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EU research into diet, exercise and diabetes

The European Commission is spending €12.7 million on research into the relationship between diet, lack of exercise and the development of diabetes to improve understanding of the rapid rise in...

Further evidence for homocysteine, stroke link

People genetically prone to high concentrations of homocysteine have a higher risk of stroke than other individuals, according to a new study that supports the theory of a causal relationship...

Rice bran oil, not fibre, benefits cholesterol levels

Rice bran oil, being used by some US restaurants to eliminate trans fats, appears to be responsible for the cholesterol-lowering effect of the ingredient rather than its fibre content, say...

Dietary changes needed to stem rise in BP levels

More than 1.5 billion people will have high blood pressure by 2025, or around one in three adults over the age 20, experts have warned.

DHA supplements remedy cholesterol levels in children

Taking supplements of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) appeared to restore normal blood vessel function in children with inherited high cholesterol, report researchers.

Nutrient combo in avocados may inhibit prostate cancer

An avocado extract has been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells in lab research, reports Philippa Nuttall.

Fruit, veg found to have no impact on breast cancer risk

Consuming fruit and vegetables has no effect on reducing breast cancer risk, according to a large study that looks set to override previous evidence showing potential protective effects.

Sleep deprivation becomes new factor in obesity debate

Lack of sleep is increasingly being linked to the epidemic of obesity in many developed nations, with new research showing that obese people sleep less than their normal weight peers.

Gene expression technology to provide new data on vitamin C safety

State-of-the-art gene expression technology is being used in a new trial to assess the safety of high doses of vitamin C.

Lifestyle changes can make big difference to heart disease deaths

Cutting cholesterol levels by 10 per cent would save 25,000 UK lives every year, according to expert advice on how to reduce heart disease deaths.

HRT, stroke risk offers further support for natural remedies

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with an increased risk of stroke, finds a new review of trials that aims to clear up some of the confusion over HRT's side...

Oleic acid kills breast cancer cells in lab study

Oleic acid, the chief fatty acid in olive oil, has been shown to dramatically cut the levels of a gene involved in the development of breast cancer.

Calcium supplements offer long-term benefits

Teenage girls that take calcium supplements for a short time may see a long-term benefit to bone health, suggest Israeli researchers.

Dark red ketchup boasts strong lycopene levels

Colour does not appear to dictate lycopene content as green, purple and red tomato ketchups boast similar levels of health promoting antioxidant lycopene, claim researchers, who also identified dark red...

Vitamin C appears to have no benefit on exercise

Taking vitamin C does not appear to help exercise performance despite public preconceptions, suggests a small US study.

Acetyl-L-carnitine may ease pain from diabetes condition

The vitamin-like substance acetyl-L-carnitine appears to help ease the pain caused by diabetic neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes that results in painful damage to nerves.

Massive seafood project 'on track'

SEAFOODplus, the largest research project ever sponsored by the EU in the seafood sector, is now underway and will aim to satisfy consumer demand for healthy, safe seafood.

New findings on vitamin A's role in cancer prevention

Problems with the way the body processes vitamin A may contribute to the development of breast cancer, show preliminary findings on the vitamin pathway.

Zinc treatment cuts mouth cancer risk in rats

The mineral zinc may help prevent oesophageal and oral cancers in people at high risk, suggests research on rats.

New evidence supports camomile tea's health benefits

The popular herbal tea camomile may help relieve a wide range of health ailments, including colds and menstrual cramps, UK researchers will report.

Dairy foods may help lower BP in children

Foods that can help control the common incidence of blood pressure offer growing opportunities for industry, and a recent study boosts the case revealing that children who consistently eat more...

Curcumin under human trials for Alzheimer's prevention

Curcumin, the yellow pigment in curry spice, is to be investigated for its potential in prevention of Alzheimer's disease after tests on mice found it to be more effective than...

Fast food link to obesity confirmed

Young adults who eat frequently at fast-food restaurants gain more weight and have a greater increase in insulin resistance in early middle age, according to a large multi-center study published...

Weight loss programmes lack evidence

There is little evidence to support the use of many commercial weight loss programmes, according to a study in the US, which suggests that the search for new, more effective...

Butterbur cuts frequency of migraines

The ancient herbal butterbur offers considerable help in preventing migraine headaches, according to an international research team.

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