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Spinal injury patients take steps again thanks to spinal pacemaker

Posted November 30, 2018 by Anonymous

Spinal cord researchers make breakthrough

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Mysterious fast radio bursts from space: Five explanations for what they could be

Posted November 30, 2018 by Anonymous

A cosmic conundrum: What the heck are fast radio bursts?

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Call For Help Part 2: Are You Currently On A Diet? Can You Take 2 Minutes To Complete A VERY Short Survey About It?

Posted November 28, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

Today’s survey is a followup to the one we sent out a few months ago. Since then we tweaked it on the advice of both those of you who responded, and some expert input. Even if you filled this out last time, we’d love for you to do so again as we’re trying to iron out the kinks and I think (hope) we’re pretty much there.

Back in 2012 I first posted my wish for there to be a questionnaire that would serve to help individuals and researchers determine how easy or difficult a particular diet would be to follow.

I called it the Diet Index Enjoyability Total or DIET score, and my hope was that by using a series of simple Likert scales (descriptive scales from 1-10), researchers could set out to evaluate a particular weight loss approach’s DIET score where high scores would identify diets that could actually be enjoyed, and where low scores would identify under-eating, highly restrictive, quality of life degrading, dieting misery. This would be useful both to individuals who could use the DIET score to evaluate whatever approach they were considering, but might also serve as a surrogate for shorter term diet studies to give a sense as to whether or not there’s a low or high likelihood of long term adherence to a particular study’s strategy.

I’m happy to report that the first work on using the DIET score has been conducted by Michelle Jospe at the University of Otago in New Zealand as part of the SWIFT trial, and her and Jill Haszard‘s early look at the data is promising.

Part of the process required to validate a questionnaire involves a qualitative review to see whether or not it’s easy to use, comprehensive, and unbiased, and this here is our second kick at that can.

To fill out the survey, and again, it’ll take less than 2 minutes, just click here and thank you very much in advance!

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Once Again I’ll Ask, Where The Hell Is Canada’s New Food Guide?

Posted November 26, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

This post was first published back in June. Since then, still no Food Guide, as well as the real possibility that not releasing the Guide influenced the New Brunswick provincial election, and just this past week, an incredible dive into juice, food politics, and our as yet unpublished guide. I really can’t wrap my head around why it’s not out yet beyond politics. That’s not something this country should be proud of.

In case you missed the news, New Brunswick recently banned the sale of chocolate milk and juice in their schools.

It’s a welcome move, and one that will be undoubtedly be adopted nation wide following the long delayed publication of Canada’s next Food Guide.

Canada’s Food Guide, last published in 2007, inexplicably and explicitly, reports that chocolate milk is a healthy dairy choice (that it also suggests dairy is such a magical food that it requires it’s own Food Guide category is a whole other kettle of inexplicability). Or maybe it isn’t that inexplicable in that on the then Food Guide’s 12 member advisory committee was Sydney Massey, the Nutrition Education Manager and Spokesperson for the BC Dairy Foundation, where their homepage at the time featured the campaign,

“Don’t tell Mom, but Chocolate Milk is good for you”

The next one, won’t.

I know this in part because back in 2014, Dr. Hasan Hutchinson, the Director General of Health Canada’s Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion (the office in charge of the Food Guide), agreed with me during our then debate, that chocolate milk shouldn’t be deemed a health food by our Food Guide,

“One thing we’re doing right now is doing a reassessment of all of those things and certainly me personally, I agree with Yoni that it (chocolate milk) should not be there either”

And in May 2015 he was quoted by the CMAJ on juice stating,

You won’t be seeing that anymore … and there’ll be a fair number of new materials coming out in the next few months.”

I also know this because even McDonald’s appreciates that chocolate milk, with more calories and sugar drop per drop than Coca-Cola, shouldn’t be routinely offered to children.

So here’s my first question.

If, in 2007, Canada’s Food Guide had explained that chocolate milk is to milk what apple pie is to apples, and that it should be considered a treat rather than a health food, and that no, juice is not the same as fruit, do you think we’d be seeing these actual responses and comments posted on Facebook and on the CBC article in response to the news out of New Brunswick?

“How the hell can juice be bad for you I doubt orange and apple and cranberry juice is bad for your health CFDA would have ban the stuff decades ago”

“It is crazy and stupid. especially since the school officials are comparing the natural sugars found In the cocoa that makes it chocolate to the artificially added high fructose corn syrup used to sweeten coca cola.”

“Ugh get a life people! Chocolate milk is some parents only option to get their kids to drink milk. And as far as juices they sell apple and orange at school so are they now telling us apple and OJ juices are bad??”

“I agree, pop and juice fine. Chocolate milk is filled with nutrients.”

Because the thing is, though no one shops with Canada’s Food Guide in hand, its recommendations do permeate national consciousness. And more to the point of this post, they inform school food policies. Once the new Food Guide is published, and assuming it explicitly recommends limiting sugar sweetened beverages and juice (and it will), all provinces will undoubtedly soon fall in line with New Brunswick (unless of course the Conservatives, as they promised prior to their election, repeal the ban).

And here’s the most pertinent question. It’s been 5 years since Dr. Hutchinson agreed chocolate milk should be off the Food Guide’s menu, and 3.5 years since he went on record stating that juice’s days are also numbered, so how is it possible that we’re still waiting?

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Instant Pot Creamiest Steel-Cut Oatmeal (with stovetop version!)

Posted November 24, 2018 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

Hellooooo! I’m alive, I’m alive! Did you think after my 10-year blogiversary post that I decided to take a 10-year break? lol. It’s been a busy month with a lot of fun events going down. I just returned from WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women celebrations, and I’m still riding the high of winning an award […]

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Saturday Stories: Juice, George Soros, Death, and a Movember Update

Posted November 24, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

Ann Hui, in The Globe And Mail, with a great case study on how the food industry works by way of the machinations of Big Juice and their attempt to influence Canada’s next Food Guide.

James Kirchik, in Tablet, with a useful backgrounder and just who is George Soros?

Peter Kaufman, in Everyday Sociology, with his take as a sociologist on his relatively imminent death.

[And finally huge thanks to those who’ve already donated to my Movember fundraising efforts. Thanks to your generosity, I’ve cleared my original goal and now and just a few hundred dollars shy of my stretch goal of $5,500! If you find this blog valuable, if you enjoy these weekend shares, a tax-deductible donation would be very welcome, all you need to do is click here]

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A new plane with no moving parts flies by electrifying the air

Posted November 23, 2018 by Anonymous

The first flight of an aircraft with no moving parts

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Mars-quakes may shake the red planet, and NASA’s new lander will detect them

Posted November 23, 2018 by Anonymous

NASA’s new lander will be looking deep inside the red planet

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How bats and dolphins use their sonar when everyone’s talking at once

Posted November 23, 2018 by Anonymous

Bats and dolphins have an elegant solution for interfering sonar signals

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How do birds find seeds?

Posted November 23, 2018 by Anonymous

Birds use vision, but also memory and social cues to find seeds.

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Yes, Current Evidence Still Suggests That Swapping Unsaturated Fat For Saturated Fat Is Good For You

Posted November 21, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

I was somewhat disheartened the other day when in response to my post about the only 48 (I added “Get Vaccinated”) words of health advice you’ll ever need that there was quite a bit of confusion and pushback about my recommendation to swap unsaturated fat for saturated when you can – some even suggested it must have been a typo.

Now I know there’s been a whole host of diet gurus, once journalists, and TIME magazine covers telling you that fat is good for you, and while I agree that likely it’s not nearly as bad for you as the 90s (or me in the early 2000s) would have asserted, and while yes, there are nuances to all of this, the evidence still implicates saturated fat in the genesis and progression of heart disease.

Don’t believe me?

Fine.

But would you believe Drs. Ludwig and Volek? They’re both prominent figures in the low-carb movement (Dr. Ludwig is the lead author on that low-carb diet and increased energy expenditure that dropped last week and the Director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Centre at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Volek is one of the most prolific low carb researchers around and the Founder and Chief Science Officer of Virta Health) and both were contributors to a terrific consensus piece published this week in Science entitled, “Dietary fat: From foe to friend?” (it’s full text free right now btw).

The whole piece is worth the read, but in case reading whole pieces isn’t your thing, here are their points of consensus with Drs. Willett and Neuhouser (highlight is mine)

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Making the most delicious Eggnog Latte with the Philips 3100 Espresso Machine

Posted November 20, 2018 by Anonymous

With just a press of a button, make the most delicious Eggnog Latte with the Philips 3100 Espresso Machine! Steamed eggnog mixed with a rich flavourful espresso, topped with a smooth velvet eggnog foam.  This is the holiday season in a mug. Disclosure: I am working with Philips and I am excited to share Philips products with you!  I have been compensated, but as always, all pictures, views and opinions are my own. Move over Pumpkin Spice Latte season, Eggnog season is moving in.  And I’m ready. Eggnog cookies, cakes, french toast…you name it, if it has eggnog in it, I love it.  But […]

The post Making the most delicious Eggnog Latte with the Philips 3100 Espresso Machine appeared first on A Pretty Life In The Suburbs.

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The Only 46 Words Of Health Advice You’ll Ever Need

Posted November 19, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

[I was reminded of this piece, first published in 2015, by someone on Twitter, and given the volume of the diet wars these days, thought I’d reshare. Still holds up pretty well I think!]

In no particular order:

  • Avoid trans fats.
  • Substitute unsaturated fats for saturated if you can.
  • Cook from fresh whole ingredients.
  • Minimize restaurant and ultra-processed foods.
  • Cultivate friendships.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Nurture sleep.
  • Drink alcohol at most moderately.
  • Exercise as often as you can enjoy
  • Only drink those calories that you love

Comparatively, everything else is minutia.

        
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Saturday Stories: That Low-Carb Diet Study, Medical Conflicts Of Interest, Suicidal Help, And A Movember Update

Posted November 17, 2018 by Yoni Freedhoff

Julia Belluz, in Vox, with the best coverage of that new low-carb diet study that has everyone talking.

John Mandrola, in Medscape, reflects on conflicts of interest in medicine

Jason Cherkis, in Highline, on, “the best way to save people from suicide

[And finally huge thanks to those who’ve already donated to my Movember fundraising efforts. Thanks to your generosity, I’m just a $211 shy of my $4,500 goal! If you find this blog valuable, if you enjoy these weekend shares, a tax-deductible donation would be very welcome, all you need to do is click here]

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An asteroid impact on Greenland left a massive crater under the ice

Posted November 16, 2018 by Anonymous

First-ever discovery of a crater under an ice sheet

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Will coral reef islands rise or fall? It’s a greenhouse-gas paradox

Posted November 16, 2018 by Anonymous

Coral reef islands may rise up against climate change

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How moths evolved a kind of stealth jet technology to sneak past bats

Posted November 16, 2018 by Anonymous

How moths use stealth jet technology to sneak past bats

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Tiny people have evolved in rainforests because it’s where tiny steps are better

Posted November 16, 2018 by Anonymous

Rainforest people have evolved to be small because jungle walking is hard

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The mysteries of animal movement – how they walk on water and climb up walls

Posted November 16, 2018 by Anonymous

Walking on water and climbing up walls – how animals do it

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What are the visible changes in the night sky in the last 3,000 years?

Posted November 16, 2018 by Anonymous

The position of the pole star has shifted as the Earth’s axis moved.

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Bitcoin mining uses more energy than mining for real gold

Posted November 9, 2018 by Anonymous

Bitcoin ‘mining’ is harder on the environment than mining for gold

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Beatboxers have invented whole new ways of making sounds, scientists say

Posted November 9, 2018 by Anonymous

Beatboxing verbal gymnastics is a whole new way of making sounds

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Wind farms in India are driving a population boom of skinny, fearless lizards

Posted November 9, 2018 by Anonymous

Wind turbines are creating skinny, fearless lizards

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For 20 years, scientists have been chucking fish into the forest. Here’s why.

Posted November 9, 2018 by Anonymous

Chucking salmon into trees to understand ecological web

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Barking piranhas and screeching catfish are the sounds of the Amazon River

Posted November 9, 2018 by Anonymous

Barking piranhas and screeching catfish fighting it out in the Amazon

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Sniffing your way around – our brains are built to navigate by scent

Posted November 9, 2018 by Anonymous

Sniffing around our brain’s ability to navigate by scent

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Why does humidity make us feel hotter in the summer and colder in winter?

Posted November 9, 2018 by Anonymous

Sweat can’t evaporate on humid days in Summer, so we feel hotter; damp air contributes to feeling cold in Winter.

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L’affaire Acosta and the limits of dialogue

Posted November 8, 2018 by Anonymous

“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” ~1984 A few days ago, I lost a Facebook friend who (as it turns out) is rather partial to Donald…

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Probiotics probably aren’t making you well, and they could make you sicker

Posted November 2, 2018 by Anonymous

Probiotics don’t live up to the hype, scientists say

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The biggest bird in history might have been blind as a bat

Posted November 2, 2018 by Anonymous

The largest bird that ever lived was probably blind

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A step towards Optimus Prime – transforming robots can reshape themselves

Posted November 2, 2018 by Anonymous

Modular robots remake themselves on the fly to do new tasks

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Aged chocolate: Archaeologists find evidence of 5000 year old chocolate drink

Posted November 2, 2018 by Anonymous

Archaeologists find evidence that chocolate is older than the pyramids

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Why are salt water fish not salty to eat?

Posted November 2, 2018 by Anonymous

Marine fish do not taste salty because the get rid of the excess salt they take in.

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Vegan Salted Peanut Butter Crunch Torte + 10 Years!

Posted October 30, 2018 by Angela (Oh She Glows)

10 YEARS!!! Can someone please tell me how it’s been a decade since I wrote my very first blog post? We’re celebrating today with this incredible vegan dessert and a week-long OSG Recipe App sale for charity (deets below). When I started my blog on October 31, 2008, Eric and I were newly married and […]

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The bitch is in heat again

Posted October 30, 2018 by Anonymous

If we could learn to look instead of gawking, We’d see the horror in the heart of farce, If only we could act instead of talking, We wouldn’t always end up on our arse. This was the thing that nearly…

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Overton Window, 2018

Posted October 29, 2018 by Anonymous
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