Scientist identify More Genetic causes of Coronary Artery Disease

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(Best Syndication News) - A large group of international scientists, including scientists from Standford University School of Medicine, has identified 15 new genetic areas that are related to coronary artery disease. With these new findings, there are now 46 genetic links related to heart disease. The research findings will be published in the December 2 online edition of Nature Genetics.

Coronary atherosclerosis, another name for plaque build-up in the artery wall of the heart vessels, is a condition that can cause a person to suffer chest pain or a heart attack. According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, heart disease ranks as the leading cause of death in the United States.

Childhood Obesity risk factor can be calculated at Birth

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers have devised a method to calculate a baby’s chance of becoming obese during childhood. The risk factor is determined by the baby’s birth weight, the parent’s body mass index (BMI), how many people live in the household, the mother’s professional status, and if she smoked during pregnancy. The study was published today in the journal PLOS ONE.

The researchers developed this method to identify risk factors by analyzing information from 4,000 children in Finland that were followed starting in 1986. First, the researchers tried to determine genetic profiles that could predict obesity, but that failed to work. Then they looked at non-genetic information that was collected at the time of birth. The formula they finally developed worked in the Finnish cohort. So they tested the calculations using information collected in the US and Italy. With that data they were able to predict childhood obesity from the risk factors.

Ranbaxy recalls 41 Lots of Atorvastatin Calcium Medication

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(Best Syndication News) - Ranbaxy Inc. announced a voluntary recall of 41 lots of Atorvastatin Calcium Tablets (generic version of Lipitor) because small glass particles may be included with the medication. The particles could be the size of a grain of sand or even smaller.

The dosages of Atorvastatin, a cholesterol lowering medication, involved in the recall are 10 mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg. The 80 mg dose of the medication is not involved in the recall. The recall was announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as on the company’s website.

Out of extreme precaution, Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited (NSE:RANBAXY)is recalling the product. They said that the likelihood of having an adverse reaction is unlikely, but it cannot be ruled out entirely. So far, Ranbaxy has not received any reports of problems associated with the glass. Ranbaxy has contacted distributors and retailers (pharmacies) to stop delivery. Customers are being asked to return the pills to their pharmacy.

Topical Simvastatin accelerated wound healing in diabetic mice

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(Best Syndication News) - A study involving diabetic mice found that applying simvastatin topically to the wound sped-up healing. The research suggests that the topical simvastatin could offer a similar benefit for humans dealing with problems like a diabetic foot ulcer and other wounds that are slow to heal. The researchers published their findings in The American Journal of Pathology.

The study was conducted at the Departments of Dermatology and Ophthalmology of Kyoto Prefectural University School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan; the Department of Dermatology at Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan; and the Shiseido Innovative Scientific Research Center, Yamamoto, Japan.

Mothers perceive Food and Chef more positively when Vegetables are served

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(Best Syndication News) - While every mother knows that kids may complain about the vegetables on the plate, a study found that some mothers perceive vegetables as a better meal served by a more caring and loving person. Maybe over time, children too, will look forward to eating green beans and broccoli. The study involved interviewing 500 mothers in the United States to find out what they thought of meals served with vegetables and the people who prepared them.

The lead author, Brian Wansink, PhD, the John Dyson Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behavior at Cornell University, explained that only 23 percent of American dinners come with vegetables served with the main course.

Most people are aware of the health benefits of eating vegetables. However, if the preparer knew that their food was perceived as more desirable and the preparer was thought of as being more loving and caring, would they serve more meals with vegetables?

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