Archive for June 15th, 2010

White rice raises risk of type 2 diabetes

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(Scientific American): White rice joins the growing list of refined carbohydrates with links to increased risks for diabetes, according to a new large study that quantified odds for consumers of white rice—as well as brown rice. Turning brown rice white entails removing a rice grain’s bran and germ, which uncovers the white endosperm. The process also raises the grain’s glycemic index (a measure of a carbohydrate’s ability to raise blood sugar) and strips away vitamins, fiber, magnesium and other components that might help keep diabetes at bay. The new findings have key health implications because more than 70 percent of rice eaten in the US is white rice.

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May not so merry for hedge funds

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(Reuters): The European hedge fund industry’s top brass meet in glitzy Monaco this week for their annual summit, after a turbulent May that has taken some of the shine off an industry recovering from its worst ever crisis. Executives such as Man Group, CEO Peter Clarke, whose firm last month unveiled a $1.6 billion takeover of GLG Partners and Leda Braga, head of Bluecrest’s ‘black box’ funds, will debate how the industry continues to win back clients in the face of choppy markets and looming regulation. The 2010 GAIM International conference on June 14 to 17 comes after almost a year of steady net client inflows — helped by returns of 20 percent in 2009.

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