In The News: November 2015

  • Vitamin C supplements might help lower cardiovascular disease risk in overweight people who refuse to exercise, according to a study reported at the 14th International Conference on Endothelin: Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics.
  • The obesity rate now tops 30% in half of the States in the U.S., with the South and Midwest having the highest rates, making up 23 of the 25 states with rates that high, say researchers at the Trust for America’s Health. In Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Virginia, the obesity rate is 35% of the population.
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the professional organization for registered dietitians, accepted a $1.7 million gift from Coca Cola this year.
  • The expert report forming the basis for the latest dietary guidelines for Americans has not taken into account much of the recent relevant scientific literature, but instead has used information from groups with strong ties to industry. As a result the U.S. Congress has scheduled a hearing on the guidelines, according to a materials received from the British Medical Journal.
  • Research reported at the 2015 Experimental Biology conference in Boston and funded by the California Dried Plum Board found that dried plums (a.k.a., prunes) positively altered gut bacteria and lowered the risk for colon cancer.

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