Biosis #36: Oxidative Stress, Diet & Decay, & More

Posted on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The February 2012 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Listening & Imagination I loved listening to my mother read. When I was very young, she would always read me the Sunday funnies after church. I think Mother had a bit of the dramatic in her, as […]

Healthy Hearts Don’t Need “Preventive” Aspirin, & Other News of Note

Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Healthy People Don’t Need Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease (HuffPo) Healthy people shouldn’t be taking aspirin to prevent heart disease, researchers say in a new report that casts doubt on recommendations from U.S. health officials. * * * [Dr. Kausik] Ray and his colleagues took a fresh look at nine previous trials of aspirin use […]

Vegetarianism a Cause of Tooth Decay? Um, No. Not Exactly.

Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Did you hear the one about the “new” study finding “that vegetarians are much more likely to suffer from tooth decay, lower (more acidic) salivary pH levels, and lower stimulated saliva flow than control subjects that were matched by sex and age”? We did (thank you, Google Alerts). Only the study’s not new. And that’s […]

Protein (Not Sugar) for Energy, & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2011

Mid-Afternoon Slump? Why a Sugar Rush May Not Be the Answer (ScienceDaily) A new study has found that protein and not sugar activates the cells responsible for keeping us awake and burning calories. The research, published in the Nov. 17 issue of the scientific journal Neuron, has implications for understanding obesity and sleep disorders. Wakefulness […]

Raw Veggies’ Impact on Genes, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2011

Eating Your Greens Can Change the Effect of Your Genes on Heart Disease, Say Researchers (MedicalXpress) A long-held mantra suggests that you can’t change your family, the genes they pass on, or the effect of these genes. Now, an international team of scientists, led by researchers at McMaster and McGill universities, is attacking that belief. […]

How a Hungry Brain Acts, & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2011

Hungry Brain Craves High Calorie Treat ( If the brain goes hungry, Twinkies look a lot better, a new study shows. Brain imaging scans show that when glucose levels drop, an area of the brain known to regulate emotions and impulses loses the ability to dampen desire for high-calorie food, according to the study published […]

MyPlate vs. Healthy Eating Plate

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Earlier this year, the USDA released its new healthy eating graphic. Replacing the much criticized food pyramids, “MyPlate” was largely considered an improvement but still not quite right. Says Walter Willett, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, “Unfortunately, like the earlier…Pyramids, MyPlate mixes science with the influence of powerful […]

Another Perio/Systemic Health Link, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Periodontal Disease May Aggravate Respiratory Disease (Dr. Bicuspid) The list of systemic conditions influenced by periodontal disease appears to be growing longer every day. Now a new study has found an association between respiratory disease and periodontal disease (Journal of Periodontology, August 2011, Vol. 82:8, pp. 1155-1160). Respiratory infections, such as pneumonia and the exacerbation […]

Better than Drugs: Vitamins D & K, Calcium to Treat Bone Loss

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2011

One of the very first posts we wrote – back in May 2008 – was on the problem of Fosamax and other bisphosphonates causing osteonecrotic lesions in the jaw. These sites of dead and decaying tissue – an ironic result for a class of drugs meant to strengthen bone, no? As follow-up a little more […]

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