Want to catch up with the news quickly? Here are the top stories from Monday, October 30, 2023.
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1. A wellness check didn't stop this year's deadliest shooting
Law enforcement attempted to perform a wellness check on Robert Card weeks before he carried out the deadliest mass shooting of the year, according to Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry. Merry said that he sent a deputy to Card's house after being tipped off to threats he made against his U.S. Army Reserve base in Saco, Maine, but could not locate him.
Merry said that he sent out an “attempt to locate” alert to every law enforcement agency in the state after being unable to locate Card, but many have still questioned how Card was not apprehended before carrying out the attacks in Lewiston, Maine which killed at least 18 people last week.
Everytown For Gun Safety reports that Maine does not have "red flag" laws, which can prevent individuals from accessing firearms if they are believed to be a danger to themself or others.
2. Israel ramps up airstrikes as Gaza death toll climbs
Israel cut all telecommunications in the Gaza Strip Friday, leaving civilians and aid organizations without internet or cell service needed to contact emergency services or family as Israel also ramped up airstrikes. Over 8,300 Palestinian civilians have been killed in three weeks — over 3,000 (40 percent) of those dead being children — an unprecedented figure in decades of Israeli occupation.
The Palestinian Red Crescent rescue service decried airstrikes that hit within 50 meters of the Al Quds Hospital after Israeli officials ordered it to evacuate. The hospital currently shelters an estimated 14,000 refugees who have fled from their homes out of safety, or because they were destroyed in Israeli airstrikes. Medical staff have warned it is impossible to evacuate patients reliant on the hospital's care.
3. Steps you can take to prevent the onset of diabetes
While there are many factors that can lead to one developing diabetes, experts say there are several steps you can take at home to maintain your health and prevent high blood sugar. According to Mayo Clinic, regular exercise and a diet full of plant foods "may help you avoid the serious health complications of diabetes in the future."
They also advise to "skip fad diets," such as the glycemic index, paleo, or keto diets. There isn't research that shows they're effective in preventing diabetes, and they also don't facilitate healthy habits.
"Your dietary goal should be to lose weight and then maintain a healthier weight moving forward," they write. "Healthy dietary decisions, therefore, need to include a strategy that you can maintain as a lifelong habit."
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