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Soy protein reduces heart disease risk factors in men too

Men at high risk of heart disease could consider adding soy protein to their diets to reduce their chances of developing the disease, the world's biggest killer, report researchers.

Nestlé seqences LC1 genome

Nestlé has completed the genome sequence of a second probiotic bacterium, Lactobacillus johnsonii, known as La1, it revealed today.

'Anti-ageing' hormone found to boost brain cell growth

Human neural stem cells, exposed in a lab dish to the steroid DHEA, exhibit a remarkable uptick in growth rates, suggesting that the hormone may play a role in helping...

Adding lacotabacilli to beat gluten intolerance

Sourdough bread containing select bacteria may be tolerated by patients with a rare digestive disease that causes gluten intolerance, say Italian and Irish researchers. The new research could provide new...

Mother's diet to stunt 'globesity'

Preventing malnutrition and hunger in pregnant women and children could stop the onset of obesity in later life, finds a study released last week by the UN-backed Food and Agriculture...

Wholegrain intake associated with lower risk of metabolic syndrome

Eating more wholegrain foods could help people reduce their chances of developing metabolic syndrome, say researchers, analysing the role of carbohydrates on insulin resistance and the prevalence of the metabolic...

Antioxidants may fight type 2 diabetes

A high intake of dietary antioxidants appears to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by Finnish researchers.

Why diet could be effective prevention for Alzheimer's

New research on Alzheimer's disease could help explain how antioxidants like vitamin E and certain lipids may delay onset of the disease, which is set to affect growing numbers of...

Cloned mules offer insight into calcium

The successful cloning of three mules sheds light on calcium's role in cell signaling and could be important for understanding the progression of human disease, according to US researchers.

Low-fat diet helps slow prostate tumours in mice

A low-fat diet may help men with aggressive prostate cancer better fight their disease and live longer, according to researchers who showed that a diet low in polyunsaturated fats slowed...

Diabetes can cause liver cancer - new threat

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have shown that diabetes can cause chronic liver disease and cancer of the liver, increasing the threat posed by growing incidence of...

Science backs old wives' tale - cod liver oil helps slow osteoarthritis

Cod liver oil has been shown to slow the destruction of joint cartilage in patients with osteoarthritis, report scientists in Wales, who say it is the first evidence of its...

Scientists unravel mechanism behind valerian's calming effect

Scientists at the University of Bonn have identified a substance that appears to be partly responsible for the previously unexplained sedative effect of valerian, a herbal native to Europe and...

Obesity from all angles

A comprehensive national strategy 'organised across many fronts' is urgently needed to tackle obesity in the UK and its threat to public health, argues a new report issued by British...

Vitamin D supplements reduce falls in elderly

Elderly people may be able to reduce their risk of falls by taking a vitamin D supplement, shows a new study by Swiss researchers.

Iron overload appears to raise diabetes risk

Higher iron stores are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in healthy women. independent of known diabetes risk factors, report researchers in this week's issue of JAMA.

Hormone link to colon cancer, new benefit from soy protein

The female hormone estrogen has been shown for the first time to potentially protect against colon cancer. The new research also found that soy protein may help reduce the number...

Isoflavones show protective effect in some bone health markers

Red clover isoflavones may help to protect women, recently advised to stop using HRT, from the risk of osteoporosis, suggests new research that shows a protective effect of the supplement...

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.

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