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What is good for the heart is also good for the brain. Prospective studies show that elder individuals have fewer cardiovascular diseases and a lower risk of dementia when consuming a Mediterranean diet with moderate wine consumption. But which role does nutrition play in early adulthood with respect to the cognitive performance*? The objective of the current CARDIA (Coronary Artery Risk Developmment in Young Adults) study was to investigate this question. WHAT IS IT? During a period of 30 years,…
This review describes the challenges of the Mediterranean dietary pattern. Approximately half a century ago, the Mediterranean lifestyle progressively gained recognition as one of the healthiest patterns of living and eating. While its health benefits are universally recognized today by medical professionals, the present Med Diet is challenged by major difficulties in implementing this protective dietary pattern in other geographical and cultural areas. It also appears difficult to keep the Med Diet alive in traditional Mediterranean territories, as it is…
In this prospective US study, the researchers found that low to moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages (1-15 drinks per week) was associated with a lower risk of developing chronic kidney disease. They conclude that a moderate intake, therefore, is not likely to be harmful to the kidneys. Hu E et al, Alcohol consumption and incident kidney disease: results from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, J Renal Nutrition 2019, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.jm.2019.01.011 For more information about this article, read the scientific…
WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND? Alcohol-induced hangover is characterized by a well-known complex of unpleasant physical and mental symptoms that occur when elevated blood alcohol concentrations return to zero. Surprisingly, there are neither any sound pathophysiological hangover models nor any effective medical remedies. Instead, societies appear to rely on old folk sayings that exist in numerous languages and variations, e.g., “Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine before beer and you’ll feel queer.” Similarly, the French say, “Bière sur vin…
WHAT IS IT? The study “Light to moderate drinking and therapeutic doses of acetaminophen: an assessment of risks for renal dysfunction” examined the potential effect of non-prescription analgesics such as acetaminophen (commonly used for headaches, colds, etc.) in combination with moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages on kidney functions. WHAT DOES IT SAY? The results suggest that even therapeutic doses of acetaminophen combined with light to moderate amounts of alcohol can have detrimental effects on the kidneys, even more so, if…
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