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Newswise: The Complex Biology Behind Your Love (or Hatred) of Coffee
Released: 5-Mar-2020 11:00 AM EST
The Complex Biology Behind Your Love (or Hatred) of Coffee
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Why do some people feel like they need three cups of coffee just to get through the day when others are happy with only one? Why do some people abstain entirely? New research suggests that our intake of coffee – the most popular beverage in America, above bottled water, sodas, tea, and beer – is affected by a positive feedback loop between genetics and the environment.

Newswise: Researchers Discover New, Treatable Pathway Known to Cause Hypertension in Obese People
Released: 26-Sep-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Researchers Discover New, Treatable Pathway Known to Cause Hypertension in Obese People
Johns Hopkins Medicine

There’s no question that as body weight increases, so too does blood pressure. Now, in a study of mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have revealed exactly which molecules are likely responsible for the link between obesity and blood pressure. Blocking one of these molecules — a signaling channel that’s found in a tiny organ on the side of your neck — effectively lowers blood pressure in obese mice, the researchers reported recently in the journal Circulation Research.

12-Sep-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Flavoring Ingredient Exceeds Safety Levels in E-Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco
Duke Health

A potential carcinogen that has been banned as a food additive is present in concerningly high levels in electronic cigarette liquids and smokeless tobacco products, according to a new study from Duke Health.


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