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Mediterranean diet may slow diabetes progression

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, eating lots of olive oil, fish and whole grains slows progression of the disease more than restricting fat, according to a new analysis. In a trial that followed participants for more than eight years, those following a so-called Mediterranean diet went significantly longer before needing diabetes medication and more of them had their diabetes go into remission, compared to those on a low-fat diet.

Herbalife says it will co-operate with investigation by attorney general of Illinois

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Nutritional supplements and weight-loss products maker Herbalife is being investigated by the attorney general of Illinois. The office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan confirms it is investigating complaints brought by consumers. Herbalife says it will work with the attorney general's office, and that it is confident in the integrity of its business and its compliance with the law. The company has over 15,000 members in Illinois. Herbalife shares fell 17 cents to $55.10 on Thursday.

Low blood sugar bad for marital bliss

Low blood sugar isn't good for marital bliss because it makes spouses more prone to anger and aggression, says a new study out Monday. The findings are based on experiments with 107 married couples asked to monitor their glucose levels before breakfast and bed every day for 21 days. In addition, researchers gave them voodoo dolls representing their significant other along with 51 pins. They were then told that, at the end each day over the three-week period, they should secretly stick pins into the dolls indicating how angry they were with their better half.

US launches probe into weight loss company Herbalife

US authorities have opened a criminal probe into the nutrition and weight loss company Herbalife Ltd., according to media reports Saturday. The New York Times reported that sources said the case has been under investigation for several months. The daily added that officials it contacted say it is possible that authorities will opt not to take action against Herbalife. The Times wrote that the investigation focuses on Herbalife's direct-selling business model.

FBI conducting a probe into Herbalife: source

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing Herbalife, the nutrition and weight loss company hedge fund manager William Ackman has called a pyramid scheme, a person familiar with the investigation said on Friday. The news, first reported by the Financial Times, sent the company's stock price down nearly 14 percent.

FBI conducting a probe into Herbalife: source

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing Herbalife, the nutrition and weight loss company hedge fund manager William Ackman has called a pyramid scheme, a person familiar with the investigation said on Friday. The news, first reported by the Financial Times, sent the company's stock price down nearly 14 percent.

US stocks sink again; Nasdaq down 1.3%

The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index led Wall Street sharply lower again Friday, closing out a dreary week at its lowest level in more than two months. The Nasdaq sank 54.37 points (1.34 percent) to 3,999.73, its lowest close since February 3, when the index settled for one session below the psychologically important 4,000 level. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 143.47 (0.89 percent) to 16,026.75, while the broad-based S&P 500 shed 17.39 (0.95 percent) to 1,815.69.

Panic in the kitchen: UK digests new fruit and veg advice

It was with a heavy heart, and some panic, that Britons digested new advice this week that their struggle to eat enough fruit and vegetables had just got harder. Over the past decade, Britain has absorbed if not adopted the idea of five a day, the target endorsed by the state-run National Health Service (NHS) for a healthy, balanced diet. But now researchers at University College London (UCL) have advised this should be increased to at least seven to cut the risk of death from cancer or heart disease.

Better diet associated with less risk of preterm birth

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Norwegian mothers-to-be who maintained "prudent" eating patterns during pregnancy were less likely to have preterm births compared to women who ate a more typically "Western" diet, according to a new study. Both prudent and traditional Scandinavian eating patterns were linked to a lower likelihood of early delivery, according to the results published in the British Medical Journal.

Heart health in young adults tied to later mental function

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young adults with healthy blood pressure go on to have better thinking and memory skills in midlife than their peers with higher blood pressure, according to a new analysis. Previous studies have linked poor fitness and heart health in middle age to declining mental function and dementia around age 70 or 80 (see Reuters Health story of November 19, 2009 here: http://reut.rs/1i8EG2q).
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