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Use of hookah steam stones could lead to dangerous, false sense of security

Use of hookah steam stones could lead to dangerous, false sense of security

New research suggests the use of hookah steam stones - commonly considered a safer alternative to cigarette smoking - could be leaving users with a dangerous, false sense of security. The findings out of the University of Cincinnati/Agilent Technologies Metallomics Center of the Americas are published this month in the Microchemical Journal. [More]
Bruker’s new Wine and Honey screeners deliver easy, comprehensive cost efficient analysis

Bruker’s new Wine and Honey screeners deliver easy, comprehensive cost efficient analysis

The inherent ease of use allows non-expert users to conduct analyses from measurement to final report in minutes and without chromatography. [More]
NMR screening solution specifically for the analysis of honey launched by Bruker

NMR screening solution specifically for the analysis of honey launched by Bruker

This new NMR screening solution specifically for the analysis of honey is the most recent module of Bruker’s well-established FoodScreener™ product line to be released in April. [More]
New WHO guidelines advise lowering sugar intake

New WHO guidelines advise lowering sugar intake

New World Health Organization guidelines recommend that people reduce their daily free sugar intake to less than 10% of their total calorie intake, with a reduction to 5% representing a further target. [More]
Feast-or-famine diet may extend lifespan, improve age-related diseases

Feast-or-famine diet may extend lifespan, improve age-related diseases

University of Florida Health researchers have found that putting people on a feast-or-famine diet may mimic some of the benefits of fasting, and that adding antioxidant supplements may counteract those benefits. [More]
California Strawberry Commission lists out 12 reasons to enjoy heart-healthy strawberries

California Strawberry Commission lists out 12 reasons to enjoy heart-healthy strawberries

February is Heart Health Month and just one of many reasons to add heart-healthy foods like strawberries to the daily diet. [More]

Health Canada: Parents advised not to feed honey to infants less than one year old

In Canada, honey is the only food which has been linked to infant botulism – a rare but serious illness that is caused by ingesting the bacterium C. botulinum. [More]
Utah study shows men have better spatial and navigation skills than women

Utah study shows men have better spatial and navigation skills than women

A University of Utah study of two African tribes found evidence that men evolved better navigation ability than women because men with better spatial skills - the ability to mentally manipulate objects - can roam farther and have children with more mates. [More]
Bacteria in fresh honey produce myriad of active antimicrobial compounds

Bacteria in fresh honey produce myriad of active antimicrobial compounds

Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey - as we now know it - was manufactured and sold in stores. So what is the key to its' antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey, from the honey stomach of bees. [More]

Scientists devise to help prevent organic food fraud

A growing number of consumers are willing to pay a premium for fruits, vegetables and other foods labelled "organic", but whether they're getting what the label claims is another matter. [More]
Discoveries about how butterflies feed could help engineers develop tiny probes

Discoveries about how butterflies feed could help engineers develop tiny probes

New discoveries about how butterflies feed could help engineers develop tiny probes that siphon liquid out of single cells for a wide range of medical tests and treatments, according to Clemson University researchers. [More]
NIH receives award to design biomaterial that can regenerate damaged skeletal muscle

NIH receives award to design biomaterial that can regenerate damaged skeletal muscle

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a three-year, $437,248 grant to a University of Arkansas biomedical engineering researcher to design and test a biomaterial that can regenerate damaged skeletal muscle. [More]
Gardening can help cancer survivors eat more nutritious diet and improve physical activity

Gardening can help cancer survivors eat more nutritious diet and improve physical activity

A diagnosis of breast cancer in 2010 hit Susan Rossman pretty hard. A year later, a pioneering study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham helped her reclaim her life from cancer's grasp. [More]
Parents should take initiative to make sure their hungry teens have healthy fare to eat

Parents should take initiative to make sure their hungry teens have healthy fare to eat

Refrigerators and pantries across the country are bracing for the seasonal assault from teenagers who are now done with school and will eat most of their meals at home for the summer months. [More]
Study provides potential target for cutting off growth of cancer stem cells

Study provides potential target for cutting off growth of cancer stem cells

A subset of immune cells directly target colon cancers, rather than the immune system, giving the cells the aggressive properties of cancer stem cells. [More]

Horizon’s new products offer new feel-good snacking options for families

Horizon®, a leading national organic dairy brand, today announced the launch of a new line of snack products. Horizon Snack Crackers, Sandwich Crackers and Snack Grahams mark the brand's continued evolution outside of the dairy case, following the launch of several Mac & Cheese products in January. [More]
Children get codeine in U.S. emergency rooms, despite risks: Study

Children get codeine in U.S. emergency rooms, despite risks: Study

Despite its potentially harmful effects in children, codeine continues to be prescribed in U.S. emergency rooms, according to new research from UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. [More]
Concerns over potential health risks of using e-cigarettes gaining momentum

Concerns over potential health risks of using e-cigarettes gaining momentum

With sales of electronic cigarettes, or "e-cigarettes," on the rise and expected to hit $1.5 billion this year, concerns over potential health risks of using the trendy devices are also gaining momentum and political clout. An article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society, delves into what scientists and regulators are doing about e-cigarettes, which are now being cleverly marketed under more appealing names such as hookah pens and vape pipes. [More]
Appeals court to weigh challenge to health law subsidies

Appeals court to weigh challenge to health law subsidies

Opponents of the health law argue that the legislative language never says subsidies can be used to defray premium costs for low- and moderate-income people who live in states that did not set up their own online marketplaces and are served instead by the federal exchange. Also, in news about how the law is being implemented, a look at who is exempted from the mandate to get insurance. [More]
First Edition: March 25, 2014

First Edition: March 25, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including stories previewing today's Supreme Court action regarding the health law's contraception coverage mandate. [More]
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