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Calcium supplements seen to have no effect on body fat

Eating more dairy foods, but not calcium supplements, could reduce body weight and body mass, claim researchers from Denmark.

New trial to test how fish oil helps children's behaviour

Fish oil supplements will be given to a group of children with learning and behavioural difficulties in a new study to find out if the omega-3 fatty acids can improve...

Calls for vitamin D supplements during pregnancy

Higher intake of vitamin D by pregnant women has been linked to stronger bones in their children.

France starts study to update data on eating habits

The French food safety body AFSSA has launched its second study on national eating habits, including for the first time data on consumption of supplements and functional foods.

Egg-breakfast fills you up for longer

Starting the day with an egg breakfast instead of another food with the same calorie count is more likely to lead to weight loss in overweight people, suggests new research.

Vacuum drying method preserves vitamin content

Scientists in Germany claim to have developed a microwave vacuum drying method that preserves the vitamin content of fruit and other foods.

L-arginine may be harmful for heart attack patients

L-arginine amino acid supplements for heart attack patients may do more harm than good, according to a new study.

Fruit compound fights prostate cancer in lab

A compound found in fruits like olives, mangoes, strawberries and grapes fights cancer in human and animal cells, shows recent research.

Soy could worsen heart disease, study

New research published today reveals that consuming soy could have a "severe" impact on a genetic heart condition that affects one in 500 people, though the authors caution that the...

More support for antioxidant reduction of AMD risk

Upping intake of vitamins C and E, zinc, and beta-carotene could reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by a third, suggests a new Dutch study.

Strong calls for greater vitamin D intake

Higher intakes of vitamin D could reduce the risk of certain cancers by as much as 50 per cent, suggests a new study, lending weight to calls for increased supplement...

Scientists reveal mechanism behind high-fat, diabetes link

New research explains the mechanism behind the widely recognized link between a high-fat diet and type 2 diabetes, providing an insight into how high-fat diet-induced diabetes may be prevented.

No evidence that hangover cures work

There is no compelling evidence to show that hangover cures or preventative remedies actually work, say researchers in this week's BMJ.

Christmas feature

The old Christmas pudding

The Puritans described its rich ingredients as "unfit for God-fearing people". The Quakers referred to it as "the invention of the scarlet whore of Babylon ". Who would have thought...

More support for dark chocolate's heart benefits.

A daily treat of dark chocolate can improve overall heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease, say researchers from Zurich.

Anti-malaria herb also fights cancer in animals

The Chinese herb compound Artemisinin may prevent breast cancer, say researchers from the University of Washington.

Christmas feature

The chemistry of delicious

If only they taught chemistry in schools as it happens at Christmas tables across Europe. For here lies the secret of delicious. Come next weekend, the centrepiece from north to...

Selenium supplements needed for elderly women, say researchers

Levels of selenium and other antioxidants are low in elderly women, and could be boosted by supplements, say German researchers.

Dementia set to soar

The number of people with dementia around the world will double every 20 years, predicts a new report.

Folate supplements could improve immune system in the elderly

A diet rich in folic acid could boost the immune system in the old people,suggest the results from a new Canadian study with rats.

Omega-3 fatty acids can improve COPD symptoms

A diet rich in omega-3 and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could improve lung function for COPD sufferers, reports a study from Japan.

Iodine in milk linked to teenage acne

Iodine in milk may be a main cause of teenagers' acne outbreaks, says a US dermatologist, though hard evidence of a link remains scarce and disputed.

Dietary fibre not yet proven to reduce colorectal cancer risk, says study

Dietary fibre intake may not be associated with reduced risk of colorectal cancer, according to a study in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (vol 294,...

Malnutrition costs the UK twice as much as obesity

People that are undernourished, or losing weight unintentionally, cost UK health services more than twice as much as obese people, suggests a new report, yet they receive less attention from...

Japan issues safety data on isoflavone intake

Japan's food safety authorities have agreed on a safe daily intake for soy isoflavones, after applications to register the supplements as food for specified health use (FOSHU).