported.  Ayala said he believes he knows the secret to his aunt’s long life 'She's never shared it, but from my relationship with her, I see her always praying and ... always reading,' Ayala told the television station.  Ayala also said McRae was very spiritual and did work with Incarnate Word. 'She's a blessing and she's a miracle,' Ayala told KSAT.
  • There will be laughing, singing, and music swinging when singer Martha Reeves receives another honor in May. >> Read more trending news  Reeves, 77, the lead vocalist of 1960s group Martha and Vandellas, will be honored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts on May 22, AL.com reported. Reeves was the singer for the group’s hits, including “Dancing in the Streets,” “Heat Wave” and “Jimmy Mack.” Reeves, a native of Eufaula, will receive Alabama’s 2019 Distinguished Artist Award. The award recognizes “a professional artist who is considered a native or adopted Alabamian and who has earned significant national acclaim for their art over an extended period,' according to the council’s website. Other recipients of the award include Jim Nabors, Fannie Flagg and George Lindsey. Vandella moved to Detroit as a child and grew up singing in church, AL.com reported. Her gospel-influenced vocals were evident in the group’s pop and rhythm and blues songs, which gave the Vandellas a string of hits on the Motown label. Reeves was inducted with the group -- Rosalind Ashford-Holmes, Annette Sterling-Helton, Lois Reeves and Betty Kelly -- into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. “Martha and the Vandellas were the Supremes’ tougher, more grounded counterpart,” the Rock Hall website says. “With her cheeky, fervent vocals, Martha Reeves led the group in a string of dance anthems that are irresistible to this day.” Reeves was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1995. 
  • A Florida deputy was arrested after an altercation at a Jacksonville nightclub, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reported. >> Read more trending news  According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Officer Rodney Bryant, a 5 1/2-year member of the department, was involved in a dispute Friday at Mascara's Gentlemen's Club with his girlfriend and her friend.  Bryant has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has been terminated from his position in the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. According to deputies, the group left the club but the dispute continued in a vehicle. This was when Bryant allegedly pulled over, opened the trunk of his vehicle and pulled out a firearm.  Bryant allegedly pointed the gun at the two women, making threats, according to the Sheriff’s Office.  They were all pulled over long enough for the girlfriend's friend to make contact with her sister, who later arrived at the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The girl's sister observed Bryant with the firearm making threats and that he pointed the firearm at her, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
  • A Marine killed in action during the Vietnam War nearly 50 years ago was honored in a memorial service Saturday, and a headstone and plaque were erected at his gravesite at a South Florida cemetery, the Sun-Sentinel reported. >> Read more trending news  Private First Class Gregory Carter was killed in action Oct. 12, 1969, in the Quang Ngai province of South Vietnam, according to according to a Vietnam military casualties database on Ancestry.com. He was remembered in a service attended by nearly 200 people Saturday at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, the Sun-Sentinel reported. “It’s like he woke up to the world again,” Carter’s brother, Anthony Owens, told the newspaper. “His life is meaningful. It means something.” “No, I did not (expect this many people). It raised our spirits, big time.” Carter laid in an unmarked grave until the Vietnam Veterans of America discovered him while searching for photographs of Vietnam veterans to place on the black granite Wall of Faces in Washington, D.C., the Sun-Sentinel reported. Carter was drafted into the Marines on July 4, 1969, when he was 19, according to the Ancestry.com database. He already had a young son and a daughter was on the way, but Carter would never know either of them, the newspaper reported. The Vietnam Veterans of America worked with the city of Fort Lauderdale and others to get Carter’s grave marker, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The organization also secured a photograph from a baseball team photograph in the Dillard High School yearbook, the newspaper reported. Gregory Carter now lies with his mother, grandparents, three siblings and other relatives at Sunset Memorial Gardens. “If you die you’re just lost until somebody thinks about you again,” Anthony Owens told the Sun-Sentinel. “So his spirit is probably all around us right now. It’s a good thing. He’s doing good.”
  • The wife of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was bitten by a rattlesnake at their Arizona home Friday, the Arizona Republic reported. >> Read more trending news  Ava Arpaio was working on her computer in her office around 10 a.m. when the snake bit her on the left foot, Joe Arpaio told the newspaper. 'She's tough. If she can put up with me for 60 years, then she can handle a snake bite,' Joe Arpaio told the Republic. Joe Arpaio, 86, said the large rattlesnake was removed by fire crews. 'Must've been a Democrat,' the longtime Republican joked to the Republic. Ava Arpaio likely will be in a hospital for 'two or three' days, her husband told the newspaper. Arpaio served as sheriff of Maricopa County for 24 years until losing re-election to Democrat Paul Penzone in 2016. The 86-year-old lawman made national news for his Tent City Jail where inmates were housed in Korean War era army tents, KSAZ reported. >> President Trump pardons Joe Arpaio Joe Arpaio was convicted of a criminal charge in July 2017 for refusing to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. He was pardoned a month later by President Donald Trump.