Want to Age Faster? Drink Lots of Soda Pop!

Sodas and other sugary drinks can damage your teeth. A lot. (Research from the University of Adelaide recently showed that the destruction starts within the first 30 seconds of exposure!) Regular consumption has also been shown raise your risk of stroke and heart disease. Now comes a new study suggesting that those cardiovascular issues may […]

What Did You Expect? (Sugarific Edition)

Hold onto your hats and glasses, folks! A study just published in the Journal of Dentistry finds that… Wait for it… Wait for it… Wait for it… Sugary drinks cause cavities in adults. And the more you drink, the higher your risk. Following nearly 1000 subjects for four years, the researchers found that those who […]

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 […]

Trauma Affects the Immune System & Other News of Note

Trauma Leaves Its Mark on Immune System (New Scientist) Traumatic experiences can scar for life, both mentally and physically. Now it seems they even leave chemical marks on DNA – in areas responsible for immune functions and memory. The result could help explain why people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including some soldiers and victims […]

Stat!: Drinking Our Sugar

  Spanish Flea/Flickr Maximum number of teaspoons of added sugars per day as recommended by dieticians: 5 to 9 Average number eaten daily by Americans: 22 Number in the typical 20 ounce soda: 17 Rank of soda among all sources of added sugar in the American diet: 1 Gallons of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages […]

Captain Obvious Returns – in the Adventure of the Eroding Teeth!

We’ve written before about the research on how sodas, energy drinks and other common beverages erode dental enamel, and linked to other stories on this currently popular topic. Most, if not all, recent studies on the issue have focused on the effects of such beverages: the damage they do and the way that they do […]

More Dental Oddities

Several new concepts to add to our ever-growing list of weird dental products: Bluetooth in Your Tooth? Our last post on weird dental products featured a Bluetooth mike that can be implanted in a tooth – presumably for people who like to talk on the phone a lot. Now an article in the latest issue […]

Fast DNA Damage from Particulates and Other News of Note

  Environmental Exposure to Particulates May Damage DNA in as Few as Three Days (ScienceDaily) Exposure to particulate matter has been recognized as a contributing factor to lung cancer development for some time, but a new study indicates inhalation of certain particulates can actually cause some genes to become reprogrammed, affecting both the development and […]

Soda vs. Water

This merited a study?     Replacing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) with water could eliminate an average of 235 excess calories per day among children and adolescents, according to a study published in the April 2009 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The study’s authors conclude that such a replacement would be a simple […]