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Sex and Pizza Roundup

July 11, 2008

A compound found in oregano could be good for your heart.


Eat two slices and call me in the morning. I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.

Researchers in Germany say that a compound found in oregano has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Called beta-caryophyllin, the compound was effective in treating inflammation in mice. It’s active in a part of the brain called the endocannabinoid system, which keeps the body from over-reacting to injury. Potential uses include treatment of chronic pain, cardiac disorders and allergies.

In unrelated news, a study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that men who were given lingerie to handle made poor financial decisions. Specifically, the men went for immediate, short-term gains, rather than bigger, long-term profit. The researchers say thoughts of sex cause the male brain to focus on the "here and now," rather than the future. I’m Bob Hirshon for AAAS, the Science Society.