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Australia tackles ageing with health foods

A new research programme, to improve the preventative healthcare offered to Australians, will see developments in new health foods and dietary plans. New ways to...

Ginseng warning for pregnant women

Women should be cautious about using the herbal remedy ginseng in the early stages of pregnancy, say researchers who have found the botanical to cause...

Cancer causes evade nutritionists

Eating a diet rich in vegetables, oils, poultry and fish is inversely associated with colon cancer in women, while a dietary pattern including processed meat...

Vitamins to reduce homocysteine may help cognition

Elderly people could gain some protection against cognitive decline by taking B vitamins to reduce levels of homocysteine, an independent predictor of cognitive function, report...

FSA clarifies position on Atkins diet

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) says it has not issued an official health warning about the Atkins diet, contrary to media reports yesterday claiming...

Sage, alternative treatment to Alzheimer's drug

A popular Chinese sage herb has been shown to contain similar active ingredients to compounds used in Western medicine to treat Alzheimer's disease. The dried...

African plants reveal potent healing activity

Plants used traditionally in Ghana to heal wounds have proven beneficial compounds, said a research team from the UK and Ghana last week. The researchers,...

Vitamin C reverses osteoporosis in mice

Antioxidant supplements, such as vitamin C tablets, could become the new remedy for osteoporosis, say researchers in the UK. The need for such treatment is...

European researchers to investigate iron supplements

A new European project will examine the safety and efficacy of iron supplementation in pregnant women. Iron deficiency anaemia during pregnancy is common and can...

Isoflavone supplement best option for menopause symptoms

A phytoestrogen-rich multivitamin supplement should be considered as first line treatment for women suffering from hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms, said researchers in London...

Cranberry juice dangerous with heart drug

Heart disease patients in the UK taking the blood thinning drug warfarin have been warned to avoid cranberry juice, after reports that the drink increases...

Childhood nutrition protects mental health

An infant's diet, known to be important for early mental development, may also play a significant role in the risk for mental illness or criminal...

A national nutrition strategy for UK

The UK needs a national nutrition strategy to tackle the long-term causes of some of its most costly chronic diseases, argues a scientist in a...

Avocado, soy oil mixture may help osteoarthritis

A product made with avocado and soybean oils could slow down and help repair some of the damage caused by osteoarthritis, suggests laboratory research. The...

Scientists continue to question Chinese herbals

Ingredients in Chinese herbal medicines may vary widely depending on the manufacturer, said scientists speaking at a conference this week. A study by researchers from...

New findings reopen liquorice debate

New findings suggest that chemicals in liquorice, used as a remedy for gastrointestinal disorders, could have an effect on testosterone levels. New research, presented at...

Foods to fight asthma

An Australian study appears to support previous evidence linking diet to asthma outcome. Young adults whose diet included whole milk and fruits including apples and...

Scientists speed up B12 analysis

A new faster method to measure quantities of vitamin B12, both in foods and in dietary supplements has been developed by scientists at the US...

Consumers unaware of drug/herb interactions

One in 20 people are taking potentially dangerous combinations of herbal and prescription medicines, said researchers speaking at the British Pharmaceutical Conference this week. The...

Arnica found to contain potent anti-inflammatory agent

The popular herbal and homeopathic remedy arnica may indeed work, said UK scientists this week, who claim to have found a scientific basis for arnica's...

Caffeine reduces muscle pain from exercise

Drinking a cup of coffee is more likely to reduce muscle pain during a workout than taking an aspirin, suggests a small study from the...

Herbal contamination continues to damage industry

Twelve people in Japan suffered from liver injury after taking two kinds of Chinese herbal to lose weight, according to a communication in today's issue...

Early results from Med project look promising

A large project to assess the health benefits of local wild vegetables eaten in Southern Europe has already found significant activity in antioxidant assays, researchers...

Pectin carries prebiotic properties

The common food ingredient pectin may be more valuable than thought as it has significant prebiotic properties, claims a US scientist. Pectin, derived mainly from...

Lily extract shrinks pancreas, stomach tumours

A plant extract has been found to inhibit tumour growth in laboratory tests. It could be used to target some of the cancers that are...