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Do you really think you're a foodie?
(Cornell Food & Brand Lab) Think you're a foodie? Adventurous eaters, known as 'foodies,' are often associated with indulgence and excess. However, a new Cornell Food and Brand Lab study shows just the opposite -- adventurous eaters weigh less and may be healthier than their less-adventurous counterparts.

Genetic testing in kids is fraught with complications
(University of Utah Health Sciences) The American Society of Human Genetics Workgroup on Pediatric Genetic and Genomic Testing has issued guidelines for genetic testing in children and adolescents that are based on a thorough review of studies on ethical, legal, and social implications. The recommendations were published in The American Journal of Human Genetics.

Online reader comments can provide valuable feedback to news sites
(University of Missouri-Columbia) University of Missouri School of Journalism have found that editors and owners of news organizations may want to pay more attention to what their readers are saying about their news stories in order to better serve their consumers.

Fish will have to find new habitats or perish if global warming is left unchecked
(University of British Columbia) Climate change is forcing fish out of their current habitats and into cooler waters and many more species will soon be affected if climate goals are not met, say scientists.

ASHG issues position statement on genetic testing in children and adolescents
(American Society of Human Genetics) ASHG has issued a position statement on Points to Consider: Ethical, Legal, and Psychosocial Implications of Genetic Testing in Children and Adolescents. Published today in The American Journal of Human Genetics, the statement aims to guide approaches to genetic testing for children in research and clinical contexts. It also serves as an update to the Society's 1995 statement of the same title, since which time the scope and accuracy of genetic testing have improved.

Commonly prescribed drugs affect decisions to harm oneself and others
(University College London) Healthy people given the serotonin-enhancing antidepressant citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others than those given placebo drugs in a moral decision-making experiment at UCL. In contrast, the dopamine-boosting Parkinson's drug levodopa made healthy people more selfish, eliminating an altruistic tendency to prefer harming themselves over others. The study was a double-blind randomized controlled trial and the results are published in Current Biology.

Will climate change put mussels off the menu?
(Society for Experimental Biology) Fans of moules marinire may soon find themselves out of luck according to research which suggests that global warming may threaten shellfish industries.

Eliminate emotional harm by focusing on respect and dignity for patients
(Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) Hospitals have made significant strides to reduce or eliminate physical harm to patients since the landmark 1999 Institute of Medicine Report 'To Err is Human.' In a new paper published in BMJ, patient care leaders at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center say hospitals must now devote similar attention to eliminating emotional harms that damage a patient's dignity and can be caused by a failure to demonstrate adequate respect for the patient as a person.

Extreme heat and precipitation are increasing Salmonella infections, UMD study shows
(University of Maryland) Extreme heat and precipitation events, which are expected to increase in frequency and intensity due to climate change, are associated with increased risk of salmonella infections, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The study is the first to provide empirical evidence that salmonella infections related to extreme weather events are disproportionately impacting those living in the coastal areas of Maryland.

Stunting remains a challenge in SA
(University of the Witwatersrand) Stunting remains stubbornly persistent in South Africa, despite economic growth, political and social transitions, and national nutritional programs, says a Wits-led research team.Stunting refers to a reduced growth size in human development and is a chronic form of undernutrition. This issue has several significant public health implications due to increased morbidity and mortality.

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