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Phoenix, AZ—On March 9, 2012, a planned merger was announced between Sprouts Farmers Market and Sunflower Farmers Market to eventually become one under the Sprouts Farmers Market name.

University Park, PA—While parents of autistic children often sing the praises of a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet, skeptics point to the lack of data support. Now, however, a group from Penn State has added some fuel for the fire.

Morristown, NJ—A research group representing National Kaohsiung Marine University of Taiwan,  P.L. Thomas Corp. (based here), PoliNat Inc. from Spain and Rutgers University of New Brunswick, NJ published data in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry describing how a proprietary ingredient supports healthy weight loss.

Bethesda, MDNational Institutes of Health researchers have identified how resveratrol may confer its health benefits. Resveratrol is a naturally occurring chemical found in plants like grapes. The researchers found that resveratrol does not directly activate sirtuin 1, a protein associated with aging. Instead, it inhibits phosphodiesterases (PDEs), proteins that help regulate cell energy. The chemical has gained some interest from pharmaceutical companies for its potential to fight diabetes, inflammation and cancer.

Granada, Spain—Women who eat fish during pregnancy are more likely to have smarter and sociable children.  According to new research, mothers that ate oily fish like tuna, salmon and sardines raised infants who scored better in tests of skill and intelligence.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Tamil Nadu, India—Authors affiliated with King Saud University and Loyola College, located here, conducted a study published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (CJPP) on multivitamins’ effect on colon cancer risks.

The A.C. Grace Company, located in Big Sandy, TX, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. A.C. Grace got its start under unfortunate circumstances; founder Roy Erickson suffered three heart attacks in 1962, and was told by doctors after the third just to go home and wait for the next one. As a young man in his 50s, Erickson thought this advice was unacceptable, so, let down by his doctors, he set out to discover a heart healthy aid on his own.