News of Note: How Bad Can Sugary Drinks Be to Your Health?

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010

  Even 1 Soda a Day Can Hike Your Diabetes Risk (US News & World Report) A study released today in the journal Diabetes Care found that people with a daily habit of just one or two sugar-sweetened beverages — anything from sodas and energy drinks to sweetened teas and vitamin water — were more […]

Cancer & Hormone Therapy, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, November 5th, 2010

Breast Cancer Seen as Riskier with Hormone (NY Times) Hormone treatment after menopause, already known to increase the risk of breast cancer, also makes it more likely that the cancer will be advanced and deadly, a study finds. Women who took hormones and developed breast cancer were more likely to have cancerous lymph nodes, a […]

Captain Obvious in the Adventure of the Obese Kids & Their Correlated Cavities

Posted on Monday, July 5th, 2010

Stop the presses!     Although the lead author of the study in question, Dr. Kathleen Bethin of SUNY Buffalo, notes that there’s been “very little published data associating” obesity and caries (cavities), we have known for a long time that sugars and fermentable carbohydrates – the two most dominant ingredients in highly processed junk […]

Obesity in Children: Desperation for Substance (Guest Post)

Posted on Friday, April 30th, 2010

Cross-posted The problems associated with child obesity are vast. There is an enormous strain on the health care industry while retired military leaders have warned of a serious threat to national security because many young people are unfit to enlist. There are many suggestions on what to do. We all know them by heart. Eat […]

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality (Globe & Mail) Screening programs in which post-menopausal women undergo routine mammography to help detect tumours have virtually no impact on reducing breast-cancer deaths, a new study concludes. The research, published in today’s [Mar. 24] edition of the British Medical Journal, says that while breast-cancer mortality has fallen sharply […]

The Role of Communication in Healing & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, March 5th, 2010

Communication Is the Best Medicine (Futurity) Efforts to improve communication between patients, family doctors, and specialists can have a crucial impact on patients – in some instances working as effectively as drugs. * * * [According to lead researcher Bobbie Foy, professor of primary care at the University of Leeds,] “The results were impressive. In […]

Possible Bacterial Trigger for MS & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2009

Multiple Sclerosis May Be Triggered by Factors from Common Human Bacteria (Medical News Today) Current research suggests that a common oral bacterium may exacerbate autoimmune disease. The related report by Nichols et al, “Unique Lipids from a Common Human Bacterium Represent a New Class of TLR2 Ligands Capable of Enhancing Autoimmunity,” appears in the December […]

Teeth Grinding Linked to Sleep Apnea & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2009

Teeth Grinding Linked to Sleep Apnea (Reuters) There is a high prevalence of nocturnal teeth grinding, or bruxism, in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), particularly in Caucasians. New research presented at CHEST 2009, the 75th annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), found that nearly 1 in 4 patients […]

Green Tea May Prevent Oral Cancer & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, November 9th, 2009

Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer (US News & World Report) A new study appears to add to growing evidence that green tea might help protect against cancer. U.S. researchers gave 41 volunteers with pre-malignant mouth lesions green tea extract for three months at doses of 500 milligrams per meter squared (mg/m2), 750 mg/m2 […]

Stat!: Drinking Our Sugar

Posted on Monday, September 28th, 2009

  Spanish Flea/Flickr Maximum number of teaspoons of added sugars per day as recommended by dieticians: 5 to 9 Average number eaten daily by Americans: 22 Number in the typical 20 ounce soda: 17 Rank of soda among all sources of added sugar in the American diet: 1 Gallons of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages […]

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