Artificial sweeteners shown to shift entire gut ecosystem

Artificial sweeteners are used in a huge variety of products. ~ Mark van Manen

Artificial sweeteners are used in a huge variety of products. ~ Mark van Manen

Artificial sweeteners may be helping feed, rather than slow, the global obesity epidemic, according to a provocative new study on the additives used in everything from soft drinks to diet desserts.

It found that artificial sweeteners can trigger “dramatic” blood sugar disturbances in both people and mice by altering bacterial populations in the gut.

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Chicks starving in Newfoundland as warmer sea water imperils food supply for birds

Northern gannets are pictured in flight. Warming sea water is threatening the species. ~ DAVE FIFIELD

Northern gannets are pictured in flight. Warming sea water is threatening the species. ~ DAVE FIFIELD

Northern gannets are good parents. The seabirds mate for life, lay just one egg a year and dutifully feed and protect their chick until it leaves the nest in September.

But this year, thousands of gannets on Newfoundland’s south coast – on North America’s most southern gannet colony — abandoned their nests during the last few weeks of August. Many of the hungry chicks soon began tumbling off rocky cliffs and into the sea.

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Prolific University of Calgary doctor heads to B.C. after his team caught faking data

Dr. Cory Toth, who is a celebrated and prolific doctor, has had to retract nine University of Calgary studies that contained bogus data. ~ GRANT BLACK / POSTMEDIA NEWS

Dr. Cory Toth, who is a celebrated and prolific doctor, has had to retract nine University of Calgary studies that contained bogus data.
~ GRANT BLACK / POSTMEDIA NEWS

VANCOUVER _ In what may be a Canadian record, a celebrated and prolific doctor has retracted nine University of Calgary studies that contained bogus data.

In the latest in a string of retractions, Dr. Cory Toth has pulled two reports from the medical literature because data and figures were “manipulated” in his laboratory at the University of Calgary medical school.

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