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High doses of vitamin D are safe for older people, according to new research that challenges the conclusions past studies that have suggested mega-doses of the vitamin pose a risk.
The findings, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, are based on an analysis of 236 nursing home residents given 20,000 IUs of vitamin D per week for a year, MedPage Today reports.
Lead researcher Timothy Green, of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and colleagues found that patients who took high-dose vitamin D for at least six months were able to boost their levels to appropriate concentrations without suffering ill effects.
They concluded giving high-dose vitamin D to nursing home patients is "feasible and safe and eliminates vitamin D insufficiency."
Seniors in assisted living are at risk of having low vitamin D levels because of reduced exposure to sunlight, and limited intake from food sources. Some studies have shown that giving vitamin D can reduce the risk of fractures and falls.
The American Geriatrics Society recommends 4,000 IU per day of vitamin D for older patients, but the new research suggests higher levels may offer benefits without raising risks.
A Mississippi couple's trail cameras capture eerie images involving a group of deer and floating lights.
There are several pictures in the Video -- please watch.
Workers at a Mississippi funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag while they were getting ready to embalm him.
Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard calls it a miracle that 78-year-old Walter Williams is alive.
The coroner was called to Williams? home in Lexington, a community north of Jackson, where family members believed he had died.
Howard says Williams had no pulse and was pronounced dead Wednesday at 9 p.m.
Early Thursday, workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were preparing to embalm Williams when he started to kick in the body bag. :|
"I asked the coroner what happened, and the only thing he could say is that it's a miracle"
- Willie March, Holmes County sheriff
Family members were called and Williams was taken to a hospital. Howard says he believes Williams? pacemaker stopped working, then started again.
Gracie Williams, his daughter, was bedside with him on Friday and said she's grateful to have more time with her father.
"He taught us to work for what you want," she said in a phone interview. She remembered her father working 12-hour shifts as a farmer. He had just retired.
Some customers at a Tupelo, Mississippi, bank got to feel superwealthy this week, albeit briefly, when a system error made it look like they had trillions of dollars. :|
?It feels awesome. I mean, it?s something that doesn?t happen every day,? said one customer, Brandon Frazier, while speaking to local news station WTVA. ?It?s a good feeling ? until it goes away.? When he checked his BancorpSouth account on his mobile phone Wednesday morning, it appeared as if Frazier had a balance of over $4 trillion. Some other customers, meanwhile, had what appeared to be balances of over $40 trillion.
?For one second, when I didn?t realize it was $40 trillion, I thought maybe, for one second?? WTVA reporter Allie Ware, also a BancorpSouth customer, told the station about her brief hope that she could be loaded. ?Then I saw all the zeros and just laughed, because I knew that was not true.?
She was right, of course. According to the bank?s director of communications, Randy Burchfield, the crazy numbers people saw online were due to a system error. ?It was a short-term thing. Within an hour the issue was corrected,? he tells Yahoo Shine. ?It was a system issue involving display, and none of those numbers showed a real balance.?
New York-based finance and banking adviser Walter Edelstein says such situations are really more of the exception than the rule, but anytime there?s a strange discrepancy in your account, he tells Yahoo Shine, you should be calling your bank to find out what?s going on. ??Has someone broken in to my account?? ?Is my security at risk?? ?Is it a glitch in the system or just me?? These are questions you should be asking,? he advises. Further, Edelstein suggests checking your balance once a week rather than waiting for statements.
And whatever you do, don?t go withdrawing and spending money that you?re certain isn?t yours. ?Checks can be tracked,? he said. ?I don?t think anybody would want to knowingly commit fraud.?
But trillionaire fantasies to get you through the day? Nothing wrong with that, of course.
Sometimes playing around with Google Earth actually yields something productive.
A man in George County, Mississippi, who prefers to remain anonymous, was using the virtual globe and mapping system to survey his property this past Sunday when he spotted what he thought was an unauthorized shooting house on his property. He went to look into it and found an SUV parked in the middle of the nearby hunting grounds.
Ben Brown, a lieutenant detective with the Sheriff's Department of George County, met with the man to investigate the SUV further.
Though the Sheriff's Department had already arrested a woman for the stolen vehicle using two eyewitness accounts, they couldn't progress much further without the stolen car itself.
"Now that we have the truck, we can pursue the prosecution," said Brown.
So how does a car get mistaken for a building? Brown said that the gray hood of the SUV looked like the tin roof of a shooting house. "You couldn't see that it was part of a vehicle," he said.
The vehicle itself was found deep in hunting territory. Brown estimated that it was parked about 70 yards from the nearest road.
"Honestly, it looked like it was dropped from the sky," he said. "I couldn't tell how exactly it got there, and I've never seen anything like it in my 12 years of law enforcement."
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