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Regular milk drinkers may have lower stroke risk

A diet rich in milk does not increase the risk of heart disease and stroke as previously thought and may even be protective, concludes new research, reports Dominique Patton.

Weight proves most influential factor on adult bone health

Weight and nutrient intake is more important for bone health in mid life than childhood factors or foetal programming, reveals a small study from the UK.

Milk protein enriched with tryptophan helps poor sleepers

Taking a supplement of the milk protein alpha-lactalbumin, rich in the amino acid tryptophan, appeared to improve sleep quality and alertness in the morning, according to a small Dutch trial.

Study points to puzzle of calcium/cancer link

Calcium and low fat milk may increase the risk of prostate cancer, say the authors of a new study into the link between dairy products and the disease. But as...

HCA may have role in diabetes prevention, suggests animal research

A synthetic version of the plant compound hydroxycitric acid (HCA) strongly delayed glucose absorption in rats suggesting that it could help regulate blood sugar levels in people at risk of...

Soyfoods lower blood pressure, especially in older women

Soyfoods, already shown to lower cholesterol levels, could also benefit the heart by keeping blood pressure levels down, suggests the latest evidence.

Heavy infants may be more prone to breast cancer

Heavy infants and those who are not breastfed could be more likely to develop breast cancer later in life, shows new data reported in the US recently.

Dietary vitamin E may fight off Parkinson's

Diets rich in vitamin E could protect against the development of Parkinson's disease, suggests a new meta-analysis published today.

Vitamin D oversight endangers women

More than half of osteoporosis sufferers do not consume sufficient quantities of vitamin D, suggests new research - an oversight that could make them more vulnerable to falls and fractures.

Low fat diet could improve breast cancer prognosis

Breast cancer survivors who stick to a low fat diet could be 24 percent less likely to suffer a relapse than those eating a standard diet, according to researchers at...

Herbal group reacts to black cohosh study

A study presented this week showing that black cohosh supplements offer no benefit for hot flushes was probably too short to measure any effect, says the herbal science group the...

Low-g could reduce cardiovascular risk in obese

The low-glycemic-load diet has attracted growing numbers of weight- and health-conscious consumers over the past year. New research from the Children's Hospital in Boston provides further indication that their enthusiasm...

Mechanism for green tea's anti-cancer action revealed

Green tea appears to protect against cancer by affecting a 'promiscuous' protein that pharmaceutical experts are already targeting in their work on anti-cancer drugs, according to new research.

Black cohosh has no benefit on hot flushes, says US team

Black cohosh does not reduce hot flushes in women any better than a placebo, said US researchers yesterday.

Type 2 diabetes may begin with grandmother's diet

Insulin resistance typical of type 2 diabetes can be 'programmed' across two generations by poor nutrition during a grandmother's pregnancy and lactation, suggests a groundbreaking new animal study.

Rice bran oil to cut cholesterol

A form of vitamin E found naturally in rice bran oil lowers cholesterol in rats, according to a new study.

Fat in diet boosts metabolism

Fat consumption in the diet can lead to healthy blood levels of sugar and cholesterol, say researchers.

Sodium, calcium absorption may be race related

Varying rates of hypertension and osteoporosis in African-American and Caucasian adolescent girls may be explained by the different ways in which their bodies handle sodium and calcium, according to recent...

New data supports lignans' potential for men's health

Flax lignans may help treat benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), a condition said to affect more than half of all men over the age of 50, according to a new animal...

Children should reject soft drinks to stay healthy

Children should be consuming more nutrient rich beverages and less soft drinks to stem the wave of childhood obesity, said US researchers this month.

Use supplements not sunbeds to lift vitamin D levels

Supplements, and not increased exposure to either natural or artificial ultraviolet (UV) light, should be the preferred way of topping up vitamin D levels, stress medical experts in a journal...

Low-fat dairy cuts diabetes risk in men

Dairy food makers looking to drill further into the health benefits of their primary foodstuffs will welcome new findings that suggest two servings of low-fat dairy foods a day could...

Preterm infants may benefit from fatty acids

Feeding formulas containing fatty acids such as docosahexanoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA) may improve the development of preterm infants.

Nutritional advice encourages growth in infants

The quality and extent of nutritional advice given to families in developing countries should be improved to reduce stunted growth in infants, said The Lancet today.

Changing carbs for protein helps reduce stomach fat

Substituting a modest amount of protein for carbohydrate may reduce abdominal obesity, say researchers reporting on data gathered from a diverse multi-ethnic population.