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A century of Einstein’s general #relativity, life on a Saturn moon, sugar industry influences dental research
Everything’s relative Einstein’s paper on general relativity was published in 1915. The paper didn’t appear until December of that year, but there’s already been some celebratory centennial doings. Science published a special issue last week, and it looks as if … Continue reading
Dietary committee not sweet on sugar So, what’s most noteworthy about the big fat report just issued by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC)? The declaration that dietary cholesterol is next to irrelevant? DGAC’s casual endorsement of coffee? … Continue reading
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33% to 50% of all cancers are attributable to preventable lifestyle causes, such as smoking and tobacco use, poor diet, alcohol consumption, and obesity (1-3). Genetics play a tiny role, causing only 5-10% of all cancers. The remainder of cancer … Continue reading
This week on PLOS Translational Global Health, Sebastián Peña, MD, MSc, from the Department of Health, Municipality of Santiago discusses the Coordination of the Front for a Healthy Tax Reform.
Chile is undergoing the largest tax reform since the return …
The news article really goes overboard in hyping what appears to be little more than a correlation. Among the issues I have:
- Title: Sugary Drinks Increase Bad Bacteria in Gut, Risk of Diabetes
- Whew. It is a doozy. No evidence that the bacteria found are "bad" as far as I can tell. No evidence that sugary drinks specifically cause the increase. The paper is a review paper outlining a lot of prior work and some theories hypothesizing connections between fructose and sweeteners and the microbiome and obesity. But I don't see any evidence of specific increases in bad bacteria in the gut.
- Byline: Sugary drinks help bad microbes grow in the human gut. This increase leads to many health complications like obesity and metabolic syndrome, raising risk of diseases associated with metabolic syndrome like diabetes.
- Wow. Even worse than the title. Sugary drinks help the bad microbes grow. And this leads to many health complications. No evidence is presented for this.
In this case it is certainly much better to go to the source than to read the news story since the source (the PhD thesis and presumably the review paper) is quite thorough and interesting. It has some fascinating ideas about sugar and sugar substitutes and their potential effects.
Mind you, I think microbes play a role in obesity too. But the simple "sugary drinks CAUSE growth of bad bacteria which CAUSES health problems" well, if only it were so. So for their overselling the effects of sugar and the microbiome without evidence I am giving the Medical Daily a highly coveted "overselling the microbiome award".