Consuming robust amounts of flavonoids found in chocolate, berries and tea could be the key to staving off type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the University of East Anglia and King’s College London. "This is an exciting finding that shows that some components of foods that we consider unhealthy, such as chocolate or wine, may contain some beneficial substances,” said King’s College London professor Tim Spector.
Israeli researchers have found a way to create white wine that has all of the health benefits of red wine, according to reports. The technique used to create the white wine does not affect the taste but boosts antioxidant levels in the drink.
A Swedish study found that systemic lupus erythematosus patients who fail to respond to standard therapy may benefit from a combination of rituximab, which targets the immune system's B cells, and cyclophosphamide, an immune suppressant. Researchers reported that most SLE patients showed at least a 50% improvment in disease severity while some experienced remission.
McDonald's said hedge fund manager William Ackman's proposal to spin off its corporate-owned restaurants would interfere with its regular business of running restaurants and was not a better alternative to its current strategy. Ackman says the company-owned restaurants are not as efficient as franchised units and thus are hurting shareholder value.
New York City health officials announced a program to encourage the city's bodegas, many of which serve low-income neighborhoods, to stock low-fat milk in an effort to combat obesity. The program may expand to include fresh fruit and vegetables if the milk experiment is successful.