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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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An Extra Ally Against Fat

Some vitamins ma play a defensive role

MANY PEOPLE WORRY OVER the visible effects of a high-fat diet, but the invisible ones are cause for even greater concern. Just one high-fat meal temporarily decreases blood flow. This reduction in endothelial function, which affects how well blood flows through vessels, is thought to precede hardening of the arteries, a condition linked to coronary heart disease. But according to The Journal of the American Medical Association, taking vitamins C and E before eating fatty foods offers some protection.

A study took 20 healthy volunteers and divided them into three groups. The first was given a high-fat breakfast; the second, no fat; the third, an oral dose of vitamins C (1000 mg) and E (800 IU), followed by the same high-fat meal as the first. Those in the first group had impaired endothelial function for about four hours. The low-fat group had no problem -- and neither did the third. The researchers believe the beneficial effects are caused by the anti-oxidative properties of the vitamins, but do not know how they work.


SOFT SPOT Sports-related knee injuries happen in women about eight times more than in men. Why? Scientists at the University of Michigan think it may be hormones. Researchers found that of 28 female athletes with knee injuries, most had suffered the problem when ovulating. High estrogen levels during ovulation are thought to make ligaments and other soft tissue more supple -- and more vulnerable.

-- By Catherine Shepherd

This edition's table of contents | Asiaweek home



U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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