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Melatonin may have no effect against breast cancer

Levels of the hormone melatonin, shown in animals to protect against the development of breast cancer, appear to have no relationship with risk for the cancer in humans, reports a...

Folate may protect against ovarian cancer too

A high dietary folate intake may play a role in reducing the risk of ovarian cancer, especially among women who consume alcohol, report Swedish researchers.

Sleep easy with green tea

The health benefits of green tea dovetail into sleep as researchers in Japan find an amino acid located in green tea could improve slumber in young men, writes Lindsey Partos.

Choline from mother boosts performance of brain cells

Choline appears to increase the size of brain cells and make them faster at firing electrical 'signals' that release memory-forming chemicals, according to a new study on rats.

Vitamin D in boys to avoid schizophrenia in men

Adding to the growing list of potential benefits of vitamin D consumption, researchers from Australia find that doses of vitamin D in early life could help reduce the onset of...

Dairy, vegetable proteins may protect against gout

A new study points to yet another risk associated with a diet rich in animal protein - it may increase the risk of gout, the most common form of inflammatory...

Coffee may help tackle rise in diabetes

Drinking coffee seems to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a growing threat around the world due to the rise in obesity and ageing populations.

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.

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