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Health and Nutrition

The Right Chemistry: The Discovery of "Wine Disease"

21 Jan 2021

Video of Dr. Joe Schwarcz on the discovery of 'wine disease'

4-Hydroxy-Trans-2-Nonenal and Frying

20 Mar 2017

If you feed varying amounts of trans-4-hydroxy-2-nonenal to rats, they develop kidney and liver problems and some may even die. So why should anyone care? Because this substance, which we will call...

Dr. Oz's Sweet Tooth

20 Mar 2017

Dr. Oz is talking and nutritionists are shuddering. It’s almost a daily occurrence. This time he is all excited about a sugar substitute that according to him does not have a “chemical taste,”...

Want to Stop Aging? Mind your Telomeres.

20 Mar 2017

If you want to lengthen your life, you need to lengthen your telomeres. That’s the message from the marketers of a pricey dietary supplement called TA-65. How pricey? Try up to $4000 for a six...

Blueberries and Milk

20 Mar 2017

“I put blueberries and milk on my cereal in the morning. Which one should I give up?”

Cadmium Issues

20 Mar 2017

Shrek the friendly ogre delighted audiences in the 2010 movie hit “Shrek Forever After.” But for fast food giant McDonald’s, Shrek turned out to be a nightmare. As a cross promotional feature, the...

Taking a Bite out of Crocodile Hype

20 Mar 2017

You’ve got to give it to the quacks. They are often clever people. And very adept at making mountains out of molehills. One of the latest miracles out there is, believe it or not, crocodile blood....

Is it true that hantavirus infection can be acquired from rodent excrement?

20 Mar 2017

In 1993, a young Navajo woman arrived at an emergency room in New Mexico suffering from flu-like symptoms and shortness of breath. Despite such “minor” symptoms, she soon passed away. Ironically,...

The end of the trans fat debates?

20 Mar 2017

The bloggers are abuzz about a paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine that after reviewing 72 major studies found no relationship between saturated fat intake and heart disease. The reaction was...


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