Healthy — and not so healthy — diets are in the news today, with US News releasing their best-diet rankings.
Among the 32 diets evaluated, the DASH diet ranked best overall. It also tied for top spot in diabetes control. With it’s full name — Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension — you can probably tell that it was originally developed to control blood pressure. Paleo diet ranked at the bottom.
US News experts focused on eight categories, including the best diet for weight loss, diabetes, and heart-health. But they did not focus on the best diet for cancer prevention. (Maybe next year!) Continue reading
If you were to go running there’s a good chance you’ll be yearning for an apple instead of a doughnut afterwards, suggests a recent brain imaging study, and that may be because your brain is pushing you towards water.
Physical activity is one factor that can influence our appetite, possibly by its role in altering our brain signals related to hunger and pleasure. This study focused on bouts of a high-intensity activity: running.
The study was small — 15 lean men — but it may help explain how exercise relates to hunger and overall health. It was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
In the study, the men first ran for an hour and then at a later day, they rested for an hour. For each trial, the men had easy access to water.
Ten minutes after they ran or rested, researchers scanned specific areas of the men’s brain as they looked at two dozen food images. In random order, they saw images of high-calorie foods — such as brownies, ice cream, pizza and fried chicken — and low calorie foods, including grapes, apples, lettuce, and carrots. (They also saw two dozen images of non-food items.) Continue reading
All of us at the American Institute for Cancer Research are grieving the loss of our dear friend and colleague Dr. John Milner, who passed away suddenly on New Year’s Eve.
Dr. Milner was a tireless, eloquent and impassioned champion of research into nutrition’s role in cancer risk. We will remember him as a true leader whose combination of dedication, intellect and personal charm brought experts from many different fields together. His warm and garrulous presence, and his sage advice, will be greatly missed.
Dr. Milner was a longtime friend to AICR, serving for many years as a member of our grant review panel and our research conference planning committee.
During his time as chief of the National Cancer Institute’s Nutrition Science Research Group, where he helped shape the nation’s scientific inquiry into diet and cancer prevention, he served as the NCI observer for the Expert Panel that authored the AICR/WCRF report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective.
His involvement in the field of nutrition dates back to his student days at Oklahoma State University, when a work-study job in a research laboratory triggered a lifelong interest in fighting disease. After earning his PhD from Cornell University, Milner was recruited for the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he met Mary Frances Picciano, PhD, who would later become his wife. Continue reading