Diet rich in legumes lowers risk of diabetes

The saucy children’s rhyme tells us beans are good for your heart. There are other health benefits as well; higher consumption of legumes associated with lower risk of diabetes. Legume consumption is inversely associated with type 2 diabetes incidence in adults: A prospective assessment from the PREDIMED study Background & aims Legumes, a low-energy, nutrient-dense and…

Trust is Lower Among Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Interesting findings in the differences between levels of trust between PD patients and control group. Trust behavior in Parkinson’s disease: results of a trust game experiment Background Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by motor symptoms, but in which behavioral and cognitive disturbances are also common. Trust, due to its pervasiveness in society,…

Babies wage biological warfare on adults.

Infants can be colonized by toxin producing strains of Clostridium difficile but rarely develop disease. Infants and children could play a source in the spread of C. difficile disease to adults. http://jcm.asm.org/content/early/2013/10/24/JCM.01701-13.abstract http://www.asm.org/images/Communications/tips/2013/1113cdifficile.pdf Toxin-producing Clostridium difficile strains as long-term gut colonizers of healthy infants Clostridium difficile is a colonizer of the human gut, and toxin-producing…

Human Enhanced Evolution of Devil Facial Tumour Disease

An interesting case of anthropogenic selection and evolution in the case of Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour disease. To mitigate the progress of disease the government enacted a removal process and in the progress selecting for slower growing tumors. OPEN ACCESS Anthropogenic selection enhances cancer evolution in Tasmanian devil tumours The Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease…

Double Punch to the Brain: The Combined Assault of Smoking and Drinking

The rate of cognitive decline was 36% faster for combination drinker/smoker than the non-smoking moderate alcohol drinkers reference group. http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/early/2013/06/21/bjp.bp.112.122960.abstract Combined impact of smoking and heavy alcohol use on cognitive decline in early old age: Whitehall II prospective cohort study Background Identifying modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline may inform prevention of dementia. Aims To examine…

“The Enemy of My Enemy” Goes Microbial

In an opinion piece published on the ASM’s open access journal, Eric T. Harvill suggests we should get to know the enemy of our enemy (pathogens). Easy to read, free of technical jargon and very interesting. To understand how this approach might work in practice read the NEJM’s blog : Doctors Turned Ecologists: Infusion of…

Ancient People also Suffered from Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is not the sole product of a modern diet. A CT examination of 137 mummies from 4 distinct ancient populations reveals that clogged arteries also plagued our ancestors suggesting humans have a predisposition for the disease. Some may see take a fatalistic view of this but to me it just means we should take…

Save Your Life: Get Off Your Ass

Whether it’s stroke, heart attack, cancer, etc., prolonged sitting increases the risk of mortality independent  of physical exercise. So it’s not enough to workout, you really need to get off your ass. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1108810 Sitting Time and All-Cause Mortality Risk in 222 497 Australian Adults Background  Prolonged sitting is considered detrimental to health, but evidence regarding the…