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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...

Europe seeks natural approach to osteoporosis

Italian researchers have designed cereal bars containing isoflavones to potentially target growing osteoporosis cases in the ageing population. The product development is the result of...

Eat up your oats kids!

The risk of obesity is lower for children who eat oatmeal regularly compared to those who do not, suggests new research. The percentage of two-to...

Passclaim takes on gut health, diabetes risk

Health scientists, researchers and members of the European food industry currently preparing a method for assessing scientific support for claims on food, is to focus...

Grape juice brings down blood pressure

A daily glass of grape juice may help men with hypertension lower their blood pressure, according to results from a preliminary study presented in the...

Up the calcium to boost weight loss?

Girls who consume more calcium tend to weigh less and have lower body fat than those with low calcium consumption, suggest new findings presented at...

The B vitamin painkiller

A combination of B vitamins has been found to reduce the severity of chronic pain in rats. The new research suggests that relief from chronic...

Flaxseed - more protective than soy protein against heart disease?

Adding flaxseed meal to the diet may help reduce high triglyceride levels and build-up of fats in the liver, both risk factors for heart disease...

The nuts issue

Eating peanuts on a regular basis has already been shown to help prevent cardiovascular disease. But a new study reveals that this may not be...

Grape seed extract counters salt-hypertension

New findings suggest that a diet moderately high in grape seed extract can blunt salt-sensitive hypertension to the same extent as previous, potentially carcinogenic, treatments....

Folate necessary to fight cancer risk

Individuals who are especially susceptible to genetic damage and who do not eat enough dietary folate are almost three times as likely to develop bladder...

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