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  • Catching ‘Dory’ fish can poison entire coral reef ecosystems

    The popularity of animated kids’ movies — Finding Nemo and its new sequel, Finding Dory — could spell doom for many coral reef communities, a new study warns. But even without families trying to bring home the types of fish portrayed in these films, coral-reef species are in trouble. The aquarium industry has been harvesting fish as pets. And more than half of the saltwater fish sold as U.S....

    13:48 PM, June 17, 2016 Animals, Toxicology, Sustainability, Oceans
    Readability Score: 6.8
  • Teen drinking may damage ability to cope with stress

    What’s the harm in a little beer? That’s usually how it starts. Teenagers often are tempted to try some alcohol. Many give in when they are just 12 to 16 years old. Although they know they should avoid alcohol, many don’t. Some will soon end up drinking a lot — and often. This is called binge drinking. And when it begins at a young age, it can have lasting impacts. That’s the conclusion of a...

    07:00 AM, June 13, 2016 Brain, Psychology, Behavior, Toxicology
    Readability Score: 6.5
  • Uh oh! Baby fish prefer plastic to real food

    Let a baby perch choose between a nutritious meal and a piece of plastic, and this little fish will go for the plastic. That's the disturbing conclusion of a study to be published June 3 in the journal Science.

    It's disturbing because eating plastic stunts the animals’ growth. It also alters the behavior of the baby fish. This new behavior makes them easier for predators to find — and...

    14:15 PM, June 2, 2016 Environment, Toxicology, Ecosystems, Animals
    Readability Score: 6.4
  • Eating toxic algae makes plankton speedy swimmers

    A meal of toxic algae puts a spring into a tiny ocean-dwelling plankton’s trek. The bad news: That just might send it straight into the jaws of a hungry fish.

    Copepods (KO-puh-podz) are relatives of shrimp and lobsters. But very tiny cousins. They grow to be only about 1.5 millimeters (less than 0.06 inch) long. Still, size isn’t everything. Each one can suck in 100 liters (26.4 gallons...

    07:00 AM, May 30, 2016 Animals, Algae & Fungi, Toxicology
    Readability Score: 7.3
  • Breathing very dirty air may boost obesity risk

    Air pollution is bad for our lungs. It may not be great for our waistlines either, a new study in rats finds.

    China's capital city of Beijing has some of the worst air pollution in the world. On really bad days, its air can host more than 10 times as many tiny pollutant particles as the World Health Organization says is safe for human health. In a new study, rats breathed in this air....

    07:00 AM, April 4, 2016 Pollution, Body functions, Toxicology
    Readability Score: 7.5
  • Scientists link Zika to nerve disease

    Throughout the Americas, the rate of Zika infections has been exploding. For some adults, Zika virus is no more than a rashy, flulike nuisance. But in a handful of people, a new study finds, the virus may trigger a severe nerve disease. This rare condition is called Guillain-Barré syndrome.

    It begins as the body’s immune system attacks peripheral nerves. These nerves form a system that...

    07:00 AM, March 23, 2016 Health, Body functions, Toxicology
    Readability Score: 8.2
  • Food supplements can make you sick

    Doctors say eating a well-balanced diet is the best way to get the nutrients your body needs. People who think they may need a little extra help often reach for food supplements. These are diet aids, such as vitamins, herbal extracts and fish oil. The companies that sell them suggest they’ll make people healthier. But scientists warn that some of these products actually can make people ill....

    07:15 AM, March 22, 2016 Nutrition, Toxicology
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Vaping may threaten brain, immunity and more

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, more U.S. teens vape than smoke. Many of those teens may have assumed that electronic cigarettes are a safe, high-tech alternative to tobacco. And it’s true that e-cigs don’t emit many of the 7,000 chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Still, teens are fooling themselves if they think vaping is harmless, scientists reported February 11 and 12 at a major science meeting....

    15:45 PM, February 14, 2016 Toxicology, Genetics, Brain
    Readability Score: 8.4
  • Back off the bacon and cold cuts?

    In October 2015, bacon lovers around the world panicked. A major international health group issued a report saying that eating processed meats may contribute to cancer. These foods include bacon, cold cuts, hot dogs and other types of sausages. People who eat too much red meat (such as beef) and processed meats daily face an increased risk of a deadly cancer, the new report concluded. 

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    09:06 AM, January 8, 2016 Toxicology, Nutrition
    Readability Score: 6.6
  • Brain damage seen in potent-marijuana smokers

    People who smoke high-potency pot show signs of damage in a key part of their brain. The results of the new study, however, are limited. The brain scanning study was small. And it doesn’t show that marijuana caused the brain abnormality — only that the two go hand-in-hand.

    But the finding suggests that potency matters, says Tiago Reis Marques. This coauthor of the study is a psychiatrist...

    07:00 AM, December 16, 2015 Toxicology, Brain, Cells
    Readability Score: 8.6

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