Researchers studying 3,000-year-old skeletons from the oldest known cemetery in the Pacific Islands are casting new light on the diet and lives of the enigmatic Lapita people, the likely ancestors of Polynesians. Their results—obtained from analysing stable isotope ratios of three elements in the bone collagen of 49 adults buried at the Teouma archaeological site on Vanuatu’s Efate Island—suggest that its early Lapita settlers ate reef fish, marine turtles, fruit bats, free-range pigs and chickens, rather than primarily relying on growing crops for human food and animal fodder.
Lawmakers in San Francisco introduced a bill that would tax sugary beverages at two cents per ounce. The estimated $31 million in annual revenue would go to local health programs. It didn't take long for Big Soda to respond in the way it knows best: ...
A high-carbohydrate, high-calorie diet could delay the progression of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to a phase 2 study. ALS is a rapidly progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disorder affecting the nerve cells that control muscle movement (motor neurons). Patients gradually lose the ability to control the body's muscles, including the muscles which control breathing. This leads to respiratory failure and death on average about 3 years after patients are diagnosed.
Outlining the problems of today’s industrialization of food compared to our organic food supply, a new report released by the Center for Food Safety – Cool Food Campaign, outlines the true impacts of global climate on food security and agricultural resilience.
CHICAGO - The government's largest-ever study of Hispanics' health may help answer why they live longer than other Americans, but the first results suggest that for some, the trend might be in jeopardy. Researchers in four cities are documenting the prevalence of chronic disease and risk factors, and trying to determine how adopting U.S. lifestyles affects Hispanics' health. Aviles-Santa said the results could provide a better understanding of what some call the "Hispanic paradox" - longer lives than non-Hispanic white Americans despite some known health risks. [...] the researchers said that advantage may vanish as unhealthy risk factors accumulate in groups who've been in this country the longest, and in younger adults born in the United States who may be more likely to abandon cultural customs. -- One-third of all Hispanics aged 18 to 44 have one risk factor for heart disease.
Rancho Feeding Corp., the Bay Area slaughterhouse that recalled nearly 9 million pounds of beef products last month, sold meat that came from cows with cancer, according to documents obtained by The Times.
MADISON, Wis. - A federal study showing a sharp drop in childhood obesity has received a lot of attention recently, but is it accurate? Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, it reported a 43 percent drop in the obesity rate of 2- to 5-year-old children in the past decade. However, a pediatric endocrinologist at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Dr. ...
A federal agency announced Friday it is taking steps to protect the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery, the largest in the world, under the Clean Water Act. The actions could lead to a virtually unprecedented administrative veto of the proposed Pebble mine even before developers formally submit plans.
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter Friday signed into law a controversial bill to protect animal production facilities from outside interference. It took effect with the governor’s signature.
Otter signed Senate Bill 1337 just after Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya broke with the rest of the $2.4 billion Idaho dairy industry by asking the governor to veto the bill. He told the governor that S 1337 “would limit transparency and make some instances of exposing the mistreatment of animals in the state punishable by imprisonment.” The governor, in signing the bill, said Idaho agricultural producers must be “secure in their property and their livelihood.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ice cream lovers beware: The government knows you're unlikely to stop after half a cup. New nutrition labels proposed Thursday for many popular foods, including ice cream, aim to more accurately...