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World diabetes day focuses on prevention

The European Commission will plunge €11.7 million into a five-year project to investigate the treatment of obesity, one of the main causes of diabetes. The...

British obesity levels at crisis point

Britain could see obesity levels soar up to 40 per cent or higher within a single generation unless urgent action is taken, the International Obesity...

Green tea agent fights HIV infection

The main active agent in green tea, EGCG, prevents the first step in HIV infection and could one day be used as a new anti-HIV...

New bacteria to fight allergy symptoms

Japan's Kirin Group has discovered a lactic acid bacteria with potent anti-allergy effects. The bacteria could be used to fight the onset of allergies, such...

Vitamin C reduces stroke risk, especially in smokers

Dietary intake of the antioxidant vitamin C may be associated with reduced risk for stroke, especially in people who smoke, report Dutch scientists in a...

Improving standards in probiotics

Mounting scientific evidence for the therapeutic use of probiotics suggests that these products should be incorporated into conventional medical practices, concluded a recent meeting of...

Infant formula recalled after link to baby deaths

A soy-based infant formula has been linked to the deaths of three babies and hospitalisation of several others in Israel in recent months. The marketer...

Antioxidants may boost ageing brains

Eating an antioxidant-rich diet may help protect cognitive skills from deterioration during old age, according to new research presented at a meeting of neuroscientists in...

FSA to take action on kids' diet

The UK's Food Standards Agency has published a discussion paper on possible options for action on the promotion of foods that could improve children's diets...

Breakthrough for research on plant hormone effects

A UK scientist has developed a database of biomarkers to measure the effects of plant hormones, found in soy and other fibres, on humans. The...

Cocoa wins antioxidant prize

US food scientists have shown that the hot beverage cocoa contains more antioxidants per cup than a similar serving of red wine or tea and...

Ireland fails to escape obesity trend

Scientists and policy makers in Ireland met this week to discuss the growing incidence of obesity and strategies to prevent obesity-related disease. Obesity now affects...

New study to further understanding of calcium, weight loss link

US researchers are investigating whether calcium intake, previously linked to lower weight in girls, could help prevent women from gaining too much weight when pregnant....

Lycopene or whole tomato?

Taking supplements of lycopene, the tomato-derived carotenoid making growing sales in the supplement market, may not be sufficient to fight against the onset of prostate...

Scientists make milk healthier

Scientists have developed a new cattle-feed supplement, which dramatically boosts the content of unsaturated fatty acids over saturated fats in cows' milk. The new supplement,...

Anti-diabetes campaign for expanding Europeans

The European Commission is supporting a campaign run by the International Diabetes Federation to encourage the prevention of diabetes, through healthier diets. The prevalence of...

Food intake not linked to heart disease?

Calorie intake may not be a major factor in causing death by heart disease, according to a study, which questions the efficacy of low-calorie foods...

Nutrigenomics presents ethical headache, says report

New research designed to help consumers create customised diets based on their genetic make-up will create ethical and legal challenges with serious implications for the...

Blood chemical to treat high BP

US researchers have found that nitrite, a common small ion in the blood, also found in leafy green vegetables and red meat, could help treat...

New findings help explain obesity

An international team of researchers has identified the role of a gene which may explain why some people overeat and become obese. Their research, published...

Developing a fruit and veg culture

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation is attempting to promote higher consumption of fruits and vegetables, which it claims could prevent some of the world's...

The green tea treatment

New research provides more evidence to back green tea's anti-cancer effects in humans. The tea's active agent Epigallocatecin-3-gallate, already thought to lower cholesterol, prevent heart...

Orange peel extract could fight skin cancer

Perillyl alcohol (PEOH), found naturally in mint and citrus fruits and also used as a food additive, is a powerful inhibitor of both UVB-induced non-melanoma...

Breast milk at least as good as formula for premature babies

Premature infants fed breast milk developed as well as or better than those fed formula specially designed for low-birth-weight infants, reports a team of international...

Fish oil research gains recognition

A Danish scientist has received an award for her research into incorporating heart healthy fish oil into food products. Charlotte Jacobsen, senior scientist at the...