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Friday, March 13, 2015

Health News: Dunkin’ Donuts to phage out whitening agent ♦ New radiation detector for food ♦ Relief for diabetics with painful condition ♦ Male smokers risk osteoporosis

New radiation detector for food uses space technology  A collaboration between two companies has developed a device for detecting radiation-contamination food. After an earthquake and tsunami damaged Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011  RIKEN Global Research Cluster and G-Tech began researching methods for detecting radioactive cesium in food. Continue Reading
Dunkin’ Donuts plans to phage out whitening agent In response to a shareholder request, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts is reportedly testing alternatives to titanium dioxide as a whitening agent in the powdered sugar used to top some of its doughnuts. Submitting the request was the group As You Sow, a non-profit foundation which focuses on environmental Continue Reading
Neuropathy: Relief for diabetics with painful condition  Those with painful diabetic neuropathy who received two low dose rounds of a non-viral gene therapy called VM202 had significant improvement of their pain that lasted for months,Right now there is no medication that can reverse neuropathy The goal is to develop a treatment.that relieves pain and actually improved function. Continue Reading
Semi-veggie diet effectively lowers heart disease, stroke risk  A pro-vegetarian diet that emphasizes a higher proportion of plant-based foods compared to animal-based foods may help lower the risks of dying from heart disease and stroke by up to 20 percent, according to a large-scale study. Continue Reading
Male smokers at higher risk than females for osteoporosis, fractures  In a large study of middle-aged to elderly smokers, men were more likely than women to have osteoporosis and fractures of their vertebrae. The findings suggest that current and past smokers of both genders should be screened for osteoporosis.Continue Reading

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