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    Diet soda may increase hunger and weight gain : Shots

    Drinking artificially sweetened diet sodas may lead to increase in appetite and weight gain, research finds. Pornchai Jaito/EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption toggle caption Pornchai Jaito/EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm Drinking artificially sweetened diet sodas may lead to increase in appetite and weight gain, research finds. Pornchai Jaito/EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm The “diet” in diet drinks may be a false promise for some soda lovers. True, they deliver the fizz and taste of a soda experience, without the calories. Yet, new research shows they also can leave people with increased food cravings. A study published recently in JAMA Network Open adds to the evidence that drinks   Read More

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    In Miami’s Diverse Communities, Coronavirus Communication Takes Time : Shots

    Alejandro Díaz greets a cat on Oct. 23 at an apartment complex in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. He’s an outreach worker with Healthy Little Havana, going door to door to talk to people about getting tested for COVID-19. Verónica Zaragovia/WLRN hide caption toggle caption Verónica Zaragovia/WLRN Alejandro Díaz greets a cat on Oct. 23 at an apartment complex in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. He’s an outreach worker with Healthy Little Havana, going door to door to talk to people about getting tested for COVID-19. Verónica Zaragovia/WLRN Little Havana is a neighborhood in Miami that, until the   Read More

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    A Garden In Minneapolis Helps A Community Grow Its Way To Health : Shots

    Princess Haley, co-founder of a group called Appetite for Change, picks an artichoke to go into supply boxes of fresh produce. The group’s mission is to improve the diet of families in Minneapolis. Yuki Noguchi/NPR hide caption toggle caption Yuki Noguchi/NPR Princess Haley, co-founder of a group called Appetite for Change, picks an artichoke to go into supply boxes of fresh produce. The group’s mission is to improve the diet of families in Minneapolis. Yuki Noguchi/NPR When police killed George Floyd outside a Minneapolis corner store, it reminded the world that racism can become lethal. But just a few miles   Read More

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    These City Maps Show The Current Health Impacts Of Redlining From Decades Ago : Shots

    Torey Edmonds lived all of her life in the house that her father built in the East End of Church Hill in Richmond, Va. Over the years she says she has witnessed the detrimental effects of redlining on her neighborhood and community. Max Posner for NPR hide caption toggle caption Max Posner for NPR Torey Edmonds lived all of her life in the house that her father built in the East End of Church Hill in Richmond, Va. Over the years she says she has witnessed the detrimental effects of redlining on her neighborhood and community. Max Posner for NPR  Read More

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    From Cheese To Cat Pee, Author Takes A ‘Nose Dive’ Into The Science Of Smell : Shots

    Butyric acid gives some cheeses their distinctively strong scent. Alexander Spatari/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alexander Spatari/Getty Images Butyric acid gives some cheeses their distinctively strong scent. Alexander Spatari/Getty Images Food science writer Harold McGee was in the middle of writing Nose Dive, his book about the science of smell, when he woke up one morning and realized that he couldn’t smell his own coffee. Loss of smell has since become associated with COVID-19. In McGee’s case, it was the byproduct of a sinus infection. McGee remembers feeling panicked. “I have friends in the kind of clinical side   Read More

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    ‘Secret Life Of Supermarkets’ Reveals Bounty’s Dark Side : Shots

    A pre-pandemic Seattle supermarket boasts row after row of prepackaged snacks. Even before the pandemic put extra stress on grocery workers, keeping shelves stocked with the variety Americans have come to expect took a hidden toll on producers, distributors and retail workers, says author Benjamin Lorr. David Ryder/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption David Ryder/Getty Images A pre-pandemic Seattle supermarket boasts row after row of prepackaged snacks. Even before the pandemic put extra stress on grocery workers, keeping shelves stocked with the variety Americans have come to expect took a hidden toll on producers, distributors and retail workers, says author   Read More

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    First COVID-19 Vaccine Doses To Go To Health Workers, Say CDC Advisers : Shots

    Medical staff members treat a patient with COVID-19 last week in the intensive care unit of United Memorial Medical Center in Houston. Once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, experts say immunizing health workers first is the best way to curb deaths and stop transmission. Go Nakamura/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Go Nakamura/Getty Images Medical staff members treat a patient with COVID-19 last week in the intensive care unit of United Memorial Medical Center in Houston. Once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, experts say immunizing health workers first is the best way to curb deaths and stop transmission. Go Nakamura/Getty   Read More

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