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Kids overeat when given more options, study shows

Kids overeat when given more options, study shows

Health
July 19 (UPI) -- Having too many junk food options may lead to children eating too much, a new study says. The larger the quantities and wider the arrays of snack food options snack for kids, the more likely they are to overeat, according to research published Thursday in the International Journal of Obesity. "There has been a popular push by nutritionists and public health officials towards replacing large dishware with smaller versions to nudge people towards healthier decisions," Jessica Kerr, a researcher at Murdoch Children's Research Institute and study author, said in a news release. "But we have found dishware size has very little effect on the amount of food consumed." The researchers gave snack boxes filled with crackers, cheese, a muesli bar, biscuits, a container of peaches a...
Satellite image shows temperatures soaring across Europe

Satellite image shows temperatures soaring across Europe

Science
June 28 (UPI) -- It is really hot in Europe, and the European Space Agency has the satellite images to prove it. Scientists with ESA generated a heat map of continental Europe using data collected by the space agency's Copernicus Sentinel-3's Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer. The map shows the temperature of the land across Europe on June 26. The heatwave currently gripping Europe is producing record temperatures for June. In France, thermometers are registering 100 degrees Fahrenheit, moving Paris officials to ban certain vehicles inside the city. Cities throughout Spain, Italy and Germany also experienced extreme highs on Wednesday and Thursday. In Catalonia, wildfires fueled by the extreme heat and winds are quickly spreading. The heatwave has already claimed several lives,...
Smoking cessation program for cancer patients shows potential

Smoking cessation program for cancer patients shows potential

Health
June 26 (UPI) -- New support tools may help cancer patients quit smoking, a new study shows. Cancer patients who used special tobacco cessation treatments at Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania increased from 0 percent to 36 percent in 12 months, according to research published this month in The Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Over 50 percent of cancer patients who smoked prior to receiving their diagnosis keep smoking even after treatment ends, the researchers say. But quitting the habit, they say, can greatly improve the prognosis of a cancer patient. "Seeing a high number of clinicians from two different specialities use this tool indicates a level of institutional support that has proven critical to the successful launch of our program," Dr....
Road construction accelerates deforestation in the Congo, study shows

Road construction accelerates deforestation in the Congo, study shows

Science
June 24 (UPI) -- New research suggests the proliferation of new roads in the Congo is encouraging an ecological catastrophe. Vital habitats are disappearing and vulnerable animal populations are declining. During the past two decades, the rise in the number of roads crisscrossing the Congo Basin has enabled an uptick in a range of illegal activities, including logging and poaching. "The situation in the Congo Basin is scary on top of more scariness," Bill Laurance, a professor at James Cook University, said in a news release. Laurance and his colleagues used satellite images to measure the increase in road construction across the Congo. Since 2003, more than 54,000 miles of new roads have been added. Over roughly the same amount of time, deforestation rates have quadrupled. "Industrial ...