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Update on omega-3 : benefits outweigh the risks

Healthy people should eat omega-3 fatty acids from fish and plant sources to protect their hearts, according to updated recommendations from the American Heart Association...

The coffee mystery

People who enjoy the occasional decaf latte may be getting more of a fix than they realise, report Swiss scientists this week. The scientists reported...

Measuring heart health

Elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a blood-marker for inflammation, is a better predictor of risk for heart attacks than high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol...

New findings - alcohol's effects during pregnancy

Numerous studies have demonstrated the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, particularly binge and heavy patterns of drinking. However, increasing evidence indicates that moderate drinking...

Finding the balance

A woman's risk of breast cancer increases by 6 per cent for every extra alcoholic drink consumed on a daily basis, according to the world's...

Fibre knowledge low among Britons

Forty-four per cent of the British population rate the health of their digestive system as the least important over that of the heart, lungs, kidney...

Zeaxanthin-rich diet protects against AMD

Dietary zeaxanthin plays an essential role in protecting the retina from light damage, report researchers at the Schepens Eye Research Institute and Department of Ophthalmology,...

Wine drinkers less likely to develop dementia

People who drink wine occasionally may reduce their risk of developing dementia, according to new research from Denmark. The scientists from the Danish Epidemiology Science...

Coffee may prevent onset of diabetes

High coffee consumption could be associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, suggest Dutch researchers in a letter in the recent issue of...

Flaxseed shows promise against prostate cancer

A diet rich in flaxseed seems to reduce the size, aggressiveness and severity of tumours in mice that have been genetically engineered to develop prostate...

'Simple and inexpensive' zinc supplements are effective

An international team of scientists, evaluating the effectiveness of zinc therapy on Bangladeshi children, report significantly lower rates of child morbidity, hospitalisation and non-injury death....

Benefits for teetotallers too

Eating fresh grapes provides the same heart-health benefits touted for red wine, according to an article in the November 2002 Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology. A...

Probiotics stave off infection

Live bacteria can significantly reduce the chances of infection in pancreatitis patients, claim a team of researchers from Hungary and the UK. In a study...

Mediterranean diet not just for Europeans

A Mediterranean-style diet could help reduce cardiovascular disease in Asian populations, especially among Asian people living in western countries, according to a study in The...

Fighting appetite

Scientists from Oregon Health & Science University in the US and the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London presented research this week...

Wine has dangers too

A group of researchers in France have reported this month that drinking excessive amounts of wine does not exempt us from the disease cirrhosis, and...

Natural remedy offers solution to drug resistance

A Hebrew University parasitologist claims to have shown that a natural head lice remedy is more effective than the commonly-used conventional medication. Dr. Kosta Mumcuoglu,...

UK team gets funding for resveratrol research

The University of Leicester in the UK has been selected as one of the first centres in the world to trial a revolutionary new cancer...

Herbal extract may reduce power of prostate cancer drug

PC-SPES, a dietary supplement taken by some men to treat prostate cancer, may compromise the effectiveness of chemotherapeutic drugs for the disease, such as paclitaxel,...

Garlic and chives may reduce risk of prostate cancer

Consumption of garlic, chives, and other allium vegetables may be associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer, according to a study carried out by...

Peanut amino acid may help TB treatment

A Swedish researcher has found that nitric oxide, naturally present in the body's immune system, may play a positive role in protecting against tuberculosis. Thomas...

Crusts could be cancer-fighters

For centuries Man has chewed on the faithful crust of the land - bread. Produced, in some form or other, in almost every food culture...

Eating for your children

People who overeat may end up contributing to the poor health of their grandchildren, according to Swedish researchers writing in the November 2002 issue of...

Zinc - antioxidant potential probed

The essential mineral zinc may help protect cells against oxidative damage, according to results from a preliminary study. Scientists from the Agricultural Research Service, the...

Spreading the heart news

People already eating a healthy diet could lower their cholesterol even further by using a margarine enriched with plant sterols. A Japanese study published today...

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