January 23, 2009
"It's been a long time coming, but I know a change is gonna come." That stanza from A Change Is Gonna Come was written by visionary trailblazer music man, Sam Cooke, in 1964.
December 19, 2008
An outlier is a statistical observation that is different in value from the others of the sample. There is no rigid mathematical definition of what constitutes an outlier; determining whether or not an observation is an outlier is ultimately a subjective exercise.
December 12, 2008
"I feel that it's raining all over the world." OK, the lyric is actually from A Rainy Night in Georgia, but it fits the occassion. Ark-building rain did not prevent doctors from attending Dr. Jerre Freeman and MECA Eye and Laser Center's evening of nutrition education in Memphis this past Tuesday evening.
November 28, 2008
Americans consumed vast amounts of turkey yesterday, and those who were lucky enough to host Thanksgiving dinner will probably be eating leftovers for the rest of the weekend.
November 21, 2008
Dr. Imre Lengyel is one of the people I will remember to be thankful for next Thursday. He is a senior scientist and one of the principal investigators in the Department of Ocular Biology and Therapeutics at University College, London (ranked among the top ten universities in the world). He Skyped me last year to introduce himself after reading a Friday Pearl I wrote about one of his studies.
November 14, 2008
A study published in this week’s JAMA suggests Vitamin E increases the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. A fairly large part of the health-conscious general public has been safely supplementing with 200-1,000 IUs of Vitamin E for over 30 years. What’s changed?
November 07, 2008
A study released today, Sunday, November 9, 2008, at the Americn Heart Association's Scientific Sessions suggests that supplemental Vitamins C and E did not prevent heart disease in the Physicians' Health Study II.
October 31, 2008
Questions about the use of our new portion control formula, Avantrx, suggest the public may be a bit confused about stomach size and weight gain or loss. Today's Pearl presents opinions from two Web MD experts on stomach size myths vs. facts.
October 31, 2008
The cancer study published in JAMA on November 4 2008 is disappointing news for mid-life women who hope to protect their health with vitamins.
October 23, 2008
According to U.C. Berkeley Graduate School Division Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bruce Ames, PhD, "Not enough doctors, or people, give a damn about the more than 40 micronutrients required in the daily human diet to maintain health. Inadequate intake of micronutrients can lead to DNA damage, mitochondrial decay, and other pathologies, including degenerative eye disease."