Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 351 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Dec-2003
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FDA approves new product for facial wrinkles
Early this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an injectable gel to treat facial wrinkles.  more

Information for professionals: Product-related questions and answers about Restylane: a gel-based wrinkle filler
All Restylane products consist of stabilized hyaluronic acid 20 mg/ml and physiological sodium chloride solution, pH 7 q.s. They are clear, transparent, viscous gels supplied in glass syringes. The hyaluronic acid is produced biosynthetically by bacterial fermentation.  more


Young adult fitness protects heart health in middle age
Cardiorespiratory fitness in early adulthood significantly decreases the chance of developing high blood pressure and diabetes, both major risk factors for heart disease and stroke in middle age, according to a new study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. Fitness also reduces the risk for the metabolic syndrome, a constellation of factors that includes excess abdominal fat, elevated blood pressure and triglycerides, and low levels of the high-density lipoprotein, the “good” cholesterol. more

Natural fat compound may be basis for new class of drug targeting obesity and other compulsive disorders, including addiction
A naturally occurring lipid called oleylethanolamide (OEA) is known to curb appetite and regulate body weight. Although it is structurally related to a neurotransmitter similar to marijuana’s active ingredient, it does not bind to cannabinoid receptors. Now, NIDA-funded researchers have found that in mice, OEA controls hunger and contributes to weight maintenance by binding to peroxisome proliferator-activating receptors (PPAR-alpha), which regulate several aspects of lipid metabolism.  more

Metabolic syndrome strongly linked to heart attack and stroke
Four hallmarks of the metabolic syndrome – high blood pressure, high blood triglycerides, low blood HDL cholesterol and insulin resistance – are independently and significantly linked to heart attack and stroke, data from a national survey indicates. more

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