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High GI foods may raise cancer risk

A diet with a high glycaemic load could increase the risk of colorectal cancer, find US scientists following recent research on nearly 40,000 middle-aged women. Findings could further fire interest...

New collaboration offers ingredient profiling service

German companies CyBio Screening and BioTeSys have joined up to offer an ingredient profiling service to manufacturers of nutrition and health products that allows them to eliminate animal testing.

Misleading labelling found on St John's wort supplements

The real amount of active ingredient in over-the-counter St John's wort 'varies greatly' and can be up to 114 per cent of the amount on the label, according to a...

Mice engineered to produce omega-3s

Geneticists have engineered mice to produce high amounts of the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in their tissues and organs, they report in Nature this week.

Iron deficiency leads to hair loss

A major French study on the effects of nutritional supplements has confirmed the link between iron deficiency and hair loss, reports the leading French cosmetics group L'Oreal.

Low-fat diet increases insulin sensitivity

Dutch scientists reveal that low-fat product diet is better than smaller portions of normal high-fat food for preventing diabetes in obese people.

Coeliac disease more prevalent in kids than thought

The numbers of British children with the hidden condition coeliac disease, an intolerance to gluten, have been significantly underestimated, say doctors in Bristol.

Feed supplements boost omega-3 fats in milk

The omega-3 content of milk can be increased by feeding cows with fish oil, say Australian researchers reporting the results of a new study.

Probiotic formula may bolster infant immune system

Infant formula with added probiotic bacteria appeared to reduce irritability in infants and lowered the frequency of antibiotic use, report US researchers.

Vitamin K discovery could trigger new heart disease treatments

British scientists have begun to unravel some of the mystery surrounding the way vitamin K helps in the formation of blood clots.

Vitamins found ineffective against recurrent stroke

Taking high-dose vitamins to reduce levels of the amino acid homocysteine, thought to reduce heart disease risk, appears to do little to prevent a second stroke in patients, show results...

Food consultancy launches Glycemic Index service

UK-based food research institute RSSL is to launch a service to measure the glycemic index of foods, or how carbohydrates in different foods and ingredients can trigger a rise in...

Plant factories for selenium, new source?

A US scientist has engineered plants capable of building up unusually high levels of the cancer-fighting mineral selenium in their tissues.

HRT raises risk of breast cancer recurrence, alternatives needed

A Swedish study established to assess the effect of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women with a history of breast cancer has been stopped early after preliminary results show 'unacceptably...

Antioxidants reduce asthma risk in children

Higher levels of the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C, along with the antioxidant trace mineral selenium, were associated with a lower risk of asthma in a large study on young...

Iodine supplements for mothers who smoke?

Smokers who breast feed should take iodine supplements, say Danish researchers, who found that smoking could impact the transport of iodine in human milk and could reduce iodine levels -...

Beer beats colon cancer in rats

Some of the components in beer appear to protect against development of colon cancer, report Japanese researchers, revealing new results from a study on rats.

Probiotics, dead or alive, can relieve gut disease

Probiotics, the bacteria thought to help gut health disorders, allergies and even some forms of cancer, contain immune system-stimulating DNA, which makes them just as effective when inactivated as when...

Moderate, not low-fat, may be better for weight loss

A moderate-fat weight loss diet reduced dieters' cardiovascular risk better than a low-fat diet, usually recommended for heart health, report US researchers.

Europe, US get together on obesity strategy

Europe and the US will hammer out the contentious issue of obesity and the role food policy can play in getting to grips with this major health problem at a...

Mother's diet key to weight gain in later life

You are what you eat…and also what your mother ate, according to new research in the UK that sheds new light on the obesity issue and the impact a maternal...

Government battles to encourage fruit and veg uptake

A growing proportion of people are aware of the five-a-day advice about fruit and vegetables, says the UK food watchdog, but statistics on obesity revealed by another government department suggest...

Vitamin E super-antioxidant

An international team of chemists has developed a new family of antioxidants that are up to 100 times more effective than vitamin E. They say the new chemicals could one...

Major nutrigenomics project gets underway

European researchers have been awarded €17.3 million to drive forward the field of nutritgenomics, a little-known subject that could shape the future of nutrition.

Grapefruit may be easy weight loss remedy

Eating grapefruit, long recommended by diet programmes for weight loss, may indeed impact the body's insulin levels, speeding up metabolism and leading to weight loss, say researchers from the US-based...

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