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Reporter Needed to Cover New 'Fast Pitch' Service from Newswise

Newswise Fast Pitch is the first service to invite reporters and communications people to meet via video conference and pitch story ideas. Reporters are highly satisfied with the results.

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Special Genomics Day Event to be Held at IFT16

Genomics and related approaches are transforming the way we grow, produce and consume food. When food professionals from all over the globe gather at McCormick Place South for IFT16: Where Science Feeds Innovation, July 16-19 in Chicago, a special Genomics Day event will be held. IFT spoke with Dr. Lawrence Goodridge, Director of the Food Safety and Quality Program at McGill University about what’s happening atGenomics Day.

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Extensive Scientific Review Finds Benefits of Drinking Coffee Outweigh Risks

Coffee is enjoyed by millions of people every day and the ‘coffee experience’ has become a staple of our modern life and culture. While the current body of research related to the effects of coffee consumption on human health has been contradictory, a study in the June issue of Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, which is published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), found that the potential benefits of moderate coffee drinking outweigh the risks in adult consumers for the majority of major health outcomes considered.

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Creating More Effective Product Recalls by Improving Traceability

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Each year, an estimated 48 million Americans get sick — sometimes mortally — from an all-too common source: foodborne pathogens. Even as the industry looks for ways to curb outbreaks, a new University of Notre Dame study finds that just being able to trace a product through its supply chain is at once critical, and difficult.

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The New System That Uses Sound to Alleviate Water Shortage

New researcher shows how a special tool called a noise logger can detect water leaks accurately and efficiently, before major roadwork is required.

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Study: One-Third of Hospitals in Developing World Lack Running Water

A study of 430 hospitals in the developing world found that more than one-third lacked running water, a deficiency that can lead to unsanitary conditions for patients in general and dangerous conditions for those who need surgery.

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Tainted Frozen Vegetables Prompt Latest Ingredient-Driven Foodborne Illness Outbreak

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An ongoing incident of Listeria contamination linked to frozen vegetables is causing illnesses across state and national lines. At least 350 products use the vegetables, which are distributed to retailers in all 50 states and four Canadian provinces.

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Tracking the Aluminum Used to Purify Tap Water

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A Kobe University research group including Associate Professor Maki Hideshi (Center for Environmental Management), PhD candidate Sakata Genki (Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, currently employed at Central Glass Co., Ltd.) and Professor Mizuhata Minoru (Graduate School of Engineering) have developed a new analysis method that uses magnetic fields to quickly and accurately measure the concentration of aluminum used to purify tap water. These findings can potentially be used in developing efficient and environmentally-conscious coagulants for water treatment. The findings were presented on May 29, 2016 at the 76th Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry Symposium.

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Harsh Parenting, Food Insecurity Predicts Obesity for Young Women

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The adolescent years can be full of changes. A new study by Iowa State University researchers suggests that when these years include prolonged periods of food insecurity coupled with harsh parenting practices, females are prone to obesity in early adulthood.

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Stony Brook’s Clean Water Technology Center Proposes Replacement for LI Cesspools that Removes Nitrogen & Other Contaminants

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The New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook University today issued a white paper introducing a potential replacement for Long Island cesspools that has shown an ability to remove high amounts of nitrogen from household wastewater, a contaminant identified as the primary cause of local water quality degradation on Long Island. The system incorporates simple design with locally-sourced, natural materials in order to position it as an economically viable alternative for high performance onsite wastewater treatment, a crucial infrastructure need for restoring Long Island water quality. Pilot installations of the system are underway at a test center, and scheduled to begin locally by early fall as part of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services demonstration program for innovate/alternative septic treatment systems.

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Water Stress Tool Set to 'Go Live'

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An experimental tool to give farmers and other stakeholders an improved estimate of how much water is available in a specific watershed is scheduled to go on line this summer.

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Better Soil Data Key for Future Food Security

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Future food security depends on a variety of factors – but better soil data could substantially help improve projections of future crop yields, shows new research from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

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Rheumatology Providers, FDA Leaders Discuss Biosimilar Policy Challenges and Opportunities at National Policy Briefing

Experts from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other leading national healthcare groups spoke about the emerging biosimilars market, including key policy and regulatory questions for patients, providers and the healthcare system, during a national policy briefing held today by the nonpartisan Alliance for Health Reform.

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Scientists Glimpse Why Life Can’t Happen Without Water

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Scientists are getting closer to directly observing how and why water is essential to life as we know it.

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Predicting Loaf Volume Without Baking the Bread

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When it comes to baking bread, the bigger the loaf, the better. But to determine the baking performance of wheat flour, food scientists had to bake a loaf of bread. That may not be necessary, thanks to a new mathematical model that uses specific dough parameters to predict loaf volume. That saves time and money.

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Tracking 120 Years of Data: Rowan U Students, New Jersey American Water Partner on Innovative Project

Soon Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering students at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, will be able to outline many of the mazes of water lines that were buried under tiny South Jersey boroughs or sprawling North Jersey cities back when the students were sprouting their first teeth – or their great-great parents were learning to walk.

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Research Aims to Make Water Cycle Modeling Data More Accessible

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Improved publication strategy for authors who use hydrological modeling software will make model data easier for readers to understand and reuse.

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Desert, Swamp or Mirage? Retail Food Environments and the Health of Communities

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Differing food landscapes are described in a new series of papers entitled Retail Food Environments in Canada: Maximizing the Impact of Research, Policy and Practice, recently released in a special supplement of the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

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Weird, Water-Oozing Material Could Help Quench Thirst

Nanorods created by PNNL researchers have an unusual property – spontaneously emitting water. After further development, the nanorods could be used for water harvesting and purification, or sweat-gathering fabric.

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Consumers Sour on Milk Exposed to LED Light

Cornell University researchers in the Department of Food Science found that exposure to light-emitting diode (LED) sources for even a few hours degrades the perceived quality of fluid milk more so than the microbial content that naturally accumulates over time.