Weight Watchers is getting crushed by keto

Oprah Winfrey famously proclaimed "I love bread!" in a Weight Watchers commercial three years ago. But carbs aren't cutting it for the company anymore. Shares of WW (WTW) - Weight Watchers' new name - closed down 34% on Wednesday after the company shocked Wall Street with poor earnings and sales. The stock rebounded a bit Thursday morning, rising 8%. CEO Mindy Grossman attributed the problem to the keto diet, a popular eating regimen that makes bread and other carbs taboo. She said during a call with analysts Tuesday that keto is "becoming a cultural mean," and she even called it a "keto surge." ...

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Tree resins: Forgotten natural remedies

Trees have been among our greatest allies since ancient times. They play a very important role in the production of oxygen and the absorption of carbon dioxide from the environment. Trees have also become a source of wood, paper, and other materials used in our everyday lives. However here is another fact that many are not aware of - trees deserve a place among our lists of potential natural remedies. We tend to think of herbs as small leafy plants nestled between rocks in a herb garden. But herbalism encompasses all varieties of plants. The thousands of species of trees offer us a fantastic array of therapeutic potential. Some famous remedies are made from trees. Taxol - the cancer medicine - is made from the Yew tree. We also have essential oils made from trees - such as eucalyptus, sandalwood,...

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Too much ‘idiot box’ leaves older folk lost for words

Readers above a certain age may well recall, several decades ago, regularly being told by parents and teachers that watching too much television rots the brain. Now, research by two scientists at University College London in the UK suggests that, at least metaphorically, the oldies were right. In a study covering a seven-year period, Daisy Fancourt and Andrew Steptoe tested the effect of television watching among people over 50 years old. Most research into the relationship between television and cognition, they point out, has focussed on children and adolescents - older people have been largely overlooked. The researchers used data from a long-term project called the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), an ongoing population-based mission to collect information regarding health, wellbeing and economic outcomes for over-50s To establish a baseline, they looked at television-watching data for 3662 adults recorded...

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Hands off the chocolate! First chocolate company to brag about being pro-GMO supports GMO cacao trees

While many companies fight against using genetically modified ingredients, and others do not care that they are using them, the first company to openly brag about being pro-GMO has officially arrived on the scene. That company is Ethos Chocolate, which is creating and selling its product with hopes that our beloved cacao trees will be genetically modified soon. Their project is supported by about 1,600 farmers of A Fresh Look, which also support GMOs. ...

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Nuclear medicine fallout: Cremated man’s ash spread radioactivity in local area – study

In 2017 a 69-year-old man living with pancreatic cancer was treated with nuclear medicine to shrink his tumor, but sadly died three days later and was cremated. New research suggests his remains may have spread radioactivity. The man was treated by radioactive injection, and the dose of lutetium Lu 177 dotatate was still in his body when he was cremated, as staff at the hospital where he was treated were unaware of how badly his condition had deteriorated before it was too late. While the administration of these drugs is tightly controlled and monitored, what happens after the treatment - especially when patients eventually die - is an entirely different story, as showcased in this particular case study by the Mayo Clinic. More than half of deceased Americans are cremated at present. "Radiopharmaceuticals present a unique and often overlooked postmortem...

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