FDA announces New Safety Concerns for Statins

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(Best Syndication News) - Cholesterol lowering medications prescribed by doctors have new important safety information announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These include not needing to do routine blood tests for liver enzymes, memory loss problems, increased diabetes risk, and muscle damage risk.

The FDA is advising health care professionals that routine blood tests for liver enzymes are no longer necessary because they did not prove to be helpful in preventing rare cases of serious liver injury that can happen when taking statins.

Memory loss, forgetting, and being confused have been reported as a side effect from some people taking statin medications. The memory loss was described as being “fuzzy.” The FDA said that the memory loss was reversible once the person stopped taking the medication.

FDA releases Test Results of Lead Levels in 400 Lipsticks

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(Best Syndication News) - Four hundred lipsticks were tested by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and all contained trace levels of lead; however, the government agency considers it safe because it is not consumed. The testing results showed as low as 0.026 ppm, while other lipsticks tested much higher at 7.19 ppm.

The highest level was found in L’Oreal’s Maybelline Color Sensational Pink Petal color lipstick with the 7.19 ppm. Another L’Oreal Colour Riche Volcanic color lipstick tested at 7 ppm. Then NARS Semi Matte Red Lizard lipstick test in at the third highest level at 4.93 ppm. The Cover Girl Queen Collection Vibrant Hues Color Ruby Remix tested at 4.92 ppm.

Brain Activity for Appetite increases with Sleep Deprivation

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(Best Syndication News) - Getting enough sleep may be one of the most important ways to stay slim. A new study from Uppsala University in Sweden found that people who were sleep deprived for only one night had heightened brain activity in the region associated with appetite.

Previous research, conducted by Christian Benedict and Helgi Schiöth from the Department of Neuroscience at Uppsala University, found that young men at normal weight had reduced energy expenditure the following day after one night of complete sleep loss. Also noticed was that the participant’s hunger levels increased as well. The two researchers wanted to investigate how the brain is involved in hunger response with sleep deprivation.

Early Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis with a Simple Blood Test

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers for the United Kingdom have developed a simple blood test for early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The new breakthrough was reported in the December issue of the FASEB Journal. The blood test is called “phosphorylated alpha-synuclein,” which is a common substance found in the blood of people with Parkinson’s disease.

The UK researchers took blood samples from Parkinson’s patients and from a second group of healthy people. They measured each group for levels of phosphorylated alpha-synuclein in the blood. They found that the Parkinson’s disease patients had increased levels compared to the healthy people. Because of this discovery, the researchers developed a blood test that could measure for the elevated phosphorylated alpha-synuclein levels.

‘The 7 Day Energy Surge’ book author Jim Karas shares how to be more energetic on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’

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(Best Syndication News) - On today’s ‘The Dr. Oz Show,’ NY Times bestselling author Jim Karas shared tips to fight fatigue and be energized from his ‘The 7 Day Energy Surge’ book. Doctor Mehmet Oz starts this television segment by saying over two-thirds of American women are sleep deprived, and around 75 percent are stressed on a regular basis. The problem is that we seek out quick fixes for fatigue such as coffee, soda, and sugary snacks explained Doctor Oz.

Jim Karas is the author of the ‘The 7 Day Energy Surge’ book, which had become a NY times bestseller. He is also a trainer for celebrities. Karas said that fatigue comes from eating bad food, being dehydrated, and trying to pack too much into the day. His book offers ways to rebuild, which could help get people energized. Doctor Oz said that he knows some of the celebrities that Karas coached, and noticed that they have a lot of energy. Karas mentioned that he has coached Diane Sawyer.

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