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Fruit extracts offer hope in skin cancer prevention

Common fruits not only contain a number of vitamins and minerals that help fight everyday illnesses but could also harbor agents that can reduce the...

Ginger shown to slow colorectal cancer

The substance that gives ginger its flavour appears to inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells, according to research presented yesterday at a major...

Eggs for eye health?

Eggs are a highly bioavailable source of lutein, the carotenoid thought to help fight disease and eyesight degeneration, shows a small trial presented in the...

Chinese herb attacks prostate tumours

The Chinese herb Scutellaria barbata has been found to slow progression of prostate tumours in mice, suggesting potential chemopreventive effects in humans. The herb, a...

Low-carb diet keeps prostate cancer at bay?

A low-carbohydrate diet may be more effective than reducing fat intake for prevention of prostate cancer, suggests a laboratory study by researchers in the US....

Resveratrol may treat COPD

British scientists report this week that the red wine-derived antioxidant resveratrol could not only damp down the inflammatory process in the progressive lung disease COPD,...

Mother's calcium intake may reduce offspring's blood pressure

Pregnant women who take calcium supplements could have a significant effect on their offspring's blood pressure, suggests a new study. Researchers investigating the effects of...

Folic acid may fight alcohol-related damage

Women who drink regularly may need to increase their folate intake to prevent a raised risk of chronic disease, report researchers in a new study....

Cancer meeting focuses on diet and prevention

Cancer experts meeting in the US this week are expected to highlight a number of new studies connecting diet to prevention of the chronic disease....

Vitamin D supplements needed to prevent rickets

Pregnant women and children should take vitamin D supplements to prevent a resurgence of rickets, say researchers in a seminar published in tomorrow's issue of...

Vitamin C to fight joint pain?

UK researchers are to test whether a simple course of vitamin C could reduce the effects of an extreme pain syndrome that develops in 30...

FiE seminar opens floor to obesity solutions

Food ingredients companies are to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by the current global obesity epidemic at a seminar in next month's Food Ingredients...

Diabetes risk revised upwards

The number of adults who have pre-diabetes, a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes, is expected to rise by roughly 20 per cent...

New infant formula to reduce obesity risk?

A major trial on European children is to examine how early childhood diet can reduce the risk of obesity in later life. The findings could...

Soy isoflavones help protect bones in older women

Soy isoflavones could help women with low bone mineral content prevent hip fractures in postmenopause years, suggest Chinese researchers in this month's Journal of Clinical...

Legume genome could explain health benefits

Scientists will soon huddle together to unravel the third plant genome to be sequenced to date. Their work - boosted recently by a $10.8 million...

Researchers call for lower energy foods

Energy-dense fast foods and convenience meals increase the risk of obesity by encouraging unintentional over-eating, report scientists from the UK's Medical Research Council (MRC). They...

Lycopene may help recovery from prostate surgery

The tomato-derived antioxidant lycopene could help the recovery of patients who have been treated for advanced prostate cancer, say researchers reporting on a small trial....

UK under pressure to promote natural healthcare

Food is a major and underused anticancer weapon, according to a group of British politicians, who are calling for the Government to focus on diet...

Soy protein has protective effect for diabetes patients

Soy protein, widely consumed as a meat alternative or in sports nutrition products, could help diabetes patients protect their hearts and kidneys from damage caused...

Homeopathy could cure third world arsenic poisioning

A homeopathic remedy made from arsenic oxide could ease the suffering of the hundreds of millions of people at risk from arsenic poisoning worldwide, suggests...

Resveratrol up close

Researchers have gained EU funding to investigate how the much-discussed antioxidant resveratrol may benefit human health. The plant chemical, resveratrol (or 3,4,5-trihydroxystilbene), often thought to...

Japanese diet offers promise for Western women

Women could significantly reduce menopause symptoms within 12 weeks by changing to a Japanese diet and exercise plan, suggests a new study. Previous research has...

Collagen hydrolysate takes stage at congress

The use of collagen hydrolysate for osteoarthritis patients warrants further study, said experts meeting at last week's World Congress on Osteoarthritis held in Berlin, Germany....

Mistletoe: tradition not backed by science

A meta-analysis of trials on the use of mistletoe extract to treat cancer failed to show efficacy, report UK researchers in the International Journal of...