H1N1: The good news
Everyone who is contemplating immunization for the
swine flu (H1N1) should be relieved by this news.
Adults won't have to get two shots of the vaccine. Scientists at the
National Institutes of Health say one dose of the new vaccine is strong
enough to protect most people.
The important part of
this announcement is that people will not have to line up for shots
three times this year but just twice: once for seasonal flu and once for
At this time, studies on whether children will
need both shots are not yet complete.
The so-called swine flu may be contagious for a longer time than
previously thought. Scientists at the Institute of Public Health in
Quebec say their study shows it could be contagious for a week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's flu chief says,
however, that long breaks from work or school don't seem worth it for a
virus that seems to cause mostly mild illness.
is spreading so widely now that confining the sick does less good. It's
virtually impossible not to have the virus introduced into settings such
as school, universities and workplaces where people come into close
contact with others.
This situation may prompt more people to take the trouble to get the
swine flu immunization.
At least, it could prompt more
people to do frequent hand washing in an attempt to prevent the H1N1.
May be better than olive oil
Studies show polyunsaturated fats are best for heart health
When it comes to calories, all fats are created equal at about 120
calories per tablespoon.
For some time, olive oil,
known to be high in monounsaturated fats and highly promoted by its
makers, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a
heart-healthy substitute for butter, which it certainly is.
New studies, however, show that vegetable oils that are high in
polyunsaturated fats are an effective substitute for fighting heart
disease. Polyunsaturates may be better for heart health than the
monounsaturated fats found in olive oil.
A report that
reviews 11 studies totaling more than 340,000 participants was recently
published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The report
shows that switching from saturated fat, such as in butter, to
polyunsaturated fat reduced the risk of coronary events by 13 percent
and the risk of coronary death by 26 percent.
study review shows that switching from butter-type fats to olive oil may
have actually increased the risk of coronary events. Doctors at Tufts
University are awaiting further findings before making a recommendation.
Still, polyunsaturated fats appear to be better for the heart.
Products that are high in beneficial polyunsaturated fats include
soybean oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, corn oil and peanut oil.
Always avoid products that are described as partially hydrogenated. They
contain unhealthy trans fats.
Be sure to check the
number of calories in products that are described as low fat. People who
are watching their weight, which is almost everyone, may think the
low-fat designation makes them a diet food.
products usually have just as many calories as the original form, and
just what kind of fats they have may be a mystery
We wish you the many joys of the holiday season
It's time to celebrate. The holidays are here.
Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ on December
25 with its traditions and customs, including the appearance of Santa,
that jolly old elf.
Hanukkah celebrates the lives of a
people who refused to give up. The Festival of Lights commemorates the
Jews' rededicating the Temple of Jerusalem after a great battle.
The lights of Christmas and Hanukkah come as a welcome relief since by
Dec. 21, the winter solstice brings the shortest, darkest day of the
We wish you the joys of the season and thank you for being a member of
the world-wide IFA family