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Researchers tackle childhood obesity epidemic

Researchers have launched one of the biggest studies into childhood obesity in the UK, funded by the British Heart Foundation. The key aim of the...

Folic acid does not increase chances of twins

A Chinese population-based study provides strong evidence that women who take folic acid supplements during pregnancy do not have an increased likelihood of having a...

White tea may have role in skin cancer battle

Extracts from white tea may be able to protect the skin from cancer, report researchers in the US. Scientists at University Hospitals of Cleveland and...

A daily dose of fermented milk?

Researchers from Finland report that a fermented milk high in bioactive peptides could be used to lower blood pressure among people with hypertension, one of...

Gut feeling: new research on intestinal health

TNO Nutrition and Food Research of the Netherlands has recently launched a project designed to verify the various claims relating to functional food ingredients. Called...

Search is on for new medicinal plants

The natural ingredients supplier Unigen Pharmaceuticals (UPI) said this week it is to collaborate with consultants Botanical Liaisons to discover new plants for use in...

Red clover isoflavones slow down prostate cancer

A short communication from researchers at Monash University in Australia suggests that red-clover derived isoflavones may help prevent the progression of prostate cancer by killing...

Industry urged to move on reducing salt in foods

"The food industry must take greater responsibility for public health and reduce salt in processed food," said Kath Dalmeny, research officer at the UK Food...

Homocysteine, the clue to heart disease

People with a genetically determined, reduced breakdown of the amino acid homocysteine have an increased risk of coronary heart disease compared to healthy people, according...

Look at the evidence - diet can prevent CHD

A symposium of top UK cardiologists and international heart experts last week confirmed the key role of diet in reducing the burden of coronary heart...

Vitamin D more useful than calcium for older women

Vitamin D rather than calcium intake is important in protecting post-menopausal women from fractures associated with osteoporosis, US researchers confirm. Researchers at the Brigham and...

Fortification review highlights overwhelming benefits

Food fortification with vitamins and minerals is one of the most effective methods to improve health and prevent nutritional deficiencies, say researchers in a new...

Working with eating disorders

A European project will investigate the factors leading to obesity, considered by many as an eating disorder and a disease that affects up to 60...

Iron supplements safe for kids with colds

Giving iron supplements to anaemic children when they have a cold or other upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) significantly improved their iron status without increasing...

Calcium supplements fail to build bone

Calcium supplements are insufficient when it comes to triggering the growth of new bone in osteoporosis patients, according to a leading researcher in the field...

Does fat matter in dementia risk?

Researchers evaluating the link between diet and risk for dementia have failed to confirm the role of saturated fat in higher risk of the mental...

Role of folic acid in heart health inconclusive

Vitamin B and folic acid supplements may not be effective in preventing the onset of heart disease, report researchers from the University of Western Australia....

Supporting probiotics

The dairy industry is increasingly turning towards innovation in order to drive sales forward. With the health trend gaining pace by the week, a key...

5-a-day: is the message working?

Key findings of a new survey from the Department of Health in the UK reveal that the government and the food industry still have a...

A natural approach to gut health

Locating specific Lactobacilli strains could lead to the development of new treatments for intestinal inflammations and infections, report researchers working on an EU-funded project on...

Evidence finds against ephedra

A new study backs evidence showing the dangers of the herb ephedra, found in weight-loss products. However, the study by US researchers found that only...

Relief for coeliac patients

An easy-to-use tool for the detection of gluten in foods will be developed in an EU-funded project designed to help people with coeliac disease avoid...

Amino acid, antioxidant combo may prevent heart disease

A popular health supplement taken with antioxidant vitamins may help prevent atherosclerosis, or blockage of the blood vessels, say researchers at the University of California,...

The luck of the genes

European researchers are assessing the candidate genes that might be involved in obesity to find out why some people prefer a high-fat diet and others...

A break for breast cancer

A case-only study on familial breast cancer hopes to provide some answers to questions about the mechanisms of carcinogenesis and how to prevent both genetic...

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