The predominant notion that obesity is caused by a failure to regulate how much one eats may have blinded scientists to its true nature. Despite the evidence suggesting that some individuals are more prone to gaining weight regardless of how much they eat, many scientists refuse to consider the validity of a different obesity paradigm. This other paradigm suggests that obesity is a physiological problem caused by hormones, which causes fat to accumulate even when there’s less food taken in by the body.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here