From the monthly archives:

January 2013

According to CDC research that examined food poisoning outbreaks between 1998-2008, almost a quarter were caused by contaminated fruits and vegetables. The reason is obvious: stomach flu is most commonly spread by people not washing hands, and fruits and veggies are often served uncooked, so germs aren’t killed. Although fruits and veggies are the most […]

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If you’re trying to lose weight this year, don’t just watch what you eat, watch when. A new study confirms that your circadian rhythm and metabolism are closely linked. In the study, the participants were all on the Mediterranean diet; regardless of age and other factors, those that ate later in the day lost less […]

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In late 2011, scientists were able to show that it would only take 9 mutations for bird flu to become airborne, meaning it would become transmissible via coughs and sneezes, rather than just bird to human. Bird flu has only infected a small number of people since its discovery, but a majority have died. Airborne, […]

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One of the bigger factors in age-related memory loss has been revealed by a new study: poor sleep. With age, the brain shrinks, and stops having the sort of sleep patterns that encourage memory formation. This impairs the ability to make new memories in particular. The study compared new memory formation between an old group […]

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Research has found a correlation between having a tattoo and having Hepatitis C, suggesting that getting a tattoo may pose some risk for Hepatitis C transmission. Reputable tattoo parlours carefully protect against blood borne illnesses like Hepatitis C. Since the study did not control for where and how the tattoo was given, it’s possible it […]

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