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URI pharmacy researcher finds beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup
URI researcher Navindra Seeram, who specializes in medicinal plant research, has found more than 20 compounds in maple syrup from Canada that have been linked to human health, 13 of which are newly discovered in maple syrup. In addition, eight of the compounds have been found in the Acer (maple) family for the first time. (2010-03-21)

Indirect effects of climate change could alter landscapes
Studies of a northern hardwood forest in New England point to unexpected ecological trends resulting from documented changes in the climate over 50 years. Some of the changes now taking place can be expected to alter the composition of the forest and the wildlife present. The observations may have implications for other northern forests and suggest directions for future research and monitoring. (2012-11-16)

Upper Midwest forests are losing diversity, complexity, ISU study finds
Forests in the nation's Upper Midwest have changed greatly since the time of the early settlers. And more changes may be coming. (2007-10-16)

Cough medicine could help doctors identify how breast cancer patients metabolize tamoxifen
Cough medicine could be used as way of predicting how well individual patients metabolize tamoxifen used in the treatment of their breast cancer, according to new research presented at the 22nd EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics in Berlin on Friday. (2010-11-18)

Research aims to settle debate over origin of Yellowstone volcano
A debate among scientists about the geologic formation of the supervolcano encompassing the region around Yellowstone National Park has taken a major step forward, thanks to new evidence provided by a team of international researchers led by University of Rhode Island Professor Christopher Kincaid. (2013-04-15)

Scientists conclude high fructose corn syrup should not be blamed for obesity
A new article published today in International Journal of Obesity found there is no evidence to suggest the current obesity epidemic in the United States can be specifically blamed on consumption of high fructose corn syrup. (2012-09-18)

Too much sugar turns off gene that controls the effects of sex steroids
Eating too much fructose and glucose can turn off the gene that regulates the levels of active testosterone and estrogen in the body, shows a new study in mice and human cell cultures that's published this month in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. This discovery reinforces public health advice to eat complex carbohydrates and avoid sugar. (2007-11-09)

Twisting molecules by brute force: A top-down approach
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have found they can use a macroscopic brute force to impose and induce a twist in an otherwise non-chiral molecule. (2011-12-14)

Linking the microbial and immune environment in semen to HIV viral load and transmission
Research published in PLOS Pathogens reports that HIV infection re-shapes the relationship between semen bacteria and immune factors which in turn affects viral load, suggesting that the semen microbiome plays a role in sexual transmission of HIV. (2014-07-24)

Effect of natural sweetener Xylitol in preventing tooth decay still unproven
New research out today concludes that there is limited evidence to show that xylitol is effective in preventing dental cavities in children and adults. (2015-03-26)

Brand-specific television alcohol ads predict brand consumption among underage youth
The researchers found that the relationship between consumption of a brand and advertising exposure for that brand was significant, and that the relationship was strongest at lower levels of exposure. Their results held even after controlling for other factors influencing youth drinking, such as their parents' drinking, whether the youth chose the brand themselves, the brand's average price, and the popularity of the brand among adults. (2014-07-29)

2013-14 Genzyme/ACMG Foundation Training Award in Clinical Biochemical Genetics announced
Lindsay C. Burrage, M.D., Ph.D., of Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital and Shane C. Quinonez, M.D., of the University of Michigan were honored as the 2013-2014 recipients of the Genzyme/ACMG Foundation Medical Genetics Training Award in Clinical Biochemical Genetics at the ACMG 2013 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. (2013-03-28)

Tasting maple syrup, for science
The University of Vermont has opened a research (2006-03-17)

Fructose Consumption May Accelerate Aging: Skin's Elasticity And Softness May Be Affected
Animal studies have shown that excessive consumption of fructose -- a commonly used sweetener -- results in age- related alterations as measured in skin and bone collagen. Its effect on skin is to increase collagen crosslinking which reduces skin's elasticity and softness, which may, in turn, lead to wrinkles. (1998-11-24)

Organic weed control for dandelions
Spring and summer often find homeowners out in their yards, busily attempting to control the onslaught of dandelions in a quest for green, weed-free lawns. Responding to criticism that synthetic herbicides can be harmful to the environment, researchers around the world are experimenting with organically derived weed control methods. Researchers recently studied the effectiveness of pesticide-free mulched maple and oak leaves on common dandelions in established Kentucky bluegrass comparable to residential lawns. (2009-09-08)

Northeastern US forests transformed by human activity over 400 years
Forests in the northeastern US have been radically transformed over the last four centuries by human activity, and their relationship with climate factors like rainfall weakened. (2013-09-04)

Travelers' diarrhea not improved by restricted diet
Travelers suffering from (2004-08-05)

Managing forests requires a bird's-eye view
Managers of northern Michigan forests may not see the birds for the trees -- or at least are in danger of losing sight of songbird neighborhoods when looking out for timber harvests (2011-06-02)

EARTH: Corn syrup model splits Yellowstone's mantle plume in 2
Scientists studying the Yellowstone supervolcano have recently published about the unique relationship between the mantle plume to the subduction zone off the Washington-Oregon coast. The resulting model of a bifurcated mantle plume potentially answers key questions about the Yellowstone supervolcano and other volcanic regions in the area. (2013-07-14)

Recent news reports of sweetener reformulations raise questions about motivations
The misleading (2009-06-30)

Old deeds, witness trees offer glimpse of pre-settlement forest in West Virginia
Using old deeds and witness trees, a U.S. Forest Service scientist has created a glimpse of the composition of the forests that covered today's Monongahela National Forest before settlement and logging changed the landscape. (2012-09-12)

Urban heat boosts some pest populations 200-fold, killing red maples
New research shows that urban 'heat islands' are slowly killing red maples in the southeastern United States. One factor is that researchers have found warmer temperatures increase the number of young produced by the gloomy scale insect -- a significant tree pest -- by 300 percent, which in turn leads to 200 times more adult gloomy scales on urban trees. (2014-07-23)

Challenging shrubland fire management
In the March issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Max Moritz (University of California, Berkeley), Jon Keeley (US Geological Survey and University of California, Los Angeles), Edward Johnson (University of Calgary) and Andrew Schaffner (Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo) present research that suggests natural fire regimes, such as those found in southern California, are (2004-03-16)

ChipCare's handheld analyzer attracts one of Canada's largest-ever healthcare angel investments
An innovative, handheld point-of-care analyzer, developed by ChipCare Corporation, has secured one of the largest ever angel investments in Canada's healthcare sector. Phase II financing has closed, with an investment of CDN $2.05M to support ChipCare's continuing development and commercialization over the next three years. (2013-09-16)

Wisconsin team engineers hydrogen from biomass
Chemical engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new process that produces hydrogen fuel from plants -- and it's non-toxic, non-flammable and can be safely transported in the form of sugars. (2002-08-28)

Lab team spins ginger into nanoparticles to heal inflammatory bowel disease
Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University have developed 'edible ginger-derived nanoparticles' that they believe may be good medicine for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease. The particles may also help fight cancer linked to colitis, according to experiments in mice. (2016-08-17)

'Supersize me' mice research offers grim warning for America's fast food consumers
New Saint Louis University research presented this week found fatty liver disease and signs of type 2 diabetes after only four weeks of a high-fat, high-sugar diet. (2007-05-23)

Women who drink lots of soda at higher risk for early kidney disease
Women who drink two or more cans of soda pop per day are nearly twice as likely to show early signs of kidney disease, a recent study has found. However, researchers did not find an elevated risk for men, or for people who drink diet soda. (2009-02-09)

Tree root research confirms that different morphologies produce similar results
Despite markedly different root morphologies and resulting disparities in nutrient-uptake processes, forest trees of different lineages show comparable efficiency in acquiring soil nutrients, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. (2015-06-09)

American Society of Nutrition to host symposium on the impact of sweetened beverages on obesity
The American Society of Nutrition will be hosting a symposium at its annual Experimental Biology 2013 meeting in Boston where medical and health experts will examine the latest scientific evidence surrounding the recent controversy around sugar sweetened beverages. (2013-04-16)

Museum specimens, modern cities show how an insect pest will respond to climate change
Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that century-old museum specimens hold clues to how global climate change will affect a common insect pest that can weaken and kill trees -- and the news is not good. (2014-08-27)

Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain
A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. (2010-03-22)

Fish food fight: Fish don't eat trees after all, says new study
Recent theories suggesting that half of fishes' food comes from from land-based ecosystems may not hold water. Experiments show that algae, not land-based matter, is needed to build healthy and fertile aquatic organisms. (2009-11-23)

Can an over-the-counter vitamin-like substance slow the progression of Parkinson's disease?
Rush University Medical Center is participating in a large-scale, multi-center clinical trial in the US and Canada to determine whether a vitamin-like substance called coenzyme Q10, in high doses, can slow the progression of Parkinson's disease. (2009-09-21)

Fizzy drinks increase risk of pancreatic cancer
The high consumption of sweetened food and drink increases the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet. A heavy intake of fizzy drinks, creamed fruit and sugar in coffee are three common ways of increasing the risk. (2006-11-08)

CU-Boulder, Colorado Town Wrapping Up Pilot Drinking Water Treatment Project
The University of Colorado at Boulder and the town of Wiggins, Colo., are wrapping up a pilot project which shows a novel drinking-water treatment process that removes nitrates from groundwater is both efficient and cost effective. (1997-08-29)

Massive Canadian oilfield could be exploited using new UK system
A new method developed in Britain over the past 17 years for extracting oil is now at the forefront of plans to exploit a massive heavy oilfield in Canada. (2007-11-28)

First-in-nation state climate assessment released by Vermont
The Vermont Climate Assessment is the nation's first comprehensive state-level climate assessment. Partnered with the National Climate Assessment released by the White House, the new Vermont report forecasts climate impacts on the state -- including fewer maple sugaring days and more snow for skiing. It is expected to be the first of many such efforts to combine global and national data with local knowledge to understand climate threats and opportunities in local landscapes and businesses. (2014-06-10)

Zinc supplementation lowers risk of treatment failure in children with serious infections
Treating young children with suspected serious bacterial infection with zinc in addition to standard antibiotics significantly reduces the likelihood of treatment failure, according to new research published online first in the Lancet. In 2010, worldwide, infections were responsible for nearly two-thirds of deaths in children under 5, with around two-fifths of deaths occurring within the first month of life. (2012-05-30)

Waistline growth on high-carb diets linked to liver gene
Experts have been warning for years that foods loaded with high-fructose corn syrup and other processed carbohydrates are making us fatter. Now, a University of Wisconsin-Madison study has uncovered the genetic basis for why this is so. (2007-12-04)

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