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Overweight America risks dementia epidemic

The United States may face an explosion in age-related dementia in the next 20 years if it fails to contain the present obesity crisis, warn researchers at Californian health care...

Med diet lowers risk markers for heart disease

Health benefits of the Mediterranean diet continue to gain credence with yet another study showing a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and olive oil could reduce the risk of heart...

Fiber's dual effect wards off heart disease in diabetics

A new study carried out by Unicity International and presented at the American Heart Association conference indicates that fiber supplements have a dual effect on cholesterol levels in type-2 diabetes...

Probiotic reduces gastric infection

A combination of lactic acid bacteria and a probiotic can help prevent gastric infection, according to research by the Institut Rosell.

Ginkgo biloba may improve memory in MS sufferers

Scientists in Oregon, US have presented a study that seems to suggest that ginkgo biloba may help improve attention in MS patients with cognitive impairment.

Black cohosh could interfere with anticancer drugs

Black cohosh, a plant commonly used by breast cancer patients to alleviate the menopause-like side effects of therapy, may alter the effects anticancer drugs, suggests a study carried out at...

Cyanotech and Earthrise request spirulina toxin test

Microalgae producers Cyanotech and Earthrise Nutritionals have signaled their surprise that spirulina was excluded from a recent study suggesting that a potential toxin known as BMAA is present in diverse...

Heart disease patients live longer on Med diet

A Mediterranean style diet should be recommended to those already suffering from heart disease, says new research, which concludes its ingredients can help them live longer.

Synbiotic ingredient plus probiotics reduces cancer risk

An EU-funded project has found that a synbiotic ingredient in conjunction with probiotics can help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

OatVantage delivers greatest intestinal viscosity

Nurture's OatVantage ingredient can lower the risk of coronary heart disease more than any other commercial oat product, according to a company-funded study carried out at the University of Minnesota.

Folic acid fortification shows promise in Chile

Increased consumption of folic acid may have helped to reduce the number of children born with neural tube defects in Chile, according to a new study.

Moderate drinking may not deliver health benefits, says CDC

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that the lower incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) amongst moderate drinkers, compared with heavy- or non-drinkers, may be attributable...

Vitamin D may help lung cancer surgery

Vitamin D is a key factor in helping patients benefit from surgery to treat early stage lung cancer, says new research.

Green tea reduces prostate risk

Green tea is back in the news again after a new study showed that men at a high risk of contracting prostate cancer had their risk slashed after taking green...

Omega-3 in mother's diet protects daughter from breast cancer

Mothers could reduce the chances of their female offspring developing breast cancer in later life by eating foods rich in omega-3 while pregnant and nursing, suggests research presented today at...

Healthy living advised for siblings of heart disease sufferers

Obesity is a problem for anyone, but a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins found that people with a family history of heart disease have more reason than most to...

Cruciferous veg, chili could slow or stop cancer cell growth

Two new studies carried out at the University of Pittsburg point to the potential of foods like broccoli and chili pepper in slowing or preventing the growth of cancerous cells.

Selenomethionine has superior bioavailability, suggests study

A study carried out by the Vanderbilt University Medical Center indicates that selenomethionine is twice as bioavailabile as selenium in the form of selenite.

Honey and calcium may help boost bone mass

Eating honey along with supplemental calcium appeared to enhance calcium absorption in rats, according to a study from Purdue University.

Tea could prevent diabetes and cataracts

Tea is once again being heralded as something more than a refreshing brew as research suggests it may prevent diabetes and complications associated with the disease.

Chocolate compound stops cancer cell cycle in lab

A natural compound found in cocoa deactivates a number of proteins that are probably behind the continual division of cancer cells, report researchers.

Dairy calcium has 'no effect' on weight

A study into whether increased intake of dairy calcium reduces weight and fat mass, as previous research had suggested, concluded negatively.

Whole grain take-up is driven by industry

The shift towards higher consumption of whole grains is spearheaded by an industry that has had to make swift and judicious adjustments to formulations in light of the new Dietary...

Prebiotic raises risk of salmonella infection in rats

High consumption of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) increases the risk of salmonella infection in rats, according to new research, although it is impossible to tell whether the prebiotic ingredient could have the...

Vitamin E - no evidence of Alzheimer's prevention

High doses of vitamin E had no effect on preventing the age-related Alzheimer's disease, said US researchers yesterday.

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