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Folic acid may not prevent Down's syndrome

Fortifying foods with folic acid may not reduce the incidence of Down's syndrome, say University of Toronto researchers, although they suggest we may to need...

Vitamin C may reduce stomach cancer risk

Increasing intake of vitamin C may be able to help prevent stomach cancer, suggest researchers in the US this week. The team from the San...

The life-changing potential of diet

A mother's nutrition can be so important that it can alter her offspring's susceptibility to disease by changing gene expression, say researchers who claim to...

Oat fibre benefits may be damaged by processing

Food makers wishing to promote the health benefits of soluble oat fibre in their products may need to consider the overall effects of the food...

Newer vitamin D raises chances of dialysis survival

Dialysis patients taking a particular intravenous vitamin D formulation have a significant survival advantage over patients taking an older and more commonly used form of...

Boosting protein crops

A high-protein flour derived from rice seeds could pose a threat to premium protein supplements used to boost nutrition levels. Research showing how transgenic rice...

Speeding up the search for natural medicines

German researchers have developed a technique to speed up the discovery of medicinal compounds in plant extracts. The scientists at the Fraunhofer Life Sciences Alliance ...

Multivitamins may reduce heart attack risk, new study

People who take low dose multivitamin supplements may be less likely to have a heart attack, say Swedish researchers. There has been much debate about...

Food and health seminar

With increasing pressure on the food industry to make its goods healthier, research organisations are trying to pool knowledge on methods of processing with less...

Vitamin deficiency linked to elderly disability

Anaemia, a condition caused by vitamin and mineral deficiency, doubles the risk of serious physical decline in the elderly, according to a new study. The...

Soy protein - actions on heart health

Increasing the intake of soy isoflavones may have little effect on either LDL or HDL cholesterol, concludes a review by Dutch researchers. Soy protein is...

DHEA could protect against onset of heart disease

Supplements of the hormone DHEA could help prevent age-related heart disease, suggest Japanese researchers. A low dose of DHEA, taken daily by 24 middle-aged men,...

Functional foods targeted to boost Aussie food industry

The Australian government is allocating A$5.5 million (€3.17m) in funding for the commercial development of functional foods. The money will go to a new centre...

Inflammation may counter heart-healthy diet

Natural chemicals released in the body as a result of chronic inflammation may underpin the failure of low-fat, so-called heart healthy diets to actually reduce...

Waste not, want not

Australian scientists have designed a method to extract the beneficial minerals and nutrients from whey for use in supplements and nutraceuticals. The technique, developed to...

Coffee reduces risk of death from liver disease

Drinking three cups of coffee daily may reduce the risk of mortality from liver cirrhosis, suggest researchers in Norway. The team from the Norwegian Institute...

Food makers under the eye of WHO

Executives from food and drink firms including Coca Cola, Nestle and Kraft Foods continued talks on their role in global health at a meeting with...

Green algae extract improves flu vaccine response

A green algae supplement has been shown to boost the immune system's response to the flu vaccine in people aged 50-55 years old. While not...

European food research gets funding top-up

Funds topping €17.5 billion will be poured into food-related research as the European Commission announces the first slice of a major investment in the first...

Glucosamine, chondroitin seem effective and safe, review

Taking oral glucosamine sulphate and chondroitin sulphate could be a safe and effective way of treating knee osteoarthritis, report a team of Belgian and French...

Beta-carotene may raise lung cancer risk in smokers, but not long-term

Antioxidants could have significant impact on risk for cancer but their effects wear off some years after people stop taking the supplements, suggest new findings....

Omega-3 intake may protect against Alzheimer's

Intake of omega-3 fatty acids, known to boost cognition and mood, could also significantly reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer's disease, said researchers this week....

Healthy diet equals cholesterol-lowering drugs

Eating a diet high in soy protein, viscous fibre, almonds and plant sterols is as effective in managing cholesterol as taking a starting dose of...

Fat, breast cancer link raises questions on research methods

Scientists in the UK have found evidence to support the association between consumption of fat and breast cancer. They claim that imprecise methods of assessing...

Vitamin supplements may reduce pre-eclampsia risk

Taking vitamins C and E early in pregnancy appears to more than halve pre-eclampsia rates in high-risk women, according to a pilot study carried out...