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New Hass avocado research presented at American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions
New research based on a clinical study that investigated whether eating one Hass avocado every day as part of a moderate fat diet (34 percent fat) had a beneficial effect on risk factors for CVD among healthy overweight and obese subjects, compared to a similar moderate fat diet without avocados, and a lower fat diet was presented at the American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2014. (2014-05-01)

Frozen meal eaters get more vegetables including greens, beans and whole grains but with lower total calories vs. fast food restaurant eaters
New analysis of data from the 2003-2010 What We Eat In America National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicates that people who choose frozen meals over quick serve restaurants have better quality diets. (2014-04-30)

'Early-Life Influences on Obesity: From Pre-Conception to Adolescence'
On Sept. 26, 2014, global leaders in obesity research will examine the roles of pre-conception and generational effects of nutrition; intrauterine environment and 'programming'; and re-setting the program after birth. Global experts from the fields of maternal nutrition, obesity, the microbiome, metabolic disorders, and fetal development will discuss factors affecting obesity rates. (2014-04-30)

Children's TV time is closely linked to parents' viewing habits
The amount of time children spend in front of TV, phone and computer screens is closely associated with their parents' own habits, with much higher weekend viewing than during the week, a new study has found. (2014-04-30)

New data suggest potassium & dietary fiber intake among toddlers should be priority
Recommendations to increase the intake of potassium and dietary fiber among young children should be a priority for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, according to a new study by the Alliance for Potato Research and Education presented today at Experimental Biology 2014. (2014-04-29)

Bigger is not always better, but it helps, says new research on beetles
Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that the probability of a burying beetle winning fights, for the small animal carcasses it needs, depends on a combination of early life experiences and the competition it faces as an adult. (2014-04-29)

Consuming high-protein breakfasts helps women maintain glucose control, MU study finds
Previous research has shown that extreme increases in glucose and insulin in the blood can lead to poor glucose control and increase an individual's risk of developing diabetes over time. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found that when women consumed high-protein breakfasts, they maintained better glucose and insulin control than they did with lower-protein or no-protein meals. (2014-04-29)

Nutrition experts chew the fat at ASN satellite symposium
A cross-disciplinary group of food and nutrition scientists highlighted the latest research on the role of fatty acids in health and new technologies that are changing the types of fats used in food production on Friday at the ASN Satellite Session: Let's Chew the Fat, sponsored by the Alliance for Potato Research and Education. (2014-04-28)

Study reaffirms soy-dairy protein blend increases muscle mass
A new study published online in the Journal of Applied Physiology shows additional benefits of consuming a blend of soy and dairy proteins after resistance exercise for building muscle mass. Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch found that using a protein blend of soy, casein and whey post-workout prolongs the delivery of select amino acids to the muscle for an hour longer than using whey alone. (2014-04-24)

More Americans in their golden years are going hungry
Recent research at the University of Illinois using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey revealed that the seniors who are dealing with hunger are also facing negative health and nutrition consequences. (2014-04-23)

Food shortages could be most critical world issue by mid-century
The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the US Agency for International Development. (2014-04-17)

Researchers: Obesity can amplify bone and muscle loss
Florida State University researchers have identified a new syndrome called 'osteosarcopenic obesity' that links the deterioration of bone density and muscle mass with obesity. (2014-04-16)

The surprising consequences of banning chocolate milk
The new Cornell Food and Brand Lab study by Andrew Hanks, David Just, and Brian Wansink, found that eliminating chocolate milk from elementary schools decreased total milk sales by 10 percent, and increased milk waste by 29 percent. Additionally, the ban may have been a factor in a 7 percent decrease in District's Lunch Program participation. Nutritionally, after the milk substitution, students on average consumed less sugar and fewer calories, but also consumed less protein and calcium. (2014-04-16)

Antibiotics improve growth in children in developing countries
Antibiotics improve growth in children at risk of undernourishment in low and middle income countries, finds a study published on today. (2014-04-15)

Eating rice boosts diet quality, reduces body weight and improves markers for health
New research, funded by the US Department of Agriculture and the USA Rice Federation, shows that consumers can improve their diets simply by enjoying white or brown rice as part of their daily meals. (2014-04-15)

Dietary supplement use among US adults more prevalent than previously thought
Dietary supplement use by US adults is more prevalent than indicated by published data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, according to a new article in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American College of Nutrition. The review article is based on five consecutive years of online market research studies, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition. (2014-04-14)

News from the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, April 2014
Select clinical nutrition research findings from the Journal of Parenteral and External Nutrition are presented. (2014-04-10)

Most schools meet USDA drinking water mandate; more steps needed to encourage consumption
A new USDA mandate calling for access to free drinking water during lunchtime at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program went into effect at the start of the 2011-12 school year. Researchers examined compliance with the new requirement as well as perceptions about drinking fountain cleanliness and water quality. The study found that most schools met the new requirement; however, additional measures are needed to promote better access and encourage students to drink more water. (2014-04-09)

$8.5 million contract will foster development of agriculture policy/programming in Ethiopia
The Agricultural Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy Project contract awarded to Tufts University researchers will support evidence-gathering from a wide range of agriculture, livestock, nutrition and food security projects as part of USAID's Feed the Future initiative. (2014-04-09)

Severe obesity on the rise among children in the US
A new analysis led by a University of North Carolina School of Medicine researcher finds that all classes of obesity in children have increased over the last 14 years. In addition, there is a troubling upward trend in the more severe forms of childhood obesity. (2014-04-07)

LA BioMed celebrates the accomplishments of 2 'Legends'
Drs. Joel D. Kopple and Robert Hockberger are being honored for their numerous achievements as 'LA BioMed Legends.' (2014-04-07)

Good diet boosts health but not wealth
The idea that a good diet means a healthy population with lower health costs only holds true when it comes to emergency care, a study shows. (2014-04-02)

Customers prefer restaurants that offer nutrition facts and healthful foods
Customers are more likely to frequent restaurants that provide both healthful foods and nutrition information, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of Tennessee. (2014-04-01)

Quaker introduces comprehensive 'Oats Nutrition and Technology' textbook
Considered the most comprehensive and up-to-date textbook about the life cycle of oats, 'Oats Nutrition and Technology' was released from Wiley-Blackwell publishers, and is now available at all major online publishing websites, including The 456-page book covers everything from oat seed genetics and crop science to sustainability, health claims and the marketing of oats' 'super grain' status to consumers. (2014-04-01)

Vibration may help heal chronic wounds
Wounds may heal more quickly if exposed to low-intensity vibration, report researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. (2014-03-31)

Scripps Florida scientists offer 'best practices' nutrition measurement for researchers
Scientists from the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute have developed what amounts to a best practices guide to the most accurate way of measuring fruit fly food consumption. (2014-03-30)

Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions
On Nov. 6, 2014, nutrition and food science researchers and agricultural policymakers will gather to discuss issues of food security, economics, policy and communication related to food safety at 'Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions.' A networking reception will follow the event. (2014-03-28)

Quality early childhood programs help prevent chronic diseases in later life
Disadvantaged children who attend high-quality early childhood development programs including healthcare and nutrition have significantly improved health as adults, reports a new study. (2014-03-27)

Economic growth has little impact on reducing undernutrition in children
A large study of child growth patterns in 36 developing countries published in The Lancet Global Health journal has found that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth is at best associated with very small, and in some cases no declines in levels of stunting, underweight, and wasting. This suggests that investment in interventions that directly impact health and nutrition are needed to tackle child undernutrition. (2014-03-26)

Deletion of FAT10 gene reduces body fat, slows down aging in mice
A single gene appears to play a crucial role in coordinating the immune system and metabolism, and deleting the gene in mice reduces body fat and extends lifespan, according to new research by scientists at the Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and Yale University School of Medicine. (2014-03-24)

Frontiers launches a new open-access journal: Frontiers in Nutrition
Frontiers -- a community-driven open-access publisher and research networking platform -- is pleased to announce the launch of a new open-access journal: Frontiers in Nutrition. (2014-03-24)

Drinking alcohol several times a week increases the risk of stroke mortality
Consuming alcohol more frequently than twice a week increases the risk of stroke mortality in men, according to a study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. The results show that the effects of alcohol are not limited to the amount consumed, but also the frequency of drinking matters. (2014-03-19)

Salad at concession stands!?
Is there something that can be done to improve the healthfulness of high school concession stand food, and preserve the profits they generate? According to this new study the answer is yes! Co-author Brian Wansink of the Cornell Food & Brand Lab says, 'This study shows that if you give people healthy foods they will buy them and be more satisfied.' (2014-03-14)

They're grrrreat! How do brands create loyalty that lasts a lifetime?
From a very young age, children are targeted with advertising messages that emphasize fun and happiness, especially for food products and toys. But what happens to these beliefs once the child is grown? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, children develop brand loyalty and biases that carry over into their adult lives and are often difficult to change. (2014-03-11)

RIT announces plans for a new school, degree programs devoted to health and nutrition
Rochester Institute of Technology announced plans for a new school of health and nutrition, charged with educating students on the role of nutrition, exercise and behavior modification in promoting healthy lifestyles. The Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, part of Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Health Sciences and Technology, will be launched with a $6 million gift from the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation. (2014-03-07)

Iron deficiency important to assess in children adopted from institutional settings
A new longitudinal study finds that children who spent more time in institutional settings (like orphanages) prior to adoption, and had more severe iron deficiency at the time of adoption, were more likely to have lower IQs and poorer higher-order thinking skills a year later. The study -- which followed children adopted into US families from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Asia -- suggests that iron supplements and cognitive interventions could be helpful in counteracting these effects. (2014-03-06)

A new study reveals the nutrition, cost and safety benefits of canned foods
A new study published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine addresses the common call to action from public health experts to improve access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables. Findings from the Michigan State University study show that canned foods deliver on nutrition, affordability and safety helping people increase their fruit and vegetable intake, regardless of geography or income level. (2014-03-04)

Research: Fructose not responsible for increase in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
A meta-analysis of all available human trials published today in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition says fructose in and of itself is not to blame for the increase in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. (2014-02-26)

Does a diet high in carbohydrates increase your risk of dementia?
Even small increases in blood sugar caused by a diet high in carbohydrates can be detrimental to brain health. Recent reports in medical literature link carbohydrate calorie-rich diets to a greater risk for brain shrinkage, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, impaired cognition, and other disorders. David Perlmutter, M.D., best-selling author of 'Grain Brain,' explores this important topic in a provocative interview in Alternative and Complementary Therapies from Mary Ann Liebert Inc. publishers. (2014-02-21)

UEF study: Metabolic syndrome is similar in different age groups
Metabolic risk factors cluster similarly in children and adults, according to a study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. Furthermore, in adults, the clustering of these risk factors increases the risk of premature death caused by type 2 diabetes, myocardial infarction and cardiovascular diseases. (2014-02-13)

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