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December 19, 2014

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4:45 PM | 5 Mindful Ways to Protect Against Depression
Cultivating a life of happiness is much the same as cultivating a garden. They both come with pests, and we can choose how we want to treat the pests. Using the example of a vegetable garden, we treat the vegetables and the soil to protect from pests that may interfere with growth and cause damage. […]

December 17, 2014

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5:20 PM | Strict Belief-Based Diet Contributes to Child's Death
A Canadian toddler has died from an infection that could have been easily treated. Continue reading →

December 16, 2014

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8:00 PM | Chocoholics rejoice! It’s (mostly) good news
We’ve all heard claims chocolate is healthy. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve wondered if that’s a vicious rumour started by a chocolate multinational. I’m delighted to tell you in fact scientists have found plenty of evidence for the health benefits of chocolate eaten in moderation. But there are a few things you need […]

December 13, 2014

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3:56 AM | Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers
In the days shortly after giving birth, most mothers experience a period of increased calmness and decreased stress responses, but around 20% of mothers experience anxiety. Some women may become depressed, and around one in a thousand can develop psychosis. The latest evidence indicates that these distressing responses to motherhood are still poorly understood, but […] The post Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Perani, C. & Slattery, D. (2014). Using animal models to study post-partum psychiatric disorders, British Journal of Pharmacology, 171 (20) 4539-4555. DOI: 10.1111/bph.12640

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3:56 AM | Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers
In the days shortly after giving birth, most mothers experience a period of increased calmness and decreased stress responses, but around 20% of mothers experience anxiety. Some women may become depressed, and around one in a thousand can develop psychosis. The latest evidence indicates that these distressing responses to motherhood are still poorly understood, but […] The post Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Perani, C. & Slattery, D. (2014). Using animal models to study post-partum psychiatric disorders, British Journal of Pharmacology, 171 (20) 4539-4555. DOI: 10.1111/bph.12640

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3:56 AM | Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers
In the days shortly after giving birth, most mothers experience a period of increased calmness and decreased stress responses, but around 20% of mothers experience anxiety. Some women may become depressed, and around one in a thousand can develop psychosis. The latest evidence indicates that these distressing responses to motherhood are still poorly understood, but […] The post Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Perani, C. & Slattery, D. (2014). Using animal models to study post-partum psychiatric disorders, British Journal of Pharmacology, 171 (20) 4539-4555. DOI: 10.1111/bph.12640

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3:56 AM | Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers
In the days shortly after giving birth, most mothers experience a period of increased calmness and decreased stress responses, but around 20% of mothers experience anxiety. Some women may become depressed, and around one in a thousand can develop psychosis. The latest evidence indicates that these distressing responses to motherhood are still poorly understood, but […] The post Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Perani, C. & Slattery, D. (2014). Using animal models to study post-partum psychiatric disorders, British Journal of Pharmacology, 171 (20) 4539-4555. DOI: 10.1111/bph.12640

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3:56 AM | Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers
In the days shortly after giving birth, most mothers experience a period of increased calmness and decreased stress responses, but around 20% of mothers experience anxiety. Some women may become depressed, and around one in a thousand can develop psychosis. The latest evidence indicates that these distressing responses to motherhood are still poorly understood, but […] The post Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Perani, C. & Slattery, D. (2014). Using animal models to study post-partum psychiatric disorders, British Journal of Pharmacology, 171 (20) 4539-4555. DOI: 10.1111/bph.12640

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3:56 AM | Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers
In the days shortly after giving birth, most mothers experience a period of increased calmness and decreased stress responses, but around 20% of mothers experience anxiety. Some women may become depressed, and around one in a thousand can develop psychosis. The latest evidence indicates that these distressing responses to motherhood are still poorly understood, but […] The post Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Perani, C. & Slattery, D. (2014). Using animal models to study post-partum psychiatric disorders, British Journal of Pharmacology, 171 (20) 4539-4555. DOI: 10.1111/bph.12640

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3:56 AM | Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers
In the days shortly after giving birth, most mothers experience a period of increased calmness and decreased stress responses, but around 20% of mothers experience anxiety. Some women may become depressed, and around one in a thousand can develop psychosis. The latest evidence indicates that these distressing responses to motherhood are still poorly understood, but […] The post Animal Research Sheds Light on Harmful Mood Disorders in New Mothers appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Perani, C. & Slattery, D. (2014). Using animal models to study post-partum psychiatric disorders, British Journal of Pharmacology, 171 (20) 4539-4555. DOI: 10.1111/bph.12640

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December 11, 2014

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11:47 PM | A round-up: A new 9-strain HPV vaccine! The effects of debunking vaccine myths! News on phthalates, toys, IUDs, juice and breastfeeding!
I’ve been pretty busy the past several weeks with my HealthDay stories, my Forbes blog and my book, so I’ve neglected this blog more than I planned. However, I’d love to highlight the worthwhile studies and the stories I’ve covered elsewhere, so here’s a quick round-up of the past two weeks of my work in […]

December 10, 2014

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12:43 AM | Anatomy of a “Serving”
Is it how much you’re expected to eat? How much you should eat? Pardon me, but if I want to eat an entire bag of potato chips, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I say this as the guy who helps create nutrition facts panels for food products for a living. I have read, […]

Choinière C. & Lando A. (2008). 2008 Health and Diet Survey, Other:

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December 09, 2014

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4:43 PM | Anatomy of a “Serving”
Is it how much you’re expected to eat? How much you should eat? Pardon me, but if I want to eat an entire bag of potato chips, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I say this as the guy who helps create nutrition facts panels for food products for a living. I have read, […]

December 08, 2014

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8:00 AM | Vani Hari, a.k.a. “The Food Babe,” finally responds to critics
It’s no secret that we here at Science-Based Medicine (and many scientists and skeptics with a knowledge of basic chemistry and biology) have been very critical of Vani Hari, better known to her fans as The Food Babe. The reasons for our criticisms of her are legion. Basically, she is a seemingly-never-ending font of misinformation […]

December 06, 2014

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2:00 AM | MSG-myth versus science
Updated 5 December 2014 Food additives are one of the most passionate issues amongst people who eat (which would be everyone). Aspartame. High fructose corn syrup. GMO‘s. Salt. Sugar. Trans fats. Polysorbate 80. Some of the angst caused by these additives is that they have scary chemical names. Obviously the “low fructose corn syrup” has got to be […]Continue reading «MSG-myth versus science»

December 04, 2014

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5:18 PM | DNews: We Burn More Calories Eating in a Shorter Time Window
Want to be a better burner of all those calories you regret taking in? Maybe compressing your eating into a 8-12 hour window could help. Catie Wayne has the results of a study on how time windows affect our ability to process food.
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3:58 PM | No-Exercise Routine: Squirrels Build Muscle While Hibernating
You may be physically fit right now, but if you spent all winter snoozing and starving, you’d emerge looking a lot more “pool noodle” than “beach body.” Yet mammals that hibernate don’t have that problem. Rather than stumbling out of their dens on atrophied legs, they hop right into hunting for food and dodging predators. How they manage this is […] The post No-Exercise Routine: Squirrels Build Muscle While Hibernating appeared […]

Hindle AG, Otis JP, Epperson LE, Hornberger TA, Goodman CA, Carey HV & Martin SL (2014). Prioritization of skeletal muscle growth for emergence from hibernation., The Journal of experimental biology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25452506

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3:58 PM | No-Exercise Routine: Squirrels Build Muscle While Hibernating
You may be physically fit right now, but if you spent all winter snoozing and starving, you’d emerge looking a lot more “pool noodle” than “beach body.” Yet mammals that hibernate don’t have that problem. Rather than stumbling out of their dens on atrophied legs, they hop right into hunting for food and dodging predators. How they manage this is […] The post No-Exercise Routine: Squirrels Build Muscle While Hibernating appeared […]

Hindle AG, Otis JP, Epperson LE, Hornberger TA, Goodman CA, Carey HV & Martin SL (2014). Prioritization of skeletal muscle growth for emergence from hibernation., The Journal of experimental biology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25452506

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December 03, 2014

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2:02 PM | A Graduate Course In Grocery Shopping
We have all been through Grocery Shopping 101: shop the perimeter, make a list, don’t shop hungry, etc, yet somehow we still end up with ice cream and crackers in the grocery cart. The challenge with a lot of grocery ...

December 02, 2014

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9:34 PM | Food and Fighting Cancer
Beautiful fall produce of North CarolinaAn event was held here in Houston recently called Food Fight Against Cancer, which aims to raise money and the awareness of "cancer-fighting foods". The page describing the specific ingredients is an excerpt from the cookbook by Katz and Edelson, and uses some pretty fancy words like glucosinolates (that's a chemical - where's the panic?), but remarkably little primary research sourcing. I am left to wonder - what does it mean for food to "fight cancer" […]

November 28, 2014

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3:45 PM | 4 Proven Ways to Uplift Your Mood
It is not uncommon for people from all walks of life to feel sad or lonely at times. Everyone at one time or another will have the blues, but you may have depression. Depression is a medical condition that requires help and is much more serious than being in a slump. The World Health Organization […]
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12:37 AM | Does hot cocoa delay brain aging?
Image credits: downloaded from http://www.wallpapermania.eu/, artist unknown. One of the most enjoyable things about the holidays is curling up with a good book and a cup of...

Brickman AM, Khan UA, Provenzano FA, Yeung LK, Suzuki W, Schroeter H, Wall M, Sloan RP & Small SA (2014). Enhancing dentate gyrus function with dietary flavanols improves cognition in older adults., Nature neuroscience, 17 (12) 1798-803. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25344629

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November 26, 2014

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9:53 PM | About that tryptophan and turkey making you sleepy–not so fast
A tiny handful of countries, most notably the US and Canada, celebrate a holiday called Thanksgiving. In the USA, the holiday is held on the fourth Thursday in November and more or less starts the so called holiday season which ends with New Year. In most of Canada (excluding the Atlantic provinces), the holiday is […]Continue reading «About that tryptophan and turkey making you sleepy–not so fast»
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4:30 PM | Artificial Sweeteners May Have Despicable Impacts on Gut Microbes
I find it ironic that Thanksgiving coincides with American Diabetes Month. In honor of that irony, two recently published studies have suggested a possible link between what you eat, how it impacts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:03 PM | Info-Processing View of Eating
We tend to think of metabolism in purely physiological terms. I invite you to think of metabolism in a broader sense, as information processing. Take the act of eating, for example. We can think of eating in purely physiological, metabolic terms… or we can think of eating as an informational process in which an act […]

November 25, 2014

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4:40 AM | Diabetes and Bipolar is Serious: 10 Foods that Lower Blood Sugar
Sign:  Diabetes Let’s Get Serious Caption: I was cured of self-injury, until the day I had to check my sugar… (The Family Stew – Mental Health Humor) Bipolar Disorder can cause dramatic mood swings. Diabetes can cause dramatic sugar swings–thereby affecting mood. Sugar has been that type of a drug for me most of my life. […]
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12:46 AM | Arguments that GMO opponents should delete from their brains
From my perspective as a trained scientist, skeptic and observer of political debates, there are four scientific issues that have wandered into the realm of political debate: evolution, climate change, vaccines and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) generally with regards to food and agriculture. Evolution and human caused climate change (or sometimes called anthropogenic global warming, […]Continue reading «Arguments that GMO opponents should delete from their brains»

November 24, 2014

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11:07 PM | The Recombinant DNA Controversy: Where Will Genetic Engineering Lead Us?
DNA. Officially known as deoxyribonucleic acid. Also otherwise known as the building block of life. The substance that is unique to each individual and is the basis of forensics to identify culprits. For some dogmatic people, the one thing that science was never supposed to touch and experiment with. Yet, … READ MORE
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3:03 PM | Vegans, Vitamin B12 & Depression, Top 10 Controversial Posts
Staying vegetarian if you have mental or physical health problems might require special dietary planning.
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3:03 PM | Vegans, Vitamin B12 & Depression, Top 10 Controversial Posts
Staying vegetarian if you have mental or physical health problems might require special dietary planning.
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