Cleanliness Is Next to…Alzheimer’s?

A recent study out of Cambridge University suggests that, in the words of Telegraph title writers, Really?! According to the abstract, Based on our analyses, it appears that hygiene is positively associated with AD [Alzheimer’s disease] risk. Countries with greater degree of sanitation and lower degree of pathogen prevalence have higher age-adjusted AD DALY rates. […]

Divorcing the Mouth from the Body

Originally posted 7 August 2009 Late last month, an article published in the Journal of Dental Research by P. Hujoel of the University of Washington School of Dentistry got a notable bit of media coverage. Most of it focused on the fact that – as the article noted and one headline put it – “diets […]

How a Hungry Brain Acts, & Other News of Note

Hungry Brain Craves High Calorie Treat (Futurity.org) If the brain goes hungry, Twinkies look a lot better, a new study shows. Brain imaging scans show that when glucose levels drop, an area of the brain known to regulate emotions and impulses loses the ability to dampen desire for high-calorie food, according to the study published […]

Biosis 31: Realizing What Counts, Healing as Process & More

  The new issue of our quarterly newsletter Biosis is available online now. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Realizing What Counts“When you think about how you spent your most memorable holidays, what do you remember first and best – the gifts you got or gave, or the people you shared the holidays with?” Dr. […]

The Sugar/Cancer Connection and Other News of Note

Does Sugar Feed Cancer? (PhysOrg) Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah have uncovered new information on the notion that sugar “feeds” tumors. The findings may also have implications for other diseases such as diabetes. The research is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “It’s been known […]

Physical Activity as Preventive Medicine & Other News of Note

Physical Inactivity Poses Greatest Health Risk to Americans (PhysOrg) Speaking at APA’s 117th Annual Convention, Steven Blair, PED, called Americans’ physical inactivity “the biggest public health problem of the 21st century.” * * * Research has shown approximately 25 percent to 35 percent of American adults are inactive, Blair said, meaning that they have sedentary […]

Divorcing the Mouth from the Body

Late last month, an article published in the Journal of Dental Research by P. Hujoel of the University of Washington School of Dentistry got a notable bit of media coverage. Most of it focused on the fact that – as the article noted and one headline put it – “diets bad for [the] teeth [are] […]