Category Archives: General Health

Many people have not considered their preferences for end of life care

In a post for the Washington Post “Wonkblog,” Jason Millman wrote that “one of the big takeaways” from a recent Institute of Medicine report calling for “reforms for how end-of-life care is provided,” is that “plenty of people still haven’t thought these issues through,” a fact which “hasn’t changed much in the past 10 years.” Continue reading

Artificial sweeteners tied to glucose intolerance and altered gut microbiota

USA Today reports that according to a study published in the journal Nature, “reaching for artificial sweeteners to avoid sugar may be trading one evil for another.” Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel posit that “differences in gut microbes may explain why some people can handle artificial sweeteners just fine while in an unknown percentage of others the sweeteners lead to diabetes.” Continue reading