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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...

Green tea treatment appears to reduce heart disease risk factors

A derivative of the green tea leaf may help reduce risk factors for heart disease, including bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, report researchers. A...

Heart healthy margarine may have benefits for diabetics

Phytosterol-enriched margarines, known to significantly lower total and LDL cholesterol, may also be able to reduce the risk of heart disease in people with type...

More evidence needed for low-carb diets

Researchers have expressed the need for long-term studies on the effects of low-carbohydrate diets. A review of this currently popular regime suggests that although successful,...

DHEA shows little benefit in Alzheimer's patients

The supplement dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), touted by some as an anti-aging hormone and a treatment for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, showed no...

Herbs, vitamins appear to be safe for diabetes control

The efficacy of individual herbs and supplements to help glucose control in diabetics is still unproven, suggest researchers compiling a review of all published studies....

Fishing for heart health

The Sikh population, and potentially other Asian groups, could significantly reduce their risk of heart disease by increasing their consumption of oily fish and as...

Act now to stem dramatic rise in cancer, says report

Cancer rates could increase by 50 per cent to 15 million by 2020, according to new figures released by the World Health Organisation this week....

Infants need more vitamin D, say doctors

Doctors in the US have raised recommended levels of vitamin D for infants because they say exposure to sunlight, which generates production of the vitamin...

High fruit consumption not so healthy after all?

A correlation between high fruit and fruit drink consumption and risk of Parkinson's disease has been found by researchers in Honolulu, believed to be due...

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