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How Atkins works - possible mechanism discovered

French scientists have reached a possible explanation for the weight loss effect of high-protein diets like Atkins.

Protein discovery could be clue to vitamin E's anti-cancer effect

US researchers have identified a protein that affects vitamin E's retention in prostate cells and helps the vitamin slow cancer growth.

Olive oil compounds fight colon cancer

Compounds in olive oil appear to protect against colon cancer, one of the most common forms of the disease in the Western world.

Child's rapid weight gain raises risk of heart disease

Rapid weight gain during childhood raises the risk of heart disease later in life more than an individual's actual body weight at any particular age, UK researchers have found.

Garlic component fights meat carcinogens

A component of garlic that gives the herb its flavour may inhibit the effects of a suspected carcinogen produced by meat cooked at high temperatures, say US researchers.

Resveratrol tackles Alzheimer's plaques, shows lab study

Resveratrol, a compound found in grapes and red wine, lowers levels of the amyloid-beta peptides that cause the plaques in the brain leading to Alzheimer's disease, shows new research.

Sauerkraut consumption may fight off breast cancer

Eating sauerkraut and raw cabbage may protect women from breast cancer, said a team of US and Polish researchers last week.

Primrose oil fatty acid blocks cancer-causing gene

Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), one of the fats in evening primrose oil and several other plant oils, inhibits action of Her-2/neu, a cancer gene that is responsible for almost 30 per...

Aged garlic extract may help prevent heart attacks

UK scientists investigating how aged garlic extract reduces platelet aggregation say the supplement could significantly reduce the chances of heart attacks in heart patients.

Healthy fruit and veg compounds being lost in processing

Fruit and vegetable compounds shown to protect against cancer in epidemiological studies could be much more powerful if processors and breeders paid closer attention to their preservation, say Dutch researchers.

Broccoli fights cancer-causing bacteria in humans

Broccoli's ability to fight Helicobacteri pylori, the bacterium responsible for most stomach cancers, has been demonstrated in a human study for the first time, claim Japanese researchers.

Gingko biloba may reduce ovarian cancer risk

The herbal gingko biloba may lower the risk of developing ovarian cancer, US researchers say.

Jury still out on probiotics for IBS

The role of probiotics in alleviating the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) came under the spotlight at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology this weekend. The...

SierraSil study suggests osteoarthritis relief

A combination of natural minerals from the Sierra Mountains shows promise in reducing the pain of arthritis, according to a study published in the Journal of Inflammation.

UK fish study backs up health claims

A UK survey of contaminant levels in fish and fish oils should help back up health claims and ease fears over the safety of consuming fish-based products.

Cabbage fans less likely to develop lung cancer, suggests study

Eating cabbage and other vegetables from the same family could help reduce the risk of lung cancer for some people with a particular genetic make-up, suggests new research.

First Benecol fruit drink to launch in Germany

German mineral water and fruit juice giant Rhoen Sprudel will launch the first non-dairy drink containing cholesterol-lowering ingredient Benecol.

Reducing GI does not boost effects of low-calorie diet

A low-glycaemic index diet may not be any help for obese people trying to lose weight, contrary to growing popular belief, suggests a new study out of the US.

Middle-aged people more likely to use alternative medicine

Middle-age people are more likely than younger or older adults to use complementary and alternative medicine, shows new research on Americans.

Vitamin E tocotrienol shows brain protection promise

The natural vitamin E alpha-tocotrienol (TCT) may protect the brain against stroke- and glutamate-induced degeneration, according to researchers in a new animal study.

Ginseng extract prevents colds, reduces symptoms, finds new study

Taking ginseng supplements through the winter appears to help the immune system fight off colds, report Canadian researchers today.

Tocotrienols may protect against stroke damage

Alpha-tocotrienols, a natural form of vitamin E, significantly reduced the effects of stroke damage in a new study on rats.

St John's wort protein found to suppress HIV in lab

A novel protein extracted from a culture of St John's wort extract suppresses HIV-1 expression and inhibits its replication, say US researchers.

Vitamin intake may protect against bowel cancer

A diet rich in vitamin C and B vitamins appears to protect against adenomas in the bowel, even in smokers, report French researchers.

Black cohosh no better than placebo against hot flushes, finds new trial

Taking supplements of the herbal black cohosh is unlikely to offer much relief from menopausal hot flushes, conclude the US researchers on a new trial.