Something in dark chocolate seems to help protect the heart, and now researchers say they have identified the molecular mechanism by which a compound found in cocoa can guard against the damage of a stroke.

The compound, a flavanol called epicatechin, triggers two built-in protective pathways in the brain, according to a report published online last week in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism. The research team was led by Sylvain Dore, an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and pharmacology and molecular sciences at John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

HERMES, Columbia Business School’s alumni magazine:

HERMES, Columbia Business School’s alumni magazine, chronicles the changing global business landscape through the perspectives of the School’s alumni, students, and faculty members. An e-newsletter is delivered monthly and alumni can also opt in to receive a print version published twice a year by Columbia Business School, Columbia University.

We live in a beautiful spot

Published: March 24, 2010


IF you filtered all the glitz out of Miami, you’d get Naples, Fla. This small Gulf-side city has a pleasingly anodyne quality that’s worlds away from the cosmopolitan bustle found only a two-hour drive due east, on the opposite coast. Affluent Midwesterners, who have adopted Naples as a getaway from nasty Northern weather, bring a certain oh-gosh air to town. Don’t be surprised if you keep seeing the same faces over and over — these snowbirds might move at a slower pace than the Miami set, but they get around.

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