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Few Mosquito Repellents Found to Work  
Researchers at New Mexico State University did some well-controlled tests with a variety of insect repellents to determine which worked. The winners formed a short list. Ars Technica has the biting news: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/02/in-high-tech-mimic-of-your-patio-scientists-find-the-best-mosquito-deterrent/

Heartburn Remedies Implicated in Alzheimer’s 
A popular class of heartburn drugs, the proton-pump inhibitors, are now believed to contribute to a range of ills, including dementia. Scientific American has the unsettling news: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/studies-link-some-stomach-drugs-to-possible-alzheimer-rsquo-s-disease-and-kidney-problems/

Fasting Diet Triggers Pancreas Regeneration in Diabetics 
Researchers are reporting success in treating both Type 1 and 2 diabetes with a “fasting-mimicking diet”, to restore pancreatic function. The encouraging news is covered by the BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39070183

Would You Like to Supersize Those Fluorinated Carcinogens?
A lot of the health liabilities of fast food are pretty well documented. You can, however, add a new dimension to the assault fast food makes on the body: carcinogenic chemicals in packaging. Researchers found troubling amounts of the stuff in wrapping and packaging used with fast food items. CNN reports: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/01/health/fast-food-packaging-chemicals-pfas-study/index.html

 

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