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New findings on vitamin A's role in cancer prevention

Problems with the way the body processes vitamin A may contribute to the development of breast cancer, show preliminary findings on the vitamin pathway.

Zinc treatment cuts mouth cancer risk in rats

The mineral zinc may help prevent oesophageal and oral cancers in people at high risk, suggests research on rats.

New evidence supports camomile tea's health benefits

The popular herbal tea camomile may help relieve a wide range of health ailments, including colds and menstrual cramps, UK researchers will report.

Fast food link to obesity confirmed

Young adults who eat frequently at fast-food restaurants gain more weight and have a greater increase in insulin resistance in early middle age, according to a large multi-center study published...

Little scientific support for weight loss programs

There is little evidence to support the use of many commercial weight loss programs, according to a study in the US, which suggests that the search for new, more effective...

Butterbur cuts frequency of migraines

The ancient herbal butterbur offers considerable help in preventing migraine headaches, according to an international research team.

Vitamin D supplements to protect against MS

Pregnant women should take vitamin D supplements to protect their offspring from multiple sclerosis, a UK-based expert has urged.

Soy formula may inhibit intestinal development in babies

The soy isoflavone genistein may inhibit intestinal cell growth in babies, say US researchers, who have carried out tests on newborn piglets.

Essential oils combat MRSA bacteria

Essential oils usually used in aromatherapy have been found to kill the deadly MRSA bacteria causing increasing numbers of deaths in hospitals round the world.

American living makes you fat

Being in America makes you fat, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Anthocyanins may help fight diabetes

Fruit compounds called anthocyanins could help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, suggest preliminary tests on animals.

Fish oil supplements slow ageing of brain

People who eat oily fish or take fish oil supplements score 13 per cent higher in IQ tests and are less likely to show early signs of Alzheimer's disease, according...

Bush signs bill urging more chromium picolinate research

Nutrition 21 announced last week that a bill signed into law by President George Bush recognizes the health benefits of chromium picolinate towards diabetes and urges further research into its capabilities.

Exercise boosts benefits of plant sterol products

Consuming products with plant sterols as well as exercising may offer additional benefits for those at risk of coronary heart disease, say Canadian researchers.

Iron supplements may help ADHD children

Iron supplements may be useful for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), say researchers that have found a small group of these children to be deficient in the mineral.

Thiamine may protect heart health in diabetics

High doses of vitamin B1, or thiamine, could lower cholesterol in diabetes patients and help prevent heart disease, say UK researchers.

Gamma-tocopherol halts cancer cells in lab study

Gamma-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E found in many plant seeds but not widely available in nutritional supplements, might halt the growth of prostate and lung cancer cells, say US...

Ayurvedic herbals heavy in metals or not?

An analysis of Ayurvedic herbals found that 20 percent contained metals at potentially toxic levels, according to a study in JAMA, but the American Herbal Products Association believes the products...

Scotch pine bark has anti-inflammatory action

Compounds in the bark of the Scotch pine, more usually used for Christmas trees, show promising anti-inflammatory action in cell studies, say Finnish researchers, and could be developed into food...

First strawberry map to lead to better flavour?

Breakthrough science for the popular fruit ingredient, the strawberry, as UK scientists construct the world's first molecular map for the wild strawberry, opening up opportunities to create market leading varieties...

Soiken links up with drink maker to develop health drink

Japanese biotech firm Soiken signs joint research agreement with a beverage manufacturer to drill into the established functional food market.

New findings on insulin activity and Alzheimer's link

A decreased level of an enzyme that breaks down insulin in brain tissue may explain why diabetes patients have a higher risk of Alzheimer's, report researchers.

African-Americans need to up calcium intake

The majority of African-Americans should be increasing their intake of calcium in order to reduce the risk of contracting a number of serious diseases according to a study published this...

Supplement industry still needs to allay vitamin E worries

Consumers remain concerned by the conclusions of the recent meta-study on vitamin E and may be putting their lives at risk, according to a study released last week.

Antioxidant, B vitamin combo to slow dementia?

Combining B vitamins with a powerful antioxidant could lower blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine enough to prevent dementia, claims a UK research firm preparing to test the theory...

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