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Soy isoflavone may damage fertility, finds new research

The soy component genistein, one of the isoflavones seeing increasing sales in the health food market, could damage human sperm, a UK researcher will reveal today, writes Dominique Patton.

HRT may stop a cholesterol-lowering diet working

Dietary approaches to lowering cholesterol may be a side effect-free alternative to statin drugs for patients with moderately high cholesterol, but a new study at Pennsylvania State University shows that...

Folic acid supplements boost memory in elderly

High-dose folic acid supplements might slow the decline in memory usually seen with ageing, said Dutch researchers yesterday.

New Parkinson's/CoQ10 research could stir up further demand

A new study into the ability of coenzyme Q10 to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease is on the starting blocks. If the results of much-cited 2002 research by the...

Whey protein could fight gut infection and save lives

Researchers in New Zealand's Massey University have reported that whey protein concentrate reduced the severity of rotavirus-induced diarrhea in a mice model. If replicated in humans, this result could help...

Green tea could fight autoimmune disorders

Polyphenols founds in green tea may help protect the body autoimmune disorders, believes an oral biologist who has conducted extensive studies into their health promoting properties.

Portion size drives pre-schoolers' eating habits

Preschool children are unable to gauge their own energy intake, according to new research at Cornell University. If caregivers do not realize that the responsibility for controlling calorie consumption lies...

Fish oils may harm some heart patients

A raft of clinical evidence has linked consumption of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils to a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death, but a new study suggests that in...

Fish may protect against colorectal cancer

People who regularly eat fish are less likely to develop colorectal cancer, reveals new data out today from the biggest ever investigation into diet's impact on cancer incidence.

Obese people age faster, says study

Obesity has long been known to increase the risk of health conditions including heart disease, hypertension and respiratory disease, but a new study suggests that it also causes accelerated aging...

High calcium and vitamin D diet may decrease risk of PMS

A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D may lower the risk of developing premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a condition that affects up to a fifth of all women, researchers reported...

Black tea as good as green in oral cancer prevention, say researchers

The putative ability of polyphenols from green tea to help prevent cancer has been the subject of much scientific enquiry in recent years. But researchers in India now say that...

Dieting when pregnant may raise child's chances of obesity

Children of women who diet or do not get enough nutrition during pregnancy are more likely to become obese, according to Japanese researchers.

Cauliflower 'juice', a weapon against breast cancer

Women who eat cauliflower regularly could provide the body with powerful tools to help fight breast cancer, as a new Italian study reveals the chemopreventive compounds of this popular vegetable,...

Zinc levels linked to prostate cancer spread

Cancerous cells in the prostate appear to be less able to absorb zinc, suggest preliminary findings by the US Agricultural Research Service, and this may lead to the cancer's spread.

Dairy fat not linked to weight gain, new study

In a new extensive study set to fuel the ongoing debate about the health benefits of milk, researchers find dietary calcium and skimmed milk are linked to weight gain, while...

Soy meal replacements better for cholesterol levels

Soy meal replacements may not produce more weight loss than a milk-based meal replacement but they do have advantages for overall health, suggests a US study, confirming prior results in...

Raisins fight oral bacteria

Compounds found in raisins appear to fight bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and gum disease, writes Dominique Patton.

Oral antioxidants may be sunburn barrier

As temperatures starts to rise, so do voices warning about the dangers of over exposure to UV rays. Sun protection usually involves topical creams, but evidence of oral antioxidants' ability...

Cranberry juice could fight gut infections

Cranberry juice, already well-known as a remedy for urinary tract infections, may help protect against common infections caused by gastrointestinal viruses, reports Dominique Patton.

High vitamin B intake cuts risk of colorectal cancer

Women who consume significant amounts of vitamin B6- often found in fortified cereals- can cut their risk of colorectal cancer, especially if they drink, according to new research, writes Dominique...

Low zinc may impact physical performance

Low zinc levels may impact physical performance, suggests a small study.

Fatty acid deficiency linked to autism

Omega-3 supplements could help children with autism manage some of their symptoms, believe Scottish researchers, who have recorded a deficiency of certain fatty acids in autistic children.

Nutrition approach to CV disease gains weight

The risk factors and symptoms associated with peripheral vascular disease and intermittent claudication can be reduced by better nutrition, say Spanish researchers in a study published in this month's Journal...

Almond flavonoids keep cholesterol levels down, animal study

The flavonoids in almond skins may be responsible for the nuts' positive effect on cholesterol levels, shows new research that tested their antioxidant capacity on animals.

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