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Daily avocado consumption improves attention in persons with overweight, obesity

Posted: 09 Mar 2020 06:36 AM PDT

A diet including daily avocado consumption improves the ability to focus attention in adults whose measurements of height and weight are categorized as overweight or obese, a new randomized control trial found. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign conducted the 12-week study, published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology. “Previous work has shown […]
Using technology during mealtime may decrease food intake

Posted: 09 Mar 2020 06:33 AM PDT

Being distracted by technology during mealtime may decrease the amount of food a person eats, nutrition scientists suggest in a new study. When 119 young adults consumed a meal while playing a simple computer game for 15 minutes, they ate significantly less than when they ate the same meal without distractions, said lead author Carli […]
Illness won’t stop vampire bat moms from caring for their offspring

Posted: 09 Mar 2020 06:29 AM PDT

A study of social interactions among vampire bats that felt sick suggests family comes first when illness strikes – and may help explain which social interactions are most likely to contribute to disease transmission. Most social interactions for bats that felt sick diminished, but vampire bat moms maintained close social connections with their kin. They […]
Moral foundations theory: Jedi mindtricks to convince conservatives climate change is urgent and real

Posted: 09 Mar 2020 06:27 AM PDT

A relatively new theory that identifies universal concerns underlying human judgment could be key to helping people with opposing views on an issue coax each other to a different way of thinking, new research suggests. The study tested the effectiveness of pro-environment messages guided by moral foundations theory, which suggests that at least five foundational principles […]
The complex biology behind your love (or hatred) of coffee

Posted: 09 Mar 2020 06:22 AM PDT

Why do some people feel like they need three cups of coffee just to get through the day when others are happy with only one? Why do some people abstain entirely? New research suggests that our intake of coffee – the most popular beverage in America, above bottled water, sodas, tea, and beer – is affected […]
In America, fewer transport emissions despite increase in driving activity

Posted: 09 Mar 2020 06:16 AM PDT

Generally speaking, American vehicle miles traveled (VMT) since the beginning of the industrial age, has followed an upward trajectory as has the growth in population. NASA is advancing new tools like the supercomputer model that created this simulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to better understand what will happen to Earth’s climate if the […]
Meat intake and colorectal polyps

Posted: 09 Mar 2020 06:12 AM PDT

Conventional colorectal adenomas are the precursor lesions for most colorectal cancers. In addition to these adenomas, other colorectal polyps are detected during colonoscopy. Sessile serrated polyps (SSPs) represent an alternative pathway to carcinogenesis that may account for 20-30% of colorectal cancer. Because a diagnostic consensus for SSPs was not reached until 2010, few epidemiologic studies […]
Biomarker in saliva predicts childhood obesity risk

Posted: 09 Mar 2020 06:11 AM PDT

A molecular marker in saliva is associated with the emergence of childhood obesity in a group of preschool-aged Hispanic children. The intriguing discovery, reported in the journal BMC Medical Genetics, supports ongoing efforts to identify biomarkers associated with the emergence of childhood obesity before body mass index (BMI) is designated as obese, said Shari Barkin, MD, MSHS, director of […]


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