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DECAF CAN RAISE YOUR BAD CHOLESTEROL LEVELS BY UP TO 10%

According to a recent study, if you drink from three to six cups of decaffeinated coffee a day your bad cholesterol levels can go up by 8-10 per cent. The three to six cups a day increase the production of a harmful fatty acid by 18%, this fatty acid is a key factor in the production of bad cholesterol.


MORE 9/11 HEALTH CARE HELP URGED AFTER POLICEMAN'S AUTOPSY

After a new autopsy linked James Zadroga's death in January this year to his exposure to 9/11 toxins, lawmakers have asked for more to be done for for the health of workers who were at 'ground zero' on September 11. (Ground Zero = The area where the Twin Towers fell down in New York. Ground Zero is a term for the epicentre of a disaster - the center of the disaster area) According to a coroner's report released on Tuesday, the policeman, James Zadroga, developed a respiratory disease.


SMOKERS HAVE A 25% CHANCE OF DEVELOPING CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE

If you smoke, your have a 25% chance of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), say British and Danish researchers. COPD is a lung disease in which the lungs become so damaged that it is difficult to breathe - the airways are partly obstructed, making it hard to get air in and out. You can read about this study in the journal Thorax.


CJD INCUBATION PERIOD MAY WELL BE OVER 60 YEARS

As the CJD incubation period may be over 60 years, we could be decades away from an epidemic, say researchers from University College London and scientists from Australia and Papua New Guinea. The researchers studied former cannibals in New Guinea where a disease called 'Kuru' exists. Kuru has very similar symptoms to CJD, and like CJD, is caused by a prion.


SUSPECTED MAD COW DISEASE IN JAPAN, 20 MONTH OLD HOLSTEIN

Japanese authorities say they have found a suspected case of Mad Cow Disease (BSE) in Fukushima Prefecture, north-east Japan. The animal was a 20-months-old Holstein. If confirmed, it will be the youngest head of cattle to test positive in Japan. (BSE = Spongiform Encephalopathy = Mad Cow Disease) This new development could have an effect on beef imports from North America.


30.6% OF AMERICANS ARE OBESE, COMPARED TO 3.2% OF JAPANESE AND KOREANS

The USA has the highest percentage of obese people in the world, followed by Mexico 6.4% behind. The top seven countries include the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - all English-speaking countries. The only English-speaking country that finds itself a fair way down is Ireland. Experts say countries with high and rising obesity rates are so because their people don't do enough exercise and eat the wrong foods.


ALMOST TWO MILLION CHILDREN OVERWEIGHT IN UK, 700,000 ARE OBESE

The number of overweight schoolchildren in the UK is almost two million, of which about 700,000 are obese, according to a study carried out by the International Obesity Taskforce. Over 25% of girls and 20% of boys are overweight. The number of UK schoolchildren who have high blood pressure and cholesterol levels has reached 160,000.


BELLY FAT OF US CHILDREN GREW BY OVER 65% SINCE 1999

The tummies of US teens and children have 65% more fat than in 1999, say researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Belly fat is more dangerous for health than overall weight gain, there is a much closer link between visceral fat - the fat around your internal organs - and serious diseases.


POLONIUM-210: WHY IS PO-210 SO DANGEROUS?

Polonium-210 is highly radioactive substance and a lethal poison. Polonium-210 is the deadly poison that was used to kill the former Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, in London in 2006. He died of radiation sickness. Litvinenko is alleged to have swallowed a fatal dose of Po-210 by drinking tea at a business meeting with two other Russians.


ALLERGY-FREE CATS FOR SALE AT $3,950 EACH

If you are allergic to cats, would like to have one and have $3,950 spare, this may be your lucky day. Allerca Inc., California, USA, says it has managed to breed the world's first hypoallergenic cats. People who are allergic to cats and buy one of these will not experience sneezing, red and itchy eyes or asthma - except in very acute cases.


11TH CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE CONFIRMED IN CANADA

An animal which was born before new feed regulations came into force has been confirmed to be infected with mad-cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE), says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The agency says the 11-year-old cow from Alberta had not entered the human food or animal feed systems, and the carcass in under CFIA control.


414,000 PIZZA CASES WITH POSSIBLE E. COLI O157:H7

As there is a raised risk of E. coli O157:H7 contamination of 414,000 cases of pizza products with pepperoni toppings, the makers, General Mills, has announced a voluntary recall of said pizzas. As these are freezable products, the company is asking consumers to check in their freezers as well. The pizzas were produced in General Mills' Ohio factory and distributed throughout the USA.


DISPELLING THE TOP 10 NUTRITION MYTHS

Don't drink alcohol. Take vitamins. Avoid eating eggs. We've heard these pieces of nutritional advice for years - but are they accurate? Not necessarily, say two exercise physiologists presenting at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 11th-annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in Dallas, Texas.


32 CASES OF SALMONELLA LINKED TO MICROWAVING RAW CHICKEN

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a public health alert on Friday after 32 people in 12 different states appeared to have contracted Salmonellosis from eating raw chicken products such as chicken cordon bleu and chicken breast kiev they had cooked in a microwave.


SOME TOP CEREALS AIMED AT US KIDS ARE 50 PER CENT SUGAR

Based on nutritional value, a US consumer group found that 23 of the top 27 processed breakfast cereals marketed to children rated only good to fair, and that two of them, Kellogg's Honey Smacks and Post Golden Crisp made by Kraft Foods Inc contained more than 50 per cent sugar by weight, while another nine were at least 40 per cent sugar, as much as in a glazed doughnut from Dunkin' Donuts.


SHOCKING PICTURES TO APPEAR ON CIGARETTE PACKETS IN UK ON 1ST OCTOBER

The UK's ten million Smokers may see pictures of rotting teeth, throat cancer, and indications of male impotence (erectile dysfunction) on cigarette packets they buy at the beginning of October. The Department of Health (DoH) says "The warnings illustrate the devastating effects that tobacco can have on health.


WOMEN SMOKERS' LONGEVITY CUT BY 14.5 YEARS BECAUSE OF SMOKING

One in every five adult women in the United States still smokes, even though smoking takes an average of 14.5 years off their lives, says the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). ACOG said that approximately 438,000 men and women in the USA die prematurely as a result of smoking directly or passively - add to this total about 8.


7 IN 10 AMERICANS SHOULD BE ON LOW SALT DIET, CDC

A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that 7 out of 10 adult Americans should limit their sodium intake to 1,500 mg a day (about two thirds of a teaspoon of salt). The report is published in the March 27 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.


OBESITY HEALTHCARE COSTS US 147 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR, NEW STUDY

The annual healthcare cost of obesity in the US has doubled in less than a decade and may be as high as 147 billion dollars a year says new government-sponsored research. The study was conducted by researchers at RTI International, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is published in the 27 July issue of the health policy journal Health Affairs.


FULL RECOVERY AFTER 16 YEAR OLD GIRL HAS TRANSPLANTED HEART REMOVED

An article published Online First and in a future edition of The Lancet reports the extraordinary story of Hannah Clark who had a donor heart grafted onto her own after suffering heart failure as a baby. She underwent surgery ten and a half years after the transplant to remove the donor heart. This was possible because her own heart had recovered satisfactorily to work on its own.