August 9, 2012

Eating Fewer Trans Fats

1 Kids' Cholesterol Is Down

While obesity rates in kids haven’t changed, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that, in the past decade, cholesterol in children, ages 6 through 19, has been going down. In fact, it fell from an average overall cholesterol of 165 to 160. Experts say this may be due to the fact that trans fats have been removed from or reduced in many processed and fried foods and is not due to kids exercising more or eating less. For the large-scale study, researchers drew data from a comprehensive national survey that includes blood cholesterol tests. They focused on more than 16,000 children and adolescents and found that, between 2007 to 2010, the number of children and young adults with high cholesterol was 1 in 12, down from 1 in 9 in preceding years.

More at Www.sltrib.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Kids Should Have Cholesterol Tests

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Cholesterol, Exercise, Healthy Eating, Trans Fats, Kids and Cholesterol

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Counting Calories Rules

2 The Key to Successful Weight Loss

In the battle of the bulge, an ongoing kerfuffle is over the types of sugar one consumes versus calorie intake. Does high fructose corn syrup sabotage weight loss more than regular sugar? A new study shows that weight loss is all about the calories. "Our research debunks the vilification of high fructose corn syrup in the diet," says one of the study’s authors, Dr. James M. Rippe. "The results show that equally reduced-calorie diets caused similar weight loss regardless of the type or amount of added sugars.” The study included 247 overweight or obese participants, ages 25 to 60, who were told to follow a low calorie diet. After 12 weeks, there was no evidence to indicate that either regular sugar or high fructose corn syrup prevented weight loss when a low calorie diet was followed.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: High Fructose Corn Syrup May Have Name Change

Tags: Calories, Dieting, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Successful Diets, Sugar, Weight Loss, Dr. James M. Rippe

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Nothing to Clap For

3 Gonorrhea Becoming Resistant to Treatment

Gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease known as The Clap, has become resistant to almost every class of drug used to treat it, reports the Centers for Disease Control, and new lab studies show an increasing resistance to cephalosporin, currently the most effective treatment available. Says the CDC’s Dr. Gail Bolan,“Untreatable gonorrhea is a real possibility.” About 300,000 cases of gonorrhea are reported each year but experts estimate that the actual number may be more than twice that since many people go untreated and continue to pass it on. Untreated, gonorrhea may cause infertility in women. The CDC recommends annual testing for women with more than one sexual partner and in communities where the highly contagious disease is rampant. Research into effective treatments continues.

More at Thegrio.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: First Gonorrhea Superbug Emerges in Japan

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Gonorrhea, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Resistant Gonorrhea, Dr. Gail Bolan, Cephalosporin

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Survival of the Biggest?

4 Stressed Men May Go for Heavier Ladies

Men experiencing psychological stress may prefer heavier women, suggest researchers. Published in PLOS ONE, the study reveals that men may find larger ladies more attractive during times of stress. The research involved 81 heterosexual white men from 18 years old to 42. While both stressed and unstressed groups (control) of men rated underweight women the same on attractiveness, the men who were more stressed found larger women more attractive than the control group. The stressed group took the Trier Social Stress Test, which increased stress by asking participants to pretend to be a job applicant. The control group waited quietly in a room. CNN reports that in times of threat (unemployment), larger women may be preferred because they're more likely to survive in a hostile environment.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Stress at Work Can Lead to Emotional Eating, Smiling During Stress May Help Your Heart

Tags: Journal PLoS ONE, Men Prefer Heavy Women, Trier Social Stress Test, Larger Women Preferred

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Passport to More Ice Cream

5 Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail - Now Open

As if the hot summer temperatures weren't enough to tempt you into eating ice cream, now Maryland farmers are doing their part as well. NPR reports that some rural dairy farmers in Maryland are adding to their income by opening ice cream shops at their farms. In 2012, seven of those ice cream shops formed Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail. It's the first farm-based trail of ice cream in the country, notes NPR. Customers receive pamphlets that serve as passports. For each stop on the trail, ice cream lovers get their brightly colored passports stamped! Completed passports may be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate worth $50 in ice cream. Have you been on the ice cream trail?

More at NPR | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Ice Cream Calorie Counter

Tags: Ice Cream Calories, Ice Cream Maryland Farms, Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail, Helping Dairy Farmers, Rocky Point Creamery

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Four Markers Linked to AD

6 Blood Test for Alzheimer's Closer to Reality

Results from a study involving three groups of patients have found four biomarkers strongly linked to Alzheimer’s disease (AD) which may allow scientists to develop a blood test. One hundred and ninety proteins were measured in blood taken from 600 individuals, including healthy volunteers, those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and AD. Significant changes in 17 proteins in people with MCI or AD were compared to results from 566 people from another study. Apolipoprotein E, pancreatic polypeptide, B-type natriuretic peptide, and C-reactive protein were most closely linked to AD and to beta-amyloid protein levels in the cerebrospinal fluid. More research needs to be done, but after other biomarkers studies could not be repeated in different groups, researchers are cautiously optimistic.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Study Supports Ceramides As AD Biomarker, Biomarker in Spinal Fluid Diagnoses Alzheimer’s

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, C-Reactive Protein, Apo Lipoprotein E, Pancreatic Polypeptide, B-Type Natriuretic Peptide, Biomarker Test for Alzheimer's

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