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Thursday, February 6, 2014

2/6/14 Health News Beans Soaked in Horse Trough - Deadly Bird Flu - New Genes Linked to Belly Fat - Raw Milk Crusader

Beans soaked in horse trough

Dozens taken ill after annual event.The final report on the Bean Day salmonella outbreak that left a dozen people hospitalized and scores of people ill last October may make some Limestone County residents cringe. Continue Reading

Cases of New Deadly Bird Flu Surge in China, Experts Say
Cases of the new H7N9 avian influenza in China are surging alarmingly, flu experts warned this week.There are now about 300 confirmed cases, with more appearing every day. Roughly a quarter of the victims have died.The first human cases were reported only last March. By contrast, the H5N1 influenza virus, another lethal strain that jumped from birds to people, first appeared in 2003 and took almost five years to reach the 300-case mark. Continue Reading.
The Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Courts of Appeal – the Ontario Court of Appeal – today will hear oral arguments to decide if barriers to the sale and distribution of raw milk infringe upon any right that might exist to drink the unpasteurized beverage. Not surprisingly, the case involving those issues is being brought... Continue Reading
Scientists ID New Genes Linked to Belly Fat

Researchers who identified five new genes linked to belly fat say their findings could help efforts to develop medicines to treat obesity or obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The investigators looked at more than 57,000 people of European descent and searched for genes associated with abdominal fat, independent of overall obesity. They examined more than 50,000 variants in 2,000 genes. The team pinpointed three new genes associated with increased waist-to-hip ratio in both women and men, and identified two other genes that appear to affect waist-to-hip ratio in women only. Waist-to-hip ratio is used to measure a person's belly fat. It's believed that genetics account for 30 percent to 60 percent of waist-to-hip ratio. Abdominal fat is a predictor of obesity-related disease, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue Reading

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