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Handle With Care

Written by Karen Hunley

Dr. Deana Jones Enjoys Juggling Multiple Roles in the Egg Production Industry

“Eggs are what I do,” says Deana Jones.

Yet as a young girl growing up in Montgomery County, North Carolina, and even as she entered college, Jones didn’t think poultry or egg research would be her career. Now she spends an inordinate amount of time ensuring that this breakfast staple, which is also an essential ingredient in countless other food items, is wholesome and safe to eat.

“My grandparents had poultry farms, but I swore to my father I wouldn’t major in poultry science,” Jones said. “Well, I got to North Carolina State, and it took me only one semester to add poultry science as major.”

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Food & Drug Interactions

Written by Sue Duran

Things to know about food and drug interactions and precautions.

If you are mixing medications and food, stop and think about what you are putting into your body. Some foods increase drug absorption, while others keep the drug from entering your body altogether. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for the safety of medications, but this is a huge job. You must be a steward of your own body.

Pharmacists and physicians can answer questions about your medications and supplements, as consumer references are for guidelines only. Always ask the healthcare professionals who oversee your health, because the wonderful thing about modern technology is the number of sources available to physicians, pharmacists, nurses, nutrition specialists, and other healthcare professionals.

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Auburn’s War on Hunger

Written by Harriet Giles

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Academic Partner

The Challenge
In 2004 the College of Human Sciences at Auburn was invited by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to be its lead academic partner in a student War on Hunger campaign. At that time, we had only a slight familiarity with the lifesaving work of WFP, the largest humanitarian food agency in the world. Moreover, as a campus, hunger was not being addressed in any systematic, multi-disciplinary way. Few of us were educating students about the one billion people in developing countries who were experiencing chronic hunger; the fact that hunger kills more people annually than malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS combined; the plight of millions of American children going to bed hungry every night; and the paradoxical relationship between obesity and hunger.

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The National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC)

Written by Karen Hunley

Poultry Technology Center Saves Millions by Researching Ways to Improve Efficiency

The National Poultry Technology Center (NPTC) at Auburn University started out researching “simple ways” to help poultry growers save money and increase profitability. For instance, the center found that growers could cut heating costs by about 15 percent just by recirculating air inside poultry houses to improve the efficiency of the heating system and keep birds more comfortable.

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Healthy Animals

Written By Soren Rodning

Healthy Food = Healthy People

As an associate professor and Extension veterinarian in the Auburn University Department of Animal Sciences and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, I provide statewide food animal agricultural support, conduct research, and instruct undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary students. Current Extension efforts primarily involve promoting herd health management for beef cattle, with a minor emphasis on dairy cattle, meat goats, sheep, and horses. Investigating several cattle diseases is a primary research focus, including evaluating the efficacy of various preventive and control procedures for common cattle diseases such as bovine viral diarrhea, trichomoniasis, anaplasmosis, and lameness.

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