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Beer Ingredient Could Stave Off Alzheimer’s Disease

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Move over wine. Beer might have important health benefits as well.In a study conducted by the American Chemical Society, Jianguo Fang and his fellow researchers say that xanthohumol or Xn, an ingredient in hops, can prevent or slow down the onset of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.These conditions are brought on by oxidative damage to neuronal cells in the brain.Xn works as an antioxidant that also offers protection to the heart and fights cancer.But don’t start guzzling down beer after...
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Time to Get Hooked on Phonics Again

iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Remember Hooked on Phonics? Ads for this commercial system of reading education through phonetics were everywhere during the early 1990s until the company ran into trouble with the FTC, leading it to file for bankruptcy.However, the basic concept of phonics to help kids read though sounding out words is making a comeback.A University of Buffalo study says that phonics is more effective in teaching youngsters to read faster than the commonly taught technique of visually memorizing word patterns.UB assistant professor of...
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Possible Cure for Peanut Allergies Developed

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Have Australian researchers come up with a cure for peanut allergies?It’s possible that they may have, based on the results of an experiment in which 60 youngsters with these allergies were either given a placebo or the probiotic lactobacillus rhamnosus combined with peanut protein.The trial conducted by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute lasted 18 months and by the end, eighty percent of children who took the probiotic became tolerant to peanuts. In contrast, only four percent in the control group could consume peanuts...
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Study: Expensive Placebos More Effective than Cheap Ones

Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study shows that placebos are more effective when they cost more.Researchers looked at data from 12 patients with moderate to severe Parkinson's disease who were told they were being given one injection that was a more expensive version of a new drug and one injection that was a cheap version. In fact, patients were given saline -- a placebo -- both times. According to the study, published in the journal Neurology, patients had their brain activity and motor function measured to...
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