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What’s in a Twinkie?

Well, nothing good thats for sure. But my SciBling Dr. Charles has a interesting (if disgusting) post up on the inner life of a Twinkie. I was most interested in the notorious “is it a liquid or solid?” filling: *The Filling – primarily made of shortening (partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and beef fat). Also contains…

No TransFat For Girl Scout Cookies

Its that time of the year again—when cute little girls ply you with unhealthy, delicious cookies. But this year, the makers of Girl Scout cookies are cutting out the transfat, which is a solid move. Hopefully they still taste the same, which they should, as I didn’t hear mention of removing the crack. Man, I…

Previously I’ve blogged about transfat (see this for a summary of the fat), trying to consider whether a ban on the fat in New York was a question of liberty. Also I attempted to highlight just how awful this food-additive really is for your health. Another serious health concern tied to transfat consumption had now…

Some things, like Hollywood plotlines and political speeches, come in tidy little packages. But what’s more tidy than nature’s own package–the egg? The same researchers who brought you Dolly the Sheep (TM) bring you genetically-modified chickens whose eggs (specifically, the whites) carry anti-cancer proteins within them. “One of the characteristics of lots of medical treatments…

Although I thought about making a post about the refusal of the corrupt earmark system to just die already, I think something more in my scope of interest is the current ethics debate regarding a severely mentally handicapped child. Specifically, her parents have opted to surgically stunt their child’s physical development to prevent puberty (hormones,…

I came across an interesting topic on the Irascible Professor’s blog: whether or not banning harmful food product such as trans-fat infringes upon a person’s right to eat whatever they want, healthy or otherwise. This question is in response to libertarian John Stossel’s article “What Will They Ban Next?” where Stossel opines that citizens’ eating…

So, some Dutch psychologists have released the results of a study that indicates living in urban areas raises the risk of suffering from bulimia, but not anorexia. They found women in cities were five times more likely to have the binge-and-purge illness than those who live in villages and hamlets but that there was no…

Native Americans Have Health Disparity

November is Native American History Month, and while walking down the corridors of the UM Hospital this morning, I spied a flier with some disturbing statistics. I had known that Native Americans suffered a large disparity in health, as compared to the rest of America, but check this out: – American Indians and Alaskan Natives…

So, the news has been a-flurry with research breakthroughs related to aging and longevity. To add to the pile is a recent study which suggests that lowering core body temperature will also lengthen life span. Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., report in tomorrow’s issue of Science that solely by lowering the core body…

Better preventive care, innovative surgical techniques, improved nutrition, and accessible pharmaceuticals have all had a hand in increasing the lifespan of Americans. Recently, research on caloric restriction and Resveratrol has provided science with additional tools to increase longevity. But what guarantee do we have as to the quality of that longer existence? Do we really…