The Daily Dose: The data’s in and the Mediterranean diet is keeping Italians healthy

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A recent study looked at the overall health of the Italian population by using estimates from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) 2017. They concluded that although the population enjoyed general health, “Two main issues require attention, population ageing and gradual decrease of public health financing, which both pose several challenges to the future of Italy’s health status.” That Mediterranean diet keeps on keepin’ on.

Dementia is a cruel disease. It’s no secret. But this photo essay in STAT by Sofie Mathiassen about the struggles of one spouse caring for the other really drives home the heartbreak. A quote from the piece: “You keep loving each other. No matter what, no matter sickness. He was my husband. We’ve been together all life, we were supposed to be together until we couldn’t anymore.”

Swedish researchers investigated whether there was any correlation between the age of puberty and susceptibility to fractures later in life. They studied the data from the BMI Epidemiology Study Gothenberg, analyzing 31,971 men total. The paper concluded, “we observed that late pubertal timing was associated with increased adult fracture risk in men. These findings suggest that information on pubertal timing might aid in the identification of those men at greatest risk of fracture.”

Harvard geneticist George Church wants to create a dating app that will match individuals according to their DNA. He insists that the objective of the app will be to eliminate inherited diseases since the most important criteria for matching will be to avoid said diseases. The fact that he thinks this would work — physical attraction, personal chemistry be damned! — tells you everything you need to know about Prof. Church’s social life, past and present.

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