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Diet that mimics fasting may also reduce multiple sclerosis symptoms
Evidence is mounting that a diet mimicking the effects of fasting has health benefits beyond weight loss, with a new USC-led study indicating that it may reduce symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Vitamin nicotinamide riboside protects mice from diabetes complications
A naturally occurring vitamin, nicotinamide riboside (NR), can lower blood sugar levels, reduce fatty liver, and prevent peripheral nerve damage in mouse models of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes

UF/IFAS study finds consumer knowledge gap on genetically modified food
While consumers are aware of genetically modified crops and food, their knowledge level is limited and often at odds with the facts, according to a newly published study by a University of Florida researcher.

Vitamin A may help improve pancreatic cancer chemotherapy
The addition of high doses of a form of vitamin A could help make chemotherapy more successful in treating pancreatic cancer, according to an early study by Queen Mary University of London

Fermented milk as antihypertensive functional food
Potential health benefits of functional foods based on new lactic acid bacteria offer opportunities for food developers, report investigators in the Journal of Dairy Science

Higher potato consumption associated with increased risk of high blood pressure
Higher intakes of boiled, baked, or mashed potatoes, and French fries is associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure

New U.S. food label rules to require added sugars to be detailed
The United States plans a major overhaul of the way packaged foods are labeled, the Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday. Serving sizes will be adjusted to reflect how much people actually eat, and for the first time labels will list added sugars.

Could a Low-Salt Diet Hurt Your Health?
Report suggests restricting sodium might backfire, but heart experts are critical of the finding

Genetically modified salmon approved for sale as food in Canada
At a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced AquaBounty s genetically modified salmon has been approved for sale as food in Canada

Intake of dietary fat in adolescence associated with breast density
Consuming high amounts of saturated fat or low amounts of mono- and polyunsaturated fats as an adolescent was associated with higher breast density in young adulthood. Breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer.

Exercise, More than Diet, Key to Preventing Obesity
The purpose of this study was to look at exercise independently from weight loss and to determine other metabolic benefits associated with physical activity

Converting cells to burn fat, not store it
Researchers have uncovered a new molecular pathway for stimulating the body to burn fat a discovery that could help fight obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The Gluten-free Diet in Children: Do the Risks Outweigh the Benefits?
One misconception is that the gluten-free diet is a healthy lifestyle choice with no disadvantages. In fact, in individuals without CD or wheat allergy, there are no proven health benefits

Omega-3 Lowers Childhood Aggression in Short Term, Penn Research Shows
Incorporating omega-3, vitamins and mineral supplements into the diets of children with extreme aggression can reduce this problem behavior in the short term, especially its more impulsive, emotional form,

Another reason for wine lovers to toast resveratrol
Resveratrol found in red wine could help counteract the negative impact of high fat/high sugar diets

Risks of heart attack, stroke may outweigh benefits of calcium supplement
Calcium supplements do prevent bone fractures, but a new analysis suggests the net benefits are outweighed by risks

Too Much Folate in Pregnant Women Increases Risk for Autism, Study Suggests
Researchers say that while folate deficiency is bad for developing fetus, excessive amounts could also be harmful

Stave Off Cognitive Decline With Seafood
Study finds that eating seafood once a week may slow memory loss

When Beneficial Bacteria Knock But No One is Home
Probiotic therapies hold promise for the treatment of intestinal disorders, but Caltech researchers reveal why they may not work for all patients.

Serious Video Games May Help Increase Fruit and Vegetable Intake
Creating implementation intentions within the goal-setting process in Squires Quest! II increased vegetable consumption at dinner and fruit consumption at breakfast, lunch, and snacks among fourth and fifth grader

Study Finds Blueberries May Protect Against Dry Eye Disease
Pterostilbene (PS), a component of blueberries, have been found to protect against dry eye disease according to a new study

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