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Compound may help prevent diabetes in fast-food fans

"A new finding could soon benefit people who regularly eat fast-foods that are high in fat. Chemists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture report they have identified a form of soluble cellulose that, if added to high-fat food items, appears to slow down fat absorption to a healthier rate and reduce the likelihood of developing insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes."

This article is about hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, the subject of some of Jonathan's projects.


Football is a pain in the neck

According to new research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, football beats hockey and soccer for the dubious distinction of the sport most likely to cause neck injury...

When chlorine + antimicrobials = unintended consequences

A recent study suggests "...that the triclosan antimicrobial agent used in household dishwashing soaps reacts with chlorinated water to produce significant quantities of chloroform. The research also suggests that the reaction of triclosan with chlorine could be producing highly chlorinated dioxins in the presence of sunlight."  In case you're wondering, chloroform and highly chlorinated dioxins are nasty chemicals.


All low-fat diets are not equal...

A low-fat diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans has twice the cholesterol-lowering power of a conventional low-fat diet, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine.



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