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Greenpeace blocks golden rice for children of the Philippines

Greenpeace successfully blocked the cultivation of golden rice in the Philippines, a genetically modified crop designed to combat vitamin A deficiency, which kills millions of children in impoverished areas. Despite extensive scientific evidence proving the safety and efficiency of golden rice, Greenpeace’s campaign leverages pseudoscience, ignoring its potential to save lives in vulnerable communities.

New study shows that eating red meat has no impact on health

A comprehensive analysis in “Grilling the data” investigates the impact of red meat on mortality, examining over 1000 statistical methods across 15 studies. Existing data yields contradictory results, from significant reductions to increases in mortality risks. This study, however, concludes that red meat consumption neither significantly decreases nor increases early death risk, suggesting no substantial health impact from eating red meat per current findings.

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Mediterranean diet and risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease?

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are global concerns as the population ages. The Mediterranean diet, characterized by whole grains, olive oil, fish, and moderate wine, has potential protective effects. Observational studies suggest that adherence to this diet reduces the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. Mechanisms include antioxidants, improved vascular health, neuroprotection, and blood sugar regulation.

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Does sugar cause cancer? Another dumb myth to be debunked

Despite the widespread belief that sugar may cause cancer, there is no strong clinical evidence to support this link. While some research, like a 2017 Nature Communications paper, suggests a connection, these findings are inconclusive and don’t constitute a general claim that sugar causes cancer. Cancer is a complex disease with over 200 types, each with different causes. Lifestyle changes, like avoiding smoking and maintaining a healthy diet, can reduce cancer risk. However, the Warburg effect posits that cancer could have a unique sugar metabolism, which presents a potential research avenue for treatments. It’s important to manage sugar intake for other health reasons, but currently, sugar avoidance is not proven to prevent or treat cancer.

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Do supplements prevent cancer or heart disease? No evidence

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found insufficient evidence to recommend supplements for cancer and heart disease prevention, except for cases with specific medical needs. Expensive supplements generally result in “very expensive urine,” with no benefit for those without nutrient deficiencies. The USPSTF’s evaluations, which influence healthcare coverages, are based on high-quality clinical studies, leaving most supplements without support for their claimed benefits.

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Chocolate does not prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Claims about chocolate enhancing heart health and cognitive function have been debunked. Clinical trials revealed that chocolate does not significantly prevent heart disease or improve cognition. Research conducted on over 2,000 adults found no beneficial effect of consuming cocoa on brain function, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease, disappointing those who believed in its implied health benefits.