October 17, 2013

Belly Fat Drains the Brain

1 Obesity Linked to Dementia by Key Protein

Scientists have been unable to explain why obese persons are 3.6 times more likely to experience dementia and memory loss over time--until now. Researchers at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center have discovered that a protein called PPARalpha is utilized by both the liver, to burn up belly fat, and as fuel by the hippocampus, the part of the brain that oversees memory and cognition. The more belly fat a person is carrying, the more PPARalpha is diverted to the liver to metabolize it, hampering the brain’s ability to process memory. In extreme cases, the liver will so exhaust its own supply of the protein that it actually drains PPARalpha from the brain and other organs. This may also help explain why prior studies have linked excess belly fat to literal shrinkage of the brain.

More at Yahoo.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Middle Age Belly Fat Risk for Dementia

Tags: Causes of Dementia, Dementia and Memory Loss, Dementia and Obesity, Obesity and Memory, Obesity and Cognition

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33 Dead

2 Farmers to Plead Guilty in Listeria Outbreak

Two Colorado farmers will plead guilty to federal criminal charges connected to a listeria outbreak that killed 33 people and sickened 147 others in 28 states. Brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen, Jensen Farms, were charged with 6 counts each of shipping tainted melons to out-of-state markets. Said US Attorney John Walsh, "The defendants were aware that their cantaloupes could be contaminated with harmful bacteria if not sufficiently washed." The brothers failed to wash the cantaloupes with a chlorine spray that kills listeria bacteria. The Jensens suspended operations and filed for bankruptcy in 2012 after being deluged with lawsuits from people who became ill or from family members of those who died from listeria infections connected to the tainted cantaloupes.

More at NBCNews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Listeria Infections from Cantaloupe Kill 15

Tags: Jensen Farms, Listeria, Listeria Outbreak, Tainted Cantaloupe, John Walsh, Eric and Ryan Jensen

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