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DHEA may relieve midlife depression, say researchers

A new study suggests that DHEA supplements may be an effective alternative to traditional anti-depressants for sufferers of midlife-onset major or minor depression.

Arginine supplements may lower stroke risk marker

Supplements of the amino acid L-arginine may lower levels of the heart disease marker homocysteine, say researchers for the first time.

Obesity raises NTD risk

Obesity increases the risk of a mother giving birth to a child with neural tube defects, even if they are receiving folic acid, suggests a new study.

Milk, fruit and veg may help reduce disability risk

High consumption of dairy products and fruits and vegetables may lower the risk of disability, especially among black women, report US researchers.

New values for nutrients reveal more about health benefits

Knowing a food's dietary fibre content says nothing about how it will impact the body, says a New Zealand researcher, who is calling for an alternative evaluation of nutrients that...

Vitamin D under spotlight in new cancer research

Vitamin D's role in the development of cancer should get further attention following the unexpected findings that sunlight may benefit certain types of cancer.

Vitamin E status, role in depression?

People with depression appear to have lower levels of the vitamin E alpha-tocopherol circulating in their bloodstream, report researchers, who will investigate further whether vitamin E supplements can help their...

Kelp can reduce level of hormone related to breast cancer risk

Kelp seaweed, the brown plant often found washed ashore on beaches, could help to fight hormone-related cancers, suggests new animal research.

Gene reveals high-risk osteoporosis group

About 19 per cent of people have a genetic variation that may increase susceptibility to osteoporosis, a new study reveals.

Compound from rare plant shows promise against breast cancer

A compound derived from a rare South American plant stops the growth of human breast cancer cells in laboratory cultures, report US scientists in a journal this month.

Iron supplements may help against post-natal depression

Anaemic mothers who took iron supplements reported significant improvement in depression and anxiety levels after giving birth compared to those who took a placebo, shows a new study.

Preschoolers not getting enough fiber

More than three-quarters of two to five-year-olds are not getting enough fiber, suggests an analysis by US researchers, who call on parents to give their children more whole-grain products and...

Obesity prevention should focus on kids with overweight mothers

Six-year-olds whose mothers are overweight are 15 times more likely to be obese than children of slim mothers, shows new research out of the US.

Reading labels doesn't always mean a healthier diet

Researchers are advising parents and educators to teach teenagers how to interpret nutritional facts labels on foods, after a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health indicated that those who...

Young girls should be targeted for osteoporosis prevention

Efforts to prevent osteoporosis, generally considered a disease of elderly women, should actually start before puberty, suggests new research into calcium supplements.

CLA-rich meat, milk to compete with functional foods

Meat and dairy products with higher levels of the healthy fat conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) could be available in just three years, say scientists at the Rowett Research Institute in...

Omega-3s to enter weight loss category?

Emerging research looks set to position omega-3 fatty acids as a new ingredient for weight loss foods and supplements, reports Dominique Patton.

Fat type more important than quantity in cutting CV deaths

The type of dietary fats consumed by middle-aged men may be more important than reducing total fat intake to lower the risk of dying from heart disease, suggests a study...

Salad fans may have lower risk of kidney cancer

Women keen on bananas, salads and root vegetables may be less likely to develop kidney cancer, suggests a new Swedish study.

Beer compounds, not alcohol, may fight cancer

Non-alcoholic beer may fight off cancer, suggests new laboratory research on mice.

Mother's diet linked to foetal liver health, adult disease

Slim mothers may be impacting the liver health of their babies in later life, say UK researchers.

AJN grapefruit reminder criticized as unscientific

The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) has criticized the American Journal of Nursing's reminder of the potentially dangerous interaction between grapefruit juice and certain medications as unscientific.

Vitamin C role in asthma prevention gains no support from new study

Mothers that consumed high levels of dietary vitamin C during late pregnancy were more than twice as likely to report wheezing in their children two years on, shows a new...

Oleic acid findings will boost knowledge on olive oil

Laboratory results showing that oleic acid dramatically cuts the expression of a gene involved in the development of breast cancer have been acclaimed as a major breakthrough in understanding the...

Antioxidants teach old dogs new tricks

A University of Toronto study involving beagles indicates that cognitive stimulation may boost the effects of an antioxidant-rich diet in combatting the loss of learning ability with advanced aging.

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