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FDA Regulates 'Gluten Free' Labels

August 2, 2013 1:49 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A label that reads "gluten free" will now mean the same thing for all food, regardless of which kind you buy. After more than a six-year delay, the Food and Drug Administration has set a new standard for labels that will make shopping easier for consumers on gluten-restricted diets.

Aging Alters Taste Preferences

July 31, 2013 9:56 am | News | Comments

New research found that aging elicits changes in taste preferences and that such changes appear to be independent of taste nerve activity. The researchers investigated differences in fluid intake and taste nerve responses across different age groups of rats.

More Than 275 Have Unidentified Stomach Bug in US

July 24, 2013 4:22 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal health authorities say more than 275 people in seven states have now been sickened with an unidentified stomach bug. The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the cyclospora infections, which are often found in tropical or subtropical countries and have been linked to imported fresh produce in the past.

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Antioxidant Blocks Cardio Benefits in Men

July 23, 2013 12:34 pm | News | Comments

In older men, a natural antioxidant compound found in red grapes and other plants– called resveratrol– blocks many of the cardiovascular benefits of exercise, according to results from a recent research project. The research unusually suggests that eating a diet rich in antioxidants may actually counteract many of the health benefits of exercise.

Fungus Linked to Worsening AIDS Epidemic

July 23, 2013 10:03 am | News | Comments

A type of fungus coating much of the stored corn, wheat, rice and nuts in developing countries may be quietly worsening the AIDS epidemic, according to a new study. Kept in sacks piled in barns and warehouses, food stores in countries near the equator are contaminated by Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus, fungi that produce a toxic substance called aflatoxin.

Skipping Breakfast Ups Heart Attack Risk

July 22, 2013 5:00 pm | by MIKE STOBBE - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Another reason to eat breakfast: Skipping it may increase your chances of a heart attack. A study of older men found those who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of a heart attack than those who ate a morning meal.

Rare Immune Cells Promote Allergic Inflammation

July 22, 2013 10:09 am | News | Comments

Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a food allergy-associated disease that affects children and adults and is caused by inflammation in response to trigger foods. Researchers have known that genetic mutations in the gene that encodes for thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) are highly associated with EoE in children. Now, researchers have identified one mechanism by which TSLP might contribute to the development of EoE.

The Right Snack May Aid Satiety, Weight Loss

July 17, 2013 10:56 am | News | Comments

Healthy snacks that promote a feeling of fullness (satiety) may reduce the amount of food intake at subsequent meals and limit overall food consumption, according to a presentation at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo. 

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Arsenic Limited in Apple Juice

July 12, 2013 12:50 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids' favorite drinks. The Food and Drug Administration is setting a new limit on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice, after more than a year of public pressure from consumer groups worried about the contaminant's effects on children.

Hepatitis-linked Frozen Berries Recalled

June 4, 2013 10:29 am | by BY MARY CLARE JALONICK - ASSOCIATED PRESS | News | Comments

An Oregon company is recalling a frozen berry mix sold to Costco and Harris Teeter stores after the product was linked to at least 34 hepatitis A illnesses in five states. The Food and Drug Administration says that Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., is recalling its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, packaged under the Townsend Farms label at Costco and under the Harris Teeter brand at those stores.

Artificial Sweeteners May Do More Than Sweeten

May 30, 2013 11:33 am | News | Comments

Researchers have found that a popular artificial sweetener can modify how the body handles sugar. In a small study, the researchers analyzed the sweetener sucralose (Splenda) in 17 severely obese people who do not have diabetes and don’t use artificial sweeteners regularly.

Unapproved, GM Wheat Found in Oregon Field

May 30, 2013 4:21 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Field workers at an Eastern Oregon wheat farm were clearing acres for the bare offseason when they came across a patch of wheat that didn't belong. The workers sprayed it and sprayed it, but the wheat wouldn't die. Their confused boss grabbed a few stalks and sent it to a university lab in early May.

Bacteria Ingested Through Yogurt Affects Brain Function

May 29, 2013 10:21 am | News | Comments

Researchers now have the first evidence that bacteria ingested in food can affect brain function in humans. In an early proof-of-concept study of healthy women, they found that women who regularly consumed beneficial bacteria known as probiotics through yogurt showed altered brain function.

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Researchers Aim to Map the 'Food Genome'

May 19, 2013 1:42 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Do your kids love chocolate milk? It may have more calories on average than you thought. Same goes for soda. Until now, the only way to find out what people in the United States eat and how many calories they consume has been government data, which can lag behind the rapidly expanding and changing food marketplace.

Biotech Potato Breeds Pitched to FDA

May 14, 2013 1:44 pm | by JOHN MILLER - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A dozen years after a customer revolt forced Monsanto to ditch its genetically engineered potato, another company aims to resurrect high-tech spuds. This month, tuber processing giant J.R. Simplot Co. asked the U.S. government to approve five varieties of biotech potatoes. They're engineered not to develop ugly black bruises.

Wrigley Pulls Caffeinated Gum After Investigation

May 9, 2013 2:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Food and Drug Administration investigation into the safety of caffeine-added foods has prompted Wrigley to take its new caffeinated gum off the market for the time being. Wrigley says Wednesday that it will temporarily halt sales and marketing of Alert caffeinated gum after discussions with the FDA.

Food, Skin Allergies Increasing in Children

May 2, 2013 12:28 am | by MIKE STOBBE - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found. Experts aren't sure what's behind the increase. Could it be that children are growing up in households so clean that it leaves them more sensitive to things that can trigger allergies?

FDA 'Concerned' About Added Caffeine

April 30, 2013 3:12 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Looking for a new way to get that jolt of caffeine energy? Food companies are betting snacks like potato chips, jelly beans and gum with a caffeinated kick could be just the answer. The Food and Drug Administration is closely watching the marketing of these foods and wants to know more about their safety.

China Bird Flu Jumped Directly from Chickens

April 25, 2013 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese scientists have for the first time found strong evidence of how humans became infected with a new strain of bird flu: from chickens at a live market. Chinese scientists compared swabs from birds at markets in eastern China to virus samples from four patients who caught the new H7N9 virus. The scientists found the virus from one patient was nearly identical to one found in a chicken.

Research Explains How EVOO Protects Against Alzheimer’s

April 25, 2013 11:30 am | News | Comments

The mystery of exactly how consumption of extra virgin olive oil helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may lie in one component of olive oil that helps shuttle the abnormal AD proteins out of the brain, scientists are reporting in a new study.

Coffee, with Pill, Reduces Breast Cancer Recurrence

April 25, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

Drinking coffee could decrease the risk of breast cancer recurring in patients taking the widely used drug Tamoxifen, a study has found. Patients who took the pill, along with two or more cups of coffee daily, reported less than half the rate of cancer recurrence.

Grape Intake Linked to Reduced Inflammation, Fat Storage

April 22, 2013 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Consuming grapes may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, according to new research. Natural components found in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for these beneficial effects.

Food Poisonings Up from Raw Milk, Poultry Bacteria

April 18, 2013 12:09 pm | by MIKE STOBBE - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials are seeing more food poisonings caused by a bacteria commonly linked to raw milk and poultry. A study released Thursday said campylobacter cases grew by 14 percent over the last five years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report was based on  foodborne infections in only 10 states- about 15 percent of the American population.

Protein Discovery Prevents HIV Reservoirs

April 17, 2013 1:11 pm | by Einstein | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered how the protein that blocks HIV-1 from multiplying in white blood cells is regulated. HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS, and the discovery could lead to novel approaches for addressing HIV-1 "in hiding"– namely eliminating reservoirs of HIV-1 that persist in patients undergoing antiretroviral therapy.

EU Tests Show No Safety Issues with Horsemeat

April 16, 2013 11:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 7,000 tests across the European Union have shown that nearly 5 percent of the food products labeled as beef contained horse meat, but there is no danger to public health, officials said Tuesday. The tests showed that the veterinary anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone, or bute, was...

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