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CDC suggests that all Baby Boomers be tested for Hepatitis C

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 03:40:05 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that all baby boomers in the country be tested once for the hepatitis C virus. The CDC estimates that 1-in-30 baby boomers are infected with hepatitis C and may not even be aware that they are infected. Baby boomers are people who were born between 1945 and 1965.

The CDC said that hepatitis C can cause the liver to become seriously diseased and in some cases, it could lead to liver cancer. The fastest growing rate for cancer related death is liver cancer. In the US, hepatitis C is also a leading cause for liver transplants.

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Recall announced for Gourmet Black Licorice sold at Costco and Smart & Final Stores

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 02:51:33 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A recall has been announced for lot number A3057 of the Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice that were sold at Costco and Smart & Final stores in California, Arizona, and Utah because they exceeded the safe lead level standards for these states. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the recall.

The director of the CDPH and state health officer, Dr. Ron Chapman, said that the lead levels of the recalled licorice tested as high as 0.18 parts per million of lead. A serving of licorice could add up to 7.2 micrograms of lead. Children under the age of six should not have anything over 6.0 micrograms of lead each day from all sources of food.

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Blocking a Protein prevented Weight Gain in a Mice Study

Fri, 03 Aug 2012 04:48:29 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that blocking an enzyme called fatty acid synthase (FAS) in mice aided them against gaining weight even when eating a high-fat diet. The mice that were not having the FAS blocked were given the same high-fat diet and became obese. The research may help develop new treatments for obesity and type 2 diabetes in humans. The study results were published in the online edition of the journal Cell Metabolism.

The blocked FAS enzyme made the mice become more sensitive to insulin. The researchers engineered the mice so that they would not make FAS in their fat cells.

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High dietary intake of Salt takes out Calcium from the Body

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 06:19:09 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Sodium takes calcium along with it when leaving the body, explained University of Alberta researchers. Scientists found the molecule which regulates both the sodium and the calcium levels in the body. A diet that is continually high in salt could create an increased risk for developing kidney stones and osteoporosis. The study findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology.

Using animals, the principal investigator Todd Alexander, a Faculty member of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, and his team investigated the link between sodium and calcium levels in the body. The researchers found that the same molecule regulates sodium and calcium in the body.

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Pancreatic Cancer risk reduced with higher dietary intake of Vitamin C, E, and Selenium

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 05:59:32 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A study found that eating foods with adequate amounts of antioxidant vitamins C, E, and selenium decreased the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to two thirds. The researchers reported their findings in the online edition of the journal Gut.

The researchers suggest that one in 12 cases of pancreatic cancer might be preventable. Worldwide, over 250,000 people will die from pancreatic cancer each year. Only 3 percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive past five years. Other risk factors that are believed to increase the risk for pancreatic cancer include smoking, genetics, and type 2 diabetes. Previously diet was suspected to be a factor.

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Capsaicin interrupts Nerve Signals - Possible Alternative to Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

Fri, 11 May 2012 03:40:13 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) investigated the use of capsaicin, which is found in hot peppers, to see if it useful for a vagal de afferentation procedure. As a comparison, the researchers investigated a vagatomy for weight loss. The researchers wanted to see how these procedures would work for weight loss. While the study was conducted in a laboratory setting, it might eventually become another option to bariatric weight loss surgery. The study results are published in the May issue of Digestive Diseases and Sciences.

Ali Tavakkoli, MD, BWH Department of Surgery, and his team investigated the two surgeries – Vagotomy and Vagal de-afferentation – in the lab and found that the vagotomy significantly reduced visceral abdominal fat as well as total body fat. The visceral fat is found in the spaces between the abdominal organs and is associated with obesity-related diseases such as diabetes. The Vagal de-afferentation surgery also showed reduction of fat, but in a smaller amount, but the researchers says it is still remarkable. The vagal de afferentation had fewer side effects than the vagotomy.

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Broccoli Cancer Benefits increase when eaten with certain Vegetables and Spices

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:10:45 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - According to a recent study conducted at the University of Illinois, eating broccoli along with other spices and vegetables can boost the cancer fighting benefits. The other veggies make the broccoli easy to absorb in the upper digestive tract. The study was made available at the online edition of the British Journal of Nutrition.

The researchers believe that spicy foods that contain the enzyme myrosinase can help the body absorb the cancer fighting components of broccoli into the body earlier on during the digestive process.

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Gluten Free Diet Weight Loss benefits debated on ‘The Doctor Oz Show’

Fri, 12 Aug 2011 01:33:58 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Doctor Oz debated the gluten free diet myth promising weight loss on his television show today. Gluten, a protein, is being promoted for weight loss, but Doctor Oz thinks that it could be causing some people to gain weight. The doctor invited Mark Hyman MD and Samantha Cassidy, a registered dietitian, on the TV show to share about how a person can gain weight on a gluten free diet.

There are around 97 percent of people that are sensitive to gluten and do not even know it. Gluten is found in breads and many grains. Some people can benefit from a gluten free diet.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery Saves Money with long-term Medical Costs

Fri, 15 Jul 2011 01:11:10 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Bariatric surgery helps people lose weight and might also save money spent on future obese related medical expenses said a recent study. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found long-term financial benefits for obese, whether mild or severe cases, that could benefit from the weight loss surgery. The study was published in the journal Maturitas.

The financial savings were calculated from patients who has undergone bariatric surgery and lost weight. They tended to keep the weight off compared to other methods. Because they kept the extra weight off, this reduced their chances for developing medical complications from diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. The researchers said that most severely obese patients usually have these diseases already. Losing the weight could improve their health situation.

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Health Quiz on 'The Dr. Oz Show' points out Symptoms and Signs of more Serious Medical Conditions

Wed, 06 Jul 2011 05:20:49 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - On today’s ‘The Dr. Oz Show’, Dr. Oz had a quiz asking ‘How Healthy Are You?’ He said sometimes we take our health for granted. Working with a panel of medical doctors Oz came up with this questionnaire. Doctors say that there are warning signs that happen before a big health problems occur and Doctor Oz wanted people to be aware of these signs. He gave the viewers and the audience a questionnaire that a panel of doctors helped to put together.

Here are the Questions asked on the show:

1. Do you wake up more than twice a night?

If you answer Yes give yourself 1 point, if No 0 points

Carol Ash DO is a sleep medicine specialist that was on Doctor Oz’s panel of experts on the show today. She explained that you need an average of 8 hours of sleep at night. If you have chronic lack or disrupted sleep you are at risk for developing diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Lack of sleep can also impair your immune system. Additionally, not having enough good sleep at night can interrupt your thinking and can cause daytime accidents.

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Doctor Oz gives five ways to lower Cholesterol Numbers on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:21:49 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Doctor Oz had an interesting segment on ‘Dr. Oz’ TV show today about five things that everyone can do to help reduce cholesterol numbers. He explained that everyone should know their cholesterol numbers just as if they know their body weight.

Doctor Oz’s list of five things to lower cholesterol

1. Reduce the amount of belly fat, which will help the liver produce less cholesterol in the bloodstream. Dr. Oz explained that the belly fat sends a chemical to the liver. This chemical then poisons the liver and cause the liver to make more LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol increasing the amount in the blood.

2. The next way to lower high cholesterol is to walk for 20 minutes everyday.

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Premature babies should not have SimplyThick warns FDA

Sun, 22 May 2011 23:18:41 +0000


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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that a thickening product called SimplyThick should not be given to premature babies that were born before 37 weeks. The reason is it could cause nectrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in the infant. In this condition, the intestine tissue inflames and dies.

The FDA has received reports of premature infants having this problem with SimplyThick on May 13, 2011. They agency is aware of 15 cases of NEC, including two deaths of premature infants that were fed SimplyThick . The FDA is still investigating the cause of illness from using the SimplyThick product with premature babies.

SimplyThick is a product that is available to both consumers and medical centers that helps with swallowing problems. The thickening product is added to infant formula to help prevent spitting up and to aid in swallowing it better.

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Ready-to-eat salad recall announced for possible Salmonella contamination of grape tomatoes

Thu, 05 May 2011 22:33:57 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A massive recall of 22,000 pounds of ready-to-eat salad products from Taylor Farms Pacific, out of Tracy, California, has been announced because of grape tomatoes that could be contaminated with Salmonella. The ready-to-eat salads have meat and poultry in them and have been initially distributed to Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and Washington. The salads could have then been distributed to other states. The recall was a voluntary one issued by Taylor Farms Pacific along with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Salmonella contamination can cause symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever usually within 6 to 72 hours of infection. The person with salmonella infection could vomit, have a headache, and those with weak immune systems, the elderly, and the very young are at risk for developing a life-threatening illness.

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Gluten Free Diet Becoming Popular

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 20:44:55 +0000


(Best Syndication News) The gluten free diet is becoming popular, according to television personality Dr Mehmet Oz, host of the popular Dr. Oz TV show, but he questions the soundness of the plan.

Some celebrities say the diet works for them. These endorsements have helped spur a new diet craze.

Gwyneth Paltrow says the diet helped her lose weight. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, co-host of “The View”, says the diet helps eliminate pain.

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Dr Oz Discusses Gastritis

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 05:12:53 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Doctor Oz discussed gastritis on his show today. It frequently happens when people eat the wrong thing and experience a pain in the stomach area.

It can manifest itself as a burning sensation with inflammation of the stomach lining. The main cause of the discomfort is excessive alcohol consumption or use of aspirin or ibuprofen over an extended period of time. Holding his hands around his chest area (or slightly lower), Oz said you can get nausea with it.

He had a real stomach on his program. The rough surface is like a rash in the inner stomach. The stomach is constantly trying to heal itself.

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Weight Loss Surgery – Women had decreased risk for Cardiovascular Disease

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 02:51:39 +0000


Line drawing showing the esophagus, stomach and small intestine. - National Cancer Institute

(Best Syndication News) - Bariatric weight loss surgery is used as a way for morbidly obese individuals to lose weight by restricting the size of their stomach. Another name for it is called gastric bypass surgery and also lapband surgery. These are different ways the stomach is restricted in size. Researchers found that morbidly obese woman that had underwent bariatric surgery had a reduced risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Scientists from Tufts University, the University of California-Davis and Oregon Health and Sciences Center report their study results in the August Journal of Lipid Research.

Besides the weight loss that occurs after bariatric surgery, the researchers measured a significant improvement of lipoprotein profiles one year after the women they studied who underwent the weight loss procedure. Other research has shown other positive results from bariatric surgery including an improved heart rate, lower blood pressure readings, and better insulin sensitivity. There wasn't clear research on the lipoprotein markers for measure cardiovascular disease risk for those that had bariatric surgery.

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Weight Loss Tips - Exercise helps make you Feel Fuller on Less Food says Study

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 20:33:42 +0000


(photographer) Bill Branson National Cancer Institute PD

(Best Syndication News) - If you are wanting to lose weight, you might want to add exercise to your diet plan. According to a study conducted by Brazilian researchers at the University of Campinas, exercise can help restore neurons that help tell your body that you are feeling full. By feeling full on less food, this can help to reduce calorie intake and to help lose weight in the long run. The study will be published next week in the online open access journal PLoS Biology.

The researchers studied how obese rodents hypothalamic neurons signals were restored after exercising . The researchers found that the obese animals that exercised increased the IL-6 and the IL-10 protein levels found in the hypothalamus. These molecules are important for improving insulin and leptin sensitivity. Leptin is known to signal to the hypothalamus portion of the brain that tells you that you are full.

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Type 2 Diabetes Insulin Sensitivity and Lipid Metabolism might be improved Grapefruit Antioxidant Naringin

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 22:52:26 +0000


Watercolor painting of Citrus - Steadman 1921 PD

(Best Syndication News) - Grapefruit and other citrus fruits can contain naringin. The naringin becomes naringenin during digestion which is an antioxidant that researchers believe can help break down fat in the liver and also help to help aid improvements in insulin sensitivity. Type 2 Diabetes develops when insulin resistance sets in and then causes problems in delivering the glucose in the bloodstream to the cells for energy. The research on narningenin was conducted by researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The study will be appearing in this week's issue of the online journal PLoS ONE.

The researchers found that naringenin activates nuclear receptors that help the liver break down fatty acids. They said that the antioxidant worked so well in their research that it could be comparable to prescription drugs such as Fenofibrate, and Rosiglitazone. The researchers said that the antioxidant wasn't studied in humans, but if the naringenin works as well as it did in their preliminary studies it could possibly become a treatment option for hyperlipidemia, type-2 diabetes, and maybe even metabolic syndrome.

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Liver Disease risk Increased with high levels of Fructose and Trans Fats in Diet

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 20:50:49 +0000


Food: Bad Snacks in Cart - National Cancer Institute PD

(Best Syndication News) - High amounts of fructose, sucrose, and trans fats increases the risk for fatty liver disease with scar tissue reported researchers from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in a new study. Fructose and Trans Fats in excess can also contribute to obesity.

The researchers point out that 10.2 percent of calories in the average American diet comes from Fructose, which eaten in excess has been associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease and liver disease. The researchers used a mouse model to investigate how obesity-related fatty liver disease develops from over consumption of fructose, sucrose, and trans fats.

The researchers sampled the blood of the mice before and during the 16 week study. They divided the mice into one group being fed a normal diet of rodent chow and another group of mice being fed fructose and sucrose enriched drinking water along with trans-fat solids. The researchers studied the liver tissue for fat content as well as scar tissue fibrosis. They measured the reactive oxygen stress markers in the blood to determine the extent of liver damage.

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Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery helped Type 2 Diabetes reduce Insulin Resistance

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 21:21:53 +0000


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(Best Syndication News) - A recent study found that bariatric weight loss surgeries offered a measurable improvement of insulin sensitivity for Type 2 diabetes patients compared to diabetics that just followed a low-calorie diet. The results were presented by the researchers at the Endocrine Society's 92nd Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Researchers from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, found that weight loss by diet alone did not show the same amount of short term benefits of improved insulin sensitivity compared to those Type 2 diabetes patients that had underwent gastro bypass surgery.

Type 2 diabetes develops because of insulin resistance which then causes a build up of glucose levels in the blood. In this study researchers compared type 2 diabetes patients that followed a low calorie diet compared to those that underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Roux-en-Y is the most commonly performed weight loss surgeries by decreasing the size of the stomach and rerouting the digestive tract to the small intestine. Type 2 diabetic patients often will achieve normal blood glucose levels after undergoing gastro bypass surgery. Some patients might not even need to take medications to treat type 2 diabetes after having the gastric bypass procedure.

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