Menu of President Obama’s State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao

January 19, 2011

State Dining Room

D’Anjou Pear Salad with Farmstead Goat Cheese

Fennel, Black Walnuts, and White Balsamic

Poached Main Lobster

Orange Glaze Carrots and Black Trumpet Mushrooms

Dumol Chardonnay “Russian River” 2008

Lemon Sorbet

Dry Aged Rib Eye with Buttermilk Crisp Onions

Double Stuffed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach

Quilceda Creek Cabernet “Columbia Valley” 2005

Dessert

Old Fashioned Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

Poet’s Leap Riesling “Botrytis” 2008

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New Measure of Cholesterol Associated with Protection Against Heat Disease

A new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine shows that a different metric, a measure of HDL function called cholesterol efflux capacity, is more closely associated with protection against heart disease than HDL cholesterol levels themselves. Findings from the study could lead to new therapeutic interventions in the fight against heart disease. The new research will be published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Atherosclerosis, a component of heart disease, occurs with a build-up along the artery wall of fatty materials such as cholesterol. Cholesterol efflux capacity, an integrated measure of HDL function, is a direct measure of the efficiency by which a person’s HDL removes cholesterol from cholesterol-loaded macrophages (a type of white blood cell), the sort that accumulate in arterial plaque.

The researchers noted that although cholesterol efflux from macrophages represents only a small fraction of overall flow through the cholesterol pathway, it is probably the component that is most relevant to protection against heart disease.

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