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Health News - Nutrition/Agriculture

School lunches from home not up to national lunch program standards
Lunches brought from home by elementary and middle school students are not measuring up to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) guidelines used for meals served in schools, according to a study... (Medical News Today)

Breakfast in classroom program linked to better participation, attendance
Schools offering Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) had higher participation in the national school breakfast program and attendance, but math and reading achievement did not differ between schools... (Medical News Today)

Could yogurt lower the risk of type 2 diabetes?
According to researchers, a higher intake of yogurt is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, suggesting that it could play an important role as part of a healthy diet. (Medical News Today)

A derivative of vitamin B3 found to prevent liver cancer in mice
Liver cancer is one of the most frequent cancers in the world, and with the worst prognosis; according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), in 2012, 745,000 deaths were registered worldwide due to... (Medical News Today)

Cocaine's effects on women's estrus cycles countered by caffeine
Women are more sensitive to the effects of cocaine and more susceptible to cocaine abuse than men. (Medical News Today)

Pesticides linger longer in greenhouse crops
Researchers writing in the journal Chemosphere this week found that crops typically grown under glasshouses and poly-tunnels had higher levels and numbers of different pesticides in them than those... (Medical News Today)

Kids eat higher calorie foods when eating their own snacks during after-school programs
On days when children brought their own after-school snack, they consumed more salty and sugary foods and nearly twice as many calories than on days when they consumed only after-school... (Medical News Today)

Weight and eating habits in Parkinson's disease
A review of the scientific literature on Parkinson's disease, conducted by SISSA research scientists, shows that even the non-motor symptoms associated with the disease can contribute to the... (Medical News Today)

Calorie-focused thinking when it comes to obesity may mislead and harm public health
Perhaps not all calories are created equal. A new paper, co-authored by Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute cardiovascular research scientist James J. (Medical News Today)

What are the health benefits of green beans?
Find out about the potential health benefits of green beans including decreasing the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality and promoting fertility. (Medical News Today)

Study determines whether eating blueberries really can help you see better in the dark
Blueberries are super stars among health food advocates, who tout the fruit for not only promoting heart health, better memory and digestion, but also for improving night vision. (Medical News Today)

'Rise of saturated fat in diet does not raise fats in blood'
New research finds that while diets high in saturated fats might not increase saturated fat in the blood, a diet high in carbohydrates may increase the risk of heart diseases. (Medical News Today)

Oat oil preparation makes you feel fuller
Oats contain more fat than other cereals, and oat oil has a unique composition. (Medical News Today)

Study on health impact of wheat challenges Stone Age myths and costly diets
A review, undertaken by scientists at the University of Warwick, of the current evidence on the dietary and health impact of whole grain cereal consumption finds that many of the myths attributed... (Medical News Today)

Beverage companies still target kids with marketing for unhealthy, sugary drinks
Beverage companies spent $866 million to advertise unhealthy drinks in 2013, and children and teens remained key target audiences for that advertising, according to a new report released November... (Medical News Today)

Heart health enhanced by herbs and spices
Spices and herbs are rich in antioxidants, which may help improve triglyceride concentrations and other blood lipids, according to Penn State nutritionists. (Medical News Today)

Depressive-like behavior likely exacerbated by high-fructose diet in adolescence
The consumption of a diet high in fructose throughout adolescence can worsen depressive- and anxiety-like behavior and alter how the brain responds to stress, according to new animal research... (Medical News Today)

New insight into gluten intolerance
Celiac disease patients suffer from gluten intolerance and must adjust to a life without gluten from food sources like wheat, rye and barley. (Medical News Today)

Cause of oat toxicity in celiac disease explained
Melbourne researchers have identified why some people with coeliac disease show an immune response after eating oats. (Medical News Today)

High consumption of trans fats linked to poorer memory in men
A study presented at a scientific meeting finds that higher consumption of trans fats in working-age men is linked to poorer performance on memory tests. (Medical News Today)

Most Americans don't get the daily recommended amount of fiber in their diet
Most Americans don't get the daily recommended amount of fiber in their diet, though research has shown that dietary fiber can cause a shift in the gut toward beneficial bacteria, reducing the risk... (Medical News Today)

Women's fertility linked to detox element in diet
University of Adelaide research has for the first time shown how much of a critical role the natural antioxidant selenium plays at the earliest stages of a woman's fertility. (Medical News Today)

The health benefits of plant-based omega-3 fatty acid
Increasing the amount of omega-3s in your diet, whether from fish or flax, will likely decrease your risk of getting heart disease, according to Penn State nutritionists. (Medical News Today)

Nutrition treatment in hospitalized patients with COPD improved health outcomes
People aged 65 and older, who were being treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the hospital and received nutrition treatment (oral nutrition supplements) had reduced lengths of... (Medical News Today)

Restrictions for saturated fat and calories, but no limits for added sugars, can mean more carbs for school meals
New federal regulations requiring school meals to contain more whole grains, less saturated fat and more fruits and vegetables, while perhaps improving some aspects of the food being served at... (Medical News Today)

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