Nutrition and Lifestyle

If anyone embodies the ideals of healthy living and longevity, it appears there's no one better suited for the role than Robert Marchand.

He's been doing all the right things for quite awhile now; eating well, exercising frequently and steering clear of dangerous habits. And as a result, despite his advancing age, there's little to slow him down – including an hour-long bike ride.

Which broke a world record.

At the age of ... 105.

To those who know him, the indefatigable Frenchman once again demonstrated that adhering to the tenets of good health pays off handsomely, this time with a ride of slightly more than 14 miles in 60 minutes, the longest ever for anyone his age. The 5-foot centenarian accomplished the feat at the Velodrome National, France's top...

As if 'lactivists' (lactation activists) didn't have enough fodder for their culture war on working women, a recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provided yet another reason for them to pile the guilt onto parents who feed their babies formula. 

It claims that exclusive breastfeeding is linked to longer telomeres and the authors are at one of the top medical institutions in the country, the U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine. One of its six authors is a Nobel Laureate - Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn who won the Prize for the discovery of telomeres. 

First, what are telomeres and why are long ones better?

Our DNA is packed into structures called chromosomes - long rod-like structures with both ends capped by structures called...

I can burn how many calories while shoveling?  You don't have to resolve to hit the gym this month, especially if you can easily burn 200-400 calories while doing winter outdoor activities: skiing, snowshoeing, and even shoveling. 

 

 

An untreated iron deficiency could lead to various health problems, one being Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA). Now, researchers have discovered IDA itself could be linked to another potential problem — hearing loss. 

A team of Pennsylvania State University scientists studied the association between IDA and sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) - a type of deafness or hearing loss in both the neural and inner parts of the ear. It is reported in about 90 percent of all hearing loss cases. In a retrospective cohort study of more than 300,000 young to elderly adults with IDA, their analysis confirmed increased odds of SNHL and hearing loss.

Another affected part could be the...

Wine connoisseurs know that there is a big difference between drinking wine from a newly-opened bottle versus from one that has been previously opened. The reason is oxygen.

Once inside, oxygen can combine with other compounds (in a process called "oxidation"), and it can provide fuel for bacteria to produce foul-tasting molecules. As Popular Science writes, "Oxygen is the enemy of most wine."

This is particularly true for white wine. Sauvignon blanc, which is often a fruity wine, requires just the right amount of oxygen to please the critics. An insufficient amount of oxygen can cause a white wine to have hints of cabbage (due to methyl...

It's surprising, but true — a California man has been arrested for driving under the influence... of caffeine! This unfortunate individual found himself in the midst of a short, but nasty battle with the state. According to California law, a drug is "any substance that isn't alcohol that might impair, to an appreciable degree a driver's capability behind the wheel." The sheriff's department argues that the man had been driving erratically, but toxicology results did not show illegal drugs in his system — only, you guessed it, caffeine.

Prosecuting attorneys dropped the charges after, we can only assume, they could not find sufficient evidence that caffeine impaired this man's ability to...

Coming up before you know it will be the perfect opportunities for holiday toasts. But what should we toast with? Diet cola just doesn't seem appropriate when there are some really traditional holiday drinks available — e.g. eggnog and champagne. Assuming only one will do, on what basis should one choose? Both contain at least some alcohol, so a designated driver could be useful in either case. Maybe we should anticipate the post-New Year's resolution to lose weight, in which case calories certainly count. Here's an ingredient list  and a calorie count for a classic bowl of eggnog:

Ingredients...

I'm concerned about Santa. I really am. Think of it, he's wriggling down chimneys all over the world, toting his bag of toys, and in gratitude people are leaving snacks for him under the tree. Nothing wrong with that, of course. The problem is that the snacks are traditionally cookies and milk. This could be a serious health issue. At the suggestion of Dr. Jamie Wells, ACSH medical director, I considered this aspect of Santa's annual trek, and wish to make some other suggestions.

Even though, as Dr. Wells reports, Santa is in good health and ready to perform his yearly tasks, (and of course he's immortal), still, the annual cookies binge disturbs me. Surely we can do better than...

Elderly people are constant targets. From fearmongering politicians who want votes to scam artists who want money, unscrupulous people try to scare our parents and grandparents into giving them money. 

Perhaps there is no better way to shake people down for cash than by frightening them about their health. Peddlers of organic food and alternative medicine, both multibillion-dollar industries, have profited handsomely by undermining public confidence in the safety of our food supply and the efficacy of modern medicine. 

The dietary supplement industry benefits from this, as well, to the tune of $5.7 billion. The dirty little secret about multivitamins is...

As with many other foods, egg purveyors present a variety of eggs (and we still mean only those produced by chickens) for consumers to choose from. So many, in fact, that one is likely to be confused by the labels — what's the difference between brown eggs and white, or between free-range and cage-free eggs? Or is there one? To demystify the labeling of these sources of complete protein and other nutrients, we searched the website of the Egg Nutrition Center to try to make some sense out of the egg marketplace. We've done this before, but in the year or so since then, even more categories have been added. Some...