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DHEA, another HRT alternative?

Supplements of the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) may help remedy some of the side effects of the menopause, according to Italian researchers.

Folate could help prevent stroke

Men with a high intake of folic acid are at significantly lower risk of stroke, finds new research confirming previous studies. The researchers say there could be enough evidence to...

Burn patients need vitamin D supplements

Children with severe burns have a diminished capacity to make vitamin D and should receive vitamin D supplements to stop their bones from weakening, report US researchers this week.

Supplements needed in southern hemisphere

A lack of basic vitamins and minerals is damaging the health of one-third of the world's people and holding back the economic development of virtually every country in the southern...

Fibre intake confirmed key in breast cancer prevention

A diet high in fibre and low in fat appears to reduce the risk of breast cancer, report Swedish scientists.

Cholesterol confusion - room for education

Most British people are unaware of the link between high cholesterol levels and heart disease, according to a recent survey, which also reveals that people are doing little to improve...

Fat findings may help regulate major disease

Fat cells, commonly blamed for a number of diseases, could also be a vital part of the body's immune system, report researchers, who have found the first evidence that the...

Scientists develop more absorbable chromium

US scientists have patented a new, stable and absorbable form of chromium and are looking for companies to carry out trials on the product, they said this week.

Cancer patients unaware of herb/drug interactions

More than half of cancer patients assessed in a new study were taking herbal remedies and supplements alongside conventional treatment but this may put them at increased risk of dangerous...

Food agencies pledge further action to lift folic acid intake

Europe's national food safety agencies have announced a plan to explore ways of reducing folic acid deficiency among women of child bearing age.

US lobby wins time for changes to global health strategy

The United States has managed to stall approval of the WHO's diet and health strategy, designed to help the world's governments stem the rise in obesity.

Melatonin may help blood pressure

Melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone found in the body, might one day offer a new approach to traditional high blood pressure treatments, according to a report in today's rapid access...

Vitamins C, E linked to strong reduction in Alzheimer's risk

Taking individual supplements of the antioxidant vitamins E and C could help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's among the elderly, finds a new study.

An information boost for isoflavones

Leading isoflavone producer Novogen has launched a research centre that will provide consumers and the media, increasingly drawing attention to isoflavone supplements, with the latest information on the plant-derived compounds.

WHO health strategy facing industry 'sabotage'

A WHO report on obesity prevention, which would urge governments to promote healthy foods, is under threat from food makers supported by the US administration, said consumer groups last week.

Maternal fish oil intake may help reduce allergies among infants

Taking fish oil supplements when pregnant could protect our offspring from developing allergies, suggests new research from an Australian team.

Trehalose reduces Huntington's disease in mice

The natural sugar trehalose has been shown to relieve the symptoms of Huntington's disease in mice and could one day be used to treat the disease in humans, currently without...

Calcium supplements may not impact lead levels

Calcium supplements do not appear to cut lead levels in children with moderate lead poisoning, finds a new study published in this month's Pediatrics journal.

A supplement for teetotallers

Italian scientists are developing a supplement that contains many of the ingredients of red wine, often linked to the health of Mediterranean populations, without the alcohol.

Asia using synergies to bolster position in herbals market

Scientists in India and China are planning to increase cooperation in herbal medicine research in a bid to boost their position in the world's herbals trade, according to Indian press...

Synbiotics may target new areas, animal study

Combining prebiotic and probiotic ingredients, commonly known as a synbiotic, has different effects from those of the individual supplements and does not simply result in additive or synergistic effects, report...

Herbal weight loss supplement appears to impact heart on first dose

A single dose of a dietary supplement containing ephedra and caffeine can increase blood pressure and cause changes that have the potential to affect heart rhythms, shows a new study...

Cereal beats supplements for vitamin E absorption

Eating cereal fortified with vitamin E may be a better way of boosting intake of the vitamin than through supplementing the diet with capsules, suggests a new study.

Vitamin D almost halves women's risk of MS

Women who take vitamin D supplements through multivitamins are 40 per cent less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) than women who do not take supplements, shows a study published today.

Second generation functional foods

European researchers have begun work on the first generation of tomato plants engineered to contain high quantities of flavonoids.

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