Jul. 20th, 2007

Links and stories of the last couple of weeks:

The Obesity Epidemic (from slashdot)

"According to an interview with Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology from the University of California, San Francisco, fructose, once touted as diabetic-friendly because it doesn't raise insulin levels directly, could be a major culprit for the obesity epidemic, high blood pressure, and elevated blood levels of LDL in Americans and others worldwide as they adopt American-style diets. Fructose comprises 50% of table sugar and up to 90% of high-fructose corn syrup, both ingredients found in copious quantity in most American prepared foods."

This matches my own suspicions.
also: (BBC) Hunger 'links asthma and obesity'

(BBC) possible cure - or at least treatment - for PTSD. According to the psych I saw for a while, I suffer from this.
There is currently no treatment for PTSD although antidepressants and sleeping pills can help with the symptoms, which include flashbacks, anger, anxiety and depression.
(BBC) Hope for new Parkinson's therapy - possible cure?

(BBC) Echidna species may not be extinct...
(MIT news) One giant leap for space fashion: MIT team designs sleek, skintight spacesuit Woohoo! :)
(BBC) Bionic hands, coming soon!
New Research Proves Single Origin Of Humans In Africa
Okay that last story is quite cool (Science Daily, and to appear in the next issue of Nature)

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