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Improvement Seen in U.S. Diet

In nationally representative surveys conducted between 1999 and 2012, several improvements in self-reported dietary habits were identified, such as increased consumption of whole grains, with additional findings suggesting persistent or worsening disparities based on race/ethnicity and education and income level, according to a study appearing in the June 21 issue of JAMA.

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Blueberries’ Health Benefits Better Than Many Perceive

Consumers know some of the benefits blueberries provide, but they’re less aware of the advantages of reverting aging, improving vision and memory, a new University of Florida study shows. Researchers surveyed more than 2,000 people in 31 states – mostly on the East Coast and in the Midwest – to see what they know about the health benefits of blueberries.

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Wide Geographic Differences in Treatment of Diabetes, The Stress-Diabetes Link, Intensive Treatment of Glucose Levels Can Lead to Serious Complications, and More in the Diabetes News Source

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Piping Hot Drinks May Lead to Cancer of the Esophagus

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Drinking piping hot coffee, tea and the caffeine-infused beverage yerba mate probably causes cancer, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday.

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Americans Are Getting Heart-Healthier: Coronary Heart Disease Decreasing in the US

Ann Arbor, MI, June 14, 2016 - Coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. A new study evaluating recent trends in the prevalence of CHD in the U.S. population aged 40 years and older showed that CHD rates have decreased significantly, from 10.3% in 2001-2002 to 8.0% in 2011-2012. These results are reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Weight and Diet May Help Predict Sleep Quality

The old adage “you are what you eat,” may be better phrased as “your sleep relates to what you eat.” An individual’s body composition and caloric intake can influence time spent in specific sleep stages, according to results of a new study (abstract 0088) from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented at SLEEP 2016, the 30th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.

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Challenges of Custom-Engineering Living Tissue, Marriage Could Improve Heart Attack Survival, Bleeding Hearts Predict Future Heart Failure, and More in the Cardiovascular Health News Source

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The Benefits of a Family Based Weight Management Program; Nearly All Food Marketed by Pop Stars is Bad For You; Use of Neighborhood Environment Can Help Obese Teens, and More in the Obesity News Source

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Some Asian-Americans Are Predisposed to Want More Carbs and Fast Food

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Rice anyone? How about a bowl of ramen noodles? Researchers have found that some Asian-Americans are more likely to hunger for carbohydrates and unhealthy foods than other Asian-Americans — and the reason appears to be genetic. UCLA researchers have discovered that certain Asian-American college students have a genetic variation that predisposes them to food addiction. Their study, which could have implications for combating the rising rates of obesity among Asian-Americans, was published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Experts Available for Interviews Regarding FDA’s New Recommended Guidelines for Sodium Intake

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Names New National Media Spokespeople for 2016-2019

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, has appointed four registered dietitian nutritionists to three-year terms as media spokespeople: Jennifer Bruning, MS, RDN, LDN, of Chicago, Ill.; Robin Foroutan, MS, RDN, of New York, N.Y.; Caroline West Passerrello, MS, RD, LDN, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Angel Planells, MS, RDN, CD, of Seattle, Wash.

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Gut Bacteria May Contribute to Poor Health in Patients with Kidney Disease

• In patients with chronic kidney disease, those with more advanced disease had higher blood levels of the bacterial metabolite phenylacetylglutamine. • Patients with high phenylacetylglutamine had an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease as well as a heightened risk of dying prematurely.

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UT Southwestern Grilling Season Health Tips

Cooking meat, including beef, pork, fish, or poultry, with high-temperature methods such as pan frying or grilling directly over an open flame can increase exposure to chemicals that can cause changes in DNA that may increase the risk of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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Higher Salt Intake May Increase Risk of CVD among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

In a study appearing in the May 24/31 issue of JAMA, Jiang He, M.D., Ph.D., of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, and colleagues evaluated more than 3,500 participants with chronic kidney disease (CKD), examining the association between urinary sodium excretion and clinical cardiovascular disease (CVD) events.

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Drop in Childhood Obesity Cannot Be Explained by Health Behaviors, The Latest in Heart Defect Prediction Tech, Eating After 8pm Not Linked to Childhood Obesity, and more Children's Health News

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What Does the New Nutrition Facts Panel Mean for You? Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Explains Changes

In the first major overhaul of the Nutrition Facts Panel since 1993, the Food and Drug Administration announced today changes that will be made to the Panel over the next two to three years. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its member registered dietitian nutritionists have analyzed the changes to assist consumers in understanding the new Panel and what they mean for people’s healthful eating plans.

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Another Reason for Wine Lovers to Toast Resveratrol

Resveratrol found in red wine could help counteract the negative impact of high fat/high sugar diets.