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News & Views: Best Diets 2016: From Fastest Weight Loss to Conquering Cravings
Posted on January 7, 2016 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: MD Unit5, Metabolic Disease | | Add comment |

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual diet rankings.iStockphoto

U.S. News & World Report’s annual diet rankings give top marks to a meal-replacement plan to shed pounds fast. There’s also a low-carb diet to stave off cravings; its virtues are sung in a new book.

Read more at NPR.org.

News & Views: You don’t need to go low-car to burn body fat, study says
Posted on August 17, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: MD Final Project, MD Unit5, Metabolic Disease | | Add comment |

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Popular advice suggests a low-carb diet is necessary to trigger the body to shed fat. But a small, rigorous study published in the journal Cell Metabolism finds low-fat diets also spark body-fat loss. The key: Choose a diet you’ll stick to.

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News & Views: Should your Paleo diet be including carbs?
Posted on August 13, 2015 by Stephanie Tammen | Categories: MD Final Project, MD Unit5, Metabolic Disease, News | | Add comment |

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The Paleo diet is based on the belief that we should eat foods that our ancestors ate. Typically this means that Paleo diet followers stick to diet high in meats and vegetables, and steer clear of carbohydrates. Newly published research is arguing this notion, and hypothesizes that the human brain needed glucose provided by carbohydrates to evolve.

Read more about the interconnection of glucose metabolism and human evolution at The New York Times.

News & Views: To shed pounds, going vegetarian or vegan may help
Posted on August 7, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: MD Lesson5-1, MD Lesson5-2, MD Lesson5-3, MD Lesson5-4, MD Lesson5-5, Metabolic Disease | | Add comment |

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The results of a meta-analysis, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, found that people on vegetarian diets lost around 4.4 pounds more than the control group who had no change in diet. Those who tried a vegan diet dropped 5.5 pounds more.

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News & Views: Science headlines, can you trust them?
Posted on August 4, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: MD Final Project, MD Unit5, Metabolic Disease, ND Final Project, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

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The path from scientific discovery to media sound bite can be perilous, says commentator Tania Lombrozo, and it should be traversed with care. Take for example how the media is covering a recent paper published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease about the risks and benefits of coffee consumption.

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News & Views: Even if you’re lean, 1 soda per day ups your risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Posted on July 27, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: MD Final Project, MD Unit5, Metabolic Disease | | Add comment |

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A daily habit of sugary-sweetened drinks can boost your risk of developing the disease ‚ÄĒ even if you’re not overweight. And diet soda might not be doing you any favors, either.

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News & Views: Chocolate, chocolate, it’s good for your heart a study finds
Posted on June 22, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: MD Unit5, Metabolic Disease | | Add comment |

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Regular chocolate eaters had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke compared to people who didn’t eat chocolate. The researchers say it’s more evidence that polyphenols may be protective.

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News & Views: Trickster journalist explains why he duped the media on chocolate study
Posted on June 17, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: MD Unit5, Metabolic Disease | | Add comment |

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John Bohannon, the man behind a stunt that bamboozled many news organizations into publishing junk science on dieting, talks to NPR’s Robert Siegel about why he carried out the scheme.

Read more and listen to the interview at NPR.org.

News & Views: How ‘diet gurus’ hook us with religion veiled in science
Posted on by Katherine Malanson | Categories: MD Unit5, Metabolic Disease | | Add comment |

Meredith Rizzo

From Paleo to vegan to raw, nutrition gurus package their advice as sound science. But peel the studies away and you’ll find timeless myths and superstitions of religion.

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News & Views: Brain Boost: Mediterranean diet may fend off memory loss
Posted on May 14, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: MD Unit5, ND Unit1, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

A whole range of foods common in the Mediterranean diet -- from fish to nuts to fruits and vegetables -- are rich in antioxidants and may protect against cognitive declineiStockphoto

A recent study finds that people in their 60s and 70s who followed the Mediterranean diet for four years held steady on cognitive tests. But the cognitive test scores of people following a lower-fat diet went down.

Read more at NPR.org.