Friday, 13 July 2018

new research paper on olive polar lipids

one of the figures of the paper below

this is a really exciting paper:

Polar Lipids from Olives and Olive Oil: A Review on Their Identification, Significance and Potential Biotechnological Applications

Polar lipids are minor components of olives and olive oil and include a myriad of molecules such as phospholipids and glycolipids. Even though sensitive and high-resolution analytical approaches have been used to unveil the polar lipidome of these matrices, new insights on their composition are needed. In this review, we will describe the findings on the identification and characterization of polar lipids from olives and olive oil and the underlying analytical challenges. The significance of polar lipids will also be discussed as potential markers of identity and traceability of olives and olive oil and in detecting adulteration of olive oil. Their potential impact on nutrition and health will be presented as a valuable source of bioactive compounds and as promising ingredients for different uses from olive-derived industrial by-products. View Full-Text

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a recent related paper of our team is this one
Phospholipids of Animal and Marine Origin: Structure, Function, and Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Statins do cause Diabetes: latest evidence

Followers of this blog would be well informed on our views on the link between statins and diabetes. We think that there is a considerable risk and therefore, we are seeking ways to reduce inflammation and not cholesterol.
Our latest review on this topic is this one:
Inflammation, not Cholesterol, Is a Cause of Chronic Disease

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An interesting and very recent review paper on associating statins and diabetes is this one
The Association of Statin Therapy with Incident Diabetes: Evidence, Mechanisms, and Recommendations.

The authors write:
Recent studies have demonstrated a higher risk of incident diabetes associated with statin use, causing concern among patients and clinicians. In this review, we will assess the evidence and proposed mechanisms behind statin therapy and its association with incident diabetes. We will then review the current recommendations for statin use in light of this association and suggest next steps for clinicians managing these patients and researchers exploring this phenomenon.


The annual risk of developing new-onset diabetes with statin treatment is approximately 0.1%. In comparison, the absolute risk reduction of major coronary events with statin use is approximately 0.42% annually. Statins are associated with the development of incident diabetes, particularly among those with predisposing risk factors for diabetes. However, the benefit of statin use among these patients in preventing major coronary events strongly favors statin use despite its risk of incident diabetes.

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In order to calculate risks (like 0.1 and 0.4 above), it is crucial to study all the relevant data.
Our data, to be published in our  book
“The Impact of Nutrition and Statins on Cardiovascular Diseases”
suggest that we need to have a completely different approach.

More to follow very soon.



Wednesday, 11 July 2018

World Cup 2018: "what Modric does only Modric does"

I like watching Modric, I would love my kids and our kids we train to learn some things from his movements, the way he can see spaces, the way he touches the ball.

Luka Modric skips away from Russia’s Artem Dzyuba. Photograph: Sergei Fadeichev/Tass

Luka is a great footballer, same breed as Andres (Iniesta); a rare breed of true footballers note like to show-off egos of CR7 and co...

are they serious? (upd)

my colleague Ronan Lordan, received the following email 2 days ago.
As far as we know, we have never worked on kebabs and cancer...
Maybe we should start now? 😋
Even if we do, we are not going to publish our data there.


How could we create some academic-cyber-publication Police to stop emails like that arriving to our inboxes?


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Dear Lordan R,

We have gone through your article “Pattern of Kebab Intake as a Potential Carcinogenic Risk Factor in Adults of Kermanshah, Iran: 2015” has outstanding valuable information. So, if you allow us to publish your upcoming manuscript it will be very useful to scientific world.

We are inviting you as an Editorial Board Member for taking active part in Journal activities. We are privileged if you respond positively towards our invitation. Kindly forward your CV.

Please submit your unpublished manuscript on or before 6th August, 2018 as an attachment to this Email:

Abstract: Background: Epidemiologic studies indicated that dietary pattern plays a determinant role in cancer incidence. They also indicated that 1/3 of cancers are associated to foods. Diet contains different carcinogenic agents: naturally occurring chemicals, synthetic components and compounds produced during cooking such as kebab. This traditional food is one of the most popular foods in the Middle East, particularly in Iran. Red meat, especially lamb or veal, is the most common meat used in preparation of kebab. Since kebab is considered as a food containing carcinogenic compounds, so the purpose of this study was to assess the consumption pattern of kebab in a sample of Iranian adults and its relationship with demographic characteristics. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted between March and April 2015 on 705 Iranian adults who were living in Kermanshah province in the west of Iran. Subjects were selected randomly from different districts of Kermanshah. Data were collected through a questionnaire survey which had been designed by academic members of Department of Nutrition at Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences. Data analysis was performed using SPSS Version 20. The results were expressed as mean ± SD. Student's t-test, ANOVA and chi-square tests were performed to compare the study groups. The normality of data was assessed using the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test. All results were analyzed using a significance level of P <0.05. Results: The results indicated that nearly 60% of subjects have a high tendency to consume kebab. The average of kebab consumption among the participants in this study was 4 times per month. Nearly, 85% of study participants tended to consume kebab with a large amount of salt. The chi-square test determined the significant difference between education and tendency to consume kebab; individuals with higher level of education had more tendency to consume kebab than those having lower level of education (p=0.021). In this study, 93.9% of participants used charcoal, a cooking fuel, to prepare kebab. Conclusion: The results of this study point out that the study participants, regardless of socio-economic status, consume high amounts of kebab, and thus this unhealthy eating habit will increase the risk of carcinogenesis. Therefore, the immediate attention of Public Health Officials is required.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Journal coordinator,
Food Science Department,
Innovation Info.

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few minutes ago, I received the following email.

Annals of Limnology and Oceanography
Dear P Lynne Howell,
Greetings for the Day.
We tried several times, but there is no response from you, we would like to contact you again!
In view of your previous contributions and research interests we are contacting you to submit the manuscript which is useful for the growth of the journal.
I would like to bring to your kind notice that we are planning to release our Journal's Upcoming Issue in the End of July 2018.
Please send your manuscript on or before 20th July, 2018 to publish in the Upcoming Issue.
We need your support by submitting your valuable manuscripts towards our Journal. It may be Editorial/Clinical Image/Research/Review/Case study/Perspective/Opinion and Commentary articles for our prestigious journal.
I welcome you to submit the articles to this email as an attachment.
Thank you very much for your great cooperation.
Best Regards,
Editorial Board:
Angelantonio Tafuni, USA
Zhi-Ming Yuan, UK
Annals of Limnology and Oceanography
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Los Angeles, California - 90024, USA
Alternate mail id:

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wow, my name now is  

P Lynne Howell.

Pneumonia and UHL

Two weeks ago (27th June), my younger son (T), was referred to A&E in UHL with suspected pneumonia. The doctors said that X-ray and all tests were clear, T came home.
5 days later, Monday 2nd July, we were contacted by UHL and asked to take T back, the 27th June X-ray was not clear...So, Thiseas had a second X-ray on Monday 2nd July (worse than the 1st one) and he was hospitalised for 5 days till Sat 7th July.
This morning the bill (5days x 80 euros /day =400 euros) arrived home.
These are the facts...

1. nobody knows why they messed up with the initial reading of the 1st x-ray; nobody explained to us why it took them 5 days (from Wed 27th June to Mon 2nd July) to let us know about their mistake...
2. they are very quick in chasing the money.
3. this is our first experience of Irish HSE...NOT a good one, Mr Harris.
4. Some investigation on point 1 would be useful so future Xray in A&E in UHL (U stands for University, ironically) diagnosis is correct and quick, not like T's...

Dr Ioannis Zabetakis

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

A call for volunteers to participate in research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Research indicates that our health and the health of our children may be influenced by nutritional factors. One important factor seems to be the essential trace element zinc.
Therefore, the Cellular Neurobiology & Neuro-Nanotechnology lab of the Department of Biological Sciences at University of Limerick has launched a nationwide study to investigate effects of nutritional profiles on pregnancy.
Research participants can be females in Ireland with one or more children, who lived during their pregnancy in Ireland. 
The study procedures involve completing a Food Frequency Questionnaire.
You can download the questionnaire here.

Effects of nutritional profiles on pregnancy

Researchers are recruiting females in Ireland with one or more children, who lived during their pregnancy in Ireland. The researchers are specifically interested in mothers with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and mothers with children without ASD.

Study procedures involve completing a Food Frequency Questionnaire. The extent of participation lasts approximately 30 minutes. Your name and responses will be kept confidential. The questionnaire can be completed at home.

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, 
please contact the principal investigator, Dr. Andreas Grabrucker (
or download the questionnaire here

Thank you.
Dr. Andreas Grabrucker