The Science of Sustainability

Darya Pino

Darya Pino

Darya Pino is a Ph.D trained scientist, San Francisco foodie, food and health writer and advocate of local, seasonal foods. She shares her unique scientific perspective on health and enthusiasm for delicious foods at her website Summer Tomato. Follow her on Twitter @summertomato.

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Food Increases Gut Size By Stimulating Stem Cells And Insulin

Food Increases Gut Size By Stimulating Stem Cells And Insulin

Stem cells in the gut of Drosophila divide in response to food.

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Vitamin E Supplements Increase Prostate Cancer Risk

Vitamin E Supplements Increase Prostate Cancer Risk

400 IU of vitamin E daily increases risk of prostate cancer by 17%.

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Tobacco Industry Refused To Reduce Radioactivity In Cigarettes In Order To Maintain Addictive Potential

Tobacco Industry Refused To Reduce Radioactivity In Cigarettes In Order To Maintain Addictive Potential

Reducing radioactivity in tobacco would have also lowered the strength of nicotine, so the tobacco industry ignored it.

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Michael Pollan Says Health Insurance Interests May Be Our Best Chance In Political Food Fight

Michael Pollan Says Health Insurance Interests May Be Our Best Chance In Political Food Fight

With the passing of Obama’s Patient Protection Act and Affordable Care Act, insurance and government agencies can no longer neglect individuals with preventable, diet-related chronic diseases.

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Sexual Satisfaction Linked To Successful Aging

Sexual Satisfaction Linked To Successful Aging

Though aging was associated with an expected decline in physical health and sexual frequency, overall sexual satisfaction did not decline with age.

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Unhealthy Lifestyle Linked To Increased Dementia Risk

Unhealthy Lifestyle Linked To Increased Dementia Risk

High blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and smoking are linked to more rapid cognitive decline.

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New Study Suggests Autism More Tightly Linked To Environment Than Genetics

New Study Suggests Autism More Tightly Linked To Environment Than Genetics

The scientists estimate that environmental factors common to twins explains 55% of susceptibility to autism, whereas genetics accounts for only 37%.

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Meditation May Enhance the Strength of Neural Networks

Meditation May Enhance the Strength of Neural Networks

Meditation is associated with stronger connections between brain regions.

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Diet Sodas May Not Be As Harmless As You Think

Diet Sodas May Not Be As Harmless As You Think

People who regularly drank diet soda showed an increase in waist circumference of 70% compared to those who did not drink diet soda.

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More Pesticides = More Parkinson's Disease

More Pesticides = More Parkinson's Disease

The case is getting stronger that working with or around pesticides directly increases risk of Parkinson's disease.

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Cultural Pressure Encourages Poor Eating Habits In Immigrants

Cultural Pressure Encourages Poor Eating Habits In Immigrants

But the question remains, how do we make healthy eating cool?

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Prince Charles Delivers Landmark Speech, Says Sustainable Farming Can Feed The World

Prince Charles Delivers Landmark Speech, Says Sustainable Farming Can Feed The World

Prince Charles is a long-time supporter of organic and sustainable farming, but this speech took his advocacy a step further.

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Will Conventional Produce Lower Your Child's IQ?

Will Conventional Produce Lower Your Child's IQ?

While these women had slightly higher than average pesticide exposure due to their proximity to farming centers, their levels were not out of range of national averages.

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Exercise May Protect Against Stress-Related Cellular Aging

Exercise May Protect Against Stress-Related Cellular Aging

New research by Nobel Prize winning UCSF researcher, Elizabeth Blackburn, provides a possible mechanism by which exercise protects against stress-related chromosome aging.

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DON'T PANIC (but a tiny bit of radiation was found in U.S. milk)

DON'T PANIC (but a tiny bit of radiation was found in U.S. milk)

"Minuscule" amounts of iodine-131 was found in milk from Washington state.

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Don't Worry, Be Happy, Die Early

Don't Worry, Be Happy, Die Early

Happiness is tied to good health later in life, but childhood happiness does not predict longevity—in fact it does the opposite, according to a new report.

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Missing Gene Suggests Rodents Aren't The Best Model For Diabetes Research

Missing Gene Suggests Rodents Aren't The Best Model For Diabetes Research

Rodents and other mammals might not be ideal for studying type 2 diabetes because of a gene that was deleted from the human genome millions of years ago.

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Scientists Understand Heart Disease Better, Still Give Bad Advice

Scientists Understand Heart Disease Better, Still Give Bad Advice

High-fat, low-carbohydrate diets have been used to treat high triglycerides since the 1960s.

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Should We Stop Telling People To Lose Weight?

Should We Stop Telling People To Lose Weight?

It makes intuitive sense that shifting focus toward healthy habits and away from body size would be a more effective strategy for long-term health, but fat loss (rather than weight loss) may still be a worthwhile target.

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Sugar To Blame For Increased Heart Disease Risk In Teens

Sugar To Blame For Increased Heart Disease Risk In Teens

Sugar consumption among adolescents has nearly doubled since the 1970s.

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