Why overeating is an ecological nightmare

A new research article states that the obesity epidemic is affecting more than just waistlines.

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  • While the cost of food waste is high, the environmental impact of obesity is even higher.
  • According to researchers in Italy, obesity results in an extra 140 billion tons of food consumption every year.
  • Obesity costs Americans $1.72 trillion in healthcare costs and is now the leading cause of death.
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Medicine mix-up leads to children developing 'werewolf syndrome'

A group of at least 20 kids in Spain gets a rare illness with historical roots.

  • A group of children in Spain develops a rare illness called hypertrichosis or "werewolf syndrome".
  • The illness was caused by a medicine mixup.
  • Hypertrichosis has been documented throughout history in images.
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A new study shows it's never too late to begin strength building

Exercise newbies in their seventies and eighties build muscle at the same rate as master athletes.

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  • Researchers at the University of Birmingham compared master athletes in their seventies and eighties with non-exercising seniors.
  • Regardless of previous conditioning levels, the seniors' ability to create new muscle is the same.
  • This inspiring news is an important reminder that fitness gains are possible at any age.
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New CRISPR tools can cut, splice whole chromosomes

Experts are saying it's a "huge step forward for synthetic biology."

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  • Until recently, the gene-editing tool CRISPR has only been able to make changes within single genes.
  • The new tools allow scientists to cut and splice larger chunks of genetic material.
  • The findings will likely have major implications for a variety of research fields, and also allow researchers to create synthetic species that can produce molecules not made by natural organisms.
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Why Australian men live the longest in the world

A new study challenges international life expectancies.

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  • A new method for calculating life expectancies shows that Australian men live the longest.
  • Among women, the Swiss have the longest life spans.
  • The new research takes into account historical mortality conditions.
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