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Capsules are ‘as effective’ for faecal transplant delivery

The use of non-invasive oral capsules is just as effective as invasive procedures for the delivery of faecal transplants, say researchers.

Swapping out the sat fat backed for cholesterol benefits, finds ‘weight gain’ study

While replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats may have no influence on overall weight, it may improve cholesterol and other markers of heart health, say researchers.

Should energy drinks be age-restricted like alcohol? WHO official asks in report

Energy drink consumption among young people, particularly in connection with alcohol, presents a significant public health concern that warrants further research and regulation, according to a report authored by World...

Vitamin D3 supplements may decrease triglyceride levels in at-risk women: RCT data

A daily 4,000 IU dose of vitamin D may decrease triglyceride levels in post-menopausal women with an increased risk of heart disease, says a new study from Mexico.

Guest article

Insight: How 100 trillion bacteria in your gut help to keep you healthy

I am one of many scientists around the world whose work involves studying an ecosystem of diverse species. Some are already known to us, others have never been catalogued before.

Special edition: healthy ageing

Protein, leucine and muscle wasting: ‘It’s an on/off switch, not a dimmer’

Protein and leucine may be a useful tool in tackling muscle wasting, but if individuals are already consuming enough of the nutrients, supplementation may not have much impact, according to...

Non-cow’s milk may put children at vitamin D deficiency risk

Children who drink non-cow's milk such as rice, almond, soy or goat's milk, have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow's milk, say researchers.

Report warns of growing gap between healthy eating advice and fish stocks

While the health benefits of eating fish have become better appreciated in recent years, many wild fish stocks continue to be overfished, according to a new report that highlights the...

3D printed food for the elderly may hit shelves in 2016

Researchers in Germany are working on a 3D-printed food for elderly people with chewing and swallowing problems, which looks and tastes like ‘real food’.

New class of ‘good’ fat could aid diabetes prevention

The ‘surprising’ discovery of a previously unidentified class of lipid molecules that enhance insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control could offer a route to the prevention of type 2 diabetes,...

Blinded by science? ‘Trivial’ information increases consumer trust

Trivial scientific information presented on packaging in the form of graphs or formulas can lead consumers to believe a product is more effective, according to new research.

Special edition: Healthy aging

Dietary supplements researchers excited by promise of new human cell culture model for Alzheimer's

The announcement that researchers have developed a way to construct a three dimensional in vitro model of human brain cells that exhibit features of Alzheimer’s disease could be a game...

Curcumin may boost cognition and mood in a healthy older population: RCT

Supplements of Longvida curcumin may boost working memory and mood in healthy older adults, say results from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study from Australia.

How to measure probiotic counts in chocolate

Flow cytometry – a laser-based cell sensor system – is almost twice as accurate at measuring probiotic levels in chocolate when compared to traditional methods, according to research.

Tackling toxins: Probiotic yoghurt provides mercury detox

Governments might not want to admit it, but according to a leading academic in microbiology and probiotics, there is demand for probiotic products with detoxification properties that can help protect...

Med diet may reverse metabolic syndrome – but not prevent it

A Mediterranean diet that includes extra-virgin olive oil or nuts may help to reverse symptoms of metabolic syndrome, but cannot be linked to prevention of developing the condition, a long-term study...

Pilot study supports apple peel powder’s joint health benefits

Daily supplements of a dried apple peel powder may improve joint function and reduce pain in healthy older people with a reduced range of motion in their joints, says a...

Vitamin D3 can reduce atopic dermatitis in kids via 'innate immunity': Study

Vitamin D supplementation improves winter-related atopic dermatitis (AD) in children at risk of vitamin D deficiency and could provide a safe alternative to UV light treatment, according to a new...

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Pine bark extract may support venous health post-pregnancy

Daily supplements of Pycnogenol, an extract from French maritime pine bark, may improve blood flow and reduce swelling, pain and the number of faulty veins post-pregnancy, says a new study...

STUDY COULD HELP IDENTIFY WHO SHOULD DRINK MORE OR LESS

Harvard study suggests we seek maximum caffeine bang from coffee buck

A high-profile US meta study suggests people naturally tailor their coffee intake to experience caffeine’s optimal effects, while genetic factors linked to higher consumption likely increase coffee metabolism.

HMB, essential amino acids, and resistance exercise: Experts review best ways to avoid sarcopenia

As many as 33% of over 50 year olds may suffer from sarcopenia but muscle health could be maintained by a combination of resistance exercise, HMB and essential amino acids,...

Price gap between ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ foods is growing wider

The gap in price between cheaper unhealthy foods and more expensive but healthier options has grown significantly wider over the last ten years, say researchers.

Montmorency tart cherry shows gout potential: Study

Evidence that Montmorency tart cherry could be useful in managing gouty arthritis and other inflammatory conditions is mounting, as a new study shows that tart cherry concentrate lowers uric acid...

High-dose vitamin D may not aid critically ill: RCT data

High-dose vitamin D3 supplementation ‘does not improve outcomes’ for deficient ICU patients, according to new RCT data.

Honeysuckle tea to fight flu? Chinese claim ‘extremely novel finding’

Chinese scientists are claiming an ‘extremely novel finding’ after mice fought off several different types of flu when fed a honeysuckle tisane.

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