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Why the diet soda controversy might never die

October 17, 2019


Despite the "exceedingly good" odds that drinking too much soda will not kill you, in recent years there has been a seemingly endless slew of research highlighting its vices—and the studies likely will keep coming, Aaron Carroll, a health economist and pediatrics professor at Indiana University writes.

A researcher behind the latest controversial red meat guidelines didn't report past industry ties

October 9, 2019


An epidemiologist and lead researcher behind controversial guidelines about processed and red meat published last week said previous work with an industry group is not related to and had no influence on his most recent research and the corresponding guidelines.

Is red meat really bad for you? A new study ignites a scientific food fight.

October 3, 2019


The nutrition world was launched into a divisive debate this week over existing guidelines for red meat consumption when the Annals of Internal Medicine published new recommendations that concluded there is no convincing evidence that adults need to reduce their intake of processed and red meats to improve their health.

FDA will not regulate fitness tracker apps, other healthy lifestyle software

September 30, 2019


FDA last week released guidelines clarifying how the agency will regulate digital health products, such as mobile apps and tools that use artificial intelligence to help doctors make clinical decisions.

Are diet fads making Americans eat healthier? Maybe.

September 26, 2019


The American diet is slightly healthier than it was 20 years ago, but low-quality carbohydrates such as sugary foods, refined grains, and starchy vegetables continue to make up more than 40% of U.S. adults' daily calorie intake, according to a study published yesterday in JAMA.

A new peanut allergy drug could cost $4,200 a year. Is it just overpriced peanut flour?

September 18, 2019


An FDA advisory panel this month recommended approval of an experimental treatment for peanut allergies but, writing in The Atlantic, James Hamblin questions whether the product is worth its likely $4,200 price tag—and flags research suggesting it might backfire for some patients.

Does pizza prevent cancer? The results of this year's Ig Nobel awards.

September 16, 2019


The Annals of Improbable Research on Thursday awarded the Ig Nobel Prizes to 10 "improbable" research projects, including studies into how dirty money really is, whether clickers can help train budding surgeons, and more.

Are diet sodas dangerous? New research deepens the debate.

September 9, 2019


Drinking soft drinks every day—including sugar-free diet sodas—is associated with a greater risk of premature death, according to a study of over 450,000 people published Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine, though some experts warn that observational studies like this fail to answer the question of whether drinking diet sodas causes harm or is simply associated with unhealthy behavior.

Can junk food really make you go blind? It's complicated.

September 6, 2019


A new case report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine highlights a severe case of avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder that doctors believe led to blindness in a 17-year-old boy who ate only French fries, chips, white bread, and processed pork—but one expert is questioning whether the boy's diet was the only factor at play.

This state is making 'the biggest bet yet' on value-based care

August 28, 2019


North Carolina and its largest private insurer recently have launched initiatives to move away from a fee-for-service model, toward value-based care, and several of the initiatives are showing early signs of success.

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