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Microbiome Candy: Could A Probiotic Mint Help Prevent Cavities?

Lacing a sugar-free candy with the right kind of bacteria might one day help fight off tooth decay, a study suggests. The experimental mint lowered the levels of cavity-causing bacteria in volunteers' saliva. But the microbe candy still has a long way to go before it reaches shelves at Walgreens.
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Sandwich Monday: Pecan Pie Pringles

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the seasonal Pecan Pie-flavored Pringles. It's the holidays in a can!
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'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For

Historian Maureen Ogle's new book examines the rise of our modern industrial meat system by examining its roots — all the way back to Colonial America. There's a fundamental disconnect, she argues, in our demands for both cheap, plentiful meat and an end to factory farms. Something, she says, has to give.
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Virginia Touts Significant Growth In Agricultural Exports

Agriculture is booming in Virginia, according to the state's secretary of agriculture, with all-time highs in the state's exports.

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Between Pigs And Anchovies: Where Humans Rank On The Food Chain

For the first time, scientists have figured out where we sit on the global food chain. Although humans are clearly top chefs of the world, we're not the top predator. Instead, our ranking is closer to a small, smelly fish that we put on pizzas and salads.
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Fishery Closure Puts New England's Shrimp Season On Ice

After several years of declining shrimp stocks, regulators have imposed a moratorium on shrimping in New England waters. The closure could hurt commercial fisherman and future demand for the Gulf of Maine shrimp, but scientists say the move may be the only way to prevent the population from collapsing.
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Tensions Over Tipping Restaurant Workers

As D.C. decides not to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers, we explore the tension over tipping for good service versus tipping to complete a worker's pay.

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A Tale Of Two Cookies: The Brass Sisters' Shortbread

Cookie-baking season is not complete without an offering from sisters Sheila and Marilynn Brass. The two Massachusetts recipe collectors recall the special holiday shortbread cookies they'd have as children when their Jewish family would go to the house of their Catholic friends, the Sullivans.
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The Hills Were Alive With The Sound Of DiGiorno Pizza Last Night

The funny live tweets coming from frozen supermarket pizza giant @DiGiornoPizza were a tasty highlight of the Sound of Music Live broadcast on NBC. Bad puns, silly lyric changes, and just plain clever comments earned the company more than 2,000 new followers in a single night.
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What Separates A Healthy And Unhealthy Diet? Just $1.50 Per Day

That difference translates to about $550 a year, according to a new meta-analysis of studies evaluating the retail costs of food, grouped by healthfulness. It's chump change for middle-class eaters, but a big gap for low-income families. Researchers say that's a problem that can be solved.

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