Breakfast Isn’t Always the Most Important Meal of the Day, Says Scientist

Breakfast Isn't Always the Most Important Meal of the Day, Says Scientist

There was a time when skipping breakfast was nothing short of dietary blasphemy. But recently, breakfast’s status as the “most important meal of the day” has come under some scrutiny, especially its key role in common weight loss strategies. Proponents of the idea that eating breakfast is important for weight loss have just been dealt another blow.

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People with mental illness don’t need more talk

People with mental illness don’t need more talk

It’s nearly Bell Let’s Talk Day. You know, the one day of the year when social media is flooded with messages urging us to talk about mental health and to feel good about doing it. But as the father of a young adult who has experienced mental illness, campaigns like this make me want to scream. On its Let’s Talk website, Bell boasts about donating money to “mental health” – the words “mental illness” rarely appear – and uses inane slogans such as “Mental health affects us all."

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Columbia Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech

Columbia Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech

In a scientific first, Columbia neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. By monitoring someone’s brain activity, the technology can reconstruct the words a person hears with unprecedented clarity. This breakthrough, which harnesses the power of speech synthesizers and artificial intelligence, could lead to new ways for computers to communicate directly with the brain. It also lays the groundwork for helping people who cannot speak, such as those living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or recovering from stroke, regain their ability to communicate with the outside world.

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Medical Marijuana Commercial Rejected for Super Bowl

Medical Marijuana Commercial Rejected for Super Bowl

CBS rejected a 60-second Super Bowl ad promoting the federal legalization of medical marijuana. The ad features three people with health issues who say that medical marijuana helped them: Austin, a Florence, CO, boy with Dravet syndrome (a type of epilepsy); Greg Kazmierczak, a man from Buffalo, NY, who has had three back surgeries and was on opioids for 15 years; and Ryan Miller, an Oakland, CA, former Army infantry officer who lost his leg due to a combat injury.

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Body Clock Study Shows Mental Health Effects of Being a “Morning Person”

Body Clock Study Shows Mental Health Effects of Being a "Morning Person"

Living organisms are governed by an internal biological clock known as the circadian rhythm, and as the Earth rotates every 24 hours, this clock aligns with the cycle of day and night. In a new study, scientists reveal that this process has a strong link to mental health. There’s a larger chunk of the genome dedicated to body clocks than previously realized, and those genes are linked to others that determine a person’s overall state of well-being.

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Incredible New Brain-Computer Interface Can Translate Thoughts Into Speech

Incredible New Brain-Computer Interface Can Translate Thoughts Into Speech

Neuroengineers have created a new system that can translate simple thoughts into recognizable speech, using artificial intelligence and a speech synthesizer, according to a study published Tuesday. A team of New York-based researchers was able to reconstruct words using only brain activity, an innovation that could pave the way for brain-controlled technologies like, say, a smartphone that can translate your thoughts into text messages.

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Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis on the Tip of Your Tongue…Microbiome

Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis on the Tip of Your Tongue…Microbiome

Scientists in China report that differences in the abundance of various types of bacteria living on the tongue can distinguish patients with early pancreatic cancer from healthy individuals. The researchers, headed by a team at Zhejiang University, say that their findings could feasibly help direct the development of diagnostic tests for pancreatic cancer or even hint at new approaches to preventing the disease.

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