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Elizabeth Barr of the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, said that a large study found people with pre-diabetes had more than double the risk of death from heart disease after five years.
Type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise and is becoming a growing problem in many parts of the world. It can lead to blindness, limb loss, heart disease and early death.
Governor signs soldiers’ health bill
AUGUSTA — Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat, signed a bill yesterday to improve health screenings for soldiers, legislation prompted by the death of a Maine National Guardsman last year.
The law creates a commission to review preventive health treatment practices, vaccinations and other medications given to members of the Maine National Guard. The bill was introduced at the urging of Barbara Damon-Day, the mother of Patrick Damon, a Guard captain who died last June in Afghanistan.
Mrs. Damon-Day said that her son’s death may have resulted from the vaccinations Capt. Damon received before his deployment. Capt. Damon was a legislative staffer who was known to many state lawmakers.
Suspect accused of revenge drawings
MOUNT LAUREL — Drawings found in the prison cell of a Muslim man suspected of plotting a terrorist attack on Fort Dix suggest that he seeks revenge against FBI agents and should remain in custody, prosecutors said yesterday.
The drawings — including one with the letters “FBI” and a gun pointing to them — are another reason that Agron Abdullahu should not be released from custody as he awaits trial, the U.S. attorney’s office said in legal documents filed yesterday.
Abdullahu, an ethnic Albanian born in Yugoslavia, seemed to be thinking about “seeking revenge against the FBI agents who caused him to be imprisoned in the first place,” they wrote. “Releasing Abdullahu now would not only endanger the community at large, but also the agents who investigated this case.”
Guards at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia found the drawing in the one-person cell where Abdullahu is being held.
Fake fireman gets 20 years for attack