October 8, 2010

More Than Conventional Factors

1 Waist Size a Risk Factor for Diabetes

A larger waist size is an overlooked risk factor for diabetes says a new study that compared American and British adults. "Americans carry more fat around their middle sections than the English, and that was the single factor that explained most of the higher rate of diabetes seen in the United States, especially among American women," said researcher James P. Smith, who added, "Waist size is the missing new risk factor we should be studying." Conventional risk factors such as obesity and age were similar for both the UK and US populations taking part in the study. Researchers say there are many reasons, including diet, that may account for larger waist sizes in the US. Previous studies indicate that abdominal fat may have a specific dysfunction that may lead to diabetes.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Abdominal Fat, Abdominal Fat Dangers, Abdominal Fat Risks, Diabetes, Diabetes Risk, Waist Size

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Danger of Heart Risk Revealed

2 Weight Loss Drug, Meridia, Removed from Shelves

About eight million people use the weight loss drug, Meridia, but they’re going to have to find something else to use because Abbott Laboratories is taking it off the shelves. It’s being voluntarily recalled because clinical studies have shown that people who use the drug have an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. The original data for Meridia, which was approved in 1997, showed that people lost at least 5% more of their body weight than those who used a placebo or relied on diet and exercise alone. After reviewing the results of a new study, the Sibutramine Cardiovascular Outcomes Trial, the FDA requested that the drug be withdrawn because it showed a 16% increase in the risk of serious heart events, including non-fatal heart attacks, non-fatal strokes, and death.

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Tags: Abbott Laboratories, Death, FDA, Heart Attack, Heart Risk, Stroke, Weight Loss Drugs, Meridia, Sibutramine Cardiovascular Outcomes Trial

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Heart Help for Loving Dogs

3 Around 500 Dogs Receive Pacemakers Each Year

While pacemakers were once reserved only for humans, a growing number of fortunate dogs are able to take advantage of the life-saving technology. MSNBC reports that up to 500 dogs receive pacemakers each year. David Sisson, Oregon State University professor of cardiovascular medicine, told MSNBC that dogs receiving pacemakers is perhaps "payback." Dogs played a role in research for pacemakers for humans in the 1940s. Equipping a dog with a pacemaker costs around $2,000. The surgery may take about two hours with the pacemaker being placed in the neck area. The procedure became more popular in the 1980s when funeral homes started donating pacemakers from dead heart patients, said Sisson.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Michael J Fox Refuses Surgery

Tags: Oregon State University, David Sisson, Dogs with Pacemakers, First Pacemakers Tested on Dogs, Canine Pacemakers, Helping Dogs with Heart Problems, Improving Quality of Life for Dogs with Heart Problems, Canine Heart Surgery

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$8.5B in Ill-Fitting Clothing

4 Women in Denial About Weight, Healthy Eating

A recent UK study has found that the average woman has about 12 items of clothing hanging in her closet that she cannot wear because they are either too big or too small. The study included survey responses from 4,000 women between the ages of 18 and 65 on their dieting habits and the effect they have on their wardrobe. More than half of women (52 percent) admit to buying clothes that were too small in the hopes they would one day fit. Unfortunately, about 40 percent of women see dietiing as a short-term goal rather than a lifestyle change and admit that “yo-yo” dieting is the reason they hold on to so many different sizes of clothing. The study was commissioned by Wholegrain Goodness who is launching a series of online videos for healthy eating.

More at UK Telegraph | Hat tip to TIME Magazine | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Ovulating Women Buy Sexier Clothing

Tags: Healthy Eating, Obesity, Weight Loss, Women

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Targets and Destroys Plaques

5 New Alzheimer's Vaccine Elicits Immune Response

Researchers at UT Southwestern have developed an experiment DNA vaccine that targets beta-amyloid plaques that play a role in Alzheimer’s. The previous vaccine elicited an immune response, significant brain swelling occurred so researchers developed a DNA vaccine. Unlike the previous vaccine which contained the whole beta-amyloid protein, this one contains a piece that codes for the protein. This new vaccines elicits an immune response that produces 10 times more antibodies that bind beta-amyloid and destroys it. Senior study author Dr. Rosenberg said "The antibody is specific; it binds to plaque in the brain. It doesn't bind to brain tissue that does not contain plaque." Future animal studies will determine how safe the vaccine is and if it actually preserves mental function.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: The Eyes Reflect Evidence of Alzheimer’s Disease

Tags: Alzheimer's, Vaccine for Alzheimer’s, Beta-Amyloid DNA

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