February 20, 2011

Cause You Need a Sundae Too

1 McDonald's Introduces New, Very Fatty Meal

McDonald's in Australia has introduced a new Favourites Combo consisting of a Big Mac, cheeseburger, medium fries, medium Coca-Cola and regular chocolate sundae with a total of 1,623 calories and 68.5 grams of fat! Yes, the combo is intended to be lunch for one. The new Favourites Combo meal has almost as many calories as the average adult needs for an entire day, and more saturated fat than is needed in a single day. The new fatty meal has been available since January 25, but will be discontinued on March 2. It's sold in South Australian stores between noon and 3 pm only at a cost of $9.95.

More at News Digital Media in Sydney | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: McDonald's Calorie Counter

Tags: McDonald's combo fat content, new fatty combo in Australia, McDonald's Australia Favorites Combo, Favourites Combo, Big Mac, combo with sundae

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Amphetamines Increase Risk

2 Amphetamine Use Linked with Parkinson's

People who've used amphetamines are at increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, suggest researchers. Amphetamines, such as Benzedrine and Dexedrine, are prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and traumatic brain injuries. The new study, which will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's meeting in April, included 66,348 people in northern California who were part of the Multiphasic Health Checkup Cohort Exam conducted between 1964 and 1973 with a follow-up evaluation in 1995. Those who took Benzedrine or Dexedrine were 60 percent more likely to develop Parkinson's disease.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Some Symptoms of Parkinson’s Signal Earlier Death

Tags: Parkinson's Symptoms, Parkinson's Studies, Parkinson's Causes, Amphetamines Linked with Parkinson's Disease, Benzedrine, Dexedrine, American Academy of Neurology, Multiphasic Health Checkup Cohort Exam

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Stirring the Cholesterol Pot

3 High Cholesterol Doesn't Predict Stroke for Women

High cholesterol may not predict stroke risk in women, say researchers in Denmark. According to the study findings, men with cholesterol almost twice the average level do experience an increase in stroke risk. The study findings, published in Annals of Neurology, suggest that using non-fasting triglycerides to measure stroke risk should be routine. The research included 13,951 men in women in the Copenhagen City Heart Study. The 33-year study reveals that non-fasting triglycerides may be a marker for "remnant cholesterol," left behind from production of other forms of cholesterol. "Our findings suggest that levels of non-fasting triglycerides should be included in stroke prevention guidelines...," concludes Dr. Marianne Benn from Copenhagen University Hospital.

More at BBC | Hat tip to Eurekalert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Antioxidants May Protect Against Ischemic Stroke

Tags: Annals of Neurology, Stroke Risk in Women, Danger of High Cholesterol, Women with High Cholesterol, Stroke Risk for Women, Non-Fasting Triglycerides, Copenhagen City Heart Study, Copenhagen University Hospital

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Watch Is Way to the Heart

4 Blood Pressure Monitor May Be Worn Like a Watch

A new device that may be worn like a watch might change the way blood pressure is monitored in the coming years, reports BBC. The device was created by researchers at the University of Leicester and in Singapore. With the new watch monitor, scientists are able to read the pressure from the aorta close to the heart. Some experts believe that the monitor is more accurate than the arm cuff. Professor Bryan Williams from the University of Leicester tells BBC that it's "difficult to argue against the proposition that the pressure near to your heart and brain is likely to be more relevant to your risk of stroke and heart disease than the pressure in your arm."

More at BBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Home Blood Pressure Monitoring More Accurate

Tags: University of Leicester, Blood Pressure Monitor, Professor Bryan Williams, Most Accurate Blood Pressure Readings, Future of Blood Pressure Monitoring

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