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5-a-day message gets tougher

British food producers and retailers will have to comply with strict criteria if they wish to use the new 5-A-DAY logo, to be launched by...

Cut the calories to keep the brain healthy?

Those seeking to cut down on calories in the New Year may also be protecting the brain from ageing, according to researchers at the University...

Assessing obesity

Despite the widely held belief that adolescents who come from higher-income families tend to be less obese than comparable children from families with less income,...

Regular alcohol intake prevents heart attack - new evidence

Daily or near-daily servings of beer, wine or spirits may help protect men from heart attacks, according to the results of a large, long-term study...

DHA supplements at pregnancy boost babies' intelligence

Mothers who supplement their diet with fatty acids rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) during pregnancy and lactation may be doing their children a favour in...

Caffeine harmful to children, suggests study

Drinks containing caffeine can significantly affect children's behaviour, report scientists in the US, who studied the sleep patterns of teenagers consuming caffeine in food or...

Long-term lutein intake boosts eyesight in cataract patients

Eating fruit and vegetables rich in the antioxidant lutein may improve eyesight in people with age-related cataracts, suggest researchers in Spain reporting on results from...

Fatty acid combo lowers heart attack risk

Taking a combination of different fatty acids in supplements may improve cholesterol levels in healthy women, and lower their risk of heart attack, report Canadian...

New year brings new approach to health

No more deep-fried chocolate bars, fry-ups and shortbread. A major new campaign launched yesterday by the Scottish government will seek to improve the diet of...

Obesity - cuts life expectancy as much as smoking

Obesity and being overweight in adulthood are associated with large decreases in life expectancy and increases in early mortality, according to the latest research. The...

Soybeans - an iron source?

Some soybean varieties may be able to improve the nutritional levels of women who are marginally iron deficient, suggest US researchers who have been studying...

Fish amino acid may reverse smoking damage

Eating fish may help to reverse some of the damage caused by smoking, according to new research by scientists in Ireland. The researchers found that...

Introducing the 'protato'

Genetically modified potatoes, developed to tackle malnutrition among poor Indian children, are in the final stages of testing, according to a report in the journal...

Checking folate levels

New methods to analyse the essential B vitamin folate, both in foods and in blood products, are being developed by scientists to help in setting...

Zinc-based remedy wards off colds

A homeopathic cold remedy derived from zinc significantly reduces the severity and duration of common cold symptoms, even when treatment is started as late as...

Keeping blood pressure in check - with vitamins?

People with high blood pressure have higher levels of vitamins A and E but lower levels of vitamin C and beta carotene than those without...

Black tea may lower heart disease risk

Drinking black tea may lower the risk of heart disease, report researchers who studied the link between the beverage and heart health in a Saudi...

Nicotine - worse than we thought

Recent evidence suggests that nicotine may not only cause addiction but the compound and its derivatives could also promote cancer development and progression. Scientists had...

Fish intake lowers risk of stroke in men

Men who eat fish once a month or more have a reduced risk of ischemic stroke, compared with those who eat fish less often, according...

New role for vitamin D in prostate cancer treatment

Adding high-dose calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D, to weekly treatment with the chemotherapy agent docetaxel (Taxotere) appears to improve the therapeutic response in...

Vitamin E in foods offers protection against diabetes

Eating foods which contain significant amounts of vitamin E may protect against the development of type 2 diabetes, finds a new study published this month....

No need for fish oil supplements?

Farm-raised fish eating specially formulated diets high in fatty acids could improve people's health and also satisfy different palates, according to US researchers who are...

Bring on the beer!

A beer a day may help keep heart attacks away, according to a group of Israeli researchers. In preliminary clinical studies of a group of...

Fruit beverages replace healthier fruit juices

Children and adolescents are drinking higher amounts of less nutritious fruit- flavoured beverages and carbonated soft drinks than pure fruit juice, with a possible negative...

Supplements encourage 'self-treatment'

A survey of supplement use among more than 45,000 men and women has led authors to urge doctors to increase awareness of the habits of...

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