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Today's Top Medical Stories for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Researchers unlock the health benefits of dark chocolate and discover why fried foods can be more fattening for some people.
Fried foods can be twice as unhealthy for people who are genetically predisposed to obesity, according to Harvard researchers.
In their study, they looked at the genetic variants and food diaries of 37-thousand men and women.
They found genetic makeup doubled the negative effects of a bad diet when people ate fried foods more than 4 times a week.

An inexpensive, cholesterol-lowering drug may help slow the progression of multiple sclerosis according to a new study in "The Lancet."
Researchers found a high, daily dose of simvastatin slowed brain shrinkage by 43 percent for patients with chronic stage MS, which is currently untreatable.

And you've probably heard that dark chocolate is good for you, but now scientists say they can pinpoint why.
Researchers at Louisiana State University say good bacteria in the stomach feast on the chocolate and then produce compounds that are anti-inflammatory.
Cardiovascular tissue then absorbs the compounds, improving heart health.

(Adriana Diaz, CBS News)
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