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Natural peptide may reduce damage from brain injury

Biopharmaceutical company Zengen announced this week that its researchers have discovered supplements of a naturally occurring hormone may be able to help patients with brain...

Making claims for bone health

A framework tool for assessing the scientific support for claims relating to bone health and osteoporosis has been developed by a group working towards the...

Fresh OJ...worth the cash?

Freshly squeezed orange juice is essentially as good for us as pasteurised orange juice, report scientists this week. The news raises the question of whether...

Vitamin C may help prevent onset of arthritis

Boosting vitamin C consumption may help to prevent arthritis, suggest researchers in the UK this week. A team at the University of Manchester epidemiology unit,...

Melatonin may reduce stroke damage

Researchers in Hong Kong report that the hormone melatonin, more commonly used to reduce the effects of jetlag, could protect the brain from the effects...

Low carbs not equal to low energy

Energy bars with low or moderate levels of carbohydrates may not actually help dieters lose weight as they promise, as overall energy contents are similar...

Vitamins for skincare

Vitamins are increasingly recognised for their role in skin health, according to experts speaking at an American Academy of Dermatology meeting yesterday. Both vitamin K...

Popular supplement fails clinical trial

Taking supplements of creatine to slow the muscular disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may be a waste of time and money, conclude the authors of...

Cranberry juice may help fight heart disease

There's more good news about cranberry juice: researchers have found that drinking three glasses a day significantly raises levels of 'good cholesterol' in the blood...

Lemon balm boosts memory

British scientists recently reported on a small study that showed a common plant may improve memory, especially in those with Alzheimer's disease. Presenting their research...

WHO backs role of fruit,veg in lower cancer risk

Confirming findings of a recent study by Japanese researchers, the WHO's cancer research agency also reported recently on the strong evidence that eating fruits and...

Natural germ-fighter

Researchers in Canada are developing a natural antibody cocktail that they claim can help prevent the most common foodborne germs, including E. coli and Salmonella,...

US takes closer look at St John's wort

A US government-funded study will compare the safety and effectiveness of St John's wort, a common herbal supplement, and citalopram, a standard antidepressant, in the...

Beta-carotene for cataract prevention in smokers

Beta-carotene - a naturally occurring antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables - may reduce cataract risk in male smokers, so suggests a 12 year US...

Fruit and veg shown to be cancer-fighters

A team of UK and Japanese researchers confirm previous findings that fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of cancer mortality. The researchers studied the...

The salt debate

Reviewing current science on salt and its effects on health, UK scientists say that while there is no proven evidence to support intake restriction guidelines...

Child obesity rates underestimated?

Waist circumference in young people has risen more steeply over the past 10-20 years than body mass index, particularly in girls. This is a cause...

Beat dementia with 'moderate' drinking

Adults at least 65 years old, who consume between one and six alcoholic drinks each week, have a lower risk of dementia than those who...

Iron deficiency is costly, finds study

Anaemic adults and children cost developing countries billions of dollars in lost productivity, according to a recent study. "One in three of the world's population...

Popular supplement may cause genetic mutations

The popular dietary supplement chromium picolinate, often taken to speed up weight loss, may cause severe DNA damage, finds a new study. The dietary supplement...

Olive oil under the microscope

'It is a truth, universally acknowledged,'…that olive oil is good for the health. But why? Volunteers from across Europe could soon provide the answer as...

Curcumin may prevent alcohol-related liver disease

A team from the US, Finland and Hong Kong have found that curcumin, found in the Indian spice turmeric, prevents activation of a genetic factor...

Effective body building supplements identified

Those who seek a well-chiselled body can start clearing out their medicine cabinets. A US study reveals that of the more than 250 dietary products...

UK centre to boost yields of herbal extracts

UK researchers are to collaborate with a team from the US on a project to increase the availability of herbal extracts used in medicines and...

Oat juice, anyone?

Will we shortly be able to pluck an oat juice from the supermarket shelf or grab an oat ice cream from the freezer cabinet? European...

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