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Scientists discover what causes Parkinson’s disease

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GDP Script/ Top Stories for Dec 6th   

Publish Date:  Dec 5th   


From the Henssler Financial Studio Welcome to the Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast.

Today is Wednesday, December 6th and Happy 67th Birthday to Peter Buck


I’m Bruce Jenkins and here are your top stories presented by Peggy Slappy Properties.

  1. Scientists discover what causes Parkinson’s disease
  2. An Awakening on the Subject of Sleep Deprivation
  3. Georgia Gwinnett College information technology grad aims to use her skills in IT security

Plus, my conversation with Leah McGrath from Ingles Markets on reflux diet.

All of this and more is coming up on the Gwinnett Daily Post podcast, and if you are looking for community news, we encourage you to listen daily and subscribe!


STORY 1: Scientists discover what causes Parkinson’s disease

A study suggests that Parkinson's disease might be prevented by targeting a certain strain of bacteria in the gut called Desulfovibrio, identified as the likely cause of the disease in a majority of cases. Researchers found that these bacteria could be detected and removed, potentially preventing Parkinson's disease. The study, conducted using a worm model organism, revealed that the specific strains of Desulfovibrio bacteria caused an accumulation of the α-synuclein protein, associated with Parkinson's disease. The findings could pave the way for screening carriers of harmful bacteria and developing measures to remove them, potentially alleviating symptoms in Parkinson's patients.

STORY 2: YARBROUGH: An Awakening on the Subject of Sleep Deprivation

According to a report by, Georgia is the second most sleep-deprived state in the U.S. The study examined average nightly sleep duration and the number of internet searches for sleep-related terms, with Georgia showing a prevalence of short sleep duration in 38.2% of its population. The state's most searched sleep-related term was "sleep music." The report indicates that 6 out of 10 Georgians achieve adequate sleep. The least sleep-deprived state is South Dakota, while Hawaii tops the list. The reasons for Georgia's sleep deprivation are not specified, but the report humorously suggests it may be due to guilt about having it good compared to other states.

STORY 3: Georgia Gwinnett College information technology grad aims to use her skills in IT security

Chizoba Okeke, a graduate of Georgia Gwinnett College, is set to receive her bachelor's degree in Information Technology with a concentration in systems and security. Growing up with parents who immigrated from Nigeria, Okeke pursued her dream of working in law enforcement, inspired by her childhood goal of joining the FBI. Initially majoring in psychology with a minor in criminology, she later discovered her passion for computers and cybersecurity. Okeke participated in the Women In Technology Campus and Optiv Security Hackathon, showcasing her hacking skills. She plans to work in IT security, pay off student loans, and pursue a master's degree.

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STORY 4: Gov. Brian Kemp wants to accelerate state income tax cuts

Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia announced plans to seek additional tax relief by expediting a state income tax cut adopted in House Bill 1437 last year. The bill originally outlined a reduction in the state's income tax rate from 5.75% to 4.99% over several years. Kemp's proposal aims to hasten the reductions, setting the tax rate at 5.39% in tax year 2024, offering an estimated $1.1 billion in savings to taxpayers. Kemp highlighted Georgia's commitment to tax cuts, citing $2 billion in income tax rebates, over $1 billion in property tax relief, and two temporary suspensions of the state sales tax on gasoline.

STORY 5: Inside Amazon warehouses, workers worry about risk of unsafe chemicals

At an Amazon warehouse in Tacoma, Washington, employees are reportedly handling hazardous materials without adequate training or protection, leading to safety concerns. One worker, Ellie Zingg, detailed an incident where she was asked to clean up a leaking jug of mold remover despite lacking proper training. Another citation from the Washington Department of Labor and Industries revealed that the Spokane warehouse failed to provide adequate training on handling hazardous chemicals and ensuring eye protection for workers. Leaking products, including pesticides and cleaners, pose health risks to employees who often handle them without proper safety measures in place.

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And now here is my conversation with Leah McGrath from Ingles Markets on reflux diet.



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