Can You ‘Catch’ Alzheimer’s Disease?

The brain damage that characterizes Alzheimer’s disease may start out in a form similar to that of infectious diseases, according to a new study. The underlying mechanism of Alzheimer’s is very similar to prion diseases like mad cow and its human form, Creutzfeld-Jakob disease. It involves a normal protein that becomes misshapen and is able to spread…

Top 10 Scariest Food Additives

There was a time when “fruit flavored” and “cheese flavored” meant “made with real fruit” and “made with real cheese.” Today? It’s artificial everything. Most of the food at your local supermarket is no more authentic than Snooki’s tan. Our fruit comes packaged in Loops, our cheese delivered via Whiz. Sure, it’s edible, but there’s…

Potato chips are piling on the pounds, study finds

By ALICIA CHANG The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Blame the potato chip. It’s the biggest demon behind that pound-a-year weight creep that plagues many of us, a major diet study found. Bigger than soda, candy and ice cream. And the reason is partly that old advertising cliche: You can’t eat just one. “They’re very…

Japan scientist synthesizes meat from human feces

Somehow this feels like a Vonnegut plotline: population boom equals food shortage. Solution? Synthesize food from human waste matter. Absurd yes, but Japanese scientists have actually discovered a way to create edible steaks from human feces. Mitsuyuki Ikeda, a researcher from the Okayama Laboratory, has developed steaks based on proteins from human excrement. Tokyo Sewage…

Olive oil ‘helps prevent stroke’

Olive oil can help prevent strokes in people over 65, a study suggests. Researchers followed around 7,000 people aged 65 and over living in three French cities, for at least five years. They found those who used a lot of olive oil in cooking or as a dressing or dip had a lower risk of…

Do you still use Styrofoam? 8 new additions to the carcinogens list

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services kicked off the weekend with an announcement thateight common substances may cause an increased risk of cancer. Among those now listed in the “Report on Carcinogens” are inhalable glass wool fibers and styrene that are present in Styrofoam. Authorities have determined these elements as “reasonably anticipated to…

What happens to your body after you drink a soda every day, for a long time

Sugar rushes and caffeine highs followed by a depressing energy crash are what happens to your body if you drink a soda right now, but plenty of Blisstree readers actually seem to be okay with that. Some of you think it’s alarmist to compare a caffeine and sugar rush to doing drugs, and some just…

Experts say cellphones are possibly carcinogenic

By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer LONDON – An international panel of experts says cellphones are possibly carcinogenic to humans after reviewing details from dozens of published studies. The statement was issued in Lyon, France, on Tuesday by the International Agency for Research on Cancer after a weeklong meeting of experts. They reviewed possible links…

New EU regulations on herbal medicines come into force

By Dominic Hughes Health correspondent, BBC News New European Union rules have come into force banning hundreds of traditional herbal remedies. The EU law aims to protect consumers from possible damaging side-effects of over-the-counter herbal medicines. For the first time, new regulations will allow only long-established and quality-controlled medicines to be sold. But both herbal…