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Tocotrienols may protect against stroke damage

Alpha-tocotrienols, a natural form of vitamin E, significantly reduced the effects of stroke damage in a new study on rats.

St John's wort protein found to suppress HIV in lab

A novel protein extracted from a culture of St John's wort extract suppresses HIV-1 expression and inhibits its replication, say US researchers.

Vitamin intake may protect against bowel cancer

A diet rich in vitamin C and B vitamins appears to protect against adenomas in the bowel, even in smokers, report French researchers.

Black cohosh no better than placebo against hot flushes, finds new trial

Taking supplements of the herbal black cohosh is unlikely to offer much relief from menopausal hot flushes, conclude the US researchers on a new trial.

Celery flavonoid slows prostate tumour growth in mice

Apigenin, a plant flavonoid found in herbs, fruits and vegetables, slowed down the growth of prostate cancer tumours when fed to mice, report US researchers on a new study.

Poor nutrition predicts poor hospital outcome in elderly

Dietary habits are significant predictors of poor hospitalization outcome among the elderly, concludes a team of Israeli researchers, who also found the prevalence of malnutrition to be high in a...

Oxidised fish oils on market may harm consumer, warns researcher

Better methods for stabilizing fish oils are needed to protect consumers from the toxic products produced when they go off, says a team of New Zealand researchers.

Red wine improves artery health in heart patients

Antioxidants in red wine appear to have positive effects on the arteries of people with heart disease, according to a Greek study.

Scientists to map the soybean genome

Food industry set to benefit from soybean research, as scientists in the US gain funding to map the soybean genome.

How CLA fights inflammatory disease

US scientists have explained how one of the forms of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid found in dairy products, could reduce inflammatory disease.

Soy sauce fortification with iron reduces anaemia

Fortification of soy sauce with highly bioavailableiron can be an effective way to reduce anaemia, even at low consumption levels, according to a recent study.

Beta-carotene rich plants improve vitamin A status, shows study

A new technique that allows researchers to track carotenoids consumed in plant foods through the body's bloodstream confirms the role of plant beta-carotene in raising vitamin A levels.

Omega-3s could lower risk of dry eye syndrome

Consuming omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of dry eye syndrome, suggests a newly published study.

Herbal alternative for asthma shows promise

An oral combination of three Chinese herbs could be as effective as conventional medicines at alleviating asthma symptoms but without such severe side effects, report Chinese and American researchers.

High fat diet eases Alzheimer's?

Exploring how dietary components can interact to influence the metabolic state of the body, scientists show that a high fat, low carbohydrate diet eases Alzheimer's disease in mice.

Cranberry compound found to block cancer

Compounds in cranberries, thought to help prevent urinary preventions, may also fight the development of cancer, report US researchers today.

Big infants at greater risk of later obesity

Large infants, and those who grow rapidly during the first two years of life, are at increased risk of obesity in childhood and adulthood, finds a new study out on...

Beta-carotene linked to lower deaths among elderly

Intake of beta-carotene from foods is inversely associated with lower mortality, including death from heart disease and cancer, in the elderly, shows a new study across different European populations.

Maternal fish intake helps foetal brain development

Mothers that eat fish are likely to boost the brainpower of their babies, shows new research.

Probiotics increase protection against autoimmune disease

Probiotic bacteria could not only help fight viruses but they may also protect against autoimmune diseases like diabetes, says Swedish probiotics firm Probi.

Vanadium may enhance recovery from infections

Vanadium, a trace mineral taken in supplements by bodybuilders and for sugar control, may promote faster recovery from food poisoning or other infections, suggests new research on animals.

Probiotics help dermatitis in children, new evidence

Children given a probiotic supplement for four months showed a significant improvement in symptoms of atopic dermatitis, said Australian researchers this month.

Cutting cholesterol levels may protect against Alzheimer's

Keeping an eye on cholesterol can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke but it may also help ward off Alzheimer's disease, according to new research.

Cheeseburgers are good for the gut

Cheeseburgers are good for the gut, say scientists this week, in sharp contrast to widespread belief that high fat foods can clog up the arteries.

Eating fish may slow down onset of dementia

Eating fish at least once a week may slow down the development of dementia, suggests new research out of the US.