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US calls for GM dispute panel

The United States, Argentina and Canada have asked the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to set up a dispute settlement panel to decide whether or not...

Heart-healthy chocolate

Dark chocolate could potentially reduce both cardiovascular and thromboembolic disease, due to its high flavonoid-rich cocoa content, suggests new research on chocolate consumption that compared...

The rise, and fall, of diabetes

The increase in the prevalence of diabetes may be due to better detection and people surviving longer with the disease not an increase in new...

Corn oil to cut cholesterol

Heart-friendlier products may be one of the benefits from new corn varieties developed by US scientists at the US department of agriculture's chief scientific research...

Green tea could halt bladder cancer

The active ingredient in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), has been found to block the growth of bladder tumours in rats. EGCG is increasingly regarded as...

New results show guggulipid extract fails to lower cholesterol

A guggulipid extract, used as an alternative to cholesterol-lowering drugs in Asia, has turned out to be no more effective than a placebo in clinical...

Ephedra marketers fail to improve image

Scientists are calling for major reforms in marketing of ephedra-containing supplements, after a study revealed several online advertisements for the weight-loss supplement failed to disclose...

Creatine to boost brainpower

Taking supplements of creatine, a compound found in muscle tissue, can significantly boost both working memory and general intelligence, according to researchers in Australia. The...

A step towards drought-resistant crops

As global warming appears to be taking its toll and with German farmers alone predicted to lose up to 80 per cent of their crops...

S. America soybean production continues to climb

Both Brazil and Argentina continue to increase their production and export figures this year, according to the latest report from the American Soybean Association (ASA)....

New committee for new dietary guidelines?

Thirteen leading nutrition experts have been appointed to the committee responsible for reviewing the national dietary guidelines, due to be updated in 2005. Based on...

Low-calorie watermelon

An agricultural scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem claims to have developed a less fattening variety of watermelon which still remains just as sweet....

Cut it and weep - the long lasting onion!

A team of onion growers in the US claims to have created a new variety of sweet onion which is not only said to be...

Major US funding for lipids research

The National Institutes of Health is investing around $35 million in a research project on lipids, which could help shed light on their role in...

Calcium deficiency raising ricket incidence among infants

Sodas and juices could be causing rickets associated with calcium deficiency in North American children, suggests new research. Researchers linked cases of rickets - a...

Vitamins may restore healthy cholesterol levels in children

Vitamin supplements could help protect children with abnormally high cholesterol levels from heart attacks in later years, according to a small study. Children with inherited...

HRT findings boost demand for supplements

Sales of supplements for menopause symptoms are likely to surge in coming months, after a major UK study finds that combination hormone replacement therapy (HRT)...

Isoflavones, lignans linked to reduced risk of endometrial cancer

Women who include the natural oestrogens isoflavones and lignans in their diet could be at reduced risk of endometrial cancer, the fifth most common cancer...

Vitamin C to counter passive smoking damage

Vitamin C may help prevent the damage caused by passive smoking, suggests a new study. Exposure to smoke in close environment is thought to increase...

Health store staff hurting industry?

Retailers of health foods could present significant risks to breast cancer patients, report researchers today. They are calling for regulations to ensure that health food...

Green tea could be more powerful than thought

Green tea's ability to fight cancer is even more potent and varied than scientists suspected, say researchers who have discovered that chemicals in green tea...

A healthier start to the day

Scientists have backed the claims of cereal makers who promote their goods as a healthy start to the day. In a new study, people who...

Vitamin E with exercise could improve seniors' health

Taking vitamin E along with some regular exercise could help slow down the aging process and improve health among the elderly, say researchers in the...

World food day to fight hunger

The theme of this year's World Food Day will be 'International Alliance Against Hunger,' emphasising the need for global mobilisation to create the political will...

EU clears ADM purchase of Unilever unit

The European Commission on Friday approved plans by US company Archer Daniels Midland to purchase food giant Unilever's edible oil refining subsidiary VDBO. The EU...

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