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This Week: In Brief (Feb 14-20)

Saturday, February 20, 2010 Posted by Travis Saunders

While we regularly post lengthy discussions on Obesity Panacea, there are many research updates, news stories, videos, etc. in the field of obesity, physical activity and nutrition that we come across on a daily basis that never grace the pages of the blog. Most of these mini-stories we share with our followers on Twitter, and we encourage those of you with active Twitter accounts to communicate with us there to get real-time updates of all the stuff we are discussing (Follow Peter and/or Follow Travis). For those of you who shy away from Twitter, enjoy below the best mini-stories that we came across during the prior week along with links to the original source so that you can follow the full story.

  • Grandma's job is to make grandkids eat! (Dr Sharma's Obesity Notes)
  • How two tell the difference between green garlic and green onions (Summer Tomato)
  • Health Canada wants to fortify junkfood (Weighty Matters)
  • Whole Foods rewards employees based on body weight.  Seriously! (MSN)
  • A cool video of the science behind Olympic mogul skiing (Youtube)
  • The always useful physical activity information round-up (Alberta Center for Active Living)
  • Whether in restaurants or in the freezer aisle, many foods have substantially more calories than they claim (ARCH)
  • Milk may be related to prostate cancer risk (Cyberpresse) [UPDATE: Dietitian Jonathan Fontaine says the peer-reviewed paper will be coming out in the The Prostate in the near future]
  •  Do you live in or around Ottawa?  Be sure to take advantage of all the free fun this weekend at Winterlude! (National Capital Commission)
  • And for my picks of the best Health and Clinical Research posts of the past week, be sure to check out my weekly Editor's Selections (Research Blogging)
Have a great weekend!


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    4 Response to "This Week: In Brief (Feb 14-20)"

    1. Anonymous Said,

      Is there an English version of the milk/prostate cancer link? My French isn't good enough to read science articles with much comprehension. (Or, could you just give a brief synopsis?) Thanks!

      Posted on February 20, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    2. Travis Saunders Said,

      I don't know of an English link, but here's my best shot at translating:

      The risk of prostate cancer in a cross-sectional study was twice as high in individuals consuming 470g of dairy products per day (a little more than two glasses) as to individuals consuming 125 grams per day. The article is a little short on details, so I'm looking forward to the paper itself. If anyone here is more comfortable with written French, feel free to give a more detailed translation!


      Posted on February 20, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    3. Phd Blogger Said,

      New Scottish paper on obesity published today!

      Haven't read it yet!

      Posted on February 22, 2010 at 6:56 AM

    4. Travis Saunders Said,

      Wow, that's a terrific link - thanks for posting!


      Posted on February 22, 2010 at 9:12 AM


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