The New York Times - metered paywall - 6 Apr 2018
There are lots of reasons to avoid processed foods. They’re often packed with sugar, fat and salt, and they tend to lack certain nutrients critical to health, like fiber. And now, new research suggests that some of the additives that extend the shelf life and improve the texture of these foods may have unintended side effects - not on our bodies directly, but on the human microbiome, the trillions of bacteria living in our guts (reads in 5-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 13 April 2018
Fortune - 19 Mar 2018
Thanks to a slew of sophisticated measuring devices, ubiquitous connectivity and AI, companies can now harness and make sense of data about our health as never before. This article is a rather long read (more than 15 min.), but it is packed with practical examples showing how big data is about to entail a radical change in healthcare – with tremendous investment implications.
Published in Weekly selection 23 March 2018
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