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The Surprising Reason Americans Are Obsessed With Pumpkins
Friday may officially mark the first day of Fall, but retailers have been getting into the spirit of the season for weeks: pumpkin-flavored items started hitting shelves in August, and some Starbucks locations have been selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes since Sept. 1. The array of pumpkin-flavored items seems to get more surprising by the year, from pumpkin-flavored wine to pet food. And people are eating it up: Nielsen says sales of pumpkin-flavored items have reached a new high, bringing in $414 million in the U.S. between the end of July 2016 and the end of July 2017 — up from $286 million over that same period of time...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Olivia B. Waxman Tags: Uncategorized Food Food & Drink food and drink Source Type: news

Why Everyone Is Suddenly Obsessed With Sour Beer
Sour beer is the hottest cold drink of 2017. The funky brew is the latest niche offering to take off in a market obsessed with finding ever more obscure and complex beers. In recent years, craft beers have soared in popularity, with particular varieties, such as extremely hoppy IPAs, gaining a strong following among a cadre of beer drinkers, who increasingly view beer with the discernment, vocabulary and sophistication once reserved for wine. Portland’s Ecliptic Brewing introduced a peach sour beer last year and saw sales of the brew double this year, spurring the brewmaster John Harris to make a new batch every wee...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized Food onetime Source Type: news

All 8 extreme childhood food allergies are also common ingredients in CDC-recommended vaccines... coincidence?
(Natural News) Food allergy awareness posters in elementary schools list the following 8 food products as the most popular food allergies among children. Allergic reactions from exposure, consumption or injection of these foods can be fatal. Those 8 ingredients include peanuts, nuts, wheat, soy, milk, eggs, fish and shellfish. If your M.D. tells you that your... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Disease-resistant cereals to strengthen food security
Cereals such as maize, wheat and rice account for almost half of all food calories consumed worldwide, but millions of tonnes of these essential crops are lost to disease each year before they reach our plates. An EU-funded project is waging war on cereal diseases to increase yields, strengthen food security and support a growing world population. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 14, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Cochrane Skin Group celebrate 20 years of improving treatment of skin diseases
World-leading dermatologists and their patients are celebrating huge improvements in the treatment of skin diseases like skin cancer, psoriasis, and acne as theCochrane Skin Group marks its 20th anniversary this week.   The effects of the 120 plus published Cochrane Skin Reviews have been far-reaching and have had real impacts on patient care. These include skin cancer, skin allergies, and acne, blistering diseases, hair disorders like alopecia, fungal infections and psoriasis as well as tropical parasitic disea ses.The group is coordinated by the University of Nottingham ’s Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 12, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

What Proteins Cause Cow ’ s Milk Protein Allergy?
Discussion Cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) is one of the most common food allergies. It is estimated to have an incidence of 2-7.5% in infants and a prevalence of 0.5% in breastfeed infants. The prevalence decreases with age at 1% in children> or = 6 years. CMPA does not have a laboratory test and therefore is a clinical diagnosis. It is defined as a “hypersensitivity reaction brought on by specific immunologic mechanisms to cow’s milk.” Generally symptoms present within the first month of life and involve 2 of more systems with 2 or more symptoms. Systems are dermatologic (including atopic der...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 11, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Sugarcane extract may relieve stress-induced insomnia
Researchers find that octacosanol - a compound found in sugarcane, beeswax, and wheat germ oil - can restore stress-affected sleep in mice. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Sleep / Sleep Disorders / Insomnia Source Type: news

Beeswax found to reduce stress and improve sleep thanks to this remarkable molecule
(Natural News) Octacosanol – which can be found in beeswax, wheat germ oil, rice bran, sugar cane, and other varieties of plants – has been discovered to lessen the effects of stress and encourage a long and restful sleep, scientists said. According to a study published in Scientific Reports, which was conducted by a team from... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Whole wheat cuts your risk of colorectal cancer by 17%
The Harvard study, a collaboration with the World Cancer Research Fund, is the first to link whole grains with lower cancer risk. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Beeswax could help with stress and sleep problems
An ingredient found in the wax induced better sleep in stressed mice, found Japanese researchers. The same compound is also found in wheat germ oil, sugar cane and rice bran. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stressed and struggling to sleep? BEESWAX could help
An ingredient found in the wax induced better sleep in stressed mice, found Japanese researchers. The same compound is also found in wheat germ oil, sugar cane and rice bran. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Federal Court Orders ThermoLife's Patent Infringement Cases Against Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals and Jared Wheat to Resume
PHOENIX, Sept. 5, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- ThermoLife International, LLC has announced that the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia recently lifted its stay of ThermoLife's patent infringement suits a... Biopharmaceuticals, Litigation ThermoLife, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - September 5, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Progress with tropical maize yields highlighted for lectureship
(American Society of Agronomy) Maize is one of the three most important crops in the world. CIMMYT (International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement) and its international research partners have developed hybrids that will expand production even further. The lectureship, entitled 'Partitioning and Passion, Pothole and Partnerships: A Journey with Tropical Maize,' will address this topic at the Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Tampa, Fla. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 24, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Scientists compare soil microbes in no-till, conventional tilling systems of Pacific Northwest farms
(American Phytopathological Society) Wheat growers of the inland Pacific Northwest have been slow to adopt no-till farming, in part because short-term residue accumulation can encourage fungal soil-borne disease outbreaks. But over longer periods, researchers at Washington State University and the University of Idaho noticed fewer outbreaks in fields where no-till was practiced for multiple seasons. New and cutting-edge research featured in Phytobiomes, an open-access journal of APS, paves the way for further study of this phenomenon. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Dierbergs Markets Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Fish (Bonito and Cod), Lobster, Crab, Shrimp, Soy and Wheat in Product
St Louis-based Dierbergs Markets is recalling two Deli Products with multiple use by dates in all 25 retail stores due to the presence of undeclared fish (bonito, cod), undeclared lobster, crab, and shrimp in scampi butter and undeclared soy and wheat in cabernet grille butter. People who have allergies to fish, lobster, crab, shrimp, soy, or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 15, 2017 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Millions may face protein deficiency as a result of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions
(Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) If CO2 levels keep rising as projected, the populations of 47 countries may lose more than 5 percent of their dietary protein by 2050 due to a decline in the nutritional value of rice, wheat, and other staple crops, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. They estimate an additional 250 million people may be at risk of protein deficiency because of elevated CO2 levels. This is the first study to quantify this risk. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 2, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

To honor his uncle ’s memory, young doctor wants to offer hope to those with cancer
When Razmik Ghukasyan received his acceptance letter to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, he and his family were ecstatic. But their celebration was cut short days later when his uncle was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.During his first year of medical school, Ghukasyan frequently accompanied his uncle, Partev Kolanjian, to oncology appointments at another hospital. He was disturbed by the impersonal way his uncle ’s doctors treated him, which differed sharply from what Ghukasyan was learning at UCLA about the importance of a compassionate doctor-patient relationship.“In school, I was taug...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - July 28, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

This UChicago startup is developing a cure for food allergies
Chances are we all know someone allergic to any one of either milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, or shellfish, which are the eight most common type of food allergens. Close to 6 million children under the age of 18 — roughly 1 in every 13, or 2 in every classroom — show severe allergic reactions to at least one food allergen, according to national research and advocacy organization Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). When including adults, this numb er touches 15 million… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 24, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Utsav Gandhi Source Type: news

This UChicago startup is developing a cure for food allergies
Chances are we all know someone allergic to any one of either milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, or shellfish, which are the eight most common type of food allergens. Close to 6 million children under the age of 18 — roughly 1 in every 13, or 2 in every classroom — show severe allergic reactions to at least one food allergen, according to national research and advocacy organization Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). When including adults, this numb er touches 15 million… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 24, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Utsav Gandhi Source Type: news

Heritage and ancient grain project feeds a growing demand
(Cornell University) After a century of markets dominated by a few types of wheat and white flour, ancient and heritage wheat varieties are making a comeback. Restaurants and bakeries that promote organic and local agriculture have sprouted up across the country in the last decade, meeting a rising consumer demand for tasty and nutritious foods that support an ethic of sustainability. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Can You Still Take Communion If You Have Celiac Disease, Since Gluten-Free Wafers Are Forbidden?
According to the doctrine of the Catholic Church, communion wafers must contain wheat. How does that affect Catholics who can't eat wheat or other grains that contain gluten because they have celiac disease? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rita Rubin, Contributor Source Type: news

Biohealth Nutrition Announces the Recall of Precision Blend Cookies and Cream Product for Undeclared Allergen
Biohealth Nutrition of San Dimas, CA is recalling Precision Blend Cookies& Cream because product labels failed to declare the food allergen, wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat run the risk of a life threatening allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, that requires immediate medical attention should they consume products containing allergens. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - July 10, 2017 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Vatican Refuses to Go Gluten Free at Communion
Breads made with rice, potato, tapioca or other flours in place of wheat aren ’ t allowed for communion, Vatican says. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SEWELL CHAN Tags: Roman Catholic Church Gluten Celiac Disease mustum Christians and Christianity Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Source Type: news

Kansas State University researchers help with landmark study of wild wheat ancestor
(Kansas State University) An international team of researchers, including Kansas State University scientists, has successfully deciphered all 10 billion letters in the genetic code of a wild ancestor of wheat. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 10, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

UK's Farman is co-author of important wheat disease study
(University of Kentucky) A University of Kentucky plant pathologist is part of an international team of researchers who have uncovered an important link to a disease which left unchecked could prove devastating to wheat. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 6, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Wild emmer genome architecture and diversity elucidate wheat evolution and domestication
We report a 10.1-gigabase assembly of the 14 chromosomes of wild tetraploid wheat, as well as analyses of gene content, genome architecture, and genetic diversity. With this fully assembled polyploid wheat genome, we identified the causal mutations in Brittle Rachis 1 (TtBtr1) genes controlling shattering, a key domestication trait. A study of genomic diversity among wild and domesticated accessions revealed genomic regions bearing the signature of selection under domestication. This reference assembly will serve as a resource for accelerating the genome-assisted improvement of modern wheat varieties. (Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - July 6, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Avni, R., Nave, M., Barad, O., Baruch, K., Twardziok, S. O., Gundlach, H., Hale, I., Mascher, M., Spannagl, M., Wiebe, K., Jordan, K. W., Golan, G., Deek, J., Ben-Zvi, B., Ben-Zvi, G., Himmelbach, A., MacLachlan, R. P., Sharpe, A. G., Fritz, A., Ben-David Tags: Ecology, Evolution reports Source Type: news

Evolution of the wheat blast fungus through functional losses in a host specificity determinant
Wheat blast first emerged in Brazil in the mid-1980s and has recently caused heavy crop losses in Asia. Here we show how this devastating pathogen evolved in Brazil. Genetic analysis of host species determinants in the blast fungus resulted in the cloning of avirulence genes PWT3 and PWT4, whose gene products elicit defense in wheat cultivars containing the corresponding resistance genes Rwt3 and Rwt4. Studies on avirulence and resistance gene distributions, together with historical data on wheat cultivation in Brazil, suggest that wheat blast emerged due to widespread deployment of rwt3 wheat (susceptible to Lolium isolat...
Source: ScienceNOW - July 6, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Inoue, Y., Vy, T. T. P., Yoshida, K., Asano, H., Mitsuoka, C., Asuke, S., Anh, V. L., Cumagun, C. J. R., Chuma, I., Terauchi, R., Kato, K., Mitchell, T., Valent, B., Farman, M., Tosa, Y. Tags: Botany, Ecology reports Source Type: news

Genomics and domestication of wheat
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - July 6, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Zahn, L. M. Tags: Ecology, Evolution twis Source Type: news

No, You Don’t Have To Have Celiac Disease To Have A Wheat Sensitivity
People who don’t have a diagnosis for celiac disease or a wheat allergy may face a lot of scorn and derision for claiming to be sensitive to wheat products, skipping pasta and bread.  But a new study by scientists at Columbia University may explain why certain grain products can cause intestinal discomfort in some people, even if they don’t have a widely-recognized medical condition. It may also present doctors with a new way to test for this non-celiac wheat sensitivity, which for now has no diagnostic measure and must be assessed clinically, according to a person’s symptoms. Not everyone who feels ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Finally Found It: Wheat Grass Juice for Colitis
If you walk into most health food stores, juice bars, or restaurants a loud grinding sound can be heard. Regular visitors will recognize this sound as wheat grass being macerated into a shot of bright green juice, usually an ounce or two. For this luxury of turning living grass blades into juice one might pay $2-4/ounce. Fans of wheatgrass juice indicate that an ounce of wheat grass juice has the equivalent nutritional value of eating or juicing 2 pounds of vegetables although this claim has been questioned (http://healthpsych.psy.vanderbilt.edu/WheatGrass.htm). Is there any support that demonstrates a benefit to the "...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research Into Wheat Variety For People With Celiac Disease Gains New Ground
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — New research funded by farmers aims to breed a wheat variety for people who can't eat wheat and other grains, an endeavor that comes as wider consumer interest in gluten-free foods is booming. The Kansas Wheat Commission is spending $200,000 for the first two years of the project, which is meant to identify everything in wheat's DNA sequences that can trigger a reaction in people suffering from celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which eating even tiny amounts of gluten — comprised of numerous, complex proteins that gives dough its elasticity and some flavor to baked goods — ca...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

In China, Personality Could Come Down to Rice Versus Wheat
MoreIn the South China Sea, China Is Already Acting Like a SuperpowerOf Course China Has a Plan for North Korea CollapseNot Again: Knife Attack at Train Station in Southern ChinaIn the mind of many Americans, China is a monolith of 1.3 billion people, all equally similar to each other and all equally different from the U.S. But Thomas Talhelm knows better. Talhelm first went to China in 2007, working as a high-school English teacher in the booming southern metropolis of Guangzhou. Observant from the start—he’s now a PhD candidate in psychology at the University of Virginia—Talhelm noticed that his student...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - May 9, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Bryan Walsh Tags: Uncategorized China Chinese Culture east Farming independence interdependence personality psychology rice Science West wheat Source Type: news

Biofuels plant opens to become UK's biggest buyer of wheat
Vivergo plant near Hull will take 1.1m tonnes of wheat a year to turn into ethanol and animal feedA new biofuels plant that has opened today near Hull will be the UK's biggest buyer of wheat, and the biggest supplier of animal feed.Vivergo's plant at Saltend in the Humber estuary, opened with £350m investment, will take in 1.1m tonnes annually of wheat that would otherwise be used for animal feed and produce an estimated 420m litres a year of ethanol, to be mixed with petrol and used in vehicles. A byproduct of the process is high-protein feed for livestock, with about 500,000 tonnes expected a year.Vivergo said the ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 8, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Fiona Harvey Tags: Energy News guardian.co.uk Technology Energy research UK news Biofuels Energy industry Environment Business Renewable energy Carbon emissions Science Source Type: news

Modified Wheat Is Discovered in Oregon
The presence of the herbicide-resistant wheat, a type developed by Monsanto but never approved, could threaten exports of American wheat.     (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 29, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By ANDREW POLLACK Tags: Biotechnology Agriculture Department Agriculture and Farming Monsanto Company MON NYSE Genetic Engineering Defoliants and Herbicides Oregon Wheat Source Type: news