Some commercial coffees contain high levels of mycotoxins

Some commercial coffees contain high levels of mycotoxins

An analysis of 100 coffees sold in Spain has confirmed the presence of mycotoxins — toxic metabolites produced by fungi. In addition, five of the samples that were tested were found to contain ochratoxin A, the only legislated mycotoxin, in amounts that exceeded maximum permitted levels.

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What It’s Like to Be Allergic to Water

What It’s Like to Be Allergic to Water

Alexandra Allen, an 18-year-old college student from Utah who suffers from aquagenic urticaria–a rare condition in which sufferers are so sensitive to pure water it causes them to erupt in hives within minutes of exposure–speaks about how she copes.

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Tuberculosis Now Rivals AIDS As Leading Cause of Death, Says WHO

Tuberculosis Now Rivals AIDS As Leading Cause of Death, Says WHO

For the first time, tuberculosis infections rivaled HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death from infectious diseases, the World Health Organization said in a report released on Wednesday. It found that during 2014, 1.1 million people died of TB in 2014. During the same period, HIV/AIDS killed 1.2 million people globally, including 400,000 who were infected with both HIV and TB.

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Sit? Stand? Nifty new workstation lets you lie down on the job

Sit? Stand? Nifty new workstation lets you lie down on the job

The debate over the health impact of working at a computer continues to rage. Standing desk fans insist that being on their feet is the way to go for health and productivity, but for many of the rest of us, standing up for hours on end looks like an awful lot of hard work. The science isn't exactly clear-cut, either. California startup Altwork has what may be the solution with its first product: the Altwork Station. While adjustable sit/stand desks…

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How our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult

How our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult

In the Atlantic, Julie Beck has a great new piece on "How Friendships Change in Adulthood." It will ring true for Vox readers of, uh, a certain age. Like my age, for instance. Old, is what I'm saying. I do think, however, that Beck left out an interesting piece of the puzzle. Our ability to form and maintain friendships is shaped in crucial ways by the physical spaces in which we live. "Land use," as it's rather aridly known, shapes behavior and sociality.

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There’s a new drug to treat some types of baldness – and it actually works

There's a new drug to treat some types of baldness - and it actually works

Baldness is a problem that scientists have been tackling for a long, long time – you won't find many men or women happy to be losing their hair prematurely, and all kinds of cures and strategies have been suggested over the years.

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The brain forgets in order to conserve energy | Lund University

The brain forgets in order to conserve energy | Lund University

Our brains not only contain learning mechanisms but also forgetting mechanisms that erase “unnecessary” learning. A research group at Lund University in Sweden has now been able to describe one of these mechanisms at the cellular level.

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