The Talk of Connecticut
 
Show Rundown for Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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KAREN FOLEY-SCHAIN (Division Director for the Family Support Services Division at the State Office of Early Childhood (OEC). The division administers a number of programs that assist families and help to ensure the positive growth and development of children.) Karen chatted about the start of the state's participation in the nationwide CLICK for Babies campaign organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) in partnership with hospitals, public health and child abuse prevention groups to create awareness of the leading trigger for infant abuse, frustration with infant crying. The OEC and community organizations will be collecting and distributing purple handmade caps across the state to new parents through December. In addition, a series of community events in August and September will help educate parents about infant crying and the dangers of infant abuse.

Dr. PAMELA SMITH (Health and Wellness Expert. She's also a nationally-known author and expert on memory loss.) STUDY: COFFEE DRINKING COULD LEAD TO MEMORY LOSS Increasing the amount of coffee you drink could be linked to pre-symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, according to a new study. The study evaluated the association between change or constant coffee consumption habits and the occurrence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), as reported by The Express Tribune. Cognitive impairment is when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect their everyday life and is categorized as an early symptom of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC reports that more than 16 million people are living with cognitive impairment in the U.S. alone. The study analyzed 1,445 individuals between the ages of 64 and 84, over the course of three-and-a-half years. Researchers found that increasing coffee intake habits could increase the risk of MCI over time. "These findings from the Italian Longitudinal Study on Aging suggested that cognitively normal older individuals who never or rarely consumed coffee and those who increased their coffee consumption habits had a higher risk of developing MCI," said Francesco Panza, one of the researchers from the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy. Researchers also found that cognitively healthy older individuals who modified their habits by increasing with time their amount of coffee consumption (more than a cup of coffee per day) had about two times higher rate of MCI compared to those with reduced habits (less than a cup of coffee per day). These participants also had a one-and-a-half time higher rate of MCI when compared to individuals with constant habits (neither more nor less than 1 cup of coffee per day). Notably, coffee-drinkers who consumed a moderate amount (1-2 cups of coffee per day) had a reduced rate of the incidence of MCI when compared to those who habitually never or hardly consume coffee. This is a pretty frightening study. More than 3 in 4 Americans drink coffee. Is there a link between coffee and memory loss and Alzheimer's? Should this study be a wakeup call? How much is too much coffee? How can you maintain memory and focus at any age?

KATRINA PEARSON (Political Analyst and Spokesperson for the Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC) WHITE HOUSE FUELS BIDEN BID SPECULATION, SAYS 'SPIRITED CONTEST' GOOD FOR COUNTRY President Obama's top spokesman fueled speculation over a possible White House bid by Vice President Biden, touting the veep's credentials and saying Obama wants to see a "spirited contest" for the Democratic nomination. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, in an interview with Fox News, acknowledged that Biden has "indicated that he's thinking about it." Without saying what he thinks the VP's decision should or would be, Earnest heaped praise on the former senator who has been at Obama's side since the 2009 inauguration -- and who could pose the biggest threat of any Democrat to primary front-runner Hillary Clinton. "The president ultimately wants Democratic voters to decide who they believe the nominee should be," Earnest said, when asked what Obama would like to see. He then added: "The president certainly believes that a spirited contest would be in the best interests of our party, and in the best interest of our country." Though Clinton served as Obama's secretary of state, the political and personal tension between the two first families is well-documented. On Monday, Earnest made no mention of Clinton. But he said Obama has described his running-mate selection of Biden as "the smartest political decision he's ever made."

CURTIS ROBINSON (From the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity at St. Francis Hospital) Curtis will talk about this year's 6th Annual Curtis D. Robinson Celebrity Golf Classic.

Fox News Radio's SIMON OWEN (Live from London) FRISBEE BECOMES AN OLYMPIC SPORT The sport of flying disc, commonly known as "frisbee", was officially recognized as an Olympic sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Sunday, opening the way for it to try and join the Games' program in the future. After meeting all the criteria to become an Olympic sport, including having 62 national federations and gender equality, the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) was given the nod at the 128th IOC Session in the Malaysian capital. "This is an incredible milestone in the 30-year history of WFDF and a further important step for our international federation in the development of our sport worldwide," WFDF president Robert Rauch said in a statement. "There could be no bigger anniversary present to WFDF, which was launched in August 1985.

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