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Cornell researchers turn conventional thinking about canned corn on its ear
Conventional wisdom says fresh fruits and vegetables are healthier than their processed counterparts. A new study, however, shows that processed corn may actually be better for you than corn on the cob. Scientists found that heat processing of sweet corn increased the levels of naturally occurring compounds that help fight chronic disease, such as cancer and heart disease. (2002-08-08)

Antioxidant-rich diets improve age-related declines in mental function of rats, USF/VA studies find
Two new animal studies add to the growing body of evidence that eating a diet high in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables may help protect the brain against age-related decline. Researchers at the University of South Florida Center for Aging and Brain Repair and James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital conducted the studies. (2002-07-15)

How vitamin C prevents cancer--but apples are better
Writing in the medical journal, The Lancet, scientists from Cornell University and Seoul National University offer a more precise explanation for vitamin C's anti-cancer activity. And they suggest that a natural chemical from apples works even better than vitamin C. (2002-01-23)

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for November (second issue)
Newsworthy studies in the American Thoracic Society peer-reviewed journal for the second November issue include: research showing that eating at least two or more apples per week and a higher intake of selenium can protect against asthma in adults; and farm life as a child means less risk as an adult for an allergic reaction to cat dander or Timothy grass, plus less nasal congestion from pollen. (2001-12-13)

Flavonoids found in chocolate may protect against cardiovascular disease
Chocolate-along with other plant-based foods such as tea, red wine, and apples- contains flavonoids that may have a cardioprotective effect by reducing oxidative stress on low- density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. (2001-10-23)

Congressman Nick Smith (R-MI) receives commendation
The governing body of the world's largest organization of plant health scientists recently adopted a resolution to commend Representative Nick Smith (R-Michigan) for his leadership in supporting the work of its more than 5,000 members. The American Phytopathological Society (APS) cited Smith's work on a bill that would provide critical funding needed to help combat plant diseases that routinely cause billions of dollars in crop loss each year as the reason for their official Commendation. (2001-10-22)

New food packaging technique improves quality, extends shelf life
Packaging food with argon instead of nitrogen gas extends its shelf life, maintains its freshness, and improves its overall quality, according to research presented today at the 222nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. (2001-08-26)

Antimicrobial resistance poses increasing problem for growers
An apple a day may keep the doctor away but apples themselves are often the victims of disease. In the past, growers have used antimicrobial compounds (or antibiotics as they're more commonly known) to control fire blight, a common bacterial disease plaguing apples. But antimicrobial compounds are becoming less effective as microorganisms develop resistance to them. (2001-08-24)

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for July (1st Issue)
Newsworthy research in the 1st issue for July of the American Thoracic Society journal includes a study revealing the most cost-effective, efficient, and successful method of uncovering active tuberculosis in jail inmates; research showing upper respiratory disease detected in chronic heartburn patients who suffer from acid reflux; and an article demonstrating how a compound in apples is associated with improvement in symptoms for chronic pulmonary disease. (2001-07-19)

Studies find eating fruits and vegetables good for lungs
Eating fruits and vegetables appears to reduce the risk of developing some types of lung disease and may even improve lung function, according to research presented today at the American Thoracic Society's International Conference in San Francisco, California. (2001-05-20)

Natural substances in fruits and vegetables may be potential treatment for prostate cancer
Quercetin (kwer-se-ten), a natural substance found in apples, onions, tea and red wine, may be a potentially novel approach for preventing and treating prostate cancer, according to a laboratory research study conducted at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. (2001-03-25)

UC Davis study finds heart benefits from apples & juice
In a first-ever clinical study of apple health benefits, researchers at the University of California at Davis discovered that drinking 1-1/2 cups of 100 percent apple juice (the size of a regular canned soda) or eating two fresh apples each day, can help slow one process that leads to heart disease, similar to the benefits seen with tea or red wine. (2001-02-19)

A persimmon a day could be better for your heart than an apple
Persimmons are better than apples at reducing the risk of heart disease, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. This is the first comparative study of the two fruits to evaluate their anti- atherosclerosis capabilities. (2001-01-29)

American Society for Microbiology news tips for November 2000
Newsworthy research from the November journals of the American Society for Microbiology: Genetic Diversity of HIV Isolates Suggest Congo as Source of Epidemic. Chlamydia pneumoniae Not Associated with Multiple Sclerosis After All. E.coli Finds Its Way into Apple Cores. (2000-11-15)

Irradiation, refrigeration can add to beneficial effects of wine grapes
Low-level irradiation and refrigeration of grapes before they are made into wine can magnify the healthful effects of drinking red wine, making a good source of antioxidants two or three times more potent. (2000-10-30)

Vaccine put into tomatoes shows promise fighting virus in lab tests
A respiratory virus that strikes hardest at young children and the elderly in nursing homes has lost a preliminary bout with a two-fisted enemy -- genetically modified cherry tomatoes containing an edible vaccine. The match took place in lab tests at the University of Illinois. (2000-07-30)

Apple phytochemicals fight cancer
It's time to adjust an old adage: Phytochemicals each day keep the doctor away. A combination of plant chemicals collectively known as phytochemicals in the flesh of apples, and particularly in the skin, provide the fruit's anti- oxidant and anti-cancer benefits, say Cornell food scientists. (2000-06-20)

Potato extract: A new direction for antibiotics
A potato extract may offer us insight into a new strategy for antibiotic research: Don't kill the bacteria, just prevent them from attaching to our cells. Researchers from the Miami University of Ohio report the results of their study on this potato extract at the 100th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. (2000-05-21)

Study finds children are exposed to pesticides
Pre-school children in agricultural communities may be exposed to high levels of pesticides. University of Washington scientists found that 56 percent of children of farm workers had exposures beyond federal levels to a pesticide. The rate of exposure among children whose parents were not farm workers was still 44 percent. (2000-04-23)

Honey bees contribute over $14 billion to the value of US crop production
Many of the country's crops would not exist without the honey bee at bloom time. A 1999 Cornell University study documented that the contribution made by managed honey bees hired by U.S. crop growers to pollinate crops amounted to just over $14.6 billion. (2000-04-03)

Electronic nose sniffs out fresh fruit
Engineers at the University of Warwick have devised an (1999-06-29)

American Heart Association media advisory: long-term intake of dietary fiber and decreased risk of coronary heart disease among women
A paper scheduled for publication in the June 2 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says that eating a diet high in fiber, specifically cereal fiber, can help reduce a woman's risk of heart attack. (1999-06-01)

NCAR Web Site Reports Economic Costs Of Extreme Weather By State
A new Web site from the National Center for Atmospheric Research provides data on the cost of damages from hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes in the United States and its territories. The Extreme Weather Sourcebook ((1999-02-08)

Apple Browning Significantly Delayed In USDA Tests
U.S. government scientists have come up with a way to keep apples from turning brown for up to five weeks after they've been sliced or peeled. The new technique, which uses natural products and doesn't require special packaging, could eventually have a major impact on the marketability of fresh- cut fruit. (1999-01-11)

American Heart Association Comment: Abdominal Adiposity And Coronary Heart Disease In Women
A paper published in the December 2nd issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that women with a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.88 were 3.25 times more likely to have heart disease. This study confirms the American Heart Association's viewpoint that obesity is a serious risk factor for heart disease. However, people with a body mass index (BMI) less than 25 were also at high risk for heart disease if their waist was more than 30 inches around. (1998-12-01)

The Heart-Healthy Cup Runneth Over -- With Grape Juice
Purple grape juice seems to have the same effect as red wine in reducing the risk of heart disease. Researchers were interested in finding out how to get the benefits of clot inhibition seen with red wine, but without the intoxicating effects of alcohol. (1998-11-10)

French Researchers Breed Flightless Ladybirds As Pest-Killers
A voracious appetite for pests makes ladybirds, or ladybugs, a gardener's best friend. But there's a problem - they tend to fly off before they've finished the job. Now French researchers have patented a way of breeding mutant ladybirds that are unable to fly, ensuring they stay around to eat the pests. (1998-09-23)

Scientists Trace The Origin Of "Idaho Potatoes"
Were those (1998-06-18)

Study At UNC-CH Shows Chlorinated Water Dramatically Cuts Strawberry Contamination
Washing strawberries with chlorinated water significantly cuts levels of bacteria, hepatitis A virus and other viruses that indicate possible contamination by animal or human wastes, according to a new study. (1998-05-21)

Keeping Score On Doctors: Report Says Flaws In Counting Must Be Addressed To Ensure Accuracy
Agencies that rank doctors and hospitals need to make sure they are comparing apples to apples, or rankings can become skewed and unfairly penalize high-quality medical professionals, according to cardiologists James Jollis of Duke University Medical Center and Patrick Romano of the University of California, Davis. (1998-04-01)

Compound Accelerates Fruit Ripening, Slows Softening After Harvest
University of Wisconsin-Madison horticulturists have identified a compound that causes fruit to ripen more quickly and last longer on grocers' shelves and in our refrigerators. (1997-11-21)

Yale Study Takes A New Look At Links Between Menopause And Mood Disorders
As the number of women who are experiencing menopause triples, the demand for more effective treatment of symptoms such as mood changes is also expected to increase. To address this situation, a psychiatrist at Yale University School of Medicine has launched a major series of studies on mood disorders and menopausal women that may offer relief for some symptoms of menopause. (1997-10-20)

Dueling Databases: How Much Old Growth Forest Is There? It All Depends On Who You Ask, How They Map The Woods And Analyse Data, Says UW Geographer
Sometimes it becomes inevitable that people can't see the forest for the trees, particularly when a one-and-a-half-pound endangered bird and competing institutional cultures get in the way. That seems to be what happend at the height of the spotted owl controversy when theU.S. Forest service and the Wilderness Scoeity came up with drastically different totals for old-growth forests, says a University of Washington geographic information systems analyst (1997-04-08)

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