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Whey protein better than meat for reducing body weight

Whey protein is more effective than red meat in reducing body weight gain and increasing insulin sensitivity, shows a new study on rats.

Obesity, growing problem for world's poor

Obesity is a growing threat for many poorer women in most countries with upper-middle income national economies and even some with lower-middle income economies, an international study concludes.

Vitamin C may make arthritis worse, suggests animal study

High-dose vitamin C supplementation over an eight-month period appeared to make osteoarthritis worse in guinea pigs, report the authors of a new study.

Insulin plays central role in ageing, explains benefits of calorie reduction

Insulin, the hormone that allows cells to absorb glucose from the blood stream, is a direct player in the ageing process, according to new research from a US-based team, which...

Survey finds meningitis bacteria in baby foods

A number of baby food products, including dried variants, have been found in a recent survey to contain bacteria that have been linked to outbreaks of meningitis.

New research suggests how omega-3s protect against stroke damage

French scientists say they have discovered how polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega-3 fats work to protect against certain neurological disorders, such as epilepsy, depression and strokes.

Oats have anti-adhesive power

Antioxidants found in oats can significantly reduce blood cholesterol levels by suppressing the adhesive molecules which make blood cells stick to artery walls, report scientists from the US this week...

SOD experts to debate new theory on free radical damage

An upcoming conference on the enzyme superoxide dismutase looks set to provoke a face-off between leading researchers on the role of antioxidants in disease.

Chocolate appears to promote healthy blood vessels

Small daily doses of flavonoid-rich dark chocolate eaten over a two-week period significantly improved blood vessel function, report US researchers this week, without increasing blood cholesterol levels.

Yo-yo dieting may damage immune function

Yo-yo dieting, when a person repeatedly loses and regains weight, may have a lasting negative impact on immune function, according to new findings by US researchers.

Multivitamins best for preventing birth defects, new review

Multivitamins containing folic acid appear to be more effective at preventing neural tube defects than high dose folic acid supplements, suggests a new review, attempting to resolve the debate over...

Soyfoods appear to cut risk of endometrial cancer

Regular intake of soyfoods is associated with a reduced risk of endometrial cancer, finds a large study of Chinese women published in tomorrow's British Medical Journal (vol 328, p1285).

Chondroitin sulphate may slow knee osteoarthritis

Taking chondroitin sulphate supplements over short periods significantly relieved pain and improved mobility in patients with knee osteoarthritis, according to researchers.

Researchers discover why wine antioxidant kills cancer

Scientists have discovered a possible mechanism for the anti-cancer activity of resveratrol, the compound found in red wine and thought to be responsible for the drink's widely reported health benefits,...

Probiotic bacteria may stop HIV infection

Probiotic bacteria appear to tackle the HIV virus and may even stop it from being transferred from a mother to her children, said researchers at the American Society for Microbiology...

White tea could be better than green in fighting disease

Numerous studies of the properties of green tea have shown that the beverage can fight against a variety of diseases, but new research presented this week suggests that its cousin,...

Maternal diet of oily fish may prevent asthma in offspring

Pregnant women with asthma who eat oily fish, such as salmon or trout, may help protect their children against developing asthma, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic...

Brown rice may act against onset of Alzheimer's

Pre-germinated brown rice, high in levels of the nutrient GABA, significantly improved levels of spatial learning in mice, report researchers from the Japanese cosmetics and supplements maker FANCL.

Vitamins enhance benefits of exercise for heart

Taking vitamin supplements appears to have a synergistic effect on the benefits of exercise for heart health, according to new research on mice.

Zinc speeds pneumonia recovery, may boost immunity

Adding zinc to standard antimicrobial treatment may accelerate recovery from pneumonia, say researchers in this week's issue of The Lancet.

WHO diet strategy voted in by world's health ministers

The world's health ministers gave their support on Saturday to a new policy produced by the World Health Organization that is designed to tackle the world's growing problem of obesity...

Green tea could prevent cancer of the oesophagus

Green tea may help to lower the prevalence of oesophageal adenocarcinoma, one of the fastest growing cancers in western countries, said researchers speaking at a meeting on digestive disease in...

Iron supplement benefits depend on stage of deficiency

Iron-deficient women who take supplements of the nutrient to remedy the impact on their physical performance could be wasting their time, suggests a new study. But for those not yet...

Caffeine-containing drinks may help GI health

Drinking caffeinated beverages may benefit some people who are at high-risk for liver disease, according to new research presented at a conference on digestive disease running in New Orleans this...

Half of population at risk of birth defects, folic acid important

A genetic variant puts half the population at increased risk of neural tube defects, finds new research in today's British Medical Journal.