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first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation If it’s the former, landing a guy like Kolb makes less sense, as the team would really just need someone to keep the seat warm for a couple seasons until Skelton is ready. If it’s the latter, well, it will be open season on pretty much every available QB once the lockout ends. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The NFC West is still one of the weakest divisions in football, and the Cardinals could be a QB away from returning to the top.“Yes, I will give up a first round pick for Kevin Kolb,” Doug Franz said on Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf show Tuesday. “Because I think the division’s so bad, that you get Kevin Kolb, you win this division and now your first round pick is in the 20s, and that’s fine with me.” But, Franz is confident the Cardinals could win with Kyle Orton, who will likely come cheaper than the Eagles backup.And, given the potential of John Skelton, Franz feels Orton may be the best bet for the Cardinals right now.“I do like John Skelton, but I also, if I’m Ken Whisenhunt, I’m looking at the situation…I’m saying this division’s so bad, and all I have to is if I win the division I’ve already got a home playoff game,” he said. “Kyle Orton is good enough to win this division. I can still teach John Skelton.”Tim Kempton, though, feels that the Cardinals should have their eyes on a larger goal than just winning a weak division.“It’s not about winning the division,” he said. “It’s about winning the Super Bowl.“John Skelton gives us the best chance to win the Super Bowl. Maybe not this year, but next year.”Kempton has an interesting point, though as the Cardinals have proven, once a team makes the playoffs anything is possible. Would it be worth passing up that chance, remote as it may be, just to give John Skelton more reps as the starter?What it comes down to is just how highly Ken Whisenhunt thinks of the guy he drafted in the fifth round out of Fordham just one year ago. Is he good enough to be the long-term option at QB, or is destined to become a career backup? last_img read more

Average consumption of salt found to be safe for heart health

first_imgAug 10 2018New research shows that for the vast majority of individuals, sodium consumption does not increase health risks except for those who eat more than five grams a day, the equivalent of 2.5 teaspoons of salt.Fewer than five per cent of individuals in developed countries exceed that level.The large, international study also shows that even for those individuals there is good news. Any health risk of sodium intake is virtually eliminated if people improve their diet quality by adding fruits, vegetables, dairy foods, potatoes, and other potassium rich foods.The research, published today in The Lancet, is by scientists of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, along with their research colleagues from 21 countries.The study followed 94,000 people, aged 35 to 70, for an average of eight years in communities from18 countries around the world and found there an associated risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes only where the average intake is greater than five grams of sodium a day.China is the only country in their study where 80 per cent of communities have a sodium intake of more than five grams a day. In the other countries, the majority of the communities had an average sodium consumption of 3 to 5 grams a day (equivalent to 1.5 to 2.5 teaspoons of salt).”The World Health Organization recommends consumption of less than two grams of sodium — that’s one teaspoon of salt — a day as a preventative measure against cardiovascular disease, but there is little evidence in terms of improved health outcomes that individuals ever achieve at such a low level,” said Andrew Mente, first author of the study and a PHRI researcher.He added that the American Heart Association recommends even less — 1.5 grams of sodium a day for individuals at risk of heart disease.”Only in the communities with the most sodium intake — those over five grams a day of sodium – which is mainly in China, did we find a direct link between sodium intake and major cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke.Related StoriesRNA-binding protein SRSF3 appears to be key factor for proper heart contraction, survivalStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggests”In communities that consumed less than five grams of sodium a day, the opposite was the case. Sodium consumption was inversely associated with myocardial infarction or heart attacks and total mortality, and no increase in stroke.”Mente added: “We found all major cardiovascular problems, including death, decreased in communities and countries where there is an increased consumption of potassium which is found in foods such as fruits, vegetables, dairy foods, potatoes and nuts and beans.”The information for the research article came from the ongoing, international Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study run by the PHRI. Mente is also an associate professor of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University.Most previous studies relating sodium intake to heart disease and stroke were based on individual-level information, said Martin O’Donnell, co-author of the report, a PHRI researcher and an associate clinical professor of medicine at McMaster.”Public health strategies should be based on best evidence. Our findings demonstrate that community-level interventions to reduce sodium intake should target communities with high sodium consumption, and should be embedded within approaches to improve overall dietary quality.”There is no convincing evidence that people with moderate or average sodium intake need to reduce their sodium intake for prevention of heart disease and stroke,” said O’Donnell.Besides Canada, this research paper involved individual and community information from the countries of Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Columbia, India, Iran, Malaysia, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe. Source:https://www.mcmaster.calast_img read more