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GM soybean oil causes less obesity and insulin resistance but is harmful to liver function

GM soybean oil causes less obesity and insulin resistance but is harmful to liver function

Researchers have tested a genetically-modified soybean oil used in restaurants and found that while it induces less obesity and insulin resistance than conventional soybean oil, its effects on diabetes and fatty liver are similar to those of conventional soybean oil, the major vegetable cooking oil used in the United States, with popularity on the increase worldwide. The study also compares the GM soybean oil to coconut and olive oils. Continue reading GM soybean oil causes less obesity and insulin resistance but is harmful to liver function

Whole grains decrease colorectal cancer risk, processed meats increase the risk

Whole grains decrease colorectal cancer risk, processed meats increase the risk

Major new report finds strong evidence of links between lifestyle and colorectal cancer risk. Physical activity and whole grains lowers risk of this cancer; too much alcohol and red meat, processed meats and obesity increase the risk. An estimated 47 percent of US colorectal cancers could be prevented each year with lifestyle changes. Continue reading Whole grains decrease colorectal cancer risk, processed meats increase the risk

Gene therapy using junk DNA could lower risk for heart disease

Gene therapy using junk DNA could lower risk for heart disease

Researchers successfully used a gene that suppresses cholesterol levels as part of a treatment to reduce plaque in mice with a disorder called familial hypercholesterolemia. In a preclinical study, researchers found that the gene, LeXis, lowered cholesterol and blockages in the arteries, and the treatment appeared to reduce the build-up of fat in liver cells. Continue reading Gene therapy using junk DNA could lower risk for heart disease

Gene therapy with BMP4 protects against weight gain and insulin resistance in mice

Gene therapy with BMP4 protects against weight gain and insulin resistance in mice

There was no weight gain, despite a higher energy intake, and insulin sensitivity was increased. These are the results from experiments on mice that had elevated levels of the protein BMP4 following gene therapy. Continue reading Gene therapy with BMP4 protects against weight gain and insulin resistance in mice