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Beer-030512_21Aug12.jpg Nine out of ten excessive drinkers are not alcohol dependent, according to a new report from the CDC. The government agency defines excessive drinkers as women who consume more than 8 drinks a week and men who consume more than 15 drinks per week. "Contrary to popular opinion, most people who drink too much are not alcohol dependent or alcoholics," said Robert Brewer.

obesity-022412.jpg Thirty percent of the world's population is overweight, a number that could expand to 50 percent by 2030, according to a report by the McKinsey Global Institute. The obesity epidemic comes at a high price, add researchers, who estimate it costs the world $2 trillion annually. "Obesity is a major global economic problem caused by a multitude of factors," reads the report.

diet-111914.jpg Those who eat low-calorie diets may be less susceptible to the effects of aging, according to research conducted at New York University. The study was presented at the Society for Neuroscience's annual conference in Washington DC. The research team found that low cal diets impact the genes working associated with aging and brain functions linked to memory.

bowl-of-rice-111914.jpg Consumer Reports says that it found rice products in stores that contain inorganic arsenic. The reporting agency has subsequently advised the FDA to set limits for arsenic in rice and juices. The Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center, tested 128 samples of white, basmati, and jasmine rice, finding that brown rice accumulates from the soil 80 percent more arsenic than white rice.

obesity-022412.jpg Kids who are obese in youth often remain obese into adolescence, according to research conducted at Boston Children's Hospital. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed data on nearly 4,000 U.S. kids over a period of five years. The research team found that 83 percent of the kids who were obese in tenth grade were also obese in fifth grade.

lactose-111014.jpg Those who are lactose intolerant may be at a decreased risk for certain types of cancer, according to a new study from researchers at Lund University in Sweden. For the study the researchers examined health records from 23,000 lactose intolerant people throughout Sweden as well as records from their family members.

Schoollunch-111014.jpg A new study from the FDA has revealed that public school lunches may be growing healthier as a result of stricter health guidelines. The research was conducted at Virginia Tech University and surveyed the health content of 1,300 packed and provided school lunches at three rural Virginia schools. The research team notes that about 40 percent of public school parents pack lunches for their kids.

tastebuds-110514.jpg Bariatric surgery, which shrinks the stomachs of those who undergo it, may lead to less capacity for tasting food, according to research conducted at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California. The study, presented at the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and The Obesity Society (TOS), surveyed data on 55 obese patients who underwent the procedure.

operatingroom-110414.jpg Overweight individuals who undergo weight-loss surgery are at a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research conducted at King's College London. The study, published in the journal Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, surveyed data on more than 2,100 obese adults without diabetes who underwent weight-loss surgery (e.g. gastric bypass or gastric banding).

bacon-103014.jpg Low-carb, high-fat diets can help control epilepsy that is difficult to treat otherwise. Researchers analyzed five studies on ketogenic diets, which focus on foods like bacon, eggs, heavy cream, butter, fish and green vegetables, and found that 32 percent of the epilepsy patients on ketogenic diet had a decrease of 50 percent or more in the frequency of their seizures.

Fireballwhiskey-102914.jpg Fireball Cinnamon Whisky has been recalled in Norway, Sweden and Finland after a batch of the booze, meant to be shipped to North America, was shipped there. The drink contains propylene glycol, a substance used in antifreeze, in higher levels in its North American batches than in its European batches.

img3-102714.jpg Murray's Inc. has recalled over 31,000 pounds of breaded chicken products that were shipped to retail outlets across the country. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the chicken may be infected with Staphylococcal bacteria, a type of bacteria commonly implicated in food-borne illnesses and Staph infections.

purplerbeanspowder-102714.jpg A compound found in cocoa may help reverse the effects of aging-related memory, according to research conducted at Columbia University Medical Center. The study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, gave high doses of a cocoa drink, prepared by Mars, Inc., to study participants in the 50 to 69 age range.

Greencoffee-102314.jpg A new study that was promoted on the Dr. Oz Show has been redacted because it contained unverified data. The study, about the supposed weight loss benefits of green coffee bean and published in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity, claimed that green coffee bean extract pills could help people shed excess pounds without having to diet or exercise.

chiaseeds-102314.jpg Chia seeds may pose a risk if they are not consumed properly, according to a new study. The study, conducted at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., shows that the seeds, which offer a rich source of fiber, protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, should not be eaten in their dry, raw form. Before eating the seeds, they should be mixed with enough liquid.