September 5, 2012

In Short Term, Anyway

1 Cholesterol Not Helped by Vit D Supplements

Vitamin D supplements, commonly thought to aid in lowering LDL cholesterol, were found to have no impact on cholesterol levels in the short term, finds research published in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. Researchers studied 151 vitamin D-deficient people who received either mega doses of D3 or a placebo for 8 weeks and found that cholesterol levels did not improve even as vitamin D levels tripled in the deficient group. “Our study challenges the notion that vitamin D repletion improves cholesterol levels,” explains lead author Manish Ponda, The Rockefeller University. Additional studies are needed to ascertain the impact of vitamin D supplementation on LDL cholesterol levels over the long term in order to make better recommendations for people with high cholesterol.

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

Previously: Vitamin D Associated with Vascular Problems

Tags: Cholesterol, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Supplements, Vitamin D and Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, The Rockefeller University, Manish Ponda

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There’s An App For That

2 Using a Phone to Report on Sexual Behaviors

Indiana U has released Kinsey Reporter, an app for collecting and anonymously reporting on sexual behavior. The free app, created with The Kinsey Institute, is available for Apple and Android platforms. Users report data which is then aggregated and shared openly. No identifying information is stored, although the time and location of the report is input into a database. Says IU’s Filippo Menczer of the citizen reporter platform, “This new platform will allow us to explore issues that have been challenging to study until now, such as the prevalence of unreported sexual violence in different parts of the world, or the correlation between various sexual practices like condom use, for example, and the cultural, political, religious or health contexts in particular geographical areas.”

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

Previously: Friends with Benefits Common in Middle Age

Tags: Apple, Indiana University, Sexual Behavior, The Kinsey Institute, Filippo Menczer, Android

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No Big Macs in India

3 McDonald's to Open Vegetarian Restaurant

Big Macs won't be on the menu at the vegetarian-only McDonald's to open next year close to the Golden Temple pilgrimage site in the city of Amritsar in India. No meat is allowed inside the temple. The chain is also planning to open another vegetarian-only restaurant near the Hindu pilgrimage site Vaishno Devi, a cave shrine in Kashmir. McDonald's currently has 271 restaurants in India with a menu that's 50 percent vegetarian, reports NPR. Menu items include the McAloo Tikki burger, a spicy patty featuring potatoes, as well as the Maharaja Mac that contains chicken.

More at NPR | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: McDonald's Cheeseburger Calorie Counter

Tags: McDonald's Vegetarian Location, Vegetarian Menu Fast Food, Vegetarian McDonald's, McDonald's Indian Locations, Golden Temple India, Maharaja Mac, McAloo Tikki Burger, Vaishno Devi

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The Ring of Death. . .for HIV

4 Vaginal Ring Protects Against SHIV Infection

Researchers have demonstrated that a vaginal ring that releases an anti-HIV drug effectively stops SHIV transmission in macaques which is equivalent to HIV in humans. The ethylene acetate ring contains the anti-HIV drug MV-150 which has already been studied in a gel. Female macaques had the ring inserted vaginally two weeks or one day prior to SHIV exposure and it was either removed right after or two weeks later. The protection rate in the ring group was significantly higher at 83% compared to the control group. Insertion time did not matter but removal time did and of the seven monkeys that had the ring removed right after exposure, four became infected. With a ring, women do not have to remember to use a product daily and the goal is to design a ring to remain inserted for three months.

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

Previously: Truvada Will Be Used to Prevent HIV Infection

Tags: HIV, HIV Prevention, Vaginal Ring, MV-150, SHIV

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