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Muslim Teen Assaulted Outside Mosque Found Murdered

 

Authorities believe they found the remains of the 17-year-old American Muslim girl who was beaten and abducted after leaving a mosque in Virginia over the weekend.

Nabra Hassanen (l) was murdered over the weekend. Darwin Martinez Torres has been arrested and charged. / TWITTER

 

(Reuters) — A 17-year-old American Muslim girl was beaten and abducted after leaving a mosque in Virginia on Sunday by a man who police later arrested on suspicion of murder after her body was found dumped in a pond, authorities said.

The attack spurred an outpouring of grief and horror in a Muslim community that has been gathering to pray at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque about 30 miles outside Washington in observance of the last 10 days of Ramadan.

The attack happened early on Sunday after the victim, identified by media as 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, and several friends walking outside the mosque got into a dispute with a motorist in the community of Sterling, the Fairfax County Police Department said in a statement.

At one point, the motorist got out of his car and assaulted Hassanen, police said.

The teen was reported missing by her friends, who scattered during the attack and could not find her afterwards, touching off an hours-long search by authorities in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

At around 3 p.m., the remains of a female believed to be the teen victim were found in a pond in Sterling, police said.

During the search for the missing teen, authorities stopped a motorist “driving suspiciously in the area” and arrested the driver, later identified as identified as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22.

Police obtained a murder warrant that charges Torres for her death, the Fairfax County Police Department said.

A police spokeswoman told reporters the attack followed some sort of dispute between the man and the girls, and authorities had not ruled out hate as a motivation for the attack.

The number of anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States jumped 57 percent in 2016 to 2,213, up from 1,409 in 2015, the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group said in a report last month.

While the group had been seeing a rise in anti-Muslim incidents prior to Donald Trump’s stunning rise in last year’s presidential primaries and November election victory, it said the acceleration in bias incidents was due in part to Trump’s focus on militant Islamist groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

In an incident in London on Monday, a van ploughed into worshippers leaving a mosque, killing at least one person and injuring several in what Britain’s largest Muslim organization said was a deliberate act of Islamophobia.

Isra Chaker, a person who said in a Facebook post that she was close to a family friend of the victim in the Virginia incident, said the driver came out with a baseball bat and began swinging it at the girls, Chaker said.

“She then went missing (presumably kidnapped/moved by the suspect) and was found dead this afternoon,” Chaker said.

An online fundraiser for the girl’s family had raised $61,606 by Sunday evening.

Police said a medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm the victim’s identity and cause of death, though detectives believe the body found in the pond was the missing girl.

 

 

 

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This Popular "African American Disease" Can Actually Be Reversed

Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Because of its prevalence among African-Americans, some sources are starting to refer to it as the "African American Disease". But this disease, although potentially deadly, can be reversed!

"The term 'reversal' is used when people can go off medication but still must engage in a lifestyle program in order to stay off," says Dr. Ann Albright, the director of diabetes translation at the CDC.

Here are the 4 steps to reverse Type 2 diabetes:

Eat healthy - this means eating lots of fruits and vegetables -- 70 percent vegetables, 30 percent fruit.

Maintain a healthy weight - losing weight helps the body metabolize sugars. It also helps to lower cholesterol.

Get plenty of sleep - short-cutting your sleep can make diabetes worse. It can also affect the hormones that regulate your appetite, which can lead to weight gain and increase your diabetes risk.

Avoid white rice - you may think rice is good for you but this is not true of white rice. According to a recent Harvard study, white rice can increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Eat brown rice instead.

Yes, diabetes reversal can be accomplished, thus eliminating the need for medication and being able to control blood sugar ongoing. But it also means sticking to a regime of healthy eating and exercise!

For more details about reversing diabetes, visit www.webmd.com/diabetes/type-2-diabetes-guide/reversing-type-2-diabetes

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Police Violence Linked to Increased Risk of Suicide Attempt

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The risk was especially elevated when it was related to experiencing physical or sexual violence at the hands of police.

(Reuters) — Being a victim of police violence is tied to a fourfold higher risk of suicide attempts for those who reported physical assault and a greater than tenfold higher risk for those who reported assault with a weapon or sexual victimization, researchers say.

“In the recent conversations about police violence, the focus has been on police killings or interactions that have resulted in death,” said lead study author Jordan DeVylder of the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

“That makes sense because those are the most impactful,” he told Reuters Health. “But if there are more than 1,000 incidents per year resulting in death, the less severe but still meaningful cases involving mental health effects have a far wider spread.”

In November 2016, the American Public Health Association urged increased research into the effects of law enforcement violence, the study team writes in the Journal of Urban Health

In response, DeVylder and colleagues conducted the Survey of Police-Public Encounters among 1,615 adults in four cities — Baltimore; New York City; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C. — that were selected to be representative of the general population.

The researchers collected information about participants’ gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, income, involvement in crime, past intimate partner and sexual victimization exposure and lifetime history of mental illness.

In addition, participants were asked about experiences of violence from law enforcement officers in any of five categories. For example, “has a police officer ever hit, punched, kicked, dragged, beat, or otherwise used physical force against you?” and “has a police officer ever used a gun, baton, taser, or other weapon against you?” The researchers also asked about “forced inappropriate sexual contact,” non-physical aggression like threatening, intimidating or using slurs, and about abusive neglect: “have you ever called or summoned the police for assistance and the police either did not respond, responded too late, or responded inappropriately?

Participants were also asked if they had either thought about or attempted suicide in the past 12 months.

A total of 172 survey participants reported some type of police victimization and researchers found that these experiences were associated with higher odds of having made a suicide attempt, but not with suicidal thoughts. The risk was especially elevated when it was related to experiencing physical or sexual violence at the hands of police.

“What stuck out to us was the strength of the association,” DeVylder said. “Doubling or tripling the risk is considered strong, so four times or ten times the odds is a really powerful indicator.”

The research team is less clear about the direction of cause and effect, he added. Either the experience of victimization creates a psychological impact that leads to suicide attempts, or suicide attempts draw more police attention through emergency calls, which increases police encounters in general and can lead to negative circumstances.

It’s also possible that factors like various forms of social and economic adversity are common among people who are more likely to contemplate suicide and more likely to be exposed to police violence, the authors note. And thus the experience of victimization could contribute to the transition from suicidal thoughts to action.

DeVylder and colleagues plan to conduct a long-term study to understand these causality issues. Until that link is better researched, mental health resources can still fold the information into suicide prevention efforts, he said. The study team advocates suicide risk screening and assessing for police victimization, especially in cities.

“I would actually like to see these screens used not only by mental health service providers but also expanded to primary care settings, particularly in neighborhoods and communities where police contact is known or expected to be prevalent,” said Amanda Geller, a sociology researcher at New York University who wasn’t involved in the research.

The current study also didn’t include data about arrest history, incarceration history or childhood victimization exposure, which could influence the associations found, Geller noted.

“There’s a lot that remains to be learned about whether the health challenges we observe are direct effects of police contact or linked by some other mechanism,” Geller told Reuters Health by email. “But by documenting such a strong and significant association between police victimization and suicide attempts, they raise a flag that the consequences could be dire.”

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