Researchers say America's chronically underserved urban cores are an untapped market that can sustain private investment — and turn themselves around in the process.
Our Tom Jacobs wrote in March about plagiarism and fraud among writers and academics, referring to it as a "doping scandal" in the world of letters. The term was meant to be a metaphor, but as it turns out, there may be greater use of performance-enhancing drugs going on in intellectual circles than one might expect.
Untold numbers of laboratory rodents have been dispatched so that humans could know with certainty that all manner of substances are carcinogenic or otherwise deadly. But in a welcome turnabout, scientists from Sapporo Medical University in Japan reported recently in the journal Nature Biotechnology that they have used synthetic molecules to cure rats of cirrhosis.
Typically considered a pathology rather than a therapy, starvation has been found to lead to dramatically better results for mice undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
In Miller-McCune.com's interview with nutritionist Marion Nestle, the author of What to Eat and other books declared, "You've got to get rid of the vending machines in the schools. They shouldn't be there in the first place." A recent study conducted in Philadelphia public schools, while not going to the lengths recommended by Nestle, suggests that a multi-pronged approach —incorporating healthier food choices; nutrition education for teachers, students, and parents; and encouragement of physical activity — can have a substantial impact on the incidence of overweight (a body mass index for their age in the 85th to 94th percentile) among children.
It wasn't so disconcerting to learn that wild chimps use tools for eating, grooming, and defending themselves. Chimps, after all, are members of the great apes and almost identical genetically to humans. But now, in a development sure to give paws, er, pause to all owners of opposable thumbs, researchers at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in Japan (RIKEN) have taught rodents to use tools.
Miller-McCune.com recently interviewed nutritionist Marion Nestle, who shared her views and experiences related to school food. Asked whether there were any data showing that schools striving to offer healthier food have seen an improvement in academic performance or behavioral problems, Nestle said she had only anecdotal evidence, and related what she had observed at a private school in New York City that had launched a sophisticated school food program.
Big Tobacco may want a refund.
Indiana law requiring government-issued identification at the polling booth suggests Americans should be as concerned with someone stealing their vote as with their personal information. But is the cost of such protection disenfranchisement for some?