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The Vitamin D Puzzle

24 Jan 2024

Walk into any pharmacy or health food store and you will see shelves filled with vitamin D supplements. Then stroll over to a bookstore and you will find all sort of books touting the wonders of...

Mindfulness Meditation Often Fails the Scientific Test

19 Jan 2024

Mindfulness meditation is primed to save all of us from anxiety and depression, it would seem. It’s also big business: in 2015, this growing industry made nearly USD 1 billion. The money comes from...

Macropanic Over Nanoplastics?

11 Jan 2024

I keep teasing my analytical chemist colleagues that they are responsible for the anxiety that so many people have about chemicals invading their lives. Hardly a day goes by without some report of...

What is next in the evolution of GLP-1-based therapies for diabetes and obesity?

15 Dec 2023

The first glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1)-based therapeutic was approved by Health Canada in 2011 for the treatment of hyperglycemia in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Little was it suspected at...

Wasabi-More than Just a Sushi Condiment?

14 Dec 2023

Wasabi, or “Japanese horseradish,” is a plant in the same family as broccoli, cabbage, mustard, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower and regular horseradish. The common feature here is that these ...

Your Local Nutrition Shake Shop May Not Be What You Think It Is

8 Dec 2023

The woman swears to me that she is not part of Herbalife, and I believe her. But given the looks of her juice shop, you could easily mistake it for an Herbalife nutrition club when you know what to...

Did scientists just discover the compound responsible for red wine headaches?

24 Nov 2023

While consuming too much of any alcoholic substance can lead to a headache, red wine headaches tend to be a little bit different. Both because a red-wine-induced headache tends to hit the drinker...

A Breath of Fresh Air? Hardly.

17 Nov 2023

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), headquartered in Atlanta, is often in the news because of its mandate to protect the health of the public. These days it is almost impossible...

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