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What We're Reading

These pages are updated regularly with interesting articles that we've been reading on the subjects of cancer and, more importantly, disease prevention. We hope that you come back regularly to see what is new.

Diet & Nutrition
Night Owls Eat Less Healthfully Than Morning People Do Morning people may instinctively choose a healthier diet than night owls do. Finnish researchers tracked the diets of 1,854 men and women ages 25 to 74 and used a well-validated questionnaire to classify them as morning people or evening types.
Top Cardiologist Blasts Nutrition Guidelines One of the world's top cardiologists says that many of the major nutrition guidelines have no good basis in science. "I'm not a nutrition scientist and that may be an advantage because every week in the newspaper we read something is good for you and the same thing the next week is bad for you," said Salim Yusuf, MD, DPhil,(McMaster University), at Cardiology Update 2017 , a symposium presented by the European Society of Cardiology and the Zurich Heart House.
"Old" Food Reduces Lifespan What causes aging? "Scientists have been thinking about this question for centuries," says Harvard professor of medicine Vadim Gladyshev. It sounds almost simple, but in fact it's thorny and complicated, and although several theories have emerged-that organisms are "programmed" by nature to die, or that aging is the result of "hyperfunction" of biological activities, or that it's controlled by genetics-there are as yet no settled answers.
The Case Against 'Whole Wheat' and 'Whole Grain' Bread Those wholesome whole grain foods you're eating? They might not be as full of nutritious goodness - or even whole grains - as you think.
Low-Fat Diet Harms Part of Brain Responsible for Hearing Criticism of Low-Fat Diet A new report from the University of Calgary answers a question that has troubled doctors and nutrition researchers for years: "Why are people who lived through the low-fat diet craze of the 1990s immune to new dietary information?" The report focuses on the effect of low-fat eating on the thalamus, the part of the brain...
Unintended Consequences, Special Interests, Sugar, and a View from the Clinical Trenches If in 1977 Americans had actually followed McGovern's 7 dietary recommendations, they'd likely be a lot better off today. Though McGovern's recommendations did indeed call for increasing dietary carbohydrates, they recommended their increase come from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, not Wonder Bread, Froot Loops, and Coca-Cola.
Health economics, genomics and the value of knowing In July 2016, the Office for Health Economics and the European Personalised Medicine Association published a white paper titled: "The Value of Knowing and Knowing the Value: Improving the Health Technology Assessment of Complementary Diagnostics". This publication did not receive a great deal of attention at the time, but it raises some interesting points related...
Fighting Depression by Staying Awake "You've got to be kidding me, Doc. I can barely keep my eyes open as it is, and you want me to pull an all-nighter?" I smiled. "Yes, exactly that. Maybe even two or three." It started out benignly enough.
Mass Gen ResearchKit app GlucoSuccess shows impact of data insights on behavior in diabetes patients Dr. Dennis Ausiello, director of the Center for Assessment Technology and Continuous Health (CATCH) at Massachusetts General Hospital, says the smartphone is "the greatest medical device ever made".
U.S. cracks down on Americans' intake of sugar, saturated fat New U.S. dietary guidelines on Thursday urged Americans to cut their sugar and saturated fat intake to less than 10 percent of daily calories, but consumer advocates said the curbs did not provide clear guidance on the need to lower consumption of meat.
Hormonal response to energy restriction © 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science. All rights Reserved. AAAS is a partner of HINARI, AGORA OARE, PatientInform, CHORUS, CLOCKSS, CrossRef and COUNTER. Science Translational Medicine ISSN 1946-6242.
So Will Processed Meat Give You Cancer? FOR the first 18 years of my life, I was raised as a vegetarian. My father was convinced of the perils of red meat after my paternal grandmother died on the operating table from late-stage colon cancer.
How tech billionaires are using money and data to solve for death Born in Germany and raised in Northern California, many of Thiel's views on the future grew out of the science-fiction books and TV shows he loved while growing up. Thiel cites Arthur C. Clarke's "The City and the Stars," the author's first novel, publish
Scientists' New Goal: Growing Old Without Disease Some of the top researchers on aging in the country are trying to get an unusual clinical trial up and running. They want to test a pill that could prevent or delay some of the most debilitating diseases of old age, including Alzheimer's and cardiovascula
Are You Overweight? The Clue's In Your Poo We are all populated by microbes - helpful or otherwise - which form a community known as a microbiome. Recent research by Ryan Newton and co-workers has shown that sewage-based analysis of the human microbiome can be used to diagnose health issues at a p
Restricting Fructose Cuts Liver Fat in Kids SAN DIEGO -- In just 10 days, restricting the amount of fructose children consumed through sugary drinks and juices resulted in "dramatic" reductions in liver fat, researchers reported here.