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November 19, 2014

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1:58 PM | Don’t freak out over eating rice
Consumer Reports has issued a new report on arsenic content in rice. As this is being picked up by the mainstream media, as usual, it’s framed in such a way that may cause people (like those who just read the headlines) to shy away from rice and rice products. Is there a need to avoid… Source: Doubtful News

November 17, 2014

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7:00 PM | Red meat and cancer: the biological evidence
  Two weeks ago, we discussed the link between red meat consumption and breast cancer risk. This relationship is particularly interesting, given that younger women and those taking birth control pills were at the highest risk for breast cancer, indicating … Continue reading »The post Red meat and cancer: the biological evidence appeared first on Public Health.
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7:00 PM | Red meat and cancer: the biological evidence
  Two weeks ago, we discussed the link between red meat consumption and breast cancer risk. This relationship is particularly interesting, given that younger women and those taking birth control pills were at the highest risk for breast cancer, indicating … Continue reading »The post Red meat and cancer: the biological evidence appeared first on Public Health.

November 15, 2014

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12:45 AM | 5 Mindful Eating Tips for a Zesty Life
Cultivating a healthy relationship with food can increase our zest and taste for daily life. 1. Notice how you feel. Take a moment to close your eyes, breathe, and drop into what it feels like to be in your body. Does it feel dumpy, sluggish, drab, or low in energy? Now, notice if there is a […]

November 14, 2014

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4:19 PM | Worm Defies Tradition, Stores Gut Bacteria in Gills Instead
What—just because they’re called gut microbes, you’ve been keeping them in your colon? How unoriginal. This is Bankia setacea, also called the Northwest or feathery shipworm. Humans usually pay attention to shipworms only when they perform their namesake activity: burrowing face-first into our boats or docks and eating their way through. Shipworms are bivalves, like clams […]The post Worm Defies Tradition, Stores Gut Bacteria in Gills Instead appeared first on […]

O'Connor, R., Fung, J., Sharp, K., Benner, J., McClung, C., Cushing, S., Lamkin, E., Fomenkov, A., Henrissat, B., Londer, Y. & Scholz, M. (2014). Gill bacteria enable a novel digestive strategy in a wood-feeding mollusk, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1413110111

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4:19 PM | Worm Defies Tradition, Stores Gut Bacteria in Gills Instead
What—just because they’re called gut microbes, you’ve been keeping them in your colon? How unoriginal. This is Bankia setacea, also called the Northwest or feathery shipworm. Humans usually pay attention to shipworms only when they perform their namesake activity: burrowing face-first into our boats or docks and eating their way through. Shipworms are bivalves, like clams […]The post Worm Defies Tradition, Stores Gut Bacteria in Gills Instead appeared first on […]

O'Connor, R., Fung, J., Sharp, K., Benner, J., McClung, C., Cushing, S., Lamkin, E., Fomenkov, A., Henrissat, B., Londer, Y. & Scholz, M. (2014). Gill bacteria enable a novel digestive strategy in a wood-feeding mollusk, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1413110111

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November 13, 2014

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5:30 PM | Does it even matter if gluten sensitivity is bogus?
This one goes out to all the Americans who are wondering if they really need to make gluten-free stuffing for Thanksgiving. Gluten-free eating is popular; according to one industry trend study, a third of American adults are trying to avoid … Continue reading »The post Does it even matter if gluten sensitivity is bogus? appeared first on Public Health.

November 12, 2014

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2:30 PM | “Know how to recognize pseudoscience:” Reader reveals how fish oil paper came to be retracted
After our post yesterday on a fishy retraction from author Brian Peskin, a reader who alerted the journal to problems got in touch to give us the lowdown. Ian Garber is in the last year of medical residency at the University of British Columbia. Here’s the story he told us via email: A few months ago, […]

November 11, 2014

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3:24 PM | Found: The Ideal Fatness for Elephant Seals
Like many new mothers, a female elephant seal puts herself on a strict diet after giving birth. She dives into the Pacific and spends two months eating everything she can find. It’s only by working hard at building up her blubber stores that she can get back her ideal body. Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) […]The post Found: The Ideal Fatness for Elephant Seals appeared first on Inkfish.

Adachi, T., Maresh, J., Robinson, P., Peterson, S., Costa, D., Naito, Y., Watanabe, Y. & Takahashi, A. (2014). The foraging benefits of being fat in a highly migratory marine mammal., Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1797) 20142120-20142120. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2120

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3:24 PM | Found: The Ideal Fatness for Elephant Seals
Like many new mothers, a female elephant seal puts herself on a strict diet after giving birth. She dives into the Pacific and spends two months eating everything she can find. It’s only by working hard at building up her blubber stores that she can get back her ideal body. Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) […]The post Found: The Ideal Fatness for Elephant Seals appeared first on Inkfish.

Adachi, T., Maresh, J., Robinson, P., Peterson, S., Costa, D., Naito, Y., Watanabe, Y. & Takahashi, A. (2014). The foraging benefits of being fat in a highly migratory marine mammal., Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1797) 20142120-20142120. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2120

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2:30 PM | “Undeclared competing interest” sinks fish oil takedown by author fined for deceptive claims
The Journal of Lipids has retracted an aggressively negative review article called “Why Fish Oil Fails,” written by one Brian S. Peskin, whose bogus health claims have landed him in plenty of hot water in the past. Here’s the notice: The article titled “Why Fish Oil Fails: A Comprehensive 21st Century Lipids-Based Physiologic Analysis”, published in Journal […]

November 08, 2014

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4:45 PM | Your Brain Might Sabotage Your Weight Loss Efforts
Everyone knows weight loss is challenging. But you might not be aware of just how unsuccessful the task can be. According to the 2011 Food & Health Survey, 77 percent of Americans were trying to lose weight or were avoiding weight gain. Simultaneously, 70 percent of the population was deemed overweight. Many Americans recognize the […]

November 06, 2014

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4:45 PM | Foods to Improve Your Mood
Scientists are beginning to recognize the link between diet, levels of inflammation in the body, and mood. It is a commonly held belief that your gut is in fact your “second brain.” In fact, more serotonin (the “feel-good” neurotransmitter) is produced in the gut than in the brain. Eating anti-inflammatory nutrients on a regular basis […]

November 05, 2014

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9:56 PM | Why does eating red meat elevate breast cancer risk, especially for young women on the pill?
  The answer to that question is unknown, although it may have its origins in the seedy underbelly of the American food system. Let us unravel how red meat consumption may be associated with breast cancer risk. The U.S. Nurses’ … Continue reading »The post Why does eating red meat elevate breast cancer risk, especially for young women on the pill? appeared first on Public Health.
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9:56 PM | Why does eating red meat elevate breast cancer risk, especially for young women on the pill?
  The answer to that question is unknown, although it may have its origins in the seedy underbelly of the American food system. Let us unravel how red meat consumption may be associated with breast cancer risk. The U.S. Nurses’ … Continue reading »The post Why does eating red meat elevate breast cancer risk, especially for young women on the pill? appeared first on Public Health.
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4:00 PM | Silencing Diabetes
While Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by the destruction of pancreatic cells, Type 2 (T2D) is defined as deficient insulin production and impaired insulin action. This is why the two can be distinguished from each other through an antibody screening. The exact cause of β cell ... The post Silencing Diabetes appeared first on EpiBeat.

November 02, 2014

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2:12 PM | Frozen chicken, wild fish, and fingernails
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November 01, 2014

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7:30 PM | Scientists Discovered ‘Second Brain’ in the Human Body
We have one mind, one brain and one collective center of thought, right? Wrong! Guess what? Human beings not only have a brain to make decisions for them, they also have another organ that helps govern what they do. No guys, it’s not the penis, so stop laughing. You know, … READ MORE

October 30, 2014

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12:00 PM | Public health agencies should prioritize public health based on evidence, not fear
The Editorial: The complexity of health requires an expansion of the areas covered by public health agencies Ed note: This post comes to us from our PLOS Blogs friend Dr Travis Saunders. Travis Saunders has a PhD in Human Kinetics … Continue reading »The post Public health agencies should prioritize public health based on evidence, not fear appeared first on Public Health.

October 28, 2014

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7:42 AM | Zinc and depression
"Low dietary zinc intake is associated with a greater incidence of depression in both men and women, as shown in two prospective cohorts".At the risk of overdoing the whole 'you are what you eat' sentiment, today I'm addressing a portion of the peer-reviewed research literature linking issues with zinc availability to depression. That opening quote by the way, comes from the paper by Khanrin Phungamla Vashum and colleagues [1] who looked at self-reported dietary intake of zinc based on […]

Vashum KP, McEvoy M, Milton AH, McElduff P, Hure A, Byles J & Attia J (2014). Dietary zinc is associated with a lower incidence of depression: findings from two Australian cohorts., Journal of affective disorders, 166 249-57. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25012438

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October 27, 2014

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2:00 PM | How to Dodge Despair and Lure Hope
With this post, I return again to that literal tome of life wisdom, “Voyage of the Turtle” by Carl Safina. I have always learned so much from my animal companions….and continue to do so each and every day. I also love watching nature documentaries that follow animals during their day-to-day lives so I can learn. […]

October 25, 2014

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3:45 PM | 6 Ways to Survive Your Teen’s Eating Disorder
If you have a teen who is struggling with an eating disorder, you know it can be overwhelming, frustrating, lonely, scary, and sometimes feel like a full-time job. Your teen may be reacting angrily one day and the next day melt on the floor in tears. Eating disorders can disrupt family and work life, create […]

October 23, 2014

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5:31 PM | 7 Strategies To Deal With The Winter Blues NOW, Before Winter Begins
Prepare for the Winter Blues by putting preventative strategies in place now.
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5:15 PM | 7 Tips to Make Healthy Eating Habits Easier
Many people were very intrigued by my interview with behavioral scientist Brian Wansink and his ideas. He studies eating behavior and consumer habits, and has a book that just came out: Slim By Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life. I asked him for some of his top tips, and he gave me these excellent suggestions to “Help […]

October 22, 2014

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9:57 PM | Green coffee beans and weight loss–another dumb myth
If you’re a fan of the Dr. Oz show, you might have heard about his passionate support of green coffee beans, which are just unroasted coffee beans instead of the roasted ones we enjoy in a big mug, for losing weight. In America, weight loss pseudoscience, especially those who claim it’s “easy”, is an obsession, especially since […]Continue reading «Green coffee beans and weight loss–another dumb myth»
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6:36 PM | The Fat-Cholesterol Myth: 4 Reasons to Eat More Bacon and Eggs
This is a Full Irish Breakfast. Bacon, eggs, black pudding, white pudding, sausage, mushrooms, beans, tomato and bread. According to most nutritional guidelines over the world I should worry about the first five ingredients. They contain saturated fat and will eventually give me a heart attack. This advice is based on the so-called lipid hypothesis […]The post The Fat-Cholesterol Myth: 4 Reasons to Eat More Bacon and Eggs appeared first on Kraut Science.
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