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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...

GM labelling: are there any winners?

'Impractical and unenforceable,' is how the European food and drink association, the CIAA, last week condemned the new EU legislation on the labelling of genetically...

Modern diet could be culprit behind acne

Eating too much refined bread and cereal may be one of the causes of teenage acne, according to a team of US scientists reports this...

Supplement to boost memory?

Researchers at Oregon Health Science University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in the US are launching a clinical trial to determine whether...

Vegetarian diet may offer statin-free alternative

A study by researchers at the University of Toronto and St Michael's Hospital in Canada found that a diet including foods such as soy proteins,...

Peanut butter cuts diabetes risk

People who regularly eat peanut butter or nuts can significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to researchers at the Harvard School...

Mercury in fish linked to heart attack

People who eat fish with a raised mercury content run a greater risk of coronary heart disease than previously thought, an international team of researchers...

Choosing the alternative

Herbal alternatives to hormone replacement therapy have mixed success, and most cannot be recommended to reduce menopausal symptoms, concludes a study published in this month's...

Honey fights infection in wounds

Honey could be successful in treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria which infects many wounds, report scientists from universities in Wales and New Zealand. In a report published...

Grape juice beats supplements

Drinking grape juice may be a better alternative to taking supplements, say researchers, who report that concord grape juice's powerful antioxidant effects may offer extra...

Blueberries for aging baby boomers

As an estimated 77 million baby boomers head toward retirement, foods reported to be high in powerful antioxidants are gaining growing interest. In a study...

Too sweet to resist

In the news again, US agri-giant Cargill reports that its Cargill Sweeteners North America business has formed a marketing alliance with the Southern Minnesota Beet...

Hands up for B vitamins!

Folic acid could dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease, deep vein thrombosis and stroke if levels of homocysteine (an amino acid) were reduced, according...

Chocolate keeps the heart healthy

Chocolate may actually be good for you, suggests new research which confirms previous studies showing the benefits of flavonols found in certain chocolates and cocoa...

Hydrocolloid expansion for Cargill

US agri-giant Cargill, the new owner of French starch company Cerestar, made further steps to increasing its texturiser business when the company announced this week...

Antioxidant levels under the microscope

US researchers reported findings this week from a vitamin E dose response and time course study which some believe may help supplement manufacturers to select...

Efficacy and safety of vitamins come under fire

Both hormone therapy and high dose antioxidant vitamins -either alone or in combination with hormones - do not reduce the risk of heart attacks, deaths,...

Research throws effects of caffeine into doubt

People who enjoy the occasional decaf latte may be getting more of a fix than they realise, report Swiss scientists in the journal of the...

A healthy myth

Nearly one in five American workers is grossly obese, smokes, drinks heavily and never exercises, yet believes he or she is in excellent health, according...