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Scottish project gets backing for anti-obesity drug

PharmaLinks, a drug discovery initiative between the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde in Scotland, has won a £1 million (€1.56m) research contract to develop an...

Beer has heart health properties too

Drinking an occasional beer with dinner may help reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a small study by Dutch researchers. The team from...

Diet closely linked to disease risk

Variations in dietary patterns can have a major effect on the development of chronic diseases, according to researchers reporting in the American Journal of Clinical...

Nuts about health

People who regularly eat peanut butter or nuts can significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to researchers at the Harvard School...

Functional foods - must be healthy and offer choice

Consumers, scientists and alcohol safety activists are attacking plans by the Scottish government to add vitamins to beer as they say the proposed public health...

Blueberries found to boost brain cells

As the ageing population continues to grow, foods reported to be high in powerful antioxidants, which help fight the oxidation process contributing to age-related diseases,...

Soy or black cohosh?

Herbal alternatives to hormone replacement therapy have mixed success, and most cannot be recommended to reduce menopausal symptoms, concludes a study published in this month's...

Free radical scavenging is defective in tooth disease

The capacity to mop up harmful oxygen free radicals seems to be reduced in people with periodontal disease, finds research in this month's Molecular Pathology....

Coffee raises heart disease risk

Coffee drinking raises homocysteine levels and risk factors for coronary heart disease, finds the latest research which fuels the ongoing debate on coffee's impact on...

Honey to fight infection

Honey could be successful in treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria which infects many wounds, report scientists from universities in Wales and New Zealand. In a report published...

Heart disease risk factors vary according to sex

Lifestyle risks for heart disease differ between men and women, according to French researchers studying the effects of vitamin and mineral supplements on heart health....

Grape juice may be better than supplements

Drinking grape juice may be a better alternative to taking supplements, say researchers, who report that concord grape juice's powerful antioxidant effects may offer extra...

Folic acid can reduce heart disease and stroke

Folic acid could dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease, deep vein thrombosis and stroke if levels of homocysteine (an amino acid) were reduced, according...

Reach for the chocolate - it's healthy

Chocolate may actually be good for you, suggests new research which confirms previous studies showing the benefits of flavonols found in certain chocolates and cocoa...

Antioxidant levels under the microscope

US researchers reported findings this week from a vitamin E dose response and time course study which some believe may help supplement manufacturers to select...

The future for nutrition and health

The UK's Health Food Manufacturers' Association is holding a one-day conference next week entitled 'Nutrition and Health in the 21st Century.' The event, on Thursday...

Peanuts - health food or allergen?

As the EU discusses new , much tougher, legislation on the labelling of potential allergens on food products, a new study from the Isle of Wight,...

Lutein research gains ground

Low levels of lutein and zeaxanthin - carotenoids found in dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale - could contribute to age-related macular...

Counting the costs of heart disease

Coronary heart disease is the most expensive disease in the UK, costing over £7 billion (€11bn) a year in lost productivity and its impact on...

Clinical trials hampered by European legislation

International clinical trials within Europe are being hamstrung by red tape and disparate legal regulations in different countries, the director-general of one of Europe's leading...

Update on omega-3 : benefits outweigh the risks

Healthy people should eat omega-3 fatty acids from fish and plant sources to protect their hearts, according to updated recommendations from the American Heart Association...

The coffee mystery

People who enjoy the occasional decaf latte may be getting more of a fix than they realise, report Swiss scientists this week. The scientists reported...

Measuring heart health

Elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a blood-marker for inflammation, is a better predictor of risk for heart attacks than high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol...

New findings - alcohol's effects during pregnancy

Numerous studies have demonstrated the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, particularly binge and heavy patterns of drinking. However, increasing evidence indicates that moderate drinking...

Finding the balance

A woman's risk of breast cancer increases by 6 per cent for every extra alcoholic drink consumed on a daily basis, according to the world's...

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