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Low fat diet could improve breast cancer prognosis

Breast cancer survivors who stick to a low fat diet could be 24 percent less likely to suffer a relapse than those eating a standard diet, according to researchers at...

Herbal group reacts to black cohosh study

A study presented this week showing that black cohosh supplements offer no benefit for hot flushes was probably too short to measure any effect, says the herbal science group the...

Low-g could reduce cardiovascular risk in obese

The low-glycemic-load diet has attracted growing numbers of weight- and health-conscious consumers over the past year. New research from the Children's Hospital in Boston provides further indication that their enthusiasm...

Mechanism for green tea's anti-cancer action revealed

Green tea appears to protect against cancer by affecting a 'promiscuous' protein that pharmaceutical experts are already targeting in their work on anti-cancer drugs, according to new research.

Black cohosh has no benefit on hot flushes, says US team

Black cohosh does not reduce hot flushes in women any better than a placebo, said US researchers yesterday.

Type 2 diabetes may begin with grandmother's diet

Insulin resistance typical of type 2 diabetes can be 'programmed' across two generations by poor nutrition during a grandmother's pregnancy and lactation, suggests a groundbreaking new animal study.

Rice bran oil to cut cholesterol

A form of vitamin E found naturally in rice bran oil lowers cholesterol in rats, according to a new study.

Fat in diet boosts metabolism

Fat consumption in the diet can lead to healthy blood levels of sugar and cholesterol, say researchers.

Sodium, calcium absorption may be race related

Varying rates of hypertension and osteoporosis in African-American and Caucasian adolescent girls may be explained by the different ways in which their bodies handle sodium and calcium, according to recent...

New data supports lignans' potential for men's health

Flax lignans may help treat benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), a condition said to affect more than half of all men over the age of 50, according to a new animal...

Children should reject soft drinks to stay healthy

Children should be consuming more nutrient rich beverages and less soft drinks to stem the wave of childhood obesity, said US researchers this month.

Use supplements not sunbeds to lift vitamin D levels

Supplements, and not increased exposure to either natural or artificial ultraviolet (UV) light, should be the preferred way of topping up vitamin D levels, stress medical experts in a journal...

Low-fat dairy cuts diabetes risk in men

Dairy food makers looking to drill further into the health benefits of their primary foodstuffs will welcome new findings that suggest two servings of low-fat dairy foods a day could...

Preterm infants may benefit from fatty acids

Feeding formulas containing fatty acids such as docosahexanoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA) may improve the development of preterm infants.

Nutritional advice encourages growth in infants

The quality and extent of nutritional advice given to families in developing countries should be improved to reduce stunted growth in infants, said The Lancet today.

Changing carbs for protein helps reduce stomach fat

Substituting a modest amount of protein for carbohydrate may reduce abdominal obesity, say researchers reporting on data gathered from a diverse multi-ethnic population.

Vitamin C may counter some of smoking's effects on foetus

High doses of vitamin C may have the potential to counteract some of the negative effects on the foetus caused by a mother's smoking, suggests research in monkeys.

Ireland expands lab space at functional food research centre

Ireland's Moorepark Food Research Centre is shoring up its capacity for functional food development with the addition of new laboratories and around 40 researchers, it said on Friday.

Natural enzyme helps mice live longer

Mice genetically engineered to produce the human antioxidant enzyme catalase lived about 20 per cent longer than normal mice, reported US scientists last week, providing further evidence for the theory...

Scientists dig deep into plant extracts

Scientists at Rutgers University are investigating whether plant extracts can genuinely cut risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes or other serious illnesses.

Gene study suggests vitamin E helps blocks Alzheimer's

Scientists have found genetic proof that vitamin E can help protect against Alzheimer's disease, said DSM yesterday.

EU consumers getting to know lutein

Lutein, its meaning and use, are on the up throughout Europe, according to the results of a survey conducted this March. Good news for manufacturers and marketers of this supplement,...

Fatty acids help DCD kids to behave

Supplementation with fatty acids may be a safe and effective way of dealing with educational and behavioral problems among children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD), according to an Oxford University...

Plant based foods slice away 'bad' cholesterol in low fat diet

The health benefits of differing low-fat diets are far from equal, say researchers, suggesting that a low-fat diet rich in vegetables and fruits has twice the cholesterol-lowering power of a...

Supplement use starts needlessly early, say researchers

Many parents start supplementing their childrens' diets with vitamins and minerals from birth even though they are deriving adequate nutrition from food, according to a University of Iowa study.

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