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New antibiotic found in common weed

Researchers in Switzerland made this suggestion after discovering a compound with a new type of antibiotic activity on the leaf of the thale cress, a common weed. Many of today’s antibiotics stem from natural compounds made by bacteria that live in soil. The bacteria produce them to defend against other microorganisms. But the new study […]

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Bioengineered Lungs Successfully Transplanted Into Pigs

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 — Lab-grown lungs have been successfully transplanted into pigs with no apparent medical complication for months after the procedure, researchers report. This line of research on bioengineered lungs could eventually lead to more options for people who need a lung transplant, according to the team at the University of Texas Medical […]

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Alan Alda Reveals Parkinson's Diagnosis: 'I'm Not Angry… It Hasn't Stopped My Life at All'

Alan Alda is speaking publicly about his battle with Parkinson’s disease for the first time. Appearing on CBS This Morning, Tuesday, the actor — widely known for his leading role of Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H — revealed he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder three and a half years ago. But despite the daily challenges, it hasn’t stopped him from living his […]

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Caffeine Not a Dieter’s Friend

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 — If you’re trying to control your weight, don’t look to caffeine for help. Caffeine is not an effective appetite suppressant or weight-loss aid, researchers report in a small, new study. The study involved 50 healthy adults, aged 18 to 50. The researchers found that after the volunteers drank some juice […]

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Stop Eating Chopped Romaine Lettuce ASAP

As if yesterday’s Chipotle food safety shut down wasn’t stressful enough, there’s another health alert to be on the lookout for. For anyone who was planning on having one of those tasty prepared salads or wraps from their local grocery shop today, you might want to stay away because there’s an apparent parasite contamination in […]

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Smaller plates don’t help you eat less when you’re hungry, research finds: First study to examine how food deprivation affects relative perception of food debunks old weight-loss diet theory

Tricking the brain into eating less by serving food on a smaller plate doesn’t necessarily work, according a new study by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers, who found that when people are food-deprived, they’re more likely to identify a portion size accurately, no matter how it is served. The new study, published in […]

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Pancreatic cancer: Cannabis compound may boost survival

According to data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), in the United States, there will be an estimated 55,440 new cases of pancreatic cancer by the end of this year. Treatments for this type of cancer include surgical resection (the removal of tissue affected by the cancer), as well as chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the prognosis tends […]