Scientists have found a big reason we should be drinking more whole milk

Scientists have found a big reason we should be drinking more whole milk

The "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" have recommended for decades that people steer clear of whole milk, but recently the scientific support for that guidance has been eroding, and new research published Thursday underscored the idea that millions of people might have been healthier had they ignored the government's advice. The research, published in the Journal of Nutrition, finds that people who consume full-fat dairy products such as whole milk are less likely to…

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They Might Sound Gross, But Intestinal Worms Can Actually Be Good Tor You

They Might Sound Gross, But Intestinal Worms Can Actually Be Good Tor You

Intestinal worms have an incredibly bad reputation. The thought of them sneaking around inside our bodies and eating us from the inside is pretty unpleasant. But just 100 years ago, before toilets and running water were commonplace, everybody had regular exposure to intestinal worms. Thanks in part to modern plumbing, people in the industrialized world have now lost almost all of their worms, with the exception of occasional pinworms in some children.

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The Sum of All Parts

The Sum of All Parts

Most people thought that the recently deceased and much accoladed neurologist Oliver Sacks—he of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat fame—whose non-fiction works have been turned into operas, plays and even films, could really never have a worthy successor. At least not worthy of his style… By Mukul Sharma.

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Sleep Paralysis Is an Inescapable Waking Nightmare

Sleep Paralysis Is an Inescapable Waking Nightmare

Once, when I was 17, I woke up in the dark and couldn’t move. I could hear, at least. That’s why I was awake to begin with: someone was banging on the front door in the middle of the night, insistent, sharp, angry. I could see, too. My eyes were open to the ceiling above me. My head, though, was locked into position by some invisible vise. I tried to yell, to warn my parents about the angry intruder outside, and the…

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Cancer-fighting viruses win approval

Cancer-fighting viruses win approval

An engineered herpesvirus that provokes an immune response against cancer has become the first treatment of its kind to be approved for use in the United States, paving the way for a long-awaited class of therapies. On 27 October, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a genetically engineered virus called talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) to treat advanced melanoma. Four days earlier, advisers to the European Medicines Agency had endorsed the drug.

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A marriage made in heaven

A marriage made in heaven

Grilling meat gives it great flavour. This taste, though, comes at a price, since the process creates molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which damage DNA and thus increase the eater’s chances of developing colon cancer. For those who think barbecues one of summer’s great delights, that is a shame. But a group of researchers led by Isabel Ferreira of the University of Porto, in Portugal, think they have found a way around the problem.

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