New research presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) explained how fructans, molecules of fructose chained together, might increase the absorption of minerals like calcium and magnesium, which are essential to bone growth.

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A study completed at Iowa State University’s Nutrition and Wellness Center found that a diet supplemented with flaxseed significantly lowered high cholesterol levels in men.

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Chapel Hill, NC—A study recently published by researchers at the University of North Carolina has found that children are snacking more frequently between meals. The study, conducted with data from over 31,000 children from two to 18 years old, reports that children in the United States are eating an average of three snacks a day, on top of their three regular meals. 

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Cincinnati, OH—Research published in the March issue of British Journal of Nutrition indicates that Concord grape juice may help support healthy brain function in older adults. Data presented in a double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot investigation suggest such findings.

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New York, NY—Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center will launch a phase-II trial to study Maitake mushroom as a treatment for Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a category of blood diseases. Maitake has been studied previously for its effects on immune system function.

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New York, NY—According to a study done by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, children exposed to phthalates while still in the womb are more likely to develop behavioral problems. The New York City-based study tested the urine of mothers during pregnancy, and then analyzed the behavior of their children (188 in total) when they were four through nine years old. The researchers for this study included scientists from Mount Sinai, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Cornell University.

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oats

Boston, MA—Consumers are familiar with product labels touting the heart healthy benefits of eating oats. They most famously lower blood cholesterol and are an important part of a heart-healthy diet. An expanding field of research into oats and their benefits is shedding light on reasons for oats to impress even more enthusiasts.

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Breast Health

Tours, France—Another health application of omega-3 fatty acids has been identified, this time proving a beneficial component in helping women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Specifically, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was found to increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatment for certain cases of breast cancer. The findings were published late last year in the British Journal of Cancer, and may present a means to better combat breast cancer for the millions threatened by the disease, which is the most prevalent form of cancer in women. The research was led by Philippe Bougnoux, of the Henry S. Kaplan Cancer Center in Tours.

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donuts

London, UK—A study published late last year in the British Journal of Psychiatry reveals a clear dietary influence on the incidence of depression. The statistics show a correlation between a processed and junk food-based diet and the presence of depressive symptoms in an individual. The analysis is based on a sample of 3,486 men and women of an average age of 55.

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parents and kids

Boston, MA—A review of relevant data has highlighted some trends in, and pinpointed factors influencing the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among young people. The study, out of Harvard Medical School and Boston University, tracked available statistics to look for factors influencing CAM use in the pediatric population, or those 18 years old and younger.

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