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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total, the company has set aside more than $21 billion to cover legal costs and settlements since the diet drugs were withdrawn, according to Reuters News on May 24, 2006.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.

More Fat People Than Starving in the World - Obesity is the New Health Crisis and Causes Health Problems

More Fat People Than Starving in the World - Obesity is the New Health Crisis and Causes Health Problems

There are now more obese people in the world than starving people, and an international conference in Australia is calling for incentives to address this urgent problem. This may be a sign of the times, since it is much easier to acquire food today than it has ever been. Early humans spent most of their days working to provide a meal.

The shift from starvation to obesity happened quickly, according to Barry Popkin, a nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina. He believes the shift has occurred because there was a global dietary shift away from cereals and grains to animal products and vegetable oils.

Study Says Cutting Calories May Lower Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease – Apples May also Reduce Risk

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A new study says that by cutting calories you may be able to reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Researchers took laboratory mice that were destined to develop the brain wasting disease and controlled their diets.

The researcher found that the mice that were fed 30 percent fewer calories had a dramatic improvement in brain function. The scientists hope to come up with a pill that would imitate calorie reduction.

In related news, the South African website, Health 24, reports that two apples a day, or a glass of apple juice, could also reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s. There is a chemical in apples that boosts the levels of a neurotransmitter.

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