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After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again

This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again. Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent…

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‘Teens choosing health’: Smoking hits a landmark low

Cigarette smoking among high school students in the United States has reached a landmark low in a survey health officials have been conducting every two years since 1991. Just 15.7% of teens were current smokers in 2013, down from 27.5% when the survey began and 36.4% in the peak year of 1997, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. That means the nation has already met the government’s official goal of getting teen smoking below 16% by 2020. “I think the bottom line is that our teens are choosing…

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Scientists take totally tubular journey through brain cells

Date: June 13, 2014 Source: NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Summary: Scientists took a molecular-level journey into microtubules, the hollow cylinders inside brain cells that act as skeletons and internal highways, and watched how a protein called tubulin acetyltransferase (TAT) labels the inside of microtubules. The results answer long-standing questions about how TAT tagging works and offer clues as to why it is important for brain health.  In a new study, scientists at the National Institutes of Health took a molecular-level journey into microtubules, the hollow cylinders inside…

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Patent output from the National Institutes of Health vital to understanding America’s innovation economy

Date: June 9, 2014 Source: Academy of Radiology Research Summary: Patent output from the National Institutes of Health is vital to understanding which various areas of science are contributing most to America’s innovation economy, according to a new report. Patents are widely-accepted as being vital to growing America’s innovation economy, and the U.S. Congress and the White House have been taking steps to strengthen America’s patent system. The Academy of Radiology Research reported in the current issue ofNature Biotechnology that patent output from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is vital…

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