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Alcohol helps older women's grey cells

Older women who have a drink or two a day have better memory skills than non-drinkers, announced researchers from the University of Texas this week.

Soy isoflavones put under the microscope

The effects of dietary supplements containing soy isoflavones on various body tissues will form the basis for a multidisciplinary study by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Elderly should consider iron supplementation

A new study has added weight to the belief that iron deficiency can have serious consequences in the elderly, and that that those over 60 should consider iron supplementation.

Fatty acids play no role in childhood allergies

Levels of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids in the diets of pregnant women do not appear to have an important influence on the development of wheezing and allergies in their...

Vitamins slowed down to treat prostate cancer

Scientists in Wales today suggested they have found a way to slow down the metabolism of vitamins A and D, giving them the staying power to help men with advanced...

Traditional herbal remedies fight disease

Traditional herbal remedies can help in the battle against a range of illnesses, including cancer and diabetes, according to data presented yesterday to the British Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester, UK.

Mother's diet lowers child's leukaemia risk

Women who eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruit and protein before pregnancy may lower the risk of having a child who develops leukaemia, Britain's biggest child killer disease, suggests...

No reason to ban selenium

Selenium-enriched yeast is a safe dietary supplement and there is no reason for the EU to ban it, according to a report by researcher Dr Margaret Rayman from the University...

Indian anti-cholesterol herb interferes with drugs

A traditional Indian herbal, long believed to lower cholesterol levels, may interfere with nearly 60 per cent of prescription drugs, including the popular anti-cholesterol drugs statins, according to recent research.

Folic acid food fortification works

A recent study in Canada has given weight to the assumption that adding folic acid to food can dramatically reduce the incidence of birth defects - suggesting that Europe should...

Further evidence vitamin E fights diabetes

A daily dose of vitamin E may help delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in overweight adults at high risk of the disease, according to preliminary research.

Soy could stop spread of breast cancer

An in-vitro study carried out at the University of Ulster, has concludede that eating more soy-rich foods could reduce the spread of breast cancer.

A glass of wine a day keeps prostate cancer away?

Drinking a glass of red wine a day may cut a man's risk of prostate cancer in half, and protect him against the most aggressive forms of the disease, according...

Careful supplementation may reduce chemotherapy side-effects

Breast cancer patients who take a multivitamin or supplement with vitamin E experience a smaller decrease in important immune cells, a common side effect of chemotherapy, new research suggests.

Elderly need an extra pinch of salt

As the UK launches a drive to reduce salt in the consumer diet, a recent study in Germany finds an extra dose of salt a day could benefit the elderly.

Women with certain genes may benefit more from fish oils

Several studies have linked a reduced risk of breast cancer to fish oils, but new research suggests that the oils may especially benefit women with particular genetic makeups.

Mediterranean diet scores twice

The latest edition of the Journal of American Medical Association sings the health-giving praises of a Mediterranean-style diet in two separate studies, which show that following this regime improves healthy...

Herbal supplement to prevent prostate cancer?

Columbia University Medical Center has launched the first clinical trial of a possible herbal preventative for prostate cancer.

Healthy properties of resveratrol broken down

Scientists in America believe they have come a step closer to understanding the health benefits of drinking red wine.

Vitamin E boosts body's defence system

Scientists have found that vitamin E improves the function of the liver and thereby strengthens the body's defence system.

Vitamin E, antioxidants may prevent hearing loss

Vitamin E may be effective in restoring sudden onset hearing loss of unknown origin, Israeli researchers will report this weekend.

DHA speeds visual development in breast-fed infants

Baby food fortified with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA speeds up visual development in breast-fed infants, report researchers this month.

Pineapple extract could help asthma patients

The enzyme bromelain, extracted from the juice and stem of the pineapple plant, appears to reduce inflammation associated with asthma.

Red Bull mixer fails to offer energy high

Young people who consume energy drinks with alcohol to improve their stamina on a night out are likely to see no such effect, suggests new research on the market leader...

Hibiscus extract may lower cholesterol

An extract of the hibiscus flower may have the same health benefits as red wine and tea according to scientists in Taiwan, who have found the plant to lower cholesterol...