November 7, 2010

Glorious Cheese

1 Why Are Americans So Fat? Blame Cheese

Domino's Pizza has been having a great year this year thanks to a new line of pizzas with 40 percent more cheese. The pies were devised and marketed by a group known as Dairy Management, which is actually a creation of the United States Department of Agriculture and has as its goal increasing American consumption of dairy, particularly cheese. That's ironic given that the USDA is also behind efforts to get us to stop eating so much saturated fat, which we get from cheese, among other sources. Some cheeses have as much saturated fat per serving as whole milk, and consumption of cheese has almost tripled since 1970. Dairy Management is also the group behind the campaign that suggested people could love weight by eating more dairy products, which was discredited.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Sarah E. White

Tags: American Diet, Cheese, Saturated Fat, USDA, Domino's, Pizza, US Department of Agriculture

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Donate Blood. . .to Yourself?

2 Blood Created from Skin Cells

Researchers at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in Canada have developed a method of turning a 4 x 3 centimeter patch of skin into enough blood for one transfusion. By creating blood from skin, patients could have supply of blood created before undergoing surgery, anemic individuals could receive blood that is a known match and people could receive chemotherapy for longer periods of time. Previous research in this area has used embryonic stem cells, and while promising, the risks of tumors are cause for concern. Other researchers believe that this breakthrough could be used to create an individual’s own bone marrow for transplants. Clinical trials may start in 2012 and the team is going to try determine what other cells can be derived from the largest organ in the human body.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Liver Cells Created from Skin Stem Cells

Tags: Blood, Bone Marrow Transplant, Embryonic Stem Cells, Skin

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