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Health News - Nutrition/Agriculture

Too much salt may heighten MS symptoms
A new study finds that MS patients consuming moderate to high intakes of salt are four times as likely to have worse symptoms than those patients consuming less salt per day. (Medical News Today)

Is junk food making us lose appetite for balanced diet?
A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, but also reduces their appetite for novel foods, a preference that normally drives them to seek a balanced diet, reports a study published in the... (Medical News Today)

Tomato-rich diet lowers prostate cancer risks
Lycopene, an antioxidant abundant in tomatoes, could reduce cancer risks for men who consume over 10 portions a week, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Danish scientists uncover clue to Listeria's toughness
A Danish study finds that special RNA molecules help Listeria produce just enough proteins to invade and infect cells but not quite enough to be visible to the immune system. (Medical News Today)

Volume-based approach to tube feeding improves nutrition for ICU patients
While the importance of enteral nutrition (EN), or feeding patients through a tube, in an intensive care unit is well understood, underfeeding is still common. (Medical News Today)

Eating less made easier with fiber-based satiety ingredient
Scientists from the University of Liverpool have demonstrated the effectiveness of a fibre-based dietary ingredient that makes people feel less hungry and consume less food. (Medical News Today)

Salt consumption higher in low socioeconomic groups in the UK
The first study to assess social inequalities following a national salt reduction program in the UK reveals that people from lower socioeconomic groups consume more salt. (Medical News Today)

Chinese researchers unmask toxic 'gutter oil' used in cooking
Using a spectroscopy technique employed by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars to analyze rock samples, Chinese scientists find a way to identify toxic waste oil used in cooking. (Medical News Today)

Monosodium glutamate: debunking a long-running food myth
Few ingredients come with as much baggage as monosodium glutamate. More commonly known as MSG, the compound has had a bad reputation for nearly 50 years, so we at Reactions felt it was time to... (Medical News Today)

Phosphate increases the concentration of sodium in the blood
A previously undiscovered role played by the hormone FGF23 has now been discovered in a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF. (Medical News Today)

Intensive behavioral counseling recommended for overweight and obese patients with cardio risk factors
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that overweight or obese adults with at least one additional risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) be offered or referred... (Medical News Today)

Fortifying condiments, seasonings for countries with widespread micronutrient deficiencies
Two University of Illinois scientists are contributing to World Health Organization (WHO) efforts to fortify condiments and seasonings for use in countries with widespread micronutrient deficiencies. (Medical News Today)

Scientists uncover why major cow milk allergen is actually allergenic
Cow milk allergy occurs in children and in adults. Scientists at Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna, and the University of Vienna investigated... (Medical News Today)

Spinal cord neurons protected against oxidative stress by green tea polyphenols
Green tea polyphenols are strong antioxidants and can reduce free radical damage. Can they protect spinal cord neurons against oxidative stress? (Medical News Today)

Spanish study confirms water quality in glass and plastic bottles
Bottled water sold in Spain is practically free of constituents given off by plastic packaging or glass bottle lids. (Medical News Today)

Patient safety will improve with new feeding tube connectors
New feeding tube connectors, designed by an international standards process, will be available soon and will improve patient safety. (Medical News Today)

What are the health benefits of sweet potatoes?
Find out about the potential health benefits of sweet potatoes including a protective role against prostate cancer, promoting fertility, boosting immunity and supporting vision. (Medical News Today)

Iron deficiency and pica linked in pregnant teens
In a study of 158 pregnant teenagers in Rochester, NY, nearly half engaged in pica - the craving and intentional consumption of ice, cornstarch, vacuum dust, baby powder and soap, and other nonfood... (Medical News Today)

New data show value of oral nutritional supplements given in preoperative setting
Abbott has announced a new study, published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, that demonstrated preoperative standard oral nutritional supplements (ONS) provide similar benefits... (Medical News Today)

Adherence to diet can be measured from blood
New results from the Nordic SYSDIET study show that it's possible to assess dietary compliance from a blood sample. (Medical News Today)

Protein identified that helps prevent active tuberculosis in infected patients
UCLA-led study has identified a protein that appears to play a key role in protecting people infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis - the bacterium that causes tuberculosis - from developing the... (Medical News Today)

Tax on sugar sweetened drinks may reduce obesity in South Africans
A suggested tax on sugar sweetened beverages has been given more credence in a research paper by academics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Medical News Today)

Parental scheduling of work hours may influence kids' weight
The way parents balance their work schedules may affect their adolescent children's eating habits, according to Penn State researchers. (Medical News Today)

Mislabeling of fish 'exposes consumers to harmful levels of mercury'
A study of Chilean sea bass bought across 10 states finds that mercury levels vary drastically, even among fish purporting to be certified as having low mercury content. (Medical News Today)

Battling finances a barrier to battling the bulge, study says
Individuals from a lower income bracket are less likely to pursue weight loss by exercising, drinking water and reducing fats or sweets, and are more likely to try 'quick fixes.' (Medical News Today)

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