Cannabis-based medicine could be on the UK market as early as 2003,
according to GW Pharmaceuticals, the UK company developing
cannabis-based prescription medicines, which this week released
results from four Phase III clinical trials.
Evolutec, the British biotechnology company which develops novel
therapeutic products from parasites, is to begin Phase I and II
clinical trials with rEV131, its treatment for allergic and
A Swedish researcher has found that nitric oxide, naturally present
in the body's immune system, may play a positive role in protecting
against tuberculosis. A supplement of the amino acid arginine,
which is found in peanuts,...
New research from Germany suggests that bread, a staple of many
diets, could be a rich source of antioxidants. The study identifies
the crust as a particularly good source of the cancer-fighting
Provexis, a UK-based company which develops novel functional food
ingredients, said this week it has secured the venture capital
required to bring its lead product, a tomato extract which helps to
reduce blood clotting, to market.
Hain Europe, a division of the US natural and organic food company
the Hain Celestial group, is set to launch a range of healthy
drinks, made from a mix of fruit juice and soy, on the European
market in coming months.
Researchers from the US claim the essential mineral zinc may help
protect cells against oxidative damage. Not usually linked to
antioxidant properties, the scientists say that zinc may safeguard
red blood cell membranes against oxidative...
People already eating a healthy diet could lower their cholesterol
even further by using a margarine enriched with plant sterols. A
Japanese study published today reveals the potential heart health
benefits of Flora pro.activ, a functional...
As probiotics find increasing favour with food manufacturers a new
European funded study, PROGID, is set to investigate the impact of
two probiotic strains on easing the symptoms of inflammatory bowel
A non-metallic element found in food and food supplements could
have an impact on the health of ex-smokers. According to a recent
study in the Netherlands, former smokers with high quantities of
selenium in their toenails experienced...
The UK Food Standards Agency is said to be drawing up proposals
which would require restaurants and hotels to provide nutritional
information on their food menus - and it is hoping to introduce the
same measures across Europe.
An EU-funded project has developed new tools that enable more
extensive and rapid analysis of our gut microbiota than has been
possible earlier. Better knowledge of the microbiota may help
scientists to prevent gut diseases or improve...