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Probiotics may protect against gum disease: Yakult study

A daily shot of a probiotic milk drink may reduce inflammation and bleeding in the mouth linked to gingivitis and gum disease, says a new study from Germany.

Omega-3 may protect diabetics from heart failure

Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids may protect diabetics from heart failure, according to a new study from the Netherlands.

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FDA develops new ways to spread recall information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a strategic plan for risk communication that outlines ways in which it will let consumers and health professionals know about the products...

'Sexy' probiotics will bring men to the market

Men are the next key target area for the growing probiotic market, says a new report, but they won’t be turned on by the same health messages as women.

Senator moots premarket approval for supplements

Senator Arlen Specter put forward the idea of premarket government approval for dietary supplements at a senate hearing yesterday on hidden steroids in body building products.

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Danone unit recalls infant formula after blending error

Medical nutrition group Nutricia is recalling a batch of specialized infant formula in the US after a manufacturing error was found to have impacted ingredient levels in the formulation.

Jury to decide lutein patent dispute case

A US district court has ruled a jury not a judge must decide a long-running patent dispute between leading lutein supplier, Kemin Health and start-up, OmniActive Health Technologies.

Chocolate passes clinical trial test for artery and heart health

Daily supplements of a flavonoid-rich chocolate may reduce biochemical markers of arterial hardening and boost heart health, say results of a randomized controlled trial.

Neptune accused of costing krill client $1m

Neptune Technologies and Bioressources is locked in a dispute with a Utah-based dietary supplement manufacturer that accuses the leading krill extract supplier of reneging on supply commitments and costing it...

Industry prepares for battle at hidden steroid hearing

Supplement industry stalwarts and critics are preparing to trade blows today at a senate committee hearing on hidden steroids in body building products.

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New book examines food for disease management

The role of functional food in the management of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health conditions is the focus of a new book, which examines the ingredients and science...

Novus expands from animal to human nutrition

Animal health and nutrition specialist Novus International has announced that it is to expand into the field of human nutrition.

Prebiotics may protect against travellers’ diarrhoea: Study

Supplements of a prebiotic galactooligosaccharide mixture may reduce the incidence of travellers’ diarrhoea by about 34 per cent, says a new study from the UK.

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The benefits of a probiotic witch hunt

Get your pitchforks ready! There are evil-doers out there! We’ve been conned: Probiotics don’t work. Dannon’s settling out of court, EFSA’s rejecting health claims, and the media is starting a...

General Mills sued over probiotic claims

The legal firm that mounted the class action against Dannon that resulted in a $35m out-of-court settlement, is one of several law firms that have mounted a similar action against...

Folic acid may also boost baby’s behaviour

Recommendations to increase folic acid intakes during the early stages of pregnancy may reduce mental and emotional health problems in children, says a new study.

Government sells rights to heart health combo

Omnia Foods has acquired the rights to a cholesterol cutting ingredient made from berberine and plant stanols, originally developed by Canadian government researchers.

Harvard’s helping hand for heart health foods

Heart health advice from Harvard Medical School (HMS) tells that public that nutrients such as potassium, calcium and plant sterols and stenols are beneficial in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol,...

FDA’s Hamburg to headline CRN conference

The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr Margaret Hamburg, will address industry at CRN’s Annual Meeting next month.

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Spotlight on new probiotic science and technology

Probiotic mechanisms of action, new delivery systems for the healthy bacteria and an overview of the latest clinical trials in humans will be core topics of discussion at the IPA...

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Senate committee to hold meeting on hidden steroids

A senate committee will next week hold a hearing on hidden steroids in body building products, with participants including food industry representatives, food lawyers and government agencies.

FDA ‘motivates’ firms to correct violations

A warning letter close-out process implemented this month by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hopes to encourage firms to take corrective action – but so far even responses...

Low vitamin D levels again linked to higher death risk

Low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of dying from all causes by 150 per cent, suggests a study with over 700 elderly women.

Special edition: Brain health

Regulation: Communicating cognitive health

In the sixth article in our series on brain health, regulations governing the area are explored.

Omega-3 awareness not backed by supplement choices: Survey

The majority of US consumers believe they are missing omega-3s in their diet, but most do not opt for fish oil supplements to address this need, according to a nationwide...

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