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Coffee may lower risk of gallstones

Women who are keen coffee drinkers may be lowering their risk of developing gallstones, report researchers in the recent issue of Gastroenterology. The researchers found...

The future is orange

Dark orange is better than paler, more neutral tones - at least, when referring to carrot colour, according to researchers studying the levels of beta-carotene...

Modern diet blamed for acne

Eating too much refined bread and cereal may be one of the causes of teenage acne, according to a team of US scientists reports this...

Changing the cheese can make a difference

Changing consumption of normal cheese to cheese made from vegetable oils can reduce cholesterol levels in some people, according to a new study published in...

Further research on antioxidants for disease prevention

Plant-based diets may have a protective role against diseases such as cardiovascular disease and some cancers due to the antioxidant content of many plants, report...

Vitamins A, E in the ageing process

A project supported by the European Commission is studying fat-soluble vitamins A and E and carotenoids in order to assess their role in the human...

Vegetarian diet may offer statin-free alternative

A study by researchers at the University of Toronto and St Michael's Hospital in Canada found that a diet including foods such as soy proteins,...

Fruit and veg intake still too low

Despite massive efforts to promote the 5-a-day message, the average UK consumer is still not eating enough fruit and vegetables. According to a national survey,...

Carbohydrates - a 'simple' or 'complex' problem?

Eating a diet with less fat and more carbohydrates could lead to a modest but significant reduction in body weight - whatever the US fad...

Grape-seed extract boosts wound healing

Grape-seed extract may help skin wounds heal faster and with less scarring, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Ohio State University's Heart and Lung...

Low levels of nutrition for UK's poorer communities

Despite the UK's position as one of the richest countries in the world, a conference in London will hear this week that a growing number...

Mercury in fish linked to heart attack

People who eat fish with a raised mercury content run a greater risk of coronary heart disease than previously thought, an international team of researchers...

The dangers of mineral supplements

Taking large doses of popular mineral and vitamin supplements over a long period of time can have a major impact on health, according to a...

Weighing the costs of childhood obesity

The cost effectiveness of initiatives to treat and prevent obesity needs to be addressed in order to stem the rising rates of the disease in...

Kava update

A new report by the US Centers for Disease Control presents the cases of two people who experienced liver failure after taking supplements of the...

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...

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