Respiratory health

Curcumin may protect premature infants' lungs: Study

Curcumin may protect premature infants' lungs: Study

By Nathan Gray

Intake of curcumin – the natural pigment that gives the spice turmeric its yellow colour – may provide long-term protection against potentially deadly lung damage in premature infants, according to new research.

Quercetin may support lung health for smokers

Quercetin may support lung health for smokers

By Stephen Daniells

Increased intakes of quercetin, a compound found in fruit and vegetables, may change the expression of genetic material in the lung function of smokers and reduce the risk of lung cancer, report researchers from Yale and the National Institute of Health...

Heat-killed bacteria may benefit immune health

Heat-killed bacteria may benefit immune health

By Stephen Daniells

Daily intakes of a heat-treated bacterial strain Lactobacillus pentosus strain b240 may reduce the incidence of the common cold in elderly people, says a new study from Japan.

The research findings will pave the way for clinical trials to test whether vitamin D supplementation can decrease the risk of TB in at risk populations.

Vitamin D may activate immune response to TB: Study

By Nathan Gray

New research revealing the mechanisms behind how vitamin D helps to fight tuberculosis will provide a rationale for clinical trials to test whether supplements of the sunshine vitamin can help to fight the disease in at-risk populations, say scientists.

Synbiotics may protect kids from asthma: Danone study

By Stephen Daniells

Supplements containing a mix of probiotic bacteria and prebiotic fibers reduced the prevalence of asthma-like symptoms in children at risk of the condition, says a new study from the Netherlands.

Selenium qualified cancer claims: FDA approved (with disclaimer)

Selenium qualified health claims are usable, says attorney

By Shane Starling

The legal counsel who represented Durk Pearson, Sandy Shaw and others in the recent case that forced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to alter three approved selenium health claims, says his clients and others will use the claims.

Synbiotics may reduce childhood illness: Study

Synbiotics may reduce childhood illness: Study

By Stephen Daniells

Daily consumption of milk fortified with probiotics and prebiotics may reduce the incidence of childhood illness, according to a community-based, double-blind, randomized controlled trial.