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Day: April 29, 2019

How Common Food Additive in Bread, Others Fuel Weight Gain, Diabetes

How Common Food Additive in Bread, Others Fuel Weight Gain, Diabetes

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Consumption of propionate, a food ingredient that’s widely used in baked goods, animal feeds, and artificial flavorings, appears to increase levels of several hormones that are associated with risk of obesity and diabetes, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in collaboration with researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Sheba Medical Center in Israel. The study, which combined data from a randomized placebo-controlled trial in humans and mouse studies, indicated that propionate can trigger a cascade of metabolic events that leads to insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia — a condition marked by excessive levels of insulin. The findings also showed that in mice, chronic exposure to propionate resulted in weight gain and insulin resistan
Laboratory Scientists Decry Neglect by Government on Employment

Laboratory Scientists Decry Neglect by Government on Employment

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Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) has condemned what “the tacit embargo” on employment of laboratory scientists in most federal health facilities across the country. This assertion was made during a press conference held Saturday evening by the association at the end of its 13th public health lecture series and 198th national executive council meeting at Ibom Hall, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The national publicity secretary, Dr. Casmir Ifeanyi, described the trend as disservice to the country’s health sector, stressing that such poses serious danger to the country’s health system. “Of utmost concern to us also is the tacit embargo on employment of medical laboratory scientists in most federal medical centres, teaching hospitals and general hospitals across t
Children Need To Sit Less, Play More To Grow Up Healthy

Children Need To Sit Less, Play More To Grow Up Healthy

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Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO). “Achieving health for all means doing what is best for health right from the beginning of people’s lives,” says WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains.” A WHO panel of experts developed the new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under five years of age. They assessed the effects on young children of inadequate sleep, and time spent sitting w