Assessment: n-3 fatty acids and cognitive decline study

Purpose of study: Observe how plasma n-3 fatty acids affect risk of cognitive decline in older adults. Research methodology: Prospective human observational cohort study Description: Beydoun et al (1) analyzed plasma fatty acids in cholesteryl esters and phospholipids in 2,251 white women and men ages 50-65 from 1987 to 1989 in a community in Minneapolis,Continue reading “Assessment: n-3 fatty acids and cognitive decline study”

Understanding Pernicious Anemia

Intrinsic factor, a glycoprotein secreted from paretal cells in the stomach, is responsible for forming a complex with cobalamin (B12) to then bind to an ileal receptor for absorption (1p1184). Lack of ability to secrete intrinsic factor results in pernicious anemia, a megaloblastic anemia from cobalamin deficiency(1;2). Pernicious anemia therapy often requires parenteral cobalamin orContinue reading “Understanding Pernicious Anemia”

Life adapted to the beach or the cooking pot?

Last night I met up with perhaps the most famous biologist on the planet, PZ Myers. How? He was just hanging out at a bar in town. Couldn’t believe my luck! I brought up all my evolutionary nutrition ideas to him. In case anyone’s interested (does anyone read this blog?), PZ was fond of thisContinue reading “Life adapted to the beach or the cooking pot?”