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Vitamin B may block, not clear, arteries

Researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine have found that supplements of vitamin B, previously thought to help keep arteries clear after a coronary stent was inserted, actually do...

Omega-3s appear to protect against prostate cancer

Men with higher intakes of EPA and DHA could be at lower risk of developing prostate cancer, according to a major US study.

Lack of selenium may impact immune response

People deficient in the trace mineral selenium may be less able to fight off disease, suggests new UK research, which found that subjects lacking the nutrient had lower resistance to...

Drugs still account for major share of healthcare budgets

Spending on health and healthcare in most developed countries has risen dramatically over the past five years, according to a new report from think-tank the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...

Nuts fight gallstones, suggests prospective study

Women who often snack on nuts are less likely to go face surgery for gallstone disease, a major source of morbidity in developed countries, shows a new study.

Sprout salad may help ward off cancer

A salad of sprouted vegetables appears to protect against cancer, according to new research presented at a biotech conference yesterday.

The future for vitamin E

Scientists still do not have enough data on vitamin E to deduce optimal intake levels, concluded scientists at a major conference in the US last month.

Investigation of health claims on milk

A new trial will test whether a milk marketed as healthier than most others available does indeed lower cholesterol.

Vitamin D3 more potent than D2, further evidence

Vitamin D3 has significantly greater potency than another form of the vitamin, D2, shows a small study, presented last week.

Genomics could offer much-needed support for probiotic claims

New gene technology could provide further evidence to support probiotic bacteria, often criticised by the medical profession for having insufficient science behind the claims made about their health benefits.

Fortification gaining increasing industry support

Changing attitudes to the health benefits of foods and an increased effort to solve technical and economic issues has raised support for flour fortification among industry members, showed a meeting...

Antioxidants may protect foetus from alcohol abuse

Alcoholics who fail to stop drinking during pregnancy may reduce the risk of birth defects in their babies by taking antioxidants during pregnancy, a study on mice suggests.

Beans, artichokes top antioxidant list, according to new analysis

Artichokes and red kidney beans are among the best sources of dietary antioxidants, according to a new US investigation, said to be the largest, most comprehensive analysis to date of...

High-fibre foods may reduce insulin production in diabetes-risk patients

Eating a fibre-rich cereal helped men with high insulin levels to reduce a rise in the hormone, suggesting that fibre could be an important preventative therapy for people at risk...

New grain could target gluten intolerant consumers

Scientists on both sides of the Atlantic are researching a little-known cereal that could be used in breads for people with gluten intolerance. It has also been found to have...

Whey protein supplement appears to inhibit ACE, lowers BP

Hydrolysed whey proteins significantly reduce blood pressure in a small clinical trial, likely by altering multiple cardiovascular disease risk facters, reported researchers at a recent diabetes conference, writes Dominique Patton.

New system pinpoints strong consumer food profile

Food makers will have increasingly accurate data about their consumers as researchers in the US design a new method to help survey respondents remember 'forgotten foods'.

Calcium supplements can lower risk of advanced colon polyps

Calcium supplements, previously shown to cut the risk of colorectal polyps, appears to have the greatest effect on advanced colorectal adenomas, considered to be most strongly associated to invasive colorectal...

Fruit, not supplements, may protect against age-related eye disease

Eating fruit may help protect against the development of age-related maculopathy (ARM), an eye disease that can cause blindness, according to US scientists.

Early days for supplements' role in diabetes

Little evidence supports either the safety or efficacy of nutritional supplements in helping to improve diabetes-related conditions despite strong public interest in natural therapies, according to the head of a...

Echinacea might not fight cold symptoms, further evidence

Another study questions the ability of the herbal Echinacea to reduce symptoms of the common cold and help patients recover faster.

Major study backs carotenoids' protective effects on heart

Further evidence to support the inclusion of carotenoids in food formulations comes from the US with a new study showing that high blood levels of carotenoids, a family of disease-beating...

Soy as analgesic for bone cancer pain?

A soy diet has been shown to reduce some of the pain caused by bone cancer in an animal study. Researchers suggest it could be investigated for pain relief in...

Genistein supplement in prostate cancer trial

Researchers are to investigate whether a genistein-rich food, derived from soybeans and shiitake mushrooms, could help slow or even halt the progression of early prostate cancer.

Too many antioxidants may play role in type 2 diabetes, new theory

US researchers believe they may have discovered a new cause of insulin resistance, the condition that leads to the increasingly prevalent type 2 diabetes. They say that high amounts of...