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April 8th, 2013
10:32 AM ET

Study: Compound in red meat linked to hardening of the arteries, heart disease

A new study released Sunday shows an alarming link between a dietary compound found in red meat and heart disease.

It has been previously established that the fat in red meat can be bad for the human heart but this latest study links a compound in red meat to hardening of the arteries. CNN’s Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen breaks down the latest links and discoveries regarding the compound in red meat.

Researchers are just now beginning to focus in on the chemical called carnitine converts to a chemical called TMAO says Cohen. When researchers looked to human beings’ TMAO levels they found that those "with high TMAO levels were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke” she adds. The initial discovery left “a lot of researchers … stunned at this because they were so focused on the fat in meat,” says Cohen.

The American Meat institute released a statement regarding the recent links saying “this study should not prompt any dietary changes and consumers who enjoy red meat should continue to do so with confidence.”


Filed under: Discoveries • Heart disease • Medical
December 5th, 2012
09:50 AM ET

“The Human Face of Big Data” author and veteran photographer Rick Smolan says ‘Big Data’ offers ‘a new dimension of understanding’

Rick Smolan is the author of “The Human Face of Big Data” and Co-founder of the "America 24/7" and "Day in the Life" photography series. He comes to the studio to explain his book, which demonstrates how real time sensing and visualization of data—from satellites, smartphones, the Internet, computers—has the potential to change every aspect of life on earth.

The concept of is all about being able to collect data, seeing the patterns within it, and turning it into actions to change and impact lives. In "The Human Face of Big Data", Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt illustrate some of the examples of how big data is already giving us a brand new way to see things.

Smolan says there are patterns in the data people collect from everything from our smart devices to our credit cards that are now overlapping and that we are now beginning to perceive. “You’re not just getting more information, you’re getting a new dimension of understanding,” Smolan says. “This is affecting health, transportation, entertainment.”—“National security,” Soledad O’Brien interjects. “Everything,” Smolan says.

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Filed under: Book • Discoveries • Science • Technology
April 12th, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Has Botox changed the face of beauty? Carruthers's look back 10 years after their breakthrough discovery

Dr. Alastair Carruthers & Dr. Jean Carruthers explain how they discovered that Botox could be used to treat wrinkles, and how this discovery has changed the 'face' of beauty and fashion.


Filed under: Beauty • Discoveries