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'Tearless' Onions Could Help Fight Heart Disease

November 6, 2013 1:11 pm | News | Comments

Onions now come in a tearless version that scientists are now reporting could pack extra health benefits like their close relative, garlic, which is renowned for protecting against heart disease.               

Baking Blueberries May Alter Health Benefits

October 30, 2013 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Blueberries are called a “superfood” for their high polyphenol content, but when baked or cooked, levels of some of these substances rise while others fall, which could alter their “super” health benefits.           

Drinking Coffee Cuts Liver Cancer Risk by 40%

October 22, 2013 11:42 am | News | Comments

Coffee consumption reduces risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of liver cancer, by about 40 percent, according to new research.                           


Bacteria Found in Breast Milk Sold on Internet

October 21, 2013 1:40 am | by LINDSEY TANNER - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Human breast milk is sold for babies on several online sites for a few dollars an ounce, but a new study says buyer beware: Testing showed it can contain potentially dangerous bacteria including salmonella.             

Technique Can Boost Cancer-fighting Potential of Broccoli

October 16, 2013 1:57 pm | News | Comments

Spraying a plant hormone on broccoli— already one of the planet’s most nutritious foods— boosts its cancer-fighting potential, and researchers say they have new insights on how that works.                 

Oreos May be as Addictive as Cocaine, Morphine

October 16, 2013 11:51 am | News | Comments

Researchers have found "America’s favorite cookie,” the Oreo, is just as addictive as cocaine– at least for lab rats. And just like most humans, rats go for the middle first.                    

World Food Prize Foundation Takes on Biotech Opposition

October 15, 2013 5:36 pm | by DAVID PITT - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Food Prize Foundation is confronting both opposition to genetically modified crops and the divisive issue of global warming as it gathers this week. The Foundation is awarding this year's prize to three biotechnology pioneers, infuriating environmental groups and others opposed to large-scale farming.

Happiness Lowers Blood Pressure

October 15, 2013 11:15 am | News | Comments

New research explains how a synthetic gene module controlled by the happiness hormone dopamine produces an agent that lowers blood pressure, opening up new avenues for therapies.                     


Breaking News: ‘Eat More, Weigh Less’ Diet a Possibility

October 10, 2013 12:06 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered key details of a brain-to-body signaling circuit that, when activated by combined signals from the neurotransmitters serotonin and adrenaline, enables roundworms to lose weight independently of food intake.     

Neurons Help With Smells We Like, Dislike

October 8, 2013 11:52 am | News | Comments

New research has revealed a set of cells in the fruit fly brain that respond specifically to food odors. The degree to which these neurons respond when the fly is presented different food odors can predict how much the flies will like a given odor.

Brain Circuitry That Triggers Overeating Identified

September 27, 2013 11:45 am | News | Comments

Sixty years ago scientists could electrically stimulate a region of a mouse’s brain causing the mouse to eat, whether hungry or not. Now, researchers have pinpointed the precise cellular connections responsible for triggering that behavior.

Omega-3s May Not Help Thinking Skills After All

September 26, 2013 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Contrary to earlier studies, new research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may not benefit thinking skills. Omega-3s are found in fatty fish such as salmon and in nuts. The study involved 2,157 women age 65 to 80 who were given annual tests of thinking and memory skills for an average of six years and were also tested for the amount of omega-3s in their blood.

Eating Peanut Butter May Improve Breast Health Later in Life

September 26, 2013 12:14 pm | News | Comments

Here’s some news worth spreading: Girls who eat more peanut butter could improve their breast health later in life. Research shows that girls ages 9 to 15 who regularly ate peanut butter or nuts were 39 percent less likely to develop benign breast disease by age 30.


Carbonation Alters Brain Perception of Sweetness

September 17, 2013 12:47 pm | News | Comments

Carbonation, an essential component of popular soft drinks, alters the brain’s perception of sweetness and makes it difficult for the brain to determine the difference between sugar and artificial sweeteners, according to new research. The study also identifies that there is a downside to this effect.

Breaking News: Berries May Boost Immune Function

September 17, 2013 12:29 pm | News | Comments

In an analysis of 446 compounds for their the ability to boost the innate immune system in humans, researchers discovered just two that stood out from the crowd– the resveratrol found in red grapes and a compound called pterostilbene from blueberries.

Specific Sugar Molecule Causes Cancer Cell Growth

September 16, 2013 10:57 am | News | Comments

The process of glycosylation, where sugar molecules are attached to proteins, has long been of interest to scientists, particularly because certain sugar molecules are present in very high numbers in cancer cells. It now turns out that these sugar molecules are not only present, but actually aid the growth of the malignant cells.

Substance that Gives Grapefruit Its Flavor and Aroma Could Give Insects the Boot

September 11, 2013 11:55 am | News | Comments

The citrus flavor and aroma of grapefruit—already used in fruit juices, citrus-flavored beverages, and prestige perfumes and colognes—may be heading for a new use in battling mosquitoes, ticks, head lice and bedbugs thanks to a less expensive way of making large amounts of the once rare and pricey ingredient

Erectile Dysfunction: A Biomarker for Heart Disease?

September 4, 2013 11:20 am | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

For the first time, it has been shown that an intensively active lifestyle can “completely prevent” bad diets from impairing sexual function, says a Johns Hopkins University urology fellow. Put another way, a recent rat study offers strong evidence that erectile dysfunction (ED) is more than just a bedroom bother. It may be one’s own natural biomarker for coronary artery disease.

Beer Without the Bummer

August 29, 2013 11:44 am | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

A magical hydrating beer that minimizes hangover has been brewed, Australian researchers say. By adding electrolytes, a natural body chemical and a common sports drink ingredient, the merry Aussies say they have minimized the dehydration side effects of the beverage.

First Scientific Method to Authenticate World’s Costliest Coffee

August 21, 2013 10:19 am | News | Comments

The world’s most expensive coffee can cost $80 a cup, and scientists now are reporting development of the first way to verify authenticity of this crème de la crème, the beans of which come from the feces of a Southeast Asian animal called a palm civet.

Multiple Genes Manage How People Taste Sweeteners

August 21, 2013 9:50 am | News | Comments

Genetics may play a role in how people's taste receptors send signals, leading to a wide spectrum of taste preferences, according to Penn State food scientists. These varied, genetically influenced responses may mean that food and drink companies will need a range of artificial sweeteners to accommodate different consumer tastes.

Coffee and Tea May Contribute to a Healthy Liver

August 19, 2013 1:01 pm | News | Comments

Your morning cup of tea or coffee may be doing more than just perking you up before work. An international team of researchers led by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) and the Duke University School of Medicine suggest that increased caffeine intake may reduce fatty liver in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Mediterranean Diet Counteracts a Genetic Risk of Stroke, Study Reports

August 14, 2013 10:46 am | News | Comments

A gene variant strongly associated with development of type 2 diabetes appears to interact with a Mediterranean diet pattern to prevent stroke, report researchers. Their results are a significant advance for nutrigenomics, the study of the linkages between nutrition and gene function and their impact on human health, particularly chronic disease risk.

Breaking News: 'Safe' Sugar Can be Toxic

August 13, 2013 11:21 am | News | Comments

When mice ate a diet of 25 percent extra sugar– the mouse equivalent of a healthy human diet plus three cans of soda daily– females died at twice the normal rate and males were a quarter less likely to hold territory and reproduce, according to a newly developed toxicity test.

Chocolate Can Keep Brain Healthy

August 8, 2013 11:54 am | News | Comments

Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help older people keep their brains healthy and their thinking skills sharp, according to a new study. The study involved 60 people with an average age of 73 who did not have dementia and who drank two cups of hot cocoa per day for 30 days.

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