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Virus to blame for rise in throat cancer: study

(Reuters) – Cancer of the back of the mouth and throat is on the rise, primarily because of more cases stemming from a viral infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a U.S. study. The number of people who were diagnosed with HPV-related oral cancer in 2004 was triple the…

Study finds ‘magic mushrooms’ may improve personality long-term

A new study suggests that a single dose of psilocybin — the active ingredient in “Magic Mushrooms” — can result in improved personality traits over the long term. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that individuals who received the drug once in a clinical setting reported…

Does too little sleep lead to weight gain?

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – Want to avoid weight gain? Maybe some more sleep would help. People who got very little sleep ate more but didn’t burn any extra calories, according to a U.S. study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that adds to evidence supporting a link between…

Study confirms dark-skinned women get longer prison sentences

A recent study of females convicted of crimes showed a disheartening correlation that would confirm accusations of racial injustice in the legal system: The lighter a convict’s skin, the shorter their prison sentence tends to be, and the less time they serve. Researchers at Villanova University examined the records of…

Study finds Republicans can gain votes with ‘green’ positions

Even conservative candidates can benefit politically by admitting climate change is real, according to a poll released Wednesday. Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment found that both parties gained votes by acknowledging that humans are at least partially responsible for the Earth’s temperature increasing over the last one hundred years…

U.S. cost of war at least $3.7 trillion and counting

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America’s wars. Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the…

Adult diabetes rate doubles: study

LONDON (AFP) – The number of adults with diabetes worldwide has more than doubled since 1980, with almost 350 million now affected, according to a new study published in The Lancet medical journal. Scientists from Imperial College London and Harvard University analysed blood sugar date of 2.7 million people aged…

Study: Lab-grown meat could help save the world

Artificial, lab-grown meat requires about 96 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than raising cattle, a recently published study shows. If produced on a large scale, scientists say it could ease deforestation and pressure on food and water supplies, ensure more people are eating well and abate the concerns of animal…

Study finds high rate of child food allergies in U.S.

CHICAGO — Childhood food allergies are on the rise, said a US study published Monday that suggested twice as many children are allergic to food as the US government has previously estimated. About eight percent of children under 18, or 5.9 million children in the United States, have some kind…

Olive oil could lower stroke risk: study

WASHINGTON — Older people who eat olive oil have a lower risk of stroke than those who do not, suggested a study of more than 7,000 French people that was published Wednesday in the United States. Researchers at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux, France followed…

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