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NEWSWISE Food Science Wire with IFT 05-Oct-2016

Food Science & Production

Unique Bacterial Chemist in the War on Potatoes

An eccentric enzyme known so far only to exist in a single type of bacterium breaks down a toxin related to TNT and pesticides with counterintuitive moves. ...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Nature Chemical Biology; NSF 0845445; W-31-109-Eng-38

Embargo expired on 03-Oct-2016 at 11:00 ET

Excess Dietary Zinc Worsens C. Diff Infection

The findings, reported Sept. 26 in Nature Medicine, call into question the consumption of dietary supplements and cold therapies containing high concentrations of zinc....

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Embargo expired on 26-Sep-2016 at 11:00 ET

Climate Change Means Land Use Will Need to Change to Keep Up with Global Food Demand, Say Scientists

A team of researchers led by the University of Birmingham warns that without significant improvements in technology, global crop yields are likely to fall in the areas currently used for production of the world’s three major cereal crops, forcing p...

– University of Birmingham

Nature Communications, Sep 2016

Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2016 at 05:00 ET

Novel Crops Topic of Symposium

Although small in acreage planted, they have high nutritional and environmental value...

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

Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2016 at 00:05 ET

Cold and Bubbly: The Sensory Qualities That Best Quench Thirst

New research from the Monell Center finds that oral perceptions of coldness and carbonation help to reduce thirst. The findings could guide sensory approaches to increase fluid intake in populations at risk for dehydration, including the elderly, sol...

– Monell Chemical Senses Center

A Novel Way to Power Greener Homes, A New Path in Battle Against Mosquito-Borne Illness, A Better Hydrogen Fuel Option for Vehicles, and More in the DOE Science News Source

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– Newswise

Food Additive Key to Environmentally Friendly, Efficient, Plastic Solar Cells

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have created an efficient, semi-printed plastic solar cell without the use of environmentally hazardous halogen solvents....

– North Carolina State University

Chemistry of Materials; N0014-15-1-2322 Office of Naval Research

Frankfurter Fraud: Finding Out What's in Your Hot Dog

Hot dogs are the perfect summer fare. But knowing for sure what you're getting inside a bun can be difficult. Now scientists have devised a method that could help prevent frankfurter fraud, which is especially important for those who can't eat certa...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Component of Red Wine, Grapes Can Help to Reduce Inflammation, Study Finds

A component of red wine and grapes can help control inflammation induced by a bacterial pathogen that is linked to upper respiratory tract inflammatory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and middle ear infection (o...

– Georgia State University

Scientific Reports, Sept. 2016

Toxins From Food Mold Weaken Airways' Defenses to Cause More Damage

PHILADELPHIA—Toxins from mold found growing on nuts or corn can weaken the airways’ self-clearing mechanisms and immunity, opening the door for respiratory diseases and exacerbating existing ones, suggests a study in Nature Scientific Reports pub...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


Fish Oil May Help Improve Mood in Veterans

Low concentration of fish oil in the blood and lack of physical activity may contribute to the high levels of depressed mood among soldiers returning from combat, according to researchers, including a Texas A&M University professor and his former doc...

– Texas A&M University

Study Finds Apple and Lettuce Can Remedy Garlic Breath

Garlic – consumers either love or hate the taste, but one thing is for certain, no one likes it when the scent of it sticks around on their breath. Now, garlic lovers may have a new solution to their halitosis problem. A study published in the Sept...

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Journal of Food Science

Coffee-infused foam removes lead from contaminated water

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the U.S., which makes for a perky population — but it also creates a lot of used grounds. Scientists now report in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering an innovative way to reduce this wast...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Food Waste Could Store Solar and Wind Energy

Saving up excess solar and wind energy for times when the sun is down or the air is still requires a storage device. Batteries get the most attention as a promising solution although pumped hydroelectric storage is currently used most often. Now rese...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Journal of Physical Chemistry C

Making a Multi-Use, Stiff Carbon Foam Using Bread

Sturdy, lightweight carbon foam has many structural and insulating applications in aerospace engineering, energy storage and temperature maintenance. Current methods to create this material run into difficulties when trying to make the product strong...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Meeting Demand for ‘Natural’ Vanilla Calls for Creativity

n recent years, consumers have increasingly been looking for “natural” ingredients in their food products. But when it comes to one of the world’s most popular flavors, vanilla, meeting that demand has been difficult. So food scientists are scr...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Chemical & Engineering News

UF/IFAS-Led Team Finds Faster, Better Way to Detect Salmonella in Meat, Chicken

Salmonella is the lauding cause of bacteria-associated foodborne illnesses in the United States, according to the study. Thus, early detection of the pathogen, by a rapid and sensitive test is important to prevent the illness. ...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Peach-Sized Strawberry Delivers Huge Dose of Intense Flavor

The newest Cornell University strawberry variety concentrates intense flavor in a berry big enough to fill the palm of your hand...

– Cornell University

Eating Your Greens Could Enhance Sport Performance

Nitrate supplementation in conjunction with Sprint Interval Training in low oxygen conditions could enhance sport performance a study has found....

– Frontiers

Frontiers in Physiology

UF/IFAS Study: Global Food Security Aided by Combining Different Methods

Researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are closer to helping producers better meet global food demand, now that they’ve combined simulation and statistical methods to help them predict how temperature...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The Pleasures – and Perils -- of Protein: Study in Fruit Flies Reveals New Clues to Appetite and Aging

Why do we – and the fruit flies that sometimes inhabit our kitchens – seek out protein-full foods when we’re running on empty? And what does that preference mean for the odds of living a longer life, whether it’s measured in decades for a hum...

– University of Michigan Health System

eLife,; AG030593; GM102279; AG023166; AG043972; DK046960; GM007315; AG000114; AG047696

Ginger and Chili Peppers Could Work Together to Lower Cancer Risk

For many people, there's nothing more satisfying than a hot, spicy meal. But some research has suggested that capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, might cause cancer. Now researchers show in mouse studies that the pungent comp...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Best Halloween Treat? Enjoying Allergy-Free Fun

Some common sense tips from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology help keep kids with allergies and asthma safe on Halloween....

– American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Pumpkin Spice 101

In this fact sheet and the associated video, food scientist Kantha Shelke, PhD, CFS answers questions about the science behind the popular fall drink, the pumpkin spice latte. ...

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

MSU’s Keenum at UN: Universities Have ‘Vital Expertise’ to Address World Hunger

Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum highlighted the important role universities and open data play in addressing world hunger during a speech at the U.N. in New York Friday [Sept. 16]....

– Mississippi State University

Is It Safe to Get Up Close and Personal with Food Allergy Triggers?

An article in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology explains that food proximity challenges prove to most kids they can be near food allergy triggers without fear....

– American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

What Vitamins and Nutrients Will Help Prevent My Glaucoma From Worsening?

A recent study suggests that a diet that includes plenty of green, leafy vegetables may lower the risk of glaucoma....

– Glaucoma Research Foundation

Symposium to Address Measurements Important for Water-Limited Agricultural Systems

Separating evaporation measurements from transpiration could be a key to better management practices...

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

Don’t Let Fear of Stained Teeth Keep You From Enjoying Your Morning Cup of Joe

Mounting research shows the health benefits of coffee, but it's important to protect your teeth from stains. The Academy of General Dentistry offers tips for enjoying coffee while protecting your teeth....

– Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)

There’s More to Beans Than You Think

Educational videos released this week by the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) celebrate the International Year of Pulses (IYP), as designated by the United Nations. Pulses--dry beans, peas, and lentils--are an important crop for a sustainable a...

– Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Ramping Up Nutritional Levels of Oat Varieties

Scientists and consumers recognize the cholesterol-lowering power of oats, but what few know is that most of the oats American milling companies use comes from Canada. To increase oats production in the Midwest, researchers are developing methods to ...

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– South Dakota State University

IFT Appoints 2016 Chairs and Members of the International Food Science Certification Commission

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced the appointment Brenda Knapp-Polzin, MS, CFS (Cargill) as chair and Norma Dawkins, PhD, CFS (Tuskegee University) as vice-chair of the International Food Science Certification Commission (IFSC...

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Iowa State University Scientist Helps to Reach Back Through Centuries of Cultivation to Track How Corn Adapted to Different Elevations and Environments

An Iowa State University scientist is exploring the adaptations that have allowed corn to be cultivated in a wide range of elevations and environments across the Americas. Comparing corn varieties adapted to low elevations with those adapted to high ...

– Iowa State University

Dynamic Food Ingredients Announce Strategic Partnership with Mitr Phol Group to Produce Erythritol and Xylitol Sweeteners

Paul Magnotto, Founder & CEO of DFI, and Krisda Monthienvichienchai, Mitr Phol Group Chief Executive Officer jointly announced today that both companies had reached a strategic investment and partnership agreement to expand production of natural swee...


Obesity, Nutrition, & Public Policy

Consuming Fewer Calories Reduces the Risk of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, JEM Study Suggests

Mice placed on a low-calorie diet are less likely to develop abdominal aortic aneurysms, according to a new study in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. The paper, “Calorie restriction protects against experimental abdominal aortic aneurysms in m...

– The Rockefeller University Press

Journal of Experimental Medicine, October 17th, 2016; National Natural Science Foundation of China 91339201; National Natural Science Foundation of China 81422002; National Natural Science Foundation of China 31571193...

Embargo expired on 26-Sep-2016 at 09:00 ET

Gut Bacteria Differ Between Obese and Lean Youth

Children and teenagers who are obese have different microorganisms living in the digestive tract than their lean counterparts, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. ...

– Endocrine Society

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2016 at 13:00 ET

A Tough Day Could Erase the Perks of Choosing ‘Good’ Fat Sources, Study Finds

The type of fat you eat matters, but a new study suggests that the benefits of good fats vanish when stress enters the picture....

– Ohio State University

Embargo expired on 20-Sep-2016 at 04:00 ET

Nearly One-Half of Service Members with Overweight/Obesity Report Weight Stigma

Weight discrimination is a major issue in our society and in the U.S. military, service members are not immune to it. According to a new study published Sept. 26 in the APA journal, Stigma and Health, nearly 50 percent of service members who are over...

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Stigma and Health

Fat Cells That Amplify Nerve Signals in Response to Cold Also Affect Blood Sugar Metabolism, UT Southwestern Researchers Report

But since white fat cells have very few nerves, how do beige fat cells get the message that it’s cold outside?...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Cell Metabolism

Overweight and Obesity Linked to High Workers' Compensation Costs

Obese and overweight workers are more likely to incur high costs related to workers' compensation claims for major injuries, reports a study in the September Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American Col...

– Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Fatty Diet Activates Oldest Branch of Immune System, Causing Intestinal Tumors

A high-fat-diet-induced immune reaction causes inflammation leading to intestinal cancer in a mouse model – even among animals that are not obese. ...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

U54 CA116867, AI030040, AI068730, P40 RR012305

Medical Comorbidities Linked with Binge-Eating Disorder: Important Information for Clinicians and Primary Care Physicians

Reston, VA (September 20, 2016) Results from a new study reveal that binge-eating disorder (BED) is associated with increased risk of multiple medical comorbidities. ...

– Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

Comorbilidades Médicas Ligadas al Trastorno por Atracón: Información Importante para Clínicos y Médicos de Primer Contacto

Reston, VA (Agosto 22, 2016) Los resultados de un nuevo estudio revelan que el trastorno por atracón (TpA) está asociado con un riesgo incrementado de múltiples comorbilidades médicas. ...

– Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

Feeding Babies Egg and Peanut May Prevent Food Allergy

Feeding babies egg and peanut may reduce their risk of developing an allergy to the foods, finds a new study....

– Imperial College London

JAMA. 2016;316(11):1181-1192 doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12623

Gardening as a Child May Lead College Students to Eat More Veggies

As researchers nationwide try to get college students to eat healthier foods, they’re finding that gardening may lead to a lasting habit of eating more fruits and vegetables....

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

High-Calcium, Low-Lactose Diet May Reduce Risk of Ovarian Cancer in African-American Women

Research from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and other U.S. health and academic institutions shows a diet high in calcium and low in lactose may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer in African-American women. The work also found sun exposure in ...

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

British Journal of Cancer, Sept-2016

Brain Benefits of Aerobic Exercise Lost to Mercury Exposure

Cognitive function improves with aerobic exercise, but not for people exposed to high levels of mercury before birth, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of ...

– National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Environmental Health Perspectives, Sep-2016; R01ES009797

Biodiversity Research Institute Announces Research Results: Comprehensive Study Finds Widespread Mercury Contamination Across Western North America

An international team led by the U.S. Geological Survey and co-organized by Biodiversity Research Institute, recently documented widespread mercury contamination in air, soil, sediment, plants, fish, and wildlife at various levels across Western Nort...

– Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Science of the Total Environment Virtual Special Issue; U.S. Geological Survey; Biodiversity Research Institute Western Mercury Connections

Imaging the Effects of Hunger on the Brain’s Response to Food Cues

Our brain pays more attention to food when we are hungry than when we are sated. Now a team of scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has shed light on how the needs of the body affect the way the brain processes visual food cues....

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Neuron; Current Biology

Broccoli v. French Fries: Study Finds Appealing to Teens’ Impulse to Rebel Can Curb Unhealthy Eating Habits

A new study finds that by appealing to widely-held adolescent values, it’s possible to reduce unhealthy eating habits and motivate better food choices among adolescents. To capture the motivating power of these values, researchers worked with group...

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Open Floor Plans May Lead to More Eating

According to research from the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, dining environments can have serious consequences for eating behaviors....

– University of Notre Dame

Environment and Behavior

Healthy Eating Standards Still Not Fully Adopted Among YMCA After-School Programs

Healthy Eating standards represent a means of increasing fruit, vegetable, whole grain, and water intake among adolescents by providing healthy snacks in conjunction with education on healthy eating. For these reasons, the YMCA of the US adopted thes...

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Nano-Lipid Particles From Edible Ginger Could Improve Drug Delivery for Colon Cancer, Study Finds

Edible ginger-derived nano-lipids created from a specific population of ginger nanoparticles show promise for effectively targeting and delivering chemotherapeutic drugs used to treat colon cancer, according to a study by researchers at the Institute...

– Georgia State University

Molecular Therapy

Fact Check: 5 Myths About Eating with Diabetes

Do a quick online search and you’ll find thousands of diets, tips, products and tricks claiming to lower your blood sugar, or even ‘cure’ diabetes. A diabetes dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center explains the five most c...

– Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

$3 Million Grant to Support First Detailed Map of the Nation’s Food, Energy, and Water Systems

The interdisciplinary research project called “FEWSion,” which builds on Ruddell’s work on the National Water-Economy Project, will create and study the first detailed map of the system....

– Northern Arizona University

U.S. Children Are Less Fit Than Others Around the World

An international research team co-led from the University of North Dakota and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) studied the aerobic fitness levels of children and youth across 50 countries. The results were just published in the Bri...

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– University of North Dakota

Lang JJ, Tremblay MS, L├ęger L, Olds TS, & Tomkinson GR. International variability in 20 m shuttle run performance in children an

Tips for Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Recommendations to move at least 30 minutes a day have made recent headlines, but living a heart healthy lifestyle incorporates other factors too. UCLA Health offers these tips....

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

Montefiore And Einstein Receive $3.7 Million NIH Grant To Study The Link Between Sleep Apnea And Childhood Obesity

Raanan Arens, M.D., chief of the Division of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has been awarded a $3.7 million grant from th...

– Montefiore Health System

Rare, Life-Threatening Childhood Disease is the Focus of CIRM’s Most Recent Investment

Cystinosis is a rare disease that usually strikes children before they are two years old and can lead to end stage kidney failure before their tenth birthday. Current treatments are limited, which is why the CIRM Board today approved $5.2 million for...

– California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)

Call for Submissions to the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

JNEB is soliciting manuscripts for a supplemental issue on breastfeeding and the WIC Program...

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

SNEB 50th Annual Conference Call for Program Proposals

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior invites proposals for conference sessions and for pre- and post-meeting workshops and tours for the 2017 Annual Conference. ...

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

UF/IFAS Researcher Wins Grant to Try to Manipulate Iron Absorption in at-Risk People

People with too much iron in their bodies can develop serious illnesses. So University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher James Collins plans to use a $2.5 million grant to begin to regulate iron absorption in the intes...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

It's Time to Rethink Kid Food in America

– Panera Bread





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