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Heart problems at forefront of natural symposium

Heart problems, weight control and diabetes are the three research areas that will be headlining at this year's Natural Health Research Institute's annual symposium.

Folic acid fortification shows promise in Chile

Increased consumption of folic acid may have helped to reduce the number of children born with neural tube defects in Chile, according to a new study.

When we eat, a risk factor in obesity?

Greater understanding of an internal clock that controls how much we eat, could contribute to the fight against obesity, say scientists, pinpointing "something deep within the brain."

Barley beta-glucan lowers cholesterol like oats

A new study indicates that barley beta-glucan has cholesterol-lowering properties similar to those of oats.

Moderate drinking may not deliver health benefits, says CDC

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that the lower incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) amongst moderate drinkers, compared with heavy- or non-drinkers, may be attributable...

Satiety triggers: the secret weapon against rising obesity?

Food designs that use flavours, ingredients or aromas as triggers to limit food intake could be the next generation of consumer food, as food technologists across Europe work together to...

Vitamin D may help lung cancer surgery

Vitamin D is a key factor in helping patients benefit from surgery to treat early stage lung cancer, says new research.

Green tea reduces prostate risk

Green tea is back in the news again after a new study showed that men at a high risk of contracting prostate cancer had their risk slashed after taking green...

Healthy living advised for siblings of heart disease sufferers

Obesity is a problem for anyone, but a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins found that people with a family history of heart disease have more reason than most to...

Cruciferous veg, chili could slow or stop cancer cell growth

Two new studies carried out at the University of Pittsburg point to the potential of foods like broccoli and chili pepper in slowing or preventing the growth of cancerous cells.

Mum's schooling helps children eat healthier

A mother's education and income seem to be the key factors determining what their children eat, according to a study from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Honey and calcium may help boost bone mass

Eating honey along with supplemental calcium appeared to enhance calcium absorption in rats, according to a study from Purdue University.

Tea could prevent diabetes and cataracts

Tea is once again being heralded as something more than a refreshing brew as research suggests it may prevent diabetes and complications associated with the disease.

21st diet pushes up obesity levels in China

Clear openings for health-positioned foods in China with new figures highlighting the rise in metabolic syndrome - a condition where a number of risk factors for heart disease are present.

InterHealth validates products with new research

Ingredient company InterHealth Nutraceuticals has added to its store of evidence indicating the efficacy of two of its ingredients for weight loss and cardiovascular health with studies presented at Experimental...

Chocolate compound stops cancer cell cycle in lab

A natural compound found in cocoa deactivates a number of proteins that are probably behind the continual division of cancer cells, report researchers.

Vitamin review offers balanced perspective to recent negative findings

A review of the evidence on vitamins C and E, currently one of the most controversial nutritional products, will give industry support following the safety questions raised by recent studies.

Dairy calcium has 'no effect' on weight

A study into whether increased intake of dairy calcium reduces weight and fat mass, as previous research had suggested, concluded negatively.

Experts step up work against metabolic syndrome with new definition

International expert agreement on a definition of the metabolic syndrome, a collection of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, will help doctors and the food industry better target prevention...

Smokers need more vitamin E

Smokers need more vitamin E, say researchers who have found that the vitamin is used up more quickly than in non-smokers to fight off the damage done by cigarettes.

Rice consumers opt for health-promoting foods

Food makers will favour rice in formulations, with a new study set to boost consumer perception of the grain, showing rice eaters have a healthier overall diet, with less added...

Prebiotic raises risk of salmonella infection in rats

High consumption of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) increases the risk of salmonella infection in rats, according to new research, although it is impossible to tell whether the prebiotic ingredient could have the...

Arthritis patients need more information on herb-drug interactions

Almost half the arthritis patients surveyed by UK doctors were using herbal remedies but many were unaware of potential interactions with conventional drugs, reports Dominique Patton.

Vitamin E - no evidence of Alzheimer's prevention

High doses of vitamin E had no effect on preventing the age-related Alzheimer's disease, said US researchers yesterday.

Fruit and vegetable consumption to reduce brain damage

Eating plenty of spinach and blueberries may considerably limit brain damage from strokes and other neurological disorders, say US neuroscientists.

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