Catherine Guthrie

Catherine is a freelance health journalist living in Cambridge, MA, with her partner, Mary, her dog, Emma, and her cat, Cheeto.

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Why the sourpuss? Maybe it’s your low-carb diet

To any dieter who has ever sworn off bread and pasta, the next sentence may come as no surprise. A new study, published in the Nov.9th issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, shows that after dieting for one year, people following strict, low-carb diets had more bad moods than dieters eating a high-carb (albeit low-fat) diet. And, …

Smells like childhood: Early scents make big impression

If it seems that you recall particular scents from childhood more vividly than other (more recent) smells, there may be a bona fide biological reason. New research suggests that these “first scents” occupy a privileged place in the brain.

For the study, appearing online in Current Biology, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of …

Green tea’s promise of cancer prevention grows

Green tea may be considered a little woo-woo by some mainstream cancer experts but the popular beverage continues to creep toward credibility as a weapon against many forms of the disease. The best studies to date hint that green tea may help ward off cancers of the breast and prostate. And this week oral cancer came one step closer to …

Breast cancer survivors: Time to pump it up

Breast cancer surgeons have long wagged their fingers at patients warning them never to lift anything over 15 pounds, especially if lymph nodes were taken during surgery. Well, for any woman with a child (or groceries for that matter) the limitation is annoying at best, disempowering at worst.

That advice was rooted in the fear that …

Nervous about high blood pressure? Cut back on sweets

Downing foods and beverages made with fructose may add to your risk of developing high blood pressure (aka hypertension), according to research presented last week at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology. One of the primary sources of fructose in the American diet is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS for short).

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