Showwei Chu

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If the world ate the USDA-recommended diet, there wouldn't be enough land to grow it

A new Canadian study suggests that if the world's population adopted a diet recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture there wouldn't be enough agricultural land to grow the food.

People prefer a good story, no matter what their DNA says

Some consumers are embracing new identities by cherry-picking which race and ethnicity they identify with based on their test results, according to research from the University of British Columbia.
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Baking literally burns off sugar calories

There's possible good news if you're counting calories: Research from the University of British Columbia suggests calories from sugar can be lost during the baking process, so what's shown on a food label may not reflect the calories consumed.
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Treating acutely ill patients with too much oxygen can be life threatening, Canadian study finds

Oxygen is given to millions of patients around the world every day, but too much of it can be harmful and life-threatening, according to a new Canadian scientific paper that in one expert's view "is a very significant landmark study."
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Every bit of exercise counts in reducing risk of early death: Study

Bouts of exercise do matter to help reduce your risk of disease and premature death, cardiologists find.

Children becoming more likely to draw women scientists but older kids picture them as men, study shows

A new study reveals more children in the United States are drawing female scientists than ever before, but as kids get older they tend to draw more male scientists, meaning they draw what they see.

Many transplant patients adhering to 6-month sobriety rule improve to point operation not needed: doctor

The six-month sobriety rule is just one of many conditions that patients needing liver transplants must meet to be considered for a transplant, according to guidelines set by Trillium Gift of Life Network, the agency that co-ordinates organ donations in Ontario.

Motorcycle-related deaths more common during full moon, study finds

A new study suggests that a full moon is associated with an increased risk of fatal motorcycle crashes.

Waiting on Obama's visit

A quick look at Canada-U.S. relations in the age of Obama