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The Incredible Shrinking Cattle of Amsterdam Island

Aug 25 2017 - 20:08

Researchers describe wild cattle on Amsterdam Island in the southern Indian Ocean that lost about 25% of their body size in just over 100 years.

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You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing — Even HDL Cholesterol

Aug 25 2017 - 15:08

So we all know that there's good and bad cholesterol (HDL and LDL respectively). And if we want to avoid certain types of heart and circulatory problems, we want to lower the bad and raise the good. But how high is high enough? And is it possible to get the good type too high? If the results of a recent study are confirmed, yes, having too high a level of HDL cholesterol won't help your heart.

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FDA To Change How Prescription Drugs And Biologics Are Advertised

Aug 25 2017 - 13:08

Who among us hasn’t chuckled at a television prescription drug ad when it ventures into a litany of wide-ranging potential side effects like anal leakage to erections lasting more than four hours? With direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing today, product overstatements of health benefits with simultaneous minimization of possible harms has become the norm. The FDA wants to change that.

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Savoring Coffee Without Sugar Works Best to Cut Calories, Study Says

Aug 25 2017 - 12:08

It's not a new idea that one relatively easy way to eliminate calories is to refrain from adding sugar, whenever possible, to foods and drinks we consume. And trimming it from coffee consumption is an obvious place to start. 

But once that choice is made, the next issue is: What's the best way to adapt to a reduced-sugar or sugar-free cup, to ensure that the change will become permanent? Eliminating the sweetener over time, or cutting it out "cold turkey" in one fell swoop?

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Not Even Paltrow's GOOP Is Above The Law

Aug 25 2017 - 12:08

Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle company, Goop, may think that the products they sell are helpful but others disagree. The controversy has evolved into a formal complaint filed against Goop - a move that starts the legal ball rolling down Goop's vaginal egg lined path.

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Nitro-Coffee: Good Science Or Nitrogenous Waste?

Aug 25 2017 - 07:08

America's love affair with coffee bubbled to the surface in 2013 when nitrogen-infused coffee made its appearance in Oregon. Nitro-coffee? Is this a silly fad, or is there some science behind it? Let this article percolate for a while and you'll see. 

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Activity Inequality - What does that mean?

Aug 25 2017 - 03:08

A recent issue of Nature featured an article entitled Large-scale physical activity data reveal worldwide activity inequality. I admit two things drew me to the article, the data, and the term inequality. First, let’s consider how and what they found. Rather than relying on self-reported estimates or wearable sensors, the data, on walking, was derived from the pedometers (actually accelerometers) found in smartphones. Your iPhone can indeed be used for research.

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