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April 23, 2015

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3:45 PM | 12 Supplements I Take Every Day for Depression
I hereby confess that it takes me a half hour each week to fill up my mammoth-sized pill container with the supplements and vitamins I take each week to give my brain every lift I can. It’s expensive, it’s time-consuming, it’s a pain in my […]

April 22, 2015

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12:12 PM | Faked cancer or misdiagnosed? Book and app sales are on the line. (UPDATE: LIAR)
Belle Gibson admits she lied about having cancer. She’s a very troubled person. It’s speculated she may suffer from a psychological disorder such as Munchausen syndrome where she fakes illness to get attention. Belle Gibson: ‘No, None of it is true’. “I think my life has just got so many complexities around it and within it,… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Running away from cancer treatment. Sometimes, you get lucky. ‘It’s All […]

April 21, 2015

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7:13 PM | Viseo Post – Clip from “Health & Fitness During Aging” Seminar at UCONN
Below is a video clip from my recent seminar at UCONN. The audience was older and the seminar therefore dealt with health and fitness during aging. It examined, from a scientific perspective, the theme of death and rebirth at the organ and tissue level and how these processes are influenced by modifiable lifestyle factors such … Continue reading »

April 20, 2015

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10:40 PM | Crickets Alone Will Not Save You, Futurist Foodies
“Eating bugs is a great idea! ” shout future-minded gourmets, the kinds of people who eat waxworm tacos willingly and feed bug cookies to their coworkers. But are insects like crickets and grasshoppers really the solution to our environmental and food-security woes? Well... maybe not. Not entirely, at least. http://io9.com/bug-eating-is-... http://io9.com/should-you-rea... Read more...

April 15, 2015

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7:45 PM | Brain development suffers from lack of fish oil fatty acids
While being inundated with advertisements directed at moms to be, skeptical parents should question the supposed health benefits of anything being sold. However, while recent reports question whether fish oil supplements support heart health, scientists have found that the fatty acids they contain are vitally important to the developing brain. Meaning there might actually be […]

Igarashi, M., Santos, R. & Cohen-Cory, S. (2015). Impact of Maternal n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Deficiency on Dendritic Arbor Morphology and Connectivity of Developing Xenopus laevis Central Neurons In Vivo, Journal of Neuroscience, 35 (15) 6079-6092. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4102-14.2015

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2:23 PM | Moms Know Best: These Moms Want to Share Their Solutions for Child Nutrition & Hunger with Congress
Today, the U.S. Congress Education and the Workforce Committee is holding its long-awaited first hearing on reauthorizing child nutrition programs. Such programs support the approximately one in five U.S. households with children who live with food insecurity, helping guarantee children receive adequate nutrition even if their families are struggling to get by, making impossible trade-offs … Continue reading →

April 14, 2015

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8:00 PM | Paleolithic diet myth – what our ancestors ate
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Updated 14 April 2015 Surprisingly, most of the questions I get through emails about “skepticism” ask about the science or myths in popular diet fads. It’s clear that there are a lot of websites, pundits, and websites with pundits who think that changing your diet is the most important thing in the world. Eat this … Continue reading Paleolithic diet myth – what our ancestors ate →Continue […]
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7:18 PM | Watch out Atkins: Over eating fatty foods can alter your muscle metabolism
More bad news on the obesity front and strangely enough, on the popular diet front too — at least for diets like atkins. New research shows that even short term high-fat diets can change your metabolism. So while you might think that you can get away with eating fatty foods for a few days without it […]

Anderson, A., Haynie, K., McMillan, R., Osterberg, K., Boutagy, N., Frisard, M., Davy, B., Davy, K. & Hulver, M. (2015). Early skeletal muscle adaptations to short-term high-fat diet in humans before changes in insulin sensitivity, Obesity, 23 (4) 720-724. DOI: 10.1002/oby.21031

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10:00 AM | Read: Dr. Labos on Natural Health Products (in the National Post)
If the first episode of Dr. Labos’ and my new podcast, The Body of Evidence (also available on iTunes) failed to quench your thirst for knowledge on natural health products, I can now direct you to an article five months in the making that Dr. Labos finally managed to publish in The National Post: “The response in … Continue reading →

April 10, 2015

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10:25 PM | How to Fight Inflammation
Stress releases inflammatory chemicals. This alters the way your immune system responds to stress long-term. Your body requires acute inflammation to bolster your immune system and help you recover from a short-term illness or injury. Chronic inflammation is more insidious and creeps up on you […]
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7:25 PM | Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]
As a middle school student in Tallahassee, Florida, Kelly Caylor built a weather balloon for the science fair. Decades later, he’s distributing high-tech environmental sensors, or “pods,” throughout... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:48 AM | More ophthalmic findings in autism
"Ophthalmic pathology was noted in 26.9 % of patients with ASD [autism spectrum disorder], of which 22 % had significant refractive errors and 8.6 % had strabismus."That was the conclusion reached in the paper by Emrah Utku Kabatas and colleagues [1] based on the premise that: "Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) frequently have ophthalmologic disorders"; that is, issues with the anatomy and function of the eyes.We've been here before. I'll take you back to the post that I […]

Kabatas EU, Ozer PA, Ertugrul GT, Kurtul BE, Bodur S & Alan BE (2015). Initial Ophthalmic Findings in Turkish Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder., Journal of autism and developmental disorders, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25800865

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April 08, 2015

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7:28 PM | Top 10 Tips for Philly’s Favorite 10-Mile Run
For many Philadelphians, the annual Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run is the event of the season—a chance to run the 10-mile length of the city’s central north-south artery, see the urban landscape in a new light and perhaps set a personal record along the way. For beginners or pros, there’s plenty that runners at … Continue reading →

April 07, 2015

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8:19 PM | Polar Bears Struggling to Find Food
The polar bear is a fearsome hunter and, when it’s time to eat, there’s nothing it finds more satisfying than a hearty meal of ringed seal. But as the arctic sea ice melts, polar bears have fewer opportunities to hunt their traditional, lipid-rich prey. Among other animals, climate change has been impacting our shellfish supply, […] The post Polar Bears Struggling to Find Food appeared first on EH Science.
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4:59 PM | Master protein enhances learning, memory and fitness?!
You’re supposed to stay fit, the key to successful aging is to be active. Science doesn’t quite understand why, but staying fit helps keep our brain in shape as we get older. I hate to run, hate it, but I exercise my brain often. Truthfully, some people seem built to run marathons and have an […]

Liming Pei, Yangling Mu, Mathias Leblanc, William Alaynick, Grant D. Barish, Matthew Pankratz, Tiffany W. Tseng, Samantha Kaufman, Christopher Liddle, Ruth T. Yu & Michael Downes (2015). Dependence of Hippocampal Function on ERRγ-Regulated Mitochondrial Metabolism, Cell metabolism, DOI: http://dx..org/10.1016/j.cmet.2015.03.004

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3:27 PM | An ‘apple a day’ keeps the prescription medications away?
  Last week, a research article titled “Association between apple consumption and physician visits: appealing the conventional wisdom than an apple a day keeps the doctor away” was published online in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. A great premise for … Continue reading »The post An ‘apple a day’ keeps the prescription medications away? appeared first on Public Health.

April 03, 2015

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9:08 PM | Study: School Breakfast Program linked to better academic achievement
Thanks to the federal School Breakfast Program, millions of low-income children have the opportunity to start the school day with a healthy meal. But does the program impact the brain as well as the belly? A new study finds that it does, with students at participating schools scoring higher in math, reading and science.
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11:27 AM | A chocolate a day (may possibly) keep the doctor away
The Easter eggs don’t last long in our house. It wouldn’t have always been that way though: as I child, I would diligently squirrel away Easter chocolate, treating myself only on special occasions. I now have no such willpower and, by the looks of it, neither do the rest of you. A recent survey has … Continue reading →
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11:27 AM | A chocolate a day (may possibly) keep the doctor away
The Easter eggs don’t last long in our house. It wouldn’t have always been that way though: as I child, I would diligently squirrel away Easter chocolate, treating myself only on special occasions. I now have no such willpower and, by the looks of it, neither do the rest of you. A recent survey has … Continue reading →

April 01, 2015

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8:15 PM | You Could Eat Fast Food After A Workout To Build Muscle
Whether you’re training for a marathon or pumping iron like Arnold, intense physical activity depletes your muscles’ primary source of energy, glycogen. There’s a whole…

March 30, 2015

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2:18 PM | The Quest for Better Broccoli Starts with More Science
Everyone knows that broccoli is good for you. What was not known—until researchers examined how broccoli was prepared for distribution—is that frozen broccoli lacked the cancer-fighting nutrients... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 26, 2015

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7:20 PM | Drink makers are squirrely about ingredients, even when they share nutrition info
Alcoholic beverage manufacturer Diageo made headlines recently for announcing they will put nutrition labels on their products, including Guinness and Smirnoff brands. But the buzz about nutrition information (which I wrote about, briefly, for Lifehacker) skipped over what should be … Continue reading »The post Drink makers are squirrely about ingredients, even when they share nutrition info appeared first on Public Health.
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2:32 PM | Food as Health: New Proposed Dietary Guidelines for Americans
In late February, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) issued its report recommending what Americans should be eating. Dietary guidelines are issued every five years, and this is the first step toward publishing the federal government’s official guidelines later this year. The DGAC only makes recommendations. The feds can choose to take those recommendations [...]
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