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How prenatal diet can raise risk of diabetes in offspring

Poor prenatal nutrition permanently damages the function of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, which could explain why babies that weigh less at birth are at higher risk of diabetes, say...

Health benefits from organic diet demonstrated in rats

Rats given a diet of organic food were slimmer and had a stronger immune system than those on conventional diets, found a study carried out by UK and Danish researchers.

UK investigates dietary management of constipation

UK researchers are to investigate how dietary changes could help people better manage constipation in the biggest study on the condition ever undertaken.

Magnesium may protect against colorectal cancer

High levels of dietary magnesium may help protect women from developing colorectal cancer, shows a Swedish study.

Protein emerging as bone health factor

The belief that protein can damage bone health is being challenged by a series of studies out of the US, reports Dominique Patton.

Vitamin D may protect against prostate cancer

Men with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood were almost half as likely to develop aggressive forms of prostate cancer as those with lower amounts, reported researchers last...

Meat, milk have benefits over zinc supplements

Increasing consumption of meat in the developing world could be a more effective means of reducing nutrient deficiencies than giving children supplements, say US researchers, who called for more attention...

Folic acid advice has had little impact on birth defects

Recommendations for women planning a pregnancy to take folic acid supplements have had no impact on the number of babies born with neural tube defects, says an international team of...

Chromium's effect on childhood diabetes to be studied

The first clinical trial into the effects of chromium supplementation in children with type 1 diabetes is now underway at the Childrens' Hospital in Los Angeles, announced Nutrition 21, which...

Soy protein has no impact on calcium absorption, small study

A diet rich in soy protein does not appear to improve calcium absorption despite previous evidence to suggest that soy compounds, isoflavones, could improve bone health.

Daily coffee cuts liver cancer risk, new study

Benefits and risks of coffee drinking on consumer health are the focus of two new studies that ultimately reveal the positive, or negligible impact, of this popular beverage.

New insight into green tea's action on bladder cancer

Green tea extract is able to target cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone, researchers have found for the first time, adding further support to its potential as a cancer...

Childhood obesity figures inflated, say UK researchers

Claims of a childhood obesity epidemic in the UK are not supported by the evidence, say researchers today.

Wine keeps women's hearts beating healthily

Drinking wine, but not beer or spirits, keeps women's hearts beating healthily, finds new research.

Dietary supplement reduces prostate cancer marker

A daily supplement containing plant oestrogens and antioxidants like selenium and carotenoids may slow the rise in PSA levels, a marker for prostate cancer progression in some men, report Dutch...

Mushrooms offer heart health fibres

Common mushroom varieties offer significant amounts of heart healthy fibres, say researchers investigating the carbohydrate content of mushrooms for the first time.

Indian herb cuts insulin, blood sugar levels

A herbal used in traditional Indian medicine to treat diabetes seems to lower blood sugar and insulin levels in the same way as prescription drugs.

John's wort extract as effective as drug for severe depression

A St John's Wort extract, produced by German group Schwabe, is at least as effective in treating moderate to severe depression as a commonly prescribed anti-depressant, finds new research out...

Vitamin B12 may help prevent bone-wasting disease

Vitamin B12 deficiency may be an important modifiable risk factor for osteoporosis, say researchers, identifying the nutrient's connection to bone health in men for the first time.

Choline impacts heart disease risk factor

Another nutrient, choline, has been shown to influence the metabolism of homocysteine, increasingly thought to be a risk factor for heart disease.

Nutrigenomics will help support health claims

A new way of looking at nutrition research is set to help the food industry provide better support for health claims, writes Dominique Patton.

Carrot compound fights cancer in animal tests

A compound found in carrots that acts as a natural pesticide reduced the risk of cancer in rats by a third, report UK and Danish researchers today.

Cholesterol-lowering diet just as good as statins

A diet rich in fibre, soy and vegetables lowered cholesterol just as much as taking a statin drug, Canadian researchers report.

DHEA may relieve midlife depression, say researchers

A new study suggests that DHEA supplements may be an effective alternative to traditional anti-depressants for sufferers of midlife-onset major or minor depression.

Arginine supplements may lower stroke risk marker

Supplements of the amino acid L-arginine may lower levels of the heart disease marker homocysteine, say researchers for the first time.

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