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Researchers find liver hormone that regulates sweet, alcohol preferences

-Researchers find liver hormone that regulates sweet, alcohol preferences

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers claimed to have found the hormone that works through the brain’s reward system to weaken cravings for sweets and alcohol.

The hormone, Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21), is induced in the body by tremendously cold temperatures, abrupt changes in diet as well as in carbohydrate consumption. During the study, health researchers found that mice with higher levels of FGF21 showed less preference for sweetened and alcohol-laced water.

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Texas Man who staged a siege in hospital to save his son, released from jail

Texas Man who staged a siege in hospital to save his son, released from jail

Texas resident George Pickering II has an interesting story to tell that ends positively. His son, George Pickering III was in coma after he suffered a massive stroke in January. As medical staff at Tomball Regional Medical Center in Houston had decided to take his son off the life support, with consent from his mother and brother, Pickering II decided to take action. And, his action was instantaneous. He rushed into Tomball Regional Medical Center with a gun and staged a siege in the hospital, only to keep his son on life support.

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Doctors will design diets based on individuals’ genes: study

Doctors will design diets based on individuals’ genes: study

Doctors and dieticians will be able to design diets based on individuals’ genes within next five years, according to a new study by University of Texas (UT) researchers.

The researchers, however, said better analytical tools will require to be developed in the coming years to quickly understand the relationship between an individual’s genetics, behavior and weight-related diseases.

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Caledonian crows spotted making tools in the wild

Caledonian crows spotted making tools in the wild

Crows, some of the smartest birds, have long been known for their apparent propensity for using tools. But a new research paper published in the Biology Letters outlined a new video showing crows making tools in the wild.

The video, captured by cameras attached to New Caledonian crows, recorded tool-making by crows for the first time in the wild; rather than in captivity. It showed a crow creating a hooked tool that the birds use to catch bugs from narrow passages.

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Norovirus-related illnesses on the rise in California

Norovirus-related illnesses on the rise in California

Norovirus, the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in the United States, has already infected hundreds of people in many states across the nation, including California, the Golden State’s Department of Public Health warned.

California health officials confirmed that norovirus-related illnesses were occurring in the state but no cases were reported in Humboldt County.

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FedEx Employees Work Overtime to Deliver Holiday Packages

FedEx Employees Work Overtime to Deliver Holiday Packages

FedEx had already indicated that there could be delay for some deliveries scheduled for holiday season as the number of orders jumped this year. The company has also blamed inclement weather for delays of shipments at certain locations. FedEx employees worked tirelessly to deliver packages to customers on Christmas Eve. FedEx also informed customers that they can pick up their packages from FedEx Express offices.

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Strong and Light-weight metal developed by UCLA Research Team Using Ceramic Nanoparticles

Strong and Light-weight metal developed by UCLA Research Team Using Ceramic Nanoparticles

UCLA researchers have developed a new metal by combining magnesium and ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles which has record-breaking strength to weight ratio. The lightweight metal has extremely high specific strength and modulus. It can be used as light structural metal. Structural metals are used as load-bearing metals in structures and vehicles. The research team used magnesium as it is the lightest structural metal.

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Texas Man saves his son as he entered hospital with gun to keep his son on life support

Texas Man saves his son as he entered hospital with gun to keep his son on life support

Texas resident George Pickering II had to spend time behind bars as he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. As Pickering’s son was in coma and he was feeling hopeless. Pickering was informed by doctors that his son was brain dead and doctors couldn’t say anything about the recovery period for his son.

Pickering’s son George Pickering III was in critical condition at Tomball Regional Medical Center. The patient suffered many times from seizures but went into coma after he suffered a massive stroke in January.

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Britain Facing Rise in Tuberculosis and other Victorian Era Diseases in Some Regions

Britain Facing Rise in Tuberculosis and other Victorian Era Diseases in Some Regions

Britain is facing increasing number of Tuberculosis, Cholera, whooping cough, measles and scurvy cases in certain areas, according to a report issued by the National Health Service. The number of people treated for scarlet fever in the past five years has jumped by 136 percent.

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ARCA develops World’s 1st True Hoverboard that can fly 6 minutes

ARCA develops World’s 1st True Hoverboard that can fly 6 minutes

ARCA Space Corporation is ready with the world’s first true hoverboard, which will go on sale from April 2016. The new state of the art technology comes at a price of around $20,000. The hoverboard comes in two variants- an Enhanced Thrust model that supports a rider weight up to 110 kg for around three minutes and a Long Endurance model, which can support a rider with weight up to 80kgs for up to six minutes.

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