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ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs Issued / July 16, 2013 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service

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ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs Issued

By Kim Kaplan
July 16, 2013

Research about the connections between the brain, cortisol, and weight loss are among the new nutrition and health findings noted in the most recent issue of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Food and Nutrition Research Briefs and its Spanish-language edition (Informe de investigaciones de alimentos y nutrición).

View the English edition here.

The popular online newsletter reports discoveries from researchers at ARS laboratories nationwide.

Among other findings, the current issue reports:

  • How what a mother eats in the days and weeks before birth affects the way genes function in her children.
  • ARS scientists have created an improved vitamin B12 blood test that requires a much smaller blood sample.
  • A new olive oil assay may help assure the authenticity of the product a consumer purchases.
The briefs are offered with online color photos and illustrations. By clicking the "subscribe" link on the newsletter's home page, readers can sign up for two e-mail options: They can receive the full text of the newsletter by e-mail, or an advisory that a new issue has been posted.

ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief intramural scientific research agency.

Last Modified: 7/15/2013
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