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Thursday, June 30, 2016

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NEWSWISE Food Science Wire with IFT 30-Jun-2016

Food Science Wire with IFT

Food Science and Nutrition News Channel

...brought to you by Newswise in collaboration with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific society bringing together food scientists, technologists and related professions from academia, government, and industry.

Food Science & Production

Better Soil Data Key for Future Food Security

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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Nature Communications

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

“Foreign” Crops—From Maize to Mangoes — Dominate National Food Consumption and Farming Practices Worldwide

The origins of over two-thirds of the grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural crops countries grow and consume can be traced to ancient breadbaskets in distant parts of the world, according to an exhaustive peer-reviewed report published today.

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– International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

New Method Tells Growers More About Citrus Decay

With citrus growers trying to save their groves in the wake of the deadly greening disease, a UF/IFAS researcher has found a new technique that could help growers answer a vexing question – why so much fruit is dropping to the ground prematurely.

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– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Allergy-Causing 'Bad Guy' Cells Unexpectedly Prove Life-Saving in C. difficile

Researchers have identified immune cells vital for protecting us from potentially fatal C. difficile infection. Surprisingly, those cells are often vilified for their role in causing asthma and allergies. But when it comes to C. difficile, they could be the difference in life and death.

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– University of Virginia Health System

A Better Understanding of Microbiome Functioning, Trees with Altered Lignin Are Better for Biofuels, the Energy Use of Data Centers, and More in the DOE Science News Source

Click here to go directly to the DOE Science News Source

– Newswise

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.

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

'Amazing Protein Diversity' Is Discovered in the Maize Plant

Cold Spring Harbor, NY -- The genome of the corn plant - or maize, as it's called almost everywhere except the US - "is a lot more exciting" than scientists have previously believed. So says the lead scientist in a new effort to analyze and annotate the depth of the plant's genetic resources.

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Nature Communications

– Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Crop Breeding Is Not Keeping Pace with Climate Change

Crop yields will fall within the next decade due to climate change unless immediate action is taken to speed up the introduction of new and improved varieties, experts have warned.

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Nature Climate Change

– University of Leeds

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.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Predicting Loaf Volume Without Baking the Bread

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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Cereal Chemistry

– South Dakota State University

Chill Coffee Beans for a More Flavorsome Brew, Say Scientists

In the lead up to the World Barista Championships, University of Bath scientists say brewing more flavoursome coffee could be as simple as chilling the beans before grinding.

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Scientific Reports

– University of Bath

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.

Journal of Dairy Science

– Cornell University

New Clues Found to Immune System’s Misfiring in Autoimmune Diseases; Brain Power; Converting Cirrhosis-Causing Cells to Healthy Liver Cells in Mice, and More in the Cell Biology News Source

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– Newswise

Dartmouth Team Makes Breakthrough Toward Fish-Free Aquaculture Feed

Dartmouth College scientists have discovered that marine microalgae can completely replace the wild fish oil currently used to feed tilapia, the second most farmed fish in the world and the most widely farmed in the United States.

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– Dartmouth College

Fountain of Youth? Dietary Supplement May Prevent and Reverse Severe Damage to Aging Brain, Research Suggests

A dietary supplement containing a blend of thirty vitamins and minerals—all natural ingredients widely available in health food stores—has shown remarkable anti-aging properties that can prevent and even reverse massive brain cell loss, according to new research from McMaster University. It’s a mixture scientists believe could someday slow the progress of catastrophic neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s.

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Environmental and Molecular Mutagenisis

– McMaster University

Genetically Modified Golden Rice Falls Short on Lifesaving Promises

Heralded on the cover of Time magazine in 2000 as a genetically modified (GMO) crop with the potential to save millions of lives in the Third World, Golden Rice is still years away from field introduction and even then, may fall short of lofty health benefits still cited regularly by GMO advocates, suggests a new study from Washington University in St.

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Agriculture & Human Values

– Washington University in St. Louis

Peas and Prosperity

Planting nitrogen-fixing crops, such as peas, in rotation with wheat crops can dramatically reduce the variability of farmers' income with a high-yield, high-protein harvest.

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Agronomy Journal, February 25, 2015

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

Ancient Rice May Hold Key to Solving the Puzzle of the Settlement of Madagascar

Archaeologists studying the distribution of ancient rice believe they may be close to solving one of the enduring mysteries of the ancient world - how people of South East Asian origin ended up living on the African island of Madagascar, 6,000 km away.

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

– University of Bristol

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.

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Institute of Food Technologists Student Association and Tate & Lyle Announce Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition Finalists

Food security and malnutrition are challenges around the world, but even more so in developing countries. The Institute of Food Technologists Students Association (IFTSA) and Tate &Lyle have announced the six food science student teams that are facing these challenges head on as finalists in the IFTSA Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition.

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Tainted Frozen Vegetables Prompt Latest Ingredient-Driven Foodborne Illness Outbreak

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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– PEW Charitable Trusts

Wheat Sequencing Consortium Releases Key Resource to the Scientific Community

Following the January 2016 announcement of the production of a whole genome assembly for bread wheat, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC), having completed quality control, is now making this breakthrough resource available for researchers via the IWGSC wheat sequence repository at URGI-INRA-Versailles, France.

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– International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

Research Could Lead to Safer Food Sources in Developing Countries

University of Delaware researchers have found that incorporating rice husk to soil can decrease toxic inorganic arsenic levels in rice grain by 25 to 50 percent without negatively affecting yield. This could have important implications in developing countries where rice is a dietary staple.

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– University of Delaware

Chile Researchers Lead the Way When It Comes To "Super-Hot" Varieties

Known by many as the “Chileman,” Paul Bosland is widely considered the world’s foremost authority on chile peppers.

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Expert(s) available

– New Mexico State University (NMSU)

Bee Experts For U.S. Pollinator Week

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– University of Vermont

Obesity, Nutrition, & Public Policy

All Signs Point to Health: Arrows on Grocery Floors Increased the Proportion of Produce Spending

Fruit and vegetable availability is often assumed to be a purchase barrier, yet fruit and vegetable availability does not necessarily result in frequent purchases. Rather, in-store marketing of less-healthy foods may be a major influencing factor in consumer spending habits regarding fruits and vegetables. A new study, in which in-store marketing focused attention on fruits and vegetables, resulted in an increased proportion of produce purchases keeping overall food spending the same.

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Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Little to No Association Between Butter Consumption and Chronic Disease or Total Mortality

An epidemiological study analyzing the association of butter consumption with chronic disease and mortality finds that butter was only weakly associated with total mortality, not associated with heart disease, and slightly inversely associated (protective) with diabetes.

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PLOS ONE; HL085710

– Tufts University

Consumption of Omega-3s Linked to Lower Risk of Fatal Heart Disease

A global consortium of researchers banded together to conduct an epidemiological study analyzing specific omega-3 fatty acid biomarkers and heart disease. They found that blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids from seafood and plant-based foods are associated with a lower risk of fatal heart attack.

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JAMA Internal Medicine

– Tufts University

One in Five From 2001 - 2008 U.S. Military Sample Have Obesity; Veterans as Likely to Have Obesity as Civilians, Study Shows

Newly published research shows that one in five individuals from a sample of U.S. military personnel from 2001 – 2008 have obesity. Further, shortly after separating from active duty, U.S. military veterans are as likely to have obesity as civilians.

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Obesity, July-2016

– Obesity Society

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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– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

Public to Presidential Candidates: Make Children’s Health a Priority

Focusing on child health priorities may resonate deeply with voters, national poll finds.

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– University of Michigan Health System

Certain Factors Affect Vitamin D Levels in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease

• Two-thirds of the children with kidney disease were classified as vitamin D deficient. • Children with kidney disease who took vitamin D supplements had vitamin D levels that were 2 times higher than those who did not take supplements. • Certain genetic variants were also associated with vitamin D levels.

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doi: 10.2215/CJN.10210915

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

How Fat Becomes Lethal — Even Without Weight Gain

New research from Johns Hopkins now adds to evidence that other tissues can step in to make glucose when the liver’s ability is impaired, and that the breakdown of fats in the liver is essential to protect it from a lethal onslaught of fat. The new research findings, from studies in mice, are likely to help researchers better understand a growing class of often-deadly metabolic diseases, which affect how the body processes nutrients.

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Cell Reports, June-2016; P30DK072488; R01NS072241; K08NS069815; T32GM007445; (#1-16-IBS-313

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Pregnant Women's High-Fat, High-Sugar Diets May Affect Future Generations

A mouse study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that a pregnant woman's high-fat, high-sugar diet may have consequences for later generations. The study indicates that a woman's obesity can cause genetic abnormalities that are passed through the female bloodline to at least three subsequent generations, increasing the risk of obesity-related conditions.

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– Washington University in St. Louis

Botox’s Sweet Tooth Underlies Its Key Neuron-Targeting Mechanism

The Botox toxin has a sweet tooth, and it’s this craving for sugars – glycans, to be exact – that underlies its extreme ability target neuron cells in the body … while giving researchers an approach to neutralize it.

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Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, June 13

– University of California, Irvine

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

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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Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition

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

Prevalence of Obesity in the U.S. Increases Among Women, but Not Men

The prevalence of obesity in 2013- 2014 was 35 percent among men and 40 percent among women, and between 2005 and 2014, there was an increase in prevalence among women, but not men, according to a study appearing in the June 7 issue of JAMA.

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– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

Findings Suggest Small Increase in Obesity Among U.S. Teens in Recent Years

Among U.S. children and adolescents 2 to 19 years of age, the prevalence of obesity in 2011- 2014 was 17 percent, and over approximately the last 25 years, the prevalence has decreased in children age 2 to 5 years, leveled off in children 6 to 11 years, and increased among adolescents 12 to 19 years of age, according to a study appearing in the June 7 issue of JAMA.

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– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

Almost All Food and Beverage Products Marketed by Music Stars Are Unhealthy, According to New Study

NYU Langone researchers publish first study to quantify nutritional quality of food and drinks endorsed by music celebrities popular among teens.

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– NYU Langone Medical Center

Drunkorexia 101: Increasing Alcohol’s Effects Through Diet and Exercise Behaviors

While many people view college drinking as the norm, less understood is that how students drink can place them at a higher risk for multiple problems. Drinking on an empty stomach usually means that someone will get drunk faster, given that food helps to absorb alcohol, slowing down alcohol absorption into the bloodstream. A growing trend among college drinkers is called “drunkorexia,” a non-medical term that refers to a combination of alcohol with diet-related behaviors such as food restriction, excessive exercising, or bingeing and purging.

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39th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism in New Orleans June 25-29, 2016

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Educating Parents on Healthy Infant Sleep Habits May Help Prevent Obesity

Teaching parents bedtime techniques to encourage healthy sleep habits in their infants may help prevent obesity, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. Strong links exist between inadequate sleep and childhood obesity.

– Penn State College of Medicine

Research Links High Zinc Levels and Kidney Stones

David Killilea, PhD, a staff scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), co-authored a study into the causes of kidney stones. The study was conducted by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in collaboration with the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Marin County and Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). Published in the prestigious scientific journal PLOS ONE, the study revealed that high levels of zinc in the body may contribute to kidney stone formation.


– UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Study Uses Diverse Sample to Examine Childhood Weight's Link to Age of First Substance Use

Girls who were overweight as children are likely to begin using cigarettes, marijuana or alcohol at an earlier age than their healthy-weight peers, according to a new study by researchers in the Indiana University School of Education.

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Drug and Alcohol Dependence, July 2016

– Indiana University

Food Insecurity a Critical Issue for New Yorkers Trying to Eat Healthy

Leading a busy life makes it tough for anyone to find the time to buy and prepare healthy fare, such as fresh produce and other nutritious foods. Add extreme financial stress, say New Yorkers telling their stories in the new The New York Academy of Medicine report “Food and Nutrition: Hard Truths about Eating Healthy,” and it can be nearly impossible to maintain a healthy diet.

– New York Academy of Medicine

New Study Connects Montmorency Tart Cherry Supplements to Improved Recovery Times in Endurance Athletes

/PRNewswire/ -- Triathletes and runners now have a new weapon in their training and recovery arsenal, Montmorency Tart Cherry supplements. In a recently published clinical study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, researchers from Texas A&M University® shed light on the benefits of the tasty superfruit on exercise recovery. Results revealed that short-term supplementation of Montmorency powdered tart cherries reduced immune and inflammatory stress, better maintained redox balance, and increased performance in aerobically trained individuals.

– Anderson Global Group, LLC

Patients with Inflammation More Likely to Develop Diabetes After Transplant

Up to 30 percent of people who receive organ transplants will develop diabetes, but researchers are unsure why. A new study in kidney transplant recipients suggests that patients with more inflammation prior to surgery are more likely to develop diabetes than those with less overall inflammation, and that a patient’s fat stores also play a role.

– Thomas Jefferson University

Harsh Parenting, Food Insecurity Predicts Obesity for Young Women

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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Journal of Adolescent Health

– Iowa State University

Overweight and Obese Type 2 Patients Show Significant Improvements with Structured Nutrition Therapy According to New Study

Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have announced the results of a study that may change how nutrition therapy is delivered to overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes.

– Joslin Diabetes Center

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

Click here to go directly to the Diabetes News Source on Newswise

– Newswise

The Muffin Study: Mono- vs Polyunsaturated Fats in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome

A batch of muffins, made with a special recipe formulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, yielded unexpected health benefits in patients with metabolic syndrome during a first-of-its-kind clinical study at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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– University of Maryland Medical Center/School of Medicine

Surgery More Effective Than Medical Therapy for Treating Diabetes, Obesity in Teens

An analysis of the results of a study of bariatric surgery and a separate trial of medical therapy in treating type 2 diabetes in teenagers with severe obesity shows that after two years of treatment, body mass index (BMI) and HbA1c, a measure of blood sugar control, are both significantly better with surgery.

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

A Broken Calorie Sensing Pathway: How Overeating May Lead to More Eating

New research shows that overeating reduces levels of a hormone that signals the feeling of fullness in the brain, potentially promoting more eating.

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– Thomas Jefferson University

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

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

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Canadian Journal of Public Health Vol 107 (2016) Supplement 1, Retail Food Environments in Canada

– University of Saskatchewan

Piping Hot Drinks May Lead to Cancer of the Esophagus

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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The Lancet

– University of Southern California (USC)

“Traffic-light” and Numeric Calorie Labels Cut Calorie Consumption by 10 Percent, Penn Study Shows

When researchers added color-coded or numeric calorie labels to online food ordering systems, the total calories ordered was reduced by about 10 percent when compared to menus featuring no calorie information at all. The study is the first to evaluate the effect of “traffic-light” calorie labeling in the increasingly common setting of ordering meals online.

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Journal of Public Policy & Marketing

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

New Insights Uncovered Into Prader-Willi Syndrome

A study published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics by researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) provides novel insights into the brain mechanisms underlying the insatiable hunger and subsequent obesity in patients with Prader-Willi syndrome.

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– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Powering Up the Circadian Rhythm

Salk team first to discover protein that controls the strength of body’s circadian rhythms

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– Salk Institute for Biological Studies

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.

SLEEP 2016; R01 NR004281; F31 AG044102; UL1RR024134; N00014-11-1-0361

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Some Asian-Americans Are Predisposed to Want More Carbs; Breakthrough Toward Fish-Free Aquaculture Feed; Genetically Modified Golden Rice Falls Short, and More in the Food Science News Source

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– Newswise

Rehydrating with Soda on a Hot Day May Worsen Dehydration

Repeated heat-related dehydration has been associated with increased risk of chronic kidney damage in mice. A new study in rats published in the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology reports that drinking soft drinks to rehydrate worsened dehydration and kidney injury. This study is highlighted as one of this month’s “best of the best” as part of the American Physiological Society’s APSselect program.

American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, Apr-2016

– American Physiological Society (APS)

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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– Newswise

A Family-Based Weight Management Program Improved Self-Perception Among Obese Children

Battling the childhood obesity epidemic is a priority for many researchers, as obesity during adolescence increases the risk of chronic diseases throughout life. Because obese children have lower quality of life and self-esteem, greater levels of depression and anxiety, and also face more teasing and bullying than normal-weight peers, including mental health in any intervention is necessary. To that end, researchers studied the self-perception of children participating in the Fit Families program.

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Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Just a Few More Bites: Defining Moderation Varies by Individual, Study Finds

A new University of Georgia study suggests moderation's wide range of interpretations may make it an ineffective guide for losing or maintaining weight. The more people like a food, the more forgiving their definitions of moderation are, said the study’s lead author Michelle vanDellen

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– University of Georgia

Copper Is Key in Burning Fat

A new study led by a Berkeley Lab scientist and UC Berkeley professor establishes for the first time copper’s role in fat metabolism, further burnishing the metal’s reputation as an essential nutrient for human physiology.

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Nature Chemical Biology

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

How the Great Recession Weighed on Children

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers have found that increases in unemployment in California during the Great Recession were associated with an increased risk for weight gain among the state’s 1.7 million public school students, suggesting that economic troubles could have long-term health consequences for children.

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Changing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Children and Healthy Baby Food Safety Curriculum

The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB) announces the 2016 Best Article and Best Great Educational Material (GEM) awards, which will be presented at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) annual conference, “Next Practices Help You Create the Future,” in San Diego, California, July 30–August 2, 2016.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

New Survey Shows Consumer Interest in Prebiotics Growing, but More Information and Education Needed

A recent poll of diet supplement users reveals that more than 38% would be very likely or somewhat likely in trying a prebiotic with strong digestive and immune health benefits, if the product were science-validated by a research conducted at and published by a major university.


In Human Clinical Trial, UAB to Test Diet’s Effect on Ovarian Cancer Patients

Metabolism-based therapies such as the ketogenic diet have the potential to become a valuable adjunct to standard cancer treatment.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham

What Do My Cravings Say About My Health?

After a stressful day, it’s almost second nature to laze on the couch and drown our sorrows in a bowl of ice-cream or potato chips. Soon, we glance down and realize we’ve managed to consume the entire pint or bag. So, what makes these foods so irresistible—causing us to mindlessly indulge?

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– Texas A&M University

Mayo Clinic Researchers Link Specific Enzyme to Process of Metabolic Dysfunction in Aging

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have identified the enzyme, called CD38, that is responsible for the decrease in nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) during aging, a process that is associated with age-related metabolic decline. Results demonstrated an increase in the presence of CD38 with aging in both mice and humans. The results appear today in Cell Metabolism.

– Mayo Clinic

Food and Environment Course Examines Sustainability of Student Cafés

A food and environment course took the students out of the classroom to learn about food service operations and their sustainability options.

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– University of Chicago

The Medical Minute: How Fat, Salt and Sugar Can Be Good for You

When it comes to healthy eating, the villains are constantly changing.

– Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Because Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

The end of the school year often marks the end of a guaranteed meal for almost half of Detroit’s children. In Southeast Michigan, more than 300,000 free or reduced fee breakfasts and lunches are served daily during the school year.

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– Children's Hospital of Michigan

UCLA Health Experts Advisory for July

UCLA Health Experts are available to discuss a wide variety of topics of interest for the month of July.

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Expert(s) available

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

SNEB Members Testify at House Agriculture Committee Hearing on the Importance of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education

SNEB applauds Congressional efforts to more fully understand the benefits of SNAP, and in particular its efforts to promote and sustain a robust nutrition education program for the 90 million people who are to be served by SNAP-Ed.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

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.

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

How to Conduct and Write Systematic Reviews for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

The presenters will go through their own systematic review process in preparation for the workshop so they can candidly share their own experiences and how they dealt with or avoided the common pitfalls that come with conducting a review.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Media Training Boot Camp 101 - Delivering a Dynamic Interview

With growing information overload and consumer confusion, nutrition educators must be confident and ready to provide clear, evidence-based messages in the media.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Expert Available to Discuss Medication vs. Behavior Management for Weight Management

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– Sanford Health

Expert Available - Today Only: New @US_FDA #salt Guidelines Informed by @MonellSc Research Led by Gary Beauchamp, Contact

– Monell Chemical Senses Center

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

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

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