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LA school district opts for health approach

Signs that schools are opting for healthy alternatives to drive down obesity in children continue with news of a major distribution agreement for value-added water products in 150 Californian school districts.

Charity calls for new supplement programs

A lack of basic vitamins and minerals is damaging the health of one-third of the world's people and holding back the economic development of virtually every country in the southern...

Iron in red meat linked to diabetes

Iron intake from red meat may be associated with the risk of type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The finding comes in the wake of new figures demonstrating the huge...

FDA outlines health strategy for 2004

Consumer and health and safety will be a key priority for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2004, stressed the US government body in a white paper released last week.

US lobby wins time for changes to global health strategy

The United States has managed to stall approval of the WHO's diet and health strategy, designed to help the world's governments stem the rise in obesity.

New chromium compound more bioavailable

US scientists have patented a new, stable and absorbable form of chromium and are looking for companies to carry out trials on the product, they said this week.

Customize and categorise

A one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition recommendations may soon be outdated, argues a nutritionist in a new article that supports the supplement industry's increasing moves to target products at specific population...

Melatonin may help blood pressure

Melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone found in the body, might one day offer a new approach to traditional high blood pressure treatments, according to a report in today's rapid access...

Vitamins C, E may prevent Alzheimer's disease

Taking individual supplements of the antioxidant vitamins E and C could help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's among the elderly, finds a new study.

WHO health strategy facing industry 'sabotage'

A WHO report on obesity prevention, which would urge governments to promote healthy foods, is under threat from food makers supported by the US administration, said consumer groups last week.

Spinach, a natural antioxidant supplement

Eyes, hair and skin could all benefit from a regular diet of spinach, finds a cluster of scientists linked together through a network of food companies.

Fish oil may help reduce allergies among infants

Taking fish oil supplements when pregnant could protect our offspring from developing allergies, suggests new research from an Australian team.

Designer eggs, latest US trend

Designer eggs - produced by chickens fed sea kelp, flax seed and other nutritious ingredients - are becoming increasingly popular in the US market among health conscious consumers.

CAM therapies for autism questioned by researchers

A significant percentage of children recently diagnosed with autism receive complementary or alternative medicine treatments, some of which could be potentially harmful, writes a research team from the US in...

Calcium supplements may not impact lead levels

Calcium supplements do not appear to cut lead levels in children with moderate lead poisoning, finds a new study published in this month's Pediatrics journal.

Herbal weight loss supplement appears to impact heart on first dose

A single dose of a dietary supplement containing ephedra and caffeine can increase blood pressure and cause changes that have the potential to affect heart rhythms, shows a new study...

The cost of cutting obesity

The rising obesity epidemic in the United States is compounded by economics, shows a new paper published this month, which blames the relatively high cost of healthy foods for the...

Varying doses in coenzyme Q10 products, risk to consumer

Health professionals are being cautioned about the strength discrepancies of some Coenzyme Q10 products. Alternating brands of the popular CoQ10 supplement could hinder the management of diseases such as congestive...

Vitamin D reduces risk of MS

Women who take vitamin D supplements through multivitamins are 40 per cent less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) than women who do not take supplements, shows a study published today.

Vitamin D, further evidence of role in autoimmune diseases

Vitamin D intake appears to be inversely associated with rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study that investigates the link between the vitamin and reduced risk of the disease in...

Scientists to pursue onion trail in cancer prevention

Onions and solar radiation exposure could help prevent prostate cancer, while meat and dairy products could be risk factors, finds a recent 32 country wide study.

Garlic 'smart bomb' destroys tumors in mice

Scientists in Israel have developed a new delivery method that allows the garlic compound allicin to selectively kill cancer cells, leaving healthy ones intact.

Research supports '3-a-day' dairy foods

The US government could save more than $200 billion in healthcare costs in the next five years if it could persuade American adults to eat three or four servings of...

Soy isoflavones do not disrupt infant development, suggest scientists

With increasing numbers of Americans turning to soy-based infant formulas, a new study finds soy isoflavones do not act like female hormones in infants, suggests new research from the government's...

NuCycle in cancer prevention

US-based Integrated BioPharma and The Institute for Cancer Prevention (IFCP) are to jointly research and develop compounds with anti-carcinogenic activity produced by transgenic plants.

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