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By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | July 9, 1999
In a breakthrough that could have dramatic implications for treating immune-system disorders and other diseases, scientists at a Maryland biotechnolgy company have discovered a natural trigger for producing one of the body's most important warriors against infection and disease.Scientists at Human Genome Sciences Inc. in Rockville said yesterday they are proceeding with development of an experimental drug based on the breakthrough and hope to see it tested in humans this year.Believing it might have a financial blockbuster on its hands, the company plans to make the drug's development a priority.
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BUSINESS
By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | February 1, 2004
When the country goes on anti-fat mood swings, John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc. suffers. The Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based nut company has endured several fat-fighting episodes, but until recently it never benefited from health trends. Because of such protein-rich diets as Atkins and new heart-healthy claims available to nut sellers, Americans are increasingly snacking on the treats, tossing them on salads and seeking prepackaged foods with nuts. "This has been really a unique period," said Jasper Sanfilippo, the company's chief executive.
BUSINESS
By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | June 24, 1996
MedImmune, the Gaithersburg biotechnology company developing vaccines and other therapies for infectious diseases, said it has licensed a breakthrough discovery in its quest to develop a Lyme disease vaccine.The publicly held company said the vaccine it plans to develop from the discovery would be dramatically different from those under development now by the company and two competitors.Mark Kaufmann, a spokesman for MedImmune, said the company has assigned a high priority to developing a Lyme disease vaccine based on the discovery.
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By James F. Smith and James F. Smith,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 15, 1999
SAN ILDEFONSO, Mexico -- At just 1 month old, Maria Isabel Esquivel is chubby, smiling and alert, and her older brother and sisters now run with bounding strides through the family's tiny cornfield in this dirt-poor Indian village.The vigor of the Esquivel children brings to life the startling statistics that are emerging from several ambitious nutrition projects in the Mexican countryside.The goal is nothing short of transforming the humble tortilla, Mexico's corn-based staple food, into a protein-fortified "supertortilla" that would give a nutritional boost to the nearly 20 million Mexicans who live in extreme poverty.
HEALTH
By Brian Bowers, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical System regularly contribute a guest post to The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog. The latest post, reprinted here, is from dietetic intern Brian Bowers. In an ever-changing world of health information, it can be tough to decipher material as valid or phony. As a fitness enthusiast, you may search for nutrition advice that can provide you with ideas on how to get more energy, aid in muscle recovery and growth, or optimize overall athletic performance.
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By Colleen Pierre, R.D. and Colleen Pierre, R.D.,Contributing Writer | November 16, 1993
American women can build stronger bones by eating small meat, chicken and fish portions.This sounds like heresy after years of weight-loss diets promoting 6- to 8-ounce "meat" portions at both lunch and dinner. But according to Creighton University's Robert Heaney, seven decades of research consistently show that high protein diets reduce calcium absorption.In November's Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Dr. Heaney says that whether your protein intake is high or low, every time you double your protein, you increase calcium loss by 50 percent.
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By Kim Fernandez and For The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
The raw-food movement has grown in popularity among pet owners for a few years now, with people eschewing commercially produced food in favor of raw meats, vegetables, bones, and fruits for their furry family members. But a new study in the Journal of American Science says the same raw diet that works for zoo animals simply isn't enough for domesticated cats. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, in Omaha, Neb., published a new study last week that said cats, in particular, who eat a raw-food diet miss out on valuable nutrients and risk increased pathogens.
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By Gailor Large and Gailor Large,Special to the Sun | July 18, 2004
Instead of gulping pills to regulate stress, why not try to eliminate it? I see commercials for diet pills that "regulate" cortisol levels. What is cortisol? Do these drugs work, and are they safe? Cortisol is a stress hormone. When the body is under chronic stress, cortisol levels spike and stay elevated. When high levels of the hormone are present, extra fat is deposited and stored in the abdominal area. As well as increasing the risk of heart trouble, high levels of the hormone have also been linked to sleep, memory and immunity problems.
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By Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe and Dr. Modena Wilson and Dr. Alain Joffe,Special to The Sun | August 2, 1994
Q: My teen-age daughter has a friend whose mother sells vitamin products. She's convinced my daughter that for good health she needs a dozen or so vitamins daily, plus protein powder twice a day. This stuff will cost me a fortune! Does she really need them?A: Although adolescence is a period of rapid body growth, we can't produce any compelling evidence that your daughter needs any of these products. In saying this, we are assuming that your daughter is eating a well-balanced diet, something not all teen-agers do. If she is, the foods she is eating will provide all the essential nutrients she needs: protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber and vitamins.
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By Kim Pierce and Kim Pierce,Dallas Morning News | August 26, 1992
Interest in meatless dishes -- from cheese enchiladas t veggie burgers -- is definitely on the upswing.The National Restaurant Association says that a third or more of Americans who dine out are likely to order a vegetarian entree, according to a Gallup poll conducted in August for the group.But going meatless for a meal needn't mean skimping on flavor or appeal."I think that they (diners) are discovering meatless food has many advantages," says David Goldbeck, co-author with wife, Nikki, of five books on vegetarian eating.
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