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Sep 17, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 17, 2014

Food companies’ U.S. calorie-cutting pledge could stall: researchers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A campaign by 16 of the world’s largest food and beverage companies to dramatically cut the number of calories sold in the United States may have stalled after initial success, researchers reported on Wednesday.

The companies, including Campbell Soup and PepsiCo, announced in January that they had collectively sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the United States in 2012 than in 2007. The drop – 10.6 percent, or 78 calories per person per day – was hailed as an important contribution to the nation’s fight against obesity.

Sep 16, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
Sep 15, 2014

Mice given human brain gene learned tasks faster : study

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Although it’s far from the sort of brain transplant beloved by science fiction enthusiasts, scientists have taken one step in that direction: they have spliced a key human brain gene into mice.

In the first study designed to assess how partially ‘humanizing’ brains of a different species affects key cognitive functions, scientists reported on Monday that mice carrying a human gene associated with language learned new ways to find food in mazes faster than normal mice.

Sep 15, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
    • About Sharon

      "After covering science and medicine at Newsweek, then the Wall Street Journal, then Newsweek again, I joined Reuters in 2012 to report on neuroscience, genetics, cognitive science, and other research. My books have focused on the brain: 2007's Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain (the first popular account of the revolution in neuroplasticity), and 2012's The Emotional Life of Your Brain (with Richard J. Davidson)."
      Joined Reuters:
      2012
      Languages:
      English
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      Publications:
      The Emotional Life of Your Brain (2012)
      Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain (2007)
      The Mind and the Brain (2002)
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