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GMO Crops Don’t Harm Human Health, Report Says

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Genetically engineered crops pose no additional risks to humans and the environment when compared to conventional crops, according to a new report.

The research, published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, is the result of a sweeping review of nearly 900 publications on the effects of genetically modified crops on human health and the environment. Genetic engineering has helped agricultural producers in the U.S., including small farmers thrive, according to the report.

But genetic modification is not all good news, the report suggests.Widespread use of genetically modified crops, which are often engineered to resist the effects of pesticides, has contributed to concerning levels of pesticide resistance in weeds and insects. Pests improve in their ability to resist pesticides every time the chemicals are sprayed, creating a vicious cycle of increased spraying and more resistance.

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“There have been claims that [genetically engineered] crops have had adverse effects on human health,” the report says. “Sweeping statements about crops are problematic because issues related to them are multidimensional.”

Researchers behind the report called for a process that evaluates potential health and environmental concerns about new type of crops regardless of whether they are genetically engineered.

The report comes as public health and environmental advocates continue to push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified food. The results of the National Academy report suggest that such measures may not be necessary. Report committee member Michael Rodemeyer said at a press conference that without evidence of health effects from GMO crops, the Food and Drug Administration does not even have the authority to mandate such labels.

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But the report is unlikely to stop calls for labeling that have already succeeded in some states, such as Vermont, and led some food manufacturers like Whole Foods to promise to curtail their use of genetically modified ingredients. Report authors acknowledged that their report would not—and should not—settle the debate over GMOs.

“We’re hoping that our report is not this big tome but something that starts a conversation,” North Carolina State University professor Fred Gould, who chaired the committee behind the report. He also hoped the findings would help fuel an evidence-based discussion rather than a heated back and forth between. “It would nice not to have a debate, but maybe an eight-hour discussion,” Gould added.

This article originally appeared on Time.com.

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These Are the Healthiest Breads You Can Buy

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There’s no need to banish bread from your diet, as long as you stick with our dietitian-approved slices and bread-buying guidelines. When buying bread, look well beyond the “7-grain,” “sprouted,” or “multi-grain” claims. Many loaves sound healthy but are not much more than enriched white flour. You need to read the labels!

Look for breads that are made of whole grains and provide:
No more than 110 calories per serving
At least 2 grams fiber
No more than 4 grams (1 tsp.) sugar
3 or more grams of protein
Zero grams of saturated fat

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Healthiest Breads

Here are five breads that meet this criteria. Look for them on the shelves of your local grocery store.

Dave’s Killer Bread Thin-Sliced 21 Whole Grains and Seeds*#
With lots of great taste and texture, this slice is one of the healthiest slices you can buy.
Per Slice: 60 calories, 1g fat (0 g sat fat), 12g carbs, 3g sugar, 3g fiber, 3g protein

Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Bread
Fiber- and nutrient-rich sprouted grains, lentils, and soybeans make this a best bet.
Per Slice: 80 calories, .5g fat (0g sat fat), 15g carbs, 0g sugar, 3g fiber, 4g protein

Oroweat 100% Whole Wheat
Each of these wholesome slices will provide the foundation for a healthier sandwich.
Per Slice: 90 calories, 1g fat (0g sat fat), 18g carbs, 3g sugars, 2g fiber, 4g protein

The Baker 9-Grain Bread
A substantial slice made from a variety of wholesome grains like whole wheat, rye, oats, spelt millet, and more to provide a great taste and texture.
Per Slice: 100 calories, 1.5g fat (0g sat fat), 18g carbs, 0g sugars, 3g fiber, 4g protein

Roman Meal 100% Whole Wheat
A whole-grain packed slice that will help crush your cravings.
Per Slice: 100 calories, 1.5g fat (0g sat fat), 10g carbs, 3g sugar, 3g fiber, 5g protein

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Scratching a Mosquito Bite May Help Zika Virus Spread Faster in the Body

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TUESDAY, June 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The inflammation caused by a mosquito bite helps Zika and other viruses spread through the body more quickly, a new study in mice suggests.

“Mosquito bites are not just annoying—they are key for how these viruses spread around your body and cause disease,” said senior study author Dr. Clive McKimmie. He is a research fellow in the School of Medicine, at the University of Leeds in England.

“We now want to look at whether medications such as anti-inflammatory creams can stop the virus establishing an infection if used quickly enough after the bite inflammation appears,” he said in a university news release.

The researchers studied the bites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads infections such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya. When a mosquito bites you, it injects saliva into your skin. The saliva prompts immune cells to swarm the site.

But instead of helping, some of the immune cells get infected and replicate the virus, according to the study.

“This was a big surprise we didn’t expect,” McKimmie said. “These viruses are not known for infecting immune cells. And sure enough, when we stopped these immune cells coming in, the bite did not enhance the infection anymore.”

The findings suggest that it might be possible to use anti-inflammatory drugs to treat mosquito bite inflammation before any symptoms begin.

“We think creams might act as an effective way to stop these viruses before they can cause disease,” McKimmie said.

Experts note that research on animals often fails to produce similar results in humans. However, If this approach proves effective, it could be used against a large number of viruses, the researchers suggested.

Right now, the epicenter of the Zika outbreak is in Brazil, where close to 5,000 babies have been born with a devastating birth defect after their mothers were infected with Zika early in pregnancy. The affected babies have microcephaly, which is when an infant is born with an abnormally small head and brain, and other neurological problems.

U.S. health officials are increasingly worried that Zika will strike the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and Gulf Coast states on the mainland as the mosquito season starts to heat up this summer.

“Nobody expected Zika, and before that nobody expected chikungunya,” McKimmie said. “There are estimated to be hundreds of other mosquito-borne viruses out there and it’s hard to predict what’s going to start the next outbreak.”

The study was published June 21 in the journal Immunity.

More information

Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more on the Zika virus.

This Q&A will tell you what you need to know about Zika.

To see the CDC list of sites where Zika virus is active and may pose a threat to pregnant women, click here.


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Chocolate Almond Protein Bars You'll Mistake For Dessert

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If you’re trying to give up dairy for health reasons, but you’re worried you’ll lose a significant amount of protein in your diet, these dairy-free energy bars offer over 10 grams of protein. They’re totally vegan and made with just five ingredients (plus salt and cinnamon for flavor), and you can whip them up in less than 20 minutes.

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These satisfyingly chewy bars are the perfect snack before or after a workout, but they taste so sweet and cookie-like, your taste buds will easily call them dessert. I’m surprised there were any left to photograph — it’s amazing how crazy-good these are! If you’re not a fan of chocolate, just leave out the drizzle, and you’ll save 19 calories per bar.

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