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Monday, June 22, 2015

Health News: FDA Seizes Counterfeit Drugs, Devices Sold Online ♦Increased anxiety associated with sitting down ♦ Scientists turn white fat into obesity-fighting beige fat

FDA Seizes Counterfeit Drugs, Devices Sold Online  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced June 18 that it had worked with international partners to seize counterfeit medicines and medical devices being sold over 1,050 Web sites worldwide. The FDA also sent warning letters to the operators of nearly 400 sites selling illegal prescription medicines and unapproved medical devices online, as part of an international effort led by Interpol.
Increased anxiety associated with sitting down Low-energy activities that involve sitting down are associated with an increased risk of anxiety, according to new research. These activities, which include watching TV, working at a computer or playing electronic games, are called sedentary behavior
Scientists turn white fat into obesity-fighting beige fat Scientists have shown that berries, grapes and other fruits convert excess white fat into calorie-burning 'beige' fat, providing new strategies for the prevention and treatment of obesity. In the study, mice were fed a high fat diet. Those receiving resveratrol in amounts equivalent to 12 ounces of fruit per day for humans gained about 40 percent less weight than control mice.
Access to electricity is linked to reduced sleep New research comparing traditional hunter-gatherer living conditions to a more modern setting shows that access to artificial light and electricity has shortened the amount of sleep humans get each night.
How to wipe out polio and prevent its re-emergence Public health officials stand poised to eliminate polio from the planet. But a new study shows that the job won't be over when the last case of the horrible paralytic disease is recorded. Using disease-transmission models, graduate researchers demonstrate that silent transmission of poliovirus could continue for more than three years with no reported cases.

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