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Access acquires Australian technology

Dallas-based Access Pharmaceuticals has acquired the targeted therapeutic technology of Biotech Australia, giving it access to the patents to three targeted therapeutics. The amount paid...

Children aware of need for healthy eating

Persuading children to eat healthily may not be as difficult as was once feared. New research from the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) in the...

FTC settles dietary supplement case

The US Federal Trade Commission has settled with Kris Pletschke, a marketer of dietary supplements which he claimed could cure hundreds of diseases. The FTC...

Pick your tea carefully - it could save your life

Yesterday we reported on new evidence supporting the claim that the antioxidant properties of tea can be good for maintaining blood flow, but research presented...

Canada's natural products directorate 'a waste of time'

The decision by the Canadian government to set up a Natural Health Products Directorate to further regulate the country's natural health product (NHP) market has...

Processed meat linked to diabetes risk

Eating lots of processed meat can increase the risk of type II diabetes by around 50 per cent in men, according to a study published...

New powers for EU in food safety legislation

The European Commission has unveiled a sweeping reform of food safety legislation, giving itself more powers to take emergency steps in crises such as the...

Organic livestock industry underdeveloped in Southern Europe

Southern Europe accounts for 39 per cent of the organic farmland in the European Union yet its organic meat and dairy sector is the most...

Forbes to help find buyer for Take Heart

Canadian group Forbes Medi-Tech, a producer of cholesterol-lowering food ingredients, has been approached by Novartis Consumer Health to help it find a buyer for the...

Anti-fungal substance found in plants shown to fight cancer

A natural substance which fights the fungus that harms foods such as grapes, mulberries, peanuts and beansprouts may help prevent cancer, according to a study...

EU introduces tighter labelling of caffeine

Drinks with a high-caffeine content will have to be more clearly labelled following changes introduced to EU labelling regulations. The new ruling, agreed in Brussels...

More evidence to support antioxidant properties of tea

Preliminary research from Japan suggests that the best way to counter the effects of a fatty meal may be to take a cup of tea...

EU project reports on food allergens

An EU-funded project called Protall set up to investigate food allergens of plant origin has recently reported its findings. It has been estimated that between...

Wong Kwok diversifies into soy and health drinks

Malaysian property development group Wong Kwok has entered the health drink market with the acquisition of the KK soft drink brand. According to a report...

Roche considers selling off vitamins unit

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche has said it is "reviewing strategic options outside the group for the vitamins and fine chemicals division" after a difficult year...

Carcinogenic claims for carrageenin refuted

An American researcher who claimed last year that carrageenin from the Philippines can cause cancer has admitted her research was at best inconclusive, according to...

GSK antidepressant can aid weight loss

Drugs more commonly used to treat depression and to help people stop smoking can also lead to significant weight loss among obese patients, according to...

Better-for-you sugar from Cargill

Cargill Health and Food Technologies, a division of the Us agribusiness group Cargill Foods, has introduced a new type of sugar which it claims offers...

End of the road for Altus functional food venture

Quaker Oats and Swiss healthcare giant Novartis have confirmed that their functional foods joint venture has been quietly pulled from operations, according to a report...

Kava gets the all clear from industry study

An investigation by a coalition of dietary supplement makers into a possible link between popular health supplement kava kava and an increased risk of liver...

NHTC launches Viacreme in Hong Kong

Natural Health Trends Corporation (NHTC) has begun distribution in Hong Kong of its Viacreme product, a topical cream designed to increase sexual pleasure. The cream...

P&G to sell Olestra plant after disappointing performance

Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble is to sell the plant that makes its controversial fat substitute olestra, after the product failed to live up...

Trial to see if learning difficulties are helped by supplements

British school children with learning difficulties are taking part in a major trial to see if plant and fish extracts can help raise their learning...

Healthy lungs from colourful vegetables

Little-known vitamins present in orange, red, green and yellow fruit and vegetables can help improve lung health, according to recent research from the University at...

Hormone treatment for rare diabetes disorder

Researchers in the US have successfully used the hormone leptin to treat patients suffering from lipodystrophy, a rare and difficult-to-treat disorder that shares some of...

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