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Weight Loss - 10 Secrets to Super-Charging your Metabolism

Weight Loss - 10 Secrets to Super-Charging your Metabolism

After years of yo yo dieting and trying every fad diet out there to lose weight I found that my metabolism was so low I only had to look at a cookie to put on weight. I decided I needed to make some drastic changes if I was to improve my chances of losing the extra weight that had been creeping on for the last few years.

Just think how easy it is to gain 1lb a week, you just have to overeat by 3,500 calories per week and there you are at the end of the year 52 pounds heavier. Well, if you’re built like Victoria Beckham then you could probably stand to add the extra, but for us regular types, this is quite a scary prospect.

Fen-Phen May Cause Rummage Sale of Wyeth Assets

Fen-Phen May Cause Rummage Sale of Wyeth Assets

On August 18, 2006, Bloomberg News reported that Wyeth has faced more than 175,000 claims since fen-phen was removed from the market, and that over the past 9 years, the company has settled many claims without forcing fen-phen users to file a lawsuit.

All total, the company has set aside more than $21 billion to cover legal costs and settlements since the diet drugs were withdrawn, according to Reuters News on May 24, 2006. As for how long Wyeth can stay afloat under the tidal wave of lawsuits, financial experts say the answer could boil down to insurance coverage.

Stem Cell Breakthrough Does Not Harm Embryo – Uses Only One Cell Saving Embryo

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A California company says they have found a way to successfully generate human embryonic stem cells (hES cells) using an “approach that does not harm embryos.” If the research can be repeated in other laboratories, this could help ease the objections made by those opposed to using hES for research and possible treatments.

The technique involves deriving stem cells from human blastomeres with a single-cell biopsy technique called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). Scientists take a single cell from an early stage embryo and then use it to “seed” a line of stem cells. Since the rest of the embryo still has the potential to develop into a healthy human, a Whitehouse spokesman called the finding encouraging.

Stroke – Two strokes in Two Years double the risk of Dying Sooner - Mexican Americans at Risk

aStroke – Two strokes in Two Years double the risk of Dying Sooner - Mexican Americans at Risk

If a person that has survived a stroke has another stroke, they double their chances of dying in the next two years. Researchers from the University of Michigan Stroke Program also found that the fastest-growing groups of stroke sufferers in the United States are Mexican-American Latinos are more likely to suffer a second stroke within two years after they survived the first one.

The researchers stress to doctors how important “secondary prevention” is in survival rates of stroke survivors.

“This finding completes a picture that has been taking shape through research on ethnic differences in stroke,” said lead author Lynda Lisabeth, Ph.D. “We know that Mexican-Americans have a higher overall risk of stroke, tend to have strokes starting at younger ages, and generally have a better chance of surviving their first stroke, compared with non-Hispanic whites. Now, by finding this higher rate of recurrence, we have a better idea of the overall burden of stroke in this population.”

Sleep Apnea – Children with untreated Severe OSA have Lower IQ

Sleep Apnea – Children with untreated Severe OSA have Lower IQ

Johns Hopkins researchers have showed children’s brains with untreated sleep apnea to damage two parts of the brain that are linked to learning abilities. The study was first published in the online August 22nd edition of the journal, Public Library of Science Medicine.

The researchers used MRI technology to look at the brain activity of 19 children that had severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). They also measured the brain activity of 12 children that did not have any problems with breathing while they sleep. The two locations that were measured with the MRI were the hippocampus and the right frontal cortex.

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