IN THE NEWS

Researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland recently reported they have found a drug that could help stop sepsis from reaching major organs. Sepsis occurs when an existing infection triggers an immune response that affects the body’s tissues and major organs, and can lead to death. Called InnovoSep, the drug inhibits sepsis from binding to human endothelial cells, which are the first barrier between the blood and the extravascular space, according to researchers. “The drug appears to act by preventing the bacteria from getting into the bloodstream from the site of infection by stabilizing the blood vessels so that they cannot leak bacteria and infect the major organs,” RCSI Professor Steve Kerrigan said. More than 1 million people suffer from sever sepsis every year, and up to 30 percent of those die as a result.

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STUDY SAYS

Body strength linked to reduced risk of diabetes

According to a new study, moderate amounts of muscle strength were associated with a 32 percent reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences said the study shows the importance of both muscle strength and cardiorespiratory fitness are for having a lower risk of diabetes.

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BABY HEALTH

How to save money on formula   

According to a Perrigo Nutrition survey, 20 percent of moms worry about what formula to purchase in the first few months of their baby’s life. One way to stretch budgets without sacrificing quality is to use store-brand formulas that meet the same strict FDA standards as nationally advertised brands.

“Store-brand formula will provide complete nutrition for baby just like any brand-name formula,” says Dr. Jennifer Gardner. “All infant formulas are required to meet the same FDA standards, which means store-brand formula has the same quality as other brand names, but costs less. More importantly, there’s no need for parents to take unnecessary risks such as diluting formula to save money.”

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NUMBER TO KNOW

1: According to new research, scientists say a regular one-hour nap is an effective way of lowering blood pressure.

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