The new strain has spread from southern China to South East Asia.

Chinese insufficient transparency could trigger bird flu pandemic The transparency of health authorities in China has come under criticism yet again with the news headlines of a fresh strain of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus which virologists say could possibly be resistant to vaccines. The new strain has spread from southern China to South East Asia, and re-ignited very true fears of an imminent pandemic . Any risk of strain was first isolated in Fujian province in March 2005, and has since made an appearance in several provinces in China since October 2005, and Hong Kong, Laos Malaysia and Thailand.


In the mixed group that received the low-flavonoid chocolate, concentrations of epicatechin reduced slightly, from a baseline of 17.9 nmol/L to 17.5 nmol/L. The authors also found that the participants did not have increased blood cholesterol amounts after these daily snack foods of chocolate for 14 days. The scholarly study was funded by the UCSF School of Nursing. Chocolate for the scholarly study was supplied by the American Cocoa Research Institute, Vienna, VA. During the past five years, scientists have developed increasingly accurate ways of detecting flavonoids. Just a few years ago, dark chocolate was found to contain more flavonoids than any various other food that’s been tested so much, including such flavonoid-rich foods as green and dark tea, red blueberries and wine, says Engler. ‘Many people don’t realize that chocolate is definitely plant-derived, as are the fruit and veggies recommended for a healthy heart.