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Broccoli could be an effective weapon against diabetes: Study

Broccoli could be an effective weapon against diabetes: Study

A promising study has suggested that broccoli can be potential weapon against type 2 diabetes as it contains an ingredient that can help control blood sugar levels.

Researchers found that sulforaphane, a chemical in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and sprouts, has shown to drag down glucose levels in lab experiments on diabetic rats.

The research team used computer models to identify gene changes linked with the diabetes, and sifted through thousands of chemicals in order to identify suitable compounds that might reverse those changes.

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Dog food recalled because product may contain euthanasia drug

Dog food recalled because product may contain euthanasia drug

California-based pet food maker Party Animals recently announced a voluntary recall for a couple of lots of its Cocolicious dog food after inspectors warned that it might contain pentobarbital.

Pentobarbital is a dangerous chemical that is often used to euthanize animals. This chemical has been tested positive in the 13 ounce cans of Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food as well as Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food.

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Egyptian woman sheds 713 Lbs.; sister calls doctors ‘liars’

Egyptian woman sheds 713 Lbs.; sister calls doctors ‘liars’

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, an Egyptian woman who once made global headlines form being the world’s heaviest woman, has successfully shed 713 lbs.

After surpassing 1,102 lbs. in weight, El Aty underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery at on 9th of March at Saifee Hospital. After nearly a couple of months at the hospital, she now weighs just 389 lbs.

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Exercise improves cognitive function in people older than 50 years: study

Exercise improves cognitive function in people older than 50 years: study

A review of randomized controlled trials has shown that physical exercise including aerobic exercise or strength training of moderate intensity significantly improves cognitive function in people older than 50 years.

Lead researcher Joseph Northey, a PhD candidate at University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport & Exercise, Australia, said that the review of 39 studies showed that thinking and memory skills were most improved when participants exercised the heart and muscles on a regular basis.

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Standard Homeopathic recalls Hyland’s teething tablets

Standard Homeopathic recalls Hyland’s teething tablets

Los Angeles-based Standard Homeopathic Co. has issued a nationwide recall for any remaining packages of its teething tablets after regulators warned that the medicine has inconsistent levels of an herb that might be poisonous.

Standard Homeopathic stopped producing and supplying Hyland’s teething tablets in October last year, and notified distributors as well as stores to return the tablets. Consumers who might have already purchased the tablets were advised to throw them out.

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Ban on trans fats linked to fewer heart attacks, strokes

Ban on trans fats linked to fewer heart attacks, strokes

People in a number of New York counties suffered fewer heart attacks and strokes after local authorities imposed bans on artery-clogging trans fats in restaurant foods, a new survey revealed.

Artificial trans fats are also known as trans fatty acids, which are produced in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils in order to make them more solid. These fats increases the risk of developing heart disease and stroke by boosting bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and lower good cholesterol levels (HDL).

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Hawaiian health officials worried over increasing brain-invading parasite infections

Hawaiian health officials worried over increasing brain-invading parasite infections

Health officials in the Hawaiian island of Maui have warned members of the public that infections stemming from a parasitic worm that invades the human brain are on the rise.

In the past three months, at least half a dozen cases of disease of rat lungworm caused by parasitic roundworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis have been confirmed in Maui. Many more cases of the infection are currently under investigation.

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April’s baby is kicking, just not coming out: zoo officials say

April’s baby is kicking, just not coming out: zoo officials say

For millions of animal lovers, day begins and ends with a check on April the giraffe as the pregnant creature is showing no sign of going into active labor well after she was initially expected to give birth.

Veterinarian at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y., said in a new statement that April and her baby are healthy. However, they also expressed concern that it is not coming out.

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FDA approves 23andMe’s genetic testing kit

FDA approves 23andMe’s genetic testing kit

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has finally approved 23andMe’s personal genetic test for certain diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and celiac diseases.

The FDA said in statement that the genetic test assess genetic risk for the aforementioned conditions but does not diagnose them. The federal agency also urged people to use their results to help make decisions regarding lifestyle choices and to inform discussions with a healthcare expert.

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A common virus can trigger life-long allergy to gluten: study

A common virus can trigger life-long allergy to gluten: study

A new study has revealed that a symptom-free common virus in infancy can set the stage for a life-long allergy to gluten, leading to celiac disease, which affects millions of people in the United States.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder which occurs when the body has an inappropriate immune response, like an allergy, to the protein gluten. This gluten is found in barley, wheat and rye.

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