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Life sciences to increase food supply?

As agriculture and environment ministers at a European and national level discuss the potential impact of proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) -...

Size matters: smaller portions could curb obesity

The typical American eats more than he or she did only a few decades ago, according to new research which suggests that the bigger portion...

Does fat matter in dementia risk?

Researchers evaluating the link between diet and risk for dementia have failed to confirm the role of saturated fat in higher risk of the mental...

Evidence against ephedra

A new study backs evidence showing the dangers of the herb ephedra, found in weight-loss products. However, the study by US researchers found that only...

Folic acid role in heart disease - further evidence needed

Vitamin B and folic acid supplements may not be effective in preventing the onset of heart disease, report researchers from the University of Western Australia....

Amino acid, antioxidant combo may prevent heart disease

A popular health supplement taken with antioxidant vitamins may help prevent atherosclerosis, or blockage of the blood vessels, say researchers at the University of California,...

Iron overload gene linked to colon cancer risk

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have found that people with gene mutations associated with abnormally high iron...

Fatty diet may affect children's growth process

Researchers studying the effects of fatty diets on puppies say their results could help further understanding of how these fats contribute to ageing and development...

Cutting down on fat in youth may reduce breast cancer risk

Reducing fat intake during puberty could help lower the risk of breast cancer later on, report researchers in this week's Journal of the National Cancer...

Bush backs nutrition program

Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced yesterday that President Bush will propose record-level funding for USDA's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutritional program as part...

Understanding the elderly taste bud

The acuity of senses like taste and smell, essential for our enjoyment of food and drink, decreases with age. Such changes in sensory capacities will...

Vitamin D deficiency could be link to heart failure

There are 'clear indications' that heart disease may be caused by vitamin D deficiency, say researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany, who, in...

DHA supplements boost infants' IQ

Mothers who supplement their diet with fatty acids rich in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) during pregnancy and lactation may be doing their children a favour in...

Cut the calories to keep the brain healthy?

Those seeking to cut down on calories in the New Year may also be protecting the brain from ageing, according to researchers at the University...

Assessing obesity

Despite the widely held belief that adolescents who come from higher-income families tend to be less obese than comparable children from families with less income,...

Regular alcohol intake prevents heart attack - new evidence

Daily or near-daily servings of beer, wine or spirits may help protect men from heart attacks, according to the results of a large, long-term study...

Eating fish may reverse smoking damage

Eating fish may help to reverse some of the damage caused by smoking, according to new research by scientists in Ireland. The researchers found that...

...you say 'protato'

Genetically modified potatoes, developed to tackle malnutrition among poor Indian children, are in the final stages of testing, according to a report in the journal...

Obesity continues upwards

As consumerism continues on its upward curve, new figures released this week show that obesity and diabetes epidemics continued to escalate in 2001. In just...

Black tea may lower heart disease risk

Drinking black tea may lower the risk of heart disease, report researchers who studied the link between the beverage and heart health in a Saudi...

Fish intake lowers risk of stroke in men

Men who eat fish once a month or more have a reduced risk of ischemic stroke, compared with those who eat fish less often, according...

Fish take to designer diets

Farm-raised fish consuming their own 'designer diet' could improve the health of populations, report scientists at US Purdue University. Researchers are currently putting their heads...

Echinacea - does it really work?

Echinacea, currently one of the most popular herbal remedies in the US, which is taken to treat the common cold, had no effect when tested...

NCCAM gets grants for CAM research

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a component of the National Institutes of Health, has received funding to set up new research...

A healthy glass of white

White wine can be just as healthy as red, according to researchers from the University of Montpellier in France who have made a Chardonnay with...