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The Week in Health

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[FitChatter] All We are Saying is... Give Moldy Food a Chance?

[The Well Mind] MRI for Depression

[A New Itch] A Radical Thought

[Id and Ego] I Don't WANT To Be Jolly! Top 10 Holiday Dreads!

[The Cold Boot] The Ultimate Spit Test

[NatUReport] Paint Your Roof, Save (Or Destroy) the Planet

[The Kibble] Pet Dogs Were

[The Scratchpad] Cats With Extra Toes!

[FitChatter] All We Are Saying Is.... Give Moldy Food a Chance?

Published: December 1, 2011 By: Laura Hogg

Last month, a school lunch supplier came under fire for repackaging moldy applesauce into canned goods and fruit cups, causing illness in 9 children. Disgusting enough on its own, to be sure. But this week, it has come to light that this reconditioning is standard industry practice. Read on...

Welcome back to FitChatter - your weekly source for the latest news in diet and exercise! This week in the news:

Do you believe in second chances?

How about for moldy food?

Unfortunately, many food manufacturers do. It's called "reconditioning," and I'm warning you, this could get a little gross.

Last month, Washington school lunch supplier Snokist came under fire from the FDA for repackaging moldy applesauce into canned goods and fruit cups, causing illness in nine children. A disgusting enough event on its own, to be sure. But this week, it has come to light that this "reconditioning" isn't so much an isolated incident as it is standard industry practice - and it's legal.... READ MORE!

[The Well Mind] MRI for Depression?

Published: December 2, 2011 By: Erin Froehlich

This week: we know MRI as the brain-scanning technology which photograph the matter in our head, but a new study suggests it may be doing more than just documenting things in there. MRIs, experts say, may actually change brain activity and in a way that improves depression!

Welcome back to The Well Mind, the blog with the latest, most interesting developments in the world of mental health.

This week: we know MRI as the brain-scanning technology which “photograph” the matter in our head, but a new study suggests it may be doing more than just documenting things in there.  MRIs, experts say, may actually change brain activity – and in a way that improves depression!

In a study published this week, volunteers with major depressive disorder (all of which were taking SSRI antidepressants) were  scored on a depression scale and organized into three groups - the first two receiving one of two types of genuine MRI scan, the last getting a phony MRI.

In the placebo group, though the magnet itself wasn’t on, a recording of a real MRI session was played in order to convince them it was....READ MORE!

[A New Itch] A Radical Thought

Published: December 1, 2011 By: E.M. Wollof

A radical thought process that may change the way that we view the HIV virus and the human immune system as we know it.

Like any time that someone says flea, the itch is back...let's get scratchin'.

Researchers in Canada recently received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for $100,000 to fund their "radical" research on killing HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS. While research in this field is obviously not new, the angle that these scientists are taking is definitely one not looked at before.

Lock and Key

They started by analyzing the goal of the virus, which is to, like any other, get into human cells and replicate itself. In order to do this, the virus has developed what is called a "key." This key attaches to a lock called CD4, which is a glycoprotein present on the surface of the well known T-cells. When this interaction occurs, the virus is firmly rooted in the human cell and, as we well know, is pretty much impossible to kill.... READ MORE!

[Id and Ego] I Don't WANT To Be Jolly! Top 10 Holiday Dreads Revealed

Published: December 2, 2011 By: Erin Froehlich

Not everything about the Holiday season makes us merry, but Consumer Reports got some unexpected answers when they asked Americans what it is they most dread about the holiday season. Apparently, Having to Be Nice made the top 10!

Welcome back to this week’s Id and Ego, the blog with delicious psychology tidbits for you, each and every week.

This week: Not everything about the Holiday season makes us merry, but Consumer Reports got some unexpected answers when they asked Americans what it is they most dread about the holiday season. Apparently, “Having to Be Nice” made the top 10!

The holiday season is a psychology nerd’s dream – a strange mixture of intense and often contradictory feelings, a smorgasbord of psychological trickery and phenomenon at work. 

“The most wonderful time of the year?”

Perhaps.

But if beneath the glitter, lights, and pine décor, you have some less than joyful feelings about the season, you wouldn’t be the only one....READ MORE!

[The Cold Boot] The Ultimate Spit Test

Published: December 1, 2011 By: E.M. Wollof

Researchers want you to spit on your Iphone! Can you believe the nerve of these scientists sometimes? Fret not fellow techies, all your questions will be answered.

What's up tech heads? Time to plug it in and boot it up...

Some fellow Korean techies have begun researching the possibility of the Iphone being used to diagnose diseases...by you spitting on it. That's right, there is no typo, the Iphone touchscreen currently senses capacitance (the ability to store an electrical charge) in your fingers and responds accordingly to where it senses this charge. The researchers believe that this touchscreen technology can be adapted to identify certain concentrations of DNA in your spit, leading to a diagnosis of flu, strep throat, food poisoning, etc.

Early Adaptors

There are already micro-technologies at work that are being adapted to do just this. A USB flash drive that you can drop a sample of your blood in and micro-pumps run it through testing is already in production. The catch to this flash drive is that it needs to be plugged into the computer and then a program opened up to read the diagnosis, which is so much work now-a-days, jeez.

....READ MORE!

[NatuREport] Paint Your Roof, Save (Or Destroy) The Planet

Published: December 2, 2011 By: Laura Hogg

When you think about climate change, you probably think about cutting back on carbon emissions and finding sustainable energy. But what about painting your roof white or spraying sulfur dioxide into the air? It may sound strange, but a new report indicates that those steps could have a huge impact.

Welcome back to NatuREport!

With the U.N. climate change conference in full swing this week in Durban, South Africa, the internet is all abuzz - so let's get to it!

What's in the news this week?

When you think about the steps needed to combat climate change, you probably think about things like cutting back on carbon emissions and finding more sustainable forms of energy.

But what about painting your roof white, spraying sulfur dioxide into the air, and planting light-colored crops?

....READ MORE!

[The Kibble] Pet Dogs Were "Made in China"

Published: November 28, 2011 By: Bri Luginbill

Welcome to The Kibble, your weekly source of dog news, research and anything else you may want to know about your furry friend. Today we explore an age old question: where did pet dogs come from? Take a guess and see if you are correct, where do YOU think your pet dog originated from?

Welcome to The Kibble. Here to provide you with a weekly source of dog news, research and anything else you may want to know about your furry friend.

Today we explore an age old question: where do pet dogs come from?

First let's answer the question how pet dogs originated. Pet dogs were created through the domestication of wolves. But according to one biologist, it wasn't the humans were domesticated them. It was the wolves themselves.

Biologist Raymond Coppinger is the one who believes in this idea,

"People are organized into continuous settlements — villages where they remain for a long period of time, whether there were sitting on the edge of a shell fishery or on the edge of a coral reef. When humans live in the same spot for a long period of time, they create waste, including both sewage and, more importantly for the dog, leftovers."....READ MORE!

[The Scratchpad] Cats With Extra Toes

Published: December 1, 2011 By: Bri Luginbill

Welcome to The Scratchpad! Your weekly informant on the happenings in cat news and research. This week we explore a question asked in Calgary Herald newspaper about whether it's harmful to a cat's health if they have extra toes. Read more and find out!

Welcome to this week’s The Scratchpad. Here to bring you the latest in cat news and research.

A question was posed this week to the Calgary Herald newspaper that intrigued me. I decided to explore the question to find out more.

Q. “Why does my new kitten have extra toes on its front feet - is this a sign that there is something medically wrong with it? – Larson


A. “Extra toes on a cat or kitten is a congenital physical anomaly called polydactylism (which is just the fancy way of saying many toes or fingers).

....READ MORE!

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