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Probiotic helps reduce eczema in allergic infants

Adding the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus GG (LGG) to the daily diet of children with a food allergy helped to reduce eczema symptoms, report researchers this month.

Beans may cut risk of breast cancer

Eating beans or lentils at least twice a week may reduce a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to research designed to investigate the benefits of the plant compounds...

Vitamin D bread raises bone mineral density in elderly

A bread fortified with very high levels of vitamin D appeared to be much better at protecting bone health in elderly people than bone-building drugs, according to a study presented...

Med diet helps elderly avoid death for longer

A 60-year-old who follows the Mediterranean diet can expect to live a year longer than his peer who prefers foods commonly eaten in northern Europe, says a study out today.

Iron-deficient mothers not so good at bonding with child

New mothers who are mildly iron deficient are less emotionally available or in tune with their babies, said researchers this week.

Vitamin E supplementation raised chances of new cancer in at-risk patients

Cancer patients who took high-dose vitamin E supplements to protect them from a recurrence of the disease were actually at higher risk of getting a second cancer while taking the...

Fish oil, vitamin supplement cuts need for drugs in bowel disease

A supplement of fish oil, soluble fibre and vitamins and antioxidants reduces reliance on traditional therapies for people with ulcerative colitis, according to a new study.

Oil palm trunk fiber shows functional food potential

Oil palm trunk fiber has shown potential as a functional food ingredient and may help manage and lower the risk of diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease and obesity, according to...

Zinc helps children think

Eleven-year-olds that took zinc supplements for five days each week had better mental performance after three months than their classmates, said researchers yesterday.

Peptide in onion may prevent bone loss

Fundamental research to provide new leverage for food makers with Swiss researchers suggesting regular onion consumption may boost the bones and prevent osteoporosis, reports Lindsey Partos.

Grape juice may lower BP by relaxing arteries

The blood pressure-lowering effect of grape juice is supported by new studies presented at the Experimental Biology meeting this week.

Natural cocoa in formulations to open up opportunities for makers, new study

Evidence backing the antioxidant powers of natural cocoa could bring new opportunities for confectionery firms looking to boost slacking sales in a saturated market, reports Lindsey Partos .

Allicin protects against severe chronic pulmonary hypertension in rats

Small daily doses of allicin, the active metabolic in garlic, prevented a severe form of pulmonary hypertension in rats, said researchers on Saturday.

Cranberries may reduce heart attacks by improving artery health

A daily dose of cranberry powder restored blood vessel health to animals with atherosclerosis, said researchers yesterday.

Fruit and veg may cut risk of pancreatic cancer

People who eat lots of fruit and vegetables may significantly reduce their risk of pancreatic cancer, shows a Canadian study.

EU project investigates diet's impact on puberty

The European Commission has given researchers €3 million to investigate how nutritional and environmental factors impact the early onset of puberty, increasingly observed in European countries.

Multivitamins lack evidence to support benefit for elderly, finds review

There is currently not enough evidence to suggest that multivitamin and mineral supplements prevent infections in elderly people, according to a meta-analysis published on the BMJ website today.

CLA keeps body fat off over two years

Supplements of conguated linoleic acid (CLA) taken for two years helped overweight adults keep their body fat mass down, without having to restrict calories or change exercise habits, shows a...

Sesame lignan may help control blood pressure

Leading Japanese drinks maker Suntory says it has found sesamin, one of the lignans most abundant in sesame seed and oil, helps to control high blood pressure.

Probiotic bacteria helps irritable bowel syndrome

A drink containing a probiotic strain isolated from infants relieved symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome to the same extent as pharmaceutical treatments for the condition, report Irish researchers.

Flavonoids work together to inhibit cancer cells

Components in grapes, including some newly identified ones, work together to dramatically inhibit an enzyme crucial to the proliferation of cancer cells, a US research team reports.

Nutrient packed carrots change color

One US scientist wants to make the humble orange carrot pack a bigger health punch by boosting its nutrients, and thereby changing its color, reports Philippa Nuttall.

Iron overloads may be linked to cancer risk

Some people that eat a lot of iron-rich foods may be at increased risk of cancer, suggests new US research, which raises questions about fortifying foods with the mineral.

New golden rice has 20 times more beta-carotene

UK scientists have developed a new genetically modified strain of golden rice that is said to produce 23 times more beta-carotene than the previous variety, reports Dominique Patton.

Kirin bacteria may prevent dermatitis

Japan's Kirin Brewery says it has new animal and human clinical data showing that one of its lactic acid bacteria strains is effective at preventing atopic dermatitis.

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