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Delving into our complicated relationship with carbohydrates

The idea of controlling carbohydrate consumption has been bouncing around the world of diets and medicine for nearly 100 years ...
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Podcast: Why glyphosate-cancer news stories could push consumers away from healthy foods

On [this] episode, we explore one of the most important topics in nutrition: produce and pesticides. Health experts, the government ...
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Put down the glass of wine: There’s ‘no such thing’ as safe alcohol consumption

You don’t have to go far to find people, including doctors and researchers, who will argue that a little bit of ...
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Caribbean nation St. Vincent suspends glyphosate imports

The Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines has placed an immediate suspension on the importation of pesticides that contain the acting ...
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Why polio remains surprisingly hard to eradicate

Polio retains a foothold in Pakistan—and will likely continue to do so as long as basic health services are neglected ...
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Viewpoint: Trying to make smart food choices? Ignore what celebrities say about GMOs

Studies have confirmed that people are more likely to believe celebrities and politicians over scientists when it comes to medical advice ...
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Talking Biotech: How scientists outsmart cancer-causing fungi that threaten our food supply

Alfatoxins are a significant threat to human health and world food security. They are naturally-occurring toxic compounds produced by the ...
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How dreams may help us declutter our brains and solve problems

Do you remember your dreams from last night? In how much detail? Were they related to anything you experienced during ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s what’s wrong with study suggesting glyphosate damages our gut health

Can glyphosate impact gut health? The Guardian reports on a team of scientists who claim to have demonstrated that it ...
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Strange bedfellows: American Academy of Pediatrics allies with Environmental Working Group, known for anti-science messages

On the subjects of organics and pesticides, the American Academy of Pediatrics finds itself supporting the Environmental Working Group, an ...
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Even if you don’t believe in God, religion may shape your subconscious thinking

Although non-believers reject religion, Christian beliefs still shape much of Western thought. Both believers and non-believers have similar subconscious attitudes ...
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Insomnia cures: Do drug remedies provide the kind of sleep that our brain needs?

People spend billions on sleep remedies. The act of sleep and artificially assisting sleep are not on the whole a ...
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Genetics and obesity: Expanding waistlines can’t be blamed on poor lifestyle choices alone

The sources of obesity look more biological, and less psychological, which opens new avenues toward addressing the crisis. Finding answers ...
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Smoking and health: Genetic revolution transforming medical marijuana and tobacco

Our increased understanding of plant genetics has potential to help smokers quit and provide patients with the medicinal benefits of ...
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Status climb with caution: Social mobility may take a toll on our DNA

'Moving on up' is a cherished American value (and important in other societies, too). But there could be a cost ...
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What genetics reveals about traditional Chinese medicine

Can Chinese medicine impact the human genome, and deliver on its promises? A variety of individual responses to these therapies ...
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Forget about counting steps—Fitbit, other activity trackers won’t help you much to get healthy

Activity trackers may create a false assurance - when people see how much they are walking on a daily basis ...
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Gut microbiome’s role in brain, neurological disorders still unsettled, for now

Does the microbiome have any effect on the brain? Possibly, but we're not ready for probiotics for your brain just ...
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Is natural sleep the only kind that counts? Or can we make that artificial, too?

Around the world, people spend billions on sleep. Everyone is looking for a good night's rest. But, amidst all of ...
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After early struggles, ‘biopharming’ poised to make big impact on medicine

Biopharma, which almost disappeared as a technology, has returned, with a treatment for Ebola treatment, a drug producing chicken, and ...
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Are products touted as supporting ‘healthy gut-biome’ scamming consumers?

The microbiome is a promising area of research for disease treatments. Just avoid the scams ...
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Obesity is in our head and in our genes

The sources of obesity look more biological, and less psychological, which opens new avenues toward addressing the crisis. Finding answers ...
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Precision medicine–Next new thing or over hyped bust? (Or both?)

Precision medicine struggles to fulfill its promise as a next generation solution to disease prevention ...
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Genetics may open door to new treatments of mental disorders

Mental disorders are notoriously hard to treat. We now know that many psychological diseases are rooted in our DNA. That's ...
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