The New York Times - paywall - 19 Oct 2017
The answer seems to be yes. According to the author of “An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Disease,” new research indicates that Mediterranean-like diets (lots of fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains and nuts) may protect the body against the ravages of air pollution – a growing global threat. How this works is not fully understood, but it seems like such a diet blunts the effects of air pollution “not by shielding the body directly like a mask, but by helping our bodies to cope with the insult” (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 20 October 2017
The New York Times - paywall - 2 Oct 2017
Fast food, symbolically associated with rich nations, is expanding fast in Africa - the reason why obesity is surging and posing a looming health crisis. This article is a reminder that, despite rich people’s obsession with wellness, fast food is booming, particularly in emerging markets. From 2011 to 2016, sales grew 21.5% in the US and 30% worldwide. All emerging markets face the same quandary: how to grow and move beyond scarcity without being overtaken by processed and fast food. So far, not a single nation has been able to reverse the growth of obesity (reads in 9-12 min).
Published in Weekly selection 6 October 2017
Time - 20 Jul 2017
What was intuitively known is now corroborated by a meta-study that confirms, with “almost no doubt,” that happiness can positively influence health and longevity. It shows in particular that happiness (subjective wellbeing in the jargon) can have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular and immune systems, influence hormones and inflammation levels, and speed wound healing (reads in 3-5 min).
Published in Weekly selection 21 July 2017