Cheers! Fruit Flies Drink To Their Health, Literally

Drinking alcohol from fermenting fruit can kill parasites that infect the tiny insects. But don’t get any ideas that a night at the local pub can stave off malaria or hookworm; research says alcohol doesn’t have the same effect on people.

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Beyond Cornbread

Cornbread often makes an appearance at the Thanksgiving table, but as Martha Rose Shulman explains in this week’s Recipes for Health, home cooks can find lots of creative ways to use cornmeal.

Air Pollution: Bad For Health, But Good For Planet?

In addition to carbon dioxide, power plants also spew chemicals like nitrogen and sulfur into the air. This complicated soup actually offsets some global warming by reflecting sunlight into space and pulling carbon dioxide from the air. But the long-term effects of reducing these emissions aren’t fully understood.

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Feeding Teenagers With Cookies and Bars

Teenagers always seem to be hungry, but they also always seem to be busy, with no time to eat. Martha Rose Shulman offers a solution in this week’s Recipes for Health: tasty and nutritious cookies and bars that busy teenagers can eat on the run.

Checking In On Gulf On Heels Of BP Spill Report

A government report has found BP responsible for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In the months since the accident, drilling has returned to near-normal levels and many local residents say life has largely returned to normal. Environmental scientist Ed Overton shares an update on the health of the Gulf.

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Improv For Alzheimer’s: ‘A Sense Of Accomplishment’

Researchers in Chicago have paired up with a local theater group to see how improvisational theater games affect the health and mood of patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. “Improv is all about being in the moment, which for someone with memory loss, that is a very safe place,” says one researcher.

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Improv For Alzheimer’s: ‘A Sense Of Accomplishment’

Researchers in Chicago have paired up with a local theater group to see how improvisational theater games affect the health and mood of patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. “Improv is all about being in the moment, which for someone with memory loss, that is a very safe place,” says one researcher.

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