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The unique eating habits of slim people - 6 Tips for Weight Loss

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The unique eating habits of slim people - 6 great tips for losing weight and staying slim.

OFTEN we curse those seemingly natural slim individuals who appear to be able to eat anything they like without ever gaining an ounce of weight. Appearances can be deceiving though, and when you look closer, there can be some marked differences in the way slim people consume their food that play a big part in their ability to maintain their trim physiques.

So what can we learn from them? 

1. THEY ARE FUSSY WITH THEIR FOOD CHOICES

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Taking PPI Heartburn Medication May Increase Your Risk of Dying

Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medication may increase risk of death

New research suggests people on proton pump inhibitors are more likely to die than those taking different antacid or none at all.

Millions of people taking common heartburn and indigestion medications could be at an increased risk of death, research suggests.

The drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), reduce acid production by the stomach lining and are very widely prescribed, with low doses also available without prescription from pharmacies. In the UK, doctors issue more than 50m prescriptions for PPIs every year.

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Rules of memory rewritten in study described as "beautiful, elegant and extremely impressive"

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What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it.

The US and Japanese team found that the brain "doubles up" by simultaneously making two memories of events.

One is for the here-and-now and the other for a lifetime, they found.

It had been thought that all memories start as a short-term memory and are then slowly converted into a long-term one.

Experts said the findings were surprising, but also beautiful and convincing.

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Norovirus Closes Schools, Spreads Misery

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March. 05, 2017 -- Schools from Rhode Island to California have closed down for days this winter after students and teachers became ill with what is believed to be norovirus, public health officials say.

Norovirus, incorrectly called the "stomach flu," is a short-term illness that's different from the flu. It strikes about 20 million people a year in the U.S., most commonly in the winter, and causes a few days of misery, with diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

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Your Sex Life May Work Wonders for Your Work Life

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Employees in better mood the next day, leading to more work engagement and job satisfaction, study contends.

What makes for a happy, productive worker?

It could be a good sex life. At least that's the suggestion of a new study that included 159 married employees who were surveyed daily for two weeks. Those who had sex were in a better mood at work the next day, which led to higher levels of work engagement and job satisfaction.

The beneficial effects that sex had on work were equally strong for men and women and lasted for at least 24 hours.

Happiness genes discovered

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Why are some people happier than others? It is likely a major factor is genetic. Happiness genes have been found for the first time. In a study of 298,000 people.

The researchers found three genetic variants for happiness, two variants that can account for differences in symptoms of depression, and eleven locations on the human genome that could account for varying degrees of neuroticism. The genetic variants for happiness are mainly expressed in the central nervous system and the adrenal glands and pancreatic system.

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Potential new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

amyloid cleared from brain by aducanumab

Aducanumab is an exciting potentially new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and may possibly be the first potential cure.

A human monoclonal antibody, aducanumab, has been shown to remove amyloid beta plaques from the brains of patients with early or mild Alzheimer’s disease. The drug was more effective at higher doses. This was shown using PET brain scans (see below).

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