Just a strip of bacon a day ‘increases cancer risk,’ U.K. study finds

(Cillian O’Brien/ CTV News) — People who eat just moderate amounts of red and processed meat are still at risk of bowel cancer, according to a new study. Scientists found that colorectal cancer risk rose … Read More

One-time, universal flu vaccine may be on horizon, Australian researchers say
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(Mike Colagrossi/ Big Think) —A new treatment shows promise in becoming a one-time flu vaccine. In a recent study conducted by Professor Katherine Kedzierska at the University of Melbourne, researchers discovered a set of immune cells that have the ability to fight off all forms of the flu virus.

These “killer cells,”   …

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Forever young: Study uncovers protein that keeps skin youthful
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(Sara Hussein/ Agence France-Presse) — Beauty might only be skin deep, but for those wondering how to keep that skin young, scientists may have found an answer in the form of a protein that encourages cell competition.

The prosaically named COL17A1 might not sound like a fountain of youth, but the new study suggests it does the heavy lifting  …

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What we aren’t eating is killing us, global study finds
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(Sandee LaMotte/ CNN) — Which risk factor is responsible for more deaths around the world than any other? Not smoking. Not even high blood pressure. It’s a poor diet.

“In many countries, poor diet now causes more deaths than tobacco smoking and high blood pressure,” said Ashkan Afshin, an assistant professor  …

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Meat consumption is changing but it’s not because of vegans
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(The Conversation) — Meat consumption in North America is changing. Product developers and policy-makers need to understand the reasons for that change. It’s tempting to attribute the decrease in meat consumption to a rise in vegetarianism and veganism, but not all vegans are the same, and overall they play a relatively small role   …

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Just looking at things that remind us of coffee can arouse our minds
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(Science News) — Coffee and tea are two beverages commonly-consumed around the world. In Western societies, coffee is associated with greater arousal than tea. According to a new study, published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, even looking at something that reminds of coffee can stimulate our brain, mimicking the physical  …

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What are the health benefits of jackfruit?
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(Charlotte Lillis/ Medical News Today) — Jackfruit is a healthful source of vitamin C and other essential nutrients, and research suggests that it may provide a number of health benefits.

Jackfruit is a tropical tree fruit native to southwest India. It belongs to the Moraceae plant family, which also includes mulberries, figs, and   …

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New Food Guide addresses ‘elephant’ in the room: the dangers of alcohol
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(Cassandra Szklarski/ Canadian Press) — A move by Ottawa to use Canada’s food guide to drill home the dangers of chronic alcohol use caught some nutrition and addiction experts by surprise, but they welcomed the tougher stance on an issue they say demands a co-ordinated strategy.

“It’s sort of been the elephant in  …

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Study: eating later in the day makes you gain weight
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(Alan Mozes/ HealthDay) — Maybe you rush around with work and activities during the day, then settle in for a large, relaxing meal in the evening. But new research says the later in the day you eat, the more weight you’re likely to pack on.

That’s the takeaway from a week-long study involving 31 overweight and obese patients,  …

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Sperm DNA damage may lead to repeat miscarriages: study
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(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay News) — When couples experience recurrent pregnancy loss, it’s natural for them to want to know why. Now, a new study suggests that sperm DNA damage could be a factor.

Recurrent pregnancy loss is defined as the consecutive loss of three or more pregnancies before 20 weeks’ gestation. It affects  …

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