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Health

May 28, 2014

"Why There's So Much Confusion Over Health and Nutrition"

Some possible causes.

But I'd add: doing research on health and nutrition is difficult and expensive, so a lot of it is not done well, and that's made worse by the incentive to announce "newsworthy" results. 

May 27, 2014

Two on cancer detection

Bring it on!

"IBM's Watson is better at diagnosing cancer than human doctors".

"Simple blood test could soon diagnose if patient has cancer and how far advanced the disease it is, scientists say".

May 25, 2014

"5 Scientific Secrets To Naps That Will Make You Happier And Smarter"

I never used to nap. Now I do.

May 12, 2014

"Grandfather, 59, given just two years to live after being diagnosed with leukaemia is in remission after taking new 'miracle' drug"

Potentially great news for CLL patients

More technical details here

May 09, 2014

"The Wonkblog guide to efficient drinking"

"On a buzz-per-calorie basis, sparkling wine is a winner."

"10 Reasons Green Tea Is The Healthiest Drink In The World"

With citations to supportive research.

UPDATE: Link fixed now. Thanks, TJ.

May 07, 2014

"Here's Why Extra Virgin Olive Oil Is So Good For You"

Key part:

It is believed that chronic inflammation is among the leading drivers of many diseases.

This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, Alzheimer's, arthritis and various common degenerative conditions.

It has been speculated that one of the mechanisms behind olive oil's benefits, is its ability to fight inflammation.

May 05, 2014

"The hangover doctor who can cure you in 45 minutes"

I'm skeptical, but he seems to be passing the market test

One more reason to think about getting a second opinion

"Odds your doctor has misdiagnosed you? Frighteningly high".

(Well, it's "only" five percent. But if you're in the five percent, the consequences could be severe.)

"An Apple a Day, and Other Myths"

Quite discouraging. The author argues that recent decades of research have revealed only that it's bad to smoke and being fat tends to be bad for your health, and not much else.

In the opening plenary session, Dr. Walter C. Willett, a Harvard epidemiologist who has spent many years studying cancer and nutrition, sounded almost rueful as he gave a status report. Whatever is true for other diseases, when it comes to cancer there was little evidence that fruits and vegetables are protective or that fatty foods are bad.

About all that can be said with any assurance is that controlling obesity is important, as it also is for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, stroke and other threats to life. Avoiding an excess of alcohol has clear benefits. But unless a person is seriously malnourished, the influence of specific foods is so weak that the signal is easily swamped by noise.

Link via Instapundit.

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