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Fatty acids in formula milk may prevent heart disease later

Adding long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids to infant formula milk is associated with lower blood pressure later in childhood, and may cut the risk of...

Soy formula needs to be reviewed, say UK scientists

The UK's independent scientific Committee on Toxicity (COT) is urging the government's health department, which has responsibility for infant health and feeding practices, to review...

Cutting salt in foods is easy, say researchers

Food manufacturers could reduce the salt content in bread by 25 per cent, without consumers noticing any difference in taste, according to researchers in Australia....

Calcium retention unaffected by high-protein diet

A high-protein diet containing mostly meat does not have adverse effects on women's ability to retain calcium, according to a study . About 200 million...

Fasting regularly may help prevent diabetes

A new mouse study suggests fasting every other day can help fend off diabetes and protect brain neurons as well as or better than either...

Sesame oil to lower blood pressure

Cooking with sesame oil in place of other edible oils appears to help reduce high blood pressure and lower the amount of medication needed to...

Poor nutrition associated with premature births

Even modest restrictions in maternal nutrition around the time of conception can lead to premature births and long-term adverse health effects for offspring, suggests new...

Weight directly linked to cancer deaths

Body weight is directly associated with mortality from cancer, according to a study carried out in the US. The researchers at the American Cancer Society...

Folic acid deficiency linked to child cancer

Further evidence of the harmful effects of folate deficiency during pregnancy are revealed as scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research report a possible link...

New B vitamin discovered in Japan

Japanese researchers have discovered a new vitamin that has an important role in immune response and fertility in mice. The chemical, pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), may...

Green tea may contain potent skin healing properties

Compounds in green tea may one day be able to treat common skin diseases and wounds, reports a researcher in the US. A team at...

Industry reacts to WHO report

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) released a controversial report on diet and its impact on disease in...

Folic acid may play role in prevention of Down's syndrome

An adequate intake of folic acid during pregnancy, believed to protect against neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies, may also help prevent Down's syndrome, researchers...

Ironing out nutrient deficiencies

A collaboration between US scientists and a Nigerian agriculture agency is seeking to develop crops with higher iron levels in a bid to cut iron...

Alternative medicine gets funding in UK

Researchers in the UK are to explore the health benefits of homeopathy and alternative medicine, as part of a £1.3 million programme being funded by...

Tea shown to fight infection

Drinking tea appears to prime the immune system to fight infection and chronic disease, according to US researchers. There is already a significant body of...

New role for gelatine?

Gelatine, an ingredient which suffered during the BSE crisis, may be able to help treat degenerative arthritis, say researchers, who have found that gelatine stimulates...

Neurotoxin to become powerful painkiller

Combining a protein from a Mediterranean plant with the potent neurotoxin Botox could produce an effective treatment for the chronic pain experienced by millions of...

Can we control our appetites?

A leading UK obesity researcher, Professor Steve Bloom, will bepresenting his thoughts on how to control obesity at an Imperial College London lecture later this...

Combatting the sweet tooth

Obesity, one of the key issues of the 21st century, came under the spotlight at a recent seminar organised by Selectchemie, the Swiss agent of...

Go bananas, take counselling!

Behavioural counselling can increase consumption of fruit and vegetables among deprived adults, finds a study in this week's British Medical Journal. The research team, led...

COT welcomes new members

The UK's Food Standards Agency and its Chief Medical Officer have appointed three new specialist members to the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food,...

Role of iron in muscle performance

Taking iron supplements may help reduce some of the fatigue associated with strenuous exercise, suggests research published in a recent journal. In a recent study,...

Re-evaluating B6 levels

Low levels of vitamin B6 in smokers may raise their risk of cancer, according to researchers in the US, who found that even moderate smokers...

Heading south for health

More people die from heart attack in England and Belgium than in Italy, so would English and Belgium hearts benefit from moving south? And is...

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