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Issue #15 (January 2016)

Letter from the Editor

Articles in this issue

  • DASH plus fat equals ...
    The DASH diet is one of the most studied diets of all time, and was specifically formulated to curb chronic disease. But will DASH still do it’s thing if you add extra fat each day?
  • Wine and dine with diabetes
    For some, wine is a daily or weekly indulgence. As those with type 2 diabetes must pay extra attention to the blood sugar and lipid impact of what they consume, this trial puts red and white wine to the test.
  • Better living through cherry juice
    Cherries and berries (the former is not a type of the latter, by the way) have increasingly shown cognitive benefits. This trial specifically explores cherries for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Interview: Victoria Prince, MD, PhD
    Victoria Prince is passionate about ancestral health and evolutionary medicine, and has a particular interest in dietary fats and the role they play in health and disease, especially liver disease. She writes at principleintopractice.com.
  • The chocolate fountain of youth Open Access
    Cocoa contains high levels of beneficial phytochemicals called “flavanols”, which may provide a variety of health benefits. This randomized trial tested cocoa for the specific purpose of wrinkle reduction and other skin-related improvements.
  • Beyond ‘eat less, move more’: treating obesity in 2016
    By Spencer Nadolsky, DO
  • A fishy depression treatment
    With many trials already conducted on the topic of fish oil and depression, the question of overall impact still remained. This is the latest update to the Cochrane systematic review on the topic.
  • A calorie is a calorie ... or is it?
    Obesity research typically focus on what you eat, but less frequently touches on when you should eat it. Since animal models have shown strong results for meal timing, this study looked at potential weight-related benefits of eating earlier in humans.
  • A bit of D for CVD
    Vitamin D is touted for pretty much every health condition out there. While observational evidence has strongly linked optimal vitamin D levels to cardiovascular disease, the trial evidence has been more mixed. This trial attempts to strengthen that literature base.
  • Your probiotic may be lying to you Open Access
    Take a gander at a probiotic bottle label and you may be astounded at the number of live bacteria, as well as the variety these supplements contain. But the labels may not be entirely accurate

Credits

Researchers

Alex Leaf, MS(c); Margaret Wertheim, MS, RD; Courtney Silverthorn, PhD; Zach Bohannan, M.S.; Jeff Rothschild, MSc, RD; Anders Nedergaard, PhD; Greg Palczewski, PhD(c)

Editors

Gregory Lopez, PharmD; Pablo Sanchez Soria, PhD; Kamal Patel, MBA, MPH, PhD(c)

Reviewers

Stephan Guyenet, PhD; Arya Sharma, PhD, MD; Natalie Muth, MD, MPH, RD; Sarah Ballantyne, PhD; Gillian Mandich, PhD(c); Mark Kern, PhD, RD; Katherine Rizzone, MD; Spencer Nadolsky, DO; Adel Moussa, PhD(c)

Infographics

Calla Lee

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