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Prenatal Antibiotics Raise Risk of Childhood Obesity

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

“The rise of childhood obesity has placed the health of an entire generation at risk.” — Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years. This statistic, and Secretary Vilsack’s statement should be sounding off alarm bells for every parent in this nation.

obese kid cropPoor diet and sedentary lifestyle are, obviously, among the main factors jeopardizing our children’s future. But at least those two factors are entirely within each parent’s power to control and change.

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"Cleaner" Proteins Scrub Arteries, Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

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Patients at risk of atherosclerosis may have new hope for cleaner arteries thanks to a naturally occurring “scrubber” protein that exists within the body. Alpha-1-microglobin (A1M), referred to as a "circulating wastebasket," scavenges free radicals as well as blood fats that have already been oxidized, potentially opening up a new avenue for reversing atherosclerosis.

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