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    For healthy eating, timing matters

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    When you eat may determine how long and strong your heart beats.

    Fruit flies that limited eating to 12-hour stints had steadier heartbeats in old age than flies that ate whenever they wanted, researchers report in the March 13 Science. The study adds to a growing...

    03/12/2015 - 14:00 Physiology, Nutrition
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    Report offers stimulating recommendation on coffee

    A new round of dietary do’s and don’ts accompanied last month’s scientific report on the latest food research, summarizing everything from aspartame to saturated fats. The report puts eggs back on the menu. High dietary cholesterol is no longer linked to blood...

    03/04/2015 - 15:13 Nutrition
  • Feature

    For athletes, antioxidant pills may not help performance

    In the fickle world of sports nutrition fads, few trends have shown the staying power of antioxidants. For more than three decades, athletes have remained devoted fans of supplements; the American College of Sports Medicine estimates that around half of elite athletes take vitamins in hopes of keeping...

    02/24/2015 - 12:00 Health, Physiology, Nutrition
  • News

    Hydrogen sulfide offers clue to how reducing calories lengthens lives

    Tapping into an ancient cellular energy source may help stave off the rigors of surgery and the ravages of age.

    Hydrogen sulfide, a foul-smelling poisonous gas that microbes have been munching for eons, may be responsible for the health benefits and life-extending effects of reduced-calorie diets, scientists propose December 23...

    12/23/2014 - 18:28 Cells, Physiology, Nutrition
  • News in Brief

    Mushroom extract might eradicate HPV infection

    An over-the-counter supplement sold as an immune booster just might work. Active hexose correlated compound, or AHCC, apparently revs up the immune system to knock out human papillomavirus that can cause cervical cancer. While two vaccines can prevent infection by cancer-causing HPV subtypes (SN: 4/20/13, p. 20), the...

    11/04/2014 - 14:15 Clinical Trials, Health, Nutrition
  • News

    Heavy milk drinking may double women’s mortality rates

    Despite delivering calcium and protein, drinking a lot of milk doesn’t seem to provide a net health benefit for women and may even hinder their long-term survival prospects, Swedish researchers find. Over the course of about 20 years, women who drank three or more glasses of milk per day were almost twice as likely to die as those who drank less than one, other things being equal. Intake of...

    10/28/2014 - 18:30 Nutrition, Health
  • News

    Organic foods may contain extra antioxidants

    As more and more consumers go organic, a new study has renewed debate over the potential harms and benefits of organic foods.

    Many studies have found that, vitamin for vitamin, organic foods are nutritionally equal to their conventional counterparts. In clinical studies, people who eat organic food tend to be no healthier than those who don’t. But a new analysis of data from 343...

    07/18/2014 - 16:13 Nutrition, Agriculture, Pollution
  • News

    Junk food ahead of pregnancy may harm baby-to-be

    For a healthy baby, a woman’s diet before pregnancy seems to matter. Consuming a lot of sugars, fats and take-out foods might increase the likelihood of delivering a baby preterm, Australian researchers report in the July Journal of Nutrition.

    Preterm birth, defined as birth before 37 weeks of gestation, increases...

    06/23/2014 - 13:57 Health, Nutrition, Human Development
  • News

    Brain’s support cells play role in hunger

    A “stop eating” hormone casts a wide net in the brain. After a large meal, fat cells churn out an appetite suppressant called leptin, which hits the brain’s neurons and tickles other kinds of brain cells called astrocytes. In certain situations, these astrocytes help control hunger, scientists report June 1 in Nature Neuroscience.


    06/01/2014 - 13:00 Nutrition, Neuroscience, Health
  • Scicurious

    Separating wheat from chaff in gluten sensitivity

    Gluten-free products are proliferating like mad, and now merit whole aisles in upscale grocery stores. More and more of my friends and acquaintances are dropping gluten out of their diets and saying how much better they feel. They sleep better, feel more energetic and lose weight. They make such a compelling case for gluten-free life that I end up wondering, when I’m bloated and my pants don’t...

    05/29/2014 - 09:00 Nutrition, Health