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Lack of data to support herbals for menopause symptoms, confirms panel

Many women may be overusing treatments for symptoms of menopause, including hormone therapies that can pose a risk, an expert panel called by the US government said this week.

Honey carbohydrates have prebiotic properties

Complex sugars found naturally in a New Zealand variety of honey appear to have prebiotic effects, offering food makers a natural gut health ingredient.

Probiotic study shows vulnerability in digestive conditions

Not all strains of bacteria used in probiotic products on the UK market survive through the entire digestive system, conclude study results published this week by the Food Standards Agency,...

Cellulose tech may stop plaque build-up

A cellulose ingredient appears to both lower LDL cholesterol and reduce build-up of plaque in the arteries, suggesting a strong benefit in people at risk of heart disease.

DHA may help prevent Alzheimer's, further evidence

People who eat significant amounts of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexanoic acid (DHA) may be less likely to get Alzheimer's disease, suggests an animal study.

Aloe vera, good remedy for oral health problems

New reports prove that the aloe vera plant, which has been used to heal skin for more than 2,000 years, can also treat many oral health problems including canker sores,...

Yoghurt bacteria help prevent tooth decay, bad breath

Eating sugarless yoghurt appears to reduce bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease, reported Japanese researchers this month.

Sports drinks do more harm to teeth than sodas

Sports and energy drinks caused more damage to tooth enamel than colas, report researchers on a new study.

Caffeine may reduce insulin sensitivity

Caffeine significantly reduced insulin sensitivity in a small study, and was not corrected by the usually beneficial effects of weight loss or exercise.

Folate unlikely to increase chance of twins, says study

Folic acid supplements, recommended to women who are trying for a baby, do not appear to significantly boost the chances of having twins, finds a large study, despite some evidence...

Butterbur extract reduces migraines in children too

An extract of butterbur root appears to reduce migraines in children and adolescents, confirming the benefits previously seen in adults.

Green tea mechanism urges caution for pregnant women

UK and Spanish scientists have explained why the active compound in green tea, EGCG, can stop cancer cells growing even in people that only drinks two cups of the beverage...

Light yoghurt boosts weight loss in obese

Adding low-fat yoghurt to a low-calorie diet had a marked effect on weight loss, according to a study funded by US firm General Mills.

Vitamin E raised risk of heart failure in elderly, heart disease patients

Taking vitamin E supplements for several years did not reduce the risk of cancer or cardiovascular events in a group of elderly diabetics and heart disease patients, report researchers today.

Common hydrocolloid could help prevent diabetes

The cellulose derivative HPMC, used for years to add texture to foods and in drug delivery, could become a new functional food ingredient, researchers said yesterday, as it appears to...

Antioxidant levels key to prostate cancer risk in some men

Greater levels of selenium, vitamin E and the tomato carotenoid lycopene have been shown to reduce prostate cancer in one out of every four Caucasian males, or those who inherit...

Carotenoid combo reduces damage to cells, may fight disease

Doses of carotenoids easily gained from the diet have a significant effect on reducing oxidative damage, said researchers at a nutrition conference in Paris earlier this month.

Milk: maternal influence on daughter's bones?

Milk drinking mums could boost consumption of daughter's milk, say researchers in the US.

Flavonols in chocolate could be behind heart health benefits

Another study on chocolate finds that the dark variety decreases blood pressure and improves insulin sensitivity in healthy people, lending weight to its potential for heart health.

Upping fruit intake with less fat has greater benefit than either alone

Increasing fruit and vegetable intake at the same time as a reduction in saturated fat will have a greater protective effect against heart disease death than using either strategy alone,...

More long-term safety data needed for folic acid fortification, says scientist

The prevalence of neural tube defects in Europe has not declined substantially in the past decade, despite national policies of folic acid supplementation in half the countries, write UK researchers...

Almonds, good source of vitamin E

Eating almonds significantly increases vitamin E levels in the plasma and red blood cells and simultaneously lowers cholesterol levels, finds a small study.

Lycopene intake linked to lower pancreatic cancer risk

A diet rich in tomatoes and products with high lycopene content may help reduce pancreatic cancer risk, conclude the Canadian authors of a new study.

Sports drinks corrode teeth, says UK research

Regular use of high performance sports drinks could lead to troubling levels of tooth erosion, opening the door for the development of low-corrosive alternatives, said scientists at the University of...

Scientists believe type 3 diabetes uncovered

Scientists in the US believe they may have found a new type of diabetes after discovering that insulin and its related proteins are produced in the brain and that reduced...

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