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Thursday May 25, 2017, 05:05 PM

Gene Linked to Hormone That Impacts Soybean Nodule Development

South Dakota State University

Researchers have identified the SUR2 gene as playing a key role in the production of auxin, a hormone that affects soybean nodule development. The work is part of a National Science Foundation project to identify the genetic mechanisms that direct and coordinate formation of the soybean nodule.

Thursday May 18, 2017, 09:05 AM

UF Helps Slow the Cycle of Food-Insecurity, Obesity

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

About 13 percent of American households experienced food-insecurity in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That is 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children. Within that group are more than 3 million Florida residents.

Tuesday May 16, 2017, 01:45 PM

New Clinical Trial Framework Tests 'Natural' Cures for Cancer

University of Colorado Cancer Center

A University of Colorado Cancer Center clinical trial is now recruiting prostate cancer patients who would otherwise be on a watch-and-wait protocol to test the ability of grape seed extract to slow the rise of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a common marker of prostate cancer progression.

Tuesday May 16, 2017, 10:45 AM

Good News for Grilling: Black Pepper Helps Limit Cancerous Compounds in Meat, Study Shows

Kansas State University

A Kansas State University researcher recently discovered that a commonly used spice is a champion at reducing carcinogenic compounds in grilled meats.

Monday May 15, 2017, 12:05 PM

National Assessment Overstates Public Access to Safe Drinking Water in Bangladesh

Vanderbilt University

According to the latest national assessment, 85 percent of the people in Bangladesh have access to safe drinking water. However, a multi-year, interdisciplinary study of water use in one of the country's rural areas conducted by a team of Vanderbilt University researchers has uncovered two major problems not reflected in the national statistics.

Saturday May 13, 2017, 01:05 AM

Tomato Extract Fights Stomach Cancer, Ripe for Further Study

Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

A new study suggests that the use of tomato -- a key food of the Mediterranean diet -- should be explored to develop supportive strategies against gastric cancer

Wednesday May 10, 2017, 01:05 PM

Thirsty Seeds Reach for Medicine Cabinet

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

Scientists have found that salicylic acid -- also used to make aspirin -- can help the cowpea be more drought tolerant. In Brazil, the cowpea one of the main sources of protein for many people. Americans may know the cowpea by the name black-eyed pea.

Wednesday May 10, 2017, 11:05 AM

University of North Florida Nutrition Professor Discusses Strawberry Myth Busters

University of North Florida

Perfectly ripened strawberries are loved by children and adults alike, and they're good for you too! Jackie Shank, nutrition instructor and undergraduate program director in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program at the University of North Florida, explores the myths and truths surrounding strawberries.

Wednesday May 10, 2017, 09:00 AM

Sugar or Protein? How Fruit Fly Brains Control What They Choose to Eat

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Using fruit flies, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have identified a specific and very small set of brain cells -- dubbed dopamine wedge neurons -- responsible for driving the insects' food preferences toward what they need, rather than what they like.

Tuesday May 09, 2017, 05:05 PM

Grape Seed Extract Could Extend Life of Resin Fillings

University of Illinois at Chicago

A natural compound found in grape seed extract could be used to strengthen dentin -- the tissue beneath a tooth's enamel -- and increase the life of resin fillings, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

Monday May 08, 2017, 12:05 PM

To Improve Chronic Pain, Get More Sleep (Coffee Helps Too)

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

New research from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Boston Children's Hospital shows that chronic sleep loss increases pain sensitivity. It suggests that chronic pain sufferers can get relief by getting more sleep, or, short of that, taking medications to promote wakefulness such as caffeine. Both approaches performed better than standard analgesics in a rigorous study in mice, described in the May 8, 2017 issue of Nature Medicine.

Monday May 08, 2017, 10:05 AM

Kansas State University Research Center Helps Consumers 'Fight Bac' Through National Poultry Food Safety Campaign

Kansas State University

The Partnership for Food Safety Education is using research from Kansas State University's Center for Sensory Analysis and Consumer Behavior for its nationwide campaign promoting food safety and safe poultry handling.

Wednesday May 03, 2017, 09:05 AM

UF Project to Select the Best Brahman Genes

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

With help from cattle producers, UF/IFAS researchers hope to develop Brahman cattle that can tolerate heat better, produce more tender meat and improve their fertility.

Tuesday May 02, 2017, 02:05 PM

Fantastic Fruit Flies and Where to Find Them

Michigan Technological University

There's more to fruit flies than Drosophila melanogaster. There's enough variation and ecological niches to warrant a whole field guide, the "Drosophilids of the Midwest and Northeast" is the first regional guide published in 96 years.

Tuesday May 02, 2017, 12:05 PM

Can You Feast While Dieting?

University of Illinois at Chicago

Alternate-day fasting diets are just as effective as diets that restrict calories every day, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago report. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, followed 100 obese adults for a year.

Tuesday May 02, 2017, 07:05 AM

Encyclopedic Cheese Reference Wins James Beard Award

University of Vermont

An authoritative cheese reference book, The Oxford Companion to Cheese, has won a prestigious James Beard Award in the reference and scholarship category. Published in November 2016, the book contains 855 entries from 325 contributors in 35 countries. The editor worked with an international, 12-member editorial board that selected many of the contributors and solicited entries, which are signed. The goal was to commission entries from experts passionate about the cheeses of their region.

Monday May 01, 2017, 11:05 AM

Time to Celebrate a Year-Round, Healthy Snack - the Strawberry

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Now that we're in National Strawberry Month, UF/IFAS associate professor Vance Whitaker breeds strawberries, and UF/IFAS nutrition experts provide input on the outstanding nutrients of strawberries.

Monday May 01, 2017, 11:00 AM

"BE FAST" When It Comes to Stroke

New York-Presbyterian Hospital

- In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. Strokes - 80 percent of which are caused by a blood clot that blocks blood flow to the brain - are medical emergencies that require immediate attention.

Wednesday April 26, 2017, 09:05 AM

UF Study: Family, Friends Are First Source for Food Safety Info

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Contaminated food puts humans at risk of serious illness worldwide. With that in mind, UF/IFAS researchers wanted to know how people get their information about food safety and what sources they trust.

Tuesday April 25, 2017, 07:05 PM

Obesity Amplifies Genetic Risk of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

UT Southwestern Medical Center

An international study based at UT Southwestern Medical Center revealed a striking genetic-environmental interaction: Obesity significantly amplifies the effects of three gene variants that increase risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) by different metabolic pathways.

Tuesday April 25, 2017, 02:05 PM

'Diet' Products Can Make You Fat, Study Shows

University of Georgia

High-fat foods are often the primary target when fighting obesity, but sugar-laden "diet" foods could be contributing to unwanted weight gain as well.

Tuesday April 25, 2017, 08:00 AM

GW Study Finds 33 Percent of Seafood Sold in Six DC Eateries Mislabeled

George Washington University

Scientists at the George Washington University used a powerful genetic technique to test seafood dinners sold in six District restaurants and found 33 percent had been mislabeled.

Monday April 24, 2017, 05:05 PM

JAMA Study, Clinical Trials Offer Fresh Hope for Kids with Rare Brain Disease

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Anna Gunby can't run around as smoothly as most 4-year-olds because her wobbly legs are affected by a rare brain disease that also hinders her intellect. She can't identify colors. She can't count objects. Her attention span is short.

Monday April 24, 2017, 10:00 AM

Want a 'Younger' Brain? Add Beets to Your Menu

Wake Forest University

New research by scientists at Wake Forest University found that, as compared to exercise alone, adding a beet root juice supplement to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what you see in younger adults. The study was published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.

Friday April 21, 2017, 11:05 AM

Ag Expert Available to Comment as Farmers Begin Planting for US Growing Season

Iowa State University

Thursday April 20, 2017, 05:05 PM

Spermidine-Rich Foods May Prevent Liver Cancer, Extend Lifespan

Texas A&M University

Spermidine--a compound found in foods like aged cheese, mushrooms, soy products, legumes, corn and whole grains--seems to prevent (at least in animal models) liver fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, which is the most common type of liver cancer.

Thursday April 20, 2017, 03:00 PM

Empowerment of Women Worldwide Key to Achieving Competing Goals of Food Sufficiency and Biodiversity Protection

Virginia Tech

An interdisciplinary teams of experts argue that world hunger and biodiversity loss can both be addressed by ensuring that women worldwide have access to education and contraception.

Wednesday April 19, 2017, 01:05 AM

With Beetroot Juice Before Exercise, Aging Brains Look 'Younger'

Wake Forest University

Drinking a beetroot juice supplement before working out makes the brain of older adults perform more efficiently, mirroring the operations of a younger brain, according to a new study by scientists at Wake Forest University.

Tuesday April 18, 2017, 08:05 AM

Consumers Will Normally Pay More for Organic Products - but Not Wine

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

You swish around a sip of organic wine in your mouth and it might tempt your taste buds, but that doesn't mean you'll pay more for it, a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows.

Thursday April 13, 2017, 08:05 AM

Delectable Delights Highlight Flavors of Florida

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF/IFAS scientists toil for years creating and enhancing many of the foods we consume and plants we enjoy. When it comes to plant breeding, UF/IFAS is a global leader. In fact, UF/IFAS is ranked as a top-10 horticulture program in the 2017 Center for World University Rankings. Many of UF/IFAS' tastiest creations will be available for consumption or on display at this year's Flavors of Florida event.

Tuesday April 11, 2017, 09:05 AM

Nutrients Are Nice, but Produce Better Pass the Taste Test

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Consumers want produce that tickles their taste buds and is easy on the eye, but they think quality fruits and vegetables are a matter of luck, according to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers.

Thursday April 06, 2017, 10:00 AM

Pollinators Find a Safe Haven on ESF Campus

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

The College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y., has become a designated pollinator-friendly campus by agreeing to avoid the use of bee-toxic pesticides.

Wednesday April 05, 2017, 02:00 PM

UCLA Researchers Discover a New Cause of High Plasma Triglycerides

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

People with hypertriglyceridemia often are told to change their diet and lose weight. But a high-fat diet isn't necessarily the cause for everyone with the condition. UCLA researchers have discovered a subset of people with hypertriglyceridemia whose bodies produce autoantibodies -- immune-response molecules that attack their own proteins -- causing high levels of triglycerides in the blood.

Wednesday April 05, 2017, 10:00 AM

Fruits and Vegetables' Latest Superpower? Lowering Blood Pressure

Keck Medicine of USC

A new study from the Keck School of Medicine of USC links increased dietary potassium with lower blood pressure.

Wednesday April 05, 2017, 06:00 AM

New Website Launched to Promote Dietary Supplement Safety Awareness for DoD Personnel

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Healthcare providers, commanders, and military service members looking for information on dietary supplements can now find evidence-based answers on a new Department of Defense (DoD) program website.

Wednesday April 05, 2017, 06:00 AM

Seaweed: From Superfood to Superconductor

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Seaweed, the edible algae with a long history in some Asian cuisines, and which has also become part of the Western foodie culture, could turn out to be an essential ingredient in another trend: the development of more sustainable ways to power our devices. Researchers have made a seaweed-derived material to help boost the performance of superconductors, lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells.

Tuesday April 04, 2017, 05:05 PM

AACR: Phase II Trial Shows Rice Bran Promotes Microbiome Diversity, Slows Growth of Colorectal Cancer Cells

University of Colorado Cancer Center

After 4-week trial of added rice bran, navy bean powder or neither, both the rice bran and navy bean groups showed increased dietary fiber, iron, zinc, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, and alpha-tocopherol. The rice bran group also showed increased microbiome richness and diversity. When researchers treated colorectal cancer cells with stool extracts from these groups, they saw reduced cell growth from the groups that had increased rice bran and navy bean consumption.

Monday April 03, 2017, 12:00 PM

Domesticated Rice Goes Rogue

Washington University in St. Louis

We tend to assume that domestication is a one-way street and that, once domesticated, crop plants stay domesticated. A new study of rice shows, however, that different methods of farming change the evolutionary pressures on crop plants, and the plants easily "de-domesticate," evolving to take advantage of these opportunities.

Monday April 03, 2017, 06:00 AM

A 'Bionic Leaf' Could Help Feed the World

American Chemical Society (ACS)

In the second half of the 20th century, the mass use of fertilizer was part of an agricultural boom called the "green revolution" that was largely credited with averting a global food crisis.

Wednesday March 29, 2017, 11:05 AM

Journal: Researchers Can Track Hazardous Chemicals From Fast-Food Wrappers in the Body

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Just one month after major research findings showed dangerous PFAS present in more than one-third of fast food packaging tested, UAB and Notre Dame created a new technique to track PFASs in the body.

Monday March 27, 2017, 01:00 AM

Are Tree Nut Allergies Diagnosed Too Often?

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

A new study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows shows that about 50 percent of those who thought they were allergic to all tree nuts were able to pass an oral food challenge without a reaction.

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.