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Measuring heart health - cholesterol or CRP?

Elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a blood-marker for inflammation, is a better predictor of risk for heart attacks than high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol...

Thanksgiving - a toast to health?

From the main course to dessert, the traditional Thanksgiving meal is stuffed with healthy food choices, particularly those rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, according to a...

Zeaxanthin-rich diet protects against AMD

Dietary zeaxanthin plays an essential role in protecting the retina from light damage, report researchers at the Schepens Eye Research Institute and Department of Ophthalmology,...

Coffee may prevent onset of diabetes

High coffee consumption could be associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, suggest Dutch researchers in a letter in the recent issue of...

Danisco targets women

The American arm of Danish ingredients company Danisco announced this week that in order to capitalise on the most influential segment of US shoppers in...

Food technology: vacuuming the trans fat

A new method for frying snacks is keen to tap into the current trend towards healthy eating. US company Harvest Bay has come up with...

Fresh fruit has same benefits as wine

Eating fresh grapes provides the same heart-health benefits touted for red wine, according to an article in the November 2002 Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology. A...

Flaxseed diet may be the answer to prostate cancer

A diet rich in flaxseed seems to reduce the size, aggressiveness and severity of tumors in mice that have been genetically engineered to develop prostate...

Ocean Spray suffers as CEO quits

Cranberry sales for US co-operative Ocean Spray Cranberries are unlikely to be helped by the news at the end of last week that its CEO...

Are organics really safer?

Are organic foods better for us? This is the question on the lips of many a consumer, food manufacturer and scientist. For what, exactly, is...

Dietary fibre - checking the evidence

A new study confirms that a high-fiber diet has no positive impact on those at risk of colon cancer. Scientists in the US have already...

Leptin experiment investigates weight gain

Scientists from the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are probing the role that the protein leptin plays in regulating appetite and weight...

Zinc - antioxidant potential probed

The essential mineral zinc may help protect cells against oxidative damage, according to results from a preliminary study. Scientists from the Agricultural Research Service, the...

Vitamins save costs, says US researcher

Prescribing high doses of vitamin supplements to those with vision loss due to macular degeneration - the leading cause of blindness in patients over 50...

AHPA tackles new adverse events reporting system

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offering recommendations on how to make the agency's new...

Soy isoflavones have no effect on bone density in young women

Soy protein enriched with isoflavones appear to have no effect on bone mineral content and bone mineral density in young women, according to a new...

Research on fruit and veg/cancer link

In the second story today on the role played by genes on health and risk of disease, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is seeking...

Vitamin E could protect against Parkinson's risk

Increasing dietary intake of vitamin E could help reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to research published this month in the journal Neurology....

Fat intake and heart disease - all to do with genes

The link between dietary fat intake and heart disease is strongly linked to genes, according to research reported in today's rapid access issue of Circulation:...

Obesity/poor health link explored

Researchers at the University of North Carolina have shown, for the first time, that shedding excess pounds decreases activity of a key enzyme known to...

US funds CAM research

The US' National Center for Complementary and AlternativeMedicine (NCCAM) is to fund an Institute of Medicine (IOM) study investigating the implications of complementary and alternative...

Mead Johnson launches lactose-free formula

Bristol-Myers Squibb company Mead Johnson Nutritionals has submitted its intent to launch its latest product, Enfamil LactoFree Lipil infant formula, to the US Food and...

Successful weight-loss programme?

Study results presented this weekend at the American Dietetic Association's annual meeting showed that patients with type 2 diabetes who used calcium-rich meal replacements in...

Chinese medicine put to the test

An innovative approach to test Chinese herbal medicine using Western research methods has been devised by oncologists in Hong Kong to evaluate the role of...

Botanical given benefit of the doubt

Britain's Alzheimer's Society, together with the Cochrane Collaboration, has published what it claims is the biggest comprehensive review to date on the use of ginkgo...