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Branch-specific plasticity of a bifunctional dopamine circuit encodes protein hunger
Using fruit flies, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have identified a specific and very small set of brain cells—dubbed dopamine wedge neurons—responsible for driving the insects' food preferences toward what they need, rather than what they like.
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The microbes in your body that you couldn't live without
For a healthy body full of ‘good’ bacteria, you may need to do a lot more than eat a probiotic yoghurt, as Adam Rutherford discovered when he took a rather uncomfortable test.
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'Exercise-in-a-pill' boosts athletic endurance by 70 percent
Sedentary mice given the drug ran longer without training.
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The Many Benefits of Vitamin D

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The Many Benefits of Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps our bodies regulate levels of calcium and phosphate – nutrients that keep bones, teeth, and muscles healthy. Often, sunlight on our skin can be enough to enable us to produce all the vitamin D we need. But when sunshine is lacking, vitamin D must be ingested, and it can be difficult to meet the recommended levels from food alone. This matters because the health benefits of adequate vitamin D intake may be even greater than previously thought.
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| Categories: | Tags: Vitamin D, nutrition, diet, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, heart, cardiovascular system | Comments: (0) | View Count: (763)
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New appetite control mechanism found in brain

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New appetite control mechanism found in brain
Study explains why food looks even better when dieting
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| Categories: | Tags: Nutrition, diet, hormones, appetite, NPGL, leptin, ghrelin, proteins | Comments: (0) | View Count: (657)
Energy drinks linked to more heart, blood pressure changes than caffeinated drinks alone
Drinking 32 ounces of a commercially available energy drink resulted in more profound changes in the heart’s electrical activity and blood pressure than drinking 32 ounces of a control drink with the same amount of caffeine
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Italian-style coffee reduces the risk of prostate cancer
A research on 7,000 Italian men, combined with laboratory studies, confirms that drinking more than 3 Italian-style coffee cups a day reduces prostate cancer risk by more than 50 percent
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Could genetics influence what we like to eat?

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Could genetics influence what we like to eat?
Understanding the roles of genes in eating behaviors and food preferences could lead to personalized diets that are easier to follow
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Study on mice demonstrates the action of strawberries against breast cancer
Strawberry extract can inhibit the spread of laboratory-grown breast cancer cells, even when they are inoculated in female mice to induce tumors, new research shows. However, the scientists do point out that these results from animal testing can not be extrapolated to humans.
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Fancy a drink?

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Fancy a drink?
The average adult drinks about 1.7 litres of fluids a day: water, tea, coffee, soda, milk, fruit juice and more. But our ideas of what we should be drinking are clouded by urban myths, wishful thinking and dubious health claim
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| Categories: | Tags: food, nutrition, drinks, diet, coffee, tea, juices, soda, diet soda, tap water, bottled water, water, milk, soya milk, coconut water, beetroot juice, wheatgrass smoothies, kefir, alcohol, alcoholic drinks, pros, cons, caffeine | Comments: (0) | View Count: (1103)
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