September 7, 2012

Like They're Healthy Otherwise

1 Mars Bar Makers Disown Deep-Fried Version

Carron Fish Bar, a family owned fish-and-chips shop in Stonehaven, Scotland, which invented the deep-fried Mars candy bar 20 years ago at the request of a schoolboy, has been asked by the manufacturers of the chocolate-and-nougat bar to post a disclaimer on its menus stating that deep-fat frying their candy bars is "not authorized or endorsed by Mars Incorporated." A spokesperson for Mars, which also makes Snickers, Milky Ways and M&Ms, noted that the company's recent reduction in the Mars bar's saturated fat content is nullified by deep frying, and added that "deep-frying one of our products would go against our commitment to promoting healthy, active lifestyles." The shop sells from 100 to 150 of the items per week. A "raw" Mars bar contains 11.5 grams of fat and 233.5 calories.

More at Orange.co.uk | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Deep-Fried Candy Bars, Deep-Fried Mars Bars, Carron Fish Bar, Mars Incorporated, Fats in Candy Bars, Mars Bars

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Bottle of Red

2 Alcohol-Free Red Wine Lowers Blood Pressure

Alcohol-free red wine lowered blood pressure in a study of 67 older men who were at risk for heart disease. The men were asked to drink 1 of 3 beverages consistently every day for a month: 2 glasses of red wine, non-alcoholic red wine, or 2 shots of gin. Researchers found that neither the red wine nor gin had an effect on blood pressure yet after a month of consuming the non-alcoholic wine, the men’s systolic blood pressure dropped by an average of 6 points while their diastolic pressure fell by 2 points. The drops were small but are enough to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 20%. Researchers think polyphenols are responsible for lowering blood pressure but that alcohol counteracts the effects. More research is needed to confirm results on healthy men and women.

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

Previously: Moderate Drinking May Lower Stroke Risk

Tags: Heart Attack, Polyphenols, Red Wine, Stroke Risk, Older Men and Red Wine

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Via in Vitro Fertilization

3 53-Year Old Gives Birth to Daughter’s Child

Cindy Reutzel, 53, gave birth to her own grandchild after her daughter, Emily Jordan had a hysterectomy after a diagnosis of cervical cancer. Emily, who found out she was pregnant just before her surgery, maintained her ovaries but lost the baby when surgeons removed her uterus. Two years later and devastated that she and her husband Mike would not be able to conceive, Emily’s mother volunteered to carry the baby. After a process that included psychological evaluation and hormone manipulation, Dr. Helen Kim, director of the in vitro fertilization program at the U of Chicago, implanted an embryo created from Emily’s egg and Mike’s sperm into Cindy Reutzel’s uterus. Several days after Emily’s 32nd birthday, a healthy Elle Cynthia Jordan was born via Caesarean section.

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

Previously: Laughter Increases Success of IVF

Tags: In Vitro Fertilization, University of Chicago, Grandmother Gives Birth to Daughter's Child, Cindy Reutzel, Emily Jordan, Dr. Helen Kim, Mike Jordan, Elle Cynthia Jordan, Cervical Cancer, Uterus

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Adults with "Juvenile Diabetes"

4 Undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes Leads to Deaths

Results from a study conducted in Maryland over a six-year period found that approximately 32 out of 92 people who died from diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a consequence of untreated diabetes, had no history of the disease. Out of those people, 50 percent were in their 40s, a little over half were Black and 84 percent were men. The elevated blood sugar levels point to type 1 which occurs when the pancreatic beta cells stop producing insulin. More adults are being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes which is also known as “juvenile diabetes.” Researchers believe that many adults who develop type 1 go through a period where they appear healthy but are not producing insulin. They also stress that these results illustrate the importance of regular checkups and testing glucose levels.

More at Yahoo! Live Science | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Type 1 Diabetes Often Misdiagnosed As Type 2

Tags: Blood Sugar, Insulin, Juvenile Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Diabetic Ketoacidosis

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