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Death toll from obesity catches up with tobacco

Deaths due to poor diet and lack of exercise have risen by more than a third in the last ten years, said the US government yesterday, citing new research that...

DHEA poses risks for athletes using high doses

Athletes who take the popular supplement DHEA to increase their testosterone levels and improve their performance may actually be raising levels of a hormone that could harm the prostate, according...

Consumer 'confused' over 5-a-day

Despite strong research that shows eating regular daily servings of 'powerhouse' fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of chronic disease, new research out of the US says people are...

Consumer group demands FDA issue warning on black cohosh

The herbal supplement black cohosh used to relieve menopausal symptoms may increase the risks of breast cancer metastasis and liver failure, warns the active campaigning consumer group the Center for...

High protein diet weakens immunity system?

Moving against the rising tide of popularity in the high protein-low carbohydrate diets, a new study by Yale researchers finds that consuming foods high in animal protein, saturated fat, eggs...

Japanese vegetable extract offers promise for diabetes control

A new trial on Caiapo, an extract of white sweet potatoes taken in supplement form in Japan, confirms that it improves blood sugar and cholesterol levels in type 2 diabetic subjects.

Child nutrition strategy to cut future health bills

Texas blazes a trail to cut the growing incidence of obesity in children and to help reduce heavy healthcare bills by launching a new nutrition policy for state schools.

Folic acid increase appears to have cut stroke deaths

Fortifying enriched grain products with folic acid in the 1990s appears to have been followed by a decline in stroke and ischemic heart disease deaths, US government researchers reported at...

HRT alternatives put to the test

US researchers are carrying out a major, long-term study to investigate the safety and efficacy of the herbal products black cohosh and red clover in relieving menopause symptoms.

Vitamin B12 levels linked to bone loss

Older women with low levels of vitamin B12 are more likely to experience rapid bone loss, according to new research, which helps to establish the importance of the vitamin in...

Clinical trial to test probiotic effect against infection

A major, randomised trial to assess the effectiveness of probiotic bacteria in reducing infections in intensive care patients, the first such study to be carried out in the US, may...

Food tests not enough for baby formula, say experts

Currently used safety tests for food ingredients are not high enough to evaluate the risk of new ingredients for infant formula, according to a panel of experts at the Institute...

Vitamin C levels associated with asthma risk

Further evidence suggests that deficiency in vitamin C could increase the likelihood of children developing asthma.

Low carbs cause mood 'lows'

People on the Atkins diet may be losing weight but they are also likely to be in a bad mood, say researchers in the US, who say that a lack...

Folate fortification more effective than thought

Folate fortification of flour may have worked better than previously thought to reduce the number of children born with neural tube defects (NTDs), suggests a new study looking at the...

Scientists overturn accepted theory of disease

The current thinking that oxygen free radicals are responsible for the development of numerous diseases, including cancer and arthritis, may be a red herring, says a team of UK scientists.

Herbal use higher than predicted

Women's use of all medications, including herbal supplements, is higher than anticipated, and they're unlikely to tell their health care providers about the medications they take, according to a University...

Milk beats fractures and obesity

Children who avoid drinking milk are more likely to be both overweight and at higher risk of fractures, say researchers in New Zealand.

Fruit and cereal fiber, not vegetables, cut deaths from heart disease

Eating just 10 grams of dietary fiber from fruits and cereals each day appears to significantly lower the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study out this...

Mineral water benefits from vitamin fortification

Mineral water fortified with folic acid and a handful of vitamins can reduce plasma homocysteine levels, a risk factor in cardiovascular disease, report Finnish researchers this month. In a separate...

Plant sterols in juice improve cholesterol levels

Plant sterols, recognised for their cholesterol-lowering power when added to margarines and other fats, are just as effective in reducing low-density lipoprotein, or 'bad' cholesterol levels, when added to orange...

Phytoestrogens, no effect on breast cancer risk

Plant oestrogens, such as isoflavones or lignans, do not appear to have any effect on reducing breast cancer risk in Western women, report Dutch researchers.

Tomatoes bred to contain extra antioxidant

US scientists have created purple tomatoes that include anthocyanins, the antioxidant pigments in red wine believed to prevent heart disease but not normally found in domestic varieties of the fruit.

Pycnogenol reduces need for hypertension drugs

High blood pressure patients can significantly reduce their prescription medication by taking an antioxidant supplement to improve heart health, show the results of a new clinical study.

'Anti-aging' hormone found to boost brain cell growth

Human neural stem cells, exposed in a lab dish to the steroid DHEA, exhibit a remarkable uptick in growth rates, suggesting that the hormone may play a role in helping...

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