Tagged: cancer

The sweet spot for fruits and vegetables

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, 10 servings a day is the best target to aim for, according to a large meta-analysis and sys­tematic review published in February 2017 in the International Journal of Epidemiology—though less...

Do spicy foods cause ulcers?

Years ago it was accepted as fact that spicy foods were the culprits behind many peptic ulcers. Doctors’ advice was to avoid curries, salsas, hot peppers, and anything else that “burned,” the theory being that...

Antioxidants and free radicals

Antioxidants are part of the complex world of biochemistry. In cells, oxygen is constantly involved in chemical reactions in which electrons are shifted around. To generate energy, our cells remove electrons from sugars, fatty...

Do cellphones cause cancer?

Cell phones are more widespread than ever, and the debate about whether they can cause brain cancer continues unabated. With the results of each new study, scientists and advocates on both sides of the...

Should you stick with Teflon?

The chemical polytetrafluoro­ethylene (PTFE), with nonstick properties, was discovered accidentally in 1938 by a DuPont chemist working with refrigerant gases. Shortly after, PTFE (dubbed Teflon) appeared as a coating on cookware and other products,...

Psychedelics for depression and PTSD?

The Aztecs and Timothy Leary touted the psychological benefits of mind-altering psychedelic drugs. Now, science is finding out they may have been right. Researchers are investigating the use of the mind-altering drugs psilocybin, for...

Ginger: a folk remedy put to the test

Used in cooking and herbal medicine around the world, ginger is the rhizome (underground stem) of Zingiber officinale, which grows in warm climates. It contains many interesting compounds. The best known of these are...