December 7, 2011

Resist Temptation

1 Walking Helps Curb Chocolate Cravings

Craving chocolate? Take a walk, says a U of Exeter study in which volunteers who like chocolate were placed in a simulated work environment and asked to complete tasks. Two groups walked on a treadmill for 15 minutes before completing the tasks, one of which was more stressful than the other. The other 2 groups rested before the same tasks. Chocolate was available as participants worked. The exercisers consumed half the amount of chocolate as those who rested first, regardless of the task. "We know that snacking on high calorie foods, like chocolate, at work can become a mindless habit and can lead to weight gain over time ... this study shows that by taking a short walk, [people] are able to regulate their intake by half," says lead researcher Professor Adrian Taylor.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Stomach Hormone Stimulates Hunger, Cravings

Tags: Chocolate, Exercise, Stress, Stress at Work, University of Exeter, Weight Loss, Cravings, Stress Eating, Professor Adrian Taylor, Exercise and Appetite

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Illegal Weight Loss Products

2 FDA: Avoid HCG Homeopathic Diets

Stay away from dangerous human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) weight-loss products, sold in retail stores and online, warns the FDA. HCG drugs contain a hormone produced by the human placenta when a woman is pregnant. The OTC drugs, labeled "homeopathic," are sold in pellets, oral drops and sprays. HCG drugs make unsupported claims and haven't been approved by the FDA. They often come with directions for a severely restrictive diet, such as consuming only 500 calories a day. Such a diet could lead to gallstone formation, imbalance of electrolytes and irregular heartbeat. The FDA says that any weight loss from the diet occurs from the very low calories consumed, not from the drugs. The FDA and FTC have warned companies selling HCG drugs that the products are illegal.

More at FDA | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: HCG for Weight Loss, Dangerous Diets, Risky Diets, FDA Warning HCG Diets, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, Gallstone Formation, Imbalance of Electrolytes

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Someone's Hiding Needles

3 Clothing at Georgia Walmart Has Needles

Customers have found needles hidden inside clothing items at a Cartersville, Georgia Walmart, reports CBS Atlanta. Six people recently found syringes or needles hidden inside clothing at the Walmart store. Two of the customers, a mother and teenager, were pricked by the needles. A Walmart assistant manager also found one of the syringes in a pair of pants. The Bartow County Sheriff's Department advises everyone who has purchased clothing at the Walmart in Cartersville to inspect it before wearing. Anyone with information about the syringes should call the sheriff's department at 770-382-5050, or the tip line for the Cartersville-Bartow County Crime Stoppers at 770-606-8477.

More at CBS Atlanta | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Needles As Weapons, Needle Prick, Needles Hidden Walmart Clothing, Georgia Walmart Needles, Cartersville Walmart Needles

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Not Approved for Ovarian Cancer

4 Chemo Combo Kills Ovarian Cancer Cells

Results from a new study shows that two anticancer drugs never used in combination before effectively killed two ovarian cancer cell lines taken from women who had advanced cancer that developed resistance to many drugs. Ixabepilone, which treats metastatic breast cancer, works by interfering with a cell division. Sunitinib inhibits signals that tell kidney cancer cells to grow. Individually, Ixabepilone and Sunitinib killed 30 and 10 percent of cancer cells, respectively. Seventy percent of ovarian cancer cells treated with both drugs concurrently were killed. It was observed that a molecule in the tumor, RhoB, was activated. This is the the first time RhoB has been linked to ovarian cancer and could be used to screen women to determine who would benefit from this combination treatment.

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

Previously: Drug Targets Blood Vessels in Ovarian Cancer, New Drug Works Against More Ovarian Cancers

Tags: Cancer Treatment, Combination Chemotherapy, Metastasis, Ovarian Cancer, Chemotherapy Resistance, Ixabepilone, Sunitinib, RhoB

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