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Watch out Hawaii: Veggies may harbor rare parasite

Watch out Hawaii: Veggies may harbor rare parasite

Three people in Hawaii have come down with what appears to be a rare parasitic disease called rat lungworm disease in recent weeks. Two of the victims (friends who had a meal together) told the Honolulu Star Bulletin that they experienced "agonizing pain" after eating raw vegetables – and physicians fear they may have accidentally swallowed slug larvae hidden inside folds of raw peppers.

January 8, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
"Love hormone" may also help us recognize faces

"Love hormone" may also help us recognize faces

Oxytocin, a hormone associated with trust and social bonding, also helps people recognize familiar human faces, according to a new study. Researchers say the findings, published today in The Journal of Neuroscience , could shed light on the causes of mysterious neurological and psychological disorders.

January 7, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
Drugs trigger dramatic weight loss in fat mice

Drugs trigger dramatic weight loss in fat mice

Drugs currently on the market but used for other purposes helped plump mice shed pounds by upping their response to the appetite-suppressing hormone leptin, according to a new study.

January 6, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
Exercise and your brain: Why working out may help memory

Exercise and your brain: Why working out may help memory

A new study shows that sugar may not be so sweet for the brain – and may lead to memory problems. Researchers from four universities report in the Annals of Neurology that people who absorb glucose more slowly than those who metabolize it quickly are more forgetful and are more likely to have a faulty dentate gyrus, a pocket in the hippocampus section of the brain.

December 30, 2008 — Jordan Lite
Is REM sleep disorder an early sign of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's?

Is REM sleep disorder an early sign of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's?

A bizarre disorder that causes people to physically act out their dreams while sleeping is associated with a dramatically increased risk of developing dementia, and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, according to new research that suggests the sleep disorder may actually be an early symptom of those conditions.

December 24, 2008 — Jordan Lite

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