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  • Single Junk-Food Meal Can Damage Arteries

    11/01/2012 7:57:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 1, 2012 | UPI
    TORONTO — A single junk-food meal rich in saturated fat is detrimental to the health of the arteries, researchers in Canada said. Dr. Anil Nigam and colleagues at the University of Montreal-affiliated EPIC Center of the Montreal Heart Institute compared the effects of a junk-food meal and a typical Mediterranean meal on the vascular endothelium, the inner lining of the blood vessels. Endothelial function is closely linked to the long-term risk of developing coronary artery disease.
  • Scientists turn 'bad fat' into 'good fat' (type 2 diabetes?)

    05/03/2011 12:47:22 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | May 3, 2011 | Michelle Roberts
    Scientists say they have found a way to turn body fat into a better type of fat that burns off calories and weight. The US Johns Hopkins team made the breakthrough in rats but believe the same could be done in humans, offering the hope of a new way to treat obesity. Modifying the expression of a protein linked to appetite not only reduced the animals' calorie intake and weight, but also transformed their fat composition. "Bad" white fat became "good" brown fat, Cell Metabolism journal reports. Brown fat is abundant in babies, which they use as a power source...
  • Damaged Hearts Pump Better When Fueled With Fats

    05/04/2011 11:02:47 AM PDT · by decimon · 28 replies
    Case Western Reserve University ^ | May 4, 2011 | Salam Kabbani
    CLEVELAND - Contrary to what we’ve been told, eliminating or severely limiting fats from the diet may not be beneficial to cardiac function in patients suffering from heart failure, a study at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine reports. Results from biological model studies conducted by assistant professor of physiology and biophysics Margaret Chandler, PhD, and other researchers, demonstrate that a high-fat diet improved overall mechanical function, in other words, the heart’s ability to pump, and was accompanied by cardiac insulin resistance. “Does that mean I can go out and eat my Big Mac after I have a heart...
  • Virgin olive oil deemed especially heart healthy

    09/07/2006 1:13:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 521+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Wed Sep 6 | Amy Norton
    When it comes to heart health, virgin olive oil may have an edge over other vegetable fats, new research suggests. Reporting in the Annals of Internal Medicine, European researchers say virgin olive oil may be particularly effective at lowering heart disease risk because of its high level of antioxidant plant compounds. In a study of 200 healthy men, the researchers found that virgin olive oil -- rich in antioxidants called polyphenols -- showed stronger heart-health effects than the more extensively processed "non-virgin" variety. The findings suggest that virgin olive oil has more going for it than its supply of heart-healthy...
  • Loss of brain insulation slows speed, study shows

    11/04/2008 5:18:15 AM PST · by Dysart · 17 replies · 1,084+ views
    FWST ^ | 11-4-2008 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    WASHINGTON — How fast you can throw a ball or run or swerve a steering wheel depends on how speedily brain cells fire off commands to muscles. Fast firing depends on good insulation for your brain’s wiring.Now research suggests that in middle age, even healthy people begin to lose some of that insulation in a motor-control part of the brain — at the same rate that their speed subtly slows.And while that may sound depressing, keep reading. The research points to yet another reason to stay physically and mentally active: An exercised brain may spot fraying insulation quicker and signal...
  • Physical decline caused by slow decay of brain's myelin

    10/17/2008 1:13:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 18 replies · 988+ views
    It's more than just achy joints and arthritis, researchers sayDuring this year's baseball playoffs, Chicago White Sox outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., 38, threw a picture-perfect strike from center field to home plate to stop an opposing player from scoring. The White Sox ultimately won the game by a single run and clinched the division title. Had Griffey been 40, it could be argued, he might not have made the throw in time. That's because in middle age, we begin to lose myelin — the fatty sheath of "insulation" that coats our nerve axons and allows for fast signaling bursts in...
  • Mississippi Pols Seek To Ban Fats

    02/01/2008 12:58:24 PM PST · by mmichaels1970 · 117 replies · 1,287+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 2/1/2008 | The Smoking Gun
    New bill would make it illegal for restaurants to serve the obese FEBRUARY 1--Mississippi legislators this week introduced a bill that would make it illegal for state-licensed restaurants to serve obese patrons. Bill No. 282, a copy of which you'll find below, is the brainchild of three members of the state's House of Representatives, Republicans W. T. Mayhall, Jr. and John Read, and Democrat Bobby Shows. The bill, which is likely dead on arrival, proposes that the state's Department of Health establish weight criteria after consultation with Mississippi's Council on Obesity. It does not detail what penalties an eatery would...
  • Kennedy’s 'Hate Crimes' Help for the Military (Stop the Kennedy HATE Bill)

    11/29/2007 10:08:03 AM PST · by yoe · 10 replies · 151+ views
    Human Events ^ | November 11, 2007 | by Elaine Donnelly
    Did you know that recruiting stations and military bases are hotbeds of “bigotry and prejudice?” In a (September 26 floor speech), Senator Edward Kennedy claimed that white supremacists and soldiers are allowed to incite violence against minorities and homosexuals. The Massachusetts Democrat smeared the military to win votes for his “hate crimes” amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill for 2008. The ploy, unfortunately, worked. Sixty senators supported his “hate crimes” amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill, which is now in conference committee. Kennedy’s legislation would add nothing to provisions in military law that forbid and punish racism, harassment, and...
  • Fat to Jet Fuel

    03/08/2007 10:35:50 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 39 replies · 764+ views
    ISA InTech ^ | March 8, 2007 | Staff
    Fat to jet fuelISA InTech, March 8, 2007Staff A new biofuel technology has the potential to turn virtually any fat source like vegetable oils, oils from animal fat, and even oils from algae into fuel to power jet airplanes. The technology called Centia is “100% green,” as no petroleum-derived products are added to the process. Centia can also go into making additives for cold-weather biodiesel fuels and holds the potential to fuel automobiles that currently run on gasoline. Engineers at North Carolina State University received provisional patents to use the process to convert fats into jet fuel or additives for...
  • Harmful Fats Removed From Supermarket Food (UK)

    01/31/2007 6:39:51 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 287+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-2-2007 | David Derbyshire
    Harmful fats removed from supermarket food By David Derbyshire, Consumer Affairs Editor Last Updated: 2:19am GMT 01/02/2007 Artery clogging trans-fats will have been phased out of almost all supermarket own-brand food within weeks, Britain's major retailers said yesterday. The British Retail Consortium, which represents most of the leading supermarkets, claimed that the voluntary move would cut the rates of heart disease and obesity. Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Tesco say they have already removed the potentially harmful fats from own-brand lines, while Asda says it is "very nearly there". Boots, Morrisons, Iceland and Somerfield also confirmed that they were...
  • Trans Fats Are Bad, Aren't They?

    12/28/2006 4:36:20 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 542+ views
    Science News ^ | 12-16-2006 | Janet Raloff
    Trans Fats Are Bad, Aren't They? Janet Raloff The media have been rife with reports on trans fats since New York City's Board of Health announced it would phase out these fats in restaurants and other food-service establishments. And that's good news for most consumers because trans fats can pose a double whammy for the heart. Not only can they hike a person's bad cholesterol even more than saturated fats can, but they also reduce concentrations of the good cholesterol in blood. CHEESY EXCEPTION. The trans fats known as conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs), which form naturally in animals, show up...
  • Fish Oil Linked to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

    11/15/2006 1:31:05 AM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 997+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 14, 2006 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    A substance found in fish oil may be associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other dementias, researchers reported yesterday. The scientists found that people with the highest blood levels of an omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, were about half as likely to develop dementia as those with lower levels. The substance is one of several omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fatty fish and, in small amounts, in some meats. It is also sold in fish oil or DHA supplements. The researchers looked for a reduced risk associated with seven other omega-3 fatty...
  • Walnuts 'Combat Unhealthy Fats'

    10/10/2006 6:03:15 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 782+ views
    BBC ^ | 10-10-2006
    Walnuts 'combat unhealthy fats' The new superfood? Eating walnuts at the end of a meal may help cut the damage that fatty food can do to the arteries, research suggests. It is thought that the nuts are rich in compounds that reduce hardening of the arteries, and keep them flexible. A team from Barcelona's Hospital Clinico recommend eating an ounce (28g) of walnuts a day. The study, which appears in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, also showed walnuts had more health benefits than olive oil. The researchers recruited 24 adults, half with normal cholesterol levels, and half...
  • California man lives to ripe age of 112, despite sausage-and-waffles diet

    09/01/2006 5:25:12 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 31 replies · 958+ views
    CBC.CA ^ | Sep 1, 2006 | Canaduan Oress staff
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - George Johnson, considered California's oldest living person at 112 and the state's last surviving First World War veteran, had experts shaking their heads over his junk food diet. "He had terrible, bad habits. He had a diet largely of sausages and waffles," Dr. Stephen Coles, founder of the Gerontology Research Group at the University of California, Los Angeles, said Friday. The 5-foot-7, 140-pound Johnson died of pneumonia Wednesday at his Richmond home in Northern California. "A lot of people think or imagine that your good habits and bad habits contribute to your longevity," Coles said. "But...
  • Perfect Diet? Eat Everything (Fat, Carbs, Protein Must Balance, Dietitian Says)

    08/20/2006 1:59:07 AM PDT · by Stoat · 21 replies · 5,055+ views
    Local 6 (Florida) ^ | August 20, 2006 | Shiloh Woolman
        Perfect Diet? Eat Everything Fat, Carbs, Protein Must Balance, Dietitian Says Shiloh Woolman, Staff Writer Put down the diet book that touts a carb-free, protein-rich diet and tells you all fat is your mortal enemy. Get ready to learn the mystery to permanent weight loss.  Eating everything is the magic bullet, experts say. Variety is the key to not only a good-looking exterior, but a healthy body that can fight disease, according to Ann C. Grandjean, director of Omaha's Center for Human Nutrition, Inc. Grandjean suggests three golden rules for eating: balance, variety and correct servings. Mindful...
  • Chicago Weighs New Prohibition: Bad-for-You Fats

    07/17/2006 11:04:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 940+ views
    The Treasonous NY Times ^ | July 18, 2006 | MONICA DAVEY
    CHICAGO, July 14 — In Grant Park, this city’s front yard along Lake Michigan, a dizzying pack of people filled the streets evening after evening, all holding their gazes firmly on the little plates in their hands, loaded with catfish beignets, curly fries smothered in cheese, pirogies with sour cream, beer-battered artichoke hearts, and fried dough buried in berry sauce and whipped cream. This was the Taste of Chicago, an annual rite of summer that ended last weekend and was one more chance to eat in the city of Broad Shoulders — and, in many cases, broader bellies, hips and...
  • Nuggets of Death

    04/16/2006 9:49:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 61 replies · 1,850+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 16, 2006 | NINA TEICHOLZ
    IT'S never pleasant to learn that an artificial substance in your food might be ruining your health. This is what happened with trans fats when they were "discovered" in the food supply a few years ago, after a high-profile lawsuit against the makers of the Oreo cookie (laden with trans fats, who knew?) captured headlines nationwide. The publicity pushed the Food and Drug Administration to require that trans fats be listed on package labels starting this year. Producers of cookies, cakes, crackers, frozen foods and margarines, all high in trans fats, thus had an incentive to eliminate them from their...
  • Cloned Pigs Could Provide Meat That Helps Heart

    03/26/2006 3:00:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 476+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 26, 2006 | GINA KOLATA
    A group of university researchers said today that they had created what sounds like a nutritional holy grail: cloned pigs that make their own omega-3 fatty acids, potentially leading to bacon and pork chops that might help your heart. For now, the benefits of the research are highly theoretical. Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to a lowered incidence of heart disease, are primarily found in fish. No one knows whether they would have the same effect if people ate them in pork instead. And government approval for such genetically modified foods is certain to face opposition from consumer...
  • Maybe You're Not What You Eat (Report is from a huge federal study - Women's Health Initiative)

    02/13/2006 11:38:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 938+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 14, 2006 | GINA KOLATA
    News Analysis In an early 19th-century best seller, a famous food writer offered a cure for obesity and chronic disease: a low-carbohydrate diet. The notion that what you eat shapes your medical fate has exerted a strong pull throughout history. And its appeal continues to this day, medical historians and researchers say. "It's one of the great principles — no, more than principles, canons — of American culture to suggest that what you eat affects your health," says James Morone, a professor of political science at Brown University. "It's this idea that you control your own destiny and that it's...
  • Fish Oil: Helping Modern Medicine Treat Breast Cancer

    10/30/2005 8:00:21 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 340+ views
    10.28.05 | Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS
    By Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS, October 19, 2005, abstracted from “Anticancer properties of propofol-docosahexaenoate and propofol-eicosapentaenoate on breast cancer cells” in the June 7, 2005 issue of Breast Cancer Research   Despite increases in technology, research, and education, breast cancer incidence in the U.S. has increased from one in twenty people in 1960 to one in eight today, with a woman being diagnosed every three minutes. In addition to the 216,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer expected to be diagnosed in 2004, 59,390 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed, both expected to claim the lives of...
  • Fats Domino Returns to New Orleans for First Time Since Rescue From Flood, Finds Home in Ruins

    10/17/2005 10:15:45 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 37 replies · 1,417+ views
    ABC News ^ | Oct 17, 2005 | Assoc Press
    NEW ORLEANS — Visiting his home for the first time since he was rescued from rising floodwaters in a boat, Fats Domino found his piano overturned among mud and debris and his house in ruins. Despite the destruction, the 77-year-old legendary musician found a few bright spots during last week's tour, arranged by WWL-TV: a favorite shirt that survived unblemished and a bust that made it through the storm unbroken. Those were the exceptions. His electric keyboard sat against a wall covered in dried mud, mildew and mold, and his white grand piano was overturned, broken and stained with the...
  • Scientists ID Molecular 'Switch' In Liver That Triggers Harmful Effects Of Saturated And Trans Fats

    01/30/2005 3:52:56 AM PST · by foolscap · 2 replies · 369+ views
    www.sciencedaily.com ^ | 2005-01-30 | Science Daily
    BOSTON -- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers have identified a molecular mechanism in the liver that explains, for the first time, how consuming foods rich in saturated fats and trans-fatty acids causes elevated blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides and increases one's risk of heart disease and certain cancers. In the Jan. 28 issue of Cell, scientists led by Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, report that the harmful effects of saturated and trans fats are set in motion by a biochemical switch, or co-activator, in liver cells called PGC-1beta. Until now, scientists lacked a detailed explanation of how saturated and trans fats caused...
  • Olive oil cuts cancer risk

    01/10/2005 8:25:02 AM PST · by pissant · 23 replies · 1,062+ views
    IrishHealth.com ^ | 1/10/05 | Deborah Condom
    The Mediterranean diet, which includes olive oil, vegetables and pasta, has long been considered beneficial to health, particularly heart health. However scientists now claim to have discovered why this diet also appears to protect women from breast cancer. According to the researchers, the answer lies in olive oil, or more specifically, one of the ingredients of olive oil - oleic acid. They found that this fatty acid significantly reduced the levels of a gene - Her-2/neu - which is thought to trigger breast cancer. This gene is found in high levels in around one in five breast cancer patients and...
  • Heavy Questions (obesity)

    01/02/2005 12:04:52 AM PST · by neverdem · 116 replies · 4,455+ views
    NY Times Magazine ^ | January 2, 2005 | ELIZABETH WEIL
    The road changes just past the Starr County sign. The shoulder disappears, the grass is left uncut and the black-eyed Susans and big pink Texas sage have to compete with the orange traffic cones set out by the border patrol. Just two counties up from the Texas tip, where the flood plains along the Rio Grande change to rolling hills and eroding cliffs, Starr County, largely Mexican-American, is one of the poorest counties in the nation. Fifty-nine percent of its children live below the poverty level, and in the strange new arithmetic of want, in which poverty means not starvation...
  • Photo Mosaic Portrait of Michael Moore (made up of hot dogs, cheeseburgers and pics of Kerry)

    11/04/2004 9:10:26 AM PST · by Callahan · 68 replies · 4,092+ views
    Blogolution.com ^ | 11/004/04 | Me
    Yesterday, Michael Moore publicized a photo mosaic portrait of George W. Bush predictably made up of pictures of U.S. war dead. In response, a contributor to my blog has created a portrait of Moore using small photos of meat products, terrorists and failed Democratic Presidential Candidates. Enjoy.
  • Study: Animal Fats Linked with Breast Cancer

    07/15/2003 7:46:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 281+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/15/03 | Maggie Fox - Reuters Health
    Washington(Reuters) - Young women who eat more red meat and full-fat dairy products such as cheese may be raising their risk of breast cancer (news - web sites), researchers reported on Tuesday. They said their study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (news - web sites), provides yet another incentive for women to shun fatty foods and consume fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. "When we compared the women in the highest fat intake group with women in lowest intake group, those with the highest intake had a 33 percent greater risk of invasive breast cancer," Eunyoung...
  • Lawsuit seeks to ban sale of Oreos to children in California, Nabisco taken to task

    05/11/2003 10:13:13 PM PDT · by MikalM · 115 replies · 434+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/11/03 | Kim Severson
    <p>Oreo cookies should be banned from sale to children in California, according to a lawsuit filed by a San Francisco attorney who claims that trans fat -- the stuff that makes the chocolate cookies crisp and their filling creamy -- is so dangerous children shouldn't eat it.</p>