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Vitamin takers more likely to get flu

People that take vitamin supplements are also slightly more likely to catch the flu, suggests a Dutch survey carried out during last year's flu season.

Mediterranean diet not responsible for overweight Greeks

Eating a traditional Mediterranean diet to protect heart health is unlikely to lead to weight gain, as some people previously feared, say Greek researchers.

On-the-go probiotic shows stress-tummy promise

Institut Rosell is gearing up for the launch of its new Probio'Stick on-the-go probiotic product. Its latest trial indicates that it may be helpful in dealing with some of the...

Genetic link between caloric restriction and ageing

US scientists have found a genetic pathway that might explain why restricted calorie intake slows down the ageing process.

Hops rich in anti-cancer compounds

New research into a flavonoid compound found only in hops shows that it may help prevent cancer if a method to improve its absorption in the body can be found.

Changing diet will cut cancer deaths, says research

More than a third of the world's cancer deaths can be blamed on nine modifiable risk factors, including diet and obesity, shows a new study out today.

Nutrient alters gene activity in animals

Injecting an amino acid, also available as a food supplement, into rats permanently changed their behaviour by altering expression of certain genes, US scientists have reported.

More protein, less carbs may cut heart risk

Replacing some carbs with protein and monounsaturated fat can improve cholesterol levels, further lower blood pressure and reduce overall heart disease risk, suggests a new study out today.

Too much calcium may raise prostate cancer risk

Men who consume a lot of calcium may have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer, concludes new research.

Poor diet costs UK health service three times more than smoking

The UK's poor dietary habits are costing its health service an annual £6 billion (€8.9bn) - three times as much as the financial toll from smoking - suggests a new study.

High fat-low carb diet reduces heart's energy stores

High fat-low carb diets, such as the once-trendy Atkins diet, appear to negatively impact the heart's energy stores, shows new research presented in the US this week.

Obesity and cancer more closely linked than previously thought

Diet and obesity could play a more significant role in cancer risk than previously thought, putting processed food again under the spotlight.

Low selenium linked to higher risk of osteoarthritis

Insufficient levels of selenium may raise the risk of knee osteoarthritis, US researchers will report tomorrow.

Herbal supplement inhibits prostate cancer cells in lab

An herbal extract developed by New Chapter suppresses the growth of prostate cancer cells and induces prostate cancer cells to self-destruct, according to new research.

B vitamins to lower homocysteine may prevent strokes

Taking high doses of B vitamins may help reduce the risk of a second stroke and heart attacks, according to a new analysis.

Olive oil phenols may explain heart health benefits

Plant chemicals in olive oil, rather than the fatty acids, may be responsible for the good heart health widely observed in Mediterranean populations, say Spanish researchers.

Immigration to Britain raises heart disease risk

People moving from South Asia to the UK significantly increase their risk of heart disease, largely due to a change in diet, shows new research.

Indena builds evidence on safety of soy extract for post-menopausal women

Consuming a standardized soy extract does not stimulate the growth of breast cancer tumours as suspected by some scientists, and may in fact reduce tumour progression, suggests new research from...

Vitamin D appears more important than high calcium for bones

Consuming more than 800 mg of calcium per day may be unnecessary for bone health if the body has enough vitamin D, say Icelandic researchers.

How Atkins works - possible mechanism discovered

French scientists have reached a possible explanation for the weight loss effect of high-protein diets like Atkins.

Protein discovery could be clue to vitamin E's anti-cancer effect

US researchers have identified a protein that affects vitamin E's retention in prostate cells and helps the vitamin slow cancer growth.

Olive oil compounds fight colon cancer

Compounds in olive oil appear to protect against colon cancer, one of the most common forms of the disease in the Western world.

Child's rapid weight gain raises risk of heart disease

Rapid weight gain during childhood raises the risk of heart disease later in life more than an individual's actual body weight at any particular age, UK researchers have found.

Garlic component fights meat carcinogens

A component of garlic that gives the herb its flavour may inhibit the effects of a suspected carcinogen produced by meat cooked at high temperatures, say US researchers.

Resveratrol tackles Alzheimer's plaques, shows lab study

Resveratrol, a compound found in grapes and red wine, lowers levels of the amyloid-beta peptides that cause the plaques in the brain leading to Alzheimer's disease, shows new research.

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