Monday, December 5, 2016

USDA and AUM LifeTech develop a novel Non-GMO RNA silencing approach against citrus greening with a goal to save the troubled $40 billion global citrus industry


PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AUM LifeTech in collaboration with the
 United States Department of Agriculture has developed a novel Non-GMO RNA
 silencing approach for bacteria, insect and pathogen control with a focus on citrus
 trees and fruits. Huanglongbing, a fatal bacterial citrus disease, also known as citrus
 greening has already caused an estimated $15 billion loss in revenue to the industry.
 Citrus is the most consumed fruit in the US with an estimated annual $9 billion industry.
These numbers are rapidly changing with losses increasing and industry size decreasing
every year. According to a study funded by USDA it was noted that Florida, which
produces 66% of the total US citrus, saw an almost 60% reduction in citrus production
over the past 15 years. Brazil and China which produces almost twice than the
United States are also struggling with citrus greening.
AUM LifeTech, Inc.
Considering this humongous problem of citrus disease, USDA is actively looking for
 new strategies that can avoid huge losses in agriculture. Researchers at USDA are
 now using AUM's next-generation RNA silencing FANA technology to combat
with the plant pathogenic bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter and citrus pests like
citrus root weevil and Asian citrus psyllid.  Preliminary results showed an increase
in insect mortality and reduction of bacteria within citrus trees.  This is the first
evidence of successful delivery of FANA Antisense Oligonucleotides (FANA ASOs)
into plants through foliar sprays, root absorption and tree trunk injections; and provides
 a new approach for management of agricultural pests and plant pathogens.

"Given the resistance of conventional pesticides, there is an ever-growing need 
for new innovative technologies to protect plants. We are excited to share that,
 in this collaborative study with USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS),
 our next-generation FANA RNA silencing approach has shown very promising
 data in the management of agricultural pests and pathogens due to its ability to
kill or manipulate bacteria, insects or viruses. We hope that our combined efforts
 with USDA can soon help to save billions of dollars of citrus industry," stated
Veenu Aishwarya founder and CEO of AUM LifeTech. "Importantly, although 
AUM's FANA technology works at the genetic level but it does not create
 genetically modified organisms. This is a very beneficial aspect in agriculture
 especially from an EPA registration perspective and may potentially help
 in a faster approval time," he added.

AUM LifeTech's FANA antisense technology provides a superior RNA silencing
 alternative which can provide longer persistence for topical applications in
 non-transgenic plant protection programs. Further, since FANA technology
can be self-delivered it provides significant improvements over conventional
RNAi strategies and certain gene editing technologies like CRISPR which still
need additional delivery strategies and may also have unknown permanent off-target effects.
These encouraging results in collaboration with UDSA suggest that AUM's FANA
 technology has a great potential and can be developed for insect and plant pathogen
 management for a wide spectrum of agricultural crops. The data will be presented
at the upcoming International Plant & Animal Genome XXV conference, in San Diego,
California in January of 2017.
About AUM LifeTech, Inc: At AUM LifeTech we are taking paradigm shifting steps to
 improve sustenance and human life. AUM's next generation RNA silencing and regulation
 technology has multiple applications and is being used in the development of personalized
 medicine, improving agriculture, enhancing clinical diagnostics and to advance biomedical
research. AUM LifeTech is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA at the
 University City Science Center's Port business incubator.
For more information visit: www.aumlifetech.com

Contact Information:
AUM LifeTech, Inc
communications@aumlifetech.com 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Healthy body, healthy mind: a double payoff for exercise

The mental health benefits of exercise are well documented, and even moderate sadness and feelings of anxiety can be improved



By Dr. Paul Latimer
Columnist
Troy Media
KELOWNA, B.C. / Troy Media/ - Not only is exercise good for our bodies, it's also good for our minds.
Most people with a regular exercise routine will tell you that it makes you feel good physically and is a helpful way of reducing stress, improving confidence and self-esteem, and increasing energy. It adds to a general sense of well-being.
Although most fitness research in the past focused on physical and health benefits, growing evidence shows that exercise also improves and promotes mental health. Beyond simple stress relief, exercise can help reduce depression and anxiety, this new research shows.
Exercise increases endorphin levels in the brain. These chemicals act as the body's pain killers and cause increased feelings of happiness.
An American university study examined people suffering from depression over a four-month period. It found that 60 per cent of those who exercised for at least 30 minutes three times a week overcame their depression without medication. This is the same success rate as for those who only used medication to treat their depression.
These are promising results - and they aren't the only ones available on the subject. Several other studies have consistently shown that exercise can lead to a significant reduction in depression. Research also shows that these benefits can begin as early as the first exercise session and may last after the exercise is finished.
Other studies examined the relationship between exercise and anxiety. Analysis of many studies conducted over the past several decades found that more than 80 per cent concluded that physical activity and fitness are related to the reduction of anxiety. Aerobic exercise such as running, swimming or cycling seems to be the most effective.
Of course, you don't have to have a clinically significant amount of depression or anxiety to receive the mental health benefits of exercise. Even moderate sadness and feelings of anxiety can be improved with exercise.
The relationship between mental health and exercise can also work in reverse. A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health examined teenagers. It found that those with low levels of physical activity and more sedentary behaviour had a much higher likelihood of developing depression after one year. The study concluded that this lack of activity constituted a risk factor for depression.
Mental ability can also improve with exercise. Some research shows that regular exercise improves cognitive function. One study at a university in Japan looked at a group of volunteers who began a jogging regimen. Their memory and mental ability increased throughout the study. When the exercise stopped, the benefits reduced, showing the importance of regular and maintained exercise.
All of this is promising for those suffering from these psychiatric conditions, but simple exercise is not be a cure-all. Not everyone will get better without more formal treatment from a doctor. If you are depressed or anxious, it is still wise to speak with your doctor about it.
Don't be discouraged if jumping on the treadmill doesn't make you feel completely better. Other help is also available.
On the other hand, exercise will not make you worse and everyone can benefit to some degree.
These benefits can be felt even with moderate exercise. You don't necessarily have to spend hours and hours a week at the gym.
The important thing is just to get out there and get moving - for your physical and mental well-being.
Dr. Paul Latimer is president of Okanagan Clinical Trials and a Kelowna psychiatrist. Paul is included in Troy Media's Unlimited Access subscription plan.
© 2016 Distributed by Troy Media

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Warm up this Holiday Season with Mixit.ca’s New Healthy Custom Warm Cereal Mixes, Delivered Right To You

This new line includes:
 
  • Apple, Figs & Cinnamon - Apples and figs gives the oatmeal a nice fruity flavour. To add a little more sweetness, they used organic maple chunks. Wheat protein brings benefit for the people who are active. Sesame seeds in this mix provide health benefits such as vitamins, minerals, and natural oils. Finally, cinnamon was added and is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. 
     
  • Hungry Like the Wolf - A protein filled oatmeal cereal containing 13g of protein per 50g serving.
     
  • Dates, Mango & Ginger - Oatmeal,  ginger, dates and mango with a nice fruity taste. Black chia gives this mix such a nice texture in addition to all the health benefits. 
     
  • Chocobanana Oatmeal -  Perfect for cocoa lovers who want also some protein to start the day. Sweetened with natural sweeteners (dates and maple sugar).

Monday, November 28, 2016

Apple Cinnamon Roll Pull-Apart Bread

http://www.flourmewithlove.com/2014/03/apple-cinnamon-roll-pull-apart-bread.html





One of my most popular recipes on my site is my Apple Fritter Bread.  It's a little time consuming to make, however it's definitely worth it!  There have been several requests for me to come up with something simpler and here it is.  This recipe is for those days where you don't have a lot of time in the kitchen or you need to throw together a dessert at the last minute.  It's so simple even the kids can throw this together and treat you! 


Ingredients are as follows:

2 regular cans of cinnamon rolls with icing (8 rolls in a can)
2 medium apples, peeled and diced
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. flour
1/4 C butter, melted
4 Tbsp. brown sugar


Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease a 9 x 5" loaf pan.  Remove cinnamon rolls from the can and set the icing aside.


Arrange the rolls in the loaf pan by staggering them; set aside.
Mix the apples together with the sugar, vanilla, and flour.
Sprinkle the apples over the top and push some down in between the rolls.
Mix the melted butter and brown sugar together.
Drizzle this on top.
Bake for 30-35 minutes; until golden brown around the edges.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes; carefully flip the bread out & drizzle on the icing.
Pull some apart and enjoy!