Journal Club

Paediatric Lifestyle Medicine 4

Now that I am entering the final years of my paediatric training (ST6), people keep asking me what I want to specialise in. At the moment I am training in “general” paediatrics, which is a kind of specialty in and of itself, although many general paediatricians also have special interests […]

Polyunsaturated fats: the dietary equivalent of low-tar cigarettes?

Recently I read an article on the website of the Pritikin Longevity Center in Florida, entitled What’s Wrong with Olive Oil? This makes the case for the hypothesis that there is no such thing as a “healthy fat” – only bad fats and very bad fats – likening the situation […]

Update: Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet

One of my classmates on the eCornell Certificate Programme (Plant-Based Nutrition) runs the excellent blog Simplify Your Health, and has recently written an interesting post about the health benefits of nuts. One of the references she used to support her argument was a media report on the PREDIMED study I […]

Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet?

Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet. Ramon Estruch et al. The New England Journal of Medicine 2013;368:1279-90 This paper was presented by Ramon Estruch (MD, PhD) from Barcelona at the Cardiovascular Research Trust Symposium on Diet, Active Lifestyle and Cardiovascular Health. I was particularly interested to read […]

Fruit Consumption and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes 3

Fruit consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: results from three prospective longitudinal cohort studies. Isao Muraki et al. BMJ 2013;347:f5001 (published 28th August 2013)  This recent study published in the British Medical Journal (28th August 2013) triggered a number of articles in the Guardian newspaper, questioning the health benefits […]