Today marks the beginning of the 2014 National Soda Summit, a conference hosted in Washington D.C. by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
By focusing on weight, we may be missing the broader picture of what it means to be healthy. Brian Mattson is not the picture of health. Few would look at him and say: "There's a healthy fellow." But that's a shame, because Mattson is a pretty healthy guy.
Octopuses are a popular entrée for plenty of predators—including us humans. And for good reason. Octopuses are nutritious, with loads of lean muscle in those amazing arms, and plenty of good minerals.
I was recently embarrassed to discover that the thinking about antioxidants had gone and shifted in the last few years without me ever noticing.
A study suggests that brain activity, not gut hormones, account for fiber's weight-control action
If you ever worry that you’re a bit too optimistic about the future, try reading Maryn McKenna’s posts about the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.
What is living in your gut? It might depend less on your diet, exercise habits, weight and sex than you think, according to new findings. Our health is tied to trillions of organisms that live in and on us.
An Open Letter to Dr. Oz
Since I began routinely reading Scientific American comments online and in the magazine’s letters to the editor, I’ve encountered a recurring theme: Readers lament that the celebrated publication isn’t as scientific as it once was in the fifties or the nineties (depending on who is writing).
In what has been dubbed "The Great Crawl of China", in August 2010 commuters in Beijing accumulated along a 74.5-mile-long stretch of road for a preposterous 11 days straight.
Increased consumption of sugar, fats, and a more sedentary lifestyle have led to rising levels of obesity in the United States and parts of Europe.
New work from the University of Cambridge solidifies link between epigenetic effects from in utero diet and health problems across generations
Federal officials now recommend consumption of at least 8 ounces of low-mercury fish per week
Researchers propose a new evolutionary reason for why many underfed lab animals live longer
It's no secret that diet and exercise can directly impact our health. But for many people, genetic predisposition to disease - be it hypertension or diabetes or cancer - is often perceived as a risk that is out of their hands.
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.
The Vast Scale of War When the Great War broke out the scale of it was unprecedented. Citizens, soldiers and governments alike tried to grasp the sheer immense numbers of combatants and materièl involved.
Whenever I see my 10-year-old daughter brimming over with so much energy that she jumps up in the middle of supper to run around the table, I think to myself, “those young mitochondria.” Mitochondria are our cells’ energy dynamos.
The long-term consequences of such epigenetic effects in children remain unknown, but the goal is to define the optimal diet for mothers-to-be
I find it ironic that Thanksgiving coincides with American Diabetes Month. In honor of that irony, two recently published studies have suggested a possible link between what you eat, how it impacts the behavior of the microbes living in your gut, and type II diabetes.