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5-Shot Friday 8/11/17: Opioids, Grass-Fed Alternates, Extra Virgins, Running Kids, and DNA Malware

Welcome to another edition of 5-Shot Friday, the early-mid August roundup of health and wellness food for thought.

1. Tweet Of The Week: The Leading Cause Of Death In Americans Under 50 Is…?

I thought it was head trauma, particularly alcohol-related head trauma from driving.

About a 9/11’s worth of Americans dying every 3 weeks.

2. An Alternative To Grass-Fed Beef

Is Grass-Fed Beef Worth the Money

Interesting stats presentation by P.D. Mangan. Omega-3 vs. omega-6 ratio? Dodging hormones?

See what happens if you nix the chicken and add salmon, instead. Hmmm.

3. Extra Virgin (Olive Oil) For The Brain

Extra Virgin (Olive Oil) For The Brain

Extra-virgin olive oil – basically pure olive juice – has significant brain health benefits.

“In a new study, the researchers show that consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain — classic markers of Alzheimer’s disease.”

“The researchers divided the animals into two groups, one that received a chow diet enriched with extra-virgin olive oil and one that received the regular chow diet without it. The olive oil was introduced into the diet when the mice were six months old, before symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease begin to emerge in the animal model.”

“In overall appearance, there was no difference between the two groups of animals. However, at age 9 months and 12 months, mice on the extra virgin olive oil-enriched diet performed significantly better on tests designed to evaluate working memory, spatial memory, and learning abilities.

“Studies of brain tissue from both groups of mice revealed dramatic differences in nerve cell appearance and function.”

4. Pro-Activity Tweet Of The Week

5. DNA Computer Virus…Whut?!

DNA Computer Virus…Whut?

Digital data is typically stored on digital media, like thumb drives and computer hard drives. It can also be stored on biological media, which can theoretically last longer and store enormous amounts of information in a small space – every bit of datum ever recorded by humans in a container about the size and weight of a couple of pickup trucks.

Of course, it was just a matter of time before this data storage became hackable with malware:

“A team of researchers from the University of Washington has given a new meaning to the term computer virus by coding malware directly into a DNA strand.”

“The research team…managed to make a malicious, DNA-based program. Using their organic malware, the researchers were able to successfully compromise the PC that tried to read the DNA, allowing them remotely to execute code on it.

“In addition to setting out to prove that malware could be coded into DNA, the team also wanted to show that the programs used to read DNA are not following cybersecurity best practices. According to the researchers, many of the programs used to sequence and analyze DNA are incredibly insecure, leaving them open to attacks. This could be a serious problem, as DNA sequencing is commonly used by law enforcement to identify both criminals and victims.”

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Peter L Kim, MD

Dr. Kim,  is the Medical Director of Family Care Centers, Former Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Hoag Hospital, and a recipient of the Physicians of Excellence award from the Orange County Medical Association. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and has been practicing in our community for over 20 years. He is an excellent, caring, and well­qualified physician who is dedicated to providing you with superior health care. A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from UCLA and received his medical training at the LAC­USC Medical Center. After completing his residency in Family Medicine, he accepted a sports medicine fellowship at San Jose Medical Center, an affiliate of Stanford University. He enjoys working with patients and families who are training or want to get back into an active lifestyle.

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