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Vitamin C levels associated with asthma risk

Further evidence suggests that deficiency in vitamin C could increase the likelihood of children developing asthma.

Vitamin D supplements for infants may prevent schizophrenia

Giving vitamin D supplements to newborn boys may reduce their risk of schizophrenia, say researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Low carbs cause mood 'lows'

People on the Atkins diet may be losing weight but they are also likely to be in a bad mood, say researchers in the US, who say that a lack...

Organic milk, alternative to fish for omega-3s?

Organic milk may indeed be healthier than regular milk thanks to differences in the feed given to organic herds, report researchers in Wales.

Folate fortification more effective than thought

Folate fortification of flour may have worked better than previously thought to reduce the number of children born with neural tube defects (NTDs), suggests a new study looking at the...

DSM zeaxanthin highly bioavailable, suggests study

Long-term supplementation with a synthetic zeaxanthin product significantly increased plasma levels of the carotenoid, thought to protect against degeneration of eye health, report researchers from DSM Nutritional Products.

Scientists overturn accepted theory of disease

The current thinking that oxygen free radicals are responsible for the development of numerous diseases, including cancer and arthritis, may be a red herring, says a team of UK scientists.

B vitamin may protect against blood poisoning

Vitamin B2 could be used to help treat patients with sepsis, report Japanese researchers at vitamin maker Eisai.

Carbs help but don't rival amino acids for muscle recovery

Taking a carbohydrate supplement after exercise helps to slow breakdown of muscle protein, report researchers, clarifying the role of complex sugars in sports nutrition.

Better health, down to government?

The government has a major role to play in improving the nation's health, claims a report commissioned by UK ministers.

More negative effects from HRT

Diminished hearing may be a further side effect of hormone-replacement therapy (HRT), according to a small pilot study funded by the US National Institutes of Health.

Probiotics fail to match label claims in S.Africa study

A number of probiotic products available in South Africa do not live up to the claims on their labels, report researchers in the February issue of the South African Medical...

Reaching the balance on mental health

Both alpha-linolenic acid and omega-3 fatty acids may reduce onset of depression in cancer patients, suggest Japanese reasearchers.

Milk beats fractures and obesity

Children who avoid drinking milk are more likely to be both overweight and at higher risk of fractures, say researchers in New Zealand.

Fruit and cereal fibre but not vegetables cut deaths from heart disease

Eating just 10 grams of dietary fibre from fruits and cereals each day appears to significantly lower the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study out this...

Diabetes control, more urgent than ever

Women with diabetes have worse mental function and suffer greater cognitive decline than women without diabetes, warn researchers in a new study.

Mineral water benefits from vitamin fortification

Mineral water fortified with folic acid and a handful of vitamins can reduce plasma homocysteine levels, a risk factor in cardiovascular disease, report Finnish researchers this month. In a separate...

Phytoestrogens not linked to breast cancer risk among Dutch

Plant oestrogens, such as isoflavones or lignans, do not appear to have any effect on reducing breast cancer risk in Western women, report Dutch researchers.

Plant sterols in juice improve cholesterol levels

Plant sterols, recognised for their cholesterol-lowering power when added to margarines and other fats, are just as effective in reducing low-density lipoprotein, or 'bad' cholesterol levels, when added to orange...

Formula-fed babies at higher risk of cot death?

Babies aged from two to three months are less likely to suffer from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SID) if they are breastfed, suggests a new study published in the Archives...

Tomatoes bred to contain extra antioxidant

US scientists have created purple tomatoes that include anthocyanins, the antioxidant pigments in red wine believed to prevent heart disease but not normally found in domestic varieties of the fruit.

Red palm oil may be vitamin A supplement in Africa

Red palm oil could be an efficient and cost effective way of increasing vitamin A levels in the regions of Saharan africa, suggests new research.

Turning the food pyramid on its head

Scientists in Denmark are to investigate whether a radical suggestion from the US about turning the 'food pyramid' on its head - and therefore eating more foods such as rice...

Soy protein reduces heart disease risk factors in men too

Men at high risk of heart disease could consider adding soy protein to their diets to reduce their chances of developing the disease, the world's biggest killer, report researchers.

Nestlé seqences LC1 genome

Nestlé has completed the genome sequence of a second probiotic bacterium, Lactobacillus johnsonii, known as La1, it revealed today.

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