Cancer Drugs Impact Descendants’ Genes, & Other News of Note

Cancer Drugs Affect Mouse Genomes for Generations (Nature) Three common chemotherapy drugs cause DNA mutations not only in mice that receive treatment, but also in their offspring, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. The results suggest that the genome in treated mice became destabilized yielding …

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 …

Making the Good Look Bad (& the Worse Look Better)

Fruit juice is tasty stuff – but did you know that many juices contain more sugar than soda? Really and truly. For instance, 12 ounces of Coke contain 40 grams of sugar; 12 ounces of apple juice, 42 grams. Grape juice is even higher: 60 grams of sugar. This is why nutritionists say to get …

FDA Conflict-of-Interest Rules Apt to Loosen, & Other News of Note

Lawmakers May Relax FDA Drug Conflict Rules (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers likely will change the criteria for advisers reviewing new medicines next year because of complaints that the rules meant to prevent conflicts of interest make it harder to find real experts. * * * Others say that the agency is not looking hard enough. A …

How Toxins Linger in the Environment, & Other News of Note

Environmental Pollutants Lurk Long After They “Disappear” (ScienceDaily) The health implications of polluting the environment weigh increasingly on our public consciousness, and pharmaceutical wastes continue to be a main culprit. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher says that current testing for these dangerous contaminants isn’t going far enough. Dr. Dror Avisar, head of the Hydro-Chemistry …

Perio Health – Fertility Link, & Other News of Note

“Floss for Fertility,” Women Advised (BBC) Women who want the best chance of having a baby should make sure they floss their teeth regularly, say doctors. Poor oral health is as bad for fertility as obesity – delaying conception by about two months. Experts at a fertility meeting in Sweden heard how women with gum …

Stat!: Dietary Delusions

  The McGraw Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine, cited by The Free Dictionary, defines a healthy diet as “any diet based on sound nutritional principles” that typically has these features: High consumption of fruits & vegetables Low consumption of red meat & fatty foods Raw foods & whole grains are preferred to processed or …