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September 22, 2014

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7:32 AM | Omega-3 fatty acids and ADHD
With a title like that, this post could turn out to be quite a long winded blog entry. As it happens, I'm not going to subject you, dear reader, to such a literary onslaught but rather focus my attention on the paper by Elizabeth Hawkey & Joel Nigg [1] who undertook two meta-analyses and concluded that: "Omega-3 levels are reduced in children with ADHD [attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder]" and "Dietary supplementation appears to create modest improvements in symptoms"."Maybe the 80s […]

Hawkey E & Nigg JT (2014). Omega-3 fatty acid and ADHD: Blood level analysis and meta-analytic extension of supplementation trials., Clinical psychology review, 34 (6) 496-505. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25181335

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September 18, 2014

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6:56 PM | Diet soda mucking up our guts.
I was a fat kid. In junior high I had to wear a special "fat kid" jersey on the basketball team. I know the torment so many kids are going through now because of their weight. Wanting to understand metabolism because of my battle against childhood obesity guided my choice to study biochemistry. I'm writing this because of that fat kid jersey. The primary reason soft drink consumption is linked to obesity is the disproportionately large volumes in which soda is sold. 12, 24, 32, […]

September 17, 2014

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5:08 PM | Artificial Sweeteners, Your Gut Bacteria and You
Could artificial sweeteners be helping cause the very thing they are supposed to prevent? They may well do so, and you can probably blame your microbiota – those masses of mostly-friendly bacteria that live in your gut. According to a paper by Weizmann Institute scientists that appeared today in Nature, artificial sweeteners not only encourage…
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11:22 AM | Love smoothies? “2.5 of your 5 A Day” claim ruled to be false by ASA
You know that you really shouldn’t believe everything you read. Especially when it’s written on an advertisement. And if it’s a science or health claim on an advert, then you really know to be sceptical. Because, for as long as man has been trying to sell something, he has tried to get one over on … Continue reading →

September 15, 2014

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4:06 PM | Poop Transplants Let Pack Rats Eat Poison
Can’t eat poison without dying? Maybe your gut microbes are to blame. Rodents in the Mojave Desert have evolved to eat toxic creosote bushes with the help of specialized gut bacteria. Although scientists had long suspected that bacteria might be key to the rats’ power, they proved it by feeding the rodents antibiotics and ground-up […]The post Poop Transplants Let Pack Rats Eat Poison appeared first on Inkfish.

Kohl KD, Weiss RB, Cox J, Dale C & Denise Dearing M (2014). Gut microbes of mammalian herbivores facilitate intake of plant toxins., Ecology letters, 17 (10) 1238-46. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25040855

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4:06 PM | Poop Transplants Let Pack Rats Eat Poison
Can’t eat poison without dying? Maybe your gut microbes are to blame. Rodents in the Mojave Desert have evolved to eat toxic creosote bushes with the help of specialized gut bacteria. Although scientists had long suspected that bacteria might be key to the rats’ power, they proved it by feeding the rodents antibiotics and ground-up […]The post Poop Transplants Let Pack Rats Eat Poison appeared first on Inkfish.

Kohl KD, Weiss RB, Cox J, Dale C & Denise Dearing M (2014). Gut microbes of mammalian herbivores facilitate intake of plant toxins., Ecology letters, 17 (10) 1238-46. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25040855

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September 09, 2014

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3:46 PM | Tuesday Links
Posting today from the lovely KU Leuven campus (yes, this link points to the actual building where I’m sitting in now!). From Megan McArdle on why very invasive surgery works better than less invasive surgery: Patients may prefer percutaneous coronary intervention … Continue reading →

September 05, 2014

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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: September 5, 2014
“We have a spiritual longing for community and relatedness and for a cosmic vision, but we go after them with literal hardware instead of with sensitivity of the heart. We want to know all about peoples from far away places, but we don’t want to feel emotionally connected to them. We are showered with information […]

September 02, 2014

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11:19 PM | The Food Babe, high fructose corn syrup, and your beer
  I know that 90% of my articles are about vaccines. I know that I’ve shown over and over again that vaccines are effective and about as safe as anything in medicine. And I know that vaccines don’t cause autism. Obviously, I never have to write another article about vaccines. Hah. OK, it’s never going […]Continue reading «The Food Babe, high fructose corn syrup, and your beer»

September 01, 2014

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8:00 PM | Gulp! People Snack More During Action Movies
People eat more when watching more stimulating programs, new research shows. Continue reading →
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12:28 PM | Tracking the Daily Microbiome
Humans are essentially 90% bacteria. These bacteria pepper our skin and hang out in our digestive tracts, helping to break down complex carbohydrates and keeping bad bugs in check. We know how the human microbiome (our collection of bacteria) gets … Continue reading →

David LA, Materna AC, Friedman J, Campos-Baptista MI, Blackburn MC, Perrotta A, Erdman SE & Alm EJ (2014). Host lifestyle affects human microbiota on daily timescales., Genome biology, 15 (7) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25146375

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August 29, 2014

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9:06 AM | DNews: How Can Foods Have Zero Calories? Hint: They Can't
Had something with zero calories in it lately? Unless it was water, you haven't. Tara explains why the math is so fuzzy between packaging claims and reality.

August 28, 2014

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11:40 PM | What's the Real Difference Between Brown and White Eggs?
Chickens tend to produce eggs in one of two colors, white and brown. But is there any nutritional difference between them? And what accounts for the difference in shell color in the first place?Read more...

August 27, 2014

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7:00 PM | Does Junk Food Make You Crave Junk Food?
Rats who eat junk food not only get fat, but also lose their appetite for novel foods, new research shows. Continue reading →

August 26, 2014

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7:00 AM | Diet Cults vs. Science-Based Healthy Eating
This will be shorter than my usual book reviews and is something of an afterthought. I just finished writing a long article on “Food Myths” that Michael Shermer had asked me to write as a cover article for an upcoming issue of Skeptic magazine, and while researching the subject I read a book that someone […]

August 24, 2014

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10:34 AM | Unhappiness & Depression: An In-Depth Look at the Possible Causes and Solutions
Depression has always been a hot topic of discussion and with the recent death of actor/comedian, Robin Williams; it seems to have people talking even more. Let’s face it; we all get “depressed” from time to time. The daily demands we face are often enough to stress us out and … READ MORE
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