Public Health

Gary Taubes's Berkeley Talk

Gary Taubes spoke at Berkeley a few weeks ago; the title of his talk was “The Quality of Calories: What Makes Us Fat and Why No One Seems to Care” (webcast). Did you know that the last edition of Dr. Spock’s baby book advocated a vegan diet? One of many f ...

Article - Seth Roberts - Feb 18 2010 - 7:28pm

Study: Bacteria In Cows' Milk May Cause Crohn's Disease

Crohn’s is a condition that affects one in 800 people in the UK and causes chronic intestinal inflammation, leading to pain, bleeding and diarrhoea. The team found that a bacterium called Mycobacterium paratuberculosis releases a molecule that prevents a t ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 10 2007 - 11:54am

Dietary Paradoxes And An Upcoming Talk

Here ’s a nice post about dietary puzzles in which a group of people who should have a high or low rate of heart disease don’t. For example, Spanish paradox. Those naughty Spaniards are eating more fat and less carbs and getting LESS heart disease, now th ...

Article - Seth Roberts - Dec 12 2007 - 7:47pm

Omega-3s And Parkinson's Disease

The press release had a curious title: “Omega-3 fatty acids protect against Parkinson’s.” The certainty suggested an experiment, but Parkinson’s is too rare to study prevention experimentally. The press release turned out to be about a rat study that used ...

Article - Seth Roberts - Dec 15 2007 - 9:27am

Study: Heart Attacks In Smokers More Genetics Than Tobacco

Heart attacks among cigarette smokers may have less to do with tobacco than genetics. A common defect in a gene controlling cholesterol metabolism boosts smokers’ risk of an early heart attack, according to a new study in Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardi ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 19 2007 - 3:58pm

Atkin's Diet For Epilepsy?

Not all individuals who have epilepsy respond to traditional treatments and these individuals are said to have medically refractory epilepsy. Strict use of a ketogenic diet high in fats and extremely low in carbohydrates is sometimes used for treatment of ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 20 2007 - 7:03pm

Not Just LDL Cholesterol- Triglycerides Implicated In Elevated Stroke Risk

People with high triglycerides and another type of cholesterol tested but not usually evaluated as part of a person’s risk assessment have an increased risk of a certain type of stroke, according to research published in the December 26 issue of Neurology® ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 26 2007 - 6:20pm

SFC Treatment Reduces Mortality In Patients With Severe COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name given to two lung diseases that frequently co-exist, bronchitis and emphysema, characterized airflow obstruction that interferes with breathing. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in America, ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 28 2007 - 10:02am

Good Fat, Bad Fat: Fish Consumption Reduces Alzheimer's Risk

This is one of those good-fat–bad-fat stories for your holiday reading. Ma et al. examined the lipid regulation of an ApoE/low-density lipoprotein receptor, the neuronal sortilin-related receptor (SorLA or LR11). LR11 can reduce â-amyloid production by gui ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 31 2007 - 12:36am

Polyphenols As 'Meal Additives' Could Reduce Health Risk Of Fatty Foods

Just as additives help gasoline burn cleaner, a research report published in the January 2008 print issue of The FASEB Journal shows that the food industry could take a similar approach toward reducing health risks associated with fatty foods. These “meal ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 2 2008 - 3:45am