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Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix broke one of Usain Bolt’s world records

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DOHA, QATAR: Sprinter Allyson Felix of the United States won her 12th gold medal in the 4×400 Metres Mixed Relay during day three of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships on Sunday to surpass Usain Bolt for the most all-time.  It was also her first gold medal as a mother.

Her daughter Camryn was born last November, and Felix’s return to the track after an emergency C-section and preeclampsia made for an emotional journey toward this gold medal.

The quartet finished their race at 3:09.34, setting a world record for the new event.

Just ten months ago, Felix prematurely gave birth to her daughter, Camryn, after enduring a difficult pregnancy where she suffered from severe preeclampsia.

“So special, to have my daughter here watching means the world to me,” Felix told. “It’s been a crazy year for me.”

Bolt still leads the charts for most career gold medals in the World Championships. Allyson Felix broke Usain Bolt’s record of winning the most medals in IAAF World Championships. Felix is only one behind Bolt for number of gold medals won in the competition. Over half of Felix’s medals have come in 4x100m and 4x400m relays. She could also have equalled the record for most Golds had she won the 400m finals. Compatriot Phyllis Francis won that race and she had to settle for a Bronze.

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Coffee may help reduce the risk of certain digestive disorders

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Coffee consumption may have on the process of digestion, including supporting gut microflora and promoting gut motility.

“Data indicates benefits against common digestive complaints such as constipation, as well as a potential reduction in the risk of more serious conditions like chronic liver diseases,” said study author Carlo La Vecchia from the University of Milan in Italy.

Gallstone disease is a common digestive disorder, caused by the accumulation of gallstones in the gallbladder or bile duct, which affects approximately 10-15 per cent of the adult population.

While the mechanism by which coffee may protect against gallstone disease is not yet known, it has been observed that the risk for the condition declines with increasing daily consumption of coffee, the researchers said.

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Caffeine is thought to play a role in these associations, as the same effect is not observed with decaffeinated coffee.

A common question among consumers and focus area for research is whether coffee is associated with heartburn or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

While a small number of studies have suggested an association between coffee drinking and GORD, the majority of studies reviewed suggest that coffee is not a major trigger of these conditions.

Recent studies suggest that populations of the beneficial gut bacteria Bifidobacterium spp, increase after drinking coffee.

The findings showed the dietary fibre and polyphenols found in coffee, support the healthy growth of microflora populations.

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