The debating season may be presidential, but if the spectacle of supersized pandering served with an unlimited salad bar of platitudes, slogans, and empty promises strikes you as strangely unfulfilling, there is always academia, where, sometimes, the politics are as equally vicious because the stakes are equally as high. Such was the case in San Antonio recently, at the Obesity Society's 30th annual meeting, the premier scientific conference in the US on what is, arguably, the nation's most pressing health problem. As the prologue to a four-day Finnegan's Wake of technical discussion (did you know that NMDA receptor NR2B subunits in the parabrachial nucleus mediate compensatory feeding?), the society's presidential [...]
If you drink a whole bunch of cola it is possible that you will develop cancer from the artificial coloring used to make the beverage brown. On the other hand, if you drink a whole bunch of cola I'm guessing that you're not exactly keeping an eye on your health.
"Teenagers who drink lots of soft drinks get into more fights and carry more weapons than their peers who drink less, found a new study. And while the study couldn’t determine whether soft drinks actually cause violence, the findings add to a growing — yet still controversial — body of research on the effects of nutrition on behavior." Older readers might not want to click through, as the article goes on to reference "a notorious 1979 San Francisco murder trial, lawyers blamed the killer’s actions on his recent switch from a health-food diet to one filled with Coca-Cola and other junk food," which… really? It is incredibly painful to [...]
Think you're healthy because you're drinking diet soda instead of regular? Guess again! The drink will kill you with sodium. Using data collected from a nine-year analysis of approximately 2,500 people over the age of 40, scientists found a relationship between diet soda consumption and vascular problems. A second study using the same data linked salt intake to ischemic strokes, which result from vessels blocking blood from reaching the brain. According to the research, subjects who consumed one or more diet sodas on a daily basis had a 61 percent greater risk of experiencing vascular events than their soda-less counterparts. The second study showed that individuals who consumed [...]