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Food and Beverage Analysis – News and Features

A plastic model of human lungs, bisected to show the internal structures.

The Role of Iron in Allergic Asthma Could Be Targeted in Potential New Treatments

Iron drives inflammation in the lungs during an allergic asthma attack, presenting a target for new treatments.
Representation of a neutrophil.

Neutrophils: Neutrophil Function, Origin and Related Conditions

In this article, we consider what neutrophils are, how they are generated, their function in the body and medical conditions related to them.
Two pigs looking over a wooden fence.

Copper Beads in Pig Feed Show Potential for Gut Health Benefits

Since pigs can tolerate high levels of the metal, researchers at Texas Tech University in Amarillo recently investigated whether copper might be used to promote pig gut health and reduce the shedding of microbes to the environment.
A young baby curled up asleep in the hands of a man and a woman.

Mycotoxin Exposure and Early Life Gut Microbiome Development in Nigerian Neonates and Infants

Interactions between mycotoxins and the gut microbiome are complex and can contribute to their impact. Nigerian mother–infant dyads were recruited to investigate potential influences of mycotoxins' on the gut microbiota during early development.
Bacteria bloom on a petri dish.

Deadly Bacteria Seek Out and Feed On Human Blood

"Bacterial vampirism" is a newly-discovered phenomenon where deadly bacteria seek out and feed on human blood.
A researcher holding a petri dish containing salmonella bacteria.

Deadly Bacteria Are Drawn to Human Blood

A team have found the bacteria are attracted to the liquid part of blood, or serum, which contains nutrients the bacteria can use as food. One of the chemicals the bacteria seemed particularly drawn to was serine, an amino acid found in human blood.
A pair of asthma inhalers.

Researchers Find No Link Between COVID-19 and Increased Asthma Risk

New research shows that a SARS-CoV-2 infection does not increase the risk of asthma development in children.
A pile of grain used in brewing.

Researchers Extract Protein From Spent Beer Grains

Researchers have created a method that extracts over 80 percent of the available protein in grain leftovers from brewing beer, helping to reduce waste.
A pile of salted pretzels.

The Size of a Pretzel Affects How Fast You'll Eat It

The size of an individual snack piece not only influences how fast a person eats it, but also how much of it they eat, reports a new study.
Blue colored, rod-shaped bacteria.

Some Listeria Have Adapted To Live on Food Factory Floors

Bacterial populations can remain stable on factory floors despite cleaning efforts in ready-to-eat food production facilities, reports new research.