In soda tax fight, experts hear echoes of tobacco battles

Taxes on sugary drinks are potentially effective tools to fight the obesity epidemic and advocates are drawing lessons from the long battle against tobacco as they plot what they know will be a tough road ahead.

Alvin Powell | Feb. 18, 2020 | harvard
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WWI helmet beats modern ones at shock wave protection

The French Adrian military helmet from WWI outdid modern helmets in shock wave tests—a surprising result that could improve today's military equipment.

Ken Kingery-Duke | Feb. 18, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

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A.I. app could assist doctors in brain tumor survival prediction

A new artificial intelligence-powered app could help doctors predict survival and determine treatment for people with meningiomas.

McGill University | Feb. 18, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine apps artificial-intelligence brains cancer machine-learning tumors

People get their bad vaccine info from social media

A new survey shows people who get more of their news from social media are more likely to believe misinformation about vaccines.

Michael Rozansky-Penn | Feb. 18, 2020 | futurity
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There’s a fitness gap between public and homeschool students

Researchers theorize that heavy backpacks could explain the difference in fitness between homeschool and public school students.

Jeff Falk-Rice | Feb. 17, 2020 | futurity
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Early schizophrenia treatment doesn’t slow the disease

Despite the view that early schizophrenia treatment can help prevent mental decline, new research shows that's not the case.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook | Feb. 17, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

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The world’s ‘chemical diversity’ tripled in just 20 years

We know alarmingly little about a third of the chemicals produced and sold around the world, a new estimate of "chemical diversity" highlights.

ETH Zurich | Feb. 17, 2020 | futurity
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Zooming in on breast cancer reveals how mutations shape the tumour landscape

Scientists have created one of the most detailed maps of breast cancer ever achieved, revealing how genetic changes shape the physical tumour landscape, according to research funded published in Nature Cancer.

Cambridge University News | Feb. 17, 2020 | cambridge
~4 mins   

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Tiny bits of air pollution may trigger nonfatal heart attacks

Brief exposure to ambient ultrafine particles, a form of air pollution, may potentially trigger nonfatal heart attacks.

Michael Greenwood-Yale | Feb. 17, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

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After domestic abuse, women face 44% higher mortality risk

Women who have experienced domestic abuse are 44% more likely to die from any cause compared to the general population, a study from the UK finds.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Feb. 17, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

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