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Raw or Cooked: This Is How We Recognize Food

Do we see a pear or an apple? The occipital cortex in our brain will activate itself to recognize it. A piece of bread or a nice plate of pasta with sauce? Another region will come into play, called middle temporal gyrus. Different regions are implicated in recognition of different foods, raw in one case...

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New 3D-Printed Technology Lowers Cost of Common Medical Test

A desire for a simpler, cheaper way to do common laboratory tests for medical diagnoses and to avoid “washing the dishes” led University of Connecticut researchers to develop a new technology that reduces cost and time. Their pipette-based technology could also help make certain medical testing available in rural or remote areas where traditional methods...

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Collaboration Aims to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Clinical Trials

Spencer Hoover, vice president and executive director of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute, is co-author of a manuscript published in the Journal of Oncology Practice aimed at establishing best practices to promote diversity in clinical trials. In-depth interviews were conducted with leaders from U.S. cancer centers with above average recruitment of racial and ethnic minority groups into clinical...

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How the ‘Good Feeling’ Can Influence the Purchase of Sustainable Chocolate

More and more products carry ethical labels such as fair-trade or organic, which consumers usually view positively. Nevertheless, the sales figures of these products often remain low, even though they offer advantages for the environment or for society. A team of scientists from the University of Göttingen has investigated to what extent factors which affect...

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The New Exercise Trend That’s Made for Everyone

Bringing the science of high intensity interval training (HIIT) into everyday life could be the key to helping unfit, overweight people get more of the exercise they need to improve their health, according to an international research team. From washing the car to climbing stairs or carrying groceries, each of these activities is an opportunity...

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Despite America’s Protein Craze, Adults Are Still Missing the Mark According to New Study

Research reveals more than 1 in 3 Americans 50+ aren’t meeting the recommended protein intake and it’s saying a lot about their diets and health Timing matters – eating protein evenly throughout the day, and even before bedtime, can support muscles for optimal health Walk into any grocery store and you’ll find high-protein products dominating...

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Lesbian and Bi Women at Increased Risk of Being Overweight

Lesbian and bisexual women are at increased risk of being overweight or obese compared to heterosexual women, according to new research from the University of East Anglia and UCL. Gay men however are less likely to be overweight than their straight counterparts, and more at risk of being underweight. The study, published in the Journal of...

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How to Make the Push-Up Work for You

If you want to improve your golf swing, softball pitch, or tennis serve, the push-up is for you. The push-up is a highly adaptable exercise that can be tailored to help individuals with specific needs, say a team of UWaterloo researchers who studied a modified push-up, called a ‘push-up plus.’ The push-up plus, which consists...

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Intervention Can Boost Rates of Exclusive Breastfeeding

Interventions which educate and support new mothers in West Africa to exclusively breastfeed (where infants are only fed breast milk) can significantly increase the practice, according to new research published in The Lancet Global Health. In a randomised trial of new mothers in Burkina Faso, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM),...