Speaking of Sugar…

A couple years ago, Dr. Robert Lustig startled many with “The Toxic Truth About Sugar,” arguing in the prestigious science journal Nature that it should be regulated like alcohol. A year later, an Australian research team made a case for warning labels on sugary soft drinks due to the particular damage they do to teeth. […]

Follow-up: Antidepressants, Obesity & Cancer Edition

Often it happens that soon after we post on one topic or another, we stumble upon related material and think, “Damn, wish we could’ve included that in the post!” A few such item we’ve bookmarked in recent weeks: After “News Flash, Pharmacological Edition” and its short list of recommended reading on antidepressants“A Glut of Antidepressants” […]

Obesity as “Disease”?

What makes something a disease? Apparently, enough doctors agreeing that it’s a disease. Last week, the American Medical Association decided that we’d all be better served if obesity were recognized as one. And one third of the American population was instantly diagnosed. According to the New York Times, this decision went against the conclusions of […]

Obesity: A Risk Factor for Gum Disease or Not?

No sooner had we started to write about this – when an email alert popped up with news of this – Is it any wonder why people think health news can sometimes be crazy-making? Over the past few years, research – such as this and this – has repeatedly suggested a link between obesity and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Another Reason to Kick the Sugar Habit, & Other News of Note

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps Your Skin Age Prematurely (New Scientist) A sweet tooth does more than pack on the pounds. It causes your skin to age prematurely, making you look older than you really are. But how much older? A team led by Diana van Heemst at Leiden University in the Netherlands divided 569 […]

Reducing Mercury Exposure When Eating Fish, & Other News of Note

Coffee, Tea Reduce Mercury Exposure When Eating Fish (Montreal Gazette) Forget sake – a groundbreaking new study from the Université de Montréal shows that sushi-lovers should be eating their raw fish with coffee or tea to reduce their exposure to mercury. The study, published last week in the journal Environmental Research, also shows that boiling […]

What Dentists Really Think of Halloween, & Other News of Note

Dentists Don’t Really Despise Halloween (USA Today) You might think dentists would have strong feelings about Halloween. However, most don’t jump out of their skins over it. “We just want kids to be kids, and part of a kid’s life is treats,” says Rhea Haugseth, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dentists agree […]