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New findings suggest black cohosh increases spread of breast cancer

A new study on mice suggests that the herb black cohosh, used by women as an alternative to HRT to treat menopause symptoms, may speed...

Mineral deficiency could be causing increase in asthma

British scientists are hoping to discover if a lack of iron and selenium in the womb increases our risk of asthma later on. The study...

Herbal research spurred on by HRT risk

The University of Illinois at Chicago is to investigate the effectiveness of the herbals black cohosh and red clover for relief of menopause symptoms. The...

Healthy individuals

A symposium on the emerging trend in customised nutrition will this weekend reveal how food choices are becoming increasingly individual, making it more important for...

Red clover supplements found ineffective on hot flushes

Red clover extracts marketed to treat menopause symptoms had no significant effect on hot flushes, reported researchers in this week's Journal of the American Medical...

A healthy brew?

A European research team, undertaking the most comprehensive study of caffeine and health in the world, has found people drinking more than six cups of...

Soy-based drinks - tasty?

Flavour and mouth-feel of soy-protein drinks should not present a barrier to consumer preferences, claim researchers, assessing the acceptability of soy drinks compared to those...

Update on Europe's health strategy

The European Commission will continue discussions on the establishment of nutrition and health claims next week, said Commissioner for Health David Byrne, speaking at a...

Collagen supplements may help slow osteoarthritis epidemic

Collagen hydrolysate could play a significant role in the prevention and treatment of degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis, suggests new research presented yesterday at...

Focus on menopause ingredients

The science behind natural treatments for menopause symptoms is inconclusive but an upcoming conference reveals the wide variety of ingredients with potential in this market....

Vitamin E - beyond the antioxidant effects

Vitamin E may be more important for its anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits than its antioxidant activity, suggest authors of a recent Harvard Medical School publication....

Experts urge breastfeeding to avoid childhood obesity

A congress on childhood nutrition will today highlight the advantages of breastfeeding over infant formula, linked in some studies to a greater risk of child...

Acatris calls for harmonisation of isoflavone testing

Acatris, the Dutch health ingredients company, has called for greater harmonisation of the methods used to test soy isoflavones to help consumers avoid "the proverbial...

Nuts for omega-3s?

Walnuts are a cheap and easy way of boosting omega-3 intake, claims US industry association the California Walnut Commission this week. Scientific evidence continues to...

Making folate available for mental health

Taking folate supplements may help suppress depression suggests a new study, which found that people with high blood levels of homocysteine, thought to be broken...

Nutra-what?

'Nutragenomics' promises an exciting era for the food industry but are companies ready to take up the opportunities it offers? A seminar at this week's...

Obesity, one of the big five health problems in UK

Britain's chief medical officer has called on the food industry to adopt a "more responsible" approach to marketing foods, to try to tackle the obesity...

Toddlers' diets related to bone density later on

The foods children eat appear to directly affect their bone strength in later childhood, according to research revealed at a recent conference on osteoporosis. Preliminary...

Nicotine metabolite could hold back Alzheimer's

A chemical naturally present in tobacco appears to prevent one of the markers of Alzheimer's disease, suggest researchers in the US. They warn however that...

Polyphenols may lower women's cholesterol levels

Grape polyphenols could reduce cholesterol in menopausal women, suggests a study in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers from the University of Connecticut used female guinea...

Don't forget the phosphorous for bone growth

Calcium and phosphorus are co-dependent in bone development and should be supplemented togther, suggests research in a recent journal. Dr Ralph Shapiro of Product Safety...

Do vitamins make for quick-thinkers?

Scientists will team up with Unilever to examine the link between vitamins and minerals and brain development in children in the first study of its...

Large zinc doses may raise prostate cancer risk

A high intake of zinc in supplements may raise the risk of prostate cancer, finds a recent study by a team at the US National...

Children's diet key to ageing process

Diet in early life is crucial to how we cope with the ageing process, suggests an animal study out this week. A poor diet leads...

Vitamins to prevent heart disease and cancer, more research needed

There is still insufficient evidence to determine whether vitamins A, C and E or multivitamins can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease or cancer, concludes...

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