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December 09, 2014

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1:33 PM | RT @ivanoransky: Why correcting the scie
RT @ivanoransky: Why correcting the scientific record is hard: Great post from @fxcoudert http://t.co/TLk4eHi7l5Filed under: Uncategorized
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11:10 AM | Why Apply Drug Standards to Vitamin D Supplementation Studies?
What is a reasonable risk reduction goal to use in evaluating randomized, controlled trials (RCTs)? MedPage Today is negating benefits of vitamin D supplementation based on a meta-analysis which applied a 15% risk reduction target. Isn’t any nutritionally-attributable reduction in risk of fracture, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer beneficial? If pharmaceutical treatments fail to achieve a 15% risk reduction, are they dismissed?
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5:00 AM | Economic Report Highlights Importance of Calcium and Vitamin D for Women
Report finds calcium and vitamin D can provide women with osteoporosis over the age of 55 significant healthcare savings.

December 08, 2014

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9:04 AM | Controversies in Science: A Tempest in a Teapot?
The American Society for Nutrition held its Advances & Controversies in Clinical Nutrition conference. It began with an exciting discussion around the benefits of dietary supplementation. If you are interested in another summary, see ASN student blog by Sheela Sinharoy. Dr Johanna Dwyer, Tufts University and NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, reviewed data NHANES dietary intake data. She emphasized that nationally representative data, NHANES, finds many Americans not consuming recommended […]
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5:00 AM | Obesity Could Shorten Life Span by up to 8 Years
With diabetes or cardiovascular disease at play, the life of obese individuals could be shortened by nearly two decades.
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5:00 AM | Mediterranean Diet Linked to Longer Life
The diet seems to be associated with a known marker of aging.
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5:00 AM | CRN Presents Infographic on the Dietary Supplement Consumer
CRN releases data from its 2014 Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements in a new infographic.

December 05, 2014

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3:37 PM | What Came First, Statistics or the Egg?
Maintaining or improving healthy eating habits is on the mind of many people as we enter the holiday season.  But what to eat can be confusing because of mixed messages.  Nutritional epidemiology is often used as a starting place to test relationships between nutrients, foods or a variety of foods (diet patterns) and health outcomes.  The caveat to epidemiological studies is that unlike an intervention, nutrients or foods are not controlled and individuals often have very […]
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2:30 PM | What Came First, Statistics or the Egg?
Maintaining or improving healthy eating habits is on the mind of many people as we enter the holiday season.  But what to eat can be confusing because of mixed messages.  Nutritional epidemiology is often used as a starting place to test relationships between nutrients, foods or a variety of foods (diet patterns) and health outcomes.  The caveat to epidemiological studies is that unlike an intervention, nutrients or foods are not controlled and individuals often have very […]

December 04, 2014

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9:56 PM | The Basics: Running Tangents
You have probably heard runners speak of “running the tangents” in a race — but what does that mean, exactly, and what’s the best way to do it? Running tangents is just a geeky way of saying “running the shortest legal distance in a race.” Geometrically speaking, a “tangent” is a straight line that touches a […]
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1:49 PM | Put Your Mind to Rest, Make a Plan to Consume More Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Most people associate omega-3 fatty acids with cardiovascular. Because research shows that consumption of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosashexaenoic acid (DHA) may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, regulatory agencies in the United States and Europe have approved health claims. Healthy levels of omega-3 are important for more than the heart. DHA is also structurally essential for the brain. Observational studies have found children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity […]
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5:00 AM | Low Vitamin E Levels Associated with Miscarriage Risk Among Poor
Findings from the study support the role of vitamin E in protecting the embryo and fetus during pregnancy.
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5:00 AM | Diabetes at Midlife Linked to Cognitive Decline with Age
A nutritious diet and regular exercise during midlife can lead to a healthier mind with age.

December 03, 2014

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6:07 PM | Screening for vitamin D deficiency - is it worth it?
With over 90% of Americans not getting enough vitamin D in their diet, vitamin D deficiency is one of the biggest issues in nutrition today. With this in mind, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), recently released a recommendation on screening for vitamin D deficiency, stating that there is insufficient evidence to make a conclusion. What should we take away from this report?
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2:02 PM | A Graduate Course In Grocery Shopping
We have all been through Grocery Shopping 101: shop the perimeter, make a list, don’t shop hungry, etc, yet somehow we still end up with ice cream and crackers in the grocery cart. The challenge with a lot of grocery ...
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5:00 AM | Functional Waters See Continued Growth
Functional waters grew by 10% in volume to 4,800 million liters and by 8.5% in value to $6.5 million.
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5:00 AM | Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Seasonal Depression
Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is believed to affect up to 10% of the population.
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5:00 AM | DIANA, FOOD ‘Adopts’ Acerola with ABC’s Adopt-an-Herb Program
DIANA, FOOD’s 3-year commitment helps ABC keep its HerbMedPro database updated with scientific data on acerola.

December 02, 2014

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7:32 PM | Colorize Your Plate with Carotenoids!
For decades, a cluster of outcomes – hypertension, hyperglycemia, hypertriglyceridemia and gout – have been associated with being overweight/obese and risk on non-communicable diseases. Over time, the term metabolic syndrome has been used to describe this constellation of risk factors. Liu and colleagues report serum carotenoid concentrations and metabolic syndrome prevalence from a cross-sectional study of 2,148 adults
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12:44 AM | Could Alcohol Be Your Weight Gain Culprit?
The holiday season is officially in high gear which means most of us will be raising our glass a time or two….or few. While most people are not alcoholics, excessive drinking is actually pretty common.  According to the Centers for ...

December 01, 2014

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5:00 PM | Antioxidant Vitamins: An Elixir for Life?
It is difficult to adhere to goals during this season of indulgences and special events. Self-monitoring has been shown to influence behavior even though self-reported data  may be woefully inaccurate for scientific purposes. Inflammatory responses affect health, immunity and cancer risk. Metabolism generates reactive oxygen (and nitrogen) species which damage cells, mutate DNA and contribute to oxidative stress.

November 26, 2014

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3:24 PM | Being Thankful for Good Nutrition
We’re officially less than 24 hours away from Thanksgiving and people are clearly excited by the thought of going into tryptophan-induced turkey comas*. Another nutrient found in turkey that is involved in tryptophan metabolism is vitamin B6. And did you know that, according to the CDC, vitamin B6 deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the United States?
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5:00 AM | Global Functional Foods Market Worth More than $43 Billion
Energy and mood-enhancing sector is the market’s largest, worth an estimated $16.5 billion in 2013, according to Leatherhead.
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5:00 AM | Folic Acid Supplementation May Reduce Risk of Low Birth Weight
While folic acid supplementation is a standard recommendation in the U.K., it is a policy that is poorly followed.
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5:00 AM | ConsumerLab.com Tests Dark Chocolate Bars
Amounts of cocoa flavanols vary widely among popular brands of chocolate.
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5:00 AM | Raisio Acquired Benecol Business from Affiliates of Johnson & Johnson
Move in line with the company’s focus on healthy and ecological snacks.
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5:00 AM | Turmeric May Help Boost Working Memory
Study showed 1 gram with breakfast improved memory of those with early stage diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment.

November 25, 2014

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8:50 PM | Giving Thanks To the B-Vitamin Niacin
It seems like the only nutrition-related topic in the news this week is Thanksgiving, and rightfully so! We’ve all heard the story about how the tryptophan in turkey makes us sleepy because it supports the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is involved in the brain’s regulation of sleep. But did you know that tryptophan can actually be used to produce the B-vitamin niacin in the body?

November 24, 2014

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5:00 PM | Can Vitamin E help the mental development of extremely low birth weight infants?
Vitamin E is an essential antioxidant vitamin and the most abundant fat-soluble antioxidant in the body.  Vitamin E helps maintain the integrity of cell membranes, including the brain, and plays a vital role in many physiological processes such as cell signaling.  Despite the importance of Vitamin E, more than 90% of Americans do not consume enough Vitamin E as α-tocopherol (the only form maintained in the body) to meet the estimated average requirements.   Vitamin E […]
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5:00 AM | Pinnacle Foods to Acquire Garden Protein International
Move will bring Gardein brand under Pinnacle’s Birds Eye umbrella.
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