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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.

Eating breakfast builds healthy bones, say studies

The American Dietetic Association is seeking to stir up debate over the nation's breakfast tables. Girls who skip breakfast are more likely to miss out on dietary sources of calcium...

Vitamin B12 supplements correct deficiencies as well as injections

Taking supplements of vitamin B12 appear to correct deficiencies of the vitamin just as efficiently as B12 injections but the doses needed would far exceed the RDA of this vitamin,...

Poor glycemic control could make diabetics depressed

A Columbia University study has identified an increased incidence of depression among Hispanic diabetics with poor glycemic control (PGC), which the researchers say could have implications for public health.

Lignan link to cognitive function

Consumption of lignans could help preserve cognitive function in postmenopausal women and decrease their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and...

Calorie quality, not quantity, for a longer life

It is not how much you eat, but what you eat that could influence life span, say UK researchers, investigating how calorie quality, not quantity, may dictate longevity, writes Lindsey...

Lignans linked to better cognitive function

Consumption of lignans could help preserve cognitive function in postmenopausal women and decrease their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and...

NCI funds research on botanicals for cancer

The government has again demonstrated its commitment to investigating the medicinal properties of botanicals, with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) providing $1 million in funding to Wake Forest University Baptist...

Genes regulate DHA levels in mother's breastmilk

The amount of omega-3 fatty acids in a mother's breastmilk not only depends on her diet but also on her genes, reported US researchers this week.

Modern diet may be causing depression

Scientists have long suspected that a lack of omega-3 may contribute to depression, but the latest study suggests that an excess of omega-6 - the fatty acid which is more...

Supplement could hold key to Canavan disease

Acetate supplementation could prove to be an effective therapy for Canavan disease, a rare congenital brain disease, say researchers studying deficiency of myelin-related fatty acids in sufferers.

Calcium absorption depends on compound

Fortified food and drink makers should bear in mind the bioavailability of different forms of calcium, according to new research investigating the fortification systems used in orange juice brands.

Apple study could engender disease-fighting hybrid

Canadian researchers have identified certain types of apple with superior polyphenol content and antioxidant action, a discovery that highlights the potential for developing a disease-fighting super fruit, writes Jess Halliday.