Stomach and Digestion

CDC suggests that all Baby Boomers be tested for Hepatitis C

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that all baby boomers in the country be tested once for the hepatitis C virus. The CDC estimates that 1-in-30 baby boomers are infected with hepatitis C and may not even be aware that they are infected. Baby boomers are people who were born between 1945 and 1965.

The CDC said that hepatitis C can cause the liver to become seriously diseased and in some cases, it could lead to liver cancer. The fastest growing rate for cancer related death is liver cancer. In the US, hepatitis C is also a leading cause for liver transplants.

Recall announced for Gourmet Black Licorice sold at Costco and Smart & Final Stores

Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice - FDA

(Best Syndication News) - A recall has been announced for lot number A3057 of the Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice that were sold at Costco and Smart & Final stores in California, Arizona, and Utah because they exceeded the safe lead level standards for these states. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the recall.

The director of the CDPH and state health officer, Dr. Ron Chapman, said that the lead levels of the recalled licorice tested as high as 0.18 parts per million of lead. A serving of licorice could add up to 7.2 micrograms of lead. Children under the age of six should not have anything over 6.0 micrograms of lead each day from all sources of food.

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.

High dietary intake of Salt takes out Calcium from the Body

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(Best Syndication News) - Sodium takes calcium along with it when leaving the body, explained University of Alberta researchers. Scientists found the molecule which regulates both the sodium and the calcium levels in the body. A diet that is continually high in salt could create an increased risk for developing kidney stones and osteoporosis. The study findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology.

Using animals, the principal investigator Todd Alexander, a Faculty member of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, and his team investigated the link between sodium and calcium levels in the body. The researchers found that the same molecule regulates sodium and calcium in the body.

Pancreatic Cancer risk reduced with higher dietary intake of Vitamin C, E, and Selenium

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that eating foods with adequate amounts of antioxidant vitamins C, E, and selenium decreased the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to two thirds. The researchers reported their findings in the online edition of the journal Gut.

The researchers suggest that one in 12 cases of pancreatic cancer might be preventable. Worldwide, over 250,000 people will die from pancreatic cancer each year. Only 3 percent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive past five years. Other risk factors that are believed to increase the risk for pancreatic cancer include smoking, genetics, and type 2 diabetes. Previously diet was suspected to be a factor.

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