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Happy Friday! I had a busy week, what with orientation for my upcoming 10-week internship rotation at Harborview Medical Center, on top of everything else. But it went well, and I’m excited. I’m also excited about all the interesting nutrition news this week. Here are some highlights:

  • Respect! In light of the recent study, published in New England Journal of Medicine, that showed that diet can be as powerful as drugs in protecting cardiovascular health, there’s a new push for rigorous studies to explore other diets the way the Mediterranean diet has been explored, as discussed in the New York Times article “Experts want more studies of diet’s role for the heart.” Yippee!! 
  • Ohhhhh…you know it’s important to get adequate sleep, right? Well, here’s how important: A new study suggests that chronic sleep deprivation changes the activity of about 700 (or 3 percent) of our genes. As The Washington Post puts it, “Bone-tired? How about gene-tired?” The bad news: calcium is good for your bones, but MIGHT be bad for your heart and arteries. 
  • The good news: calcium from food has the benefits but not the risks. The Washington Post discusses why “Calcium and vitamin D findings show that caring for your bones can be complicated.” The take home message? When it comes to nutrients, think Food First!
  • Yes! This would be so cool: “The Human Body–In ‘Google Map’ Form.
  • Finally, from The New York Times, “Eat Your Heart Out.” An interesting-but-frustrating example of how, regarding the role of nutrition in disease, sometimes the more we know the more we realize we don’t know. Of course, part of this is because of the growing understanding of how diet interacts with our unique genetic makeup, which is an important and evolving area of science.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I’m coming up on the last week of the first term of my internship. That’s crazy…and means I’m crazy busy (but what else is new?).