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Vitamin E raised risk of heart failure in elderly, heart disease patients

Taking vitamin E supplements for several years did not reduce the risk of cancer or cardiovascular events in a group of elderly diabetics and heart disease patients, report researchers today.

Common hydrocolloid could help prevent diabetes

The cellulose derivative HPMC, used for years to add texture to foods and in drug delivery, could become a new functional food ingredient, researchers said yesterday, as it appears to...

Antioxidant levels key to prostate cancer risk in some men

Greater levels of selenium, vitamin E and the tomato carotenoid lycopene have been shown to reduce prostate cancer in one out of every four Caucasian males, or those who inherit...

Carotenoid combo reduces damage to cells, may fight disease

Doses of carotenoids easily gained from the diet have a significant effect on reducing oxidative damage, said researchers at a nutrition conference in Paris earlier this month.

Milk: maternal influence on daughter's bones?

Milk drinking mums could boost consumption of daughter's milk, say researchers in the US.

Flavonols in chocolate could be behind heart health benefits

Another study on chocolate finds that the dark variety decreases blood pressure and improves insulin sensitivity in healthy people, lending weight to its potential for heart health.

Upping fruit intake with less fat has greater benefit than either alone

Increasing fruit and vegetable intake at the same time as a reduction in saturated fat will have a greater protective effect against heart disease death than using either strategy alone,...

More long-term safety data needed for folic acid fortification, says scientist

The prevalence of neural tube defects in Europe has not declined substantially in the past decade, despite national policies of folic acid supplementation in half the countries, write UK researchers...

Almonds, good source of vitamin E

Eating almonds significantly increases vitamin E levels in the plasma and red blood cells and simultaneously lowers cholesterol levels, finds a small study.

Lycopene intake linked to lower pancreatic cancer risk

A diet rich in tomatoes and products with high lycopene content may help reduce pancreatic cancer risk, conclude the Canadian authors of a new study.

Sports drinks corrode teeth, says UK research

Regular use of high performance sports drinks could lead to troubling levels of tooth erosion, opening the door for the development of low-corrosive alternatives, said scientists at the University of...

Scientists believe type 3 diabetes uncovered

Scientists in the US believe they may have found a new type of diabetes after discovering that insulin and its related proteins are produced in the brain and that reduced...

Do herbals help children with health complaints?

Not enough is known about complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) given to children to help alleviate the symptoms of common ailments, warn researchers who have reviewed clinical studies into the...

How fish oils reduce inflammation

Further support for the action of omega-3 fatty acids on inflammatory conditions comes from new research on lipids in humans that are triggered by aspirin, as well as fish oil.

Dairy has little benefit on children's bone health?

Scant evidence supports increased consumption of dairy products to promote children's bone health, claim researchers in a review of almost 40 studies investigating milk's benefit to bones.

Plant collections offer insight into black cohosh stability

An 85-year-old specimen of black cohosh root still contained most of the chemical compounds believed to help reduce hot flushes and other menopause symptoms when analysed in a recent study,...

Carnitine supplements may improve sperm mobility

Taking carnitine supplements may improve sperm mobility in men with asthenozoospermia, a condition that reduces sperm motility in semen, shows an Italian study.

Calcium needs for young mothers under spotlight

UK researchers will investigate whether teenage mothers have greater need of calcium and other mineral supplements than older preganant women.

Call for vitamin D supplements for housebound elderly

Giving high dose vitamin D supplements to elderly housebound people should be seriously considered as a means of preventing falls and fractures, writes a consultant in this week's BMJ.

Australia builds on nutrition research capacity

Australia has upped its food and health research capacity, merging two of its leading research groups.

Two vitamin E forms appear to reduce prostate cancer risk

High blood levels of either alpha-tocopherol or gamma-tocopherol, both forms of vitamin E, appeared to halve the risk of prostate cancer in a new analysis of the ATBC trial, which...

Apple compounds could reduce breast cancer risk

An apple a day may help stave off breast cancer, shows an animal study, thought to be the first to look at the effects of apples on cancer prevention in...

B vitamins cut fracture risk after stroke

Taking supplements of folate and vitamin B12 appears to reduce the risk of hip fracture in elderly patients following a stroke, according to Japanese research.

Liquorice compound may stop cancer from herpes

A compound in liquorice, already taken in supplements, may help to stop people with a herpes virus from developing cancer, say researchers.

Diabetes prevention efforts will save on healthcare costs

Diabetes prevention efforts are worth every cent, say researchers in the first study to weigh up the costs in preventing the disease with the future costs of treatment.

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