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Leo Bear-McGuinness

Science Writer & Editor

 at Technology Networks

Leo is a science writer with a focus on environmental and food research. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Newcastle University and a master's degree in science communication from the University of Edinburgh.

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Takeout sign at night.

AI Predicts the Unhealthiness of Menus in the UK

After researchers at the University of Cambridge trained the AI on menus taken from the food delivery website Just Eat, the computer model predicted the unhealthiness of 177,926 dine-in and take-out restaurants across Britain.
Eggs in a box.

Researchers Uncover How Tryptophan, a Common Amino Acid in Food, Can Lead to Arthritis

Now, researchers from the University of Colorado say they have identified the means in which bacteria in the digestive system can break down tryptophan into an inflammatory chemical that primes the immune system for arthritis.
A croissant among others.

A Breakfast High in Refined Carbs Could Make You Less Attractive, Study Suggests

Researchers in France found that people who ate a breakfast rich in processed carbohydrates were deemed to have less attractive faces than those who ate less refined meals.
Wrapper over cup.

Artificial Sweetener Drinks Linked to Heart Flutters

Adults who regularly drank pure, unsweetened fruit juices, on the other hand, had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation.
Coffee beans.

Coffee and Your Health: The Good and the Bad

We break down some of the key, recent coffee-health research in this article.
A bowl of lettuce.

Lettuce More Susceptible to E. coli Than Kale and Other Brassicas

After exposing the vegetables to the bacteria and various temperatures, the researchers from the University of Illinois observed that lettuce was the most vulnerable to E. coli at room temperature.
Person asleep.

Sleep Apnea Linked to Poor Diet

A new survey found that people who ate unhealthier foods reported snoring more than those who ate more fruit and vegetables.
Peanut butter.

Food Emulsifiers Linked to Increased Breast and Prostate Cancer Risk

As if the products’ added salt, sugar and fat levels weren’t damaging enough to our health, a new study has linked the foods’ emulsifiers to higher incidences of certain cancers.
Tuna in water.

Mercury Levels in Tuna Are Just as High as They Were in 1971

Despite a global reduction in mercury pollution in the intervening fifty years, researchers say marine fish are still just as contaminated with the toxin, likely due to legacy mercury still circulating in the oceans.
A mug of tea.

From PFAS to Microplastics, What Might Be Leaking Out of Your Teabag?

Depending on the brand, your favorite cup of tea could be contaminated with billions of microplastics and/or traces of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).