Smile More- Crave Less

Victory was sweet for the U.S. Women’s World Cup team 5-2 victory this weekend — but it’s a safe bet that the vanquished team from Japan was reaching for actual sweets after the stunning upset. Research by Cornell food scientists reveals how a person’s emotional state — particularly in the competitive, wide world of sports […]

How Much Food Does That Exercise Earn You? You Might Be Surprised

In a small new study, volunteers who were shown chocolate and sports drinks after an exercise workout could not correctly guess how much would be an equal ‘reward’ for the calories they had just burned. Surprisingly, they chose amounts that were much too small – either underestimating how many calories they had burned or overestimating how […]

There’s Quinine In Your Tonic, But What The Heck Is It, Anyway?

We’ve ingested many hard-to-pronounce ingredients in our lives, and quinine is definitely one of them. Pronounced kwahy-nahyn, this bitter alkaloid isn’t one of those suspicious, scary ingredients lurking in your favorite gummy candies — actually, we have quinine to thank for our favorite cocktail, the gin and tonic (among other things). Quinine was originally used […]

Obesity: ‘Slim chance’ of return to normal weight

The chance of returning to a normal weight after becoming obese is only one in 210 for men and one in 124 for women over a year, research suggests. For severe obesity, shedding excess weight in a year is even more unlikely, a study of UK health records concluded. Researchers say current strategies for helping […]

You & I: Different!

For the first time in a lab, researchers at the National Institutes of Health found evidence supporting the commonly held belief that people with certain physiologies lose less weight than others when limiting calories. Study results published May 11 in Diabetes . Researchers at the Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch (PECRB), part of the […]

Online game ‘may control snacking’

A computer game may help some people control their unhealthy snacking habits, suggests a small study from the University of Exeter. The game trained participants’ brains to cut out calories by telling them to avoid pressing on pictures of certain images, such as biscuits and chocolate. They lost a small amount of weight and appeared to eat […]

Reprogramming of DNA observed in human germ cells for first time

A team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge has described for the first time in humans how the epigenome – the suite of molecules attached to our DNA that switch our genes on and off – is comprehensively erased in early primordial germ cells prior to the generation of egg and sperm. However, […]