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Dairy products boost effectiveness of probiotics, new studies show

Probiotics, those living bacteria and yeasts that offer a variety of health benefits, especially for the digestive system, are now available to consumers in yogurt and a variety of other food products as well as in nonfood supplements. But little …
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New study analyzes “thinspiration” images of women on social media sites

By Jeffrey Day Some of the most popular social media sites are filled with images of extremely thin women that might be harmful to those who view them — whether they are seeking them or not, according to research from …
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Rising carbon dioxide, less nutritious food?

This week’s report that the Antarctic ice sheets are in irreversible retreat grabbed headlines, but another report last week warned that rising carbon dioxide levels threaten the quality of the world’s food supply, as well. Increased malnutrition and loss of …
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Animal scientist receives Borlaug communications award

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has announced that Alison Van Eenennaam, a geneticist and Cooperative Extension specialist in animal genomics and biotechnology at UC Davis, is the recipient of its 2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Announcement of …
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Symposia: Soap, health and the environment; and bugs, babies and breastmilk

The potential downsides of fragrances in personal care products, and microbes, milk and the infant gut, and will be the topics of two student-run symposia at UC Davis in September. Both events, including nationally-recognized experts, are the outcomes of year-long …
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Study reinforces obesity/high-fat diet/heart disease link

A team of UC Davis biomedical engineers, led by Assistant Professor Anthony Passerini, has established a link between inflammation of the arterial lining, waist size, and triglyceride levels in the blood after eating a high-fat, fast food meal. The study …
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NYT: Breast milk, bacteria and babies

Much of human breast milk is indigestible to babies and goes instead to feed bacteria in their tiny guts, writes New York Times science correspondent Nicholas Wade in today’s Science Times. In what science blogger Charlie Petit calls a “nifty” …
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GM goats for Brazil

Brazilian and UC Davis scientists James Murray and Elizabeth Maga are teaming up to develop a herd of genetically modified dairy goats, whose milk could protect against diarrhea, a major killer of the children around the world. The goats will …
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