Health

10:36am

Thu June 6, 2013
The Salt

Feeling A Little Blue May Mask Our Ability To Taste Fat

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 2:00 pm

Feeling down? It could be messing with your ability to taste the fat in that carton of ice cream.
Heather Rousseau NPR

So, here's the scenario: You're feeling a little blue, then you watch an emotional movie and dig into a bowl of ice cream.

Are you aware of how fattening your comfort food is? Likely not. Especially in the moment.

A new study finds that temporary, strong emotions, like the sadness we experience from a weepy movie, can significantly decrease our ability to taste — or perceive — the amount of fat we're eating.

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10:05am

Thu June 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Nature Builds A Pandemic Flu Virus

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 6:26 am

A vendor weighs a live chicken at the Kowloon City Market in Hong Kong last April. After closing live poultry shops in many cities around China, the rate of new H7N9 infections sharply declined.
Lam Yik Fei Getty Images

Here's a sobering thought: Wild birds — including city pigeons and ubiquitous Canada geese — carry 170 different types of bird flu. You know, all those viruses with the Hs and Ns in their names, like H1N1 and H5N1.

Only a dozen of these viruses have infected humans so far, but many of those have been deadly, and three of them have caused global flu pandemics.

Does every bird flu that leaps into people have the potential to turn into the next "big one" that spreads rapidly around the world?

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6:59am

Thu June 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

NIH Chief Rejects Ethics Critique Of Preemie Study

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 6:26 am

National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins contested criticism that researchers running a study of premature infants didn't adequately advise parents about the risks.
Charles Dharapak AP

The chief of the National Institutes of Health is disavowing a ruling from the government office that oversees the ethics of human research.

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4:21pm

Wed June 5, 2013
Health

Health Officials Expect More Cases From Hepatitis Outbreak

Packages of frozen berries from Oregon-based Townsend Farms, labeled as "antioxident blend," are being investigated as the cause of a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A, including a dozen cases in Colorado.
Credit Wikiphoto

3:03pm

Wed June 5, 2013

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