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Soy isoflavones pose no cancer risk in animal study

A long-term soy diet may not pose an increased risk of breast or womb cancer among postmenopausal women, as some people have feared, suggests new research carried out on monkeys.

Obese children: new risk group for iron deficiency

Children that are overweight are more than twice as likely as normal weight kids to be iron deficient, finds a new study.

Soy isoflavones show no impact on health in older women

The increasingly popular supplements of soy isoflavones do not seem to help lower cholesterol, improve bone mineral density or benefit brain function after menopause, new research suggests.

Milk offers good medium for fighting childhood disease

Milk powder fortified with vitamins and minerals, as well as milks with prebiotic and probiotic bacteria, can prevent major, often fatal, childhood diseases such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, and have...

Vitamins during infancy may raise asthma risk, new findings

Infants who take multivitamins may be at a greater risk of developing asthma and food allergies, according to a new study out of the US, which appears to conflict with...

New report calls for more research into sunshine vitamin

Official policy that discourages sunbathing and promotes use of sunblock products is preventing the British from getting adequate vitamin D, and putting them at risk of numerous chronic diseases, claims...

Fish eaters at lower risk of lymph, blood cancers

People who eat fish regularly several times a week are significantly less likely to get cancers of the lymph and hematopoietic system, which include leukaemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and myeloma, suggests...

Herb, drug interactions not sufficiently studied

Evidence that the herbal St John's wort may cause important interactions with conventional drugs, or even drug resistance, is poor, say researchers in this week's British Medical Journal.

Overall diet plays bigger role than individual nutrients in heart health?

Eating more fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes and whole grains may protect against stroke, finds a new study that claims a whole eating pattern is the best way of investigating risk...

Multivitamins delay full-blown AIDS, risk of death

A daily multivitamin can slow the progression of HIV and also delay the need for antiretroviral therapy, show the results of an eight-year study by Harvard researchers out today.

Scientists aiming to standardise antioxidant measurement

An international gathering of researchers has agreed for the first time to establish uniform measurement standards for antioxidants.

Alcohol good for bones too?

Moderate alcohol consumption could help protect women against osteoporosis, say researchers from a British hospital.

Heart disease prevention must get more attention

Leading heart health charity the World Heart Federation is calling for every country to develop a policy for preventing cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the world, killing...

Cactus extract reduces hangover symptoms

A cactus extract appears to reduce hangover symptoms, according to new research from the US.

Khat leaves may hold natural fertility booster

A chemical that occurs naturally in the leaves of an African plant could boost men's fertility, UK researchers told the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology's annual conference yesterday.

High protein could impact conception rate, suggests mouse study

A moderately high protein diet could reduce a woman's chances of becoming pregnant, according to new research presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual conference in...

Maternal fish diet boosts baby's language learning

Women who ate fish regularly during pregnancy had children with better language and communication skills by the age of 18 months, shows a new study, which supports previous evidence that...

Many UK families cannot afford healthy diet

A healthy diet is a luxury many UK families cannot afford, shows a new report, that found half of all parents (46 per cent) on a low income have gone...

Eggs have no impact on dangerous cholesterol, new study

Eating an egg a day does not impact the cholesterol particles in the blood most likely to cause heart disease, according to a new study that could play an important...

Dieters offer opportunity for supplement makers

Teenage girls often use weight control methods that may leave them deficient in calcium, iron and other essential nutrients, a US study suggests.

Soybean protein reduces body fat in women

A Japanese study finds that soybean beta-conglycinin may help to maintain a healthy body fat ratio and serum lipid levels in healthy women.

Scientists keep up call for better diet

The call for serious restrictions on the marketing of unhealthy food in order to improve public health has not gone away, despite the recently unveiled strategy proposed by the World...

UK backs fish consumption under new guidelines

The UK's food watchdog yesterday issued new advice on eating oily fish, recommending for the first time maximum levels at which the health benefits clearly outweigh the possible risks from...

Black tea may improve blood vessel health

Black tea may be healthy for the heart through its action on blood vessels, suggests a small study that found the drink to dilate the vessels allowing faster blood flow.

Vitamin E benefits athlete recovery, further antioxidant evidence

People who have high levels of oxidative stress due to chronic health problems might benefit from taking supplements of vitamin E in doses higher than the currently recommended daily intake,...