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Lactose intolerance seems linked to ancestral struggles with harsh climate and cattle diseases, Cornell study finds

A new Cornell study finds that it is primarily people whose ancestors came from places where dairy herds could be raised safely and economically, such as in Europe, who have developed the ability to digest milk. (June 1, 2005)

Extensive brain activity while listening to speech suggests awareness in minimally conscious patients

For the first time, advanced neurological imaging suggests the brains of minimally conscious patients recognize and respond to speech in ways similar to healthy individuals, according to a team of researchers. (Feb. 7, 2005)

Onion a day keeps doctor away? Cornell researchers find some onions do indeed have excellent anti-cancer benefits

According to a new study by Cornell University food scientists, led by Rui Hai Liu, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of food science, shallots, Western Yellow, pungent yellow and Northern Red onions are higher in anti-cancer chemicals than other varieties tested. (Oct. 7, 2004)

Cornell and Bassett Hospital researchers discover biological reason for obese mothers abandoning breast-feeding early

Studies have shown that overweight and obese mothers are significantly more likely to quit breast-feeding their infants sooner than do healthy-weight mothers. An important reason why is the weaker biological response that heavier women have to their babies' suckling, according to a study conducted.

Asians' switch to Western diet might bring Western-type diseases, new China-Taiwan study suggests

The long-term health benefits to Chinese and other Asian people who have traditionally existed on a primarily plant-based diet might be lost as more people in Asia switch to a Western-style diet that is rich in animal-based foods.

Study of salad dressings at Cornell suggests that mandatory nutrition labeling reduces consumer purchases of high-fat foods

After more than six years of mandatory food labeling, consumers are becoming savvier about high-fat foods on grocery shelves, says a Cornell economist. In a study, he found that sales of high-fat dressings significantly declined after mandatory labeling was instituted, providing evidence that the labels are influencing the sales of other high-fat foods as well.

Carpets in schools don't compromise indoor air quality, says Cornell researcher

Carpets in schools can help the quality of indoor air by trapping contaminants and allergens, says a Cornell University indoor environmental expert. (March 19, 2001)

Boyce Thompson-developed oral plant vaccine receiving first human trials for hepatitis B at Roswell Park

The Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research Inc., an affiliate of Cornell University, announced that clinical trials will begin today (July 7) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., to test the safety and immunogenicity of the world's first potential oral vaccine against the hepatitis B virus.

Chemicals in fruits and vegetables protect lung function, but differently for smokers and nonsmokers, Cornell study finds

Now add one more reason to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: Their antioxidants seem to help protect lung function and may help prevent asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, according to a new study.