Harder Than Doing Your Taxes? Hardly!

There are some stunning statistics in the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s latest Food & Health Survey, released last week. Here’s one mind-blower: Nine out of ten Americans describe their health as good or better, a significant increase from previous years. The majority (60%) report that their health is either excellent or very good, …

Potatoes: Beyond Good & Evil

Maybe you, too, saw this article that turned up recently in a lot of Facebook feeds – – which aims to clear the “bad rap” potatoes have gotten via an industry-funded study. For the study, Gibson analyzed the food intake records of 876 children and 948 adults who were participating in the UK’s National Diet …

It’s Complicated

“The brain taking shortcuts is one of the cornerstones of human intelligence,” says cognitive neuroscientist Itiel Dror. Shortcuts enable the brain to deal with the mismatch between the capacity, the computational power, of the brain, and the need to process some of the information. * * * The fact that we have a smaller brain, …

How a Couple of Guys Took Charge of Their Health

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is kind of the flipside of Supersize Me – what happens after you start putting good stuff into your body instead of bad. Here’s the complete film – with ads, unfortunately, but it’s well worth the occasional interruptions. (Firefox users with Adblock Plus are spared the ads but not the …

Biosis #36: Oxidative Stress, Diet & Decay, & More

The February 2012 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Listening & Imagination I loved listening to my mother read. When I was very young, she would always read me the Sunday funnies after church. I think Mother had a bit of the dramatic in her, as …

Healthy Hearts Don’t Need “Preventive” Aspirin, & Other News of Note

Healthy People Don’t Need Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease (HuffPo) Healthy people shouldn’t be taking aspirin to prevent heart disease, researchers say in a new report that casts doubt on recommendations from U.S. health officials. * * * [Dr. Kausik] Ray and his colleagues took a fresh look at nine previous trials of aspirin use …

Vegetarianism a Cause of Tooth Decay? Um, No. Not Exactly.

Did you hear the one about the “new” study finding “that vegetarians are much more likely to suffer from tooth decay, lower (more acidic) salivary pH levels, and lower stimulated saliva flow than control subjects that were matched by sex and age”? We did (thank you, Google Alerts). Only the study’s not new. And that’s …

Protein (Not Sugar) for Energy, & Other News of Note

Mid-Afternoon Slump? Why a Sugar Rush May Not Be the Answer (ScienceDaily) A new study has found that protein and not sugar activates the cells responsible for keeping us awake and burning calories. The research, published in the Nov. 17 issue of the scientific journal Neuron, has implications for understanding obesity and sleep disorders. Wakefulness …

Raw Veggies’ Impact on Genes, & Other News of Note

Eating Your Greens Can Change the Effect of Your Genes on Heart Disease, Say Researchers (MedicalXpress) A long-held mantra suggests that you can’t change your family, the genes they pass on, or the effect of these genes. Now, an international team of scientists, led by researchers at McMaster and McGill universities, is attacking that belief. …