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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...

DHA supplements at pregnancy boost babies' intelligence

Mothers who supplement their diet with fatty acids rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) during pregnancy and lactation may be doing their children a favour in...

Caffeine harmful to children, suggests study

Drinks containing caffeine can significantly affect children's behaviour, report scientists in the US, who studied the sleep patterns of teenagers consuming caffeine in food or...

Long-term lutein intake boosts eyesight in cataract patients

Eating fruit and vegetables rich in the antioxidant lutein may improve eyesight in people with age-related cataracts, suggest researchers in Spain reporting on results from...

Fatty acid combo lowers heart attack risk

Taking a combination of different fatty acids in supplements may improve cholesterol levels in healthy women, and lower their risk of heart attack, report Canadian...

New year brings new approach to health

No more deep-fried chocolate bars, fry-ups and shortbread. A major new campaign launched yesterday by the Scottish government will seek to improve the diet of...

Obesity - cuts life expectancy as much as smoking

Obesity and being overweight in adulthood are associated with large decreases in life expectancy and increases in early mortality, according to the latest research. The...

Soybeans - an iron source?

Some soybean varieties may be able to improve the nutritional levels of women who are marginally iron deficient, suggest US researchers who have been studying...

Fish amino acid may reverse smoking damage

Eating fish may help to reverse some of the damage caused by smoking, according to new research by scientists in Ireland. The researchers found that...

Introducing the 'protato'

Genetically modified potatoes, developed to tackle malnutrition among poor Indian children, are in the final stages of testing, according to a report in the journal...

Checking folate levels

New methods to analyse the essential B vitamin folate, both in foods and in blood products, are being developed by scientists to help in setting...

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