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Poor glycemic control could make diabetics depressed

A Columbia University study has identified an increased incidence of depression among Hispanic diabetics with poor glycemic control (PGC), which the researchers say could have implications for public health.

Lignan link to cognitive function

Consumption of lignans could help preserve cognitive function in postmenopausal women and decrease their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and...

Calorie quality, not quantity, for a longer life

It is not how much you eat, but what you eat that could influence life span, say UK researchers, investigating how calorie quality, not quantity, may dictate longevity, writes Lindsey...

Lignans linked to better cognitive function

Consumption of lignans could help preserve cognitive function in postmenopausal women and decrease their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and...

NCI funds research on botanicals for cancer

The government has again demonstrated its commitment to investigating the medicinal properties of botanicals, with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) providing $1 million in funding to Wake Forest University Baptist...

Genes regulate DHA levels in mother's breastmilk

The amount of omega-3 fatty acids in a mother's breastmilk not only depends on her diet but also on her genes, reported US researchers this week.

Modern diet may be causing depression

Scientists have long suspected that a lack of omega-3 may contribute to depression, but the latest study suggests that an excess of omega-6 - the fatty acid which is more...

Supplement could hold key to Canavan disease

Acetate supplementation could prove to be an effective therapy for Canavan disease, a rare congenital brain disease, say researchers studying deficiency of myelin-related fatty acids in sufferers.

Calcium absorption depends on compound

Fortified food and drink makers should bear in mind the bioavailability of different forms of calcium, according to new research investigating the fortification systems used in orange juice brands.

Apple study could engender disease-fighting hybrid

Canadian researchers have identified certain types of apple with superior polyphenol content and antioxidant action, a discovery that highlights the potential for developing a disease-fighting super fruit, writes Jess Halliday.

Breastfeeding lowers children's blood pressure

Breastfeeding is as good for children's blood pressure as exercise and dietary salt restriction, finds a new study.

Shark cartilage can't cure cancer, say scientists

When the mass media reported, more than a decade ago, on studies purporting to show that shark cartilage could send cancer into remission, medical professionals didn't really buy it. Now...

Resveratrol could prevent 'flu epidemics

Resveratrol, a plant polyphenol found in red grapes, could be a useful tool to combat the spread of 'flu, say Italian researchers.

Regular milk drinkers may have lower stroke risk

A diet rich in milk does not increase the risk of heart disease and stroke as previously thought and may even be protective, concludes new research, reports Dominique Patton.

MSM provides pain relief for OA sufferers, says study

Anti-inflammatory MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) has added to the store of evidence pointing to its health benefits with a new study suggesting that it significantly reduces pain endured by osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers,...

Study points to puzzle of calcium/cancer link

Calcium and low fat milk may increase the risk of prostate cancer, say the authors of a new study into the link between dairy products and the disease. But as...

HCA may have role in diabetes prevention, suggests animal research

A synthetic version of the plant compound hydroxycitric acid (HCA) strongly delayed glucose absorption in rats suggesting that it could help regulate blood sugar levels in people at risk of...

Dietary vitamin E may fight off Parkinson's

Diets rich in vitamin E could protect against the development of Parkinson's disease, suggests a new meta-analysis published today.

Vitamin D oversight endangers women

More than half of osteoporosis sufferers do not consume sufficient quantities of vitamin D, suggests new research - an oversight that could make them more vulnerable to falls and fractures.

Low fat diet could improve breast cancer prognosis

Breast cancer survivors who stick to a low fat diet could be 24 percent less likely to suffer a relapse than those eating a standard diet, according to researchers at...

Herbal group reacts to black cohosh study

A study presented this week showing that black cohosh supplements offer no benefit for hot flushes was probably too short to measure any effect, says the herbal science group the...

Low-g could reduce cardiovascular risk in obese

The low-glycemic-load diet has attracted growing numbers of weight- and health-conscious consumers over the past year. New research from the Children's Hospital in Boston provides further indication that their enthusiasm...

Mechanism for green tea's anti-cancer action revealed

Green tea appears to protect against cancer by affecting a 'promiscuous' protein that pharmaceutical experts are already targeting in their work on anti-cancer drugs, according to new research.

Black cohosh has no benefit on hot flushes, says US team

Black cohosh does not reduce hot flushes in women any better than a placebo, said US researchers yesterday.

Type 2 diabetes may begin with grandmother's diet

Insulin resistance typical of type 2 diabetes can be 'programmed' across two generations by poor nutrition during a grandmother's pregnancy and lactation, suggests a groundbreaking new animal study.

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