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FSA ups focus on health

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to increase its focus on diet and health, said chairman Sir John Krebs speaking at the inaugural Westminster...

Evidence of negative interactions between iron and zinc supplements

Giving children combined iron-zinc supplements may be less effective in preventing deficiencies of the minerals than individual supplementation, report Swedish researchers this month. The study,...

Maximising sulphoraphanes

Scientists in the US may have found a way to optimise the powerful anti-cancer compound found in the common vegetable broccoli. Sulphoraphane, identified in previous...

Lycopene experts share findings

International scientists gathered to discuss the growing body of research on lycopene, a natural antioxidant found in tomato products, at a conference in the US...

Cereal fibre decreases risk of heart disease in elderly

While the media is increasingly focusing on childhood obesity and nutrition, a new study suggests that elderly people who eat more cereal-based foods are less...

Simple supplements beat multi-vits in pregnancy

Simple folic acid-iron supplements taken during pregnancy may be more effective than multiple vitamins in reducing the risk of low birth weight babies, according to...

A functional team

New research from UK-based Institute of Food Research reveals that two food components recognised for their ability to fight cancer are up to 13 times...

Homeopathy leaves asthmatics breathless

Homeopathic remedies, which are often used to improve the quality of life of asthmatic children, are no better than placebo, finds a study in Thorax....

Vitamin C, role in early development of heart?

The powers of vitamin C have been highlighted in an early release study showing that the nutrient helped convert mouse embryonic stem cells growing in...

Fish oils reduce heart disease risk in diabetic women

Eating fish regularly reduced the risk of heart disease in diabetic women by as much as 64 per cent, according to an American study out...

Fatty fish for healthy hearts?

Heart patients are being asked to eat more fish as part of a University of Edinburgh study to see if improved diet can reduce the...

The green tea phenomenon

Green tea, the beverage linked to an increasing number of health benefits, may also be able to prevent the onset of arthritis, according to a...

A puzzling nutrient

US researchers, trying to understand why vitamin A helps fight certain diseases and not others, say that the vitamin influences the types and amounts of...

Major step for gut health

Researchers in the US have completed sequencing the genome of Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, one of the most prevalent bacteria that live in the human intestine. The...

Can vitamin D prevent osteoarthritis?

A team of British researchers is mounting a major clinical trial to find out if taking Vitamin D can prevent osteoarthritis. The trial of 600...

Mild undernutrition in babies linked to better heart health

Current recommendations for infant nutrition may need to be reviewed if early findings suggesting a link between lower nutrient intake and better cardiovascular health later...

Natural peptide may reduce damage from brain injury

Biopharmaceutical company Zengen announced this week that its researchers have discovered supplements of a naturally occurring hormone may be able to help patients with brain...

Making claims for bone health

A framework tool for assessing the scientific support for claims relating to bone health and osteoporosis has been developed by a group working towards the...

Fresh OJ...worth the cash?

Freshly squeezed orange juice is essentially as good for us as pasteurised orange juice, report scientists this week. The news raises the question of whether...

Vitamin C may help prevent onset of arthritis

Boosting vitamin C consumption may help to prevent arthritis, suggest researchers in the UK this week. A team at the University of Manchester epidemiology unit,...

Melatonin may reduce stroke damage

Researchers in Hong Kong report that the hormone melatonin, more commonly used to reduce the effects of jetlag, could protect the brain from the effects...

Low carbs not equal to low energy

Energy bars with low or moderate levels of carbohydrates may not actually help dieters lose weight as they promise, as overall energy contents are similar...

Vitamins for skincare

Vitamins are increasingly recognised for their role in skin health, according to experts speaking at an American Academy of Dermatology meeting yesterday. Both vitamin K...

Popular supplement fails clinical trial

Taking supplements of creatine to slow the muscular disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may be a waste of time and money, conclude the authors of...

Cranberry juice may help fight heart disease

There's more good news about cranberry juice: researchers have found that drinking three glasses a day significantly raises levels of 'good cholesterol' in the blood...

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