November 7, 2012

Four Key Signs to Watch For

1 Older Looking Faces Linked to Heart Disease

A study of 11,000 Danish residents spanning 35 years indicates that persons with certain older-looking facial features are more likely to develop heart disease than people their age with younger faces. Specifically, persons with three or more of four key signs -- hairline receding at the temples, baldness atop the head, creases in the earlobes, and fatty yellowish deposits around the eyelids -- ran a 39 percent higher risk of heart disease and had a 57 percent higher rate of heart attack than those with none of the signs. The eyelid deposits were the most serious risk factor, and risk increased with each added sign. Other routine signs of aging, such as graying hair and common facial wrinkles such as smile lines or crow's feet, were not linked to any increased health risk.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Signs of Heart Disease, Clues to Heart Disease, Facial Features and Heart Disease, University of Copenhagen and Heart Disease, Baldness and Heart Disease

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Used with Statins

2 New Drug Greatly Reduces Cholesterol

A new drug, AMG 145 greatly reduces LDL cholesterol when included in statin therapy, finds research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The study included 631 high cholesterol patients, ages 18 to 80, who used statins to lower their cholesterol. The patients were divided into groups to receive different dose regimens of the new drug or a placebo. The drug (or placebo) was given every 2 or 4 weeks for 12 weeks. AMG 145 reduced LDL cholesterol by 42 to 66% after 12 weeks in those who received it every 2 weeks. For patients who received it every 4 weeks, LDL cholesterol went down 42 to 50%. Although researchers acknowledge that more studies are needed, “These data are very exciting and may offer a new paradigm for LDL cholesterol reduction,” said lead author Marc Sabatine, MD.

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

Previously: High Cholesterol Linked to Cancer Risk

Tags: AMG 145, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, Statin, Marc Sabatine

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Show Me the Fat

3 Plus-Size Models Could Change Thin Obsession

British women may stop obsessing about being thin if advertising featured more plus-size models, suggest researchers at Durham University. The study, involving more than 100 women, revealed that women who preferred thin body shapes were less keen on them after viewing photos of plus-size models in catalogs. However, showing the women slim models made them prefer thin bodies. Researchers believe that if advertising utilized more plus-size models that are more representative of the actual population, women and girls may adopt healthier attitudes toward eating. The preliminary study findings were published today in PLOS ONE.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Newcastle University, PLoS ONE, Plus Size Models, Realistic Models, Durham University

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Wild Arabica Losing Ground

4 Is Coffee Going Extinct in the Wild?

Climate change may lead to the extinction of wild Arabica coffee before the end of this century, warn scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens in the UK. Wild Arabica coffee is important to the coffee industry because of its genetic diversity. Coffee grown on plantations can have limited genetic stock, and may not have the flexibility needed to cope with climate change, pests and diseases, warn researchers who hope their study can form the basis for creating strategies that will enable the survival of wild Arabica. The research identifies core sites, where wild populations of Arabica may be sustained throughout this century. The sites may serve as storehouses for coffee genetic resources. The research is published in PLOS ONE.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: CBTL Calorie Counter

Tags: PLoS ONE, Wild Coffee Beans, Coffee Going Extinct Wild, Climate Change Affects Coffee, Arabica Coffee Going Extinct, How Climate Changes Affects Your Breakfast

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Good by Comparison

5 Young Ladies Exercise Next to Flabby Women

College-age women have been found out: They prefer exercising next to less-fit ladies. Researchers learned that young women in their study took only a minute to walk up to and begin using an unused piece of exercise equipment if it was next to a women who wasn't fit. When the unused equipment was next to a peer in better shape, the young women took about three minutes to approach. When no peer was present, it took about two minutes for the young women to start exercising. Researchers don't know the reasons behind the findings, but suspect that women want to look better in comparison. The study was published in journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology.

More at Today | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Flabby Women, Young Women Exercise Habits, Journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Exercise Habits Young, Choosing Who Exercise Near

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Risks Far Outweigh Benefits

6 Study in Taiwan Shows Meth Kills Flu Virus

A study conducted in Taiwan has found that the drug meth which does a lot of harm to the body is able to fight off the flu. Researchers took human lung epithelial cells and incubated them with different meth concentration levels before infecting them with H1N1. At the 30 hour and 48 hour time points, cells treated with meth had a lower viral load, and an indirect correlation between the concentration of meth and H1N1 was observed. Previous research has suggested that HIV infection is easier in those abusing meth over a long period of time, and the initial goal was to determine how resistance to influenza was lowered by the drug. Because the risks of taking meth far outweigh any benefit, the next step is to look for less dangerous compounds that can act in the same away against the flu.

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

Previously: Methamphetamine Linked to Suicide Attempts

Tags: Flu, Influenza, Meth, Meth Fights Flu Virus

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