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Beer's taste, sans alcoholic effect, triggers dopamine in brain

Remember that Jamie Foxx song "Blame It (On the Alcohol)"? If not, perhaps it’s just as well, because scientists say that even the taste of beer (without the intoxicating effects of alcohol) can trigger that flow of striatal dopamine in the brain.

FDA finds mold, other contaminants at some drug compounders

Black particles floating in medication; rust and mold in "clean rooms" where injectable drugs are packaged, workers handling sterile products with bare hands.

You lookin' at me? (The answer may surprise you)

Determining what someone else is looking at -- and whether he or she is looking at you -- is one of humankind's most distinctive feats of mental agility. Even a baby human can wrest more information about another person's intentions by looking at the direction of his gaze than an adult chimpanzee ever will. Show More Summary

Doctors describe "death with dignity" program for cancer patients

A majority of Americans support the idea of allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives with the help of their doctors. For instance, 55% of people questioned for the NPR -Truven Health Analytics Health Poll last  year said they were in favor of legalizing physician-assisted suicide. Show More Summary

School meal standards may help students maintain weight

Researchers have found an association between stricter school meal standards and the weight of students, especially those from low-income families.

Small dishes mean less food for kids, study says

Everyone who has ever read a diet book knows this tip: Use a smaller plate, and you are likely to put less food on it. Now researchers have found the same is true for children taking food at school lunch.

French wine could get pricey, climate change study says

That bottle of Bordeaux you put aside may become even rarer in the next few decades as climate change could reduce wine grape production in traditional parts of the world and move it elsewhere, researchers say. Danish Cabernet, anyo...

Living near traffic linked to increased cancer risk in children

Researchers have already uncovered worrying signs that exposure to traffic – and the vehicle emissions that come with it – can increase a child’s risk of developing asthma and autism. Now comes evidence that it may make children more susceptible to certain kinds of cancers.

Study identifies genes linked to Alzheimer's in African Americans

One complaint leveled against genome studies is that they don't survey a broad enough swath of humankind. Though many projects have searched DNA collected from people of European descent -- hoping to ferret out which changes in what parts of the genome are linked to this disease or that -- fewer have investigated the genomes of other ethnic groups. 

Last chance to weigh in on feds' proposed rules on school snacks

If you've recently discovered your darling child is throwing away the apple you give her and buying a neon-green slushie and bag of cheese-flavored salt doodles from the school cafeteria's "a la carte" line, Tuesday's your last chance to sound off on snacks offered for sale at schools across the nation.

FDA approves an old drug for morning sickness

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a drug to treat the severe nausea and vomiting that some women experience during early pregnancy. The Canadian-made medication will be marketed as Diclegis. It is the only prescription...Show More Summary

Margaret Thatcher's dementia: cause of death or unrelated factor?

While former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was reported to have died of stroke on Monday, few experts doubt that dementia, the disease she lived with for at least the final 12 years of her life, contributed powerfully to her demi...

Red meat and heart disease link: Not all about the fat?

The long-established link between red meat consumption and heart disease may have less to do with the fat in the meat than many have assumed, researchers said Sunday. 

Even after melanoma, some people keep on using tanning beds

You would think that people who were diagnosed with melanoma -- the most deadly form of skin cancer -- would be meticulously careful about using sunscreen, avoiding tanning salons and generally protecting their skin.

Watch it live: The science of a healthful diet explained

As a student at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Timothy Harlan was often struck by how little the medical professionals around him seemed to know about healthful eating. Doctors would tell their patients what foods to avoid, but rarely did they advise them on the foods they should embrace.

Botulism risk prompts recall of Little Mermaid herring

Little Mermaid Smoke House is recalling its Smoked Herring and Pickled Herring because the viscera of the fish were not removed and the products now pose a risk of contamination by Clostridium botulinum, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Teen contraception decision: Doctors say science trumps politics

Science trumped politics, but politics may still present problems for teens trying to purchase emergency contraception.

Plan B must be available to all without a prescription, judge rules

A federal court judge has ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to lift controversial restrictions on the so-called morning-after pill, saying females of all ages should have unimpeded access to emergency birth control.

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