Archive | November 2015

New York is first U.S. city with salt warning on restaurant menus

By Barbara Goldberg
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A tiny salt shaker symbol that warns certain meals are high in sodium will appear, starting Tuesday, on menus in chain restaurants in New York City, the first U.S. city to take the step in an effort to combat heart disease and s…
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Newly evolved, uniquely human gene variants protect older adults from cognitive decline

Elders contribute to the fitness of younger individuals by caring for grandchildren and passing down important cultural knowledge. Credit: USDA
Many human gene variants have evolved specifically to protect older adults against neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases, thus…
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AP News Guide: Summit opens debate on ethics of gene editing

Designer babies or an end to intractable illnesses: A revolutionary technology is letting scientists learn to rewrite the genetic code, aiming to alter DNA in ways that, among other things, could erase disease-causing genes.
How far should these experiments try to go _ fix only the…
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Northern Irish abortion laws breach human rights: court

By Ian Graham
BELFAST (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws are in breach of human rights by failing to provide exceptions in the case of fatal foetal abnormality and sexual crime, Belfast’s High Court found in a landmark ruling on Monday.
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First police trial in Freddie Gray killing begins with jury selection

By Ian Simpson
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of the first of six police officers charged in the April death of a black man from an injury in police custody that set off rioting in Baltimore and inflamed the U.S. debate on race and j…
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The Healthiest Nut You Should Be Eating This Holiday Season

By Emily Giunta, dailyRx News
Could a handful of walnuts a day really keep the doctor away? For patients at risk for Type 2 diabetes, perhaps.
A new study found that eating a handful of walnuts every day may be linked to better diet quality overall and improvements in certain Type 2…
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University of Illinois’ researchers chart ‘fitness landscape’ to fight Hep C virus

Borrowing from several statistical science models, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a novel computational approach for massively accelerating the search for a hepatitis C vaccine.
“Hepatitis C virus infects 170 million p…
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