Mediterranean Diet Reduces Heart Disease Risk; Low-Fat Diet is Difficult to Study

ImageA research article published in The New England Journal of Medicine on February 25, 2013 found that a traditional Mediterranean diet reduced risk of major cardiovascular events compared to a low-fat diet. The study suggested that a Mediterranean diet — rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables — is healthier than a typical western diet. The study also demonstrated the challenges of conducting clinical research trials on diet.  Continue reading

Are Mice Reliable Models for Human Disease Studies?

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An article published in the New York Times on February 11 questioned the efficacy of using mice to model human diseases that involve the immune system. The article reports findings of a research paper by Seok et al. published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on February 10. The researchers assert that years and billions of dollars were wasted studying mice.

So should we scrap mice as a model system for human disease, or is there more to the story?  Continue reading