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Kenya Moore: Leave my family alone

TheJasmineBrand.com is reoprting that Kenya Moore has had enough with the rumors. Get the full scoop about her marriage and more H E R E.

Childhood leukemia may be triggered by germs, could be prevented, study suggests

A leading cancer researcher has suggested the likely cause of childhood leukemia, adding that most cases of the condition may be preventable.

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Dr. Mel Greaves of the Institute of Cancer Research in London examined more than 30 years of research to develop his theory, and published the scientific review in the journal Nature this week.

According to his review, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which is the most common type of childhood cancer, is likely caused by a combination of genetic mutations developed while babies are still in the womb, plus an infection with an unknown bacterium or virus.

"It has always struck me that something big was missing, a gap in our knowledge - why or how otherwise healthy children develop leukemia and whether this cancer is preventable," Greaves, who has been studying ALL for more than 40 years, told Sky News. "The research strongly suggests that ALL has a clear biological cause, and is triggered by a variety of infections in predisposed children whose immune systems have not been properly primed.”

>>Related: FDA approves new leukemia treatment, costs $475k

The most important implication is that most cases of childhood leukemia are likely to be preventable.

"It might be done in the same way that is currently under consideration for autoimmune disease or allergies - perhaps with simple and safe interventions to expose infants to a variety of common and harmless bugs," he suggested.

According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last year, ALL is the most common cancer among children and adolescents in the United States. The form of leukemia accounts for 20 percent of all cancer cases in people under age 20, with more than 3,000 new cases reported in the country every year. 

Greaves' findings suggest that something as simple as exposing children with the first stage mutation to benign microbes may be enough to protect them from developing ALL. If this is the case, thousands of families across the country and around the world could potentially be spared the emotional heartache of a child's leukemia diagnosis.

"The problem is not infection – the problem is lack of infection," Greaves said, according to The Independent.

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Previous studies have shown that attending day care, where kids are exposed to bacteria and viruses from others, and breastfeeding both appear to protect children from developing ALL. This is likely a result of the priming effect these activities have on a child's immune system early on.

Although Greaves’ review suggests the research is both novel and compelling, some experts point out that his conclusions are not entirely new, “but rather an expansion of concepts that have been considered for many years," Dr. Amelia Langston, a leukemia and stem cell transplant specialist at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"It happens that we now have the molecular tools to begin to sort out how it all might work, and he incorporates these new data into what amounts to an evolving model," Langston said, adding that "some of the fine details that are proposed [in the review] remain speculative.""But the point is, they generate testable hypotheses that may lead us closer to an ability to prevent some forms of ALL," she said.

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Langston also said many details would need to be worked out before a new strategy for prevention or treatment could be developed. However, the existing data suggests socializing children at an early age is "likely on balance to be a positive thing for the child."

She said this early priming is beneficial for "many reasons," but primarily to help children develop healthy immune systems.

Further laboratory studies are needed to better understand the cause of ALL, according to Langston. But Greaves’ theory does provide a path forward for researchers.

"This will involve both study of patients and animal studies looking at the immune machinery at a very fine level," she said. "The hope would be that if we can fully understand the molecular pathways at work we may be able to tip the balance away from leukemogenesis."

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But Langston carries serious doubt that "any single strategy will eradicate this form of ALL."

Is Nicki Minaj dating Eminem? 

Nicki Minaj rapped about Eminem in YG’s new single “Big Bank,” she later took to Instagram to respond to fans who had some questions about her dating Eminem, TMZ reported.

“You dating Eminem???” one of Nicki Minaj’s followers asked her on Instagram in the comments, and Nicki responded by saying “Yes”.

Do you think Nicki was kidding? Get the full scoop H E R E.

Officials: Georgia teen arrested for bringing gun to school

HIRAM, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a Georgia high school senior has brought a gun to school a day before he was set to graduate.

Paulding County sheriff's Sgt. Ashley Henson said 18-year-old Brian Perry Belin Jr. was arrested just before 10 a.m. Friday.

Hiram High School resource officers saw a photo about 9 a.m. that Belin had posted on Instagram showing him with what appeared to be a semiautomatic pistol in his waistband.

Henson says Belin told administrators the gun was in his vehicle on campus. Officers searched the vehicle and found a loaded pistol.

Belin was being held without bail on a charge of possession of a weapon on school grounds. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney.

Henson says there's no indication Belin intended to carry out a school shooting.

Couple sentenced for dealing thousands worth of heroin

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Two people were sentenced in federal court for selling over three kilograms of heroin in Vermont.

U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Shawn Alonso, 35, of New York, to 10 years Friday for conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin. On May 10, Reiss sentenced Tamara Moody, 38, of New York to a little over seven years for the same crime. Both Alonso and Moody pleaded guilty in January.

Alonso and Moody were arrested in March 2017 while attempting to deliver over one kilogram of heroin. The court estimated that this would have been approximately 35,000 doses with a value of $350,000 in Vermont. The court ultimately found that they transported over three kilograms of heroin into Vermont in total.

The court detailed the couple's spending habits prior to their arrest, which included thousands on travel to the Caribbean and season tickets to the Atlanta Hawks. The couple also spent thousands on fur coats and the renovation of a tattoo parlor. At the time of their arrest, the couple was wearing a combined $240,000 worth of jewelry, including nearly $210,000 on Alonso alone.

Alonso had over $100,000 in cash deposits to his bank account, and the court said there was suspicious activity dating back to 2012.

The couple's alleged Colchester connection, Darrick Holmes, pleaded guilty in October.

Luke Bryan announces 2018 Farm Tour; stops include Ohio, Florida, Georgia

Luke Bryan announced the official dates for the 10th annual Farm Tour 2018, with six stops in cities from Ohio to Florida.

This year, the “Sunrise Sunburn Sunset” country superstar will kick off the tour September 27 in Irwin, Ohio. 

“I can’t believe we’ve been doing this 10 years!” Bryan said in a statement on his website. “Our goal was to bring big-city production concerts into these small towns across the U.S. giving those communities the opportunity to attend shows that would never come their way.”

Tickets for the “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2018” go on sale June 6. Presale ticket sales begin June 1, according to his website

Proceeds from the Farm Tour go toward college scholarships for students from local farming families who are attending local colleges or universities near their own town.

Over 100,000 people have attended the Farm Tour since it kicked off in 2009. Over 50 scholarships have been given out to date, according to Bryan’s announcement

Bryan, a Georgia native, told Billboard that the Farm Tour is a very personal experience for him. 

“My whole existence, and the reason that I’m in country music, was based on me being in an agricultural family,” Bryan told Billboard. “It taught me everything I know about life, and my work ethic. It has shaped who I am. I took all those values, and I brought them to Nashville, and used that hard work to get my career off the ground. I still go back home and talk to my dad, and talk about how the business is going. It’s still very present, and very important in my life.”

Luke Bryan 2018 Farm Tour dates:

  • Sept. 27: Irwin, Ohio – Springfork Farms
  • Sept. 28: Pesotum, Illinois – Atkins Farm
  • Sept. 29: Boone, Iowa – Ziel Farm
  • Oct. 4: Archer, Florida – Whitehurst Cattle Company
  • Oct. 5: North Augusta, South Carolina – Misty Morning Farms
  • Oct. 6: Ringgold, Georgia – Doug Yates Farms

Man who kicked down woman's door could be connected to other crimes, police say

Neighbors are on edge this holiday weekend after someone kicked down the door of a woman’s home in Stone Mountain.

The man's footprint can still be seen on the woman's front door.

Stone Mountain police said a man kicked his way into the home on Ferndale Street Thursday morning.

The woman who lives there told Channel 2’s Christian Jennings the suspect didn't take anything, but investigators said it's something he left behind that links him to two violent home invasions from earlier this month: one in Stone Mountain and another in Clarkston.

Knowing that has homeowners in this neighborhood feeling uneasy.

“I think my first thing is, I’m just furious about it, of course it’s scary, I’m just ready for this person to be caught,” said neighbor Rachel. 

Detectives believe the man in sketches released by authorities is responsible for breaking into a

Clarkston home and assaulting two women. They also said he's the man that broke into a Stone Mountain home the next day, where he punched Stewart Wallace and held him at knife point.

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“At one point, he pushed me down on the bed pulled out the spray paint and literally covered my face,” said Stewart Wallace.

In the most recent break in on Ferndale Street, no one was home. But police said they found a set of keys in the area, keys reported stolen from the Clarkston home.

“I hope they catch him. I hope they stay on it and stay active in the area, so they know there’s a big police presence,” Rachel said.

Man who kicked down woman's door could be connected to other crimes, police say

Neighbors are on edge this holiday weekend after someone kicked down the door of a woman’s home in Stone Mountain.

The man's footprint can still be seen on the woman's front door.

Stone Mountain police said a man kicked his way into the home on Ferndale Street Thursday morning.

The woman who lives there told Channel 2’s Christian Jennings the suspect didn't take anything, but investigators said it's something he left behind that links him to two violent home invasions from earlier this month: one in Stone Mountain and another in Clarkston.

Knowing that has homeowners in this neighborhood feeling uneasy.

“I think my first thing is, I’m just furious about it, of course it’s scary, I’m just ready for this person to be caught,” said neighbor Rachel. 

Detectives believe the man in sketches released by authorities is responsible for breaking into a

Clarkston home and assaulting two women. They also said he's the man that broke into a Stone Mountain home the next day, where he punched Stewart Wallace and held him at knife point.

TRENDING STORIES:

Teen, teacher shot at Indiana school; student shooter in custody, police say Cobb County police officer shot in arm while serving warrant; suspect arrested Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in the Gulf of Mexico

“At one point, he pushed me down on the bed pulled out the spray paint and literally covered my face,” said Stewart Wallace.

In the most recent break in on Ferndale Street, no one was home. But police said they found a set of keys in the area, keys reported stolen from the Clarkston home.

“I hope they catch him. I hope they stay on it and stay active in the area, so they know there’s a big police presence,” Rachel said.

11-year-old given full-ride scholarship to Southern University

A bright 11-year-old was awarded a full-ride scholarship to college this week.

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Elijah Precciely, a home-schooled student who already had been taking classes at Southern University, plans to start full-time at the college in spring 2019, according to WAFB.

Elijah put a school cap on his head and a letterman jacket on over his shirt and bow tie before he academically signed with the university Friday at a meeting attended by his family and the school’s board of supervisors, according to The Advocate

"It feels great," Elijah told The Advocate. "I thank God that all my hard work and all the pouring (into me) did not go in vain."

He will study physics and mechanical engineering through the honors college. When he was 8, he started taking biology, physics and business classes at the school, according to The Advocate.

He has also published a book, submitted five patents for inventions and hosts a weekly radio show, according to The Advocate.

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