Daily Dose: 10/18/12

Bras Detecting Breast Cancer: Yes, you heard that right. Lifeline Biotechnologies has been testing First Warning Systems, a “smart bra” that can supposedly detect breast tissue abnormalities. Results from three trials show the bra is detecting abnormalities with a 90 percent and higher accuracy rating. The bra is outfitted with sensors detecting changes in breast tissue temperature. At the end of the testing period, the bra sends data to be analyzed and sent to the user’s device. If the bra is more successful in the trial period, Lifeline Biotechnologies will sell the bra in the United States and Europe in 2014. The “smart bra” can be yours for $1,000.

Cholesterol Levels on the Decline: A new study suggests the cholesterol levels of U.S. adults have been decreasing due to healthier diets. The average total cholesterol decreased from 206 milligrams per deciliter in 1988-1994 to 196 in 2007-2010. In addition, levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol rose fro 50.7 to 52.5. These findings support the decline of heart disease, which is closely linked to cholesterol. Researchers attribute the decline to reductions in smoking and trans fats in diets.

Epilepsy Drug May Help Weight Loss: Researchers say an epilepsy drug combined with nutritional counseling may help obese adults lose weight. The study found adults who took 400 milligrams of zonisamide every day for a year lost seven and a half pounds more than those only assigned to dietary and lifestyle changes. Patients taking the higher-dose zonisamide had better results than those taking a lower dose. There is no drug to cure obesity, but doctors are confident zonisamide can be used to help obese patients.