"Battlestar Galactica" Inspires Fundraising Campaign for Two Sick Girls

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_7be51f4905.jpgABC News (NEW YORK) -- The science fiction TV series Battlestar Galactica has brought together two moms on opposite ends of the continent with critically ill daughters and inspired a fundraising campaign on their behalf. Amber Greenawalt of Charlotte, N.C., and Canadian Lindsay Cairns Lennox of Kelowna, British Columbia met after Greenawalt approached Lennox’s sister, Leah Cairns, who played Margaret Edmonson on the show, at a “Galacticon” convention in Houston in May.

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Sweet Treats Claim to Prevent Tooth Decay

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_11d18c37e7.jpgOliver Hoffmann/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Candy will probably always pad your waistline, but because of a new line of germ-coated sweets, perhaps it won’t rot your teeth. Scientists at Organo Balance, the German company that manufactures a new “cavity-free” candy, explain in a short-term pilot study funded by BASF New Business that a bacteria called streptococcus mutans is the main culprit responsible for tooth decay. The treacherously named microbe converts simple sugars found in the mouth into an enamel-eroding acid.

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Homemade Jailhouse Wine Leads to Botulism Outbreak

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_c7a8a5694c.jpgDarrin Klimek/Thinkstock (SALT LAKE CITY) -- A batch of homemade jailhouse wine sickened eight inmates in Utah after it was tainted with Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that leads to a botulism infection, according to a new report. The wine, also called “pruno,” was tainted by the dangerous bacteria that was on the skin of a baked potato, authorities said. The potato was added to the homemade booze by the inmate as an “experiment.”

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When Vanquishing Evil, Be Sure to Take Your Vitamins

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_97fd0cf834.jpgWarner Bros. (LONDON) -- It takes more than a second breakfast to win the day. Two U.K. researchers have discovered the secret to fighting evil might be spending some time in the sun. In an article published in the Christmas issue of the Medical Journal of Australia, lead author Nicholas Hopkinson picked his way through J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit to figure out which group got more vitamin D: the good guys or the bad guys.

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FDA to Require Proof Antibacterial Soaps Work, Are Safe

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_656a4509fd.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday appealed to manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to demonstrate that their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Under the proposal, if companies do not fulfill this requirement to demonstrate safety and effectiveness, their products would need to be reformulated or relabeled to remain on the market.

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