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2011-02-28 10:44:00

FRESNO, Calif., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Newly released research from Penn State University highlights phytosterols, found in pistachios, may improve cholesterol, a factor in cardiovascular health. "We already know that pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free food, but this new study suggests that phytosterols, or plant sterols, in pistachios may help to reduce the absorption of cholesterol," said Constance Geiger, PhD, RD, CD and nutrition expert for the Western Pistachio...

2011-02-28 07:00:00

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verenium Corporation (Nasdaq: VRNM), a pioneer in the development of high-performance specialty enzymes, today announced that Terminal 6, a major producer of soybean meal, oil and biodiesel, has successfully begun use of Verenium's Purifine enzymatic degumming process at its Puerto General San Martin facility in Argentina. Purifine enzymatic degumming is a novel process that significantly increases yields in edible oil production and can have...

2011-02-24 17:35:32

Study shows fatty liver independently increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes A recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that individuals with fatty liver were five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those without fatty liver. This higher risk seemed to occur regardless of the patient's fasting insulin levels, which were used as a marker of insulin resistance. In recent years, fatty liver has...

2011-02-16 12:57:10

IRCM's Dr. Nabil G. Seidah and his team publish 6 articles on PCSK enzymes Recent studies conducted at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montr©al (IRCM) on a group of PCSK enzymes could have a positive impact on health, from cholesterol to osteoporosis. A team led by Dr. Nabil G. Seidah, Director of the Biochemical Neuroendocrinology research unit, has published six articles in prestigious scientific journals over the past four months, all shedding light on novel functions of...

2011-02-02 09:33:00

DAVIS, Calif., Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The newly released 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans give consumers yet another reason to eat a handful--or 1 1/2 ounces--of tree nuts (including walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts, cashews, Brazils and almonds) every day. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend consuming a variety of protein sources, including nuts, along with nutrient-rich foods and healthy fats in order to help curb the rising rates of overweight...

2011-02-01 22:32:05

When you think about organs with an important role in reproduction, the liver most likely doesn't spring to mind. But a new report in the February issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, shows that estrogen receptors in the liver are critical for maintaining fertility. What's more, the expression of those receptors is under the control of dietary amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. The findings in mice may have important implications for some forms of infertility and for...

2011-02-01 17:43:42

Two lasers are better than one in a new technique called label-free stimulated Raman scattering microscopy that allows researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Harvard University to identify the genes that regulate fat storage in the body. In a report in a recent issue of the journal Nature Methods, Dr. Meng C. Wang, assistant professor in the Huffington Center on Aging at BCM, and collaborators at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School used this new technique to identify eight...

2011-02-01 02:05:06

Findings point to digestive bacterial influence on choline metabolism The more we learn about biology, the closer we get to being able to treat disease "“ and the more complicated our understanding of disease itself becomes. A new research finding showing a strong relationship between complex microbial ecologies in human intestines and the common but serious medical condition known as fatty liver illustrates this paradox. From past genomic studies, we have learned that a mind-boggling...

2011-01-31 13:02:24

Neuroscience of nutrition How maternal essential fatty acid deficiency impact on its progeny is poorly understood. Dietary insufficiency in omega-3 fatty acid has been implicated in many disorders. Researchers from Inserm and INRA and their collaborators in Spain collaboration, have studied mice fed on a diet low in omega-3 fatty acid. They discovered that reduced levels of omega-3 had deleterious consequences on synaptic functions and emotional behaviors. Details of this work are available...

2011-01-07 07:30:00

BEDMINSTER, N.J., Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Omthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held emerging specialty pharmaceuticals company, today announced data from its ECLIPSE trial (Epanova Compared to Lovaza In a Pharmacokinetic Single-dose Evaluation), designed to evaluate the bioavailability of Epanova(TM), the Company's lead compound for the treatment of very high triglycerides (greater than or equal to 500 mg/dL), in comparison to Lovaza®, the leading prescription...