Inhibiting the function of cannabinoid receptor 1 appeared to help brown adipose tissues to burn more calories, which may lead to reductions in body weight and blood glucose levels, researchers at the University of Cincinnati Metabolic Diseases Institute found. Senior study author Dr. Silvana Obici said CB1 antagonists are promising targets for fighting obesity and diabetes but the challenge will be finding one that does not carry neurologic side effects.
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network under the Treasury Department has submitted a proposal to oblige international travelers to declare "tangible prepaid access devices" at U.S. border crossings. Devices subject to declaration would include gift cards, prepaid cards and cellphones with a balance exceeding $10,000. Law enforcement officials have identified such devices as favored modes of payment in the drug trade.
Trendy health terms such as raw and organic can be confusing, so it is better to get back to basics with real food and home cooking, writes registered dietitian Manuel Villacorta. He suggests that rather than trying to cook from scratch each night, plan and prepare basic ingredients and meal components in advance so dinner is ready quickly after a long day.
Health workers in Haiti are turning to Medika Mamba -- peanut butter medicine -- to help alleviate malnutrition that plagues children from Haiti's poor families. Poverty and malnutrition have increased in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Kashi has introduced a new TLC snack, the Peanutty Dark Chocolate Layered Granola Bar. The bars, made without artificial flavors, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup, contain a chewy granola base made with peanut butter and peanut chunks, a layer of soft fruit mixed with dark chocolate, and roasted nuts.