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Health News on April 7, 2011

Common dietary fat, intestinal microbes linked to heart disease
A new pathway that links a common dietary lipid and intestinal microflora to an increased risk of heart disease has been discovered by Cleveland Clinic study. ANI

Adolescent BMI may predict later obesity-related disease
Researchers have found that an elevated body mass index (BMI) at age 17, even one within what is considered normal, may be predictive of coronary heart disease in adulthood. ANI

Parents, schools unintentionally contribute to childhood obesity
A study has found that parents and schools, which are the two biggest influences on children, may unintentionally contribute to childhood obesity. ANI

Fish oil boosts breast cancer therapy
Being exposed to estrogen over a long period of time is one factor that can increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. One way a woman can combat this risk factor is by taking the breast cancer drug tamoxifen, which interferes with the activity of estrogen. ANI

Vegan lifestyle 'ups risk of heart attack, stroke'
People who follow a vegan lifestyle - strict vegetarians who try to eat no meat or animal products of any kind - may increase their risk of developing blood clots and atherosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries," which are conditions that can lead to heart attacks and stroke, according to a new study. ANI

Eating strawberries may help prevent esophageal cancer
Scientists have found that eating strawberries may be a way to help people at risk of esophageal cancer protect themselves from the disease. esearchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC - James) and researchers in China jointly conducted the study. ANI

Tangerines help prevent obesity, protect against heart disease
A substance in tangerines that not only prevents obesity, but also offers protection against type 2 diabetes, and even atherosclerosis, the underlying disease responsible for most heart attacks and strokes, has been discovered by researchers at the University of Western Ontario. ANI

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