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Friday March 17, 2017, 05:40 PM

Research Trial Serves as Grounds to Plant Coffee

California State Polytechnic University Pomona

The Department of Plant Science has planted 13 different varieties of coffee from Honduras and El Salvador in a secluded spot on campus as part of a research trial to see which types can tolerate the range of temperatures in the Pomona area.

Wednesday March 15, 2017, 11:05 AM

Florida Peaches Pack a Punch as a Succulent Snack

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

According to a national survey conducted by UF/IFAS researcher Joy Rumble, consumers could be more aware of Florida's growing peach population. But Rumble also found consumers like to eat peaches as a snack, which she sees as a marketing opportunity.

Wednesday March 15, 2017, 01:05 AM

What Does Sexy, Food, World Travel and Super Career Bring to Mind? Agriculture, of Course

Texas A&M AgriLife

For something that engages all the senses, this should be abundantly clear: food and all things associated with it is, in a word, sexy. Yes, sexy as in exciting and appealing. Seriously

Tuesday March 14, 2017, 12:05 PM

In Times of Plenty, Penguin Parents Keep Feeding Their Grown Offspring

University of Washington

A research team reports that fully grown Galapagos penguins who have fledged -- or left the nest -- continue to beg their parents for food. And sometimes, probably when the bounty of the sea is plentiful, parents oblige and feed their adult offspring.

Wednesday March 08, 2017, 12:00 PM

Cultivating a City

American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Montrealers have cultivated not only a love for food, but also a love for food grown locally. The city's growth in this field yields lessons for urban agriculture elsewhere.

Tuesday March 07, 2017, 05:05 PM

Penn Study Parses Influence of Genes and Environment in Metabolic Disease

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

By comparing two strains of mice -- one that becomes obese and diabetic on a high-fat diet and another resistant to a high-fat regimen -- researchers identified genome-wide changes caused by a high-fat diet.

Tuesday March 07, 2017, 11:05 AM

Caffeine Boosts Enzyme That Could Protect Against Dementia

Indiana University

A study by Indiana University researchers has identified 24 compounds -- including caffeine -- with the potential to boost an enzyme in the brain shown to protect against dementia. The research appeared March 7 in the journal Scientific Reports.

Tuesday March 07, 2017, 12:05 AM

Evidence Lacking to Support 'Lead Diet'

University at Buffalo

Writing in the Journal of Pediatrics, UB researcher says public health experts need to be more up front with parents in explaining that CDC dietary recommendations may not help children who have been exposed to lead.

Monday March 06, 2017, 12:05 PM

Turning Food Waste Into Tires

Ohio State University

Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in manufacturing tires for more than a century. In tests, rubber made with the new fillers exceeds industrial standards for performance, which may ultimately open up new applications for rubber.

Thursday March 02, 2017, 04:05 PM

A Hot Cup of Attention Tempered with Chocolate, Please

Clarkson University

Deep down, we always knew it, but science is proving that cocoa and caffeine are indeed the best marriage ever. Researchers examined the acute effects of brewed cocoa consumption on attention, motivation to perform cognitive work and feelings of anxiety, energy and fatigue.

Thursday March 02, 2017, 03:35 PM

Wheat in the EU28

International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

This infographic presents the latest numbers of wheat production, yield, cultivated area, value and consumption in the European Union.

Thursday March 02, 2017, 02:30 PM

A Probiotic Combination Might Curb Allergy Symptoms

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

As we head into allergy season, you may feel less likely to grab a hanky and sneeze. UF/IFAS research shows a probiotic combination might help reduce hay fever symptoms.

Wednesday March 01, 2017, 02:05 PM

Iowa State University Agronomists Show Nitrogen Fertilizer Feeds Healthy Soil in Corn and Soybean Production

Iowa State University

New Iowa State University research shows nitrogen fertilizer plays an essential role in maintaining soil carbon in corn and soybean fields. Adequate soil carbon is one of the most important metrics of soil health.

Tuesday February 28, 2017, 08:05 AM

Grapefruit for Dessert? South Korea Could Be a Lucrative Market for Florida Growers

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

"We really look at this study and South Korea as information to see if we can increase younger consumers in other countries," said Lisa House, a UF/IFAS professor of food and resource economics and a study co-author. In addition to eating grapefruit, South Koreans also use grapefruit in beer, tea and ice cream, so marketing opportunities abound.

Thursday February 23, 2017, 02:45 PM

For National Nutrition Month, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Encourages Everyone to "Put Your Best Fork Forward"

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Each March, the Academy encourages everyone to focus on healthful eating through National Nutrition Month. Whether you're planning meals to prepare at home or making selections when dining out, always "Put Your Best Fork Forward" to help find your healthy eating style.

Thursday February 23, 2017, 01:05 PM

The Medical Minute: Spotting the Symptoms of an Eating Disorder

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Millions of people across the United States struggle with eating disorders. With so much public discussion about obesity and healthy eating, conversations about weight and BMI - or body mass index - can even make the problem worse.

Thursday February 23, 2017, 08:05 AM

Repellant Could Keep Dangerous Beetles Away From Avocado Trees

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Florida avocados bring a $100 million-a-year impact to Florida's economy, UF/IFAS economists say. They grow almost entirely in southern Miami-Dade County, but growers have battled the laurel wilt fungus, which can kill redbay and avocado trees, since it arrived in Georgia in 2003.

Wednesday February 22, 2017, 06:05 PM

Resveratrol May Be an Effective Intervention for Lung Aging and the Ultimate Development of Chronic Lung Disease

Children's Hospital Los Angeles Saban Research Institute

Researchers demonstrate, for the first time that inhaled resveratrol treatments slow aging-related degenerative changes in mouse lung. Lung aging, characterized by airspace enlargement and decreasing lung function, is a significant risk factor for chronic human lung diseases.

Tuesday February 21, 2017, 10:05 AM

Mediterranean Diet May Decrease Pain Associated with Obesity

Ohio State University

Eating a Mediterranean diet could decrease the chances an overweight person will experience regular pain, new research suggests.

Monday February 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

Poll: Only a Third of Parents Think They Are Doing a Good Job Helping Kids Be Healthy Eaters

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

If you know healthy eating is important for your kids but you also feel like it's easier said than done, you're not alone.

Thursday February 16, 2017, 03:05 PM

Food Additive Found in Candy, Chewing Gum Could Alter Digestive Cell Structure and Function

Binghamton University, State University of New York

The ability of small intestine cells to absorb nutrients and act as a barrier to pathogens is "significantly decreased" after chronic exposure to nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, a common food additive found in everything from chewing gum to bread, according to research from Binghamton University

Thursday February 16, 2017, 01:00 PM

A Few Facts About Wheat

International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

This infographic presents key facts about wheat: production, cultivation, consumption, export value.

Wednesday February 15, 2017, 11:30 AM

The Glow of Food Dye Can Be Used to Monitor Food Quality

Biophysical Society

Allura Red, a synthetic food and pharmaceutical color widely used within the U.S., boasts special properties that may make it and other food dyes appropriate as sensors or edible probes to monitor foods and pharmaceuticals. A team of researchers -- from Rutgers University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Massachusetts -- recently made this discovery during an extension of their work identifying and characterizing molecules in foods or food ingredients that might provide signals of food quality, stability or safety.

Tuesday February 14, 2017, 06:00 AM

Setting the Record Straight on Some Common Beliefs About Food and Health

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

When it comes to what certain foods can do to or for you, it's probably best to take motherly advice, familiar sayings and other bits of conventional wisdom with a grain of salt.

Monday February 13, 2017, 11:05 AM

Below Threshold: Nutritionists Discuss Serious Yet Common Mineral Deficiencies

Kansas State University

Iron and zinc are critical minerals, but many people are deficient in them, say nutritionists at Kansas State University.

Monday February 13, 2017, 10:05 AM

How Untreated Water Is Making Our Kids Sick: FSU Researcher Explores Possible Climate Change Link

Florida State University

A Florida State University researcher has drawn a link between the impact of climate change and untreated drinking water on the rate of gastrointestinal illness in children.

Monday February 13, 2017, 09:05 AM

Teens in Poorest Families Go Hungry More Than Younger Kids

Johns Hopkins University

In very poor families, teenagers are going hungry twice as often as their younger siblings, a study finds.

Friday February 10, 2017, 09:05 AM

How About Another Sweet, Juicy Strawberry, Courtesy of UF/IFAS?

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

When you bite into a Florida strawberry for Valentine's Day or National Strawberry Day on Feb. 27, you savor sweetness and juice. That's what you'll find in all varieties bred by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers.

Thursday February 09, 2017, 02:05 PM

UGA Scientists Use Robots and Drones to Accelerate Plant Genetic Research, Improve Crop Yield

University of Georgia

A team of researchers is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and aerial drones that can quickly and accurately gather and analyze data on the characteristics of crops.

Wednesday February 08, 2017, 12:30 PM

For National Nutrition Month, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Says "Put Your Best Fork Forward" When Dining Out

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

At the office or a restaurant, eating away from home doesn't have to undermine your healthful habits. To help find your healthy eating style during National Nutrition Month(r), celebrated each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to "Put Your Best Fork Forward" when dining out.

Monday February 06, 2017, 12:05 PM

Winning the War: How to Persuade Children to Eat More Veggies

Kansas State University

Richard Rosenkranz, associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health, offers parents research-based advice for appealing to children's emotional and behavioral appetites to help them eat the vegetables they need.

Monday February 06, 2017, 11:05 AM

The Power of Tea

Washington University in St. Louis

A compound found in green tea could have lifesaving potential for patients with multiple myeloma and amyloidosis, who face often-fatal medical complications associated with bone-marrow disorders, according to a team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis and their German collaborators.Jan Bieschke, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, studies how proteins fold and shape themselves, and how these processes can contribute to a variety of diseases.

Wednesday February 01, 2017, 12:05 PM

Increased Food Assistance Benefits Could Result in Fewer ER Visits

University of Missouri Health

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, SNAP benefits reduced the incidence of extreme poverty by 13.2 percent and child poverty by 15.5 percent between 2000 and 2009. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have found that SNAP benefits also may be beneficial in reducing visits to the emergency room, saving money for families, health care facilities and taxpayers.

Wednesday February 01, 2017, 08:05 AM

New Study Finds Extensive Use of Fluorinated Chemicals in Fast Food Wrappers

University of Notre Dame

Previous studies have linked the chemicals to kidney and testicular cancers, thyroid disease, low birth weight and immunotoxicity in children, among other health issues.

Friday January 27, 2017, 01:05 PM

Are You Guilty of Overeating During the Holidays? Check Out These Simple Ways to Beat Weight Gain

Valley Health System

"As we look forward to the fresh start that a new year brings, many of us will also be struggling with the addition of the unwanted pounds we've gained during the holidays" explains Meredith Urban, MS, RD, CDN, The Center for Metabolic Surgery and Weight-Loss Management, The Valley Hospital. "In my role as a bariatric nutritionist, I have acquired a few tips and tools that can help you get back on track--and, hopefully, back to your goal weight!"

Thursday January 26, 2017, 02:05 PM

UF/IFAS Breeder Develops Genetic Path to Tastier Tomatoes

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

In a study published today in the journal Science, Harry Klee, a UF/IFAS professor of horticultural sciences, led an international research team that included scientists from China, Israel and Spain. Researchers identified chemicals that contribute to tomato flavor.

Thursday January 26, 2017, 01:05 PM

UCLA Dietitian Talks Solving the Over-Consumption of Sugary Drinks in the U.S.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Thursday January 26, 2017, 11:15 AM

Food and Antibiotics May Change Microorganisms in Gut, Causing IBS

American Physiological Society (APS)

A recent review of research suggests that changes to the microorganisms (microbiota) in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract may be a cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The review article is published in the American Journal of Physiology--Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology.

Thursday January 26, 2017, 11:00 AM

Study Tightens Connection Between Intestinal Microorganisms, Diet, and Colorectal Cancer

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute led a study that provides some of the strongest evidence to date that microorganisms living in the large intestine can serve as a link between diet and certain types of colorectal cancer.

Thursday January 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

When Do Teens with Food Allergies Take Fewer Risks?

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

More support from friends, family and school was linked to less risk-taking among adolescents and young adults with food allergies, according to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.

Wednesday January 25, 2017, 08:05 AM

Swarthmore Economists Discover That Coupons for Produce Can Boost Healthy Food Purchases

Swarthmore College

In the experiment, economists Erin Todd Bronchetti, Ellen Magenheim, David Huffman, and more than 30 students found that providing coupons for produce at a Chester (Pa.) grocery store led shoppers to spend more total dollars on fresh fruits and vegetables.

Wednesday January 25, 2017, 08:00 AM

Danforth Center Expands Major Research Program to Benefit Farmers in the Developing World

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

It is of interest, not only because it is a staple crop in Sub-Saharan Africa, but because grain sorghum yields have been flat or declining due to the lack of sufficient investment in the development of new improved varieties. Sorghum is very resilient to drought and heat stress. Natural genetic diversity in sorghum makes it a promising system for identifying stress-resistance mechanisms in grasses that may have been lost during the domestication of related cereal crops. It is among the most efficient crops in conversion of solar energy and use of water, making it an ideal crop to target for improvement to meet the predicted doubling of global food demand by 2050.

Monday January 23, 2017, 09:00 AM

Nutritional Considerations for Healthy Aging and Reduction in Age-Related Chronic Disease

Tufts University

Improving dietary resilience and better integration of nutrition in the health care system can promote healthy aging and may significantly reduce the financial and societal burden of the "silver tsunami." Findings were published in Advances in Nutrition.

Tuesday January 17, 2017, 11:00 AM

Calorie Restriction Lets Monkeys Live Long and Prosper

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Settling a persistent scientific controversy, a long-awaited report shows that restricting calories does indeed help rhesus monkeys live longer, healthier lives.

Thursday January 12, 2017, 12:05 PM

$10.5 Million Gift Funds Center for Human Milk Research at UC San Diego

University of California San Diego

Breast milk is known to provide the best source of nutrition for newborns and infants, and for premature babies, it can be lifesaving. Yet much about the composition of human milk and what makes it so beneficial is still a mystery. To help scientists bridge this knowledge gap, the Switzerland-based Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation has made a $10.5 million gift to the University of California San Diego, home to one of the world's only centers dedicated to human milk research.