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Martin Eastwood

I am a retired Physician who taught and practiced medicine in Edinburgh. I have been the author of several textbooks of nutrition. I believe that nutrition is a key science in healthy living. My blog draws from peer reviewed scientific journals reviewed . In this way it is possibe to make... Full Bio
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p53, viral inactivation and cancer by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating It is a self evidence that where ever a phenomenon in biology, there is always a claim that nutrition has a place in the process. Maybe. This might be true. Cancer is an o ... Read on »
drug treatment of excess weight by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Few safe and effective drug treatments are available. A combination treatment with sustained-release naltrexone and bupropion has been developed to produce complementary act ... Read on »
bones and metabolism by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Most scientists believe the function of the bone is limited to support and mineral exchange. A stimulating article in Nature discusses the possibility that bone remodellin ... Read on »
p53 and metabolism by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating The tumour suppressor gene p53 is important in halting the cycle and death when there is DNA damage. P53 also has a role in cellular metabolism. The inactivation of p53 ... Read on »
anxiety and the brain by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Some people are naturally more anxious than others. How anxiously we react to threat or adversity is part of our personality. This characteristic is called trait anxiety, ... Read on »
paternal and maternal genes by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Some genes exclusively express only their maternal or paternal copy. Mammals inherit one copy (allele) of each gene from their mother and another copy from their father. Y ... Read on »
ocean oxygen concentration by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating In July 2002, scientists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wild¬life found unusual numbers of bottom¬feeding sculpin lying lifeless on the ocean floor, which would norm ... Read on »
oat bran molecular weight and cholesterol lowering effect by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating The physical form of food may well be a factor in its metabolism in the gastro intestinal tract. In this study, the authors looked at the cholesterol-lowering effects of dif ... Read on »
omega 3 fatty acids and the heart by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Much evidence shows that the marine omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid have beneficial effects in various cardiac disorders, and their use is ... Read on »
Survival factors by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating The factors in behaviour that can influence survival after quitting smoking have been studied. Strong relationships has the strongest effect in improving survival. Havi ... Read on »
Japan and age by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Longest lifespan Japan is struggling to cope with the rising welfare costs of its rapidly ageing society, as Japanese women continue to hold the 25-year record for the longe ... Read on »
Clean water and the UN by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Irrespective of politicking at the UN, 884 million people worldwide do not have regular access to clean water, and 2•6 billion do not have access to basic sanitation. The 20 ... Read on »
Children's diet in UK by ethnicity by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating In the UK, South Asian adults have increased risks of CHD, type 2 diabetes and central obesity. Black African-Caribbeans, in contrast, have increased risks of type 2 diabete ... Read on »
pancreatic circadian rhythmn by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Circadian clocks have profound effects on metabolism and behaviour , in plants and mammals. In 1972, a study demonstrated that within the brain hypothalamus, the suprachias ... Read on »
HDL cholesterol and cardiovascular risk by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Reducing concentrations of LDL cholesterol with statin therapy has resulted in reductions of 23% in cardiovas ... Read on »
Flavonoids and immunity by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Epidemiological evidence suggests that a high intake of plant foods is associated with lower risk of chronic diseases. The mechanism of action and the components involved i ... Read on »
whole-grain cereals by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating This review is a comprehensive overview of the benefits of whole grain cereals. Epidemiological studies have shown that whole-grain cereals can protect against obesity, di ... Read on »
vitamin D receptor genetic variants by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Vitamin D insufficiency has been implicated in many musculoskeletal and extra skeletal diseases, which has led to substantial interest in the determinants of vitamin D statu ... Read on »
sun and vitamin D by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating The public health message is : avoid the sun to prevent melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. But exposure to sunlight is important for vitamin D synthesis, and vitamin ... Read on »
equation to predict tissue gain by Martin Eastwood Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Eating Predicting the magnitude and rate of weight gain for a given increase of energy intake requires a model of whole-body energy expenditure that includes the energy cost of tis ... Read on »