Research on mice links fast food to Alzheimer’s

Should e be blaming sugar or fat?

LONDON, Nov. 28, 2008 (Reuters) — Mice fed junk food for nine months showed signs of developing the abnormal brain tangles strongly associated with Alzheimer’s disease, a Swedish researcher said on Friday.

The findings, which come from a series of published papers by a researcher at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet, show how a diet rich in fat, sugar and cholesterol could increase the risk of the most common type of dementia.

“On examining the brains of these mice, we found a chemical change not unlike that found in the Alzheimer brain,” Susanne Akterin, a researcher at the Karolinska Institutet’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, who led the study, said in a statement.

Parliamentary politics in Canada

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The Conservatives have just held an election at a moment when they felt strong in popularity, hoping to convert their minority government into a majority. It didn’t work, and they broke their own recently passed law against calling elections early to do it.

Now it seems that the majority of seat-holders – the three opposition parties – may form a coalition government and replace the Conservatives with a coalition under Liberal Party leader Stephan Dion. Things are getting interesting. The Conservatives tapped a private meeting by the other parties, recorded it, and broadcast it. How does that not make them criminals?

T. Ryan Gregory of Genomicron has some comments on Parliamentary Politics.

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