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Experts step up work against metabolic syndrome with new definition

International expert agreement on a definition of the metabolic syndrome, a collection of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, will help doctors and the food industry better target prevention...

Smokers need more vitamin E

Smokers need more vitamin E, say researchers who have found that the vitamin is used up more quickly than in non-smokers to fight off the damage done by cigarettes.

Rice consumers opt for health-promoting foods

Food makers will favour rice in formulations, with a new study set to boost consumer perception of the grain, showing rice eaters have a healthier overall diet, with less added...

Prebiotic raises risk of salmonella infection in rats

High consumption of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) increases the risk of salmonella infection in rats, according to new research, although it is impossible to tell whether the prebiotic ingredient could have the...

Arthritis patients need more information on herb-drug interactions

Almost half the arthritis patients surveyed by UK doctors were using herbal remedies but many were unaware of potential interactions with conventional drugs, reports Dominique Patton.

Vitamin E - no evidence of Alzheimer's prevention

High doses of vitamin E had no effect on preventing the age-related Alzheimer's disease, said US researchers yesterday.

Fruit and vegetable consumption to reduce brain damage

Eating plenty of spinach and blueberries may considerably limit brain damage from strokes and other neurological disorders, say US neuroscientists.

Potassium-rich foods just as good as supplements for BP

Eating foods high in potassium is likely to have the same effect on blood pressure as taking potassium chloride supplements, suggests new research.

Meat-rich diet impacts health of unborn baby?

A new study will test the impact of an Atkins-type high-meat, low-carbohydrate diet in late pregnancy on a mother's offspring.

Vitamin C reduces risk of pregnancy complication, conclude researchers

Researchers at Mexico's National Institute of Perinatology have found that women taking 100mg of vitamin C supplement a day from the 20th week of pregnancy may reduce the risk of...

Fat type needs closer attention in heart health advice

Health officials should place greater emphasis on healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids, to help reduce the high numbers of people with heart disease in the UK, said a new...

Higher folate levels linked to faster mental decline in elderly

People who consume a lot of folate, or take large doses of folic acid in supplement form, may have a faster rate of mental decline when older, say researchers on...

Vitamin E found to reduce period pain

Taking daily vitamin E supplements can significantly reduce the severity and duration of period pain, and limit blood loss, according to new research.

Probiotic helps reduce eczema in allergic infants

Adding the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus GG (LGG) to the daily diet of children with a food allergy helped to reduce eczema symptoms, report researchers this month.

Beans may cut risk of breast cancer

Eating beans or lentils at least twice a week may reduce a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to research designed to investigate the benefits of the plant compounds...

Vitamin D bread raises bone mineral density in elderly

A bread fortified with very high levels of vitamin D appeared to be much better at protecting bone health in elderly people than bone-building drugs, according to a study presented...

Med diet helps elderly avoid death for longer

A 60-year-old who follows the Mediterranean diet can expect to live a year longer than his peer who prefers foods commonly eaten in northern Europe, says a study out today.

Iron-deficient mothers not so good at bonding with child

New mothers who are mildly iron deficient are less emotionally available or in tune with their babies, said researchers this week.

Vitamin E supplementation raised chances of new cancer in at-risk patients

Cancer patients who took high-dose vitamin E supplements to protect them from a recurrence of the disease were actually at higher risk of getting a second cancer while taking the...

Fish oil, vitamin supplement cuts need for drugs in bowel disease

A supplement of fish oil, soluble fibre and vitamins and antioxidants reduces reliance on traditional therapies for people with ulcerative colitis, according to a new study.

Oil palm trunk fiber shows functional food potential

Oil palm trunk fiber has shown potential as a functional food ingredient and may help manage and lower the risk of diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease and obesity, according to...

Zinc helps children think

Eleven-year-olds that took zinc supplements for five days each week had better mental performance after three months than their classmates, said researchers yesterday.

Peptide in onion may prevent bone loss

Fundamental research to provide new leverage for food makers with Swiss researchers suggesting regular onion consumption may boost the bones and prevent osteoporosis, reports Lindsey Partos.

Grape juice may lower BP by relaxing arteries

The blood pressure-lowering effect of grape juice is supported by new studies presented at the Experimental Biology meeting this week.

Natural cocoa in formulations to open up opportunities for makers, new study

Evidence backing the antioxidant powers of natural cocoa could bring new opportunities for confectionery firms looking to boost slacking sales in a saturated market, reports Lindsey Partos .

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