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11/25/2020

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the active ingredient in Vascepa -- a carboxylic acid formulation of omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil -- had no effect on the risk of cardiovascular events in a high-risk population that was already taking statin medication. This contradicts the findings of a study published by the drug's manufacturer, and Gregory Curfman, one of the new study's authors, urged the Food and Drug Administration to "require a postmarketing clinical trial."

11/25/2020

Consumers have shifted their views to see carbs, not fat, as the prime nutritional culprit, and the trend is more pronounced with younger respondents, according to a study by New Nutrition Business. "Fat is the product developers' friend, improving texture, mouthfeel, structure and moisture content," said Julian Mellentin, director of New Nutrition Business.

11/25/2020

An analysis of data from more than 25,000 participants in the longitudinal Women's Health Study found that women who adhered to a Mediterranean-like diet had a 30% lower rate of type 2 diabetes, but the effect was limited to participants who were overweight. "Our findings support the idea that by improving their diet, people can improve their future risk of type 2 diabetes, particularly if they are overweight or have obesity," said Samia Mora, M.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

11/25/2020

Roxana Saidi, founder and CEO of Tache, which is marketing a plant-based milk alternative made from pistachios, says the primary obstacles she faced were finding economical sources, formulating a shelf-stable product and securing antiseptic packaging. The pistachio milk, which is available at specialty retailers and coffee shops in the New York area, contains no rapeseed or canola oil, which are commonly used to boost the texture of nut milks.

11/25/2020

High vacuum-assisted extraction methods boosted the polyphenol content of extra virgin olive oil up to 48% while also decreasing undesirable volatile compounds, researchers at Italy's University of Perugia have found. The effects varied among the three cultivars studied, said Gianluca Veneziani, one of the authors of the study published in Food Chemistry.

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11/25/2020

Appropriators in the House and Senate have established maximum limits for 12 spending bills to fund the federal government in fiscal 2021, laying the groundwork for lawmakers to craft an omnibus deal before the current stopgap funding measure expires on Dec. 11.

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11/25/2020

North Dakota's Bakken Shale has some of the best methane gas and natural gas liquid resources in the US, but the state is missing one thing other shale formations have -- a chemical industry. Five to 10 companies are considering projects in the state and North Dakota is laying the groundwork for chemical infrastructure, says Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford.

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11/25/2020

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency have met with members of President-elect Joe Biden's transition team and the agency "will comply with any protocols directed by [General Services Administration]," said spokesperson James Hewitt.

11/25/2020

Senate lawmakers can and should advance three pieces of environmental legislation during the lame-duck session, including a measure to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, says Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. He would also like the chamber to work on legislation to increase carbon capture and sequestration.

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11/25/2020

BASF has pursued increased efficiency and waste reduction through a process known as Verbund for years and is now working on several fronts to develop a circular economy for plastics both internally and throughout the value chain, says executive Apala Mukherjee in this podcast. Reverse logistics and a lack of stable policies in the US are two challenges he discusses.

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