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Probiotics may prevent infant GI infection

Supplementing infant formula with probiotics may be a safe and effective way to boost the immune system in day care infants, suggest two new studies....

Fruit and veg antioxidants could significantly reduce cancer risk

Eating sufficient fruit and vegetables to maintain antioxidant vitamin and mineral levels could reduce the risk of cancer and mortality in men, report researchers from...

FSA seeks views on Scotland strategy

The Food Standards Agency in Scotland is seeking comments on its draft Diet and Nutrition Strategy, first presented to the Scottish Food Advisory Committee (SFAC)...

Efficacy of isoflavones related to frequency of hot flushes

Soyfoods and soybean isoflavone supplements seem to be most effective at alleviating the hot flushes experienced during menopause when initially most frequent, report researchers in...

Extra theaflavins boost green tea's health benefits

A theaflavin-enriched green tea extract significantly reduced LDL cholesterol in patients with raised cholesterol levels, report researchers this week. They say that the supplement could...

Rethinking vitamin A

Both high and low levels of vitamin A can increase hip fractures in older women, reported researchers at a scientific meeting in the US last...

Seeking research on phytoestrogen supplements

More information on the effects of phytoestrogens on bone, heart and breast health is needed before recommendations on supplementation can be safely made, argues a...

BNF conference to tackle child nutrition

Child nutrition will be the main topic on the agenda tomorrow as the British Nutrition Foundation prepares to welcome industry members to its 16th annual...

Assessing role of CAM for cancer therapy

A multidisciplinary research team led by the University of Southampton is embarking on a major study funded by the UK's Department of Health to investigate...

Strawberry anti-cancer compounds under microscope

Scientists at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) in the UK have begun work to identify the compounds in strawberries responsible for inhibiting the growth...

Natural phytosterols play role in metabolism

The phytosterols in certain plant foods may have important effects on cholesterol absorption and metabolism, suggests a recent study. Researchers from Washington University in St...

IOC discusses sports nutrition

A group of the world's nutrition experts met at the International Olympic Committee's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, this week to discuss nutrition in sports. The...

WHO consults global food industry

Talks on solutions to combat the growing global incidence of chronic disease continued this week when officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO) met in...

Folic acid supplements may not reduce heart attacks in at-risk patients

Folic acid did not prevent heart attacks in heart disease patients receiving supplements of the vitamin over a two-year period, report researchers in the Netherlands....

Looking at lutein

Only 38 per cent of people in the UK have heard of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the industrialised world,...

Isoflavones may reduce risk of breast cancer

Eating foods rich in isoflavones may reduce the risk of breast cancer, especially in postmenopausal women, suggests Japanese research. Frequent consumption of soy-rich miso soup...

Cherries may help prevent gout

A small study supports the reputed anti-gout efficacy of cherries, write researchers in the Journal of Nutrition this month. The team found that the plasma...

Cholesterol-lowering milks put to test

The British Heart Foundation launches a campaign today to raise awareness of the health risks of high cholesterol levels - nearly two thirds of UK...

Supplements fight the costs of surgery

Preoperative administration of an immune-enhancing oral supplement helps patients to fight off infections after operations, and spend less time in hospital, concludes a study presented...

Going towards genetically prescribed selenium

The trace element selenium may prove to be an important nutritional supplement for preventing breast cancer if a person is genetically predisposed to the disease,...

A plant-based treatment for SARS?

A compound found in the root of the liquorice plant could be more effective at treating the SARS virus than currently used drugs, reported researchers...

A hard look at childhood obesity

The UK is facing an obesity epidemic that could ultimately lead to a dramatic increase in the number of cases of diabetes, claim UK scientists....

Study throws doubt on safety of antioxidants?

Antioxidant vitamins are not effective in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, concludes a meta-analysis of randomised trials in tomorrow's issue of the Lancet. The...

Further research on Enova

The Enova brand cooking oil, produced jointly by ADM and Japan's Kao, has been shown to increase the body's ability to burn fat and may...

Herb-drug interactions not receiving enough attention

The herbal and pharmaceutical industries should invest more time and resources in studying herb-drug interactions, suggest researchers in the UK, who found 'a widespread lack...