It is Easter, and all of our thoughts turn to candy as we spend roughly $28 a person or about 2.1 billion dollars. In keeping with our mandate to promote science and health, I thought I would share the typical numbers found in the lay press in a more ‘scientific’ format.
While we “know” with our minds that candy is not necessarily nutritious, we use our wallets to purchase candy for Easter. We undertook a meta-analysis of various online sources to quantify this behavior.
Of course, everyone knows that cutting back on calories is a key component to losing weight. But do you know what else plays an important role in the ability to slim down?
As every educated foodie knows, one of the world's best superfoods is quinoa. The only problem is that there's no such thing as a superfood, and there's nothing particularly unique about quinoa.
"Superfoods" are supposedly extremely healthy foods, and everyone from Dr. Oz to "Crazy Joe" Mercola has written articles about which ones you should be eating. That's a gigantic red flag. If snake oil salesmen are trying to make money by telling you which vegetables are especially magical, then the odds are that they are pushing hype rather than science.
I had the distinct pleasure of being a reviewer for the 2018-2019 Community Grants program for Komen this Fall. This is what I learned.
Just how easy is it to get sick on a plane? One research team from Emory University decided to look at that question, and what the factors are that could make the difference between walking off of the flight infected or not. Their findings are surprising, with a big factor being your assigned seat.
Newer tests can substantially speed up the determination of the causative pathogens in outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. However, because they don't provide all the detail of older culturing methods, they could make it more difficult for clear epidemiological results. A combination of methods is likely the best way to go.
Reporting on the Uber fatality in Arizona continues to mislead us about our autonomous future. Aircraft's history of automation shows us the likely path forward. Why are we not listening?
It is impossible to disprove a negative, which also means that it is impossible to prove that something is safe. The best you can do is perform the best possible studies using the best possible protocols. Then you compile and publish the results and hope that sanity will prevail. You'd think that the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), one of the premier medical journals in the world, would come down on the side of sanity.
Recently I wrote about the state of Oklahoma's decision to switch from lethal injection to nitrogen asphyxiation. Although death penalty opponents (1) objected on grounds that this method was untested and could be a cruel method of execution, I noted that asphyxiation itself may not be cruel depending on the gas that was chosen.
Apparently, we are at a point where encouraging children to be independent requires legislation - a new Utah law modifies the definition of child neglect. Considered a win for free-range parenting, what does it mean that such an action was taken in the first place?
The history of protecting patient’s medical records and confidentiality
The ratio of tuberculosis cases comparing immigrants to native-born Americans is more than 2:1. Standardizing these numbers paints an even starker picture. The incidence of tuberculosis is almost 15 per 100,000 immigrants, while it is only 1 per 100,000 native-born Americans. The good news is that tuberculosis is curable, and the disease is in decline all over the world.
A father was not permitted to board a Frontier flight with his 4-day-old infant because the airline’s policy insists on a newborn being at least 7 days old. Is such a policy sensible or not?
Six years after the last update, a national panel of health experts focusing on disease prevention just determined that revised skin cancer guidelines were warranted.
The most significant change extends its recommendations on sun protection to young children for two reasons: (1) Because being badly sunburned at an early age increases the chances of developing skin cancer later, and (2) kids are more likely to incorporate sun-safe precautions into their lives the earlier they are exposed to them.
Just ahead of barbecue season, here's something to stress about: grilling and charring red meat, chicken, and fish at high temps could lead to high blood pressure, according to a recent study from the American Heart Association. But don't cancel your upcoming BBQ invites just yet — it's all in the way you cook your burger, and how often.
The latest data on obesity trends from the CDC are mixed. Adults, especially women, continued to gain, but the same wasn't true for younger folks. Maybe, just maybe, there's hope on the horizon for diminishing the obesity epidemic
A new study shows that a compound found in our tubes of toothpaste may be an effective drug against malaria. This work, done by a group at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil and published in Scientific Reports, shows that the commonly found antimicrobial Triclosan targets a key pathway in Plasmodium and could prove an effective therapeutic.
An eye-opening TV report that aired this week featured a service dog that guards its owner from a severe drop in blood pressure, and the falls that can result in a concussion or other serious injury. After learning about this wonderfully-skilled dog, it's hard not to reconsider your views on the entire subject of animals helping humans.
Some parasites "turn down" the host's immune response, and evidence suggests that helminth infection can help patients suffering from allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes. Now, there is evidence that helminths could help treat obesity.