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Herbal alternative for asthma shows promise

An oral combination of three Chinese herbs could be as effective as conventional medicines at alleviating asthma symptoms but without such severe side effects, report Chinese and American researchers.

NCCAM grant supports African plant research

An international collaboration to research the safety and efficacy of South African medicinal plants has attracted a $4.4 million, four-year grant from NCCAM, and could result in plant-based therapies for...

Cranberry compound found to block cancer

Compounds in cranberries, thought to help prevent urinary preventions, may also fight the development of cancer, report US researchers today.

Cancer patients secretive over CAM use

A new study has highlighted yet again that doctors are not always aware of their patients' CAM habits. This time the group consists of cancer sufferers, who the researchers say...

Beta-carotene linked to lower deaths among elderly

Intake of beta-carotene from foods is inversely associated with lower mortality, including death from heart disease and cancer, in the elderly, shows a new study across different European populations.

Probiotics increase protection against autoimmune disease

Probiotic bacteria could not only help fight viruses but they may also protect against autoimmune diseases like diabetes, says Swedish probiotics firm Probi.

Vanadium may enhance recovery from infections

Vanadium, a trace mineral taken in supplements by bodybuilders and for sugar control, may promote faster recovery from food poisoning or other infections, suggests new research on animals.

New method to unlock secrets of beta-carotene

A fast, simple and environmentally friendly method of measuring precisely the beta-carotene and other carotenoid levels in pumpkin could help food makers achieve a better understanding of an important nutritional...

Probiotics help dermatitis in children, new evidence

Children given a probiotic supplement for four months showed a significant improvement in symptoms of atopic dermatitis, said Australian researchers this month.

Eating fish may slow down onset of dementia

Eating fish at least once a week may slow down the development of dementia, suggests new research out of the US.

Soy compound shows promise in amyloidosis prevention

A compound called genistein that is found in soya beans could prove useful in the prevention of some forms of amyloidosis, report scientists from the Scripps Research Institute.

Lacking B vitamins makes for cognitive decline

Low B vitamin levels and high homocysteine concentrations predict cognitive decline, say US researchers, producing new data to support the role of B vitamins in the mental health of the...

Broccoli compounds may protect joint health

Antioxidant-boosting compounds found in broccoli and other plants appear to block an enzyme that triggers inflammation in joints.

Pregnant women need fish for fetus

Women wanting to boost their babies' cognitive development need to tread a fine line in fish consumption to avoid excess mercury, suggests a new study on the risks posed by...

Nestlé scientists apply modern physics to functional foods

Knowledge gained from modern physics will help food scientists construct the rational design of complex food materials for new products, including functional foods, say Nestle scientists.

Plant lipids may raise risk of Alzheimer's in some people

Linoleic acid, a lipid found in plants like corn, sunflowers and safflower, appears to help prevent Alzheimer's disease in many people but in those with a genetic defect that makes...

Copper supplements may slow Alzheimer's progress

Copper may stabilize cognitive decline in patients with Alzheimer's disease, believe researchers in Germany who are conducting a clinical trial to assess the effects of supplementation.

Cocoa compounds may help diarrhoea

Dark chocolate made with flavonol-rich cocoa may help prevent diarrhoea, say scientists who have found cocoa compounds to limit the development of fluids that cause the condition.

Glucosamine better than common painkiller for knee arthritis

Two long-awaited clinical trials on glucosamine have found the shellfish-derived substance to significantly reduce the pain of arthritic joints, and it may be better than a commonly used painkiller in...

Dairy food consumption linked to lower risk of metabolic syndrome

The more dairy products consumed, the less likely your chances of metabolic syndrome, suggests a new study out of Iran.

Flavanols may improve smokers' blood vessel health

Flavanols, the natural chemicals found in chocolate, fruits and tea, can boost the levels of nitric oxide in the blood of smokers and reverse some of the smoking-related damage to...

Plant oestrogens may protect against lung cancer

Eating foods containing phytoestrogens - like soya products, plant oils and a range of different fruits and vegetables - appears to reduce the risk of developing lung cancer even in...

Scientists double CLA content in cheese

Feeding cows sunflower oil more than doubled levels of conjugated linoleic acids in cheese made from their milk, says new research, improving the fatty acids' potential in functional dairy development.

Seaweed-fortified junk food developed

Junk food could be made healthier by adding an extract of an exotic type of seaweed, according to British scientists.

Common fruit and veg may protect memory in elderly

Broccoli, potatoes, oranges, apples and radishes all contain substances that act in the same way as drugs used to treat Alzheimer's, UK researchers will report today.

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