Social media use driven by search for reward, akin to animals seeking food, new study shows

Our use of social media, specifically our efforts to maximize “likes,” follows a pattern of “reward learning,” concludes a new study by an international team of scientists. Our use of social media, specifically our efforts to maximize “likes,” follows a pattern of “reward learning,” concludes a new study by an international team of scientists. Its findings, which appear in the […]

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The Use of Microbes in Food

Humans have long been innovative species. As we have observed natural processes and phenomena, our curiosity has been a driving force behind our progress. We have experimented with natural ingredients to create a multitude of food that we consume today. This article will discuss the history and current trends of microbial use in the food industry. Image Credit: Alpha Tauri […]

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Study finds rising rates of food insecurity among older adults

From 2007 to 2016, food insecurity—or limited access to nutritious foods because of a lack of financial resources—increased significantly from 5.5% to 12.4% among older US adults, and the increase was more pronounced among individuals with lower income. The findings come from a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. The study, which drew from data from […]

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Junk food linked to sleep problems in teens

Eating too much junk food has been linked with poor sleep quality in teens, a University of Queensland-led study has found. UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences researcher Associate Professor Asad Khan said frequent consumption of soft drinks and fast food was strongly associated with sleep disturbance in adolescents around the world. “This is the first study to examine […]

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A man died after eating a bag and a half of black licorice every day for 2 weeks

A man died after eating excessive amounts of black licorice, which contains an ingredient that can deplete potassium and lead to heart rhythm issues.  He had recently switched from red to black licorice, and showed up to the hospital unresponsive after collapsing in a fast-food joint.  There are past reports of licorice causing serious health issues, but death is rare.  […]

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