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Clorox, Sickweather Offer Flu Help To Parents Now That FluMist Is Out Of Favor

Household products company Clorox, maker of EPA-registered Disinfecting Wipes, has partnered with Sickweather, an illness map of sickness and symptoms, to help battle apathy regarding flu season. A survey of physicians found that nearly half of parents are likely to skip flu shots for their children, largely because of the CDC’s recommendation that FluMist “nasal spray” vaccine should not be used during this flu season. To counter this trend, people can use the Sickweather app to find out where flu and FluFOMO (“fear of missing out because of the flu”) are prevalent so they can take prevention measures. Clorox, of course, recommends its Disinfecting Wipes as a first line of defense against the germs that cause the flu. [ Flu vaccine shot. ...  More

"Clorox and Sickweather Partner to Wipe Out FluFOMO", News release, Clorox, November 17, 2016

Restricting Eating To Early In The Day Has Significant Metabolic Benefits

A U.S. study that followed eleven overweight men and women over four days of eating the same number of calories, but only between 8 am and 2 pm, found some significant benefits. Eating earlier in the day followed by 18 hours of fasting resulted in reduced daily hunger swings and increased fat burning during several hours at night. It also improved metabolic flexibility, which is the body's ability to switch between burning carbs and fats. The researchers said more research on early-time restricted feeding in humans is needed to create a more complete picture of whether it can help prevent and treat obesity.

"Skip Dinner and Maybe Boost Your Metabolism", HealthDay (WebMD), November 10, 2016

Compound Produced By Protein Digestion Controls Appetite

Hormones play a key role in regulating appetite and hunger. Ghrelin, for example, tells us when we are hungry, and GLP-1 tells us when we are sated and can stop eating. New British research in mice and rats has now found that phenylalanine, an end-product of protein digestion, increases levels of GLP-1 while decreasing ghrelin. In the experiments, a single-dose of phenylalanine reduced food intake by modulating the two hormones, and repeated administration caused weight loss in obese mice and spurred rats to move around more, which could further help weight loss.

"How high protein diets cause weight loss", News release, study presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference, November 10, 2016

Daily Consumption Of Sugary Drinks Puts People At Great Risk Of Diabetes

A 14-year U.S. study involving 1,685 middle-age adults found that those who regularly drank at least one can of sugary soda a day were 46 percent more likely to develop symptoms of prediabetes, including insulin resistance. Sugary beverages included colas and other carbonates, and non-carbonated fruit drinks (but not fruit juice) such as lemonade and fruit punch. The researchers said the risk of diabetes could be lowered substantially by a simple lifestyle change: replace sugary beverages with water or unsweetened coffee or tea.

"Sugar-Sweetened Beverage but Not Diet Soda Consumption Is Positively Associated with Progression of Insulin Resistance and Prediabetes. ", Journal of Nutrition, November 10, 2016

Company Says Its Clinical Trial Shows Its Product Reduces Fatigue

A clinical study conducted by the maker of a nutraceutical ingredient shows that it is “effective against both physical and mental fatigue.” According to AstaReal (Burlington, NJ), the double-blind, placebo-controlled study of its product astaxanthin, published in a Japanese scientific journal, involved activities designed to mimic everyday mental fatigue and physical stress. Participants performed various timed calculations that evaluate concentration and mental clarity. They also pedaled a bicycle ergometer. Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) analysis showed that AstaReal astaxanthin significantly reduced symptoms of mental and physical fatigue compared to the placebo, the company claims.

"Clinical Study Shows AstaReal® Astaxanthin Effective in Reducing both Physical and Mental Fatigue", News release, AstaReal, November 04, 2016

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