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Iowa State researchers leading initiatives to improve rural healthMore than a million Iowans are at an increased risk of dying from heart disease, cancer or a stroke simply because they live in a rural area. National Rural Health Day on Nov. 16 aims to reduce the gap in rural and urban health outcomes – something Iowa State University researchers Sarah Francis, Kimberly Greder, and Jennifer Margrett are directly and indirectly doing through their research and ISU Extension and Outreach initiatives.

Report highlights food and ag science breakthroughs at Iowa State University and 10 other universitiesAMES, Iowa — Iowa State University and 10 other prominent research institutions have joined with the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation in urging increased federal support of food and agricultural science.

Sparking conversations and awareness to bring about changeIowa State University faculty members are working with Ames students, teachers, and administrators to help the school district address academic achievement gaps and other racial disparities — creating a more inclusive environment through research, conversations, training, and awareness.

White named an inaugural fellow of International Carotenoid SocietyWendy White, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University, has been named an inaugural fellow of the International Carotenoid Society.

Gross-Wen Technologies named winner of entrepreneurial contestGross-Wen Technologies was named the first place winner of the 2017 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition and awarded $25,000. The company was founded by Dr. Zhiyou Wen and Dr. Martin Gross and seeks to develop water treatment processes that are sustainable, effective and affordable.

Iowa State researchers look into vaccines that can prevent, treat diseases caused by E.coli in humans, poultryDr. Melha Mellata and her team of researchers in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University previously discovered a link between foodborne E.coli and extra-intestinal infections in humans. Now, they’re taking their research a step further by looking into potential vaccines that can be used to prevent and treat the diseases caused by the E.coli bacteria.

Researcher finds further evidence that fats and oils help to unlock full nutritional benefits of veggiesA new study led by Wendy White, an associate professor in food science and human nutrition, shows that eating salad with added fat in the form of soybean oil promotes the absorption of eight different micronutrients that promote human health. Conversely, eating the same salad without the added oil lessens the likelihood that the body will absorb the nutrients.

See the complete story by the ISU News Service.

Brain research aims to reduce effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseaseFrom music therapy to better nutrition and exercise, College of Human Sciences researchers are providing expertise in Iowa State University’s revolutionary brain initiative aimed at reducing effects of debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

First round of Cyclone Scholar Summer Research Program a successTen students gathered on Iowa State University’s campus to spend the months of June and July conducting research and learning about Iowa’s local food systems.

This was the first summer the Cyclone Scholar Summer Research...

Iron availability research creates worldwide food securityIowa State University food and nutritional scientists are at the heart of an initiative to create food security around the world by improving the nutritional value of existing foods.

One of those concerns is iron deficiency, the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world — including both developing and industrialized nations — according to the World Health Organization. Manju Reddy, the Doris A. Adams Endowed Chair in Food Science and Human Nutrition, is focused on making iron more available with natural iron compounds and foods.