Posts Tagged ‘health outcomes’

Can Food Formulation and Labeling Affect Health?

January 17, 2019 — Regulations are all around when it comes to food formulation and labeling. Some of the regulations are a simple matter of science and safety. Ingredients must be safe for human consumption. But some of it is a matter of principle. People have a right to know what’s in the food they’re buying. Even with all […]

An Angry Chef and a Vocal Neuroscientist

January 16, 2019 — Diets are out and healthy eating is in. Maybe we’re imagining it, but the deluge of miracle diets typical of January is a little subdued this year. Yes, there’s some buzz about keto diets and intermittent fasting. However, we are also seeing more interest in resisting all the diet hype. Giving voice to the resistance, […]

Missing the Mark in Gestational Diabetes?

January 11, 2019 — Gestational diabetes (GDM) is one of the most common complications of pregnancy. And it can be serious. As obesity rates are growing, so too is GDM’s prevalence. But new research suggests that we’re missing the mark with the first-line strategy for preventing GDM. A new study from Pennington Biomedical found that diet and exercise prescriptions […]

Mindfulness: Magical Thinking or Real Outcomes?

January 6, 2019 — Mindfulness has become a pop culture buzzword. Apparently, it’s useful for selling everything from beer to wellness. Headline writers tell us that mindfulness helps engineers solve problems, eases stress and depression, helps people in a war zone, and causes worry for conservative Christians. We even have a mindful brewpub nearby. But our focus is nutrition, […]

Wobbly Math: Department of Cost-Effectiveness

January 4, 2019 — Who pays and who benefits from a national sugar-sweetened beverage tax? A new paper in AJPH asked this question and demands our attention. Unfortunately, instead of offering objective answers, we find only wobbly math used to make a point about the hypothetical cost-effectiveness of an SSB tax. A Complex Model to Make a Simple Point […]

The Mundane Miracle of Intermittent Fasting

December 30, 2018 — The expectations are high. We are seeing some tantalizing research on the potential benefits of intermittent fasting. But as yet, we’re not seeing much in the way of definitive data on its effectiveness for delivering objective clinical outcomes. In fact, the latest controlled clinical trial paints the picture of a rather mundane miracle. In a […]

ConscienHealth’s Greatest Hits of 2018

December 28, 2018 — As 2018 winds down, we have a chance to gratefully reflect on the fact that more than 100,000 users took the time to read some of the content we provided this year. No, this is surely not the New York Times. We admit that we have a very narrow focus. But given this narrow focus, […]

Sitting on an Increased Risk of Death

December 26, 2018 — Sitting for Too Long Could Increase Your Risk of Dying – Even If You Exercise Are you sitting down? Then you may want to stand up to read this, as research from the U.S. has found that sitting for too long could increase your risk of dying – even if you exercise. The study found […]

Lap-Band: The Difference Between Efficacy and Effectiveness

December 20, 2018 — Apollo Endosurgery is selling off the Lap-Band just five years after they bought it. This news is the latest chapter in a long story of what might have been. In 2013, Apollo bought this device from Allergan for $75 million in cash up front. Stock and contingencies meant that the price could have gone as […]

What’s the Harm of Hanging On to Weak Dietary Advice?

December 18, 2018 — Two recent articles have us thinking about the harm that might come from hanging on to weak dietary advice. One is all about salt. The other is about dairy fat. But underneath it all is core problem. Some of the dietary advice taken as gospel is grounded in associations and suppositions. It never goes through […]