Emulate makes “Organ on a Chip” technology. 

I recently found out this existed, and I’m still stunned. “The translucent Emulate chips, roughly the size of a AA battery, have tiny channels lined with human cells and tissue. These chips are engineered to recreate the physiology and mechanical forces encountered by the cells of an organ, such as the flow of blood or air.” learn more

The Mediterranean diet study retracted. 

“In 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine published a landmark study that found that people put on a Mediterranean diet had a 30% lower chance of heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease than people on a low-fat diet.” This retraction is based on the sampling methodology being flawed and is a big deal because the study was so widely cited. learn more

Leg exercise has impact on brain and nervous system health. 

Don’t skip leg day! “‘Our study supports the notion that people who are unable to do load-bearing exercises—such as patients who are bed-ridden, or even astronauts on extended travel—not only lose muscle mass, but their body chemistry is altered at the cellular level and even their nervous system is adversely impacted,’ says Dr. Raffaella Adami from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.” learn more

Bacteria are eating antibiotics. 

“As if it’s not bad enough that bacteria are increasingly becoming resistant to our best antibiotics – some bugs are even eating the drugs. An international team of scientists has now examined just how the bacteria disarm and consume the antibiotics as food, uncovering new potential ways to fight back against resistance.” |learn more

The corruption of evidence based medicine. 

I’m still digesting this post by Dr. Jason Fung about Evidence Based Medicine (EBM). Though the name sounds great, apparently the evidence is incredibly biased, leading to bad conclusions. It’s not just this guy who thinks so – editors at Lancet and NEJM have both said substantially the same thing. What can we trust? learn more