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Little evidence to support weight loss effect of all chitosan supplements

The shellfish fibre chitosan has been shown in some trials to help weight loss but inconsistent product quality has led to conflicting results, believes one supplier.

Healthy eating, weight management benefit gums

Heart-healthy habits are good for oral health too, shows a new study that gives consumers an extra reason for making dietary changes.

Zinc could cut child deaths in developing world

Infants in developing countries are particularly vulnerable to illnesses such as pneumonia and diarrhea, but researchers have found that taking a zinc supplement each week could significantly lower their risk...

Caffeine drinks may contribute to obesity, suggests small study

Rising consumption of energy drinks that contain high levels of sugar and caffeine may be contributing to our expanding waistlines, according to new research that could prove damaging for the...

Fat type affects kids' memory

The type of fat children eat is important for their performance at school, shows a new study that supports the growing number of products being fortified with omega-3 fatty acids...

Butterbur: leaf extract yields positive hayfever results

Butterbur's alleged hay fever-fighting properties have been eyed with skepticism by some scientists over the last few years, but the largest trial conducted to date suggests that an extract from...

Weight loss lowers breast cancer risk in susceptible women

Losing a mere 4.5kg in weight before the age of 30 appears to more than halve the risk of developing breast cancer in a small number of women.

Specific protein the answer to rising obesity?

One protein could be the answer to rising levels of obesity, say US researchers investigating why some mice, like many obese consumers, cannot stop eating.

Historical study links fish to stroke

The health benefits of eating plenty of fish have been seen in a wealth of scientific studies, but data from a historical cohort study has led to a surprising observation...

'Dual sense' research confirms powerful olfaction role in taste

Ramifications for food formulation as fundamental research on food smells finds olfaction is uniquely a "dual" sense, in that the brain perceives the same smell molecule differently if it arrives...

Dairy funding guide unlocks R&D potential

A new guide telling dairy firms where they can get research and development funding to tap in to value-added and functional dairy trends has been launched by industry body Dairy...

Time no impact on lower omega 3 concentrations in vegetarians and vegans

British vegetarians and vegans have lower but stable plasma concentrations of omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) compared to their meat-eating compatriots, and the length of time a consumer adheres to...

Diet prevents healthy developing heart disease

Encouraging everyone to follow a healthy, cholesterol-lowering diet and quit smoking would do more to cut the number of deaths from heart disease than targeting people who already suffer from...

Nutrition advice boosts cancer survivors

Giving breast cancer survivors nutritional advice could do more than just impact their diet and eating patterns: it may also give them a psychological boost at a time when they...

Reaching folate RDA may offer major protection against Alzheimer's

Older adults who consume at least 400 micrograms of folate from the diet or supplements each day could more than halve their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, suggests a new study.

Lifestyle, diet may halt prostate cancer progression

Men with early stage prostate cancer who make intensive changes to their lifestyle and diet- including consumption of wholegrains- may stop the disease's progress.

Vitamins, especially E, may slow cataract progression

Taking vitamin E supplements, as well as a higher intake of the B vitamins riboflavin and thiamine, could slow cataract progession, suggest US researchers.

ARS makes melons more nutritious

Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service have hit on a way to make melons more nutritious - by spraying them with potassium while they are still growing on the vine.

Curcumin and cancer: GI-tract study planned

Researchers at the University of Swansea in the UK have received funding to embark on a human study into the effects of curcumin on cancers of the gastro-intestinal tract.

Citrus carotenoid may fight polyarthritis

Increasing intake of the carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin, found in citrus fruits, may reduce the risk of developing inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, report UK researchers.

Red clover investigated for effect on menopause, PMS symptoms

UK doctors, struggling to give advice to women on alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), are launching a study to find out how effective red clover is at preventing the...

Low folate levels could lower baby's birth weight

Women planning to have a baby should increase their folate intake if they want their child to reach optimal weight, finds new research that links the vitamin for the first...

Multivitamins don't prevent infections in all elderly, suggests study

Multivitamin and mineral supplements do not appear to prevent infections in older people living at home, report researchers in Scotland today, raising questions for a significant segment of the supplement-taking...

More evidence coffee may cut risk of liver cancer

Further research backs the theory that drinking coffee could decrease the risk of liver cancer, writes Dominique Patton.

Vitamin D levels low in almost all hip fracture patients

Nearly all hip fracture patients are deficient, sometimes severely, in vitamin D, researchers in Scotland reported this week.

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