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Assessing gut bacteria

An EU-funded project has developed new tools that enable more extensive and rapid analysis of our gut microbiota than has been possible earlier. The new...

WHO urges governments to take action on health risks

Worldwide, healthy life expectancy can be increased by five to 10 years if governments and individuals make combined efforts against the major health risks in...

Cheap dietary supplement rich in health benefits

A dietary supplement in the form of a cheap, fortified, orange-flavoured drink can reduce Third World deficiencies in nutrients such as iron, iodine and vitamin...

Stay young at heart - cut the calories

A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison this week said they have found evidence to show that eating less, or reducing calorie intake,...

More than 'just' an antioxidant

A study highlighting the ability of vitamin E to postpone the onset of Parkinson's Disease was published in Neurology this month. Yet other studies, such...

Nicotine link to ageing and cancer - new research

US researchers have discovered that a chemical called nornicotine - which is naturally present in tobacco and is also produced as a metabolite of nicotine...

Glucosamine sulphate may slow osteoarthritis

Long-term treatment with glucosamine sulphate has been shown to slow down the progression of knee osteoarthritis, according to a study published in the 14 October...

Eating fish lowers the risk of dementia

Elderly people who eat fish or seafood at least once a week are at lower risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, finds a study...

Multivitamins play crucial role in pregnancy outcome

An article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reports that multivitamins improved weight gain patterns during pregnancy in HIV-infected women in Tanzania. Maternal HIV...

Soy isoflavones have no effect on bone density in young women

Soy protein enriched with isoflavones appear to have no effect on bone mineral content and bone mineral density in young women, according to a new...

Research on fruit and veg/cancer link

In the second story today on the role played by genes on health and risk of disease, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is seeking...

Vitamin E could protect against Parkinson's risk

Increasing dietary intake of vitamin E could help reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to research published this month in the journal Neurology....

Fat intake and heart disease - all to do with genes

The link between dietary fat intake and heart disease is strongly linked to genes, according to research reported in today's rapid access issue of Circulation:...

Obesity/poor health link explored

Researchers at the University of North Carolina have shown, for the first time, that shedding excess pounds decreases activity of a key enzyme known to...

US funds CAM research

The US' National Center for Complementary and AlternativeMedicine (NCCAM) is to fund an Institute of Medicine (IOM) study investigating the implications of complementary and alternative...

Mead Johnson launches lactose-free formula

Bristol-Myers Squibb company Mead Johnson Nutritionals has submitted its intent to launch its latest product, Enfamil LactoFree Lipil infant formula, to the US Food and...

Successful weight-loss programme?

Study results presented this weekend at the American Dietetic Association's annual meeting showed that patients with type 2 diabetes who used calcium-rich meal replacements in...

Chinese medicine put to the test

An innovative approach to test Chinese herbal medicine using Western research methods has been devised by oncologists in Hong Kong to evaluate the role of...

Botanical given benefit of the doubt

Britain's Alzheimer's Society, together with the Cochrane Collaboration, has published what it claims is the biggest comprehensive review to date on the use of ginkgo...

Europe takes on obesity issue

Future weight loss diets could become 'custom-made' for each individual, according to scientists working on a three-year international research project funded by the European Union....

Humble cabbage offers hope in cancer fight

Researchers in Finland have identified compounds in sauerkraut, a traditional German dish made from fermented cabbage, that may fight cancer. The researchers found that the...

Plant extract prevents growth of cancerous lung cells

The use of deguelin, a natural plant extract most commonly used as an insecticide in Africa and South America, inhibits the growth of precancerous and...

AAAS meeting causes controversy

Proof of a connection between Alzheimer's Disease and high cholesterol levels could change the way doctors counsel their older patients, researcher Rudolf Tanzi reported yesterday...

ODS publishes 2001 dietary supplement research

The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at America's NationalInstitutes of Health (NIH) has released thethird issue of the Annual Bibliography of SignificantAdvances in Dietary Supplement...

Focus on cancer prevention

A low fat diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil, which may increase serum estradiol levels, alters the make-up of the mammary...

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