Posted by Andrew Wadge on 26 February 2009 in Science, safety and health
Today the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) published a policy report to show how we can all work together to prevent cancer.
If you cast your minds back to November before last, you might remember that the 2007 WCRF report made recommendations to help reduce risks of cancer, including cutting out all processed meat (including ham, bacon and salami) from the diet. However, It's important to remember that, while some evidence in relation to bowel cancer suggests that It's a good idea to cut down on red and processed meat and replace with foods like chicken and fish, there's no evidence that the occasional bacon sandwich will increase the risk.
Posted by Andrew Wadge on 25 February 2009 in Science, safety and health
Peanut allergy has been in the news recently with the announcement by researchers at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge of a potential treatment for food allergy. Results from the first four patients in this trial showed a decrease in sensitivity in patients who were allergic to peanuts. The trial has allowed the participants to have more confidence that they won't have a severe allergic reaction if they eat food that accidentally contains small amounts of peanut. While not a cure, the desensitisation study gives hope to people who are allergic to peanuts. This is good news, but do note that this was a carefully controlled clinical trial, so, in the words of many a TV presenter, ‘don't try this at home'.
Posted by Andrew Wadge on 10 February 2009 in General interest
In many people's minds, science is often associated with complex equations, technical language and experiments in labs. This can have the effect of making the scientific world appear remote to the general public and removed from their day-to-day lives.
In fact, science does have an impact on all of us, every single day – particularly the science behind good nutritional advice. The choices we make about the foods we eat have a direct impact on our health.
This is why the FSA is today launching a campaign to raise awareness of the health risks of eating too much saturated fat. And, showing the appliance of science, we’re suggesting a whole range of simple tips on how to reduce the amount of saturated fat we eat.