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Obama names NYC health commissioner new CDC director

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA President Barack Obama has chosen a new director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New York City health commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, an infectious disease specialist, is expected to take office next month, according to reports.

Pres. Obama has eyed to shift Frieden to the post for quite some time, reports said Friday. The health official led such crusades as banning smoking in restaurants and bars, and made the city the country’s first to ban the use of trans fats, which clog arteries and raise the risk of heart disease, from food prepared in restaurants, Reuters reported.

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Nutrition 21: Adding chromium histidinate to diet improves mood, lessens carb cravings

BY Michael Johnsen

PURCHASE, N.Y. Nutrition 21 on Thursday reported that the addition of chromium histidinate to one’s diet significantly increased brain serotonin levels, citing recently presented results of a research study before the Experimental Biology 2009 conference in New Orleans that tested its chromium histidinate in animal models of obesity and of diabetes.

Increased serotonin levels are known to improve mood and decrease carbohydrate cravings.

Additional research on chromium was presented by scientists from the U.S.D.A. and from the Medical College of Georgia.  The U.S.D.A. study in animals found that chromium histidinate and chromium picolinate reduced the expression of the gene in the brain that produces TAU proteins. The TAU protein is involved in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Research by MCG demonstrated that high doses of chromium picolinate are safe and does not cause kidney dysfunction in animal models of obesity and of diabetes.

“These results provide a mechanism by which chromium histidinate and chromium picolinate improves mood and reduces carbohydrate cravings,” stated James Komorowski, Nutrition 21 VP technical services and scientific affairs. “The research by the U.S.D.A. provides evidence to support additional research in new chromium applications that address significant quality of life issues in our society. The research by MCG continues to support the safety of chromium picolinate, even at high doses.”

Nutrition 21 owns issued and pending patents on multiple uses of chromium, chromium picolinate and chromium histidinate, the company stated.

“We believe that the research work done by independent organizations like the U.S.D.A. and Medical College of Georgia continues to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of our chromium products in conditions such as obesity and diabetes, and begins to demonstrate the potential to address additional health issues like Alzheimer’s Disease,” commented Michael Zeher, president and CEO of Nutrition 21.

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New resource for diabetes patients unveiled

BY Alaric DeArment

HOUSTON People with diabetes have a new resource to educate them about managing their disease.

The American College of Endocrinology, scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists unveiled The Power of Prevention Magazine at the organization’s 18th annual meeting in Houston this week. The quarterly magazine will feature a special “diabetes edition” that includes articles written by endocrinologists.

“The Power of Prevention initiative is designed to give patients the tools and information to know what to ask for and what to expect from their healthcare providers during their visit,” former ACE president Donald Bergman said in a statement. “The Power of Prevention Magazine is an integral part of that mission.”

The magazine is available for free at endocrinologists’ offices, with support from Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk.

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