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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Health News: Arsenic in some California wines? ♦ How parasites manipulate their hosts ♦ Could glowing fish help improve food safety? + more

Lawsuit alleges high arsenic levels in some California wines  A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court claims that some California wines tested for inorganic arsenic contain higher-than-allowable levels. The complaint names as defendants Trader Joe’s, which sells some of the wines that were tested, and about two dozen California wineries,  Continue Reading
Mechanism that helps parasites manipulate their hosts may have been discovered Rodents infected with a common parasite lose their fear of cats, resulting in easy meals for the felines. Now researchers have identified a new way the parasite may modify brain cells, possibly helping explain changes in the behavior of mice -- and humans.Continue Reading
Could glowing fish help improve food safety?  Hong Kong is hoping to use light-up fish embryos to improve food safety. The company, Vitargent, engineered medaka and zebrafish embryos to turn fluorescent green or develop tumors in the presence of harmful substances called Estrogenic Endocrine Disruptors. Continue Reading
Low vitamin D levels, depression linked in young women,   There is a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and depression in otherwise healthy young women, a new study shows  Continue Reading
Robot model for infant learning shows bodily posture may affect memory and learning Using both robots and infants, a cognitive scientist and collaborators have found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge. "This study shows that the body plays a role in early object name learning, and how toddlers use the body's position in space to connect ideas," an author said. "The creation of a robot model for infant learning has far-reaching implications for how the brains of young people work.Continue Reading

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