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The Week in Health

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 [FitChatter] New Diet Drug: Miracle or Cop Out?

Published: November 15, 2011 By: Laura Hogg

Researchers have developed a new diet drug that zaps bad fat, leading to weight loss. Is this a miracle solution, or is it just another temporary fix?

Welcome to FitChatter! I'll be posting weekly with the latest in nutrition and exercise news. In this week's edition, it's every dieter's dream - a miracle solution that gives you all the results of a diet and exercise regime, without, you know, actually having to diet and exercise.

Well, in today's sure-to-be-controversial news, that dream is actually close to becoming a reality.

I know, I know - we've heard this before, right? Most "miracle" diet pills often come with pretty scary side effects and high risk of addiction. They work temporarily, but the weight they target is usually water weight or muscle - not exactly something we want to lose. So how is this latest drug any different? Let's turn to the study:...READ MORE!

 [The Well Mind] Light Better than Prozac For Winter Blues!

Published: November 18, 2011 By: Erin Froehlich

This week: a low cost, side-effect free treatment for seasonal depression is out there and working, according to some studies, even better than Prozac! So why aren't more doctors prescribing it?

Welcome to The Well Mind, the weekly news blog featuring the latest in mental health!

This week: a low cost, side-effect free treatment for seasonal depression is out there and working, according to some studies, even better than Prozac!

So…why aren’t more doctors prescribing it?...READ MORE!

 [A New Itch] The Magellan Virus Effect

Published: November 15, 2011 By: E.M. Wollof

When we guessed at the source of the flu epidemic, most scientific fingers were pointed at Asia. Now, with new research, it seems we owe Asia an apology. Australia is the most likely patient zero.

Cold and Flu season has arrived and I'm sure we are all busy stocking our medicine cabinets with medicines that have proven effective over the years. We can prevent our pants off, but it still seems that there is a cold or flu bug that slips into the house each year and proves itself worse than the previous years.

I'm not writing on how to prevent the cold or any version of the flu. That is an uphill climb I am just not willing to make. I'd like to tell you instead, about some new research that sheds some light on where these viruses come from and where they go after they totally screw up your holiday season.

Researchers have recently found that their initial supposition that most of these viruses come from Southeast and East Asia was dead wrong. Studying the H3N2 virus over a three year period, comparing the genetic makeup of the virus in different locations to there original estimate of Asian descent, the researchers found that the viruses that were moving were much more evolved than those that presented themselves in Asian regions.... READ MORE!

 [Id and Ego] Low Pitched Voices Preferred by Voters

Published: November 16, 2011 By: Erin Froehlich

This week: a new study uncovers one influence that you probably didn’t realize could sway your vote. Curiosity peaked? Let’s get to it!

Greetings and welcome to Id and Ego, the news blog exploring the latest, strangest and most interesting developments in the world of psychology!

This week: a new study uncovers one influence that you probably didn’t realize could sway your vote. 

Curiosity peaked? Let’s get to it!

Study Shows Low Pitched Voice Preferred By Voters

While as American children, we are told that ANYBODY, even WE, could be president, with age we quickly learn there are some of us are much more likely to make it than others...READ MORE!

 [The Cold Boot] Getting Some Perspective

Published: November 14, 2011 By: E.M. Wollof

What you are about to view is a time lapse sequence of photographs taken with a camera by Ron Garan and the crew of the ISS. The glory of this video is that it is raw footage, check it out:

Hello and welcome to The Cold Boot! This blog will dissect some of the more interesting happenings in the world of technology and science. While I would love to say that this first article involves a cutting edge tech innovation, it does not. Instead, I thought we might start by gaining a little perspective and stepping away from the hustle and bustle that our over-stimulated minds face on a daily basis.

No worries though, this wonderful dose of reality comes to you from one of the greatest technological marvels ever created by man, The International Space Station.

Turns out that massive piece of awesome floating around up there actually does something more than take up the first couple of blocks on your Engadget feed.What you are about to view is a time lapse sequence of photographs taken with a camera by Ron Garan and the crew of the ISS.... READ MORE!

 [NatuREport] The 20 Most Polluted Cities in America

Published: November 17, 2011 By: Laura Hogg

In this week's NatuREport: Forbes released their list of the 20 most polluted cities in America. Some of their findings are pretty nasty - and could have a substantial impact on health.

Welcome to NatuREport! I'll be blogging weekly with the latest on the environment and "green" living. When it comes to living green, I'm far from perfect - but I've always had an interest in the subject. My grandmother was passionate about the environment way before it was the "in" thing to do - way back in the 50's - so I think it's in my genes.

So what's in the news this week?

This week, the internet is all abuzz because Forbes released their list of the 20 most polluted cities in America. (You can see the list here.) Some of their findings are pretty nasty - and could have a substantial impact on health....READ MORE!

 [The Kibble] Dog Therapy for PTSD?

Published: November 14, 2011 By: Bri Luginbill

Dogs have been known to help a person's physical mental and psychological health - but can they be used as treatment for those that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Welcome to The Kibble, a weekly blog post dedicated to sharing new information about your loveable pet dog. Let's start this week off with remembering last weeks blog about how dogs are known to benefit a person’s physical, mental and psychological health. But can they actually be used as treatment for severe cases of emotional distress, like for those that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? 

Researchers are looking into the impact specially trained dogs can have on people with PTSD.

Ian Lord, a 25-year old Air Force veteran,  is one strong believer in this treatment. He says his pet has helped him deal with PTSD, especially with triggers like hearing a helicopter overhead.

The difference is, instead of getting wound up about it the rest of the day, it's like OK, go outside and throw a ball around, or just cuddle up to him a bit and kind of snap out of it.”....READ MORE!

 [The Scratchpad] Cats Control Our Minds!

Published: November 13, 2011 By: Bri Luginbill

Today we merge science fiction with reality - cats control our minds through a parasitic worm that infests our brain!

Welcome to The Scratchpad. Here we will delve into a variety of cat health news and research on a weekly basis. Today we merge science fiction with reality. How does this have to do with your fluffy, loveable creature?

Read on and see.

Does anyone remember the book series called the Animorphs?

The premise of this series was that an army of parasitic aliens were attempting to take over Earth. Five teens, who could morph into animals, were sent to save the day. These parasitic aliens, Yeerks, could take over the human body by crawling through their ear, into the brain and controlling their mind. Sounds pretty far-fetched right?

A great read for kids interested in sci-fi. But it would never quite make it into the non-fiction section of Barnes and Noble.

Think again....READ MORE!

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