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Louisiana Company Recalls 468K Pounds of Meat

April 13, 2013 4:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Louisiana-based meat packing company has expanded a recall of meat products because of possible bacterial contamination. No illnesses have been reported. The Manda Packing Company recall announced this past week now includes 468,000 pounds of meat.

CDC: E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Frozen Foods

March 29, 2013 6:09 pm | by MIKE STOBBE - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials say at least 24 people have become sick from an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to frozen snack foods marketed to children. No one has died, but eight people, mostly kids or teens, were hospitalized.

Common Foods Cause DNA Damage

March 28, 2013 9:35 am | News | Comments

In a laboratory study pairing food chemistry and cancer biology, scientists tested the potentially harmful effect of foods and flavorings on the DNA of cells. They found that liquid smoke flavoring, black and green teas and coffee activated the highest levels of a well-known, cancer-linked gene called p53.

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Epigenetics Discovered in Corn Inheritance Behavior

March 27, 2013 10:37 am | News | Comments

New research explains how certain traits can pass down from one generation to the next– at least in plants– without following the accepted rules of genetics.

Eating Behavior is Possible Autoimmune Disease Defense

March 26, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

Neurons that control hunger in the central nervous system also regulate immune cell functions, implicating eating behavior as a defense against infections and autoimmune disease development, researchers have found in a new study.

Study Connects Molecular Dots of Taste to Brain

March 7, 2013 9:59 am | News | Comments

Saying that the sense of taste is complicated is an understatement, that it is little understood, even more so. Exactly how cells transmit taste information to the brain for three out of the five primary taste types was pretty much a mystery, until now.

Biomaterial Enhances Critical Immune Responses

March 6, 2013 11:09 am | News | Comments

Biomedical engineering researchers have encapsulated two types of protein antigens in chitosan and demonstrated that the combined material enables or improves three important immune responses.

Brain Chemicals Drive Impulsive Eating

March 1, 2013 10:50 am | News | Comments

New research has identified the neural pathways in an insect brain tied to eating for pleasure, a discovery that sheds light on mirror impulsive eating pathways in the human brain.

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Mediterranean-style diets found to cut heart risks

February 25, 2013 6:36 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Pour on the olive oil, preferably over fish and vegetables: One of the longest and most scientific tests of a Mediterranean diet suggests this style of eating can cut the chance of suffering heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk of them.

MS Progression Slowed by Cancer Drug

February 22, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

A drug that is currently used for cancer can relieve and slow down the progression of the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis (MS) in rats, according to a new study. The discovery might one day lead to better forms of treatment for patients with MS.

Omega Fatty Acids Stimulate Cellular Renewal

February 22, 2013 10:15 am | News | Comments

Research in roundworms reveals that omega-6 fatty acids may stimulate a cellular renewal process tied to human health.

Misled by Macronutrients? Alternative Diet Suggested

February 22, 2013 9:56 am | News | Comments

The search for the perfect diet— one that promotes weight loss and optimal health— has left many people empty handed. Researchers suggest that a broad focus on the negative effects of high-fat or processed carbohydrate-rich diets could be misplaced.

CO rejects labels for genetically engineered food

February 21, 2013 10:11 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado lawmakers Thursday rejected a proposal that would have required genetically engineered food to be labeled, amid fears that the mandate would burden farmers and raise food prices.

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Resistant Starches Can Protect Against Cancer

February 20, 2013 11:35 am | News | Comments

A new study shows that resistant starch helps the body resist colorectal cancer through mechanisms including killing pre-cancerous cells and reducing inflammation that can otherwise promote cancer.

Critics in court to seek delay of NYC soda rule

February 20, 2013 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Soda makers and sellers are in court over a bid to delay enforcement of New York City's first-of-its-kind effort to limit the size of sugary drinks. The American Beverage Association and other groups are facing off with city officials Wednesday in a Manhattan courtroom. The city Board of Health...

Reports of toxic milk trigger scare in Balkans

February 19, 2013 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Reports that milk in the Balkans has been contaminated by a cancer-causing toxin have triggered a major health scare throughout the region, with authorities appealing for calm before official tests are conclusive. Senior agriculture official Goran Jesic claims on his website that out of 35 tested...

High-stakes fight over soybeans at US high court

February 18, 2013 9:30 am | by MARK SHERMAN - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Vernon Hugh Bowman seems comfortable with the old way of doing things, right down to the rotary-dial telephone he said he was using in a conference call with reporters. But the 75-year-old U.S. farmer figured out a way to benefit from a high-technology product, soybeans that are resistant to...

Optimum Cooking Times Found for Seafood

February 14, 2013 11:36 am | News | Comments

A recent study determined the optimum cooking times needed to achieve microbial safety in shrimp and salmon for a variety of common cooking methods.

UK: Horse drug may have entered human food chain

February 14, 2013 6:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three horse carcasses that tested positive for the equine drug bute may have entered the human food chain in France, the British government said Thursday. Environment Minister David Heath told the House of Commons that eight horses from British abattoirs had tested positive for bute, and "three...

'Green Revolution' center sees future in GM seeds

February 13, 2013 8:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The research center largely responsible for launching the "green revolution" of the 1960s is now planning to develop more genetically-modified seeds to help farmers in the developing world grow more grain in the face of changing climate conditions and increased demand. Donations of $25 million...

Clues to why most survived China melamine scandal

February 13, 2013 3:27 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists wondering why some children and not others survived one of China's worst food safety scandals have uncovered a suspect: germs that live in the gut. In 2008, at least six babies died and 300,000 became sick after being fed infant formula that had been deliberately and illegally tainted...

New, Disease Resistant Wheat Developed

February 12, 2013 11:50 am | News | Comments

Wheat breeders have developed a higher-yielding soft white winter wheat, known as Kaseberg, that is also resistant to the disease stripe rust.

Study Finds Eating Deep-fried Food is Associated with an Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer

January 29, 2013 10:57 am | News | Comments

Regular consumption of deep-fried foods such as French fries, fried chicken and doughnuts is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, and the effect appears to be slightly stronger with regard to more aggressive forms of the disease.

Amino Acid Studies May Aid Battle Against Citrus Greening Disease

January 14, 2013 11:57 am | News | Comments

Amino acids in orange juice might reveal secrets to the successful attack strategy of the plant pathogen that causes citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing or HLB. Studies of these amino acids may pave the way to a safe, effective, environmentally friendly approach to undermine Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus.

Used Coffee Grounds are a Rich Source of Healthful Antioxidants

January 9, 2013 1:28 pm | News | Comments

To plant food, insect repellant and other homespun uses for spent coffee grounds, scientists are adding an application that could make the gunk left over from brewing coffee a valuable resource for production of dietary supplements. Their new report concludes that used coffee grounds are a rich source of healthful antioxidant substances.

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