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New Year’s Resolutions bring Weight Loss Programs Center Stage

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(Best Syndication News) - With the New Year comes a list of resolutions or goals that people want to achieve during the coming year. One of the top goals is to lose weight and to get physically fit. To help get on the right track, there are many weight loss programs and books available. Many of the weight loss programs cost money, but there are some free ones available.

Some of the trends in weight loss are counting and tracking the calories you eat, focusing on eating nutritionally dense foods, keeping physically active, and staying away from processed foods. Here are some of the weight loss tools that are interesting in 2013.

Lack of Coenzyme Q10 and Impaired Energy Production may cause Muscle Pain when taking Statins

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that low levels of coenzyme Q10 and glucose intolerance might be factors that contribute to muscle pain symptoms with people taking statins to lower LDL cholesterol levels. The findings were reported in the Journal of American College of Cardiology.

Around 75 percent of people who take statins could complain of having muscle pain, explained Professor Flemming Dela from the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen. This research demonstrates that statins affect the muscle’s ability to produce energy.

Discover survey finds consumers plan to spend less in January

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(Best Syndication News) - Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) found lower-income consumers were less confident on the economy and their personal finances in December 2012. The monthly survey dubbed “Discover U.S. Spending Monitor” showed a 4.3-point decline to 91.1 points for the month of December. This could translate into less post-season spending.

The Discover survey found 15 percent of the respondents rated the economy as good or excellent, which was a 3-point decline from November 2012. However, in December 2011, only 9 percent that thought the economy was doing well. Thirty-two percent of the consumers surveyed think the U.S. economy will improve, which was 3-percentage points lower than the previous month.

Current Mortgage Rates Today – Optimism pushed loan rate higher

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(Best Syndication News) Fiscal optimism brought investors back into equities Wednesday providing breather-room for secondary and primary lenders (see the mortgage rate charts below). Mortgage interest rates were mostly higher, with SunTrust, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Citibank among the lenders making changes.

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A last-minute vote in Congress brought assurances to Wall Street investors t; automatic spending and tax cuts have been postponed. Stock markets in the United States skyrocketed despite some lingering issues that were put on the back-burner until February or March.

Amazon’s Third-Party Sellers increased Unit Sales by over 40 percent

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(Best Syndication News) - Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced today that over 2 million third-party sellers worldwide sold on their website in 2012. The third-party holiday seller unit sales have grown to over 40 percent compared to the same time in 2011. Over the entire 2012 year, Amazon third-party sellers worldwide have sold hundreds of millions of units valued in the tens of billions of dollars.

Peter Faricy, VP for Amazon Marketplace said that their website serves over 188 million active customers throughout the world.

Third-party sellers can fulfill the orders themselves or they can use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA). If a seller uses the FBA service, Amazon will ship their products for them. Sellers utilizing FBA can also opt to offer the buyer FREE Super Saver Shipping on their items. Amazon also handles the returns and the customer service issues.

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