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Submission + - Test can determine a healthy diet (medscape.com) 1

OffTheLip writes: A test has been developed by a team from Imperial College London, Newcastle University and Aberystwyth University which can determine if the patient has a healthy diet. According to the study:

The analysis can reveal whether we have eaten red meat or fish and indicate whether we are eating fruit and vegetables. The test is sensitive enough to indicate some specific foods such as oranges, grapes and leafy green vegetables. It can also tell how much fat, sugar, fiber and protein a person has eaten. It's easy to see the value of such a test but also hard to overlook the possible repercussions depending on how and who is interpreting the data.

Submission + - US students fall further behind in math, science and reading (washingtonpost.com)

OffTheLip writes: According to the Washington Post, students in the US continue to trail many other developed nations in math, science and reading. From the linked article, "The United States ranked 25th in science literacy and 24th in reading literacy. Singapore topped all nations in all three categories. China, Japan, Korea, Canada, Switzerland, Estonia, Australia and New Zealand were among the other top-performing countries."

Some of the blame falls on the broader education system but within the US some states are performing better than others which could be seen as a sign of encouragement. The incoming presidential administration has different plans for education based on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.

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