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Weekend Link Love – Edition 428

Research of the Week

Compared to Bronze Age Europeans and contemporary Northern Europeans, Southern Europeans tend to be better [1] at converting short chain PUFAs (linoleic acid and ALA) into long chain PUFAs (arachidonic acid, EPA, DHA).

The results of many clinical trials are never published [2]. Why’s that?

Teens are better at math in the mornings (PDF [3]).

Vitamin D protects worms [4] against aging and Alzheimer’s.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 144: Matt and Keris Whitmore [5]: Host Brad Kearns chats with UK-based Matt and Keris about the link between your skin and your overall health, how training in hot weather affects your gut, what keto means for your training, the release of their new book Paleo Primer: A Second Helping, and much more.

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Interesting Blog Posts

As with seemingly everything, autophagy has a dark side [8].

On work [9].

Media, Schmedia

Millennials are spending so much time sitting in front of screens that they’re getting varicose veins, hemorrhoids, bad backs, and bum knees [10]. Next up: AARP memberships.

Meanwhile, dementia rates are dropping [11] even as the population ages.

Everything Else

When it comes to studying the relationship between saturated fats (or any single nutrient) and heart disease, context matters [12].

You know our soda intake is excessive when you use “bathtubs [13]” as a unit of measurement.

Rwandan gorillas are conducting uncharacteristic acts of mob violence [14].

Every Thanksgiving, backyard football injuries skyrocket [15].

Where’s a hyphen when you need one [16]?

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Editorial every MD should read: “More clarity needed on the true benefits and risks of statins [17].”

Product that keeps ending up in my mouth: Our new Primal Kitchen Chocolate Hazelnut Bar [18], which is like a better, chewier version of Nutella that doesn’t leave you weeping with regret at 3 AM in a pile of empty jars.

Articles I’m flabbergasted had to be written: “Let’s face it, keeping children sedentary for most of their waking hours is causing harm [19].”

News I enjoyed: People are Googling the hell out of turmeric, kefir, and other functional foods [20].

News I did not enjoy: 85% of food in the U.S. contains pesticide residues (PDF [21]).

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 27 – Dec 3)

Comment of the Week

“The technical revolution of food is so 1850.”

Joselyn Hoffman Schutz – in response to the “Can Techies Improve Food?” Facebook posting [26]