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Heart Disease and Stroke - Eating Egg Yolks almost as bad as Smoking Cigarettes

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that a person who ate egg yolks on a regular basis had an increased risk for developing atherosclerosis. They also had a two-thirds increased risk for plaque buildup in their arteries as a person who smoked cigarettes. The study results were published in the online edition of the journal Atherosclerosis.

Coronary artery disease, called atherosclerosis, occurs when plaque accumulates in the arteries. It is believed that the plaque is accelerated by excess cholesterol in the blood. The plaque builds up on the inside walls of the arteries and pieces could break off, which could lead to a heart attack or a stroke.

Blocking a Protein prevented Weight Gain in a Mice Study

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that blocking an enzyme called fatty acid synthase (FAS) in mice aided them against gaining weight even when eating a high-fat diet. The mice that were not having the FAS blocked were given the same high-fat diet and became obese. The research may help develop new treatments for obesity and type 2 diabetes in humans. The study results were published in the online edition of the journal Cell Metabolism.

The blocked FAS enzyme made the mice become more sensitive to insulin. The researchers engineered the mice so that they would not make FAS in their fat cells.

Early Puberty and Problems of Infertility associated with Childhood Obesity

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(Best Syndication News) - An overview of childhood obesity emphasizes the potential impact it has for early puberty and infertility problems, particularly with girls. Patrick Chappell, an assistant professor of veterinary medicine at Oregon State University, is the author of the report, which was published in Frontiers in Endocrinology.

Chappell explains that nutritional conditions play a vital role in reproduction. Obesity is known to be associated with metabolic syndrome, which can affect fertility. The lack of nutrition can also cause reproduction problems.

Generally, girls are starting puberty earlier and it has accelerated.

Weight Loss Pill Qsymia gains FDA Approval

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(Best Syndication News) - A new weight loss pill, Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate), was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today. Taking phentermine and topiramate weight-loss medication along with a diet and exercise program could help a person lose weight.

The drug was approved for adults that have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Additionally, adults with a BMI of 27 or more who have either high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol are also approved to take the medication.

Qsymia is made up of two other FDA approved medications – phentermine and topiramate. Qsymia is an extended release formulation. The short-term weight loss is associated with taking phentermine. Topiramate was initially given to people with epilepsy for seizures, and to prevent migraine headaches.

Glycemic Index of Rice Varieties range between 48 to 92

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(Best Syndication News) - All rice is not created equal on the glycemic index (GI) rating scale, according to a new study. Researchers from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Food Futures Flagship tested 235 different worldwide varieties of rice and found a wide range of glycemic index ratings – all the way from low to high.

The benefits of picking low glycemic index foods is that they will keep blood sugar levels from rising too quickly. The higher the glycemic index, the faster the blood sugar spikes.

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