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Simple fortification could cut deaths from stroke, suggests data

Fortifying enriched grain products with folic acid in the 1990s appears to have been followed by a decline in stroke and ischaemic heart disease deaths, US government researchers reported at...

Which 'five-a-day' best for health?

Despite strong research that shows eating regular daily servings of 'powerhouse' fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of chronic disease, new research out of the US says people are...

Herbals go up against HRT

US researchers are carrying out a major, long-term study to investigate the safety and efficacy of the herbal products black cohosh and red clover in relieving menopause symptoms.

Vitamin B12 assay could improve current methods

A new method to detect deficiency of vitamin B12, which often goes undetected under current testing procedures, could make it much easier to identify malabsorption of the vitamin in patients,...

Vitamin may protect some smokers from pneumonia

Vitamin E may lower the risk of pneumonia in some smokers, report researchers, who say their findings warrant further investigation of the immune protection offered by the vitamin.

Australia to develop 'guilt-free' health foods

A significant slice of a $20m research budget will go towards developing healthy, tasty, convenient foods for the Australian market, with a new national programme designed to meet demand for...

Vitamin B12 levels linked to bone loss

Older women with low levels of vitamin B12 are more likely to experience rapid bone loss, according to new research, which helps to establish the importance of the vitamin in...

Colon bacteria need fibre to feed healthy digestion

Dietary fibre from fruits and vegetables provides essential food for bacteria in the colon needed to fight off pathogens, say US researchers, explaining why fruit and vegetables are so important...

Vitamin C levels associated with asthma risk

Further evidence suggests that deficiency in vitamin C could increase the likelihood of children developing asthma.

Vitamin D supplements for infants may prevent schizophrenia

Giving vitamin D supplements to newborn boys may reduce their risk of schizophrenia, say researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Low carbs cause mood 'lows'

People on the Atkins diet may be losing weight but they are also likely to be in a bad mood, say researchers in the US, who say that a lack...

Organic milk, alternative to fish for omega-3s?

Organic milk may indeed be healthier than regular milk thanks to differences in the feed given to organic herds, report researchers in Wales.

Folate fortification more effective than thought

Folate fortification of flour may have worked better than previously thought to reduce the number of children born with neural tube defects (NTDs), suggests a new study looking at the...

DSM zeaxanthin highly bioavailable, suggests study

Long-term supplementation with a synthetic zeaxanthin product significantly increased plasma levels of the carotenoid, thought to protect against degeneration of eye health, report researchers from DSM Nutritional Products.

Scientists overturn accepted theory of disease

The current thinking that oxygen free radicals are responsible for the development of numerous diseases, including cancer and arthritis, may be a red herring, says a team of UK scientists.

B vitamin may protect against blood poisoning

Vitamin B2 could be used to help treat patients with sepsis, report Japanese researchers at vitamin maker Eisai.

Carbs help but don't rival amino acids for muscle recovery

Taking a carbohydrate supplement after exercise helps to slow breakdown of muscle protein, report researchers, clarifying the role of complex sugars in sports nutrition.

Better health, down to government?

The government has a major role to play in improving the nation's health, claims a report commissioned by UK ministers.

More negative effects from HRT

Diminished hearing may be a further side effect of hormone-replacement therapy (HRT), according to a small pilot study funded by the US National Institutes of Health.

Probiotics fail to match label claims in S.Africa study

A number of probiotic products available in South Africa do not live up to the claims on their labels, report researchers in the February issue of the South African Medical...

Reaching the balance on mental health

Both alpha-linolenic acid and omega-3 fatty acids may reduce onset of depression in cancer patients, suggest Japanese reasearchers.

Milk beats fractures and obesity

Children who avoid drinking milk are more likely to be both overweight and at higher risk of fractures, say researchers in New Zealand.

Fruit and cereal fibre but not vegetables cut deaths from heart disease

Eating just 10 grams of dietary fibre from fruits and cereals each day appears to significantly lower the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study out this...

Diabetes control, more urgent than ever

Women with diabetes have worse mental function and suffer greater cognitive decline than women without diabetes, warn researchers in a new study.

Mineral water benefits from vitamin fortification

Mineral water fortified with folic acid and a handful of vitamins can reduce plasma homocysteine levels, a risk factor in cardiovascular disease, report Finnish researchers this month. In a separate...

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