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Fat is Good for Heart, if it is 'Good Fat' !

To reduce the risk of heart disease, cut back on the saturated fats, right? Sounds good. Makes sense. But apparently we never had much evidence that it works -- much less evidence-backed guidance on what to eat instead.

Until now, say Harvard University researchers. Their review of related data offers some reassurance to the butter- and bacon-deprived who are trying so hard to be healthier -- but without living a life devoid of richness.

Drug-resistant TB killed 150,000 in 2008

Thu, Mar 18 2010

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis killed 150,000 people in 2008 and infects between 400,000 and 500,000 people globally, according to World Health Organization estimates released on Thursday.

WHO said the numbers suggest the hard-to-treat infection is spreading and said there is an urgent need for countries to set up labs to fight it.

Body Mass Index

BMI, or body mass index, is an indirect measure of body fat in a person. Because the calculation only requires two pieces of information -- height and weight -- it is an inexpensive and easy method used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Calculating BMI can help determine if a person is overweight or obese; these calculations are often used in conjunction with other measurements (such as waist circumference) to assess a person's weight.

38% of US Adults Use Alternative Medicine

Nearly 12 percent of children and teens in the United States are using unconventional healing therapies — from echinacea and fish oil, to herbs and yoga — to treat a variety of ailments, according to a first-of-its kind government survey.

Surgery to control diabetics!

Weight loss surgery can be especially helpful to patients with diabetes and can even help them reverse the disease, Australian researchers reported.
They found that obese patients with diabetes who had weight loss surgery were five times more likely to get their disease under control than those who dieted -- probably because they lost more weight.
Antibiotics are useless against viruses, a common cause of sinus infections, and their overuse can lead to the development of drug-resistant bacteria.




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