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Healthy living advised for siblings of heart disease sufferers

Obesity is a problem for anyone, but a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins found that people with a family history of heart disease have more reason than most to...

Cruciferous veg, chili could slow or stop cancer cell growth

Two new studies carried out at the University of Pittsburg point to the potential of foods like broccoli and chili pepper in slowing or preventing the growth of cancerous cells.

Selenomethionine has superior bioavailability, suggests study

A study carried out by the Vanderbilt University Medical Center indicates that selenomethionine is twice as bioavailabile as selenium in the form of selenite.

Honey and calcium may help boost bone mass

Eating honey along with supplemental calcium appeared to enhance calcium absorption in rats, according to a study from Purdue University.

Tea could prevent diabetes and cataracts

Tea is once again being heralded as something more than a refreshing brew as research suggests it may prevent diabetes and complications associated with the disease.

Chocolate compound stops cancer cell cycle in lab

A natural compound found in cocoa deactivates a number of proteins that are probably behind the continual division of cancer cells, report researchers.

Dairy calcium has 'no effect' on weight

A study into whether increased intake of dairy calcium reduces weight and fat mass, as previous research had suggested, concluded negatively.

Whole grain take-up is driven by industry

The shift towards higher consumption of whole grains is spearheaded by an industry that has had to make swift and judicious adjustments to formulations in light of the new Dietary...

Prebiotic raises risk of salmonella infection in rats

High consumption of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) increases the risk of salmonella infection in rats, according to new research, although it is impossible to tell whether the prebiotic ingredient could have the...

Vitamin E - no evidence of Alzheimer's prevention

High doses of vitamin E had no effect on preventing the age-related Alzheimer's disease, said US researchers yesterday.

Soy protein could protect against breast cancer, say researchers.

Eating soy protein on a regular basis may reduce a woman's chance of developing breast cancer by up to 22 percent, according to a new study.

Omega-3 boosts short- as well as long-term heart health

Daily supplementation with fish or soy oil has been shown to increase elderly people's heart rate variability (HRV) and may stave off the risk of sudden cardiac death in the...

Potassium-rich foods just as good as supplements for BP

Eating foods high in potassium is likely to have the same effect on blood pressure as taking potassium chloride supplements, suggests new research.

Meat-rich diet impacts health of unborn baby?

A new study will test the impact of an Atkins-type high-meat, low-carbohydrate diet in late pregnancy on a mother's offspring.

Vitamin C reduces risk of pregnancy complication, conclude researchers

Researchers at Mexico's National Institute of Perinatology have found that women taking 100mg of vitamin C supplement a day from the 20th week of pregnancy may reduce the risk of...

Higher folate levels linked to faster mental decline in elderly

People who consume a lot of folate, or take large doses of folic acid in supplement form, may have a faster rate of mental decline when older, say researchers on...

Fatty acids aid infants' visual acuity

Supplementing infant formula with long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (LCP) throughout the first year of life may help babies see more clearly, according to scientists at the Retina Foundation of the...

Vitamin E found to reduce period pain

Taking daily vitamin E supplements can significantly reduce the severity and duration of period pain, and limit blood loss, according to new research.

Nutrition 21 begins Diachrome trial amongst Native Americans

Nutrition 21 is collaborating with the Native American Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation on a trial to assess the health benefits and savings afforded by using its Diachrome chromium...

Probiotic helps reduce eczema in allergic infants

Adding the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus GG (LGG) to the daily diet of children with a food allergy helped to reduce eczema symptoms, report researchers this month.

NIH funds five botanical research centers

As millions of Americans put their trust in botanical preparations, two National Institutes of Health agencies have stumped up millions of dollars in funding towards furthering our knowledge of their...

Beans may cut risk of breast cancer

Eating beans or lentils at least twice a week may reduce a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to research designed to investigate the benefits of the plant compounds...

Vitamin E supplementation raised chances of new cancer in at-risk patients

Cancer patients who took high-dose vitamin E supplements to protect them from a recurrence of the disease were actually at higher risk of getting a second cancer while taking the...

ImmunoLin may lower cholesterol, shows study

The first human trial using Proliant's ImmunoLin suggests that the bovine-serum derived protein may have a role as a cholesterol-lowering ingredient.

Oil palm trunk fiber shows functional food potential

Oil palm trunk fiber has shown potential as a functional food ingredient and may help manage and lower the risk of diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease and obesity, according to...

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