Scientists sober up drunken mice with nanocapsules

Nanocapsules reduced the blood alcohol levels in the drunken mice.

Intoxicated mice were injected with a nanocapsule containing enzymes that are instrumental in alcohol metabolism.  The nanocapsules reduced the blood alcohol levels in the mice. The treatment demonstrates a novel drug delivery technology that could have broad medical applications.



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Diet vs exercise for weight loss: Two groundbreaking studies

Repeated studies have shown that many people who begin an exercise program lose little or no weight. 

Two groundbreaking new studies address the irksome question of why so many of us who work out remain so heavy, a concern that carries special resonance at the moment, as lean Olympians slip through the air and water, inspiring countless viewers to want to become similarly sleek.



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Fitness Fanatics Really Do Have Higher Sex Drives

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“There is evidence that enhanced testosterone and adrenalin in men and women does enhance libido.”

Fitness fanatics really do have higher sex drives, according to scientists who say they have identified a link between exercise and personality.  They also tend to be more aggressive and socially dominant said Dr Peter Biro, an Australian academic.


An Experimental Solution Could Extend the Life of Donated Organs


The 100,000-plus U.S. patients waiting for organ transplants face a perilous race against time. Most organs can only be preserved outside the body for somewhere between four and 24 hours–a problem that aggravates the chronic shortage of donors. In 2008, 6,684 patients died waiting for organs, according to the National Kidney Foundation.


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High Fat Bacon and Eggs Breakfast is Healthiest Start to the Day

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A breakfast of bacon and eggs is a healthy start to the day.

A breakfast of bacon, sausages, eggs, and beans could be the healthiest start to the day, according to new research.  Scientists believe that breakfast programs the metabolism for the rest of the day, and a fatty meal will help the body break down fat later on.


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Cellulite-Busting Tights That Melt Away Fat

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The Scala Bio-Fir tights and leggings zap toxins and fat with in-built thermal crystals which claim to increase blood flow

It sounds just too good to be true – leggings which melt away cellulite.  But this is what new hi-tech legwear can apparently do for women simply by heating up their skin with a ‘wonder yarn’ embedded with bio-crystals.  Makers of the Scala Bio-Fir leggings and tights claim they could slim hips and thighs by as much as an inch.


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120,000-Year-Old Bacteria Awakened


The recently revived Herminiimonas glacei 
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Disregarding the lessons of Jurrasic Park, scientists have “awaken” a strain of bacteria called Hermeniimonas glacei from a 120,000-year slumber trapped beneath a block of ice. What could go wrong?

The new bacteria species was found nearly 2 miles (3 km) beneath a Greenland glacier, where temperatures can dip well below freezing, pressure soars, and food and oxygen are scarce.

“We don’t know what state they were in,” said study team member Jean Brenchley of Pennsylvania State University. “They could’ve been dormant, or they could’ve been slowly metabolizing, but we don’t know for sure.”

Dormant would mean the bacteria were in a spore-like state in which there’s not a lot of metabolism going on, so the bacteria wouldn’t be reproducing much. It’s possible the bacteria could have been slowly metabolizing and replicating. […]

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Can Burning Excess Fat Be As Easy As Exhaling?

Can Burning Excess Fat Be As Easy As Exhaling?

Mice that were engineered with a fat-burning pathway remained thin compared to normal mice. 

Can burning excess fat be as easy as exhaling? That’s the finding of a provocative new study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who transplanted a fat-burning pathway used by bacteria and plants into mice. The genetic alterations enabled the animals to convert fat into carbon dioxide and remain lean while eating the equivalent of a fast-food diet.

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