October 16, 2014

In Rats Who Drink Like Teens

1 Sugary Beverages Impair Adolescent Brains

Research results based on studies of rats have repeatedly proven valid for humans, which lends a worrisome note to a recent USC study which found that adolescent rats given sugar- or HFCS-sweetened drinks in concentrations similar to those in common soft drinks demonstrate a reduction in memory, learning, and task-performing skills, compared to rats given only water. In addition, the sugar-beverage drinkers manifested swelling in the brain’s hippocampus, an area often found to be damaged in victims of Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. By comparison, there was no evidence of cognitive decline connected with sugary beverages in adult rats, implying that human teenagers, the main consumers of sugary drinks, are also the most susceptible to mental impairment as a result.

More at Motherjones.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Sugary Drinks Make Even Preschoolers Obese

Tags: Sugary Beverages and Cognition, Sugary Beverages and Dementia, Sugar and Memory Loss, Sugar and Brain Function

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Obama Says No to Travel Ban

2 Ebola Czar May Help Manage Response

President Obama said Thursday that he may name an "Ebola czar" to handle the government's response to the virus. While only three people have been diagnosed with Ebola on American soil, anxiety is growing over the deadly virus. While some leaders have called for a travel ban to and from areas of West Africa affected by Ebola, Obama said, "If we institute a travel ban instead of the protocols we put in place now, history shows there is a likelihood of increased avoidance [finding other ways to enter the U.S. with no screening]. People do not readily disclose their information." Obama also said that a travel ban may result in less treatment for the sick.

More at NBC News | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Ebola Drug ZMapp Saves Americans

Tags: Ebola Cure, Travel Ban to Ebola-Stricken Countries, Ebola Czar

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