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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...

Do herbals help children with health complaints?

Not enough is known about complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) given to children to help alleviate the symptoms of common ailments, warn researchers who have reviewed clinical studies into the...

How fish oils reduce inflammation

Further support for the action of omega-3 fatty acids on inflammatory conditions comes from new research on lipids in humans that are triggered by aspirin, as well as fish oil.

Dairy has little benefit on children's bone health?

Scant evidence supports increased consumption of dairy products to promote children's bone health, claim researchers in a review of almost 40 studies investigating milk's benefit to bones.

Plant collections offer insight into black cohosh stability

An 85-year-old specimen of black cohosh root still contained most of the chemical compounds believed to help reduce hot flushes and other menopause symptoms when analysed in a recent study,...

Carnitine supplements may improve sperm mobility

Taking carnitine supplements may improve sperm mobility in men with asthenozoospermia, a condition that reduces sperm motility in semen, shows an Italian study.

Calcium needs for young mothers under spotlight

UK researchers will investigate whether teenage mothers have greater need of calcium and other mineral supplements than older preganant women.

Call for vitamin D supplements for housebound elderly

Giving high dose vitamin D supplements to elderly housebound people should be seriously considered as a means of preventing falls and fractures, writes a consultant in this week's BMJ.

Australia builds on nutrition research capacity

Australia has upped its food and health research capacity, merging two of its leading research groups.

Two vitamin E forms appear to reduce prostate cancer risk

High blood levels of either alpha-tocopherol or gamma-tocopherol, both forms of vitamin E, appeared to halve the risk of prostate cancer in a new analysis of the ATBC trial, which...

Apple compounds could reduce breast cancer risk

An apple a day may help stave off breast cancer, shows an animal study, thought to be the first to look at the effects of apples on cancer prevention in...

B vitamins cut fracture risk after stroke

Taking supplements of folate and vitamin B12 appears to reduce the risk of hip fracture in elderly patients following a stroke, according to Japanese research.

Liquorice compound may stop cancer from herpes

A compound in liquorice, already taken in supplements, may help to stop people with a herpes virus from developing cancer, say researchers.

Diabetes prevention efforts will save on healthcare costs

Diabetes prevention efforts are worth every cent, say researchers in the first study to weigh up the costs in preventing the disease with the future costs of treatment.

Changing to Med diet improves cholesterol levels

Adopting a Mediterranean-type diet can have significant benefits on cholesterol levels, report Canadian researchers.

Breakfast shown to be heart healthy

Missing breakfast has been shown to raise cholesterol levels and reduce the body's response to insulin in a small study that raises concern for the increasing numbers of people that...

Calcium mechanism for weight loss gets clinical support

Calcium could reduce body weight by binding fat in the intestine and increasing its excretion from the body, say Danish researchers, who have provided the first clinical evidence to support...

Carotenoid consumption linked to lower prostate cancer risk

Lycopene is not the only carotenoid in the diet that appears to protect against prostate cancer, suggests a new study.

Vitamin E supplements effective in raising skin antioxidant levels

Supplements of either natural or synthetic source vitamin E almost double the levels of this important antioxidant on the skin's surface, report researchers this month, providing the first strong evidence...

How prenatal diet can raise risk of diabetes in offspring

Poor prenatal nutrition permanently damages the function of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, which could explain why babies that weigh less at birth are at higher risk of diabetes, say...

Health benefits from organic diet demonstrated in rats

Rats given a diet of organic food were slimmer and had a stronger immune system than those on conventional diets, found a study carried out by UK and Danish researchers.

UK investigates dietary management of constipation

UK researchers are to investigate how dietary changes could help people better manage constipation in the biggest study on the condition ever undertaken.

Magnesium may protect against colorectal cancer

High levels of dietary magnesium may help protect women from developing colorectal cancer, shows a Swedish study.

Protein emerging as bone health factor

The belief that protein can damage bone health is being challenged by a series of studies out of the US, reports Dominique Patton.

Vitamin D may protect against prostate cancer

Men with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood were almost half as likely to develop aggressive forms of prostate cancer as those with lower amounts, reported researchers last...

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