The Myopia Pandemic
Week of August 28

The Myopia PandemicOf all the pandemics in the world, here’s one I did not know about: myopia. Near sightedness? Are you sure you’re not thinking of hyperopia which I and everyone I know has? Yeah, it does seem everyone I know needs reading glasses, but no. I’m referring to young people who can’t see far and the reason will make a lot of parents shake their heads: kids are spending too much time indoors.

It’s true. For example, in Korea and China where study time has shot up, 90 and 97 percent of young people have myopia. Sixty years ago only 10 to 20 percent of Chinese were myopic! I know it’s tempting to believe too much time hitting the books is the problem, but a study in 2000 disproved this theory... More »

Obesity and Diabetes - Is Your Gut in Control?
Week of August 21

Obesity and Diabetes - Is Your Gut in Control?We’ve known that diabetics who use artificial sugars to control their disease don’t always see a positive result, but doctors have had no idea why. It seems to contradict logic since they’re not actually consuming sugar, but a recent study explains why. Artificial sweeteners change the resident bacterial population we all have in our gut, known as microbiome.

The experiments first showed that sugar substitutes such as saccharine and sucralose fed to mice elevated their blood sugar levels more than mice fed sugar... More »

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