A single nutrient
may have turned early humans into civilized man. Has stripping it from our diet given rise to cancer, diabetes, and other civilized diseases? "There has been a thousandfold increase in the consumption of soybean oil over the past hundred years. The result is an unplanned experiment in brain and heart chemistry, one whose subject is the entire population of the developed world." A series of epidemiological studies
showed that populations that consume high levels of omega-3s in the form of seafood
are the least afflicted by the major diseases associated with the Western diet. (via
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posted by netbros
on Feb 24, 2009 -
When academics rebel.
A group of economists
is attempting to redraw the landscape of academic research publication by injecting new electronic
peer reviewed journals into the marketplace. Electronic publication of research certainly has its merits at times. Case in point: Because of the pressing medical importance of analyses of the recent anthrax cases, JAMA
has published the results of two studies (one of patients who survived
and one of those who did not
) online in advance of the print publication in order to inform health care professionals as soon as possible. Do situations like this argue in favor of a change in the way that research is conducted and/or reported?
posted by iceberg273
on Nov 15, 2001 -