An international coalition announced a $19 million research project aimed at understanding how a farmer or ranchers’ grazing management decisions impacts soil health on pasture and rangeland and – in turn – how soil health can positively impact a producer’s land and well-being.
- Noble Research Institute, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are industrial chemicals. They are widely used in industrial processes and numerous consumer products, such as paper, textiles, non-stick pans and cosmetics. PFAS are persistent and can be found in the environment, in the food chain and in human blood. In September 2020, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) re-evaluated the risk to human health from PFAS in food and established a tolerable weekly intake (TWI) of 4.4 nanograms per kilogram body weight per week. Consequently, the European Commission is proposing PFAS maximum levels in foods of animal origin. BfR examined whether compliance with the proposed maximum levels is possible considering background levels of PFAS in feedstuffs.
Munich and Dresden based researchers create compelling scenario for the evolution of membraneless microdroplets as the origin of life.
- Nature Chemistry
A new technology developed at Tel Aviv University will make it possible, using artificial intelligence, to identify patients who are at risk of serious illness as a result of blood infections. The researchers trained the AI program to study the electronic medical records of about 8,000 patients at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital who were found to be positive for blood infections.
- Scientific Reports
Whether it’s a dollop on your morning cereal or a simple snack on the go, a daily dose of yoghurt could be the next go-to food for people with high blood pressure, according to new research from the University of South Australia.
- International Dairy Journal
- NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Institute on Aging
Researchers examined autopsy tissue samples of hearts from patients who died early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Frequent and extensive blood clots (thromboses) within heart vessels were found as anticipated, but the type of changes in the endothelial cells lining the heart that are typically observed in thromboses were absent. Instead, data indicated the likely culprit to be hypercoagulability of the blood caused by activated neutrophils, a type of white blood cell. Their findings are published in The American Journal of Pathology, published by Elsevier.
- American Journal Of Pathology
- NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, American Lung Association, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, American Heart Association, RRM Charitable Fund, Simard Fund