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2009-07-07 16:05:00

Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the University of Heidelberg, Germany, have come a step closer to understanding how cholesterol levels are regulated. In a study published today in the journal Cell Metabolism, the researchers identified 20 genes that are involved in this process. Besides giving scientists a better idea of where to look to uncover the mechanisms that ensure cholesterol balance is maintained, the discovery could lead to new treatments for...

2009-06-16 12:12:32

Doctors who ignore the socioeconomic status of patients when evaluating their risk for heart disease are missing a crucial element that might result in inadequate treatment, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study published in the June 2009 American Heart Journal.The current model that most doctors use to assess risk, known as Framingham Risk Scoring (FRS), does not accurately predict whether a person of low income and/or less than a high school education will develop...

2009-06-02 07:00:00

New Snack Crackers Offer a Tasty Way to do More for Your Heart LA JOLLA, Calif., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Kashi Company, the premier natural food company, today announced the addition of whole grain crackers to its Heart to Heart(TM) family of foods. The new whole wheat crackers are as delicious as they are nutritious, featuring pioneering ingredients including plant sterols and antioxidants, making them the first nationally distributed crackers to provide more for your heart. (Logo:...

2009-05-15 13:25:54

A bacteria found in sewage sludge could lead to products that reduce cholesterol contamination in urban areas, researchers in Spain said. Gordonia bacteria, in general, already have proven useful in degrading pollutants such as phthalates used in plastics and rubber. Gordonia cholesterolivorans, however, specifically shows promise for reducing cholesterol contamination found in sewage from cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, which use cholesterol as a stabilizer, emollient and water-binding...

2009-05-15 08:34:57

A novel species of bacteria with cholesterol-busting properties has been discovered by scientists at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Dr Oliver Drzyzga and colleagues isolated the new bug, called Gordonia cholesterolivorans, from sewage sludge. Their findings are reported in the current issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.A steroid found in all body tissues, cholesterol is used in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries as...

2009-05-14 16:00:00

ATLANTA, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- ANY LAB TEST NOW(R), the first retail direct-access lab testing franchise with over 55 locations nationwide, has partnered with Atherotech, Inc., a Birmingham, Alabama-based CLIA-laboratory to provide the VAP(R) Cholesterol Test direct to consumers at an affordable price. The VAP Cholesterol Test is an expanded cholesterol profile that identifies a greater number of people at risk and is the first cholesterol test to directly measure LDL. ANY LAB TEST NOW...

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2009-04-30 06:30:00

Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees third baseman and highest-paid player in baseball, may have used steroids after moving to New York, a new book says. Rodriguez admits to dabbling in steroids while with the Texas Rangers early in his career but the book, A-Rod, disputes his claim that it ended there. It also claims the steroid usage may have begun in high school. Jose Canseco, an ex-teammate and friend of Rodriguez, was quoted as saying said he believes him to still be using human growth...

2009-04-20 10:00:00

Cardio-diagnostic company adds new line of heart disease and diabetes tests to complement advanced cholesterol profile BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Atherotech, Inc. today announced it will be exhibiting its VAP(R) Cholesterol Test in booth #912 at Internal Medicine 2009, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP). The conference takes place April 23-25, 2009, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Used in more than 100...

2009-04-20 08:00:00

Clinical Study Results Presented at the Experimental Biology Meeting NEW ORLEANS, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Research presented today at the Experimental Biology Meeting revealed Cheerios can help lower cholesterol by 10 percent in one month. The study, which was conducted and presented by Provident Clinical Research, found that eating two 1 1/2 cup servings of Cheerios daily, as part of a reduced calorie diet low in fat, lowered LDL or "bad" cholesterol about 10 percent in one month....

2009-04-17 12:37:22

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that a protein responsible for regulating "bad" cholesterol in the blood works almost exclusively outside cells, providing clues for the development of therapies to block the protein's disruptive actions. "The fact that it works mostly extracellularly provides more opportunities to develop different kinds of therapies," said Dr. Jay Horton, professor of internal medicine and molecular genetics and co-author of the study, which is...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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