October 30, 2011

Trick or Treat

1 Black Licorice Linked to Heart Problems

Just in time for Halloween, this news from the Food and Drug Administration that warns against eating too much black licorice saying it can cause heart problems in adults. The candy contains glycyrrhizi, a substance that decreases potassium levels and may cause some people to have high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms and congestive heart failure. Officials say black licorice is most dangerous to adults, age 40 and older and explain that consuming just 2 oz. of it a day for two weeks could cause heart murmurs. The good news is that potassium levels usually return to normal once you refrain from eating the treat. Also, black licorice may interact unfavorably with some medications so check with your pharmacy or medical professionals before indulging.

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

Previously: Dark Chocolate Again Linked to Heart Health

Tags: Congestive Heart Failure, Food and Drug Administration, Food Toxicity, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, Potassium, Licorice, Black Licorice, Glycyrrhizi, Drug Contraindications, Heart Rhythms

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A Headless Boy Pays a Visit

2 White House Gives Out Halloween Treats

President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Michelle's mother Marian Robinson joined together to give out candy today during a wet and cold early Halloween White House visit for kids from military families, area elementary schools and the Boys and Girls Club of America. CNN reports that the kids were given a box of M&Ms imprinted with the presidential seal, a mix of dried fruit and a butter cookie shaped like the White House. Costumes worn by the kids included Batman, a headless man, witches and several princesses. During a recent appearance on the Tonight Show, President Obama joked with host Jay Leno that Michelle has offered a lot of fruit and raisins for Halloween in the past, but it's time to give out more candy to avoid getting egged.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Michelle Obama Fights Against Fries on Kids' Menus

Tags: Boys and Girls Club of America Visit White House, Trick or Treaters at White House, Candy Given Out at White House, White House Gives Out M&Ms, White House Presidential Cookie, Halloween Candy Michelle Obama

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Neurons Secrete Less Amyloid

3 Study Reveals New Insight into Alzheimer’s

The established theory that the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques is the result of neurons secreting the neurotoxic protein is being questioned, based on the results of new research out of Lund University in Sweden. Researchers were able to show that the neuron’s ability to release the toxic beta-amyloid is impaired and accumulates in the cell possible due to a problem in some pathway. Scientists think that the beta-amyloid fills the cell body first and then fills the synapses, the finger like extensions that connect neurons to one another. The synapses become overwhelmed and beta-amyloid leaks out and the hallmark plaques form. The accumulation also damages the neuron. It is hoped that this knowledge will allow for more effective drugs to be developed.

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

Previously: Amyloid Plaques in Alzheimer’s May Begin in Liver

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Beta Amyloid, Neurons, Plaques, Synapses, Lund University

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