BPA can induce multigenerational effects on ability to communicate

Public Release: 18-Jun-2018 Findings could shed light on human health concerns and autism University of Missouri-Columbia Past studies have shown that biparental care of offspring can be affected negatively when females and males are exposed to bisphenol A (BPA); however, previous studies have not characterized how long-term effects of BPA exposure in grandmothers and grandfathers…

Is a common antimicrobial harmful to gut health?

Public Release: 30-May-2018   American Association for the Advancement of Science Caption Exposure to triclosan (TCS) exacerbated the severity of colitis and inflammation in mice. This material relates to a paper that appeared in the May 30 issue of Science Translational Medicine, published by AAAS. The paper, by H. Yang at University of Massachusetts in…

Using Tinder doesn’t result in more casual sex

Public Release: 18-May-2018 Norwegian University of Science and Technology Users of picture-based mobile dating apps like Tinder are generally more open to short-term, casual sexual relationships than the average person. But this doesn’t mean that the users of these apps end up with more sexual partners than non-users with the same preference for casual sex.…

Bitcoin estimated to use half a percent of the world’s electric energy by end of 2018

Public Release: 16-May-2018 Cell Press Bitcoin’s burgeoning electricity demands have attracted almost as much attention as the cryptocurrency’s wildly fluctuating value. But estimating exactly how much electricity the Bitcoin network uses, necessary for understanding its impact and implementing policy, remains a challenge. In the first rigorously peer-reviewed article quantifying Bitcoin’s energy requirements, a Commentary appearing…

Artificial sweetener Splenda could intensify symptoms in those with Crohn’s disease

Public Release: 15-Mar-2018   Promotes ‘bad’ bacteria and intestinal inflammation; findings may guide dietary habits in human patients Case Western Reserve University In a study that has implications for humans with inflammatory diseases, researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and colleagues have found that, given over a six-week period, the artificial sweetener…

Babies fed soy-based formula have changes in reproductive system tissues

Public Release: 12-Mar-2018   CHOP co-author of NIH-led study: Subtle estrogen-like responses in infants point to need for longer-term follow-up of effects Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia   Infants who consumed soy-based formula as newborns had differences in some reproductive-system cells and tissues, compared to those who used cow-milk formula or were breastfed, according to a…

Commercial pesticides: Not as safe as they seem

Public Release: 8-Mar-2018   Lack of information on the effects of all pesticide ingredients makes them appear safer than they are — potentially causing serious harm to people and the environment. Frontiers   New regulations are needed to protect people and the environment from toxic pesticide ingredients that are not currently subject to safety assessments.…

Backyard chickens need more regulation

Public Release: 2-Mar-2018 Safety of birds, people at stake, a UC Davis study suggests University of California – Davis IMAGE: These are baby Chicks. UC Davis Photo Credit: UC Davis Historically, keeping backyard chickens was a response to economic hardship — whether it was in the Depression or during wartime food rationing. But a growing…

Viruses sprayed on food to help prevent food poisoning

Public Release: 20-Feb-2018 Bacteria-eaters to prevent food poisoning? Phages eliminate Yersinia from food University of Helsinki   IMAGE: “Our study can serve as a model for the prevention of other, more serious foodborne infections through phage treatment, ” says Professor Mikael Skurnik. Credit: Helena Hiltunen, University of Helsinki Bacteria-killing viruses could be employed not just…

Want to make money with stocks? Never ever listen to analysts

Public Release: 9-Jan-2018 Research by Nicola Gennaioli and colleagues shows that investing in the stocks least favored by analysts yields five times more than buying the most recommended. Here’s why Bocconi University Investors probably expect that following the suggestions of stock analysts would make them better off than doing the exact opposite. Nevertheless, recent research…

Jeans made with child labor? People choose willful ignorance

Public Release: 9-Jan-2018   Consumers ‘forget’ when products have ethical issues Ohio State University   COLUMBUS, Ohio — Many consumers have found a way to cope with the knowledge that products they like have been made unethically: They simply forget they ever knew it. In a series of studies, researchers found that consumers conveniently “forgot”…