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Children who commute to school unaccompanied have greater autonomy and decision-making ability
Results of a UGR research show that children of ages above 10-12 years are more likely to travel to school unaccompanied and in an active way, that is to say, walking or cycling, which give them better safety perceptions and autonomy. (2017-11-27)

New drug clears psoriasis in clinical trials
About 80 percent of patients with moderate to severe psoriasis saw their disease completely or almost completely cleared with a new drug called ixekizumab, according to three large, long-term clinical trials led by Northwestern Medicine. (2016-06-09)

Harvesting clues to GMO dilemmas from China's soybean fields
China's struggle -- mirrored across the globe -- to balance public concern over the safety of genetically modified crops with a swelling demand for affordable food crops has left a disconnect: In China's case, shrinking fields of domestic soybean -- by law non-GM -- and massive imports of cheaper soybeans that are the very GM crop consumers profess to shun. (2015-09-18)

Seeds of aflatoxin-resistant corn lines available
Six new corn inbred lines with resistance to aflatoxin contamination have been found to be free of seed-borne diseases foreign to the United States, and seeds of these lines are now available in the United States for further development toward commercialization. (2010-05-20)

Almost good enough to eat
Researchers interviewed fishers in 18 Atlantic Forest costal communities and along four Amazonian rivers in an investigation of the dietary restrictions among fishing communities. (2004-10-26)

Food for our future -- it's more than what's for dinner
Many of society's most challenging health issues, including obesity, nutritional shortages and chronic disease, are related to food. University of Missouri researchers are examining the multiple facets of food and how it impacts our lives -- from medicine and research to policy and law to education and business. Identified as a Mizzou Advantage initiative, (2010-07-14)

Ultra-high pressure processing may increase salmon shelf-life
The researchers found that salmon flesh treated with UHP at levels greater than or equal to 400 MPa improved the color, hardness, and chewiness of the flesh, and inhibited microorganism proliferation, thus increasing shelf life. (2015-01-21)

Welfare backlash tied to white fear of declining status
White Americans' fear of losing their socioeconomic standing in the face of demographic change may be driving opposition to welfare programs, even though whites are major beneficiaries of government poverty assistance, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University. (2018-05-30)

Obesity and food restrictions proven to be associated with less food enjoyment
A study carried out by UGR scientists shows that obesity and food restrictions -even trivial ones- such as temporary diets are associated with a reduction in enjoyment For this research, food-related emotions were analyzed in 552 adolescents aged 11 to 17 belonging to several high schools from Granada. (2018-11-13)

Using controlled environment food production to solve food shortages
Before land and labor shortages prompted by the Industrial Revolution forced food production to move away from cities, agriculture was central to urban environments and their planning. Now, certain shifts in consumption habits and preferences are allowing urban agriculture to make a comeback to address sustainability issues in our food system and promote social and environmental cohesion by reducing dependence of fossil fuels and increasing food security. (2019-11-21)

IDSA urges Congress to support Hatch amendments
The Infectious Diseases Society of American is calling on members of Congress to support the (2007-04-26)

Endocrine Society commends reinvigorated effort to regulate chemicals in personal care products
The Endocrine Society applauded the reintroduction of a Senate bill that would give government regulators needed authority to protect consumers from exposure to hazardous endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in cosmetics and other personal care products. (2019-03-08)

Gator in your tank: Alligator fat as a new source of biodiesel fuel
Amid growing concern that using soybeans and other food crops to produce biodiesel fuel will raise the price of food, scientists have identified a new and unlikely raw material for the fuel: Alligator fat. Their report documenting gator fat's suitability for biofuel production appears in ACS' journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. (2011-08-17)

Red wine and grape juice help defend against food-borne diseases, according to MU researchers
Red wine is known to have multiple health benefits. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have found that red wine may also protect humans from common food-borne diseases. (2007-10-10)

Drugs used for cancer-associated anemia linked with increased risk of blood clots, death
Treating anemia with a class of drugs known as erythropoiesis-stimulating agents is associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (blood clots in the deep veins of the legs or in the lungs) and death among patients with cancer, according to an article in the Feb. 27 issue of JAMA. (2008-02-26)

Stanford-led study says China's aquaculture sector can tip the balance in world fish supplies
China's booming aquaculture industry relies increasingly on fishmeal made from wild-caught fish. This practice depletes wild fish stocks and strains fragile ocean ecosystems, but a new Stanford-led study offers a more sustainable path. (2015-01-13)

Calories in popular restaurant chain meals 'excessive' warn experts
The calorie content of popular main meals served in UK and international restaurant chains is excessive and only a minority meet public health recommendations, finds a University of Liverpool study published in the Christmas issue of The BMJ. (2018-12-12)

Safety education program seems to have little effect
A program meant to teach young children basic safety skills seems to lack the desired effect. When researchers compared two groups of kindergarten students - one which had participated in a half-day safety program and the other which did not -each group showed about the same improvement in basic safety skills. (2000-05-14)

Surveys find outright hunger among Latino immigrants in North Carolina
Wake Forest University School of Medicine researchers have found high rates of hunger in surveys of immigrant Latino families in eastern and western North Carolina, southwestern Virginia and Forsyth County. (2006-09-20)

Zoonoses: Antimicrobial resistance shows no signs of slowing down
Data released today by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reveal that antimicrobials used to treat diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, such as campylobacteriosis and salmonellosis, are becoming less effective. (2019-02-26)

Limited federal allergy research funds spent on food biotechnology
The science needed for government regulators to assess allergies in genetically engineered foods could be greatly improved, according to a new report issued today from the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology. (2002-06-11)

Lothian scheme boosts uptake of food and vitamin vouchers for families living in poverty
An improvement project in Lothian is boosting uptake of food and vitamin vouchers for low income pregnant women in the area. (2016-04-11)

Restaurant inspections -- public perceptions vs. reality
Foodborne diseases cause an estimated 76 million illnesses in the US each year with about half associated with restaurant meals (more than 70 billion meals). Therefore, preventing restaurant-associated foodborne disease is an important task of public health departments. According to an article in the June 2008 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the public is generally unaware of the frequency of restaurant inspections and the consequences of poor inspection results. (2008-04-29)

Few kids use recommended safety restraints in cars
Despite the fact that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children older than three years in the US, and send more than 140,000 children to the emergency room each year, new research has found that low proportions of US children are using age-appropriate safety restraints and many are placed at risk by riding in the front seat. The research is published in the September issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. (2012-08-07)

Study urges caution in nuclear deregulation
A study of deregulation's past impact on several safety-critical industries provides valuable insight into the factors affecting safety of deregulated nuclear power plants. (2001-09-04)

Latest stevia research published in Journal of Nutrition
The Journal of Nutrition recently published a comprehensive review of the latest stevia science in its July 2018 issue. Authored by several eminent scientists including members of the PureCircle Stevia Institute (PCSI) advisory board, the article 'Stevia Leaf to Stevia Sweetener: Exploring Its Science, Benefits, and Future Potential' details the current state of the science for stevia, stevia's safety and potential health benefits, as well as the potential for future research and applications. (2018-07-24)

UMass Amherst food scientists profile microbes at a fermented vegetable facility
University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientists have mapped and characterized microbial populations in a vegetable fermentation facility and report that its microbiome was distinct between production and fermentation areas and that the raw vegetables themselves -- cabbages destined for sauerkraut -- were the main source of fermentation-related microbes in production areas rather than handling or other environmental sources. (2018-09-25)

Consumers in European countries appreciate grain healthiness in diverse ways
Increasing the consumption of whole grain products and ensuring the successful introduction of functional cereal based foods requires an understanding of the views of consumers. The HEALTHGRAIN project of the European Union performed two consumer studies, each in four European countries, in order to study consumer expectations of healthy cereal foods, and assess the effect of claims and cues on consumer perception. (2010-05-05)

BPA exposure by infants may increase later risk of food intolerance
A new research published in November 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal, scientists show, for the first time, that there is a link between perinatal exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) at low doses and the risk to develop food intolerance in later life. (2014-10-30)

Little fingers, big trouble: Yale study sheds light on child self-unbuckling
It can be quite jarring for a parent or caregiver to look in the rearview mirror while driving and see their child roaming around the backseat free of their safety restraints. A study on child self-unbuckling by Yale School of Medicine researchers reveals that most children who first unbuckle were age three and under and that many children unbuckle while the vehicle is in motion -- putting them at a 3.5-fold increased risk for serious injuries. (2011-05-01)

Proposal calls for sweeping changes at US Food and Drug Administration
Five current or former members of the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called today for Congress to make sweeping changes to deal with a large number of longstanding problems at the agency. (2006-10-09)

ADA position: Action needed to eliminate food insecurity in the US
The American Dietetic Association has published an updated position paper on food insecurity in the United States, calling for funding for food and nutrition assistance programs, increased nutrition education and efforts to promote economic self-sufficiency for all households and individuals. (2010-09-01)

TV food adverts increase obese children's appetite by 134 percent
Obese and overweight children increase their food intake by more than 100 percent after watching food advertisements on television; a study by the University of Liverpool psychologists has shown. (2007-04-24)

Millions of tons of food could be saved with better logistics
Each year, around 88 million tons of food is discarded in the EU. This is something that Kristina Liljestrand, researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, wants to do something about. She is now giving companies in the food supply chain specific tools that can reduce both food waste and the environmental impact of food transport. (2016-12-29)

Oldest Americans most focused on reducing food waste
The vast majority of Americans are paying attention to reducing food waste with the oldest being the most cognizant, according to the latest Michigan State University (MSU) Food Literacy and Engagement Poll. (2019-02-14)

Potentially fatal toxicities occur with off-label use of cancer drugs
Food and Drug Administration policies prevent pharmaceutical manufacturers from informing patients about potentially fatal toxicities that occur with some cancer drugs -- policies that should be revised immediately, according to Northwestern University researchers. (2004-12-20)

COVID-19 from food safety and biosecurity perspective
Most recently emerged pneumonia of unknown cause named COVID-19 has a devastating impact on public health and economy surpassing its counterparts in morbidity and mortality. Asymptomatic spread appears to be prevalent in China from where it is originated, lacking a clear and precise understanding of the transmission dynamics. (2020-06-24)

Nanotech: A regulatory blueprint for the next administration
Nanotechnology will significantly change virtually every facet of the way we live. The next president has the opportunity to shape these changes and to ensure that nanotechnology's benefits will be maximized and its risks identified and controlled. A new report by former EPA official J. Clarence (Terry) Davies lays out a clear roadmap for the next presidential administration and describes the immediate and longer term steps necessary to deal with the current shortcomings of nanotechnology oversight. (2008-07-23)

Study examines usability of electronic health records, safety events
The usability of electronic health records may be associated with some safety events where patients were possibly harmed. (2018-03-27)

Get excess salt out of our diet
Added salt in our diets is unnecessary and contributes to health problems such as hypertension and strokes, write Dr. Ken Flegel and Dr. Peter Magner and the CMAJ editorial team. (2009-02-02)

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