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There are 79 ways your genes might be making you fat

Every day, an estimated 6,800 new peer-reviewed academic articles are published. That’s a whole lot of science to wade through—but don’t fret.

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Every day, an estimated 6,800 new peer-reviewed academic articles are published. That’s a whole lot of science to wade through—but don’t fret. We’ll do the legwork for you, each and every morning. Here’s your daily dose of the latest discoveries from journals, research institutions, and news outlets from around the world.

Understand Obesity

Lifestyle factors like poor diet and inactivity play a large part in obesity, but the condition can also have a genetic base—and there are more genetic causes of obesity than we previously thought, according to a new review from McMaster University in Canada.

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After analyzing the scientific literature, the researchers concluded that there are 79 DNA-related “obesity syndromes,” only 19 of which have been fully genetically mapped.

While these syndromes are rare, they’re more common than the researchers anticipated.

Protect Your Heart—Wirelessly

Implantable devices like pacemakers are getting smaller, but they often rely on clunky batteries to power them—and they only work temporarily. But now, scientists from Singapore have developed a new pacemaker that can be powered wirelessly, MedGadget reports.

It involves a flexible antenna, which fits in your hand, and transmits electromagnetic power to the device deep inside your body.

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Currently, they’ve only produced a functioning mini-pacemaker for a pig, but they hope the same technology can one day help people, too.

Read Your Cookbooks Wisely

Don’t rely on your cookbook to keep you safe in the kitchen—most recipes skip out on providing important food safety information, researchers from North Carolina State University discovered. For instance, only 8 percent of the recipes reviewed mentioned cooking a dish to a specific temperature, which is vital to making sure it’s safe to eat.

What’s more, over 99 percent of them gave subjective indicators on how to tell if a dish was done, none of which were reliable ways to tell if a dish was cooked to safe temperature.

Your best bet? Use the books as a way to try delicious new stuff—but brush up on solid food safety recommendations beforehand.

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Guard Against Zika

The Zika virus—which is transmitted by infected mosquitos—isn’t just a worry for the Caribbean and South America. In fact, researchers from Saint Louis University just released predictions of Zika virus hotspots in the United States. The Mississippi Delta seems to be the bulls-eye, but other high-risk areas include counties along the southeastern U.S. and southern California.

That’s what the researchers concluded after crunching data on presence of the specific kind of mosquitoes, rates of sexually transmitted infections—since Zika can be transmitted that way—number of women of childbearing age, and birth rate estimates for each county.

Feel Better With Your Phone

Experience something traumatic? Playing games on your phone might block out the bad memories, new research from the journal Molecular Psychiatry suggests. In the study, people waiting in the ER after experiencing a car accident were told to play Tetris for 20 minutes after bringing to mind a memory from the incident.

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Those who played the game experienced 62 percent fewer intrusive memories within the next week than those who didn’t play the game after their accident. It’s likely any highly spatial-visual task may help, the researchers say.

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