Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future

Part of losing weight boils down to making tweaks to the simple equation of calories in versus calories out.

Americans spend over $60 billion a year on diet and weight loss products, according tomarket research, but the weight often comes right back. That may because it’s such a hassle to count calories — tracking everything you order or cook at home.

But recently, GE cell biologist Matt Webster told Morning Edition hosts Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne about a new calorie counting device that could make the job easier.”

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Why Smartphone Breaks At Work Aren’t Such A Bad Idea

In that cubicle by the water cooler you see him: your employee, on your dime, tilted back in that pricey Herman Miller chair, his personal smartphone in hand. Judging by the furrowed brow, you’d guess it’s a hot game of Words With Friends.

Which do you do?

1. Chastise him.
2. Ignore him.
3. Give him a smile and a thumbs-up, and suggest he keep playing.

Yeah, it’s kind of a trick question. Because according to new researchfrom Kansas State University, the answer is No. 3.”

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Pathogens On A Plane: How To Stay Healthy In Flight

"From Ebola in West Africa to chikungunya in the Caribbean, the world has had plenty of strange — and scary — outbreaks this year.

Some pathogens have even landed in the U.S. Just a few months ago, two men boarded planes in Saudi Arabia and brought a new, deadly virus from the Middle East to Florida and Indiana.

Nobody along the way caught Middle East respiratory syndrome. But all of these plane-hopping pathogens got us wondering: How easily do bacteria and viruses spread on commercial jets? And is there anything we can do to cut our risk?”
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Stem cell treatment causes nasal growth in woman’s back

A woman in the US has developed a tumour-like growth eight years after a stem cell treatment to cure her paralysis failed. There have been a handful of cases of stem cell treatments causing growths but this appears to be the first in which the treatment was given at a Western hospital as part of an approved clinical trial.

At a hospital in Portugal, the unnamed woman, a US citizen, had tissue containing olfactory stem cells taken from her nose and implanted in her spine. The hope was that these cells would develop into neural cells and help repair the nerve damage to the woman’s spine. The treatment did not work – far from it. Last year the woman, then 28, underwent surgery because of worsening pain at the implant site.

The surgeons removed a 3-centimetre-long growth, which was found to be mainly nasal tissue, as well as bits of bone and tiny nerve branches that had not connected with the spinal nerves.

The growth wasn’t cancerous, but it was secreting a “thick copious mucus-like material”, which is probably why it was pressing painfully on her spine, says Brian Dlouhy at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, the neurosurgeon who removed the growth.”

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Alcohol Test: Does Eating Yeast Keep You From Getting Drunk?

"Sometimes we drink with the sole purpose of relaxing, or drowning the week’s worries. But other times we just want to savor a special craft beer or vintage wine, or make that good meal taste even better.

And as we get older, we’re warier of that third or fourth glass. The consequences of too much alcohol — the drowsiness, the confusion and the wobbling — are a bigger hindrance. And let’s face it: A hangover at 36 isn’t the same as one at 22.

So when we came across a tip in Esquire for staving off intoxication, we perked up. You mean I might be able to have another glass of Pinot Noir or a third IPA without getting as loopy?”

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