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  • Putting a Band Aid On It: Famine, Ebola, And The Impact Of Song


    Thirty years ago, Bob Geldof and Band Aid recorded the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for famine relief in Ethiopia. Last week, a new version of the song was released, this time in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Not everyone is enthusiastic about the encore; some saw Geldof’s initial Band Aid [...]

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    Dear Beverage Industry: Yes, 12-Year-Olds Are Children.


    The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity (full disclosure: I work for them) just released the Sugary Drink Facts Report, exhaustively detailing the nutrition of products offered by the beverage industry, and how the industry markets them. The authors are very careful to point out that progress has been made since their last [...]

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    My New Fermentation Obsession


    It’s been a while since my last post – I was not quite prepared for how busy I would be teaching 3 classes, doing research and planning a wedding would be. But, the wedding is done! The semester is almost over! And my research is rife with blogging possibilities… Plus, I have a new obsession [...]

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    Trick or treat … and wrinkles?

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    Mothers across the nation will likely be warning their costume-clad youngsters that they’ll “feel sick” if they eat too much of the candy they collect tonight. What they may not mention is that foods that raise blood sugar can also cause wrinkles, an effect dermatologist Rajani Katta calls “sugar sag.” I caught up with Katta [...]

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    Evil Spirit? The Lore And Lure Of Absinthe


    In August 1905, Jean Lanfray, a French man working on a vineyard in the Swiss village of Commugny, murdered his wife and their two children. It was believed Lanfray had been under the influence of an evil spirit–absinthe. He had consumed it before killing his family and the village’s mayor determined, “Absinthe is the cause [...]

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    Calorie-burning fat and your brain

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    If you follow obesity news, you may have heard of a type of energy-burning “good fat” known as brown fat, which scientists think may have potential to battle a growing epidemic of excess body fat. Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have moved one step closer to realizing this possibility by discovering the brain’s role [...]

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    Buzz Feed: The Science Of The Munchies


    For consumers of cannabis, passing the kouchie can often lead to the inability to pass up any munchies. A recent study conducted by a team of neuroscientists and led by Edgar Soria-Gómez and Giovanni Marsicano may shed some light on the marijuana-munchies connection. Marsicano, principle investigator of a research group at the NeuroCentre Magendie in [...]

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    Of course a soda tax will work. Why else would the industry fight it so hard? (VIDEO)


    Sugary drinks are the single-largest contributor to added sugars in the American diet. Their consumption increases risk of type II diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Experts agree that rising sugary drink consumption has been a major contributor to the obesity epidemic, and that reducing consumption is a public health imperative. Over the last [...]

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    “You’re Welcome.” How The Soda Industry Celebrated Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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    September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. As it comes to a close, let’s take a look at how the beverage industry, one of the single most significant contributors to childhood obesity, addressed the issue during this time of reflection and learning. The industry’s spin machine trade group, the American Beverage Association (ABA), kicked the month [...]

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    Honey Hunters

    Man extracting honeycomb from nest. Courtesy of Brian Wood.

    Whether you add it to your tea or use it to sweeten a bowl of oatmeal, honey is a tasty addition to a number of recipes. But have you ever consumed half a liter of raw honey, straight? Neither had Yale anthropologist Brian Wood, until he started living with the Hadza. The Hadza are an [...]

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