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Article first published as Another Reason To Think Twice Before Sipping That Soda on Technorati.


It’s been a few years now and I’m always hesitant to blog, or even talk about it, for fear of it somehow resurfacing, but for those of you who know me, you know that I had this horrible rash that I just couldn’t get rid of. Since I was eliminating things from my world and from my diet to try to figure this out, soda was one of the things that went first. Basically, it is high fructose corn syrup with flavoring. High fructose corn syrup is evil (in my opinion) and I try to avoid it. I mean if you see soda remove paint from cars, what the hell is it doing to my insides?

Now, there is a new evidence, (beside my own evil rantings) that you shouldn’t overindulge in the soda stuff.

Before you reach for that can of soda, think again. In addition to the fact that soda has been linked to obesity and heart disease, a new study out of Australia will make you think twice before consuming another fizzy glass.

While the study is preliminary, the researchers involved are quick to point out that soda alone might not be the sole reason for the increased risk in developing lung disease. According to Dr. David Katz, the director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University, in response to an interview with MedPage Today, “High soda intake is a good marker for poor overall diet, and poor overall attention to health.”The University of Adelaide in Australia has released a study preliminarily showing that soda can lead to an increased risk of lung disease. The study monitored 16,907 adults with an average age of 46.7 regarding their soda intake. It was determined that those people that consumed at least half of a liter of soft drinks consisting of soda, lemonade, flavored water and sports drinks, resulted in a higher risk of developing asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly referred to as COPD. The participants in the study that drank one half liter or more of soda and other soft drinks per day were 14.7% more likely to develop a lung disease than those that didn’t who were 11.9% likely to develop such a condition.

According to the researchers involved in the study, “There exists a dose-response relationship, which means the more soft drink one consumes, the higher the chance of having these diseases” reported in the journal Respirology, where the study resulted were reported.

The study also demonstrated a link between soda consumption, smoking and an increased risk of lung disease. According to study results, smokers who consumed more than half of a liter of soda or other soft drinks per day were 6.6% more likely to develop COPD than those that did not smoke and drink soda.

Should you turn your back on your favorite soft drinks? Researchers are quick to advise that the study did not prove causality since they suspected that an overall unhealthy diet and lifestyle might be contributing to the health problems faced by study participants. Nonetheless, curbing your reliance on sugary soft drinks might be a healthy choice.

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Article first published as Track Santa on Christmas Eve While You’ve Traveling on Technorati.

Remember when you were little and anxiously listened for the sound of reindeer on the rooftop Christmas Eve? This year, Santa is going high-tech. Little ones will be able to get the up-to-the-minute location of Santa with the simple press of a blue button.

This year, OnStar is partnering with the team at the Northa American Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD to bring live tracking of Santa right to your OnStar button. NORAD traditionally tracks Santa as he makes his way delivering presents on Christmas Eve.

Using satellites with infrared sensors and other technologies NORAD tracks Santa’s travels and has been doing so for generations of children beginning in 1955 when its predecessor, Continental Air Defense Command started the holiday tradition.

The information is available worldwide. The key however is that you needed to be near a computer or a telephone to see or hear the tracking information.

This year, little ones and their families who are traveling to spend the holiday with family or friends can be in the loop while on the road and know whether Santa is flying overhead.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Christmas Eve, December 24th OnStar subscribers and OnStar FMV owners can press the blue OnStar button in their vehicles to request a “Santa Update”.

OnStar advisers will play the part of Santa’s elves and deliver information as to Santa’s whereabouts until 5 a.m. EST Christmas Day.

According to OnStar’s vice president of Marketing and Business Development, Terry Inch “We see this holiday tradition as staying true to keeping subscribers connected in ways they never thought possible.”

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Article first published as ITunes May Owe You Money on Technorati.

Wouldn’t it be great if ITunes gave you money instead of you forking over cash? If you purchased an ITunes 99 cent gift card to purchase songs for $1.29 on or before May 10, 2010, you might be looking at some extra cash. A class action lawsuit brought by the law firm of Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson LLC on behalf of ITunes customers who purchased a gift card advertising 99 cent music are eligible to receive a one-time ITunes store credit. The credit in the amount of $3.25 will be given to all eligible customers who have completed an ITunes Class Action Lawsuit Online Form.

Although the firm is in the process of emailing potential class members, you don’t need to wait to receive the email in order to claim your part of this class action settlement. A class action settlement is a lawsuit brought by one or more plaintiffs on behalf of all those persons who are similarly situated. In this case, the plaintiff alleged that the gift card, which stated that if one purchased and used the gift card, a person would be able to purchase songs at the ITunes Store for 99 cents each.

The lawsuit contended that in April 2009, Apple raised the prices of certain songs to $1.29 and refused to honor the 99 cent gift cards.

Unlike most other lawsuits, there is no minimum age for claimants in this litigation since it is believed that most of the users and purchasers of the ITunes cards in question were children, teenagers or college students, who might otherwise be ineligible to make a legal claim.

If you would like more information on the background of the litigation please visit the law firm’s news release.

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