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September 19, 2014

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3:04 PM | Improving Nutritional Status to Support Eye Health: Reading, Listening, Acting
Of the five senses, sight and sound are the most important for learning. While all senses are important,  many people particularly fear the loss of eyesight. Boyers and colleagues sought to determine if scientific effort is an accurate reflection of the global burden of eye and vision disease. Their detailed examination of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found gaps in the literature. Age-related diseases (cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration) received the most […]
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5:00 AM | The WhiteWave Foods Company to Acquire So Delicious Dairy Free
The WhiteWave Foods Company has agreed to purchase So Delicious Dairy Free from its existing shareholders for approximately $195 million.
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5:00 AM | Psyllium Dietary Fiber Leads to Healthcare Cost Savings
Significant individual and societal health care savings can be tied to psyllium dietary fiber use.
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5:00 AM | ASEAN Reaches 90% Harmonization in Traditional Medicine & Supplement Sector
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5:00 AM | Chokeberry Extract May strengthen Effectiveness of Pancreatic Cancer Drug
Chokeberry is a wild berry that grows on the eastern side of North America in wetlands and swamp areas.

September 18, 2014

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6:36 PM | Heading into Autumn Equinox, Vitamin D is Top of Mind (Again)
Have all the vitamin D researchers been on vacation? Who would believe that it has been almost a month since our last blog on vitamin D? Today’s blog highlights a new scientific report on the role of vitamin D in older adults. Takehome message: “Plasma 25(OH)D concentrations predict subsequent lower 13-y total mortality and incident cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and fractures.”
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5:00 AM | Research Links Artificial Sweeteners with Glucose Intolerance
Study reveals certain gut bacteria may induce metabolic changes following exposure to artificial sweeteners.
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5:00 AM | WELL Study to Examine Impacts of Diet & Lifestyle on Healthy Aging
The Wellness Living Laboratory (WELL) aims to identify lifestyle and environmental factors that may help people maintain their health and wellness as they age.
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5:00 AM | Waistlines of U.S. Adults Continue to Increase
Overall age-adjusted prevalence of abdominal obesity increased significantly from 46.4% in 1999-2000 to 54.2% in 2011-2012.

September 17, 2014

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2:34 PM | Review Updates on Omega-3 Long-chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids EPA & DHA
Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (LCPUFA) experts have been busy publishing reviews on the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The Early Nutrition Academy supported a systematic review of human studies on the roles of pre- and postnatal LCPUFA. Using the most recent studies (2008-2013), Koletzko and colleagues report:
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9:00 AM | The latest on gluten and IBS
To follow up on "A balanced look at gluten sensitivity" that was posted on Science-Based Medicine in August, we look at the latest results presented on the role of gluten and FODMAPs in IBS. Are IBS sufferers really the best place to look for evidence of gluten sensitivity?
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5:00 AM | Researchers Pinpoint Sugar as the Cause of Tooth Decay

September 16, 2014

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1:51 PM | Suboptimal Vitamin E Status may be Affecting Health
For the past decade, health professionals have ignored vitamin E. Even the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee chose not to identify vitamin E as a ‘nutrient of concern’ although it was identified as one of 10 nutrients (Vitamins A, C, D, E, and K, choline, calcium, magnesium, potassium and dietary fiber) missing from our diet. Plants make 8 different forms of vitamin E but only α-tocopherol is maintained in plasma and tissue. Only the 2R-stereoisomeric forms of […]
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5:00 AM | CRN Commends House Passage of Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act
Association urges prompt Senate action to protect consumers from illegal substances.

September 15, 2014

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3:21 PM | A ‘What-If’ Kind of Day…
Monday morning blues. An ecological analysis of databases by the Food Agricultural Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO), and World Bank finds a direct dose-response association between the adoption of a sedentary lifestyle with western dietary patterns and the global rise in diabetes prevalence. Depressing news. What does it take to help people make healthier lifestyle choices? For years as a professor, I thought the answer was in education. This argument was undermined when the […]
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5:00 AM | Climate Change Affects Taste & Quality of Tea
HerbalGram cover article addresses impacts of environmental variation on botanical quality and activity.

September 12, 2014

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8:49 PM | Measuring Biomarkers to Evaluate Nutritional Status
As a reader, you will know I recommend using nutritional biomarkers to assess health outcomes rather than dietary intake guestimates. Wood and colleagues affirm these statements.  They analyzed dietary and biological data obtained from approximately 2,000 Scottish women who attended a baseline visit between 1990-1993 as part of the Aberdeen Prospective Osteoporosis Screening Study (APOSS). Over the 10 years, their age increased (not surprisingly) as did their body weight (+2 kg), total […]
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5:00 AM | Glanbia Acquires Isopure Sports Nutrition Brand for $150 Million
Isopure generated net revenues of $74.6 million for the 12-month period to the end of July.
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5:00 AM | Latinos a Bright Spot for Supplement Market
Hispanics comprise the fastest growing ethnic population for vitamin and mineral use.

September 11, 2014

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4:15 PM | Who is Modeling Preventive Health Behaviors for Children?
Millions of children are missing important preventive health care opportunities in the US. Boyle and colleagues report wide divides in use of clinical preventive services by race/ethnicity, geography and health care coverage. For example, 50% of infants who failed their hearing screening did not receive a follow-up evaluation. Twenty-two percent of children had not had their vision checked professionally by 5y of age. The US has one of the highest per capita incomes but nearly half of American […]
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5:00 AM | New Article Makes Recommendations to Combat Obesity
Paper makes recommendations for biological, lifestyle and environmental changes for attaining a healthy weight.
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5:00 AM | AHPA Develops Recommendations for Cannabis Oversight
AHPA offers guidance for the safe use and responsible commerce of legally-marketed Cannabis products.
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5:00 AM | Green Coffee Bean Manufacturer Settles FTC Charges for $3.5 Million
Complaint alleges Applied Food Sciences promoted product on flawed weight loss study.

September 10, 2014

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8:36 PM | Why won’t the Nutrition Elite Treat us like Animals?
When it comes to writing stories about nutrition, facts seem secondary (or even further down the list). Maybe controversy sells. Maybe rich people not only eat more expensive foods but they buy more books and magazines. The food and supplement industry are not evil. Advances in agriculture and technology are feeding the world. Yesterday at the Arkansas Nutrition Conference sponsored by The Poultry Federation, I learned the efficiency of raising chickens (broilers), measured by feed conversion […]

September 09, 2014

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1:11 PM | Ensuring Vitamin A Adequacy: Different Approaches Needed in Different Countries
The World Health Organisation has named vitamin A deficiency to be a public health problem in over half of all countries. Vitamin A is needed for vision, and also to prevent infections. Various public health measures are used around the world to help people with deficient diets to meet their vitamin A needs, such as food fortification, supplementation programs, improving dietary diversity and increasing the pro-vitamin A content of staples through bio-fortification. But there is no “one […]
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5:00 AM | General Mills Acquires Annie’s
The proposed transaction between General Mills and Annie's has an aggregate value of approximately $820 million.
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5:00 AM | Omega Protein Purchases Bioriginal Food & Science Corp.
The deal adds size and scale to Omega Protein's overall business, in addition to global customer reach.

September 08, 2014

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10:26 PM | How to Stop Hating Your Body
Mirror, mirror, on the wall…. Who has the worst thighs ever?! Chronic body dissatisfaction is an epidemic. Have you ever looked at a picture of yourself from a long time ago and lamented how you would love to look like ...
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6:48 PM | Is Breakfast an Important Part of Children's Diets?
We’ve been told since we were children that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why? What have you done for me lately, breakfast? Recently published data shows us that for children and adolescents, regular breakfast consumption is associated with a healthier diet.
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5:00 AM | IADSA Endorses Botanical Adulterants Educational Program
Association supports ABC-AHP-NCNPR Program, international herbal quality control initiative.
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