April 5th, 2008

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Coffee Protects Against Alzheimers

The gist of the story is that they did research on rats, putting them on a high cholestol diet, giving some of them a cup of coffee a day, and others no coffee. They gave them the equivalent of one cup of coffee a day.

High cholesterol makes the blood brain barrier leaky. Caffeine blocks the effect of cholesterol in the brain, maintaining the integrity of the blood brain barrier and preventing the damage that leads to dementia in old age.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7326839.stm
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The Spring Break TO DO List

Ahhhhh. I needed a whole week just to begin to get caught up in my personal life, and today, with one day left, I'm feeling as if I have made some headway. I cleared my desk and filed all my notes from winter quarter, reworking the filing system as I go. I purchased an Immunology text for next quarter and read the first chapter. I met with two different financial advisors and am in the process of weeding through their recommendations I got myself and Suzanne to the doctor. I funded my IRA, did my taxes for the feds, Arizona and Oregon, and completed my FAFSA for 2008-09 and applied for food stamps.
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Pharmaceutical Shenanigans: Vytorin from Schering Plough

Vytorin is a combination of Zocor (Schering-Plough) and Zetia (ezetimibe from Merck) that costs twice what Zocor does alone. Zetia is supposed to block intestinal absorbtion of cholesterol. Zetia's effectiveness hasn't actually been proven yet. Zocor blocks the bodily manufacture of cholesterol. There has been a major ad campaign for Vytorin saying that there are two reasons why people have high cholesterol: diet and family history. But as with the Zocor propaganda, they don't mention that we synthesize cholesterol from sugars. It is assumed that cholesterol must be eaten as fats. The public is misled.
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