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Choose Your Science

September 22nd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

For the last few years, scientists have been publishing papers on the miraculous ability of red wine to do all kinds of things, including slowing the aging process. Now other scientists have taken a closer look at previous science to determine that, scientifically speaking, red wine probably doesn’t make you live longer. On the other [...]

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What the Debate About High-Alcohol Wine Misses

August 10th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Alcohol doesn’t just affect the aesthetics of wine; it also gets you drunk. So what’s the effect of high-alcohol winemaking on levels of drunkenness? It turns out: quite a lot. Below is chart built using a convenient online blood alcohol calculator, assuming a 135 pound woman and 175 pound man spend three hours at a [...]

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This May Mean Spilling Wine On Yourself Is No Longer Stupid

August 1st, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Researchers in Spain conclude wine can stop sunburn. The bad news is, the flavenoids implicated in the study are more effective when rubbed onto the skin rather than consumed in the conventional manner.

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After All These Years, Closing-In On an Explanation

May 17th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

A German study shows that wine makes women fat. A previous, Italian study showed that wine drinking increases women’s level of sexual activity. Together, these two studies explain a lot of what went on when I was in college. But not everything. A complete explanation will require additional research, including an analysis of the correlation [...]

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The Ultimate In Wine Snobbery: Bad Wine Causes Cancer

May 3rd, 2011 by Tom Johnson

The recent conclusion by the Australian Cancer Council that alcoholic beverages are as carcinogenic as tobacco and asbestos has inspired an interesting dissent from Aussie wine writer Phillip White. He argues there is a vast difference in the health effects from cheap alcohol use compared with drinking wine produced by premium wineries. So: if you drink [...]

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Mind Your Own Business

April 5th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Under the headline, “Kate Hudson, What Are You Drinking?”, the utterly disposable website Popeater shows sneaky photos of the actress sipping a glass of red wine. A New York-based OB-GYN who has not treated Hudson says of her choice of beverage, “Right now, no one really knows what amount of alcohol is harmful for the [...]

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Another Reason to Drink Wine: Radiation Poisoning

March 14th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

A 2008 study from the University of Pittsburgh, indicates that red wine helps neutralize the effects of radiation exposure. Resveratrol, the natural antioxidant commonly found in red wine and many plants, may offer protection against radiation exposure…When altered with acetyl, resveratrol administered before radiation exposure proved to protect cells from radiation in mouse models. So those of [...]

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Wine and Breast Cancer Therapy

February 16th, 2011 by Tom Johnson

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute believe that resveratrol, the component of red wine most often tied to health benefits, can boost the effectiveness of the immunosuppressant rapamycin, which is used to slow the growth of breast cancer. Here’s Charis Eng, Chair of the clinic’s Genomic Medicine Institute: “Unfortunately, after a while, the [...]

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Oh Well, I Guess We’ll Have to Keep Drinking

December 3rd, 2010 by Tom Johnson

The health benefits of regular wine drinking apparently don’t transfer to pharmaceuticals. GlaxoSmithKline, which used to employ my wife in a non-pharmaceutical capacity, has abandoned development of a drug that would replace inexpensive and joyful wine drinking with an expensive and joyless prescription drug regimen. The compound, called resveratrol, was the lead potential product of [...]

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Drink a Toast to Wine and Your Health

November 19th, 2010 by Tom Johnson

According to papers presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2010, just concluded: Moderate intake of alcohol is associated with a reduced rate of adverse cardiovascular events after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), especially in men; a decreased risk of total stroke in women; and a modest increase in overall health status among women [...]

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