3 Memorable Memorial Day Studies! [The Stack 004]

Happy Memorial Day! -- The unofficial start of summer vacation season (whoot whoot).

Let us honor the men and women who died while serving and protecting our country.

While you’re firing up the grill and clinking cups with your besties, hand out a few brain nuggets -- donate and debate these health-related studies.

Ultra-processed foods are making you fat

NPR’s showstopper was the first randomized controlled trial to prove that ultra-processed food diets actually drive us to overeat and gain weight.

  • National Institutes of Health study researchers tracked calories, weight, and hunger hormone levels of 20 healthy adults given either an ultra-processed or wholesome diet.
  • When exposed to ultra-processed foods (chips, candy, packaged dessert and meals, breakfast cereals, white bread, frozen sausages) participants ate an extra 508 extra calories per day.
  • Both groups were given meals with similar calories and nutrients but the ultra-processed eaters gained an average of 2 pounds over a two-week period while the whole food eaters lost about 2 pounds.

Mushrooms may reduce risk of cognitive decline

The National University of Singapore discovered that seniors who eat mushrooms on a regular basis (two portions per week) may reduce their risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) by 50%

  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the stage between the cognitive decline of normal aging, and the more serious decline of dementia.
    • Symptoms include: cognitive loss, forgetfulness, poor cognitive function, and decreased language and attention abilities.
  • The researchers of this six year study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, tracked more than 600 Chinese seniors in Singapore.
  • The seniors who ate two portions of mushrooms per week (one portion = ¾ cup or 150g) reduced their risk of MCI - even one small portion of mushrooms per week showed a reduction in changes related to MCI.

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Bowel cancer rates rising in young adults

BBC news featured a BMJ study presenting data of more people under 50 being diagnosed with bowel cancer in European and high-income countries.

  • Data was collected from more than 143 million people in 20 European countries (including UK, Germany, Sweden, and France).
  • In most countries, there was a rise in cases of bowel cancer between 1990 and 2016.
  • The most significant increase was from 0.8 to 2.3 cases per 100,000 people over 26 years old.
    • The sharpest rise was 7.9% per year, between 2004 and 2016.
  • There was no increase in deaths from bowel cancer for this age group, but this opens the conversation to consider changes in screening protocols.

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What else we're Stacking…

-Your brain stops time when you blink [Research Digest]

-No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy [AIP Publishing]

-Blocking protein cubs memory loss in old mice [Stanford Medicine]

-Don’t visit your doctor in the afternoon [The New York Times]

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