Tag: anthropology

This Week in Research: Put Some Dog Food in That Chemo; Early Agriculture

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Chemotherapy is one of the most popular cancer treatments, but it’s also known for its many side-effects. Eighty percent of those using common chemo drug Taxol have to deal with peripheral neuropathy, a kind of nerve pain that can persist throughout a lifetime. But Johns Hopkins researchers have found one particular chemical that seems to prevent the nerve degeneration that causes peripheral neuropathy. And that chemical is a popular dog food additive called Ethoxyquin.

Kids Today: Needy and Greedy?

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We usually think of anthropologists studying cultures far removed from our own — remote Amazonian tribes, or South Pacific island societies. But it turns out that there’s just as much strange, fascinating stuff going on right in our own backyards, according to a couple of UCLA anthropologists who’ve spent the past decade examining that most exotic of cultures… the American middle class. And their results show that our children are kind of helpless and bratty.

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