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Lonza and Sanofi Enter Strategic Partnership

27 Feb 2017 --- Lonza and Sanofi have announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to build and operate a large-scale mammalian cell culture facility for monoclonal antibody production in Visp, Switzerland. 

Fasting Mimicking Diet May Reverse Diabetes

24 Feb 2017 --- A landmark study published n Cell finds that providing mice with a temporary, specifically formulated Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) promotes the growth of new insulin-producing pancreatic cells and reduces symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The study also examined pancreatic cell cultures from human type 1 diabetes patients, finding similar results.

Increased Levels of Active Vitamin D May Help to Optimize Muscle Strength

15 Feb 2017 --- Researchers at the University of Birmingham have shown that increasing the levels of active vitamin D can help to optimize muscle strength in humans. The team hopes that the findings will inform the design of future supplementation studies, and begin to answer questions as to the optimal levels of vitamin D required for healthy muscles. 

Exercise May Lower Chances of Developing Severe Mobility Problems

09 Feb 2017 --- A team of researchers has looked into how exercise, health workshops and nutrition training, can help older adults prevent or delay disabilities that interfere with independent living. 

Sabinsa’s Curcumin C3 Complex Linked to Antioxidant Effect in Diabetes Patients

06 Feb 2017 --- A new study, named “Antioxidant effects of curcuminoids in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a randomized controlled trial,” has explored the benefits of Sabinsa’s Curcumin C3 Complex in reducing oxidative stress in patients suffering from type II diabetes.

Nitrosigine Found to Boost Cognitive Performance in Active Adults

31 Jan 2017 --- The results of two placebo-controlled human studies, published in “Nutrients”, have indicated that Nitrosigine – bonded arginine silicate (ASI) – significantly improves cognitive acuity, including processing speed and executive functioning. 

Physically Active Children Less Depressed

31 Jan 2017 --- While previous studies have shown that adults and young people who are physically active have a lower risk of developing depression, the same effect has not been studied in children - until now. And, the results from the new study show that children receive the same beneficial effect from being active.

Healthy Diet Helps HIV-Positive and Type 2 Diabetes Patients Adhere to Medication Regimens

26 Jan 2017 --- A new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco, has found that HIV-positive people who received healthy food and snacks for six months, were more likely to adhere to their medication regimens. Furthermore, along with people who have type 2 diabetes, the same group was less depressed and less likely to make trade-offs between food and healthcare.

Johnson & Johnson Acquire Biotech Company Actelion Ltd

26 Jan 2017 --- Johnson & Johnson have announced that it will acquire the European biotech giant, Actelion Ltd, a company responsible for the development of innovative products for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The two companies have entered a definitive transaction agreement under which Johnson & Johnson will launch an all-cash tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Actelion for $280 per share.

Gnosis Highlight Benefit of Folate for the Elderly

23 Jan 2017 --- Gnosis, a biotechnology company specializing in the manufacturing and sales of fermentation raw materials and natural finished products, has highlighted the importance of folate in the diets of the elderly.

Kappa Bioscience Creates End-to-End Solution with Acquisition of ppm.Ingredients

17 Jan 2017 --- Kappa Bioscience AS, maker of K2VITAL vitamin K2 MK-7 has announced the acquisition of ppm.Ingredients KG (PPM), its long term European distributor. PPM will continue operations as Kappa Ingredients GmbH, effective immediately. 

Blue Corn May Protect From Obesity Related Disease, Says New Animal Study

12 Jan 2017 --- A new study has found that rats suffering with metabolic syndrome with a diet high in sugar and cholesterol, showed significant improvement in systolic blood pressure, high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and triglyceride levels when given blue maize extract, compared to those not.

KEY INTERVIEW: Growth for the Krill Oil Market

20 Dec 2016 --- RIMFROST AS, a Norwegian vertically integrated krill company offering krill oil and krill powder to the world's food supplement markets, was granted regulatory approval in Brazil back in September. The approval marked a milestone for the company, which has been working towards entering the South American market. The health and wellness market remains strong in Brazil, and consumers are increasingly looking for natural products with a high degree of added value, something that RIMFROST are sure they are able to provide.

USDA Boosts Healthy Food Access, Sets New Standards for SNAP Retailers

09 Dec 2016 --- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced final changes to increase access to healthy food choices for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The provisions in this rule require SNAP authorized retail establishments to offer a larger inventory and variety of healthy food options. 

BioGaia Signs Major Distribution Agreement With Partner in Japan

06 Dec 2016 --- Through its Japanese subsidiary BioGaia has signed two new exclusive distributor agreements for Japan with Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings Inc. One for sales of finished probiotic supplements with Lactobacillus reuteri and one for use of Lactobacillus reuteri as ingredient in food. Launches are planned to 2017.

BioGaia makes Further Investment in MetaboGen

01 Dec 2016 --- BioGaia has today made a further investment in MetaboGen AB after the company first reported its decision to invest SEK 12 million into MetaboGen AB in 2014. 

Avocado Seeds Can Prevent Listeria in Food

21 Nov 2016 --- A study published in the Journal of Food Science has found that extracts and isolated compounds from avocado seeds can potentially be used as a natural additive incorporated into ready-to-eat foods. 

MGP Files Citizen Petition with FDA Under New Dietary Fiber Labeling Rules

15 Nov 2016 --- MGP has filed a citizen petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking the agency to further confirm the status of the company’s patented Fibersym RW and FiberRite RW resistant wheat starches as dietary fiber. 

ISA Launch Diabetes Awareness Campaign

14 Nov 2016 --- The International Sweeteners Association (ISA) has continued its efforts to support the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in raising awareness on diabetes prevention and management. The association is supporting World Diabetes Day with targeted and engaging materials with the scientific support of the European Specialist Dietetic Network (ESDN) for Diabetes of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD).

Diabetes UK Supports the Need to Tackle Childhood Obesity

12 Oct 2016 --- Three in five (60 per cent) of the most deprived boys in England are projected to be overweight or obese by 2020, compared to just one in six of the most affluent boys according to new analysis by the Obesity Health Alliance.