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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)

Self-organization and vegetation collapse in salt marsh ecosystems
It is a premise in ecology that undisturbed ecosystems are relatively stable, and hence that sudden changes in ecosystem are likely to result from external, mostly human influences. Johan van de Koppel, Daphne van der Wal, Jan P. Bakker, and Peter M. J. Herman present a combined theoretical and empirical study indicating that natural processes within salt-marsh ecosystems can lead to ecosystem destruction. (2005-02-02)

New strategy for treating high blood pressure
The key to treating blood pressure might lie in people who are 'resistant' to developing high blood pressure even when they eat high salt diets, shows new research published today in Experimental Physiology. (2019-10-22)

Biomarker for salt sensitivity of blood pressure discovered
For the first time researchers have identified a genetic marker (GNAI2) that is associated with the risk of salt sensitivity in blood pressure (BP) regardless of age or gender. It is hoped that with this discovery a simple test to identify salt sensitivity of BP during a clinical visit can be developed. (2018-07-05)

Fewer people adding salt at the table
The number of people in England adding salt to food at the table fell by more than a quarter in the five years following a national campaign, according to research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. (2013-01-28)

Young men consuming an alarming amount of salt
Young Swedish men are consuming at least double the recommended amount of salt according to a study carried out by the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. (2010-01-13)

Cheese still laden with salt, despite many products meeting reduction targets
The salt content of cheese sold in British supermarkets remains high, despite many products meeting the recommended government targets on salt reduction, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2014-08-06)

High dietary salt may worsen multiple sclerosis symptoms
High dietary salt intake may worsen multiple sclerosis symptoms and boost the risk of further neurological deterioration, indicates a small observational study published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. (2014-08-28)

High salt intake directly linked to stroke and cardiovascular disease
High salt intake is associated with significantly greater risk of both stroke and cardiovascular disease, concludes a study published on today. (2009-11-24)

AWASH supports American Medical Association in the international dispute over salt
The Australian Division of World Action on Salt and Health commends a new report from the American Medical Association calling for a major reduction in the salt content of processed and restaurant foods. At the same time, AWASH absolutely dismisses claims by the UK Salt Manufacturer's Association that the UK government's salt reduction policy is putting the population at risk. (2007-08-01)

Electronic monitoring device may help lower salt intake
Using an electronic monitoring device may help heart failure patients and their families stick to a low-salt diet, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014. (2014-11-16)

Salt policy makers eat too much salt at work
Salt policy makers in the Netherlands are consuming more than the average daily recommended salt intake of six grams in one hot meal at their work canteens, finds a study in the Christmas issue published on today. (2011-12-20)

CSIRO develops highest-yielding salt-tolerant wheat
In a major breakthrough for wheat farmers in salt-affected areas, CSIRO researchers have developed a salt tolerant durum wheat that yields 25 percent more grain than the parent variety in saline soils. (2010-04-22)

America: Time to shake the salt habit?
Dr. Ted Kotchen at the Medical College of Wisconsin has written a review paper summarizing data linking excessive sodium intake to increased rates of hypertension, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Is it time for national policy? (2013-03-27)

Salt-loving plants may be key to global efforts for sustainable food production
Farmland is vanishing in part because the salinity in the soil is rising as a result of climate change and other man-made phenomena. In an Opinion piece publishing in the Cell Press journal Trends in Plant Sciences, researchers propose a new concept for breeding salt- tolerant plants as a way to contribute to global efforts for sustainable food production. (2014-10-28)

Average UK salt content of packaged bread has fallen 20 percent in a decade
The average salt content of packaged bread sold in the UK has fallen by 20 percent over the past decade. But salt levels still vary widely, indicating that further targets are required, finds research published in the online only journal BMJ Open. (2013-06-17)

Canadians finding it tough to shake the salt habit
Canadians know that too much salt isn't good for their diets, but half still continue to shake it on, according to a new study by University of Alberta researchers. (2009-11-17)

NYU chemists use computer simulation to enhance understanding of DNA transcription
New York University chemists have employed a computer simulation whose results have enhanced scientific understanding of the DNA transcription process. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, appears in the June 7 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2005-06-03)

Now Chemistry Keeps Salty Taste Balanced In Smoked Fish
People who love kippers for breakfast, smoked salmon on their bagels, and caviar on their canapés, should welcome news of a new technique that could help to assure these delicacies contain precisely the right amount of salt. (1998-06-20)

Slime mold absorbs substances to memorize them
In 2016, CNRS scientists demonstrated that the slime mold Physarum polycephalum, a single-cell organism without a nervous system, could learn to no longer fear a harmless but aversive substance and could transmit this knowledge to a fellow slime mold. In a new study, a team from CNRS and the Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier has shown what might support this memory and in fact it could be the aversive substance itself! (2019-04-22)

Gene study could help heart patients cut craving for salt
Scientists have shed light on why some people crave salty food, even when they know it can seriously damage their health. (2016-03-29)

MRI identifies cause of salt damage in cultural heritage
Dutch researcher Lourens Rijniers has discovered why William of Orange's grave, the monument on the Dam in Amsterdam and the Alhambra in Granada are all badly affected by salt damage. Salt can cause a lot of damage in materials with small pores, such as concrete and mortar. This is because the pressure which builds up during the formation of salt crystals causes cracks to develop in the surrounding material. Rijniers proved this with MRI scans of wet porous materials. (2004-11-17)

Water management in cells
Water management is the key to regulating cell volume says Dutch researcher Bas Tomassen. He investigated the uptake and secretion of water by the plasma membrane of animal and human cells. (2005-09-15)

Cutting down on salt doesn't reduce your chance of dying
Moderate reductions in the amount of salt people eat doesn't reduce their likelihood of dying or experiencing cardiovascular disease. This is the main conclusion from a systematic review published in the latest edition of the Cochrane Library. (2011-07-05)

Children can learn ways to significantly reduce salt usage
Consuming excessive salt during childhood is associated with cardiovascular health risk factors, yet the effectiveness of education- and behavior-based strategies to lower salt usage among children has not been fully researched. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that a web-based salt education program improved salt-related knowledge, self-efficacy, and behaviors among children ages 7-10 years. (2018-06-07)

Salt levels in fast food vary significantly between countries
Salt levels vary significantly in the fast foods sold by six major companies in various developed countries, which suggests that technical issues, often cited as barriers to salt reduction initiatives, are not the issue, according to a study in CMAJ. (2012-04-16)

Vanderbilt study shows salt fights infection
Researchers at Vanderbilt University and in Germany have found that sodium -- salt -- accumulates in the skin and tissue in humans and mice to help control infection. (2015-03-03)

Salt-tolerant gene found in simple plant nothing to sneeze at
Whether a plant withers unproductively or thrives in salty conditions may now be better understood by biologists. The cellular mechanism that controls salt tolerance has been found in the arabidopsis plant by Texas AgriLife Research scientist Dr. Hisashi Koiwa, and an international team. Complex-N-glycan, a carbohydrate linked to a protein in plant cells, was previously thought to have no helpful function for plant growth and to cause certain allergies in humans, said Koiwa. (2008-04-07)

Solving the salt problem for seismic imaging
Automated imaging of underground salt bodies from seismic data could help streamline oil and gas exploration. (2019-07-22)

Inhaling large amounts of salt can cause hypertension
Workers in salt factories, who inhale large amounts of salt particles, are at risk of high blood pressure due to the increased salt intake. A study published today in the Open Access journal Environmental Health shows for the first time that breathing in large quantities of salt particles has just the same effect on blood pressure as eating a salty diet. Wearing face masks and plastic eyeglasses is enough to protect workers who are highly exposed to salt from salt-related high blood pressure. (2005-07-24)

Salt and sodium intake remains high in China
Yongning Wu, Ph.D., of the China National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment, Beijing, China, and colleagues compared salt and sodium consumption in China in 2000 with 2009-2012. The study appears in the Feb. 16 issue of JAMA. (2016-02-16)

Reducing salt in crisps without affecting the taste
Food scientists have found a way of measuring how we register the saltiness of crisps which could lead to new ways of producing healthier crisps -- without losing any of the taste. (2012-02-17)

Search for salt tolerant grasses aims to improve roadside plantings
URI researcher aims to identify a salt tolerance limit for native and ornamental turf grasses in hopes of finding a variety that can be used along highways without being killed when roadway salt -- mixed with melting snow -- is splashed onto the grass. (2008-07-02)

Eating less salt could prevent cardiovascular disease
People who significantly cut back on the amount of salt in their diet could reduce their chances of developing cardiovascular disease by a quarter, according to a report online today. (2007-04-19)

Salt block unexpectedly stretches in Sandia experiments
To stretch a supply of salt generally means using it sparingly. But researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Pittsburgh were startled when they found they had made the solid actually physically stretch. (2009-06-23)

Improving plants' abilities to cope with saline conditions
A method for increasing plants' tolerance to salt stress and thus preventing stunted growth and even plant death has been developed by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The method has significant consequences for dealing with soil salinization, which is an acute problem for a wide range of crops in different regions of the world, including Israel. (2007-06-13)

Gene boosts rice growth and yield in salty soil
Soil salinity poses a major threat to food security, greatly reducing the yield of agricultural crops. Rising global temperatures are expected to accelerate the buildup of salt in soil, placing an increasing burden on agricultural production. In a new study published in The Plant Cell, a team of researchers identified a gene that limits yield losses in rice plants exposed to salt stress and deciphered the underlying mechanism. (2018-03-23)

Babies fond of salt have higher blood pressure, a granny with hypertension
Within three days of birth some babies exhibit a unique response to salty taste - and the response is strongest in babies who have at least one grandparent with a history of hypertension, according to new research reported in today's rapid access issue of Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2002-08-08)

High-quality jadeite tool discovered in underwater ancient salt works in Belize
Anthropologists discovered a tool made out of high-quality translucent jadeite with an intact rosewood handle at a site where the ancient Maya processed salt in Belize. The discovery of these high-quality materials -- jadeite and rosewood -- used as utilitarian tools, demonstrates that salt workers played an important role in the Classic Maya marketplace economy more than 1,000 years ago. (2019-05-20)

Mandatory curbs on food salt content 20 times more effective than voluntary curbs
Imposing statutory limits on the salt content of processed foods could be 20 times more effective than voluntary curbs by industry, finds research published online in the journal Heart. (2010-11-01)

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