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There’s a reason why antidepressants don’t work for everyone

Researchers from University Medical Center Mainz and the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Germany developed a mouse model that allowed them to identify blood signatures associated with response to antidepressant treatment and could show the importance of the stress-related glucocorticoid receptor in recovery from depression. Major depression is the leading cause of disability according to the World Health Organization, affecting an estimated 350 million people worldwide, but only one-third of patients benefit from the first antidepressant prescribed. Although the currently available treatments are safe, there is significant variability in…

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There’s a Cheetos-themed restaurant in New York. Here’s why it’s worth the visit

A Cheetos-themed restaurant, helmed by celebrity chef Anne Burrell, is set to open in New York next week that will serve everything from Cheetos-crusted deep-fried pickles, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos mac-and-cheese, and Cheetos-crusted cheesecake. For three days, a cloud of cheesy, orange-colored dust will hang over a pop-up dubbed The Spotted Cheetah in New York, where the snack food with a cult following will be reinvented as hot meals by celebrity chef Burrell. It’s not the first time Cheetos have appeared on a restaurant menu. Last year, Burger King debuted Mac…

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Getting kids to eat veggies when there’s no time for family meals

Eating meals as a family is a proven way to get kids to follow healthier diets, but there are other tricks parents can try when there’s no way to get everyone around the same table, a recent study suggests. In homes where family meals were rare, children ate more fruits and vegetables when these items were readily available and they routinely saw parents consume them too, the survey of about 2,500 teens in Minnesota found. “Interestingly, we found that in the absence of regular family meals these other parenting practices…

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Raising a Vegan Baby: There’s a Right Way And a Wrong Way

There’s a right way and a wrong way to raise a baby on vegan food. Those who get it wrong, parents say, give the responsible ones a bad name. A Pennsylvania mother claiming to be vegan was charged this month with child endangerment for feeding her baby nothing but small amounts of nuts and berries. In Italy, after a number of vegan babies required hospitalization for malnourishment, a lawmaker this summer proposed a bill that would make it a crime to feed children under 16 a vegan diet. Those cases…

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There’s a Breast Microbiome, and It’s Different in Women with Breast Cancer

Among the most popular topics in biology in recent years is the human microbiome, the trillions of bacteria and other tiny organisms inside and outside our bodies that outnumber our own cells by as much as three-to-one. Much of the news on this topic has been about the colony of bacteria deep in your gut; scientists believe that the mix may contribute to all sorts of medical conditions ranging from Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disorder, to anxiety. Now it looks like the microbiomes in other parts of our bodies…

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There’s a Breast Microbiome, and It’s Different in Women with Breast Cancer

Among the most popular topics in biology in recent years is the human microbiome, the trillions of bacteria and other tiny organisms inside and outside our bodies that outnumber our own cells by as much as three-to-one. Much of the news on this topic has been about the colony of bacteria deep in your gut; scientists believe that the mix may contribute to all sorts of medical conditions ranging from Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disorder, to anxiety. Now it looks like the microbiomes in other parts of our bodies…

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