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Duped by echinacea?

Echinacea, currently one of the most popular herbal remedies in Europe, which is taken to treat the common cold, had no effect when tested on...

Heart disease casts shadow on public health budgets

The burden of heart failure will continue to increase substantially over the next 20 years, concludes a study in Heart. Researchers used epidemiological data to...

European functional foods research

What is the actual link between calcium and osteoporosis? And what is the precise role of fibre in a healthy intestine? Will the diet of...

Nutrition advice for the elderly

Early next century there will be more Europeans over 60 years old than under 20. A major European funded project currently underway will examine the...

Tackling the bone health issue

The World Health Organisation has defined osteoporosis as the second leading health care problem after cardiovascular disease. A new European funded project - called 'Osteodiet'...

Dark grape juice inhibits iron uptake

The antioxidants in dark grape juice, noted for their health benefits in fighting heart disease, may have a downside, according to new research. In cell...

A healthy glass of white

White wine can be just as healthy as red, according to researchers from the University of Montpellier in France who have made a Chardonnay with...

Seafood, good source of selenium

Selenium absorption from fish is as good as that from plant-based foods, finds new research carried out in the Netherlands and the UK. Studies have...

Sugar to improve weight control?

Replacing dietary fat with a higher intake of carbohydrates, including sugar, can have a positive effect on weight control in overweight individuals, according to a...

Microbes and Man - new research

A project to shed light on the way microbes can benefit health has gained funding from the Academy of Finland and the Swedish Foundation for...

Fortified cereals hit the mark

Scientists at the Children's Nutrition Research Center (CNRC) in Houston,Texas, have found that ready-to-eat cereals fortified with a moderateamount of calcium can help kids meet...

Total ban on kava too strong, says expert

Scientists attending a conference on complementary medicine last week said a ban on the controversial herbal medicine kava may be an an over-reaction to an...

Calls to tackle iron deficiency in infants

Leading nutritional experts yesterday called for new initiatives to tackle iron deficiency among young children after a conference heard that one in four infants over...

Keep your teeth - drink up your milk!

Scientists in the US have found strong evidence linking a lack of vitamin D and calcium with tooth loss in the elderly. They say that...

Supplement to boost memory?

Researchers at Oregon Health Science University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in the US are launching a clinical trial to determine whether...

Coffee may lower risk of gallstones

Women who are keen coffee drinkers may be lowering their risk of developing gallstones, report researchers in the recent issue of Gastroenterology. The researchers found...

The future is orange

Dark orange is better than paler, more neutral tones - at least, when referring to carrot colour, according to researchers studying the levels of beta-carotene...

Modern diet blamed for acne

Eating too much refined bread and cereal may be one of the causes of teenage acne, according to a team of US scientists reports this...

Changing the cheese can make a difference

Changing consumption of normal cheese to cheese made from vegetable oils can reduce cholesterol levels in some people, according to a new study published in...

Further research on antioxidants for disease prevention

Plant-based diets may have a protective role against diseases such as cardiovascular disease and some cancers due to the antioxidant content of many plants, report...

Vitamins A, E in the ageing process

A project supported by the European Commission is studying fat-soluble vitamins A and E and carotenoids in order to assess their role in the human...

Vegetarian diet may offer statin-free alternative

A study by researchers at the University of Toronto and St Michael's Hospital in Canada found that a diet including foods such as soy proteins,...

Fruit and veg intake still too low

Despite massive efforts to promote the 5-a-day message, the average UK consumer is still not eating enough fruit and vegetables. According to a national survey,...

Carbohydrates - a 'simple' or 'complex' problem?

Eating a diet with less fat and more carbohydrates could lead to a modest but significant reduction in body weight - whatever the US fad...

Grape-seed extract boosts wound healing

Grape-seed extract may help skin wounds heal faster and with less scarring, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Ohio State University's Heart and Lung...

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