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Supplements better than fortification for folic acid?

Pregnant women who do not take folic acid-containing supplements are eight times more likely to have low serum folate values, despite eating folate-fortified foods, claims a new study.

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The cost of bad research

The science has spoken. Low-fat diets don't work: Forget the carrots and broccoli sprouts, I can now have my cake and eat it, and put extra cream on top.

'No evidence' that melatonin helps with jet lag

A review of 25 studies has led researchers to claim the human hormone melatonin does not help people with sleep problems like jet lag, conclusions that have questioned by an...

More support for soy's protection against prostate cancer

A diet rich in soy, sunflower seeds, berries and peanuts can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 26 per cent, claims new research from Sweden.

Saw palmetto 'does not improve' prostate problem

Contrary to earlier reports, saw palmetto, the extract from the berries of a dwarf palm tree, has no effect on non-cancerous prostate swellings, claims that have been called "puzzling" by...

Low fat diet: breast cancer link 'due to chance'

Five servings of fruit and vegetables per day and a diet low in fat reduced the risk of breast cancer by nine per cent, a figure dismissed as not significant...

Low fat diet 'has no effect on heart risk'

Eating less fat and more fruit and vegetables has no effect on the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), claims a long-term dietary intervention study claimed to be the largest ever...

Abnormal hormone may contribute to obesity, study

New research reveals that an abnormal brain hormone may increase the risk of obesity, findings the scientists say could lead to the development of a drug to treat certain cases...

Broccoli and soy could cut cancer risk

Compounds found in broccoli and soy may help protect against certain cancers that affect over two million new people every year, according to a cell culture study.

Low fat diet recommendation for type-1 diabetics

People with type-1 diabetes should switch to a low-fat diet, scientists have recommended after showing that the metabolism of a diabetic heart is affected by high blood fat levels.

Chromium supplement offers diabetes hope - animal study

Researchers have reported how chromium picolinate improves muscle sensitivity to insulin in obese, insulin-resistant rats - findings that could have implications for diabetic humans.

NCCAM streamlines quality aspect of funding review

The standard of NCCAM-funded research looks set to rise, and the funding approval procedure simplified, thanks to the formation of a new working group specifically focused on quality.

More evidence of null link between coffee and colorectal cancer

Drinking as much as six cups of coffee per day has no effect on the risk of colon or rectal cancer, according to Swedish researchers, adding to evidence that coffee...

Pycnogenol reduces osteoarthritis pain, study

A daily supplement of pycnogenol could reduce inflammation and reduce pain for arthritic sufferers, claims a new study.

US teens not getting sufficient calcium

US teenagers are living with the threat of osteoporosis in later life by not getting enough calcium, claims a new report that suggests supplements could help.

Obesity may contribute to type 1 diabetes, say scientists

Obesity has long been recognized as a cause for type-2 diabetes, but scientists now say that the disease may be a factor in accelerated type-1 diabetes in some children.

Med diet helps keep the weight off

People who eat a tradition Mediterranean diet are 60 per cent less likely to be obese, Greek researchers have said as the country's women top Europe's obesity table.

Cargill expands trans-fat lowering soyoil production

US agribusiness firm Cargill is to expand its processing of Vistive, a low-linolenic soybean, which claims to reduce or eliminate trans fatty acids in soybean oil.

Vitamin E and selenium could reduce mercury toxicity

Taking vitamin E and selenium supplements could reduce the toxicity of mercury from fish, indicates an animal study. If replicated in humans, the findings may mean pregnant women could consume...

Melatonin may cut hypertension

Melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that can be taken orally to regulate sleep patterns, reduced the blood pressure (BP) of hypertensive women, claim Italian researchers.

Medicinal herb use common in WIC clinics

Almost 50 per cent of children in WIC clinics are given herbal remedies with known safety issues, says a study from Penn State, supporting calls for better education for herbal remedies.

Vitamin D - sunlight or supplements?

Supplements and diet, and not sunlight, should be your source of vitamin D, dermatology experts have concluded after reviewing studies from both sides of the on-going debate.

Change your diet to reduce your BP

A new statement on diet from the American Heart Association emphasises weight loss, cutting back on salt and alcohol and increasing dietary potassium as viable ways to reduce blood pressure,...

Corn oil, omega-6 could speed up prostate cancer, study

Omega-6 fatty acids speed up the growth of prostate tumor cells in the laboratory, according to a study published in today's issue of Cancer Research.

More support for magnesium against colon cancer

New research indicates that a diet rich in magnesium may lower the risk of colon cancer, supporting previous studies inversely linking intake of the mineral to the disease.

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