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Stabbed or shot? Drink up

Hospital patients with traumatic injuries such as fractures, internal injuries and open wounds were far more likely to survive if they had consumed alcohol, and the protective effect increased in proportion to the amount of alcohol consumed. That’s according to a new study from the University of Illinois, which supports past research that also showed […]

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Significant testosterone deficiency found in obese boys




For the first time, medicos have measured testosterone levels in teens of different weights and found that obese males aged between 14 and 20 have up to 50 percent less testosterone, significantly increasing their potential to be impotent and infertile as adults. The study was conducted by researchers from the University at Buffalo and the […]




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Tackling obesity by manipulating gut flora




Antibiotics could one day be the standard treatment for regulating weight, suggests a new study inNature Immunology that examines the interactions between diet, the bacteria in our gut, and our immune systems. The 500 different types of bacteria present in our gut provide the enzymes necessary for the uptake of nutrients, synthesize certain vitamins and […]




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Hunter-gatherer study contradicts obesity theory




New findings published in the journal PLoS ONEsuggest that diet – rather than lack of exercise – may be the main driver for expanding waistlines in the Western world. The research team behind the study, led by Herman Pontzer of Hunter College, measured daily energy expenditure (calories/day) among the Hadza, a population of traditional hunter-gatherers […]




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US diet engenders stupidity




A new UCLA study with rodents is the first to show how a diet high in fructose sabotages memory and learning functions in the brain. While previous research showed how fructose harms the body through its role in diabetes and obesity, this study is the first to uncover how the sweetener influences the brain. “Our […]




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Slow food, better mood




“The more fast food you consume, the greater the risk of depression,” say Spanish researchers who have linked the consumption of hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza to a significantly greater likelihood of developing depression. The results, published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, reveal that consumers of fast food, compared to those who eat little or […]




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Trans fats and aggression: the Twinkie defense gets scientific




University of California, San Diego researchers have provided the first evidence linking the consumption of trans fats with a range of adverse behaviors, ranging from impatience and irritability, to overt aggression. The findings, inPLoS ONE, may lend some scientific muscle to lawyers looking to employ Twinkie defensestrategies in the courtroom. Dietary trans fatty acids (dTFAs) […]




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Lower calorie intake provides brain boost




A low caloric diet changes the chemistry in the brain, enhancing both cognitive performance and memory, a discovery which scientists hope will yield new drugs to arrest the cognitive decline associated with aging. The research appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and was carried out by scientists from the Catholic University […]




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BPA levels in canned soup unexpectedly high




In one of the first studies to investigate levels of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in canned food, Harvard researchers have recorded unexpectedly high levels of the plastics additive from tinned soups, prompting a warning for consumers of those products. The new findings, appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, show a more […]




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