Not Just the Mercury Fillings or Just the Root Canals or Implants or Cavitations

“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, […]

Update: Corn Refiners Association Rename Fail

“High fructose corn syrup” (HFCS) it was, is and shall remain. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday rejected the Corn Refiners Association’s bid to rename its sweetening agent “corn sugar.” Given the sweetener’s bad reputation in recent years, the association submitted an application to the agency in 2010 to have the product renamed on […]

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, […]

News of Note: How Bad Can Sugary Drinks Be to Your Health?

  Even 1 Soda a Day Can Hike Your Diabetes Risk (US News & World Report) A study released today in the journal Diabetes Care found that people with a daily habit of just one or two sugar-sweetened beverages — anything from sodas and energy drinks to sweetened teas and vitamin water — were more […]

Gum Disease – Alzheimer’s Link & Other News of Note

New Evidence Supports Link Between Gum Inflammation and Alzheimer’s Disease (PhysOrg) NYU dental researchers have found the first long-term evidence that periodontal (gum) disease may increase the risk of cognitive dysfunction associated with Alzheimer’s disease in healthy individuals as well as in those who already are cognitively impaired. * * * “The research suggests that […]

Why It’s So Hard to Tell Which Tooth Aches & Other News of Note

Why It’s So Hard to Tell Which Tooth Has the Ache (Wired) When it comes to a toothache, the brain doesn’t discriminate. A new imaging study shows that to the brain, a painful upper tooth feels a lot like a painful lower tooth. The results, which will be published in the journal Pain, help explain […]

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality & Other News of Note

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality (Globe & Mail) Screening programs in which post-menopausal women undergo routine mammography to help detect tumours have virtually no impact on reducing breast-cancer deaths, a new study concludes. The research, published in today’s [Mar. 24] edition of the British Medical Journal, says that while breast-cancer mortality has fallen sharply […]

Pierced Tongue Damage & Other News of Note

Tongue Stud “Brain Fatality Risk” (BBC) Deadly brain abscesses should be added to the list of risks of having a tongue piercing, say doctors. Archives of Neurology reports how a 22-year-old man who died in hospital following multiple brain abscesses weeks after getting his tongue pierced. The man’s Israeli doctors warn infection can spread in […]

Sugar, In; HFCS, Out

Despite their best efforts, the Corn Refiners Association seems to be failing in its attempt to turn public opinion in favor of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). (BTW, here’s a nice, quick counterpoint to the CRA’s spin-a-rific ads.) Now some “food manufacturers” are taking advantage of the HFCS-backlash, returning to sugar for its retro comfort […]