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Cheers and Jeers

by Laura Jungreis, blogger

Cheers to…

Researchers at York University, who have harnessed the luminous cells from jellyfish to help diagnose some cancers.  Scientists working for the Yorkshire Cancer Research Laboratory found that the green protein that allows the jellyfish to glow in the dark can target cancer cells deep within the human body that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.  Earlier diagnoses might be possible.  Read the full story here.

Chocolate, which might help keep your heart healthy, according to a new study.  Women in the study who ate more chocolate were found to be 35 percent less likely to develop heart problems.  Chocolate has previously been thought to help women avoid cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and stroke.  Read more about the possible benefits here.

Jeers to…

Brave Farms Cheese Factory, whose Dutch Style Raw Milk Gouda Cheese has sickened 25 people so far with E. coli.  Costco has been distributing the cheese in stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.  Other Brave Farms products seem to be safe, but the source of the E. coli is still under investigation by the FDA.  Get more details here.

Fast-Food Restaurants, who are targeting children more than ever.  Studies show that the industry spent over $4.2 billion in 2009 in marketing and advertising, despite promises to cut back.  There are 21 percent more ads on television today for fast food chains aimed at preschoolers than there were in 2003, and slightly older kids see 34 percent more ads.  Regulatory action may follow soon.  Read more here.