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Honey to fight infection

Honey could be successful in treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria which infects many wounds, report scientists from universities in Wales and New Zealand. In a report published...

Heart disease risk factors vary according to sex

Lifestyle risks for heart disease differ between men and women, according to French researchers studying the effects of vitamin and mineral supplements on heart health....

Grape juice may be better than supplements

Drinking grape juice may be a better alternative to taking supplements, say researchers, who report that concord grape juice's powerful antioxidant effects may offer extra...

Folic acid can reduce heart disease and stroke

Folic acid could dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease, deep vein thrombosis and stroke if levels of homocysteine (an amino acid) were reduced, according...

Reach for the chocolate - it's healthy

Chocolate may actually be good for you, suggests new research which confirms previous studies showing the benefits of flavonols found in certain chocolates and cocoa...

Antioxidant levels under the microscope

US researchers reported findings this week from a vitamin E dose response and time course study which some believe may help supplement manufacturers to select...

The future for nutrition and health

The UK's Health Food Manufacturers' Association is holding a one-day conference next week entitled 'Nutrition and Health in the 21st Century.' The event, on Thursday...

Peanuts - health food or allergen?

As the EU discusses new , much tougher, legislation on the labelling of potential allergens on food products, a new study from the Isle of Wight,...

Lutein research gains ground

Low levels of lutein and zeaxanthin - carotenoids found in dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale - could contribute to age-related macular...

Counting the costs of heart disease

Coronary heart disease is the most expensive disease in the UK, costing over £7 billion (€11bn) a year in lost productivity and its impact on...

Clinical trials hampered by European legislation

International clinical trials within Europe are being hamstrung by red tape and disparate legal regulations in different countries, the director-general of one of Europe's leading...

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...

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