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Preference For Salted Foods Imprinted In Early Childhood
2011-12-21 11:42:21

Researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, report that infants as young as 6-months of age who have been introduced to starchy table foods have a greater preference for salt than do infants not yet eating these foods. Table foods such as crackers, bread and cereals contain high levels of salt, Jenny Hope reports for The Mail Online. The exposed infants consumed 55 percent more salt during a preference test than did infants not yet introduced to starchy foods. By...

New Grants Suspended For Chimpanzee Research
2011-12-16 11:01:14

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Thursday suspended all new grants for research on chimpanzees after a panel of independent experts´ nine-month deliberation found that most medical experiments on man´s closest primate relative were unwarranted. The Institute of Medicine noted in a report on the ruling that chimpanzees remain indispensable for biomedical and behavioral research that benefits humans, but only in a small number of circumstances and likely not for long....

2011-12-15 16:35:03

Given that chimpanzees are so closely related to humans and share similar behavioral traits, the National Institutes of Health should allow their use as subjects in biomedical research only under stringent conditions, including the absence of any other suitable model and inability to ethically perform the research on people, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.  In addition, use of these animals should be permissible only if forgoing their use...

2011-12-14 19:31:32

A new Institute of Medicine report specifies the types of research that the Food and Drug Administration should require before allowing tobacco companies to sell or advertise 'modified risk' tobacco products as being capable of reducing the health risks of tobacco use. While modified risk tobacco products could be one part of a comprehensive strategy to lower tobacco-related death and disease in the U.S., especially among tobacco users who are unable or unwilling to quit entirely, little is...

2011-11-18 13:00:00

Carlo M. Croce, M.D., the winner of the 2008 Szent-Gyorgi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research, presented annually by the National Foundation for Cancer Research, has been named to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies for his work in genetic cancer research. Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) November 18, 2011 Carlo M. Croce, M.D., the winner of the 2008 Szent-Gyorgi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research, presented annually by the National Foundation for Cancer Research,...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'