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  • April 4, 2017
  • 06:00 PM
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New rice fights off drought

by adam phillips in It Ain't Magic

Researchers have created drought resistant transgenic rice using a gene from a small Eurasian flowering plant.... Read more »

  • August 31, 2016
  • 11:30 AM
  • 473 views

Brain Scans Show Your Dog Loves You And Food

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

An fMRI study shows different dogs have different preferences for food and social interaction.A recent fMRI study investigates individual differences in dogs’ preferences for food and social interaction with their owner. The results have been widely – and erroneously – reported as showing that dogs prefer praise to food. In fact, the results paint a far more interesting picture of how brain activity predicts canine choice.I think most people feel subjectively that their dog loves them. The........ Read more »

Cook PF, Prichard A, Spivak M, & Berns GS. (2016) Awake Canine fMRI Predicts Dogs' Preference for Praise Versus Food. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience. PMID: 27521302  

  • July 27, 2016
  • 11:30 AM
  • 727 views

Your Cat Would Like Food Puzzle Toys

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Food puzzles will help satisfy your cat’s hunting instinct, but most cats are missing out.A new paper on food puzzle toys for cats has plenty of ideas to get everyone started on these wonderful enrichment items. The research, led by Mikel Delgado (University of California, Berkeley; Feline Minds), combines a review of the scientific literature on food toys as feline enrichment with practical tips gained from the authors’ work as feline behaviour practitioners.Food puzzles are toys that make ........ Read more »

Dantas, L., Delgado, M., Johnson, I., & Buffington, C. (2016) Food puzzles for cats: feeding for physical and emotional wellbeing. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. DOI: 10.1177/1098612X16643753  

  • March 17, 2016
  • 03:40 PM
  • 1,005 views

Green fungi for a certain March-based holiday

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

In honour of St. Patrick's Day, here are a couple of neat green fungi. I was going to do plants, but there are just so many to choose from. Ha ha.... Read more »

Santi L, Maggioli C, Mastroroberto M, Tufoni M, Napoli L, & Caraceni P. (2012) Acute liver failure caused by Amanita phalloides poisoning. International Journal of Hepatology. DOI: 10.1155/2012/487480  

Schuster A, & Schmoll M. (2010) Biology and biotechnology of Trichoderma. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 87(3), 787-799. DOI: 10.1007/s00253-010-2632-1  

  • January 25, 2016
  • 01:33 PM
  • 976 views

Bacteria can turn chocolate pudding green

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

In 1994, a paper on pudding was published by a party of microbiologists plying their trade in South Africa.... Read more »

  • November 5, 2015
  • 10:09 AM
  • 436 views

More Multistate Foodborne Outbreaks Identified With Better Surveillance and Centralized Food Processing

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Sam Crowe, PhD, MPH Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Medical Research: What were the leading causes of multistate foodborne outbreaks and … Continue reading →
The post More Multistate Foodborne Outbreaks Identified With Better Surveillance and Centralized Food Processing appeared first on MedicalResearch........ Read more »

Sam Crowe, PhD, MPH. (2015) More Multistate Foodborne Outbreaks Identified With Better Surveillance and Centralized Food Processing . MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • October 28, 2015
  • 08:30 AM
  • 1,374 views

Make Your Dog Happy: Enrichment

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Easy ways to provide enrichment for your dog.Although we love our canine friends, many dogs have a relatively boring life in which they spend a lot of time hanging around the house or yard, perhaps on their own. Dogs that are bored or under-exercised can easily find their own entertainment, which might not be so pleasing to their human companions. Luckily there are many easy ways to add enrichment to our dog’s lives.Walks: If you are one of those people who walks your dog whatever the weather,........ Read more »

Christian HE, Westgarth C, Bauman A, Richards EA, Rhodes RE, Evenson KR, Mayer JA, & Thorpe RJ Jr. (2013) Dog ownership and physical activity: a review of the evidence. Journal of physical activity , 10(5), 750-9. PMID: 23006510  

Farrell, J., Hope, A., Hulstein, R., & Spaulding, S. (2015) Dog-Sport Competitors: What Motivates People to Participate with Their Dogs in Sporting Events?. Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal of The Interactions of People , 28(1), 61-71. DOI: 10.2752/089279315X1412935072201  

Tavares, S., Magalhães, A., & de Sousa, L. (2015) Labrador retrievers are more attracted to water than to social stimuli: A pilot study. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2015.07.041  

  • September 24, 2015
  • 04:21 PM
  • 1,240 views

What we know about fungi and cured meats

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

I've been watching a lot of the food show Mind of a Chef on Netflix lately. In a couple of episodes, a chef visits a locale where meat is being cured. I've noticed there consistently appears to be fungi (mould) growing on the meat, whether it's skerpikjøt (mutton dried using the wind on the Faroe Islands), dry-aged beef, country ham, or dry-cured sausage. These fungi, having managed to grow to such an extent as to be visible to the naked eye, obviously influence the characteristics of the ........ Read more »

  • September 10, 2015
  • 04:52 PM
  • 995 views

Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous brightens up lobsters and leaking trees

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

Like people, trees can bleed. Unlike people, this bleeding occurs mostly in the spring, at least in temperate parts of the world. As winter subsides and temperatures rise, deciduous trees begin to move sap (a dilute sugar solution) from their roots up to their branches to fuel the growth of leaves and flowers. Where a tree has been wounded (e.g. by a rutting deer or logging corporation), they will often bleed sap. This stuff makes great food for yeasts. Being ubiquitous in outdoor air, these fun........ Read more »

  • August 26, 2015
  • 11:41 AM
  • 908 views

Inadvertently edible tiny food-based animals

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

Bacteria and fungi are basically everywhere, so it's not much of a surprise to find them in food. Heck, unless they're Salmonella or have managed to multiply to the point of being visible or stinking things up, we usually don't care. Moving up a bit on the size scale, there are a couple of tiny animals inhabiting foods we eat. These include itty bitty worms living in artisanal vinegars and mites residing upon classy European cheeses.The vinegar eelworm (Turbatrix aceti) is a resilient microbe-ea........ Read more »

  • August 22, 2015
  • 10:05 AM
  • 440 views

Spinach Bleach Contours May Prevent Adequate Decontamination

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Nichola Kinsinger, Ph.D Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemical & Environmental Engineering University of California, Riverside USDA National Institute for Food and Agricultural Postdoctoral Fellow DoD Office of Naval Research National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Research Fellow, EIT (Chemical Engineering) Medical Research: … Continue reading →
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Nichola Kinsinger, Ph.D. (2015) Spinach Bleach Contours May Prevent Adequate Decontamination. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • July 29, 2015
  • 08:30 AM
  • 964 views

Should Vets Give Treats to Pets?

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Do treats at the vet mean fewer bites and a less fearful pet? Many companion animals are scared of visits to the vet. There is an established procedure for treating fear called desensitization and counter-conditioning (DS/CC) which involves feeding nice food in order to make something less scary. Yet many vets do not give treats to animals. A new paper by Karolina Westlund (Karolinska Institute) considers this reluctance, and looks at the evidence for and against.Westlund says, “Veterinarians ........ Read more »

  • July 8, 2015
  • 11:35 AM
  • 1,367 views

Colour changing fruits and veggies

by Rosin Cerate in Rosin Cerate

The fleshy parts of plants we eat tend to change colour. This can be due to ripening (e.g. various berries turning red as they mature), intentional injury (e.g. apple slices turning brown after being cut), or changing external pH (e.g. red cabbage turning pink in vinegar). Let's look a bit at how and why this happens using a couple of examples.Strawberry fruit develops through green, white, and red stages. These correspond to changing levels of chlorophyll, anthocyanins, flavonoids, tannins, and........ Read more »

  • March 31, 2015
  • 08:26 PM
  • 594 views

Raw Milk Link To Higher Risk of Foodborne Illnesses

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Benjamin Davis BA CLF-Lerner Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: The Food and Drug Administration banned the inter-state … Continue reading →
The post Raw Milk Link To Higher Risk of Foodborne Illnesses appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Benjamin Davis BA. (2015) Raw Milk Link To Higher Risk of Foodborne Illnesses. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • March 11, 2015
  • 07:38 AM
  • 488 views

‘Traffic Light’ Nutrition Labels Help Consumers Make Healthier Choices

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Professor Dr. Bernd Weber Heisenberg Professor Department of Epileptology Head – NeuroCognition | Imaging Life&Brain Center  Board of Directors Center for Economics and Neuroscience Bonn Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the … Continue reading →... Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Professor Dr. Bernd Weber. (2015) 'Traffic Light' Nutrition Labels Help Consumers Make Healthier Choices. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • March 8, 2015
  • 08:48 AM
  • 697 views

Do Emulsifiers in Food Additives Play A Role In Inflammatory Bowel Diseases?

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Benoit Chassaing, Ph.D. Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr.  Gewirtz’s lab. Institute for Biomedical Sciences Center for Inflammation, Immunity, & Infection Georgia State University Atlanta GA 30303 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main … Continue reading →... Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Benoit Chassaing, Ph.D. (2015) Do Emulsifiers in Food Additives Play A Role In Inflammatory Bowel Diseases?. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • March 5, 2015
  • 02:48 PM
  • 437 views

Frequent Fried Food Consumption Linked To Increased Heart Failure

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Luc Djousse, MD, ScD, FAHA Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Editor-in-Chief, Current Nutrition Reports Director of Research, Division of Aging Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston, MA 02120 MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? … Continue reading →... Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Luc Djousse, MD, ScD, FAHA. (2015) Frequent Fried Food Consumption Linked To Increased Heart Failure. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • February 26, 2015
  • 03:38 PM
  • 500 views

Children’s Diet Not Affected By Healthy Supermarket in Previous ‘Food Desert’

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH Associate Professor, Department of Population Health; Associate Professor, Department of Medicine Population Health NYU School of Medicine Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Elbel: … Continue reading →... Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH. (2015) Children's Diet Not Affected By Healthy Supermarket in Previous 'Food Desert'. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • January 21, 2015
  • 08:30 AM
  • 1,515 views

Do Dogs Prefer Petting or Praise?

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

A new study asks dogs to make the choice. Photo: Felix Rohan / Shutterstock Normal 0 false false false EN-CA X-NONE X-NONE ... Read more »

Fukuzawa, M., & Hayashi, N. (2013) Comparison of 3 different reinforcements of learning in dogs (Canis familiaris). Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 8(4), 221-224. DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2013.04.067  

OKAMOTO, Y., OHTANI, N., UCHIYAMA, H., & OHTA, M. (2009) The Feeding Behavior of Dogs Correlates with their Responses to Commands. Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 71(12), 1617-1621. DOI: 10.1292/jvms.001617  

  • January 7, 2015
  • 08:44 PM
  • 1,165 views

French Fries without Fat, Anyone?

by Wiley Asia Blog in Wiley Asia Blog - Life Sciences

Imagine the world where what we call junk food could be oil free. Researchers explored the alternatives of oil for fried food. Colour, texture and flavor of fried foods that attract our appetite depends on “the amount of oil absorbed during frying”. To achieve the similar characteristics of fried food, researchers found out that glucose could be used as “a nonfat frying medium”.

To identify the results of this new fries, researchers analysed moisture content, microscop........ Read more »

Al-Khusaibi, M., Ahmad Tarmizi, A., & Niranjan, K. (2014) On the Possibility of Nonfat Frying using Molten Glucose. Journal of Food Science. DOI: 10.1111/1750-3841.12713  

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