Beans are back on the menu, with new food product containing pulses rising 11% in 2017 from the year before as products containing kale dipped 15%, according to Innova Market Insights. Including beans in a heart-healthy diet can have a positive effect on cholesterol levels, according to the American Heart Association.
Research presented at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting associated the use of sucralose with a higher risk of metabolic syndrome. The study, which included 18 people, found use of the artificial sweetener was associated with higher glucose uptake, inflammation and adipogenesis, especially among obese participants.
Austrian and US researchers found that patients with Alzheimer's disease had significantly greater than normal changes in choline phospholipid plasma levels related to aging, compared with those without Alzheimer's, indicating that Alzheimer's may be described as a very accelerated form of aging. The findings in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease may prompt studies to identify a biomarker for early Alzheimer's diagnosis, researchers said.
House lawmakers voted Wednesday to approve a bill that would let terminally ill patients request access to experimental drugs that are under consideration by the FDA and have undergone early-stage clinical trials. The "right-to-try" legislation now heads to the Senate, which unanimously passed a different version of the bill last year.
Legislation that would fund cost-sharing reduction payments for three years and provide states $30 billion to set up a reinsurance program was left out of the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill unveiled late Wednesday by congressional leaders. The spending deal, which would keep the federal government open through September, must be passed by Senate and House lawmakers by midnight Friday to avert a government shutdown.
Dr. Robert Redfield has been appointed to lead the CDC. A longtime AIDS researcher, Redfield is also a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine and worked at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research for two decades.
The reason for the withdrawal of training materials for housing providers on LGBT rights is because transgender people in shelters make some women uncomfortable, said Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. He told a House subcommittee that HUD's general counsel is open to discussing the issue.
A study in The BMJ showed that patients with type 2 diabetes who used DPP-4 inhibitors had a 75% increased risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease, compared with those on other antidiabetic drugs. Researchers evaluated 141,170 patients and found an association between longer duration of DPP-4 inhibitors use and gradual increase in IBD risk, which peaked after three to four years.
Obese individuals with and without type 2 diabetes who received an intravenous infusion of 3.0 pmol/kg/min of native oxyntomodulin had significantly increased insulin secretory rates and blunted glycemic excursion during a graded glucose infusion, compared with those on placebo, according to a study in Diabetes. Researchers used a cohort of 24 overweight and obese patients with and without diabetes and found that those with diabetes on OXM and liraglutide showed comparable effects, including beta cell glucose responsiveness restoration, to that of nonobese individuals without diabetes.