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Could intuition cure America of its poor eating habits?

Thanksgiving and the holiday season are typically times of overindulgence - followed swiftly by concern over expanding waistlines and earnest efforts to shed pounds. But a Brigham Young University professor...

Vitamin D may cut falls in elderly, further evidence

Giving vitamin D supplements to elderly living in care facilities appears to reduce their risk of falls, suggests another study.

Mediterranean diet not responsible for overweight Greeks

Eating a traditional Mediterranean diet to protect heart health is unlikely to lead to weight gain, as some people previously feared, say Greek researchers.

On-the-go probiotic shows stress-tummy promise

Institut Rosell is gearing up for the launch of its new Probio'Stick on-the-go probiotic product. Its latest trial indicates that it may be helpful in dealing with some of the...

Nutrient alters gene activity in animals

Injecting an amino acid, also available as a food supplement, into rats permanently changed their behaviour by altering expression of certain genes, US scientists have reported.

Study supports soy/heart health message for African-Americans

The heart health benefits of eating soy protein containing isoflavones received a boost this week, when researchers from John Hopkins University presented new research indicating their ability to reduce two...

More protein, less carbs may cut heart risk

Replacing some carbs with protein and monounsaturated fat can improve cholesterol levels, further lower blood pressure and reduce overall heart disease risk, suggests a new study out today.

Too much calcium may raise prostate cancer risk

Men who consume a lot of calcium may have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer, concludes new research.

High fat-low carb diet reduces heart's energy stores

High fat-low carb diets, such as the once-trendy Atkins diet, appear to negatively impact the heart's energy stores, shows new research presented in the US this week.

Low selenium linked to higher risk of osteoarthritis

Insufficient levels of selenium may raise the risk of knee osteoarthritis, US researchers will report tomorrow.

Herbal supplement inhibits prostate cancer cells in lab

An herbal extract developed by New Chapter suppresses the growth of prostate cancer cells and induces prostate cancer cells to self-destruct, according to new research.

B vitamins to lower homocysteine may prevent strokes

Taking high doses of B vitamins may help reduce the risk of a second stroke and heart attacks, according to a new analysis.

Olive oil phenols may explain heart health benefits

Plant chemicals in olive oil, rather than the fatty acids, may be responsible for the good heart health widely observed in Mediterranean populations, say Spanish researchers.

Vitamin D appears more important than high calcium for bones

Consuming more than 800 mg of calcium per day may be unnecessary for bone health if the body has enough vitamin D, say Icelandic researchers.

How Atkins works - possible mechanism discovered

French scientists have reached a possible explanation for the weight loss effect of high-protein diets like Atkins.

Protein discovery could be clue to vitamin E's anti-cancer effect

US researchers have identified a protein that affects vitamin E's retention in prostate cells and helps the vitamin slow cancer growth.

Olive oil compounds fight colon cancer

Compounds in olive oil appear to protect against colon cancer, one of the most common forms of the disease in the Western world.

Orafti pushes new prebiotic health claims

A prebiotic ingredient could significantly lower the glycaemic index of food products when used in replacement for sugar, according to a new study.

Resveratrol tackles Alzheimer's plaques, shows lab study

Resveratrol, a compound found in grapes and red wine, lowers levels of the amyloid-beta peptides that cause the plaques in the brain leading to Alzheimer's disease, shows new research.

Healthy fruit and veg compounds being lost in processing

Fruit and vegetable compounds shown to protect against cancer in epidemiological studies could be much more powerful if processors and breeders paid closer attention to their preservation, say Dutch researchers.

Broccoli fights cancer-causing bacteria in humans

Broccoli's ability to fight Helicobacteri pylori, the bacterium responsible for most stomach cancers, has been demonstrated in a human study for the first time, claim Japanese researchers.

Melatonin helps travelers prepare for long-haul

A new study has shown that taking melatonin and using a light box for several days before crossing time zones can help travelers avoid jet lag by resetting their Circadian...

Gingko biloba may reduce ovarian cancer risk

The herbal gingko biloba may lower the risk of developing ovarian cancer, US researchers say.

Jury still out on probiotics for IBS

The role of probiotics in alleviating the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) came under the spotlight at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology this weekend. The...

SierraSil study suggests osteoarthritis relief

A combination of natural minerals from the Sierra Mountains shows promise in reducing the pain of arthritis, according to a study published in the Journal of Inflammation.

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