People who drink diet soda put on three times as much belly fat as those who don’t, study says

People who drink diet soda put on three times as much belly fat as those who don’t, study says

In the latest Diet Soda: Evil or Not? saga, The San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging determined that people who drink diet soda occasionally put on three times as much belly fat as those who don’t. Over nearly 10 years, occasional drinkers gained 2.11cm of fat to their midsections, while non-drinkers gained only .77 cm. The bad news doesn’t end there: daily drinkers gained a whopping 3.04 cm.

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Common bacteria on verge of becoming antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Common bacteria on verge of becoming antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study shows that two genes that confer resistance against a particularly strong class of antibiotics can be shared easily among a family of bacteria responsible for a significant portion of hospital-associated infections.

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‘Google Maps’ for the body: A biomedical revolution

'Google Maps' for the body: A biomedical revolution

Scientists are using previously top-secret technology to zoom through the human body down to the level of a single cell. Scientists are also using cutting-edge microtome and MRI technology to examine how movement and weight bearing affects the movement of molecules within joints, exploring the relationship between blood, bone, lymphatics and muscle.

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New study reveals main culprit for Alzheimer’s disease

New study reveals main culprit for Alzheimer’s disease

A new analysis in more than 3,600 donated brains in the US has singled out malfunctioning tau proteins as the main driver for the cognitive decline and memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease, offering a new focus for future Alzheimer's treatment and research.

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Proponents of Raw Milk Are No Better Than Anti-Vaccine Advocates

Proponents of Raw Milk Are No Better Than Anti-Vaccine Advocates

There’s good reason to fear raw milk. A study from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland reported that raw milk consumption significantly increased the risk of foodborne illness. Detection rates of Listeria and Campylobacter—two common food-related bacteria—were seven percent and three percent, respectively, in raw milk samples. More alarmingly, rates of these dangerous bacteria rose to 20 percent and 22 percent in the milk filters used to remove specks of feces from the milk.

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When Buddhism goes bad: How a yoga and meditation retreat turned cult-like and deadly

When Buddhism goes bad: How a yoga and meditation retreat turned cult-like and deadly

When the public learned of 38-year-old Ian Thorson’s death in a cave in the Arizona desert three years ago, the details behind the tragedy were both jarring and ominously familiar. Thorson had belonged to a religious splinter group, headed by a charismatic leader, that had holed up in a remote, isolated enclave.

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Georgia governor to sign bill allowing limited medical marijuana use

Georgia governor to sign bill allowing limited medical marijuana use

Georgia Republican Governor Nathan Deal will sign legislation legalizing a non-smoking form of medical marijuana for patients with seizure disorders and seven other medical conditions, the governor's spokesman said on Thursday. Deal plans to wait until after the legislative session ends next week before signing it, spokesman Brian Robinson said. The Georgia bill, which was finalized by lawmakers on Wednesday, would allow patients with diseases…

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White House announces plan to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

White House announces plan to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria

The White House announced an aggressive plan Friday to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a mounting problem that causes an estimated 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths every year in the United States. The plan lists specific goals to fight the spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes over the next five years. It outlines steps to prevent and contain antibiotic-resistant infections through better surveillance of "superbugs"…

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