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Study Examines Vitamin D Deficiency and Cognition Relationship

Study that looks at Vitamin D deficiency and cognition relationship in older adults adds to the existing literature on the subject.

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Lashing Out at Your Spouse? Check Your Blood Sugar

Lower levels of blood sugar may make married people angrier at their spouses and even more likely to lash out aggressively, new research reveals.

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Serious Food Insecurity in Canada’s Remote Aboriginal North

A new expert panel report on food security in Northern Canada, has found that food insecurity among northern Aboriginal peoples requires urgent attention in order to mitigate impacts on health and well-being.

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Green Is Good

Using a screening method that previously identified a compound in apple peel as a muscle-boosting agent, a team of University of Iowa scientists has now discovered that tomatidine, a compound from green tomatoes, is even more potent for building muscle and protecting against muscle atrophy.

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Study Finds Restaurants in Public Housing Developments Serve Fewer Healthy Meals, Nearly 75 Percent of Entrées Unhealthy

Researchers found that restaurants in public housing develops serve fewer healthy meals. Roughly 75 percent of those entrées at restaurants near housing developments were unhealthy.

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Most Schools Meet New USDA Drinking Water Mandate; More Steps Needed to Encourage Consumption

A new USDA mandate calling for access to free drinking water during lunchtime at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program went into effect at the start of the 2011-12 school year. Researchers from the University of Michigan and University of Illinois at Chicago examined compliance with the new requirement as well as perceptions about drinking fountain cleanliness and water quality. The study found that most schools met the new requirement; however, additional measures are needed to promote better access and encourage students to drink more water. Their findings are published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Misconceptions About Energy Drinks Could Have Health Consequences, Says Iowa State Professor

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Many popular energy drinks contain five times the caffeine in a cup of coffee, but you won’t find the amount listed on the can. An Iowa State professor says the omission could explain why a CDC study found some young people think energy drinks are safe.

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Monkey Caloric Restriction Study Shows Big Benefit; Contradicts Earlier Study

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The latest results from a 25-year study of diet and aging in monkeys shows a significant reduction in mortality and in age-associated diseases among those with calorie-restricted diets. The study, begun at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989, is one of two ongoing, long-term U.S. efforts to examine the effects of a reduced-calorie diet on nonhuman primates.

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Experimental Biology 2014 Programming at a Glance

Programming highlights from Experimental Biology 2014, April 26-30 in San Diego. Topics include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, nutrition, and pharmacology.

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Fast Food Giants’ Ads for Healthier Kids Meals Don’t Send the Right Message

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Children who viewed TV ads for Kids Meals were commonly unable to recall milk or apples, items added to make the meals healthier. Instead many kids thought apples were french fries.

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