Scientists have screened more than 16,000 varieties of soybeans and have found two non-GMO Chinese breeds that do not contain the protein linked to allergies. Nearly ten percent of children have allergies to mainstream soybean products, including infant formulas. Crop scientists at the University of Illinois and the USDA believe these allergy-free soybeans will have a major beneficial impact on the food market. “We are releasing this information with no patents so that companies and breeders involved with soybeans can incorporate these two lines as quickly as possible,” said lead researcher Theodore Hymowitz. /old_articles/2006/article_526.cfm

The largest study ever conducted on the relationship between sleep and weight gain was presented yesterday at the American Thoracic Society International Conference. In the report, scientists analyzed the sleeping patterns of nearly 70,000 women over the course of 16 years. The study revealed that women who sleep too little (5 hours or less per night) are at risk of major weight gain. In comparison to sound sleepers, women who sleep only 5 hours per night are 32 per cent more likely to experience major weight gain – defined as an increase of 33 pounds or more.