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Low-carb diets - where is the evidence?

Researchers have expressed the need for long-term studies on the effects of low-carbohydrate diets. A review of this currently popular regime suggests that although successful,...

Organic farming as viable as conventional, new study

The debate on the yield superiority of traditional crops over organic crops is set to continue as a recent study reveals that corn and soybeans...

DHEA shows little benefit in Alzheimer's patients

The supplement dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), touted by some as an anti-aging hormone and a treatment for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, showed no...

A third of cancers are preventable, says WHO

Cancer rates could increase by 50 per cent to 15 million by 2020, according to new figures released by the World Health Organisation this week....

AHA calls for ban on ephedra supplements

Over-the-counter dietary supplements containing the ephedra herb do more harm than good and should be removed from the market, according to the American Heart Association....

Infants need more vitamin D, say doctors

Doctors in the US have raised recommended levels of vitamin D for infants because they say exposure to sunlight, which generates production of the vitamin...

Lycopene could be male infertility treatment

International scientists gathered to discuss the growing body of research on lycopene, a natural antioxidant found in tomato products, at a conference in the US...

Growth goes nuts

Israeli researchers claim to have significantly improved peanut yields through the use of the plant hormone ethylene. Regulating the flowering of the peanut plant reportedly...

FAO fights for food chain

Food safety is once more in the limelight this week with the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Monday advocating a new approach...

Simple supplements beat multi-vits in pregnancy

Simple folic acid-iron supplements taken during pregnancy may be more effective than multiple vitamins in reducing the risk of low birth weight babies, according to...

Take two functional foods...

New research from UK-based Institute of Food Research reveals that two food components recognised for their ability to fight cancer are up to 13 times...

Fish oils reduce heart disease risk in diabetic women

Eating fish regularly reduced the risk of heart disease in diabetic women by as much as 64 per cent, according to an American study out...

Fishing for health

Moves to further investigate the impact of fish consumption on heart health have been undertaken in a new study by Edinburgh university in Scotland. The...

Our amazing internal world

New insights about the foundations of our health could soon be revealed thanks to the recent completion of the genome sequence of one of the...

Natural peptide may reduce damage from brain injury

Biopharmaceutical company Zengen announced this week that its researchers have discovered supplements of a naturally occurring hormone may be able to help patients with brain...

Chromium conference

Experts on chromium are to gather next month to discuss the research backing its use as a treatment for diabetes. The research summit, sponsored by...

Melatonin may reduce stroke damage

Researchers in Hong Kong report that the hormone melatonin, more commonly used to reduce the effects of jetlag, could protect the brain from the effects...

Kraft powder up for sale?

US food company Kraft Foods has put its powdered soft drink concentrate plant in Hyderabad, India up for sale, reports the Indian paper Financial Express....

Low carbs not equal to low energy

Energy bars with low or moderate levels of carbohydrates may not actually help dieters lose weight as they promise, as overall energy contents are similar...

New vitamins for skincare products

Vitamins are increasingly recognised for their role in skin health, according to experts speaking at an American Academy of Dermatology meeting this week. Both vitamin...

Popular supplement fails clinical trial

Taking supplements of creatine to slow the muscular disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may be a waste of time and money, conclude the authors of...

Cranberry juice may help fight heart disease

There's more good news about cranberry juice: researchers have found that drinking three glasses a day significantly raises levels of 'good cholesterol' in the blood...

Herbal often missing from echinacea supplements

Echinacea products sold in retail stores often do not contain what the labels claim, according to researchers whose findings prove just how vulnerable consumers are...

US ingredients for CSM

Dutch ingredients company CSM completes the acquisition of Carpro, increasing its market penetration in North America. The acquisition of Carpro - a US manufacturer of...

Formulation changes for FMBs

The US Department of the Treasury and its Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau this week published proposed new regulations on the formulation, labelling...

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