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Protect yourself from junk food science

World / Science & Health Sep 12, 2015

Protect yourself from junk food science

Does aspartame cause cancer? You've probably heard that it might. And PepsiCo removing the artificial sweetener from Diet Pepsi suggests there's something iffy about it. New Diet Pepsi cans boast that the beverage is "now aspartame free," a statement probably meant to placate consumers ...

Scans reveal how poverty hurts children's brains

World / Science & Health Aug 22, 2015

Scans reveal how poverty hurts children's brains

Growing up poor has long been linked to lower academic test scores. And there's now mounting evidence that it's partly because kids can suffer real physical consequences from low family incomes, including brains that are less equipped to learn. An analysis of hundreds of magnetic ...