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D'OH! DHA Supplements Don't Reduce Alzheimer's Risks

D'OH! DHA Supplements Don't Reduce Alzheimer's Risks

Another promising dietary supplement fails to deliver protection against a target disease, this time Alzheimer's.

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How Do You Decaffeinate Tea?

How Do You Decaffeinate Tea?

Ever wonder how tea is decaffeinated?

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AIDS Researchers Unlock Cell Death Mystery

AIDS Researchers Unlock Cell Death Mystery

For nearly 30 years scientists have known that a cell vital to the immune system dies off in patients with HIV, leading eventually to the onset of AIDS. But exactly when and how has remained a mystery – until now.

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A Superfoods-laden Thanksgiving

A Superfoods-laden Thanksgiving

Four prominent Thanksgiving food items could be considered 'superfoods.' Are these on your table?

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Latest Salt Guidelines Are At Odds With Biological Data

Latest Salt Guidelines Are At Odds With Biological Data

US dietary guidelines for sodium intake are not practical for the general population.

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VA Doctors Solve a Medical Mystery

VA Doctors Solve a Medical Mystery

As soldiers continue to return from Iraq and Afghanistan, doctors who treat them find themselves at the forefront of scientific research. That's the case at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto, where scientists have made a surprising discovery. Amy Standen reports.

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VA Doctors Solve a Medical Mystery

VA Doctors Solve a Medical Mystery

At the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto, doctors have made a surprising discovery in many vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Meditation Training Improves Markers Of Cellular Health and Psychological Well-Being

Meditation Training Improves Markers Of Cellular Health and Psychological Well-Being

Intensive meditation training increases psychological well-being and telomerase activity in immune cells.

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Vitamin D Deficiency Common In Skin Cancer Patients

Vitamin D Deficiency Common In Skin Cancer Patients

New research from Stanford University suggests that dermatologists must be aware that their recommendations to avoid sun exposure, particularly for patients at high risk of skin cancer, may be inadvertently creating other health problems.

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A National Expo of Science

A National Expo of Science

This past weekend, I was on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with a notebook and a very good pair of walking shoes. I spent the weekend exploring the inaugural expo of the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

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Dried Plum Consumption Induces Bone Growth In Older Mice

Dried Plum Consumption Induces Bone Growth In Older Mice

New research from the UC San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center shows that eating high doses of dried plums (prunes) increases bone volume in adult and elderly male mice.

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When Brains Hit The Gym

When Brains Hit The Gym

Can brain performance be improved? The $300 million-a-year "brain-fitness" industry is betting that the answer to that question is yes. Some companies say that an 80-year old brain can perform just as well as a 25-year old brain after some specialized video game training. What about crossword puzzles and regular old exercise? QUEST takes a look at the growing brain fitness industry and the science behind it.

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When Brains Hit the Gym

When Brains Hit the Gym

The general idea is that by doing a series of basic and repetitive tasks, which get harder over time, you’re actually changing your brain structure. Over time, the manufacturers claim, you can train an old brain to behave like a new one. But many scientists who study aging are skeptical.

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Alice Waters' School Lunch Initiative Effective At Instilling Healthy Habits In Children

Alice Waters' School Lunch Initiative Effective At Instilling Healthy Habits In Children

A recent report issued by scientists from the Atkins Center for Weight and Health at UC Berkeley examined the impact of the School Lunch Initiative (SLI) on the eating behaviors of children transitioning from elementary school to middle school.

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Health Officials to Consider Tightening Vaccine Exemptions

Health Officials to Consider Tightening Vaccine Exemptions

Concerned by the increase in the number of children who are starting kindergarten without all their vaccines, public health officials in the Bay Area will look into the possibility of tightening the system that allows parents to opt out from mandatory immunizations.

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Reporter's Notes: Greening Your Drive

Reporter's Notes: Greening Your Drive

In my search for a greener car, I have considered biodiesel, hydrogen, and even clean diesel. What looks most promising to me, however, are low and zero operating emission plug-in vehicles.

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San Francisco Among Top Cities For HIV Testing

San Francisco Among Top Cities For HIV Testing

New CDC survey shows that San Francisco has been successful in getting HIV-positive men tested.

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Scientists Work on New Artificial Kidney

Scientists Work on New Artificial Kidney

A UCSF scientists is leading a team of nearly forty scientists across the nation to develop the world’s first artificial implantable kidney.

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Writer Irwin Silber Dies; Was Featured in QUEST TV Story

Writer Irwin Silber Dies; Was Featured in QUEST TV Story

Oakland writer Irwin Silber died last week. He and his wife, singer Barbara Dane, were featured on a QUEST TV story about Alzheimer's disease.

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California Takes the Lead on Stem Cell Research

California Takes the Lead on Stem Cell Research

A judge's ruling last month that blocks the federal government from funding embryonic stem cell research puts California back in the lead in the field.

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