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Two new reports show that fast food portion sizes and product formulation, including sodium content and fat, stayed relatively the same between 1996 and 2013. The exception was a consistent decline in trans fat of fries between 2000 and 2009. Nevertheless, calorie and sodium contents remain high suggesting emphasis needs to be shifted from portion size to additional factors such as total calories, number of items ordered, and menu choices.
Early detection and treatment can decrease the risk of developing complications from diabetes. Certified diabetes educators report that the new year is a good time to see a doctor if you think you have diabetes.
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has entered an approach phase in which it will continue to close in on Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet never before visited by a spacecraft. Dawn launched in 2007 and is scheduled to enter Ceres orbit in March 2015.
Procedures for screening health workers returning to the United Kingdom from countries affected by Ebola will be reviewed after an infected health care worker was cleared to fly from London to Glasgow, Scotland, despite apparently telling airport staff she felt unwell.
A MERTK gene defect responsible for a recently identified form of progressive retinal atrophy in Swedish vallhund dogs has been found by an international team of scientists. This discovery opens the door to the development of therapies for diseases that cause blindness both in dogs and humans.
As millions of Americans resolve to live healthier lives in 2015, research shows just how important diligent daily physical activity is. The researchers found that reducing daily physical activity for even a few days leads to decreases in the function of the inner lining of blood vessels in the legs of young, healthy subjects causing vascular dysfunction that can have prolonged effects.
An observational study showed that even modest coronary plaque causing no symptoms has a long-term impact on mortality and heart disease in diabetes. Aggressive management of all patients significantly reduced the number of adverse events that happened in diabetic patients. Read more