“A sweetener’s not-so-sweet effects” – corn syrup in soft drinks enhances tumour growth
Hundreds of genes might decide whether you’re an early bird or night owl
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(Susan Scutti/ CNN) — Some people are genetically programmed to be early birds, others night owls. The amount of DNA influencing this natural preference is dramatically larger than the 24 genes identified in the past, new research indicates.

“Using data from 700,000 individuals, we’ve found 351 genetic factors  …

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How your brain makes you overeat
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(Derek Beres/ Big Think) — As if losing weight wasn’t hard enough. A new study from researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research reveals that we’re rewarded twice when eating. The first dopamine kick occurs when tasting food; the second, when the food reaches your stomach.

Making this process   …

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Misophonia: eating habits that drive couples up the wall
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(Natalie Reilly/ Newscom.au) — I CAN’T eat in front of my husband. It’s not me, by which I mean it’s not my eating habits or anything.

It’s him. Well, it’s really me. Actually, it’s both of us.

Let me explain.

The sounds he makes when he eats — the smacking of his tongue against the roof of his mouth, the sloppy noises as the mush of food   …

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Quebec doctors decry the province’s high rate of prescribing ADHD drugs to children and teens
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(Isaac Olson/ CBC News) — A group of Quebec doctors is sounding the alarm about the high rate of prescribed medication used to to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in teens in the province.

Patients between 13 and 17 are prescribed ADHD drugs at more than twice the rate of any other province, the doctors say.  …

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Drinking soda after exercise could damage kidneys
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(Tim Newman/ Medical News Today) — Downing a cool soft drink after a hot workout can feel refreshing. However, according to the latest research, it may cause further dehydration and interfere with kidney function.

Caffeinated soft drinks that are high in fructose are hugely popular worldwide. They need no introduction.

The   …

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Aspirin lowers your chances of a heart attack. but it’s not safe for everyone, a new study says
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(Alice Park/ Time) — As medications go, aspirin is often considered a wonder drug. Its pain-relieving, inflammation-taming powers can treat headaches, minor aches and pains and even lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and possibly even dementia.

But all of those benefits may come at a price, according to the latest study   …

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Canadian researcher behind one-minute workout has a shorter option
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(Alex Hutchinson/ Globe and Mail) – Martin Gibala is calling your bluff.

The McMaster University kinesiology professor, whose research helped spark a worldwide surge of interest in short, sharp, high-intensity interval workouts, and who co-authored a 2017 book called The One-Minute Workout, has upped the ante yet again.   …

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Faecal transplant researchers identify ‘super-pooper’ donors
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(Nicola Davis) — Researchers looking into the success of faecal transplants believe they have identified why the poo of certain donors produces better results than others – so called “super-donors”.

A team at the University of Auckland examined results from previous studies on faecal transplants – when faeces, and the  …

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Feeding babies allergens early will prevent reactions later, new guidance says
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(Kelly Grant/ Globe and Mail) — Waiting years to feed babies foods that can trigger allergic reactions is not just outdated advice, it increases the risk they’ll develop allergies and has contributed to a dramatic increase in the number of children who can’t safely eat food such as peanuts and eggs.

The Canadian Paediatric  …

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