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Caffeine linked to lower type 2 diabetes risk long-term

Men and women who drank more coffee and other caffeinated beverages were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who drank few or no caffeinated beverages, report researchers...

Vegetable compound may offer cancer cure

Vegetables such as as broccoli and cabbage have been shown to protect against cancer but US scientists have now patented a compound derived from these greens with a new use...

Whole soy protein, not isoflavones, lower cholesterol

Soy isoflavones may not offer the benefits to heart health often attributed to soyfoods, finds a new study that suggests that another part of the plant could be responsible for...

UK targets school nutrition

The UK government has set about tackling its dangerously growing child obesity problem with a new scheme that aims to promote healthier foods for children.

Eastern remedy for infant disease

A Chinese herbal tea could be an effective alternative treatment for jaundice, an illness common in newborn infants, report researchers.

Magnesium may fight onset of type 2 diabetes

A diet high in magnesium may help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes, especially in people who are overweight, suggests evidence reported in two new studies out next month....

Garlic compound beats antibiotic-resistant bug

A compound extracted from garlic is effective against even the most antibiotic-resistant strains of MRSA, the 'hospital superbug' that now kills thousands of patients in the UK each year, reports...

Higher lycopene levels halve heart disease risk in women

Women who eat tomato products regularly may be at lower risk of heart disease, suggests a new study that has linked higher blood levels of the tomato compound lycopene to...

The food safety bug

An innovative new food safety technique using a virus is set to win an exclusive worldwide licence. This marks the first step towards the commercialisation of this unusual process, a...

Creatine goes the distance

Creatine supplementation is not only useful for high intensity athletics but could also significantly boost performance of long distance runners and those involved in sports taking place over several days,...

Kosher certification moves forward

Public health and safety company NSF International (NSF) has announced a new alliance with the STAR-K Kosher Certification organisation. The purpose is to meet the growing kosher food certification demands...

Vitamin may restore smokers' lungs

Retinoic acid, a form of vitamin A, appears to cure the lung disease emphysema in mice, according to a new study that suggests the vitamin could one day provide a...

Gaining clues to feeding tumours

A new tumour growth model, in which the tumour is a part of the host's body, reveals that a low-calorie diet delays the growth of a tumour, and thus increases...

Spanish snacking more

Spain might well have a culinary heritage to rival that of France, but like it trans-Pyrenean neighbour, consumption patterns have been changing over the last few years, with more hectic...

Scientific support needed to tap probiotics potential

Experts meeting at a symposium on probiotics this autumn said that further scientific support is needed to explore the strong potential for health benefits of...

Grape juice to regain youth

Grape juice significantly improved short-term memory and some neuro-motor skills such as coordination and balance in preliminary research on animals, presented last month.

Folate researchers gather at first conference

Europe's first international conference on folates, taking place in Poland early next year, is expected to shed new light on folate bioavailability in foods and help understand how to boost...

Rye may add prebiotic properties

The rye grain, and rye bran in particular, is rich in dietary fibre and also contains a significant fructan concentration, which may have important prebiotic properties, suggests a new publication.

Ginger remedy probably safe

Ginger, taken by pregnant women to ease morning sickness, appears to be safe for the foetus, report researchers, but they found it only had a mild effect on sickness.

Increasing calcium, preventive therapy for childhood obesity?

Children should be strongly encouraged to regularly include calcium-rich foods and drinks in their diets, report US researchers, after a new study confirms the negative association between the mineral and...

Diet could help hay fever sufferers

German researchers have found further evidence that components of diet, particularly fatty acids and antioxidants, might be able to inhibit symptoms of hay fever in adults.

Low selenium associated with pregnancy complications

Slightly increasing levels of the trace mineral selenium might help prevent pre-eclampsia in susceptible women, suggests a new study from the UK.

Bioavailability: necessary but not sufficient

Bioavailability is important but does not guarantee efficacy, claims lycopene supplier LycoRed, in a bid to defend natural tomato products against the threat of synthetic lycopene.

Vitamin D, cod liver oil protect against diabetes

Both vitamin D and cod liver oil, rich in omega-3, consumed early on in life appear to reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes, suggests new trials out this month....

Obesity link to insulin resistance due to inflammation

New research adds to the understanding of how obesity leads to insulin resistance and could help improve prevention of type 2 diabetes, rising at a dramatic rate around the world.

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