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Fit Fix: Science Aims to Curb Binge Drinking

Your daily roundup of health and science news.

1) A new way to treat binge drinking.

Scientists might have found a new way to treat addictions such as alcoholism using optogenetics, a new advanced technique that stimulates neurons in the brain with light. The study was conducted on rats, but could signal future advances in treatment for neurological disorders. [Eurekalert]

2) The CSPI rates the most dangerous sweeteners.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest breaks down which common artificial sweeteners are safe and which are just downright dangerous. Aspartame, one of the most common artificial sugars found in most popular sodas, was found to be one of the most damaging to your health. [CSPI]

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3) The secret to healthy eating? Ante up with your cash.

Wanna stick to a healthier diet? New research published in Psychological Science finds that you’ll make the smart and healthy choices if you’re afraid of losing money. Families involved in the study bought healthier food at the grocery store when they were told they’d lose their discounts. What’s next? Government-sponsored nutrition programs? [Psychological Science]

4) Cancer busting nanoparticles: the next wave of treatment?

Researchers at North Carolina State University say they’ve developed a new type of cancer treatment that uses nanoparticles to deliver drugs directly to cancer cells. The new technique could prove to be effective in shrinking tumors since it bombards sick cells with multiple kinds of drugs at once. [NC State University]

5) All nighters can cause brain damage.

A new study conducted by Swedish scientists in the journal Sleep suggests that staying up all night will not only leave you feeling like an empty groggy shell, but that it could also cause long-term damage to your brain. [Sleep]

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