This Special Highchair Helps a Dog With a Rare Condition Eat Her Food Safely

For most dogs, mealtime is the highlight of their day. But for some, it can be a painful, potentially life-threatening ordeal. This is caused by a rare disorder called megaesophagus, which is an enlargement of the esophagus that makes it difficult for a dog to swallow its food. The condition can be congenital or acquired due to an underlying condition or as a dog ages. The disorder commonly results in vomiting and choking, especially if the food gets into the dog’s lungs.

Thankfully, there is a solution—and it’s one that has dogs looking a lot more sophisticated as they eat their dinner. The dogs are placed into specially designed highchairs that help them keep their food down. Below, you can see the chair in action as a young pup named Tickles enjoys a meal at the Manhattan office of Pure Paws Veterinary Care:

“The chair (or manually holding the pet up after feeding) helps by utilizing gravity to move the food down to the stomach,” Dr. Stephanie Liff, owner and medical director of Pure Paws Vet, tells mental_floss….

Food for microbes found on Enceladus

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FINDING FOOD A deep dive into Enceladus’ plume, shown here in an artist’s illustration, reveals that the moon harbors molecular hydrogen. On Earth, the gas serves as a food source for some microbes, suggesting life could exist on Enceladus, too.

Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus packs snacks suitable for microbial life.

Data from the Cassini spacecraft show that the vaporous plume shooting out of the moon’s southern pole contains molecular hydrogen. It is probably generated when water in the moon’s subterranean ocean reacts with rock in its core, researchers report in the April 14 Science. Such reactions at hydrothermal vents and in other extreme environments on Earth produce high abundances of hydrogen, which some microbes use for food. There’s enough hydrogen on Enceladus to sustain microbial life, the team suggests.

“We are not saying Enceladus has life, but the discovery does move the moon higher on the list of potentially habitable places in the solar system,” says study coauthor J. Hunter Waite of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.

Enceladus became a good target for finding life beyond Earth when researchers found a global ocean under the moon’s icy exterior and hints of hydrothermal activity (SN: 10/17/15, p. 8; SN: 4/18/15, p. 10)….

Rules restricting artificial trans fats are good for heart health

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Starting in 2007, areas of New York restricted the use of partially hydrogenated oils in eateries, eliminating artificial trans fats from foods like these french fries. As a result, residents experienced fewer heart attacks and strokes, a new study suggests.


Taking artificial trans fats off the menu reduces hospitalizations for heart attack and stroke, suggests a study that examined what happened after several areas in New York restricted the fats’ use. The findings portend larger scale public health benefits after a nationwide ban on artificial trans fats begins in the United States in 2018.

Hospital admission rates for heart attacks declined 7.8 percent more in New York counties that restricted trans fats than in those counties that had not, researchers report online April 12 in JAMA Cardiology.

“This is the first study that links a trans fats ban to a reduction in heart disease and stroke in large populations,” says nutritional epidemiologist Frank Hu of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “The evidence from this study indicates that implementation of a nationwide ban on trans fats will reduce heart disease and save many lives in the United States.”

Heart disease causes one in every four deaths in the United States. Coronary heart disease, the most common kind, kills more than 370,000 people each year. Past research finds that eating foods containing artificial trans fats, also called trans-fatty acids, increases the risk of coronary heart disease. Among other effects, consuming these fats leads to higher levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, a component of artery-clogging plaque. Artificial,…

Foods You Have to Try When You Visit Disney World

We’ve already featured some of the best beverages at Disneyland, but you don’t just want to drink while you’re at the parks, you’re also going to need to eat. Fortunately, Travel and Leisure collected 60 of the most incredible foods at Disney World.

Ok, so technically that leaves you with the best food at Disney World and…

A Guide To Los Angeles’ Most Popular Hybrid Foods And Where To Find Them

Los Angeles is a lot like New York in that both cities represent the American melting pot, where people of all races, religions and nationalities coexist and share their culture’s wares, fashion and delicious food creations.

This multicultural cohabitation often leads to a sharing of ideas as well, and in L.A. that sharing leads to the creation of amazing hybrid foods, like the Lobster Elote or Clam Chowder Fries.

But there’s one big problem for foodies who want to try these fantastic hybrid foods- they’re only served at one or two places in town.

The Lobster…

Flush Your “Weight” Out! 10 Food and Drinks That Really Help To Ease Your Water Weight!

Yes, you look like you have gained 10 pounds during sleep.

Have you ever got a panic attack when you saw the drastic increased number on your scale, and then realise you lose all those weight in just a couple days? You might have thought you got some weird metabolic disease, but this symptom could have simply just caused by water. What you have gained is not fat weight, but water weight.

What is Water Weight? Does That Mean I am Fat?

Different from fat weight, you could gain 2 to 4 pounds of water weight in the course of a day. It is basically just a shift of your body’s fluid status. It could be caused by multiple of reasons, including premenstrual symptoms, lack of dietary protein, excess consumption of salt, side effect of medication, or even weather. For most of the times this gain will just last for a few days and is unharmful to your body.

So How to Flush That Out?

In case you would like to control your water weight so that you won’t suddenly look swelled for a couple days, making some changes in your diet could be a very effective way. Here are 10 diuretic food and drinks that could help you flush out the excess water weight in your body.

Water kills water- Drinking “the right amount” is key

This might sound very counterintuitive,…

10 Breakfast Foods to Help You Ace Your Job Interview

Your wardrobe is ready, you have practiced the tough questions, and you’ve visualized the job interview. What else can you do to increase your odds of success? Try eating a balanced breakfast that will keep you alert, provide you with energy, and sharpen your memory. Here are 10 suggestions to start your big day off right.

1. Coffee

Coffee will help you stay alert and focused. The trick is to not over-caffeinate, because that will make you jittery and shaky. One to two cups should be your limit. Not a coffee drinker? Try some green tea, which is also an energy stimulant.

2. Eggs

You’ll need protein for energy to get through an interview, which can be exhausting. There are about five grams of protein in an egg, along with iron, vitamins, and minerals. Eggs also contain choline, which may delay fatigue. Choose your preferred way to prepare eggs and get crackin’.

3. A Whole Wheat Carb Option

Sorry, but doughnuts are not what we want to eat on the day of an important job interview. Complex carbs are what you’re after, such as a bowl of oatmeal, whole wheat toast, whole grain pancakes, or whole grain cereal. Think of complex carbs as fuel to keep your brain moving, which will be handy when you get the “Tell me about a time when you had a difficult situation at…

Changing climate could worsen foods’ nutrition

Arizona wheat field
CROP FUTURES Experiments using circles of white pipes blowing extra carbon dioxide over crops suggest that certain nutrients may dwindle in crops grown in a carbon-enhanced future atmosphere. Here, researchers in Arizona measure the growth of wheat.

A dinner plate piled high with food from plants might not deliver the same nutrition toward the end of this century as it does today. Climate change could shrink the mineral and protein content of wheat, rice and other staple crops, mounting evidence suggests.

Selenium, a trace element essential for human health, already falls short in diets of one in seven people worldwide. Studies link low selenium with such troubles as weak immune systems and cognitive decline. And in severely selenium-starved spots in China, children’s bones don’t grow to normal size or shape. This vital element could become sparser in soils of major agricultural regions as the climate changes, an international research group announced online February 21 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Likewise, zinc and iron deficiencies could grow as micronutrients dwindle in major crops worldwide, Harvard University colleagues Samuel Myers and Peter Huybers and collaborators warned in a paper published online January 6 in the Annual Review of Public Health. Futuristic field experiments on wheat and other major crops predict that more people will slip into nutritional deficits late in this century because of dips in protein content, Myers reported February 16 at the Climate and Health Meeting held in Atlanta.

“If we’d sat down 10 years ago and tried to think what the effects of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions might be on human health, none of us would have anticipated that one effect would be to make our food less nutritious,” Myers said. “But we can’t fundamentally disrupt and reconfigure most of the natural systems around our planet without encountering unintended consequences.”

Figuring out those unintended nutrient consequences isn’t easy. For selenium, scientists have only a rough idea of the element’s global movements. It’s unclear what proportions erode out of rocks or waft onto land from sea, says biogeochemist Lenny Winkel of ETH Zurich and the Swiss aquatic research group Eawag in Dübendorf. She was the principal investigator for the selenium in soils project in the new Proceedings paper. As far as she knows, it presents the first global look at selenium concentrations in soils and what basic factors influence what’s there. This scale, she says, was “a bit bold.”

Starting with more than 33,000 data points from other sources, Winkel and colleagues pieced together a map of selenium concentrations in soils across much of the globe. Climate popped out as one of the more important predictors of selenium content in soil, a link that hadn’t shown up in small studies. Places where climate turns land arid generally have lower selenium, but soil character matters, too. Places with high organic carbon, as in a woodland rich with fallen leaves, as well as places with abundant clay, tend to do better at retaining selenium.

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Selenium slump

Soil concentrations of the element selenium, essential for human life, could change by the end of the 21st century, according to computer simulations based on an intermediate scenario for climate change (a scenario that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change labels RCP6.0). The analysis identified what influences soil selenium now — including precipitation and concentrations of organic carbon in soil — and predicted future concentrations based on those influences.

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By the end of the century, about two-thirds of heavily cultivated agricultural land would probably lose selenium under an intermediate scenario of climate change, Winkel and colleagues conclude. With a projected average end-century warming of 2.2 degrees Celsius compared with 1986 to 2005, selenium drops in breadbasket regions in the study by an average of 8.7 percent. Only 19 percent of croplands seem likely to gain selenium.

The new map “is worrisome,” says plant physiologist Philip White of the James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie, Scotland. White, who studies agricultural plants,…

Food Facts: 70 Interesting Facts About Food

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Food facts: 70 interesting facts about food. This is a fantastic list of weird and mind blowing facts about food that will satisfy you palate. Did you know that carrots actually don’t make your eyesight better.. Yes even I was living with this false fact, before I came across this fact, so these facts include both facts and enlighten you with the false facts associated with some common food. Explore the amazing food facts..

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Obsessed with eating healthy food is called as Ortharexia Nervosa.

In 1830 ketchup is sold as medicine.

To cure hic ups, a person should swallow one teaspoon of sugar.

To carry an ice cream cone in the back pocket is illegal in Kentucky.

The phobia for fear of cooking is called Mageirocophobia.

In 1908 the tea bags were introduced by Thomas Sullivan.

Fear of peanut butter sticking to the upper part of the mouth is called Archibutyrophobia.

The ants and termites are being roasted and eaten like popcorn in South Africa.

We often consume 1/10 of calorie by licking a stamp.

If a pearl is kept in vinegar it melts.

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Fast food facts

Canola oil is actually called as rapeseed oil, but the name is changed for marketing purposes.

Oregano has more antioxidant than the blueberries.

The chemicals in garlic gloves can cause burns on the human skin.

Kiwi fruit is actually from China called as the Chinese gooseberry.

Many of the processed foods contain coal tar and that causes the hyperactivity in children.

The world wide meat supply companies are contaminated with mad cow disease and is a progressive brain wasting disease that cannot be cured.

Broccoli has double the vitamin c of an orange and more calcium than milk.

The caramel was actually created by the Arabs.

Actually carrots don’t make your eyesight better.

Onions contain Antioxidant, Anti Allergy, Antiviral and Antihistamine Agents in it.

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Fun food facts

Every year a person consumes eight pounds of grapes on…