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Number of American diabetics could triple by 2050, CDC warns

ATLANTA

Number of U.S. diabetics could triple by 2050

As many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050, federal officials announced Friday in a dramatic new projection that represents a threefold increase. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 10 have diabetes now, but the number could grow to 1 in 5 or even 1 in 3 by mid-century if current trends continue. The agency's last revision put the number at 39 million in 2050. The new estimate takes it to the range of 76 million to 100 million. The new CDC calculation accounts for people who have diabetes but are undiagnosed — a group that wasn't figured into earlier estimates, explained Edward Gregg, chief of the CDC branch that handles diabetes epidemiology and statistics. An estimated 24 million Americans have diabetes currently.

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey

Pastor collects car, gives it to charity

Florida pastor Terry Jones, who drew international criticism by threatening to burn a copy of the Koran, picked up a free car Friday — and promptly gave it to a charity. Former New York Giants tackle Brad Benson, who is now New Jersey's largest car dealer, offered Jones a 2011 Hyundai Accent worth $14,200 if he would agree to never burn the Muslim holy book. Jones had threatened to do so on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. On Friday, the Gainesville pastor arrived at Brad Benson Mitsubishi Hyundai in South Brunswick to collect a gray 2011 Hyundai Accent, which he donated to Women Rising, a Jersey City shelter that helps abused women. Jones says he called off the Koran burning before he learned of the car offer.

WASHINGTON

Williams keeps up criticism of NPR

Fired NPR analyst Juan Williams kept up his criticism of his former employer. As the guest host Friday night of the O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, Williams mentioned several remarks made by other NPR commentators he thought were questionable. Williams was fired after saying on the O'Reilly Factor that he feared airplane passengers in Muslim garb. NPR didn't immediately respond to his latest criticisms, but has said it is sticking with its decision to fire Williams.

Elsewhere

Fatal shark attack: Body boarder Lucas Ransom, 19, bled to death Friday after a shark bit into his leg and pulled him under in a tide of red blood off Surf Beach in Central California, authorities said. A friend surfing nearby pulled him to shore and called for help.

Two shot dead: Pedro Rodriguez, 50, shot dead Graciela Morales and Eduardo Pupo, both 49, at ParkOhio Products, where they worked, Cleveland police said Friday. Rodriguez escaped.

Post office rates: The Postal Service said Friday that it is appealing the Postal Regulatory Commission's rejection of its request for an increase of 2 cents in the current 44-cent price for first class stamps starting in January.

No flood warning: The U.S. Forest Service acknowledged in a new report Friday that the agency had no warning plan in place the night of June 11, when 20 people died in a flash flood in southwestern Arkansas.

Times wires

Number of American diabetics could triple by 2050, CDC warns 10/22/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 22, 2010 11:52pm]

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