A new test that is one billion times more sensitive for detecting Staph. enterotoxin A is among the latest nutrition and health findings reported in the newest issue of the Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) Food and Nutrition Research Briefs and its Spanish-language edition (Informe de investigaciones de alimentos y nutricion).

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The popular online newsletter reports discoveries from researchers at ARS laboratories nationwide.

Among other findings, the current issue reports that:

  • The yeast Pichia anomala is an eco-friendly way to fight the mold Aspergillus flavus.
  • Instructor-led courses are more effective at helping Hispanic youths lose weight.
  • Avenanthramides -- compounds found in oats -- decrease the expression of inflammatory molecules in arteries.
  • Carts used to move eggs in egg processing plants can harbor Enterobacteriaceae bacteria.

ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs is offered with color photos and illustrations on the web. And by clicking the "subscribe" link on the newsletter's home page, readers can sign up for two e-mail options: They can receive the full text of the newsletter by e-mail, or simply an advisory that a new issue has been posted to the Web.