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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...

Fatty diet may affect children's growth process

Researchers studying the effects of fatty diets on puppies say their results could help further understanding of how these fats contribute to ageing and development...

Girls who cut down on fat may reduce breast cancer risk

Reducing fat intake during puberty could help lower the risk of breast cancer later on, report researchers in today's Journal of the National Cancer Institute....

Vitamin D could be link to heart failure

There are 'clear indications' that heart disease may be caused by vitamin D deficiency, say researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany, who, in...

Vitamins could improve post-operation recovery

Seriously ill patients who receive vitamins C and E may be less likely to develop certain complications after surgery, report researchers in the US. Researchers...

Balancing potassium

An editorial in the British Medical Journal recently advocated that people should increase their intake of potassium. Its benefits include lowering blood pressure in both...

Dietary supplements call for concern

Research into the hazards and risks of taking dietary supplements should be a priority, according to US researchers who assessed the adverse events caused by...

Strawberry plant modified to produce vitamin C

Scientists in Spain have identified a gene in ripe strawberries that could help create vitamin-enriched food in the future, according to a report by ABC...

5-a-day message gets tougher

British food producers and retailers will have to comply with strict criteria if they wish to use the new 5-A-DAY logo, to be launched by...

Cut the calories to keep the brain healthy?

Those seeking to cut down on calories in the New Year may also be protecting the brain from ageing, according to researchers at the University...

Assessing obesity

Despite the widely held belief that adolescents who come from higher-income families tend to be less obese than comparable children from families with less income,...

Regular alcohol intake prevents heart attack - new evidence

Daily or near-daily servings of beer, wine or spirits may help protect men from heart attacks, according to the results of a large, long-term study...

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