Devil in the Details

The headline seems full of good news! But which sources of monounsaturated fats? Olive oil? Avocado? Sunflower? Maybe. Maybe not. You see, although the study compared the effects of 5 different oils on abdominal fat, three were oil blends not especially high in monosaturated fats. Only the two non-blends had a significantly positive effect. Those […]

Antibiotics & Asthma, Asthma & Cavities, & Other News of Note

Antibiotic Use in Infancy May Increase Risk of Childhood Asthma (PhysOrg) Children who receive antibiotics within the first six months of life are at a significantly increased risk of developing asthma and allergies by 6 years of age, even without a genetic predisposition, new research by the Yale School of Public Health suggests. The findings […]

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 […]

Green Tea May Prevent Oral Cancer & Other News of Note

Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer (US News & World Report) A new study appears to add to growing evidence that green tea might help protect against cancer. U.S. researchers gave 41 volunteers with pre-malignant mouth lesions green tea extract for three months at doses of 500 milligrams per meter squared (mg/m2), 750 mg/m2 […]

Mindfulness, Environment and Other News of Note

Mindfulness Training Busts Stress (CNN) Lead investigator Kimberly Williams said the goal was to relieve stress. “Mindfulness means to pay full attention to what you are doing, moment by moment,” she said. “We taught them how to recognize sources of stress, how stress impacts them, and then what they could do to come out of […]

Stopping Gum Disease and Other News of Note

Study: Malnutrition Can Prompt Gum Disease ( Haitian children who were exposed to protein-energy malnutrition during the first five years of their lives had a higher occurrence of periodontal disease by adolescence than children who had sufficient nutrition during those years, according to a study presented at the recent International Association for Dental Research (IADR) […]

Fatty Liver as the Real Health Risk – and How to Get One

One of the things we dislike about so much of the news coverage on “the obesity epidemic” and related issues is that it tends to reinforce the myth that slim = healthy, fat = unhealthy, no exceptions. They do so despite the evidence that BMI (the standard, if flawed, measure for obesity) is not, in […]

Sleep and Your Heart, Food and Your Health, and the Five-a-Day Sanity Plan

Turning Your Clock Back Sunday May Help Your Heart (PhysOrg) Turning your clock back on Sunday may be good for your heart. Swedish researchers looked at 20 years of records and discovered that the number of heart attacks dipped on the Monday after clocks were set back an hour, possibly because people got an extra […]

BPA Ups the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome, Blocks Formation of Some Synapses in Primates

massdistraction/flickr No sooner had the California Legislature voted down the proposed ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in children’s products, new reports of potential harm began to show up in the media. First, research from the University of Cincinnati suggested that BPA is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome – a cluster of risk factors for […]