August 3, 2011

It’s Just Chicken Feed

1 Creating a Healthy Egg

Can there be a healthy egg? Dr. Niva Shapira, Tel Aviv U, says if hens are fed a diet low in omega-6 fatty acids and high in barley and wheat they produce eggs that are healthier than those from hens fed on the less expensive North American diet of corn and soy. Shapira designed a special healthy hen feed and gave those hens’ eggs to volunteers who ate 2/day. Control groups ate either 2 grocery store eggs/day or up to 4/week. Daily consumption of 2 grocery store eggs resulted in a 40% increase in LDL. Eating 2 specially-composed eggs resulted in LDL levels that were similar to those who ate only 4 grocery store eggs/week. For now, eggs from hens fed a diet low in omega-6 fatty acids are not widely produced. Shapira recommends that consumers demand “health-oriented agriculture.”

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Dr. Niva Shapira, Eggs, LDL, Cholesterol. Tel Aviv University, Health Oriented Agriculture, Chicken Feed

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2 Marvel Introduces Biracial Spider-Man

Miles Morales, the new Marvel Spider-Man character, is of black and Latino descent. Morales replaces Peter Parker, who was killed last June in a fight with the Green Goblin in the Ultimate Spider-Man Issue 160. According to BBC, Morales is a "geeky, working-class teenager from the boroughs of New York City." Morales lives with his black and Latino parents in Brooklyn. Not everyone loves the change. Washington Post reports that radio show host Glenn Beck criticized the comic and attributed the new multi-ethnic Spidey to Michelle Obama!

More at Washington Post | Hat tip to BBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Georgia Woman Loses Breast to Spider Bite

Tags: First Mixed Race Spider-Man, First Biracial Spiderman, Marvel New Spiderman, Marvel Kills off Peter Parker, New Spiderman, Ultimate Spider-Man, Issue 160 Spiderman, Green Goblin Kills Peter Parker, Miles Morales

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Adds to Diagnostic Evaluation

3 Prostate Cancer Test Detects Markers in Urine

A test that detects two genetic markers in the urine associated with prostate cancer is being developed and researchers hope it will help doctors decide if a biopsy should be performed and what type of treatment is best. The two markers areTMPRSS2:ERG, the result of two genes that rearranged and fused together, and PCA3. The prostate specific antigen (PSA) test is currently used, but the levels do not always correlate with the presence or absence of cancer. The urine test was compared to corresponding biopsies and 21 percent of the men considered low-risk, 43 percent of those at intermediate-risk and 69 percent of men in the highest risk group were diagnosed. Both the test and study have its limitations but researcher believe it is a step in the right direction.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: ID'ing Early Warnings for Cancer

Tags: Diagnosing Prostate Cancer, Prostate Cancer, TMPRSS2:ERG, PCA3, PSA Test, Urinary Biomarkers, Urine Test for Prostate Cancer

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