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Archive for December, 2005

Disco Toad

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005


Cane toads, reptiles imported into Australia in the erroneous belief that they would eliminate pests from sugar-cane fields, are attracted by disco-style flashing lights, said researchers in the Northern Territory who are desperate to find a way of eliminating the fast-spreading creatures. ‘The old toads are definitely a disco animal,’ said a member of a group called Frogwatch.

Conflicting Evidence on Fiber

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Reuters is reporting that a recent analysis of previous dietary studies has concluded that dietary fiber has no discernable correlation to incidence of colon cancer.

The article is careful to point out that the other benefits of dietary fiber haven’t been called into doubt (and that, in fact, this analysis did turn up a reduction in rectal cancer in individuals with higher-fiber diets).


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