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Fruit and cereal fibre but not vegetables cut deaths from heart disease

Eating just 10 grams of dietary fibre from fruits and cereals each day appears to significantly lower the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study out this...

Diabetes control, more urgent than ever

Women with diabetes have worse mental function and suffer greater cognitive decline than women without diabetes, warn researchers in a new study.

Mineral water benefits from vitamin fortification

Mineral water fortified with folic acid and a handful of vitamins can reduce plasma homocysteine levels, a risk factor in cardiovascular disease, report Finnish researchers this month. In a separate...

Phytoestrogens not linked to breast cancer risk among Dutch

Plant oestrogens, such as isoflavones or lignans, do not appear to have any effect on reducing breast cancer risk in Western women, report Dutch researchers.

Plant sterols in juice improve cholesterol levels

Plant sterols, recognised for their cholesterol-lowering power when added to margarines and other fats, are just as effective in reducing low-density lipoprotein, or 'bad' cholesterol levels, when added to orange...

Formula-fed babies at higher risk of cot death?

Babies aged from two to three months are less likely to suffer from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SID) if they are breastfed, suggests a new study published in the Archives...

Tomatoes bred to contain extra antioxidant

US scientists have created purple tomatoes that include anthocyanins, the antioxidant pigments in red wine believed to prevent heart disease but not normally found in domestic varieties of the fruit.

Red palm oil may be vitamin A supplement in Africa

Red palm oil could be an efficient and cost effective way of increasing vitamin A levels in the regions of Saharan africa, suggests new research.

Turning the food pyramid on its head

Scientists in Denmark are to investigate whether a radical suggestion from the US about turning the 'food pyramid' on its head - and therefore eating more foods such as rice...

Soy protein reduces heart disease risk factors in men too

Men at high risk of heart disease could consider adding soy protein to their diets to reduce their chances of developing the disease, the world's biggest killer, report researchers.

Nestlé seqences LC1 genome

Nestlé has completed the genome sequence of a second probiotic bacterium, Lactobacillus johnsonii, known as La1, it revealed today.

'Anti-ageing' hormone found to boost brain cell growth

Human neural stem cells, exposed in a lab dish to the steroid DHEA, exhibit a remarkable uptick in growth rates, suggesting that the hormone may play a role in helping...

Adding lacotabacilli to beat gluten intolerance

Sourdough bread containing select bacteria may be tolerated by patients with a rare digestive disease that causes gluten intolerance, say Italian and Irish researchers. The new research could provide new...

Mother's diet to stunt 'globesity'

Preventing malnutrition and hunger in pregnant women and children could stop the onset of obesity in later life, finds a study released last week by the UN-backed Food and Agriculture...

Wholegrain intake associated with lower risk of metabolic syndrome

Eating more wholegrain foods could help people reduce their chances of developing metabolic syndrome, say researchers, analysing the role of carbohydrates on insulin resistance and the prevalence of the metabolic...

Antioxidants may fight type 2 diabetes

A high intake of dietary antioxidants appears to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by Finnish researchers.

Why diet could be effective prevention for Alzheimer's

New research on Alzheimer's disease could help explain how antioxidants like vitamin E and certain lipids may delay onset of the disease, which is set to affect growing numbers of...

Cloned mules offer insight into calcium

The successful cloning of three mules sheds light on calcium's role in cell signaling and could be important for understanding the progression of human disease, according to US researchers.

Low-fat diet helps slow prostate tumours in mice

A low-fat diet may help men with aggressive prostate cancer better fight their disease and live longer, according to researchers who showed that a diet low in polyunsaturated fats slowed...

Diabetes can cause liver cancer - new threat

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have shown that diabetes can cause chronic liver disease and cancer of the liver, increasing the threat posed by growing incidence of...

Science backs old wives' tale - cod liver oil helps slow osteoarthritis

Cod liver oil has been shown to slow the destruction of joint cartilage in patients with osteoarthritis, report scientists in Wales, who say it is the first evidence of its...

Scientists unravel mechanism behind valerian's calming effect

Scientists at the University of Bonn have identified a substance that appears to be partly responsible for the previously unexplained sedative effect of valerian, a herbal native to Europe and...

Obesity from all angles

A comprehensive national strategy 'organised across many fronts' is urgently needed to tackle obesity in the UK and its threat to public health, argues a new report issued by British...

Vitamin D supplements reduce falls in elderly

Elderly people may be able to reduce their risk of falls by taking a vitamin D supplement, shows a new study by Swiss researchers.

Iron overload appears to raise diabetes risk

Higher iron stores are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in healthy women. independent of known diabetes risk factors, report researchers in this week's issue of JAMA.

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