Category: Health

Mar 10

One in Four People Worldwide Have Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

“As the global obesity epidemic continues to fuel development of metabolic disorders, the clinical and economic burden of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and its more severe form, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), will become “enormous,” researchers warn in a new paper. Reuters Health Information” from Medscape Medical News Headlines See Link via IFTTT

Feb 12

Moralistic gods, supernatural punishment and the expansion of human sociality

“Since the origins of agriculture, the scale of human cooperation and societal complexity has dramatically expanded. This fact challenges standard evolutionary explanations of prosociality because well-studied mechanisms of cooperation based on genetic relatedness, reciprocity and partner choice falter as people increasingly engage in fleeting transactions with genetically unrelated strangers in large anonymous groups … Here …

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Feb 11

Dietary flavonoid intake and weight maintenance

“Higher intake of foods rich in flavonols, flavan-3-ols, anthocyanins, and flavonoid polymers may contribute to weight maintenance in adulthood and may help to refine dietary recommendations for the prevention of obesity and its potential consequences. (1)” 1. Bertoia, M. L., Rimm, E. B., Mukamal, K. J., Hu, F. B., Willett, W. C., & Cassidy, A. …

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Feb 11

Diabetes and sweetened beverages

“Habitual consumption of sugar sweetened beverages was associated with a greater incidence of type 2 diabetes, independently of adiposity. Although artificially sweetened beverages and fruit juice also showd positive associations with incidence of type 2 diabetes, the findings were likely to involve bias. None the less, both artificially sweetened beverages and fruit juice were unlikely …

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Jan 16

Why the Islamic world needs a new ‘golden age’

“The Muslim world’s past contributions to science and education were extraordinary. The Islamic “golden age” – during which scholarship and learning flourished across the Muslim world – lasted many centuries, and included the establishment of the world’s first universities. Today, however, Muslim-majority countries lag well behind the rest of the world in terms of education …

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Jan 13

Working toward a healthy and sustainable diet

In a recent review in the journal, Frontiers in Nutrition, Ruini et al. state that there is a “strong correlation between the environmental impact of food and their nutritional characteristics. Specifically, it has been demonstrated that the foods whose consumption should be moderated for health reasons are also those that have a greater impact in …

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Jan 11

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle medicine is defined as: “a branch of evidence-based medicine in which comprehensive lifestyle changes (including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, social support and environmental exposures) are used to prevent, treat and reverse the progression of chronic diseases by addressing their underlying causes.(1)” According to the World Health Organisation; Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading …

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Jan 05

Ban on junk food marketing to nation’s kids takes effect Jan. 1

“Foods with excessively high levels of fat, saturated fat, sodium and sugar in five categories — snacks, candy, drinks, cold products, and in places that serve food directly — will be prohibited, the FDA stated in a press release.”(1) Chao, S. (2016). Ban on junk food marketing to nation’s kids takes effect Jan. 1. The …

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Dec 31

Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education

Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education

Feb 07

Minister Skinner, why are you selling our land?

      “Specialist centres, rather than having many general hospitals have the benefit of improving the quality of care where there is sufficient demand for services. Centres of excellence have greater capacity to attract a critical mass of specialist clinicians, facilitate high standards of training and invest in advanced specialty equipment. (1)” Minister Skinner, …

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