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A Matter of Minutes

A recent study in JAMA shows that just 20 minutes of daily physical activity is enough to be the difference between the onset of diabetes or dodging that bullet in at-risk children.

By | September 28th, 2012|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Taste Bud Rehab

A new study published on-line in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood indicates that obese children and adolescents, as compared to lean counterparts, have less sensitive taste buds. The researchers suggest that this difference in taste sensitivity may be an explanation for the development of obesity.

By | September 21st, 2012|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Living on a Diet of Unintended Consequences

Several decades ago, the food industry fooled us once by turning “reduce dietary fat” into an entire inventory of Frankenfoods unimagined by the scientists who first suggested we should eat less meat, butter, and cheese.

By | September 14th, 2012|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

The Basic Care & Feeding of a Social Animal

We, the people of the United States, are not socialists. But we, like all people, are social- and it’s not even a choice. We are innately, biologically social creatures. Not all animals are. Adult male polar bears are loners. So are tigers.

By | September 7th, 2012|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Our place in nature (and vice versa)

We have long known that bacteria living on and in our bodies outnumber our cells- which themselves sum up to a number that exceeds any hope of real understanding- by 20 to one. And we have increasing evidence of the profound influence of these intimate neighbors on far more than just digestion.

By | August 31st, 2012|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Unscrambling Egg Science

If I were to say “__________ & eggs” to you, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Please hold that thought, as I attempt to unscramble the latest research about eggs, and health.

By | August 24th, 2012|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

The Road to Greatness

I have been asked to do several interviews- both in print and on air- about the Nike “find your greatness” ad we all saw during the Olympics that shows an obese boy running down a dirt road- so I thought I would share my views here as well.

By | August 17th, 2012|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

The Rational Rationing of Health Care

Massachusetts has a long track record of making headlines in the area of health care reform, whether or not Mitt Romney likes to talk about it. In 2008, Massachusetts released results of its initiative requiring virtually all of its citizens to acquire health insurance.

By | August 10th, 2012|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Your Cookies (Probably) Won’t Explode!

If you reduce the sodium content of cookies you bake (or talk someone into baking for you), they won’t explode. I have data! We’ll get back to this.

By | August 3rd, 2012|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Questions of Mass Dysfunction

That a society should send its soldiers half way around the world seeking weapons of mass destruction that prove not to be there- while handing them out at home as a matter of routine, even at times, if inadvertently, to the mentally unhinged- raises questions of mass dysfunction.

By | July 27th, 2012|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments