Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s day. I had a crazy-but-awesome internship day with six patients, each one quite different from the next. A highlight of the day was what I proclaim the Best Potluck Ever, in the UWMC pediatrics department: A perfect mix of healthy-delicious (kale salad, shredded Brussels sprout salad, homemade beef stew, soba noodle salad, quinoa and orzo salads, smoked salmon, and so on) and decadent-delicious (homemade chocolate cake and cupcakes, a really great red velvet cake made with beets, high-quality chocolates, strawberries and whipped cream, Top Pot doughnuts). Even though the day was crazy, I had managed to keep up with nutrition news earlier in the week, so here’s some of what I found most interesting:
- This is why I eat fried chicken only twice a year (and really savor it when I do have it): “Southern diet sends stroke risk soaring.”
- Hooray! “Breast feeding is on the rise in America, CDC says.”
- Does how well we sleep affect what we eat, or is it the other way around? This Time magazine article talks about an interesting new study looking at how diet may influence how long we sleep. It’s a preliminary study, but still interesting.
- Is vitamin C all it’s Cracked up to be? The news from Harvard is that “There may be such a thing as too much vitamin C.”
- Think that little things like taking the stairs or getting off the bus one stop early don’t matter? Think again. A small Danish study gives an intriguing boost to the idea that having an overall active lifestyle is important for good health.
Have a great President’s Day weekend. I myself am off to New York City tomorrow, sweaters and down jacket in tow, for a few days of recreation.