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Iodine deficiency leads to poor mental development in babies

Pregnant women are putting the mental development of their children at risk by failing to take sufficient amounts of iodine, according to a recent study...

Anti-obesity chemical found in shark liver

A substance derived from dogfish sharks suppresses appetite and decreases body weight in rodents making it a potential anti-obesity treatment, according to new research. Researchers...

Research to probe soy's positive effects on prostate cancer

Researchers at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and Belfast City Hospital are to launch a study on the link between dietary intake of...

Vitamins rubbished - again

The debate continues to rage over the efficacy of vitamins following the publication earlier this month of a report claiming that synthetic statin drugs were...

Food processors support FDA stance on mercury in fish

Claims that the US Food & Drug Administration was unduly influenced by the US food industry when drawing up its guidelines on fish consumption and...

Nutrition 21 to aid IOM testing

Nutrition 21, the US producer of chromium picolinate products, has announced that it will provide data to the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) to help...

The older you are, the more you can drink, says study

The health benefits of alcohol only occur in middle aged and older people, finds a study in this week`s British Medical Journal. The scientists found...

Sports supplements blamed for heatstroke deaths

Dietary supplements could be the cause of a rise in deaths from heatstroke, according to reports in the American press. A study published last week...

Boost for botanicals research

America's National Institutes of Health (NIH) has given a $6 million grant to fund research on the botanical ingredients St. John's wort and echinacea. The...

Further benefits for fish eaters

Eating fish benefits those who are at high risk for ischemic heart disease (IHD), finds a new study. The research also shows that sudden cardiac...

Evidence for wholegrains confirmed, again

A diet rich in wholegrains protects against cardiovascular disease (CVD), type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers thanks to their beneficial effects on risk factors such...

Soy isoflavones - do the levels matter?

A new study finds that the health benefits attributed to soy protein may not depend on the isoflavone content. While many health advantages have been...

Negative effects of zinc supplements on early mental development

A study in this week's issue of The Lancet suggests that pregnant women in developing countries who are given zinc supplements may in fact be...

Peanuts - the next diet food?

Peanuts are not normally considered a diet food - primarily because they are known to have a relatively high caloric level - but a new...

HRT cancer link is good news for natural alternatives

News last week that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may cause ovarian cancer has met with mixed reactions, but the nutraceuticals industry has seen it as...

Mineral intake vital to prevent cadmium poisoning

Insufficient intake of minerals iron, zinc and calcium in the diet can lead to unhealthy increases in cadmium uptake in the kidney and liver, according...

Homocysteine, vitamin B12 relationship linked to Alzheimer's

A combination of high levels of homocysteine and low levels of vitamin B12 is a significant risk factor for Alzheimer's disease among African Americans, according...

Getting their oats helps kids perform better

Two studies of children's breakfast eating habits appear to show that kids who eat oatmeal at the start of the day perform better in memory...

New website takes the guesswork out of medication

A new website has been launched which is designed to be a one-stop shop for consumers and professionals seeking accurate, unbiased information about drugs and...

Niacin could be diabetes treatment

Niacin, the B vitamin which is known to raise blood glucose levels when consumed in large quantities - making it inappropriate for use as a...

Pregnant women urged to take multivitamins

Pregnant women who take multivitamins can help reduce the risk of their child having a major heart, limb or facial defect, according to the latest...

Deaths linked to Chinese supplements

Ninety-three people in Japan have suffered adverse reactions from Chinese diet supplements, including three people who have died as a result of taking the pills....

Folic acid can cut colon cancer risk

The UK's Food Standards Agency recently decided not to recommend the fortification of flour with folic acid, citing the fact that there was insufficient evidence...

Peachy news about antioxidants

Foods which contain high levels of healthy antioxidants have been much in the news recently, with just this week new emerging that fruit and...

Liver damage linked to herbal tea

Scientists from Greece have reported a possible link between liver damage similar to that caused by hepatitis and the consumption of herbal tea. Writing in...

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