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Children are increasingly fatter in the Waist

Children are increasingly fatter in the Waist

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Belly fat is one of the most dangerous places to store fat as it increase a person’s risk of developing a number of potentially deadly diseases. According to a recent study published in today’s Pediatrics children have become increasing obese in the abdomen by 65 percent more when comparing children from 1988 to children in 2004.

Waist measurement is increasingly being recognized a predictor for future health problems, even more so than Body Mass Index (BMI). The larger your waistline you increase your chances of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. If a child has the increasing belly fat, however, the researchers say that by losing weight and changing their lifestyle that many of these conditions could be prevented and the damage could be reversible if they haven’t developed any disease.

Complete Heart Failure Recovery Involving Drugs and Temporary Pump – British Study Promising For CHF Patients – Clinical Trials

Complete Heart Failure Recovery Involving Drugs and Temporary Pump – British Study Promising For CHF Patients – Clinical Trials

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A small study in Britain may prove to be very promising for heart failure patients. In fact some patients made a complete recovery and were able to live “normal lives”. This is amazing because heart failure is usually a chronic illness, and it may worsen with infection or other physical stressors.

But this new approach may herald a more promising approach, but it may not be available for some time in the United States. The process involves the drug clenbuterol which is not yet approved in the U.S. for general use, but has been used to bulk up cattle or athletes.

In heart failure patients, once the heart weakens and does not pump enough blood, the patients cannot perform daily tasks. At that time the treatments are limited to either a heart transplant or implanted pumps to take over the workload. The heart pumps can cause clots and infections and only about 10 percent of the patients will recover.

Substance Found in Red Wine and Grapes May Slow Aging – Resveratrol Helps Diseases Related to Obesity – Diabetes – Heart Disease

Substance Found in Red Wine and Grapes May Slow Aging – Resveratrol Helps Diseases Related to Obesity – Diabetes – Heart Disease

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Although research has only been done on mice, researchers say that the substance called resveratrol may extend the lifespan for humans even in people with unhealthy lifestyles. David Sinclair said that “Mice are much closer evolutionarily to humans than any previous model organism treated by this molecule, which offers hope that similar impacts might be seen in humans without negative side-effects.” Sinclair is the Harvard Medical School associate professor of pathology and co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Labs for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging.

Resveratrol increased the lifespan of obese mice. The researchers found that the drug reversed nearly all of the changes in gene expression patterns found in mice on a high calorie diets. These gene expressions are associated with diabetes, heart disease, and other significant diseases related to obesity.

Obesity could be attributed to extra Salt Consumption

Obesity could be attributed to extra Salt Consumption

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Salt is being attributed as being a culprit in causing obesity, increasing diseases and shortening lifespan according to a new study recently published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases."

Professors, Dr. Heikki Karppanen of the University of Helsinki and Dr. Eero Mervaala of the University of Kuopio from Finland, report health improvements with the reduction of salt intake. They report an average reduction of 30 – 35% salt intake for 30 years for people living in Finland. This reduction of salt showed a large 75 % to 80 % decrease in people under the age of 65 years old, of suffering from a stroke and coronary heart disease mortality. In addition to the decrease of coronary related deaths, there was an increase in life expectancy for males and females by 6 – 7 years.

Asthma Attacks could be reduced with Exposure to Sunlight

Asthma Attacks could be reduced with Exposure to Sunlight

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Researchers from Australia found a connection with exposure to ultraviolet light and the reduction of asthma symptoms. The research team from Perth’s Telethon Institute for Child Health Research studied how ultraviolet sunlight would help mice that had asthma-like symptoms including inflamed airways and lungs.

The mice that were exposed to ultraviolet light for 15 to 30 minutes before being exposed to allergens had significantly reduced asthma-like symptoms. The researchers believe that the UV exposure helps to produce a cell type that can help prevent the asthma-like symptoms.

Associate Professor Prue Hart, leader of the research team, which includes Dr Debra Turner, Dr Shelley Gorman and PhD student Jacqueline McGlade, all reported positive results and potential treatments in the future for asthmatics.

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