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Friday, February 7, 2014

2/7/14 Health News: U.S. River Is 'Toxic Soup - Fish Oil Helps Preserve Brain Cells - Caffeine Enhances Memory - FDA Checks Into 'Caramel Coloring

U.S. River Is 'Toxic Soup' After Coal Ash Spill
The leak, which started Sunday at a closed Duke Energy plant along the Dan River, has dumped 82,000 tons into waterway Continue Reading

FDA Checks Into 'Caramel Coloring' After Consumer Reports study
The Food and Drug Administration says it is taking a new look at a brown food coloring in sodas and other foods after Consumer Reports said it found higher than expected levels of a potentially cancer-causing agent in some soft drinks. The group said its tests of soft drinks using caramel coloring show some contain higher-than-necessary levels of a compound called 4-methylimidazole or 4-MEI Continue Reading

Fish Oil May Help Preserve Brain Cells, Study Suggests
Women with high blood levels of fish oils have larger brain volumes then those with lower levels, suggesting the oils may delay the normal loss of brain cells due to aging, research found. Those who raised their levels of two major omega-3 fatty acids by eating fish or taking supplements had larger total brain volume than those who didn’t, according to research posted online today by the journal Neurology. As people age, their brains get smaller but the shrinkage is accelerated in those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, the authors said. While today’s findings suggest that larger brain volumes equal a one- to two-year delay in the normal loss of brain cells, more studies are needed to look at what that means for memory, said James Pottala, the lead study author.Continue Reading

Caffeine Enhances Memory Consolidation
Caffeine appears to have an enhancing effect on memory consolidation, a new study suggests. Those individuals who had taken the caffeine were better able to discriminate the new items and were more likely to detect that the similar items were different from those viewed the day before, Continue Reading

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