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Fly Study Suggests Fasting May Not Be Key To Longer Life

Many studies on flies, mice, and more recently monkeys, have suggested that the key to a longer life is to restrict calorie intake, but a new study by US researchers suggests that the old maxim "feed a cold and starve a fever" may have some value, in that they found when it comes to coping with infection, fasting may be risky. The new study is the work of Dr David Schneider, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine and then graduate student Janelle Ayres, who has since attained her PhD and is now doing post-doctoral research at the University of California- Berkeley. They are publishing a paper about their findings this week in the journal PLoS Biology.

American Cancer Society, The Culinary Institute Of America And Ace Of Cakes Chef Duff Join Forces To Reinvent The Birthday Cake

The American Cancer Society, the Official Sponsor of Birthdays, joined forces with The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world's premier culinary college, to reinvent the birthday cake. Because healthy living is key to creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays, the Society and the CIA challenged CIA's baking and pastry students to create a better-for-you birthday cake. CIA Alumni and star of Food Network's TV's "Ace of Cakes" Chef Duff Goldman joined the Society and the CIA to select the winner, Alexandra Mudry's new take on red velvet cake, from a pool of five talented finalists. The winner is now the official birthday cake of the American Cancer Society.

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Texas Department Of State Health Services Issues Fish Advisory For Clear Creek

The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an advisory warning people not to consume any species of fish from Clear Creek. The creek runs through parts of Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris counties. The advisory was issued after laboratory testing showed elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in fish samples collected from the creek. DSHS tested tissue samples from seven species of fish as part of a reevaluation of the creek. The creek previously was under a 1993 advisory for elevated levels of volatile organic compounds. That advisory was lifted in 2001. Long-term consumption of PCBs may cause cancer and reproductive, immune system, developmental and liver problems.

Recent Releases: Polio Eradication; Chagas Disease Discovery Anniversary; River Blindness; Malaria Tools; Childhood Malnutrition

MMWR Examines Polio Eradication In India The latest edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report includes an article about polio eradication in India, which is the "most populous of the four remaining countries (including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan) where transmission of wild poliovirus (WPV) has never been interrupted." According to the journal, eradicating polio in the country is dependent on "ongoing efforts to interrupt remaining WPV transmission simultaneously in high-risk areas" (7/10). Recent Releases About Chagas Disease As 100-Year Anniversary Approaches As the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Trypanosoma cruzi and its connection to Chagas disease (CD) approaches, the authors of an editorial in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases write, "We must run at least twice as fast to increase our efforts to control this poverty-promoting disease.

Consumers May Not Get A Clear Picture Of The Process When Food Gets Inspected And Recalled

Consumers usually find out pretty quickly if the meat they're planning to throw on the grill has been recalled. What consumers may not be finding out about recalls and the inspection process, however, could make them doubt the effectiveness of what is actually a pretty good system to keep food safe, according to Kansas State University researchers. Charles Dodd, K-State doctoral student in food science, Wamego, and Doug Powell, K-State associate professor of food safety, published a paper in the journal Foodborne Pathogens and Disease about how one government agency communicates risk about deadly bacteria like E. coli O157 in ground beef.

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Former Ghanaian President Named World Food Programme Ambassador

John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, a former president of Ghana, has been named a global ambassador against hunger for the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP), Xinhua reports. According to the news service, Kufuor will "help to underline the importance of fighting hunger on several fronts - by investing in long-term agricultural development, but also by funding WFP's work in tackling urgent hunger needs and helping the hungry poor to access affordable and nutritious food" (Ooko, 7/20). A WFP statement said that Kufuor - president of Ghana from 2001 to 2008 and president of the African Union from 2007 to 2008 - "will concentrate his efforts on raising awareness of the need to provide good nutrition for children in school, " AFP/Google.

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