January 21, 2010

Corn Oil vs. Soybean Oil

1 Big Chain French Fries Contain More Saturated Fat

Larger national fast food chains, such as McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's, tend to fry their french fries in fats that contains corn oil, a form of vegetable oil that has more saturated fat than most common alternatives. Smaller and local chains use less corn oil and more oils like soybean oil, according to researchers at the University of Hawaii. Ironically corn oil is more expensive than soybean oil, even though it contains more unhealthy saturated fat than soybean oil. The researchers speculated that when purchased in the large volumes that national chains are capable of buying, the price difference disappears.

More at National Academy of Sciences | Hat tip to Ars Technica | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

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Only on Sold-Out Flights

2 Air France Announces 2-Seat Policy for Obese

Air France will start requiring seriously overweight passengers to buy two seats for safety reasons, beginning in February. Airline staff will make the decision at check-in and add a second seat at 75 percent of the normal fee (the price without taxes and surcharges) to the passenger's bill. “People who cannot fit into a single seat will then be fastened by slotting the belt tip of one seat into the plug of the next, stretching over both seats," according to an airline spokeswoman. However, for flights that are not sold out, the price of the second seat will be refunded after the flight.

More at Telegraph | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

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Step Away from the Shaker

3 Cutting Salt Could Save 92,000 Lives a Year

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine says that cutting salt consumption by three grams a day could reduce the number of heart attacks each year by up to 99,000, while also cutting about 66,000 strokes and saving 92,000 lives per year. All those reductions would also cut health care costs by an estimated $24 billion. Most people get way too much salt -- men an average of 10.4 grams a day and women an average of 7.3 -- most of which comes from processed foods. Cutting out just a gram of salt a day could prevent 11,000 to 23,000 strokes, 18,000 to 35,000 heart attacks and 15,000 to 32,000 deaths from any cause, researchers said.

More at Reuters | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Change the Sheets, Please

4 Human Bed Warmers at Holiday Inn UK

In an effort to ensure that guests get a good night's sleep, Holiday Inn is offering a trial human bed-warming service at three hotels in Britain, it was announced. Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Center, and hired by the hotel chain said, “There’s plenty of scientific evidence to show that sleep starts ... when body temperature starts to drop. A warm bed is a good way to start this process ....” Bed-warmers will be fully dressed in one-piece sleeper suits and carry thermometers to ensure that beds reach the required temperature of 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). Holiday Inn spokesperson Florence Eavis said the “innovative” method was in response to Britain’s recent cold weather and admitted that the method was quirky.

More at Reuters.com | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Kick the Butt

5 Exercise May Help Smokers Quit

Research from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, indicates that smokers who want to kick the habit have an easier time if they exercise regularly. According to Dr. Larry Prapavessis, director of the Exercise and Health Psychology Laboratory, nicotine replacement therapy, combined with exercise works best. Results of a recent study suggest that “exercise needs to be maintained for individuals to continue to kick the habit,” said Prapavessis. “It is important to determine whether inexpensive home and community-based lifestyle exercise maintenance programs can maintain exercise, fitness and weight after cessation program termination, and hence prevent (reduce) smoking relapse,” he added.

More at The Times of India | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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New Pill Reduces Symptoms

6 Hope for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Cladribine, a newly-tested drug for multiple sclerosis, reduces symptoms without many of the negative effects of other drugs, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It is the first oral medication for treatment of MS. Patients usually administer regular injections but Cladribine needs to be taken only eight to 10 days per year, according to the study. “The introduction of an oral therapy, particularly one that has no short-term side effects and is as easy to use as oral Cladribine, will have a major impact on the treatment of MS,” said Gavin Giovanonni, leader of the research team that monitored 1300 MS patients for nearly two years. The new medication is produced by Merck Serono which is in talks with the FDA to bring the drug to market.

More at MSN.com | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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