Beer on Mars

November 29, 2017

Here’s some research we can all get behind….beer on Mars.

Dr. D.

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Garlic and chronic infections

November 29, 2017

So garlic is not only good for protection against vampires….  Researchers from the University of Copenhagen use a compound from garlic to destroy biofilm of resistant bacteria and make antibiotics work again. The study shows that the compound inhibits small regulatory RNA molecules.

Dr. D.


The potential effect of food prices on mortality

November 29, 2017

An interesting study about the effect of food prices on mortality.  A team of researchers used a comparative risk assessment model to estimate the potential effects of price subsidies on healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts and seeds, and taxes on processed and unprocessed red meats and sugary drinks, on the number of annual deaths from cardiometabolic diseases in the United States.  The researchers found that if the prices of all seven dietary items were altered 10 percent each, an estimated 23,000 deaths per year could be prevented; this corresponds to 3.4 percent of all cardiometabolic disease deaths in the United States. A 30 percent price change almost tripled that approximation with an estimation of 63,000 deaths prevented per year, or 9.2 percent of all cardiometabolic disease deaths.

Dr. D.


Tomatoes and skin cancer

August 14, 2017

It’s summer…we have lots of sun and lots of tomatoes….so go ahead and eat all you want….

Dr. D.


Two interesting pieces about olive oil

July 3, 2017

“The Mediterranean diet, rich in plant-based foods, is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower incidence of dementia.

Now, researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) have identified a specific ingredient that protects against cognitive decline: extra-virgin olive oil, a major component of the Mediterranean diet.

In a study published online June 21 in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, the researchers show that the consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain — classic markers of Alzheimer’s disease.”

And here’s a short video about olive oil in general from the Americal Chemical Society…very interesting…

Dr. D.


Rice bran is good for you

June 4, 2017

To pehaps no one’s surprise, there are lots of good things in rice bran.  It’s not just a good source of fiber but also vitamins like thiamine, niacin and vitamin B6.

Dr. D.


Calories in food

May 31, 2017

An interesting piece on how calories came to be regarded as important as they are in food….

Dr. D.