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April 19, 2014

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7:15 PM | The Pathological Potential of the Prep Pad
New York Times health columnist Catherine Saint Louis recently covered the many upsides of a spanking new food analyzing device called the Prep Pad. In addition to weighing just how much food you’re about to consume, this unassuming 9-inch-by-6.25 gadget syncs easily with an iPad (generation 3 or higher) to tabulate the grams of carbohydrates, […]

April 18, 2014

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10:30 AM | Best of Our Blogs: April 18, 2014
When your heart sinks from disappointment, rejection, or loss, how do you cope? Do you get engulfed in it falling into a pool of despair? Do you see it as a single moment or an example of more dark ones to come? Is it possible that your latest challenge has a deeper purpose? Could there […]
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12:02 AM | Beets for Speed and Power. Walnuts for Endurance.
The idea that beets increase speed and power during exercise performance is pretty new.  Beets are rich in anti-oxidants, but they are also high in nitrate.  Until recently nitrate was thought to be nothing but a problem.  Nitrate interferes with iodine uptake, so it could contribute to iodine deficiency.  There are also associations between high […] The post Beets for Speed and Power. Walnuts for Endurance. appeared first on WODMasters.

April 17, 2014

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5:11 PM | Eat live termites for breakfast? Your ancestors might have!
Termites and ants are not something you’re likely to pour into a cereal bowl for breakfast or munch with toast and tea, but your ancient […] The post Eat live termites for breakfast? Your ancestors might have! appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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5:00 AM | What Whole Foods Markets Doesn’t Tell You
Whole Foods Market is a relentlessly hip American supermarket chain which prides itself on organic fruits and vegetables, gluten-free just-about-everything, and high-end touches like wine bars and exotic take out items (roasted yucca, anyone?). The health products aisle is stocked with Bach Flower and homeopathic remedies. For example, in-house brand Flu Ease: “an established homeopathic […]

April 16, 2014

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5:56 PM | Protein
Protein. When it comes to food, you see that word thrown around in so many different contexts. Recent news talk about too much protein being as bad as smoking. Menus and TV shows casually reference the "protein" to be used as an ingredient for a dish or a meal. Then there are the now ubiquitous shaker bottles and a whole industry of "healthy" protein supplements for body builders. Even snack bars worry about their protein content.So, do you know what protein is? If you want to, you can go […]

April 15, 2014

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5:50 PM | Thinspo, eating disorders and the seedy underbelly of The Internet
<em>Trigger warning: I’m going to avoid triggering language as much as possible, but I will be discussing eating disorders and body image in this post.</em> ==== We’ve all seen those photos. The inspirational quote, set to a background of a sunset, or a “One More Rep” picture with airbrushed model standing there, glistening ever so […]
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12:10 PM | Dietary supplements: who needs them? | Tania Browne
A Guardian article that claimed to 'tune out the hype' was far too eager to recommend vitamins and other supplements. In reality, most of us are better off without themWhenever I see an article entitled The science of I become suspicious. So when the Guardian's G2 section published a piece last week called "The science behind dietary supplements" by Spencer Nadolsky of nutrition website examine.com, it rang alarm bells.As it did for many others. Commenter flash131 discovered that Nadolsky […]
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12:10 PM | Dietary supplements: who needs them? | Tania Browne
A Guardian article that claimed to 'tune out the hype' was far too eager to recommend vitamins and other supplements. In reality, most of us are better off without themWhenever I see an article entitled The science of I become suspicious. So when the Guardian's G2 section published a piece last week called "The science behind dietary supplements" by Spencer Nadolsky of nutrition website examine.com, it rang alarm bells.As it did for many others. Commenter flash131 discovered that Nadolsky […]
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12:07 AM | Anemia, Iron deficiency and Athletes
The Iron part of anemia, iron deficiency and athletes Iron is important for athletes as well as everyone else.   Iron is needed for formation of Hemoglobin.  Hemoglobin is the molecule in blood cells that transports oxygen through blood.  People who have low levels of red blood cells are said to be anemic.  Anemia can be […] The post Anemia, Iron deficiency and Athletes appeared first on WODMasters.

April 14, 2014

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10:00 AM | Thinspo, eating disorders and the seedy underbelly of The Internet
Trigger warning: I’m going to avoid triggering language as much as possible, but I will be discussing eating disorders and body image in this post. ==== We’ve all seen those photos. The inspirational quote, set to a background of a …The post Thinspo, eating disorders and the seedy underbelly of The Internet appeared first on Public Health.

April 11, 2014

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2:24 PM | Nutritional value of eating stinkbugs
If you have a hangover, and are tempted to eat a few stinkbugs (Encosternum delegorguei) as a cure, you might be concerned about their nutritional properties. Fortunately, there are a handful of scholarly papers available on the subject. May we recommend : • Nutritional and Medicinal value of the edible stinkbug, Encosternum delegorguei Spinola consumed […]
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1:52 PM | Nutrition for the Masters Athlete: Protein
Masters Athletes may have some nutritional needs that differ from those of younger athletes.  Here’s what we know about Masters: Masters athletes may need more protein than younger athletes regardless of sport. Consuming more protein may slow normal loss of muscle mass that occurs over time. Masters athletes doing resistance training may need more protein […] The post Nutrition for the Masters Athlete: Protein appeared first on WODMasters.
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1:52 PM | Nutrition for the Masters Athlete: Protein
Masters Athletes may have some nutritional needs that differ from those of younger athletes.  Here’s what we know about Masters: Masters athletes may need more protein than younger athletes regardless of sport. Consuming more protein may slow normal loss of muscle mass that occurs over time. Masters athletes doing resistance training may need more protein […] The post Nutrition for the Masters Athlete: Protein appeared first on WODMasters.
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6:00 AM | Can resveratrol the 'wonder chemical' in red wine live up to all the hype? | Corrinne Burns
With purported activity against cardiac disease, cancer and even ageing, the pressure on resveratrol to deliver is enormousIn an increasingly chemophobic world, one chemical resveratrol is doing rather well for itself. This polyphenolic stilbenoid is a natural product found in peanuts, cocoa powder and the roots of Japanese knotweed, but it only came to public prominence as the health-promoting component of red wine, in which it is present at levels of up to 14 milligrams per litre, depending […]
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6:00 AM | Can resveratrol the 'wonder chemical' in red wine live up to all the hype? | Corrinne Burns
With purported activity against cardiac disease, cancer and even ageing, the pressure on resveratrol to deliver is enormousIn an increasingly chemophobic world, one chemical resveratrol is doing rather well for itself. This polyphenolic stilbenoid is a natural product found in peanuts, cocoa powder and the roots of Japanese knotweed, but it only came to public prominence as the health-promoting component of red wine, in which it is present at levels of up to 14 milligrams per litre, depending […]

April 09, 2014

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6:58 PM | Emotional Instability: Help For Borderline Traits
People with the borderline trait of emotional instability feel like they're at the mercy of their emotions. Debbie Corso of DBT Path shares some skills readers can learn to cope with emotions in a healthier way.
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11:00 AM | Omega Fatty Acids: The Science Behind Fish Oil- Guest post from Beauty by the Geeks
So we all know that old story your grandma used to tell you… ‘Make sure you eat plenty of fish so you grow up to be a brainbox’ but where […]

Simopoulos, A. (1997). Nutrition tid‐bites: Essential fatty acids in health and chronic disease, Food Reviews International, 13 (4) 623-631. DOI:

Chang CY, Ke DS & Chen JY (2009). Essential fatty acids and human brain., Acta neurologica Taiwanica, 18 (4) 231-41. PMID:

Calder PC (2013). Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and inflammatory processes: nutrition or pharmacology?, British journal of clinical pharmacology, 75 (3) 645-62. PMID:

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11:00 AM | Omega Fatty Acids: The Science Behind Fish Oil- Guest post from Beauty by the Geeks
So we all know that old story your grandma used to tell you… ‘Make sure you eat plenty of fish so you grow up to be a brainbox’ but where […]

Simopoulos, A. (1997). Nutrition tid‐bites: Essential fatty acids in health and chronic disease, Food Reviews International, 13 (4) 623-631. DOI:

Chang CY, Ke DS & Chen JY (2009). Essential fatty acids and human brain., Acta neurologica Taiwanica, 18 (4) 231-41. PMID:

Calder PC (2013). Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and inflammatory processes: nutrition or pharmacology?, British journal of clinical pharmacology, 75 (3) 645-62. PMID:

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11:00 AM | Omega Fatty Acids: The Science Behind Fish Oil- Guest post from Beauty by the Geeks
So we all know that old story your grandma used to tell you… ‘Make sure you eat plenty of fish so you grow up to be a brainbox’ but where […]

Simopoulos, A. (1997). Nutrition tid‐bites: Essential fatty acids in health and chronic disease, Food Reviews International, 13 (4) 623-631. DOI:

Chang CY, Ke DS & Chen JY (2009). Essential fatty acids and human brain., Acta neurologica Taiwanica, 18 (4) 231-41. PMID:

Calder PC (2013). Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and inflammatory processes: nutrition or pharmacology?, British journal of clinical pharmacology, 75 (3) 645-62. PMID:

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April 08, 2014

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4:19 PM | Just the Fats: What’s New? What’s Old?
With the Mediterranean diet all the rage, not only because consumers like its tasty composition but because of research touting its health benefits, experts have had to become more specific about recommendations for fats. There’s a steady drumbeat these days—from everyone from chefs to food writers to health gurus—criticizing nutritionists and the “diet police,” who, [...]

April 07, 2014

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11:03 AM | “7 a Day” is the new “5 a Day”: stop being so serious about veg!
You probably saw the news last week that you should “Forget five a day: You need SEVEN portions a day for a long life”. Yes you read that correctly, research now tells us that should eat seven – or possibly even ten – portions of fruit and veg every day to help keep disease at … Continue reading →

WHO (2009). Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases* A Report of the WHO Study Group on Diet, Nutrition and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases**, Nutrition Reviews, 49 (10) 291-301. DOI:

Oyebode, O., Gordon-Dseagu, V., Walker, A. & Mindell, J. (2014). Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England data, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, DOI:

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11:03 AM | “7 a Day” is the new “5 a Day”: stop being so serious about veg!
You probably saw the news last week that you should “Forget five a day: You need SEVEN portions a day for a long life”. Yes you read that correctly, research now tells us that should eat seven – or possibly even ten – portions of fruit and veg every day to help keep disease at … Continue reading →

WHO (2009). Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases* A Report of the WHO Study Group on Diet, Nutrition and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases**, Nutrition Reviews, 49 (10) 291-301. DOI:

Oyebode, O., Gordon-Dseagu, V., Walker, A. & Mindell, J. (2014). Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England data, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, DOI:

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11:03 AM | “7 a Day” is the new “5 a Day”: stop being so serious about veg!
You probably saw the news last week that you should “Forget five a day: You need SEVEN portions a day for a long life”. Yes you read that correctly, research now tells us that should eat seven – or possibly even ten – portions of fruit and veg every day to help keep disease at … Continue reading →

WHO (2009). Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases* A Report of the WHO Study Group on Diet, Nutrition and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases**, Nutrition Reviews, 49 (10) 291-301. DOI:

Oyebode, O., Gordon-Dseagu, V., Walker, A. & Mindell, J. (2014). Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England data, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, DOI:

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April 06, 2014

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2:00 PM | Sweet success: UF researchers find key to sweeter, healthier strawberries
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of contributing bloggers beginning their careers as journalists/public relations professionals at the University of Florida. Please see my earlier post about getting journalists excited about science writing early on. By Paige Levin Whether they are tucked into a shortcake, whipped into a smoothie or sitting atop a yogurt parfait, […]
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6:47 AM | Vitamin D deficiency and more and risk of ADHD
"Vitamin D – could it stop 'modern’ diseases?" was one of the headlines I read quite recently as more pressure is being applied on the sunshine vitamin to perform when it comes to our health and welbeing. Indeed, not so long ago I posted an entry updating where we're at when it comes to the 'sunshine' vitamin D and the autism spectrum conditions. The conclusion buried in that post was that whilst there is some interesting work potentially linking vitamin D and autism, there is still […]

Bener A & Kamal M (2013). Predict attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Evidence -based medicine., Global journal of health science, 6 (2) 47-57. PMID:

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April 04, 2014

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8:31 PM | This year’s National Public Health Week: Better health starts with public health
When Brian Castrucci sees signs up at local retailers offering discounts to police officers and firefighters, he thinks: Why not public health too?
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2:25 PM | Adding folic acid to bread flour could prevent countless family tragedies | Tania Browne
Every week in England and Wales three babies are born with spina bifida and 13 pregnancies are terminated when a neural tube defect is discovered. Around two thirds of these events could be avoided by adding folic acid to flour Adding stuff to food is by no means a new idea. We shudder when we hear stories of the Victorians adding boracic acid to milk so it would keep longer, or unscrupulous bakers adding chalk and alum to their loaves to bulk them out and make them look whiter. These additives […]
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2:25 PM | Adding folic acid to bread flour could prevent countless family tragedies | Tania Browne
Every week in England and Wales three babies are born with spina bifida and 13 pregnancies are terminated when a neural tube defect is discovered. Around two thirds of these events could be avoided by adding folic acid to flour Adding stuff to food is by no means a new idea. We shudder when we hear stories of the Victorians adding boracic acid to milk so it would keep longer, or unscrupulous bakers adding chalk and alum to their loaves to bulk them out and make them look whiter. These additives […]

April 02, 2014

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1:07 PM | PressPac: Key chocolate ingredients could help prevent obesity, diabetes
Here’s an item from this week’s PressPac that we thought you’d enjoy. The PressPac features summaries of articles appearing in our peer-reviewed journals and Chemical & Engineering News. To get the entire PressPac in your inbox, email us at newsroom@acs.org.Improved thinking. Decreased appetite. Lowered blood pressure. The potential health benefits of dark chocolate keep piling up, and scientists are now homing in on what ingredients in chocolate might help prevent […]
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