Polyunstaturated fats may cut risk of heart disease

first_imgAlthough for nearly 60 years people have been urged to decrease their consumption ofsaturated fats to prevent heart disease, there has been surprisingly littlescientific evidence that doing so actually decreases the risk of coronary heartdisease events. But a new study (available in full here) by researchers at Harvard School of PublicHealth (HSPH) provides the first conclusive evidence from randomized clinicaltrials that people who replace saturated fat in their diet with polyunsaturatedfat reduce their risk of coronary heart disease by 19 percent, compared withcontrol groups of people who do not.By systematically reviewing a large group of randomized clinical trials andconducting a pooled meta-analysis of these studies, the HSPH team found thatincreasing the intake of polyunsaturated fats as a replacement for saturatedfats could significantly reduce the rate of heart attacks and cardiac deaths inthe population. The study appears in the March 23 issue of the open-accessjournal PLoS Medicine.Over the past several decades, the food industry has reduced the amount ofsaturated fat in many products, and the public has reduced the amount ofsaturated fat in its food consumption. However, there has been a wide variationin the types of nutrients that have replaced this saturated fat. For example,in many products saturated fats were replaced with trans fats, which have sincebeen determined to be detrimental. And in the overall American diet, saturatedfat was generally replaced with increased consumption of refined carbohydratesand grains.“The specific replacement nutrient for saturated fat may be very important,”said lead author Dariush Mozaffarian, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiologyat HSPH and the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Our findingssuggest that polyunsaturated fats would be a preferred replacement for saturatedfats for better heart health.”Results from prior individual randomized controlled trials of saturated fatreduction and heart disease events were mixed, with most showing no significanteffects. Other trials focused only on blood cholesterol levels, which are anindirect marker of risk. Large observational studies also generally have shownno relationship between saturated fat consumption and risk of heart diseaseevents. For example, earlier this month, researchers from HSPH and Children’sHospital Oakland Research Institute performed a pooled meta-analysis of priorobservational studies and found no evidence that overall consumption ofsaturated fat was related to risk of coronary heart disease or stroke events.Some of these mixed findings may relate to the absence of prior focus on thespecific replacement nutrient for saturated fat. In other words, was saturatedfat replaced primarily with carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats such as inolive oil, or polyunsaturated fats such as in most vegetable oils?Mozaffarian and his HSPH colleagues Renata Micha and Sarah Wallace performed asystematic review and meta-analysis of all randomized controlled trials throughJune 2009 in which participants specifically increased their polyunsaturatedfat consumption as a replacement for saturated fat, and in which coronary heartdisease events were documented. Eight trials met the inclusion criteria,totaling 13,614 participants with 1,042 coronary heart disease events.The meta-analysis of the trials showed that increasing polyunsaturated fatconsumption as a replacement for saturated fat reduced the risk of coronaryheart disease events by 19 percent. For every 5 percent increase (measured astotal energy) in polyunsaturated fat consumption, coronary heart disease riskwas reduced by 10 percent. This is now just the second dietary intervention — consuminglong-chain omega-3 fatty acids is the first — to show a reduction in coronaryheart disease events in randomized controlled trials.Currently, the Institute of Medicine guidelines recommend that a range of 5 to10 percent in energy consumption come from polyunsaturated fats. In addition,some scientists and organizations have recently suggested that consumption ofpolyunsaturated fats (largely omega-6 fatty acids) should actually be reduced,due to theoretical concerns that such consumption could increase coronary heartdisease risk.The results from this study suggest that polyunsaturated fats from vegetable oilsmay be an optimal replacement for saturated fats, an important finding fordietary guidelines and for when food manufacturers and restaurants are makingdecisions on how to reduce saturated fat in their products. The findings alsosuggest that an upper limit of 10 percent of energy consumption frompolyunsaturated fats may be too low, as the participants in these trials whoreduced their risk were consuming about 15 percent of their energy frompolyunsaturated fats.Support for this study was provided by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute,the National Institutes of Health, and a Searle Scholar Award from the SearleFunds at the Chicago Community Trust. Normal.dotm0017894500Harvard University379552612.00false18 pt18 pt00falsefalsefalselast_img read more

All the Ways to Say I Love You, Starring Judith Light, Extends Off-Broadway

first_imgJudith Light & Neil LaBute(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 23, 2016 View Comments All the Ways To Say I Love You The world premiere of Neil LaBute’s All the Ways To Say I Love You, starring two-time Tony winner and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Judith Light, has extended its off-Broadway run. The solo piece will now play its final performance at MCC’s Lucille Lortel Theatre on October 16 instead of the previously announced October 9. Performances began on September 6.Leigh Silverman directs the production, which features Light as Faye Johnson, a high school English teacher and guidance counselor. As she recounts her experiences with a favored student from her past, Faye slowly reveals the truth that is hidden just beneath the surface details of her life and marriage.All the Ways To Say I Love You will open officially on September 28. The play marks LaBute’s tenth produced by MCC in a 15-year collaboration.center_img Star Files Related Shows Judith Lightlast_img read more

FIFA put plans for lucrative new Club World Cup, Nations League on hold

first_imgHis other project is to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the global Nations League, a sort of mini-World Cup with eight national teams competing. UEFA recently launched its own European Nations League.Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan, backed by Saudi Arabia among others.The 48-year-old FIFA president nevertheless insisted that “no sovereign fund is involved”.The source added: “UEFA are against these new competitions, because the Club World Cup would trim their share of the market from the Champions League, and by creating a global Nations League, FIFA would want to take over the commercialisation of the rights for all Nations Leagues.”Infantino suggested that it would be better for FIFA to organise a tournament that redistributes money around the game than for top European clubs to regularly travel abroad to take part in money-spinning friendly matches.“Everyone is happy to go around the world and try to cash in as much as possible. The only organisation in the world of football which is doing solidarity and development all over the world is FIFA,” he said.“There is certainly space for these games, interesting club games, without adding to the international match calendar.”Infantino also used the Council meeting to confirm that FIFA is opposed to La Liga’s plans to stage a match between Barcelona and Girona in the United States in January.In addition, FIFA endorsed a package of proposals to reform the transfer system, including reintroducing licences for player agents and limiting the number of players that can be loaned out by clubs.South American federation CONMEBOL’s request to move the Copa America from odd to even years and be held every four years from 2020 was granted, as was the Confederation of African Football’s request to stage the 2023 Cup of Nations in June and July, as is already planned for next year.Share on: WhatsApp Kigali, Rwanda | AFP | FIFA President Gianni Infantino has delayed any decision over his plans for a lucrative new Club World Cup and global Nations League amid widespread opposition, instead setting up a taskforce to further look into the proposals.Speaking at a press conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali, where the FIFA Council has been meeting, Infantino said the taskforce will present “concrete proposals” at a meeting in Miami next March.The plans have been harshly criticised by opponents who say the international calendar is already overcrowded and have accused the FIFA president of using the projects to help win votes for re-election in June next year.A source told AFP that Infantino stepped back from adopting the new competitions on Friday when UEFA delegates threatened to walk out of the meeting.That is after the World Leagues Forum, a grouping of professional leagues, sent a letter to Infantino demanding that no final decision be taken in Kigali and lamenting the lack of any consultation. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has also been critical of the plans.“I am happy to have contributed to peace in the world today if some were seeing it so dramatic,” Infantino remarked.“Everyone agrees the Club World Cup needs to be revamped, everyone in the world.“There are some who have different interests. We were not going to decide today how to revamp them, there are different options on the table.“FIFA’s duty is to organise competitions, so I don’t understand why we cannot talk about them.”– ‘No sovereign fund involved’ –Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup by boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format, 12 of them European. Currently the competition, which elicits little interest outside of Latin America, is played every year in December.last_img read more

Celebrate Parks and Rec Month in Monmouth County

first_imgSummer camps resume July 6 with modifications. Most will be outdoors and there will be fewer programs than in typical years, said Livingstone. However, many are running as scheduled. Face coverings will be recommended for outdoor camps and required for indoor camps. According to Patti Conroy, superintendent of recreation, registration for summer programs began June 3 and generated about $94,000 in revenue by the Monday, June 8 Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners meeting. While the MCPS encourages Monmouth County residents to take advantage of its offerings this summer, it advises that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 not use the parks or trails. It asks that visitors share the trails and warn others nearby when passing. There may be limited access to public restrooms and water fountains. Social distancing should be maintained with at least 6 feet from others at all times. Group gatherings should be avoided, it warned. While some activities are prohibited during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there’s still plenty to do through the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS). Middletown resident Christopher Porter told The Two River Times that he has golfed six times in the past week and a half, including at the Shark River Golf Course in Neptune. He said the experience has not been very different compared to other years, aside from the face coverings. “You just need to wear a mask if you want to go inside the pro shop or clubhouse,” he said.  Additionally, beaches at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch are also subject to periodic closures, according to the MCPS, if there are too many visitors.  Beaches and golf courses reopened in May and June per Gov. Phil Murphy’s orders. However, there have been limitations to comply with social distancing. Sandy Hook is following the state’s lead and has been operating at 50 percent capacity to enforce proper social distancing regulations for beachgoers. Before the pandemic, the national park would typically operate with a capacity of nearly 4,500, according to Daphne Yun, National Park Service spokesperson. MONMOUTH COUNTY – July is national Parks and Recreation Month, and with the summer heat kicking in, it could be a good time to go outdoors and have some fun while remaining socially distant and wearing face coverings as recommended by the CDC. “We have a lot open for people to enjoy in the parks,” said Karen Livingstone, public information officer with the MCPS. “There’s a lot where people can still come out and enjoy. Our attendance has been up throughout the park system.”center_img That includes basketball courts, boat ramps, fitness trails, skating rinks, marinas, off-leash dog areas, pickleball and tennis courts, picnic pavilions and more. But the most popular sites during the pandemic have been quintessential summer spots – beaches and golf courses, said Livingstone. Fishing areas and piers are also open, and the MCPS has even hosted two recent fishing derbies at the Manasquan Reservoir and Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold Township. Both derbies were attended by 100 participants, said Livingstone, and were successful. Social distancing regulations were still in place. July is national Parks and Recreation month, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in the Two River area. The Monmouth County Park System’s parks, golf courses, programs and more are open for all to enjoy – with social distancing guidelines in place. Courtesy MCPS Staying safe in the parks is important, the MCPS posted on its website. “Social distancing is the practice of reducing close contact between people to slow the spread of infections or diseases.” With few rainy days so far this summer, Livingstone said golf courses have also been busy this year. Tee time reservations are available one week in advance, with walk-on times generally available. Single-occupancy golf cart options are available during the pandemic and may result in limited cart availability throughout the day, according to MCPS. However, immediate family members, caretakers, household members and romantic partners can share a cart. Face coverings are required for entry into the golf centers. The article originally appeared in the July 2 – 8, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Trump again criticizes Steve Kerr over response to China

first_imgTwo days after being called out by President Trump for his response to the NBA’s ongoing controversy with China, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was again the target of a deriding comment Friday night.“So funny to watch Steve Kerr grovel and pander when asked a simple question about China. He chocked, and looks weak and pathetic. Don’t want him at the White House!” Trump tweeted.So funny to watch Steve Kerr grovel and pander when asked a simple question about China. He chocked, and looks weak and …last_img read more

Confed Cup good to go

first_imgBafana Bafana supporters encourage theirteam. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.) President Jacob Zuma with the Kopanya,the official ball of the Confederations Cup,and the coveted trophy. (Image: Fifa) A sea of South African flags andfootball supporters. (Image: Fifa)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialSouth Africa is ready to stage the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup. The Fifa 2010 World Cup precursor kicks off on 14 June at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park stadium with a game between Asian champions Iraq and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.After a meeting held on 10 June, government’s World Cup inter-ministerial committee declared that all preparations were in readiness for the sporting spectacle, and that fans could look forward to a hugely successful event.The Confederations Cup will show off a good portion of South Africa’s massive US$98-billion (R787-billion) investment in infrastructure. Much of the money was ploughed into the renovation of eight existing stadiums and the construction of two brand-new venues.“It gives us comfort to report that all the four venues chosen to host the Confederations Cup tournament are ready,” stated the committee, “namely Ellis Park in Johannesburg, Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane, Free State stadium in Mangaung and Royal Bafokeng in Rustenburg.”The remaining stadiums are all in advanced stages of construction and would be finished within Fifa target dates.One of them, the 48 000-seater Nelson Mandela multi-purpose stadium, was officially opened earlier this month, becoming the first of the two newly-built stadiums to reach completion.The other new stadium, the $109-million (R875-million) Mbombela stadium in Mpumalanga, is scheduled for completion in July 2009.Support from the fansAn extensive marketing campaign, run by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the government, is continuing to build support from communities for both football tournaments.Although there are still tickets available for the Confederations Cup, the committee noted that sales were brisk and that the opening clash between Bafana Bafana and Iran was almost sold out.“All signs are there that we are heading for a fully packed 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, as will the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”Visitors to the country will enjoy the legendary South African hospitality in a total of 34 910 rooms, over 5 200 of which have been provided by small operators.The committee said it was pleased with the warm welcome shown to the Italian and Iraqi teams and that it hoped that teams yet to arrive would receive the same enthusiastic greeting.But the greater part of South African enthusiasm must be reserved for Bafana Bafana, said the committee, adding that all citizens had a responsibility to go out and support their team.South African president Jacob Zuma, speaking in Parliament earlier in the week, said that the national team’s growing confidence and impressive performances of late, as well as the imminent arrival of the other Confederations Cup teams, was driving the current surge of football fever in South Africa.Security under controlThe committee reported that both categories of security were under control – government is responsible for general security while the LOC is responsible for security at venues.According to the security plan submitted to and approved by Fifa, the South African Police Service will assign 41 000 officers specifically to the World Cup. This group is made up of 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 reservists.The Confederations Cup will see the deployment of 8 000 officers.Transport strategies are also ready for the Confederations Cup. A number of technical teams have moved into municipal areas to assist with the rollout of transport projects designed to ease the movement of visitors and fans between stadiums.Communicating with the worldThe International Broadcast Centre at the Nasrec exhibition centre south of Johannesburg will be ready in time for the World Cup. Other communications infrastructure, including the national digital network, is on track.During the Confederations Cup, members of the media will use a state-of-the-art broadcast centre at Ellis Park stadium.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at  [email protected] articlesSA’s Confed Cup Squad named Fifa names Confed officials “See you in June” – TorresUseful links2009 Confederations CupSouth Africa 2010Fifa 2010 World Cuplast_img read more

Ancajas to show he’s ready for world boxing spotlight

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting But as he dangles the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown against Mexican Israel Gonzalez on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) at American Bank Center here, Ancajas intends to use the comparison as motivation.“I’ll do my best,” said Ancajas, whose reputation rocketed after he stopped three title challengers last year. “I’ll turn the pressure into motivation. I hope to reach even a lowly level of what Sir Manny has achieved.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor now, the pride of Panabo City residing in Magallanes, Cavite, is focused on the task at hand—beating Gonzalez convincingly, preferably in explosive fashion. This is first foray after all, into boxing’s mainstream— his fight will be aired by ESPN.“I’m not thinking of anything else right now,” said Ancajas, after checking in at 114.75 pounds in Friday’s official weigh-in. “My mind is focused (on the fight).” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Jerwin Ancajas confidently mounts the weighing scale as MP promotionsCorpus Christi, Texas—On US soil, before a global audience, Jerwin Ancajas is ready to introduce himself to the world.He carries a mounting pressure brought about by the lofty expectations—he is being touted as the next Filipino global boxing star after Sen. Manny Pacquiao, a curse of a label enough to buckle those who have to deal with it.ADVERTISEMENT Gonzalez came in even lighter at 114 lbs, a shade below the limit.After taking a nap, Ancajas will have a hearty dinner of fried fish, chicken tinola and beefsteak to recover the nutrients he lost in the process of shedding excess poundage the whole week.The target is to climb the ring at 128 lbs.Though tagged a heavy favorite owing to his impressive record of 28 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 19 knockouts, Ancajas is not taking Gonzalez (21-1, 8 KOs) lightly.The 26-year-old Ancajas said he would take his time during the 12-round bout, studying the movements and testing the power of the Mexican early on before going on attack mode.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Gonzalez, younger at 21, is also seeing action in the US for the first time and is eager to make a lasting impact.“I’m very happy for this opportunity. I came here to win the title,” said Gonzalez, who’s listed at 5-foot-6 like Ancajas but appears to be taller. “I’m going to frustrate him (Ancajas). I’m going in and out. Counterpunch when needed. I want to become the first world champion from Los Cabos (his hometown).”While Ancajas owns a higher knockout rate (63 percent), Gonzalez seems to be gaining power, having stopped five of his last eight opponents.That’s why Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’ chief trainer, cautions his ward to be always on guard for the Mexican’s power punches—the left hook and right straight.Gonzalez, who did 10 weeks of high-altitude training back home, claims fighting southpaws like Ancajas poses no problem as he has two left-handers among his victims.What he doesn’t know is that Ancajas is a natural right hander who was converted into a lefty by his amateur coaches back in Davao del Norte.And if Gonzalez used Ancajas’ sixth-round disposal of Irish James Conlan in Belfast last November as basis for his preparations, he’ll be in for a rude awakening.Ancajas chiefly employed 1-2 combinations in that bout; he’ll be unloading volumes of punches this time.To show the world he is superstar material, Ancajas plans to put on a show and his camp believes even a judges’ win will be a letdown. LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:04Ancajas wary of ‘unpredictable’ Sultan01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City La Salle left in awe: ‘Before there was Alyssa, now there’s Rondina’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextlast_img read more

Greek Team Shines at World Rowing Championships in FL

first_imgSARASOTA, FL – The Greek team returned from the U23 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota after winning a total of four medals, two golds, one silver, and one bronze.Gold went to the duos Maria Kyridou and Christina Bourmpou and to Anneta Kyridou and Dimitra Tsamopoulou, the silver to Stefanos Ntouskos, and the bronze to Giannis Kalandaridis and Thanasis Paleopanos.Greece tied with Australia in the medals count just above the United States which finished in sixth place. Great Britain finished in first place, Italy in second, and Germany third.What the results and statistics do not record is the contribution of a Greek-American to the Greek team’s success. His support played a vital role in the performances of the Greek athletes.Peter Ellis (Eleftheriou) was not unknown to some members of the team. In 2017, as The National Herald reported, he had also hastened to support the team at the World Championships held in the same city.Left to right: Christina Bourmpou, Maria Kyridou, Peter Ellis, Dimitra Tsamopoulou, and Anneta Kyridou. Photo: Courtesy of Peter EllisAnneta Kyridou, who had met Ellis two years ago, posted a photo on her Facebook page thanking him for his contribution: “A kind man with a big heart!!! A Greek living in America and just learning we were about to compete in his city rushed to help the team achieve its goals!!! Thank you so much for everything, you were a great support for the team…We owe you a lot#seeyousoon #thankyouforeverything.”Kyridou told TNH, Anneta Kyridou told TNH, “I met Mr. Peter in 2017 and he came to the hotel where the Greek delegation was staying. He brought water and Gatorade to keep the team hydrated in the very warm conditions of the area. He took us on walks and took us out to dinner and was there for us in every race. He did exactly that and this year he just learned that we’re here. He was by our side and helped us with whatever we needed. Since 2017, he has been helping many young people from Greece studying in America whether they are planning to study or hosting them on vacation, or need help with any problems they may have.” Family, friends, and athletes, as well as Greek rowing coaches also thanked Ellis for his efforts.Petros Ellis (Eleftheriou) left Greece with his family in 1970 for Boston. He was 10 years old when he left Piraeus behind. He finished school, enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served for years, and then went to the University of Massachusetts.He lived in Texas for a while, then in New Hampshire and Connecticut, working in a restaurant chain for 16 years, eventually becoming a manager. He now works for the large company Sysco, which provides supplies for the catering industry.Ellis posted his own Facebook message for the Greek team: “Until next time we meet. It was a pleasure and a honor to meet and became family with all of these wonderful young athletes and coaches representing #Hellas. To all their parents, family and friends you should be extremely proud of all of them. I wish you continued success, good health and happiness, and more gold medals in your future. Love you all!”Ellis posted the highlights of the Greek team on Facebook, so that all Greeks can see the athletes’ daily lives and their achievements everywhere.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more