Nutrition and Lifestyle

Researchers claim association between antibiotics and childhood obesity. We say not so fast.

By the age of two, one in ten children are considered obese. Considering that obesity early in life puts one at greater risk of obesity later in life, childhood obesity is something to pay attention to. Now, a new study Continue reading

General Mills treads a fine line between activists and science

Shareholders of food company behemoth General Mills soundly rejected a move to eliminate genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients from the company’s product line. Continue reading

Adolescents and exercise: what’s the best kind for losing weight?

Obese adolescents are at risk of becoming obese adults, which in turn places them at a higher risk of early diabetes and other chronic conditions. And exercise is an important means of both improving their general health as well as helping them with weight loss. Continue reading

Medical Wrap: September 25, 2014

Dr. Paul Offit’s latest op-ed in WSJ on the anti-vaccination epidemic, a good reminder for seniors this flu season, and what exercise works best in fighting teen obesity?

Diabetes rates are holding steady—with some exceptions.

A report in the September 24 issue of JAMA has some mildly encouraging news regarding the health of the American public.

In contrast to the doubling of the incidence and prevalence of diabetes during the years 1990 through 2008, new data indicates that this trend—at least in many populations—has stabilized.
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Anti-soda factions getting all fizzy over moves by drinks companies

According to an article in the New York Times, the three largest soda companies, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, have agreed to help consumers limit their caloric consumption by modifying their products. Continue reading

Listen to lifestyle nagging about easily-attainable goals, gain major heart benefits

A new study out of Sweden evaluated prospectively how a few lifestyle modifications might yield significant reductions in risk of heart attacks. Published in the current Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the Continue reading

Israeli study on sugar substitutes is complete bullsweet

Some junk science studies can be difficult to detect. Some, however, require no effort at all. Here we have one shining example of the latter — not that you could tell from all the media hype surrounding this nonsense.

The new Nature article, claiming that artificial sweeteners might contribute to obesity, seemed to be so chemically naive, that ACSH’s Dr. Josh Bloom, after a brief perusal of the authors and their affiliations, saw that the answer was obvious.
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Young Americans increasingly too heavy to serve in our Armed Forces

According to a new report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health, obesity rates remain steady in 44 states and the District of Columbia. The report also found that rates of Continue reading

Whole Foods’ Anti-GMO Swindle

Every now and then, someone really gets it.

This past June, it was Alex Berezow, the founding editor of RealClearSciencewhose piece The Lies that Whole Foods Tells blew the doors off of Whole Foods and their less-than-truthful marketing practices.

This time, it is Michael Schulson, whose new piece in The Daily Beast addresses the same topic from a somewhat different angle, and none too gently. It is a must read for anyone who is confused by, or on the fence on the GM food controversy. Continue reading


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