Leptin Hormone helps in Surviving Sepsis Infection

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[Best Syndication News] Leptin is a hormone which is usually being investigate for its role in body weight regulation, a study led by Matthias Tschöp, MD, of UC's Metabolic Diseases Institute, and Charles Caldwell, PhD, of UC's surgery department looked at the role that leptin has in immune response within the central nervous system such as in sepsis. The study was published in this weeks issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Sepsis is an infection that travels throughout the whole body and can be life-threatening. The researchers say that people that have brain injuries are at a higher risk for infection an sepsis. Sepsis is also a complication that is seen in stroke patients. The researchers wanted to find out why there was an increased risk of sepsis and infection in these patients suffering from central nervous system impairments.

Diets high in Trans Fats increase risk for Ischemic Stroke in Menopausal Women

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[Best Syndication News] A recent study found that postmenopausal women who ate the most dietary fat and those that ate the most trans fats had the highest risk for developing a Ischemic stroke which is a stroke that is caused by blockages in the blood vessels that lead to the brain. The researchers will present their study at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2010.

What the researchers found is post-menopausal women who ate on average 7 grams of trans fat per day had a 30 percent higher chance of suffering a ischemic stroke than those women who averaged around 1 gram of trans fat per day. Trans fats are often found in processed foods, such as baked goods like cookies or also in fried foods. Frozen prepared pizzas will often have lots of trans fats. Many margarines will have trans fats. Lots of times prepared food will say no trans fats per serving, which you could easily be having almost 1 gram hidden in a serving. Make sure you read the label on the food packaging for the serving size as well as the amount of trans fat in that serving.

Eating Chocolate might lower a Person's Stroke Death Risk

Eating Chocolate might lower a Person's Stroke Death Risk

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[Best Syndication News] Chocolate lovers love that their guilty pleasure might be OK to eat, and have some health perks associated with it. According to researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto Canada, they have found that eating chocolates might lower a persons risk of death after having a stroke. The study will be presented in April at the American Academy of Neurology.

It is known that chocolate contains antioxidants called flavonoids. The researchers believe this is what lowers the risk for strokes. The researches suggest that it may offer a protective effect against a stroke.

In the study the researchers looked at three studies that had involved chocolate consumption and stroke risk. In one study there was no relationship between flavonoid intake and the risk of stroke or of death. The second study showed different results which found relationship for strokes with those eating chocolate once a week as opposed to none per week. In the third study the results showed that flavonoid intake for the intake of chocolates one time per week had showed a reduced level of death that is caused by a stroke.

Phil Harris Suffers Stroke – Deadliest Catch Captain In Hospital

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(Best Syndication News) Phil Harris, the captain of the fishing boat in Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” is in the hospital after suffering a stroke. Harris was admitted to St. Paul Clinic in Alaska and is currently receiving treatment. (See Video Below)

"Phil Harris suffered a stroke while in port off-loading from the F/V Cornelia Marie," the Discovery Channel said in a statement.

The documentary follows Harris and his crew while they fish in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab and Opilio crab fishing seasons. The job is incredibly risky.

Blue Food Dye may be Helpful after a Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

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[Best Syndication News] Commonly found blue food dye called brilliant blue G (BBG), have been shown to cross into the spinal fluid in rats and help block inflammation after suffering a traumatic spinal injury. The BBG is derived from the commonly used FD&C Blue number 1. Over 1 million pounds of this common food dye is consumed each year in the United States.

Insitally the researchers found out five years ago that the ATP was responsible for the secondary damage caused by a severe spinal cord injury. They wanted to find something that would block the ATP chemical from being released after such an injury occurred an help prevent the serious secondary damage that happens which can increase paralysis.

Currently there is no effective treatment for a person that suffers an acute spinal injury, it is these researchers goal to develop a practical and safe acting agent that could decrease the secondary damage caused after an acute spinal cord injury.

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