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In the Pancreas, Common Fungi May Drive Cancer

  By now, you’ve probably heard that your body is teeming with bacteria. Some 100 trillion of them live on your skin, in your mouth and in the coils of your intestines. Some protect against infections and help you digest food, while others can make you seriously ill. Fungi, viruses and protozoa call your body […]

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This Chemical Is So Hot It Destroys Nerve Endings—in a Good Way

In Morocco there grows a cactus-like plant that’s so hot, I have to insist that the next few sentences aren’t hyperbole. On the Scoville Scale of hotness, its active ingredient, resiniferatoxin, clocks in at 16 billion units. That’s 10,000 times hotter than the Carolina reaper, the world’s hottest pepper, and 45,000 times hotter than the […]

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Roast potatoes and toast that’s a bit too brown may cause cancer, say authorities

Eating potato chips, well-browned roast potatoes and toast that is more than lightly grilled can increase the risk of cancer, according to a public health campaign urging people to change their eating and cooking habits. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the UK says people are consuming too much acrylamide, a chemical produced naturally as […]

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Ethanol in cars causing cancers?

Is ethanol added to gasoline causing cancers? From an article in the Economist. If 36 billion gallons of ethanol are to be produced from corn, as mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, America will be diverting all its current field-corn capacity to ethanol production by 2022. To meet the needs for just […]