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An information boost for isoflavones

Leading isoflavone producer Novogen has launched a research centre that will provide consumers and the media, increasingly drawing attention to isoflavone supplements, with the latest information on the plant-derived compounds.

WHO health strategy facing industry 'sabotage'

A WHO report on obesity prevention, which would urge governments to promote healthy foods, is under threat from food makers supported by the US administration, said consumer groups last week.

Maternal fish oil intake may help reduce allergies among infants

Taking fish oil supplements when pregnant could protect our offspring from developing allergies, suggests new research from an Australian team.

Trehalose reduces Huntington's disease in mice

The natural sugar trehalose has been shown to relieve the symptoms of Huntington's disease in mice and could one day be used to treat the disease in humans, currently without...

Calcium supplements may not impact lead levels

Calcium supplements do not appear to cut lead levels in children with moderate lead poisoning, finds a new study published in this month's Pediatrics journal.

A supplement for teetotallers

Italian scientists are developing a supplement that contains many of the ingredients of red wine, often linked to the health of Mediterranean populations, without the alcohol.

Asia using synergies to bolster position in herbals market

Scientists in India and China are planning to increase cooperation in herbal medicine research in a bid to boost their position in the world's herbals trade, according to Indian press...

Synbiotics may target new areas, animal study

Combining prebiotic and probiotic ingredients, commonly known as a synbiotic, has different effects from those of the individual supplements and does not simply result in additive or synergistic effects, report...

Herbal weight loss supplement appears to impact heart on first dose

A single dose of a dietary supplement containing ephedra and caffeine can increase blood pressure and cause changes that have the potential to affect heart rhythms, shows a new study...

Cereal beats supplements for vitamin E absorption

Eating cereal fortified with vitamin E may be a better way of boosting intake of the vitamin than through supplementing the diet with capsules, suggests a new study.

Vitamin D almost halves women's risk of MS

Women who take vitamin D supplements through multivitamins are 40 per cent less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) than women who do not take supplements, shows a study published today.

Second generation functional foods

European researchers have begun work on the first generation of tomato plants engineered to contain high quantities of flavonoids.

Europe invests in obesity research

European scientists have been awarded a record grant, worth €11.7 million, from the European Commission for research into the ways in which we control our body weight. It is hoped...

Vitamin D, further evidence of role in autoimmune diseases

Vitamin D intake appears to be inversely associated with rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study that investigates the link between the vitamin and reduced risk of the disease in...

Onion compounds may cut prostate cancer risk

Onions and solar radiation exposure could help prevent prostate cancer, while meat and dairy products could be risk factors, finds a recent 32 country study.

Soy isoflavones do not disrupt infant development

Preliminary research in the US finds that soy isoflavones, found in soy infant formula, do not disrupt infant development, despite concerns from some scientists that the isoflavones could act like...

Garlic 'smart bomb' destroys tumours in mice

Scientists in Israel have developed a new delivery method that allows the garlic compound allicin to selectively kill cancer cells, leaving healthy ones intact.

Seafood to balance mental health

People who eat a lot of seafood may be less likely to suffer from bipolar disorders, say researchers, who report that their findings support the ongoing research into the effect...

Caffeine linked to lower type 2 diabetes risk long-term

Men and women who drank more coffee and other caffeinated beverages were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who drank few or no caffeinated beverages, report researchers...

Vegetable compound may offer cancer cure

Vegetables such as as broccoli and cabbage have been shown to protect against cancer but US scientists have now patented a compound derived from these greens with a new use...

Whole soy protein, not isoflavones, lower cholesterol

Soy isoflavones may not offer the benefits to heart health often attributed to soyfoods, finds a new study that suggests that another part of the plant could be responsible for...

UK targets school nutrition

The UK government has set about tackling its dangerously growing child obesity problem with a new scheme that aims to promote healthier foods for children.

Eastern remedy for infant disease

A Chinese herbal tea could be an effective alternative treatment for jaundice, an illness common in newborn infants, report researchers.

Magnesium may fight onset of type 2 diabetes

A diet high in magnesium may help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes, especially in people who are overweight, suggests evidence reported in two new studies out next month....

Garlic compound beats antibiotic-resistant bug

A compound extracted from garlic is effective against even the most antibiotic-resistant strains of MRSA, the 'hospital superbug' that now kills thousands of patients in the UK each year, reports...

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