August 23, 2011

I Feel the Earth Move

1 Quake Rocks US East Coast

The US east coast was rocked by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered nw of Richmond. It was the strongest quake to hit the area since 1897. There were no immediate reports of major damage although the quake, which was felt as far north as Toronto and as far west as Columbus, OH caused some Washington, DC and NYC buildings to be evacuated. The North Anna nuclear power plant, located about 7 miles from the quake’s epicenter near the town of Mineral, VA, safely shut down its reactors. NYC’s Holland Tunnel was briefly closed for inspection and there was some disruption in air service in DC, NYC and NJ. The Washington National Cathedral sustained “significant damage” to its central tower. No injuries were reported.

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

Previously: Magnitude of Japan Earthquake Upgraded to 9.0

Tags: Earthquake, Earthquake Hits East Coast, North Anna Nuclear Power Plant, Virginia Earthquake

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Fruit and Nuts for Breakfast

2 Cholesterol-Lowering Diet Works

Following a special cholesterol-lowering diet led to a double-digit drop in total cholesterol and LDL ("bad"), even with only two counseling sessions over six months, say researchers in Canada. CNN reports that the whole grain, vegetarian diet involves making changes like having soy milk instead of dairy, soy burgers instead of hamburgers, oat bran for breakfast, plus nuts and fruit instead of a full lunch. The research, published today in Journal of the American Medical Association, reveals that participants, who lost about four pounds during the study, achieved cholesterol-lowering results even though compliance to the diet was only around 40 percent. In the study, total cholesterol fell from 256 to 230, and LDL dropped from 173 to 148.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Cholesterol Levels in the Blood, Lowering Bad Cholesterol, Lowering Total Cholesterol with Diet, Diet for Lowering Cholesterol, Lowering LDL

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Shows Risk Factor and Prevention

3 Vitamin D Interrupts Colon Cancer

New research shows that vitamin D mitigates the growth and aggressiveness of colon cancer. Experiments in mice and human colon cancer cells found that vitamin D receptors (VDR) disrupt the beta-catenin activity, a protein that accumulates in cells early on in carcinogenesis. Mice without the VDR developed bigger and more aggressive tumors compared to mice with the VDR. Its absence in human colon cancer cells was associated with increasing concentrations of beta-catenin. The idea that the loss of the VDR fuels tumor growth was supported by the profile of 67 percent of advanced colon cancer tumors. The results suggest that chronic vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of aggressive colon cancer but vitamin D3 may help in the early stages by activating the VDR.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Black Raspberries Fight Colon Cancer in Mice

Tags: Colon Cancer, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Receptor, Vitamin D3, VDR, Advanced Colon Cancer, Beta-Catenin, Vitamin D Receptor’s Effect on Beta-Catenin, Vitamin D and Colon Cancer, Beta-Catenin and Colon Cancer

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