March 2016: In the News

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn pregnant women or women who could become pregnant to avoid 14 countries and territories exposed to the mosquito-borne Zika virus that is linked to birth defects. Those countries include: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.
  • Weight loss programs that emphasize healthy fats, such as fish oils and olive oil, or low-fat/high-carbohydrate meal patterns produce about the same results for weight loss. Adding nuts, such as walnuts, also helps lower blood fat levels, at least for women, state researchers at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Being overweight alters gene expression in the brain, especially in the memory center called the hipocampus, increasing the risk for cognitive decline as a person ages, state researchers at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

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