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December 19, 2014

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4:39 PM | Food Additives Part 1: An Examination of What We Eat
By: Theresa KlepperEdited by: Sharon E. Chin“[The] FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health by, among other things, ensuring that the nation’s food supply for human and animal consumption is safe, sanitary, wholesome and properly labeled ”(2).Picture of 2 week old cappuccino remains with syrupCan we trust what we eat?Our faith in the well-being of the food we eat sits on the shoulders of the FDA; it’s their job to make sure we can trust what we […]
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3:44 PM | Reflexology for Babies?
In the fascinating, if not rational, world of so-called complementary and alternative medicine, the age of the patient rarely seems to matter. This stands in stark contrast to the practice of science-based medicine. Sure, there is some physiological overlap across the spectrum of age, but caring for children often requires a vastly-different approach and there […]
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3:30 PM | 4 new gluten myths that appeal to the healthy
Gluten is not the only thing in wheat, and it's the carbohydrates that are actually behind some of the newest gluten myths aimed at otherwise healthy people. Learn the facts about water weight, acne, rough skin, and hormones, plus the important health benefits of wheat.
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2:26 PM | Overactive Habit System causes OCD?
ByThe Toombst New research finds that an overactive habit system in the brain might cause OCD. The implicated brain region called the caudate nucleus which also control voluntary movement. At one time or another I’m sure many of us have felt like we’re affected by OCD, be it’s excessively washing hands or turning off the lights a succession of times before you leave a room. Though disturbing these action probably don’t mean you are suffering from OCD in real way. People […]
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2:12 PM | Life on an aquaplanet
MIT study finds an exoplanet, tilted on its side, could still be habitable if covered in ocean. Nearly 2,000 planets beyond our solar system have been identified to date. Whether […]
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2:11 PM | Of Bugs and Brains
Brain structures devoted to learning and memory are highly conserved in the animal kingdom, suggesting a common evolutionary origin. Whether you’re cramming for an exam or just trying to remember […]
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2:10 PM | What Are Pristine Aerosols and Where Are They Found?
Results showing how pure a key component of climate really is Lynn Russell, an atmospheric sciences professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, presented findings at the American […]
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2:08 PM | Cloudy water, even if it’s safe, affects rural immigrants’ health
Cloudy tap water may have a greater effect for California’s rural immigrants than merely leaving behind a bad taste, according to a new policy brief released by the Center for […]
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2:07 PM | The next Napa earthquake could be much bigger, scientists find
The magnitude 6 earthquake that shook the Napa Valley in August was the strongest the region had felt in more than 20 years. But the next earthquake in the area […]
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2:03 PM | New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs’ extinction
A definitive geological timeline shows that a series of massive volcanic explosions 66 million years ago spewed enormous amounts of climate-altering gases into the atmosphere immediately before and during the […]
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1:46 PM | Dear Parents/Grandparents: Your Toddler Does Not Need a Screen for Christmas
Christmas is upon us.  If you are a parent/grandparent/relative, you are likely scrambling for that last minute item that your child will love.  One thing I urge you to avoid: screens, and toys that incorporate screens.  Your toddler does not … Continue reading »
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11:48 AM | NICE backs three ulcerative colitis treatments
Remicade, Simponi and Humira recommended for NHS reimbursement
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10:26 AM | Double trial disappointment for Roche
Discontinues Alzheimer’s programme and finds Kadcyla no better than Herceptin in certain breast cancer
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10:05 AM | Merck stumps up $375m for cancer firm OncoEthix
Follows $8.4bn deal to buy Cubist
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9:47 AM | GSK squares up to Merck with shingles vaccine data
Trial shows vaccine cut the risk of shingles in over 50s by 97%
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7:30 AM | How can we improve mental health services for young people? Ask them
Sarah Knowles appraises and summarises a thematic analysis of young people's views of UK mental health services, which calls for greater involvement of young people themselves in redesigning services to be more engaging and accessible. The post How can we improve mental health services for young people? Ask them appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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5:00 AM | ADM Sells Cocoa Business to Olam International for $1.3 billion
More than 1,500 ADM Cocoa employees including 30 R&D professionals will join the combined cocoa entity.
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1:06 AM | Mix of Bacteria in Gut May Depend More on Diet than Genes
Genes are important, but diet may be even more important in determining the relative abundance of the hundreds of health-shaping bacterial species comprising an individual’s gut microbiota, according to UC […]
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1:04 AM | Breastfeeding past two months helps babies avoid obesity
Infants at risk for childhood and adult obesity have a better chance of not becoming overweight if breastfeeding continues beyond two months, nutritional scientists at Cornell have discovered. “Children at […]
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12:16 AM | Pink Carrots appoints art director
Tani Martin joins from Spark44
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12:16 AM | Roche leads pharma R&D spend for 2013
Top 30 pharma companies spent a total of $112bn on research
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12:15 AM | Creating a 21st century life sciences ecosystem
The UK’s life sciences minister on how government and pharma can encourage NHS uptake and innovation
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12:15 AM | New medical communications head for S&H
London-based agency appoints Dr Jo Pearson

December 18, 2014

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9:16 PM | Mutations prevent programmed cell death
ByThe Toombst New research uncovers previously signal path used to make cells commit suicide. Changing a protein in this pathway a.k.a. mutations prevent programmed cell death, attacking this process might lead to a new way of treating cancer. Apoptosis is the body’s own defense mechanism from rampaging cells creating tumors in the body. This system means that a damaged cell can be told to commit suicide for the good of the body as a whole. This system is not perfect and can be stopped by […]
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6:42 PM | Ask Well: Wild Fish vs. Farmed Fish
A reader asks: Is eating farm-raised fish better than eating no fish at all?
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6:42 PM | Weight Gain During Pregnancy Is Especially Good for Boys
The less weight a woman gains during pregnancy, the less likely she is to have a boy, an analysis found.
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4:22 PM | Cannabis Drugs Reduce Intestinal Inflammation
ByThe Toombst Continuing the role of the cannabinoid receptors from yesterday, research show that cannabis drugs reduce intestinal inflammation in mice given colitis, inflammation of the large intestine. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are two major bowel diseases characterized by chronic inflammation to parts of the intestines. The diseases can be somewhat tricky to distinguish in diagnoses but both are charachterized by inflammation in the gut. Using mice as a disease model […]
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3:15 PM | Expectant fathers experience prenatal hormone changes
Impending fatherhood can lower two hormones–testosterone and estradiol–for men, even before their babies are born, a new University of Michigan study found. Other studies indicate that men’s hormones change once […]
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3:14 PM | Wild blueberries (bilberries) can help tackle the adverse effects of a high-fat diet
Eating bilberries diminishes the adverse effects of a high-fat diet, according to a recent study at the University of Eastern Finland. For the first time, bilberries were shown to have […]
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2:50 PM | 3 tricks for preventing holiday weight gain
Although only 1 in 10 individuals will gain 5 lbs or more during the holidays, most of us will put on some weight that tends to stay with us during the course of the following year. Thus, to help you … Continue reading »
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