Today in Research: Chocolate Can Help People Keep the Weight Off

Discovered: Eating chocolate keeps you thin, a type of plastic that fixes itself, an incredible facial transplant, and machines can tell if you're lying.

  • Eating chocolate "may help keep people slim." Holy God yes, great news. Love chocolate. But there must be fine print, right science? Ah, here we go: Looking at almost 1,000 people the research found that those who ate chocolate a few times a week were, on average, slimmer than those who ate it less than that. Wait, that's still good news. That means eating chocolate sometimes is better than eating  chocolate not very often. How can this be? Science says there's something about the stuff in chocolate that trumps the calories. "Our findings appear to add to a body of information suggesting that the composition of calories, not just the number of them, matters for determining their ultimate impact on weight," explained researcher Dr.  Beatrice Golomb. Okay, cool. But, one more question: does this apply to multiple-times-a-day chocolate eaters? We hope so. [BBC]
  • 'The most extensive full face transcript' ever. Just looking at the photos, we're impressed -- that's a pretty incredible transformation. It took doctors 72 hours (three days!) to perform a vascularized composite allograft. "We utilized innovative surgical practices and computerized techniques to precisely transplant the mid-face, maxilla and mandible including teeth, and a portion of the tongue. In addition, the transplant included all facial soft tissue from the scalp to the neck, including the underlying muscles to enable facial expression, and sensory and motor nerves to restore feeling and function," explained Dr. Eduardo Rodriquez. "Our goal is to restore function as well as have aesthetically pleasing results." [University of Maryland]

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