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Friday Roundup: New Study on Red Meat & Heart Disease, Tips for Beating Allergies & More

admin - April 19, 2013

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Are you looking to stay up-to-date on the latest health news? Start with the weekly news roundups from Life Line Screening. March is National Nutrition Month so this news roundup features recent headlines focused on diets and nutrition. Headlines include a new study on red meat and heart disease, tips for beating allergy season, and diabetes research and prevention.


New Study on Red Meat and Heart Disease

The connection between a diet full of red meat and heart disease has been established for quite a while. New research shows, however, that the link may not be from the fat in red meat like we originally thought.

Research published in the journal Nature Medicine shows that the artery-hardening culprit might actually be L-carnitine – a nutrient and popular dietary supplement found in red meat that is involved in fat digestion. The study showed that when L-carnitine was consumed, certain microbes in the gut create another chemical called trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO). This chemical alters the way the body processes cholesterol, therefore leading to higher heart disease risk.

Read more about the study here:,0,6081972.story


Tips for Beating Allergy Season

Allergy season is characterized by lots of sneezing, itchy eyes, runny noses, and irritating congestion. As the air fills with pollen from trees, grasses and weeds, many people are burdened with allergy symptoms. Although you can’t prevent pollen from entering the air, you can do something to decrease your allergy symptoms.

ABC News lists 8 ways you can outsmart your allergies, some of which include changing your exercise plan to avoid spending significant time breathing heavily outdoors, watching for signs of non-seasonal allergies, choosing natural fabrics for clothing like cotton instead of synthetic materials, and more.

Read the full list here:


Diabetes Research Lacking in Areas of Prevention

While it’s incredibly important to focus on improving treatments for serious health conditions like diabetes, we can’t forget the importance of prevention, as well. Is diabetes research focusing too much on treatment and not enough on prevention? According to a new Duke University study, the answer is yes.

The study results published in the journal Diabetologia point to evidence that current diabetes research efforts may not be adequately studying diabetes prevention, management or therapeutic safety. In the study, 75 percent of the 2,484 trials correlated with diabetes focused on diabetes treatment, while only 10 percent were conducted to focus on preventive measures.

Read the full study details here:


What’s Trending on

You can get involved with the health and nutrition discussions going on right now at Here’s what’s trending:

  • Fiber – Adds to Lifelong Health: How do you get your daily fiber? Studies have proven the health benefits of fiber – are you getting enough of it in your diet? Join the discussion here.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome: This condition involves tingling, abnormal sensations in the calves, thighs, or legs. Have you had success with treating RLS? Share with us.
  • Have You Read about the Health eHeart Study? A new study hopes to help physicians better understand how the heart functions and develop new ways to predict heart disease. What do you think of the study?


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