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The chemistry of delicious

If only they taught chemistry in schools as it happens at Christmas tables across Europe. For here lies the secret of delicious. Come next weekend, the centrepiece from north to...

Selenium supplements needed for elderly women, say researchers

Levels of selenium and other antioxidants are low in elderly women, and could be boosted by supplements, say German researchers.

Dementia set to soar

The number of people with dementia around the world will double every 20 years, predicts a new report.

Folate supplements could improve immune system in the elderly

A diet rich in folic acid could boost the immune system in the old people,suggest the results from a new Canadian study with rats.

Omega-3 fatty acids can improve COPD symptoms

A diet rich in omega-3 and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could improve lung function for COPD sufferers, reports a study from Japan.

Iodine in milk linked to teenage acne

Iodine in milk may be a main cause of teenagers' acne outbreaks, says a US dermatologist, though hard evidence of a link remains scarce and disputed.

Dietary fibre not yet proven to reduce colorectal cancer risk, says study

Dietary fibre intake may not be associated with reduced risk of colorectal cancer, according to a study in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (vol 294,...

Malnutrition costs the UK twice as much as obesity

People that are undernourished, or losing weight unintentionally, cost UK health services more than twice as much as obese people, suggests a new report, yet they receive less attention from...

Japan issues safety data on isoflavone intake

Japan's food safety authorities have agreed on a safe daily intake for soy isoflavones, after applications to register the supplements as food for specified health use (FOSHU).

Tea drinkers have lower ovarian cancer risk

Drinking more than two cups of tea daily can reduce the risk of ovariancancer by half, according to results from a large Swedish study.

More vitamin D linked to better lung health

High levels of vitamin D may help our lungs stay healthy, according toresearchers from New Zealand.

Omega oils could improve child's behaviour, learning

Supplements of omega-3 and omega-6 oils can improve the behaviour of rowdykids and help language skills, researchers from England have found.

Micronutrients boost life quality for elderly with heart failure

Supplements containing vitamins and other micronutrients can improve heart function and quality of life in elderly patients with chronic heart failure, claims a joint British-German study.

Pistachios and sesame seeds richest source of phytosterols

Pistachios and sesame seeds contain more cholesterol-reducing compounds than most other nuts and seeds, according to an extensive study.

Genome health clinics not far away, says Australian scientist

Clinics that can test for consumers' genotypes and give out dietary advice accordingly could be set up in the near future, said one scientist speaking at Asia's first major nutrigenomics...

Different fibres impact different heart disease risk factors

Most kinds of fibre are related to lower risk of various heart disease risk factors, finds new research on a French population.

Calorie control weight-loss may depend on genes

Dieters who fail to lose weight on a calorie-controlled diet may take heart at new research from Tufts University, which indicates that it may be down to their genes.

Magnesium could reduce osteoporosis risk

Increasing magnesium intake could increase bone density in the elderly andreduce the risk of osteoporosis, suggests a large American study.

Study backs dairy weight loss claims

Young women can burn more calories from meals if they eat three or four servings of dairy per day, suggests a new study in another twist to the dairy weight...

Leucine supplements could help prevent muscle loss

A leucine-rich diet could reduce age-related muscle loss, say French researchers who have reported positive results on rats.

'Super Broccoli' offers anti-cancer hope

A team of British researchers is breeding a type of 'super broccoli' containing over three times the normal levels of an anti-cancer compound.

Coffee and tea might reduce liver disease risks

Drinking more than two cups of coffee or tea daily appears to cut the risk of chronic liver disease by half, reports new research from America.

New rice boosts iron levels but no match for fortified food

Rice bred to contain high levels of iron has been shown to improve the iron status of Filippino women but it is unlikely to be a substitute for the growing...

Studies clash over alcohol health benefits

Drinking alcohol in moderation may help people to stave off obesity, says US study, as researchers from New Zealand cast doubt on alcohol's heart health benefits.

Iron, calcium linked to lung cancer

Iron and calcium are linked to a higher risk of lung cancer in new research from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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