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May 02, 2006

Poor Nutrition Contributes to the Deaths of Some 5.6 Million Children Each Year, UNICEF Says
Poor nutrition contributes to the deaths of some 5.6 million children every year and the world has fallen far short in efforts to reduce hunger by half before 2015, the U.N. Children's Fund said Tuesday. The finding, announced in a UNICEF report, was the latest evidence the United Nations is not on pace to meet the Millennium Development Goals, a series of targets set out in 2000 to spur development and reduce poverty and hunger worldwide.
Read article at ABCNews.com

March 29, 2006

High-dose Vitamin C As A Cancer Therapy
At concentrations above 1000 mmol/L -- which can only be achieved by the intravenous route -- vitamin C is toxic to some cancer cells but not to normal cells in vitro. Padayatty and colleagues report on 3 well-documented cases of advanced cancers, confirmed by histopathologic review, where patients had unexpectedly long survival times after receiving high-dose intravenous vitamin C therapy.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

February 07, 2006

Broccoli chemical's cancer check
A chemical in vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage can boost DNA repair in cells and may stop them becoming cancerous, a study says. Another chemical in soy also performs the same role, the Georgetown University team said.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

January 25, 2006

Diet Rich In Vitamin C Linked To Better Lung Function
Earlier studies have suggested that individuals who consume fewer fruits and vegetables, and therefore fewer antioxidants such as vitamins C, E and beta-carotene, are at higher risk of developing asthma symptoms or reduced lung function. In the first study to look at this relationship in a healthy, well-nourished population of young adults, Ira B. Tager and colleagues from the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco studied the effect of diet on lung function in 243 first-year college students.
Read article at Medical News Today (UK)

January 24, 2006

Vitamin A-Like Compound Fights Lung Cancer
A compound closely related to vitamin A shows promise in slowing lung cancer, according to studies in mice. The compound bexarotene put the brakes on lung tumors in mice genetically engineered to be susceptible to the cancer, say researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Read article at Yahoo.com

January 18, 2006

Study questions advice on vitamin B-12 intake
The (US) recommended daily intake for vitamin B-12 should be more than doubled from the current level, researchers argue in a new report. In a study of 98 middle-aged and older women, the researchers found that 6 micrograms of B-12 per day seemed to be enough to prevent signs of mild B-12 deficiency. That compares with the current recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 2.4 micrograms per day.
Read article at Reuters.com

January 16, 2006

Turmeric And Some Vegetables Could Halt Prostate Cancer
Rutgers researchers have found that the curry spice turmeric holds real potential for the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer, particularly when combined with certain vegetables. The scientists tested turmeric, also known as curcumin, along with phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), a naturally occurring substance particularly abundant in a group of vegetables that includes watercress, cabbage, winter cress, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi and turnips. "The bottom line is that PEITC and curcumin, alone or in combination, demonstrate significant cancer-preventive qualities in laboratory mice, and the combination of PEITC and curcumin could be effective in treating established prostate cancers," said Ah-Ng Tony Kong, a professor of pharmaceutics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Read article at Medical News Today (UK)

January 15, 2006

Poor diet link to rising cases of depression
Increasing rates of anxiety, depression and irritability could be due to a poor diet that lacks essential chemicals to keep the brain healthy, according to a leading UK mental health charity.
Read article at The Observer (UK)

January 14, 2006

Thiamin Deficiency Common In Hospitalized Heart Failure Patients - Results Suggest That Vitamin Supplements May Help Protect Patients
Among patients hospitalized with heart failure, about one in three has deficient levels of thiamin, although thiamin deficiency was less common among those patients who were taking vitamin supplements, according to a new study in the Jan. 17, 2006, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Read article at Medical News Today (UK)

January 09, 2006

Vitamin D deficiency can increase cancer risk
Correcting vitamin D deficiency could significantly lower the risk of several types of cancer, investigators report. "The cost of a daily dose of vitamin D3 (1000 IU) is less than 5 cents, which could be balanced against the high human and economic costs of treating cancer attributable to insufficiency of vitamin D," they point out.
Read article at Reuters.com

January 08, 2006

Large Daily Dosage Of Vitamin D Lowers Risk Of Breast, Ovarian Cancers, Study Says
A daily dosage of 1,000 international units of vitamin D can lower the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers by about one-third, according to a study in the Dec. 27, 2005, online edition of the American Journal of Public Health.
Read article at Medical News Today (UK)

January 06, 2006

Vitamin D 'makes stronger babies'
Giving pregnant women vitamin D could mean their babies grow stronger bones in later life, a study suggests. A study of 198 mothers indicated the children of those who lacked the vitamin, crucial for calcium absorption, had weaker bones at nine.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

December 29, 2005

Immigrants From Mexico's Indigenous Groups Work to Preserve Traditional Health Care Customs
A thick tangle of marigolds reaches chest-high around Caritina Cruz, who plucks one of the deep orange flowers and explains to her little sister how to prepare it in a tea that soothes indigestion.
Read article at ABC News (USA)

December 17, 2005

Vitamin D 'key for healthy lungs'
Vitamin D could play a role in keeping the lungs healthy, research suggests. Patients with higher vitamin D levels in their blood had significantly better lung function, a University of Auckland team found in a study of 14,091 people.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

December 13, 2005

Tea 'reduces ovarian cancer risk'
The risk of developing ovarian cancer can be reduced by drinking tea, a team of Swedish researchers says. Karolinska Institute researchers found drinking at least two cups a day cut the risk by nearly 50%. Antioxidants in tea are thought to be the reason.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

October 17, 2005

Good nutrition critical to child health and development, UNICEF
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman marked World Food Day by calling for increased focus on mother and child nutrition as the backbone of a healthy start in life. She said ensuring that women and children are well-nourished is essential to helping reach the Millennium Development Goals, because sound nutrition is central to health, learning, and well-being.
Read article at Medical News Today (UK)

November 25, 2005

Zinc good for children with HIV
Zinc supplements are a safe and effective way to reduce illness in children with HIV, US researchers say. Evidence shows that they cut the chance of diarrhoea and pneumonia without any risk of worsening the HIV infection, according to a report in The Lancet.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

September 13, 2005

Vitamin C 'helps to fight cancer'
High doses of vitamin C injected into the bloodstream may help fight cancer, a US study says. Scientists found that intravenous vitamin C in the form of ascorbate killed cancer cells in lab tests.
Read article at BBCNews.com

August 13, 2005

Vitamin B reduces risk of developing Alzheimer's disease
Adults who eat the daily recommended allowance of folates - B-vitamin nutrients found in oranges, legumes, leafy green vegetables and folic acid supplements - significantly reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to results from a long-term National Institute on Aging study of diet and brain aging.
Read article at News-Medical.net

August 4, 2005

Folic acid linked to birth weight
Mothers-to-be with lower levels of the vitamin folate in their body during early pregnancy are more likely to have low weight babies, research suggests.
Read article at BBCNews.com

July 28, 2005

More praise from doctors for green tea
Bottoms up! Drinking several cups of green or black tea a day appears to be good for your health. So far, green tea has been shown to help prevent second heart attacks in people who have already had one, to reduce the infectivity of viruses and bacteria and to protect against prostate, breast, stomach and colon cancer.
Read article at IHT.com

July 8, 2005

Scientists link iron deficiency to Third World brain crisis
Scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, have begun ground-breaking research to combat an alarming rise in brain damage in children living in the world's most polluted countries. If a link is proven, a simple course of supplements could prevent irreversible brain damage in thousands of children in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe and prevent many more from suffering reduced IQs.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

July 4, 2005

Study indicates vitamin E reduces the risk of death from cardiovascular disease in women
A new study involving nearly 40,000 healthy women --- the longest and largest trial ever conducted on vitamin E - shows vitamin E significantly reduced the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and also confirmed that vitamin E is safe, reporting that taking 600 IU of vitamin E supplements every other day did not increase total mortality in healthy women.
Read article at News-Medical.net

June 21, 2005

Folic acid supplements boost memory in elderly
High-dose folic acid supplements might slow the decline in memory usually seen with ageing, said Dutch researchers yesterday. The new findings, presented at an Alzheimer's prevention conference in Washington, give the growing number of elderly an inexpensive and safe way to improve quality of life.
Read article at Nutraingredients.com

June 15, 2005

There's no problem with vitamin D intakes to at least 10,000 units per day. But the junkiest science rules with an official safe limit of only 1,000 units
The story of vitamin D safety is complicated, but the issue is very important for public health. In recent scientific publications and conferences, astounding research has come to light about vitamin D intake and its beneficial effects in preventing breast, prostrate and other kinds of cancer. Vitamin D also is important in preventing the incidence of multiple sclerosis, whose prevalence increases as we live in more northerly latitudes, where we get less exposure to the sun's beneficial ultraviolet rays.
Read article at National Post (Canada)

June 4, 2005

Med Schools Focus on Alternative Medicine
Once largely dismissed as a leftover fad from the Age of Aquarius, acupuncture, herbal remedies and other forms of alternative medicine are finding their way into curriculums at traditional medical schools _ most recently the University of Pennsylvania.
Read article at WashingtonPost.com

More vitamin B consumption lowers colorectal cancer risk for women
According to a study published in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) journal Gastroenterology, women with a high dietary intake of vitamin B6 over several years have a decreased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). Women who consume moderate to large amounts of alcohol in addition to vitamin B6 have more than a 70 percent reduced risk of developing CRC.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

May 25, 2005

Chromium supplements good for the diabetic heart
Chromium supplementation may be good for the heart in people with type 2 diabetes, according to study findings. It appears to lead to a shortening of a harmful heart rhythm, which may lower cardiovascular risk in type 2 diabetics.
Read article at Yahoo.com

May 23, 2005

Vitamin E form safe for foods and supplements, says EFSA
D-alpha-tocopheryl acid succinate (TAS) can be safely used as a source of tocopherol in foods for particular nutritional purposes (PARNUTS), foods intended for the general population and food supplements, a panel of European experts has concluded.
Read article at NutraIngredients.com

May 19, 2005

Vitamin E may protect against Parkinson's
Eating food rich in vitamin E may help protect against Parkinson's disease, scientists said on Thursday. A review of eight studies that looked into whether vitamins C and E and beta carotene had an impact on the odds of developing the progressive brain disease showed that a moderate intake of vitamin E lowered the risk.
Read article at ABCNews.com

May 12, 2005

Four in 10 mothers 'need vitamin pills'
Four out of 10 women need to supplement their diets with vitamins if they plan to have a baby, the Royal College of Midwives was told yesterday.  Dr Andrew Shennan, professor of obstetrics at St Thomas' Hospital in London, said that the importance of good nutrition for mothers and its effect on their babies had been known for more than 60 years.
Read article at Telegraph.co.uk

May 10, 2005

Nutritional advice improves health of children in developing countries
Improving the quality and coverage of nutritional advice given to families in developing countries could reduce the incidence of stunted growth in infants, suggests a study published online today by The Lancet. Malnutrition is estimated to cause half of all preventable deaths in infants worldwide. Some of the most common nutritional problems in developing countries are stunted growth and irondeficiency anaemia.
Read article at News-Medical.net

May 6, 2005

Antioxidants a key to 'long life'
Boosting the body's levels of natural antioxidants could be the key to a long life, according to US scientists. Mice engineered to produce high levels of an antioxidant enzyme lived 20% longer and had less heart and other age-related diseases, they found.
Read article at BBCNews.com

May 4, 2005

Vitamin B6 Cuts Colon Cancer Risk
High daily levels of vitamin B6 may reduce the risk of getting colon cancer by 58 percent, claims a new study from Harvard Medical School.
Read article at MedicineNet.com

April 26, 2005

Our Future Health Lies in a Combination of Therapies
A survey of more than 200 patients in a National Health Service (NHS) general practice where homeopathic treatments were prescribed found the number of consultations with GPs were reduced by 70 per cent in a one-year period and in the same period, expenses for medication were reduced by 50 per cent. Another study of some 800 patients treated with homeopathic medicines, where conventional treatment had been unsatisfactory or contraindicated, found that 61 per cent of patients showed substantial improvement.
Read article at RedNova.com

April 25, 2005

Dietary Supplements and Health Freedom
Millions of Americans take dietary supplements every day, and the numbers are growing as the Baby Boom generation ages. More and more Americans understandably are frustrated with our government-controlled health care system. They have concluded that vitamins, minerals, and other supplements might help them stay healthy and less dependent on the system. They use supplements because they can buy them freely at stores and research them freely on the internet, without government interference in the form of doctors, prescriptions, HMOs, and licenses.
Read article at TruthNews.net

April 22, 2005

Nutrition plan to cover all first to sixth grade schoolchildren
By the end of 2008 the School Nutrition Programme (SNP) will cover all first to sixth grade schoolchildren in accordance with a plan to be implemented next year, a Ministry of Education (MoE) official said on Thursday. The SNP, initiated by the MoE and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation in 1999/2000, was designed to boost the health of impoverished students suffering from severe micronutrient deficiencies. Under the SNP, students are provided with a daily mid-morning snack containing essential vitamins.
Read article at JordanTimes.com

April 19, 2005

Sun, vitamin D help lung cancer survival - study
Plenty of sunshine and vitamin D may help people with early stage lung cancer survive longer after surgery, according to a Harvard study released on Monday. Patients who had high levels of vitamin D and had surgery in sunny months were more than twice as likely to be alive five years after surgery compared to patients with low levels of vitamin D who had surgery in the winter, the researchers said. Exposure to sunshine is a significant source of vitamin D, which also comes from food and dietary supplements.
Read article at Alertnet.org

Tea may help prevent diabetes and cataracts
Add another line to the list of benefits from drinking tea: New research in animals suggests that tea may be a simple, inexpensive means of preventing diabetes and its ensuing complications, including cataracts. The report, scheduled to appear in the May 4 print issue of the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, was published March 31 on the journal's Web site. ACS is the world's largest scientific society.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

April 15, 2005

Vitamin supplements for HIV-positive women improve child growth
Multivitamin supplementation of mothers during pregnancy and breastfeeding is associated with significantly higher weight at two years of age in children born to HIV-positive women, according to findings from a Tanzanian study published in the April edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Low weight for age and growth failure are strongly associated with an increased risk of death in children born to HIV-positive mothers, whether or not the child is infected with HIV.
Read article at Aidsmap.com

April 14, 2005

Judge Strikes Down FDA Ban on Ephedra
A federal judge Thursday struck down the FDA ban on ephedra, the once-popular weight-loss aid that was yanked from the market after it was linked to dozens of deaths. The judge ruled in favor of a Utah company that challenged the Food and Drug Administration's ban. Utah-based Nutraceutical claimed in its lawsuit that ephedra "has been safely consumed" for hundreds of years.
Read article at ABCNews.Go.com

April 13, 2005

Antioxidant-rich diets reduce brain damage from stroke in rats
Your mother was right. Eat your fruits and veggies -- they're good for you! And if that's not reason enough, a new study suggests antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables may limit brain damage from stroke and other neurological disorders. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of South Florida (USF)College of Medicine, James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is posted online and will be published in the May issue of the journal Experimental Neurology.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

April 12, 2005

Vitamin E may ease period pain
Taking vitamin E eases the severe period pains that affect thousands of teenage girls, research suggested yesterday. The condition, known as dysmenorrhea, can disrupt the girls' lives, but trials in Iran found that girls given daily doses of about 200mg before periods started and during the early days of menstruation had significantly less pain, spread over a shorter time.
Read article at Guardian.co.uk

Vitamin C May Reduce Pregnancy Complication
If a pregnant woman's waters break too early, her unborn baby can be put in danger of complications. The risk of this happening, however, may be reduced if she takes daily supplements of vitamin C after the half-way point of pregnancy, researchers now report. Vitamin C is known to play an important role in maintaining the membranes that enclose the fetus and amniotic fluid.
Read article at ABCNews.Go.com

Vitamin C may be a life-saver
Imagine that a deadly virus is sweeping the world, killing and maiming hundreds of thousands of children. Nothing seems able to stop it - until a doctor stands up at the American Medical Association and reports on 60 cases involving severely infected children, all of whom have been cured. Yet his work, subsequently reported in a peer-review journal, is ignored, leaving the virus to wreak havoc for decades. This isn't a docudrama about some futuristic plague - it's a true story about what happened in June 1949 when polio was at its peak.
Read article at News.Independent.co.uk

WHO Director-General Lee Appeals for Better Nutrition for HIV-Positive People
World Health Organization Director-General Jong-Wook Lee on Monday at the start of a three-day conference in Durban, South Africa, aimed at developing strategies to improve the health of HIV-positive people said that greater attention needs to be paid to the nutrition problems HIV/AIDS patients face.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

April 8, 2005

Vitamin D enriched bread improves bone density three times better than drugs
Elderly patients who ate vitamin D-fortified bread for a period of one year exhibit better bone mineral density maintenance than that produced by taking bone-building drugs such as bisphosphonates. Researchers in Romania, who provided bread fortified with 5000 International Units of Vitamin D and 800 milligrams of calcium on a daily basis to elderly nursing home patients, report a 28 percent increase in lumbar bone mineral density which far surpasses the 8 percent increase in bone mass density typically achieved with bone-building drugs.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

April 7, 2005

Multivitamin cuts need for ulcerative colitis treatment
According to a study published in the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, a nutritionally complete oral supplement enriched with fish oil, soluble fiber and antioxidants reduces reliance on traditional therapies for people with ulcerative colitis. Moreover, people who took the oral supplement were less likely to start corticosteroid drug therapy, which has many long-term side effects.
Read article at ScienceBlog.com

April 5, 2005

EU health foods crackdown 'wrong'
A plan to tighten rules on the sale of vitamins and food supplements should be scrapped, a European judge says. European Court of Justice Advocate General Leendert Geelhoed said the EU health foods directive infringed guidelines in his opinion. But he said he was not opposed to the legislation in principle - opening the way for officials to redraw it.
Read article at BBCNews.com

March 24, 2005

Vitamin D Can Help Most Dialysis Patients
Vitamin D injections can greatly improve survival for most kidney failure patients on dialysis, according to a new study. Currently, vitamin D injections are recommended only for dialysis patients with elevated levels of parathyroid hormone — which represents about 50 percent of kidney failure patients. But this Massachusetts General Hospital study found that vitamin D injections may help extend the lives of most kidney dialysis patients.
Read article at ABCNews.com

March 15, 2005

High-dose vitamin E gets more bad news
A study in today's Journal of the American Medication Association is the third in four months to question the health benefits of high-dose vitamin E supplements. In the study of nearly 4,000 patients, researchers found that mega doses had no effect on the risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer, but increased the risk of heart failure.
Read article at USAToday.com

Cancer hope for green tea extract
A chemical extracted from green tea could help scientists to develop new drugs to fight cancer. The effect was seen even at low concentrations, equivalent to drinking two or three cups of green tea a day.
Read article at BBCNews.com

March 14, 2005

FDA drug complaints surge: report
Complaints to the Food and Drug Administration regarding drug side effects and other related health problems reached an all-time high in 2004, according to a published report. The federal agency received about 422,500 adverse-event reports from pharmaceutical companies, health professionals and patients, up nearly 14 percent from the 370,887 reports filed in 2003, reported USA Today. A final 2004 total is expected later this year, but FDA officials don't expect it to vary significantly from the estimate.
Read article at CNN.com

March 13, 2005

Taking Vitamins to Treat Illness
Vitamins are taking on a new role in health care -- to help manage or treat disease. You may only think of your over-the-counter multivitamin as backup for not getting enough vitamins in your diet. But researchers are finding ways for vitamins to do more.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

March 11, 2005

European Folic Acid Policies Are Not Effective Enough
The prevalence of neural tube defects in Europe has not declined substantially in the past decade, despite national policies of folic acid supplementation in half the countries, finds a study in this week's BMJ.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

March 4, 2005

Daily Supplement May Boost Birthweight of Babies in the Developing World
Giving pregnant women in the developing world a daily supplement containing 10 vitamins and five minerals could help increase the birth weight of their babies, concludes a study published online by The Lancet.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

February 28, 2005

Green tea 'may protect the heart'
Green tea could help protect against the damage caused by heart attacks and strokes, researchers suggest. A chemical found in the tea, which has been drunk for over 4,000 years, has been shown to reduce the amount of cell death which follows such trauma.
Read article at BBCNews.com

February 19, 2005

Food, nutrition handbook for HIV/Aids
The Ministry of Health and Environmental Services in collaboration with the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI) Tuesday (February 15) launched a Caribbean Handbook, Healthy Eating for Better Living, as a guide for people living with HIV/AIDS
Read article at Caribseek.com

February 15, 2005

Green Tea Extract Has Potential as Anti-Cancer Agent, According to UCLA Researchers
A study on bladder cancer cells lines showed that green tea extract has potential as an anti-cancer agent, proving for the first time that it is able to target cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. The study, published in the Feb. 15, 2005 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Cancer Research, also uncovered more about how green tea extract works to counteract the development of cancer.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

February 10, 2005

Vitamin D Deficiency: Common Cause of Many Ailments
The Institute of Medicine brought experts together recently to explore the question of whether the RDA or recommended daily allowance, of vitamin D has been set too low. The impetus for the occasion was the mounting evidence for this vitamin's role in preventing common cancers, autoimmune diseases, type 1 diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
Read article at RedNova.com

February 8, 2005

Arginine supplements may lower stroke risk marker
Supplements of the amino acid L-arginine may lower levels of the heart disease marker homocysteine, say researchers for the first time. L-arginine has previously been found to lower blood pressure and is often included in nutritional supplements recommended for heart patients.
Read article at NutraIngredients.com

February 7, 2005

Alternative medicine gaining acceptance
Used by more than a third of Americans, alternative medicine is slowly becoming accepted by the health-care establishment. A growing number of health insurers are recognizing this $30 billion industry, mostly by offering discounts for acupuncture, nutritional counselling, mind-body practices such as biofeedback, and other complementary or alternative forms of care.
Read article at Philly.com

February 6, 2005

Charles attacked over 'hair-raising' and 'dangerous' alternative therapies
A new book issued by the Prince of Wales's foundation to promote alternative health therapies has been condemned as unscientific and potentially dangerous by the country's leading authority on complementary medicine.
Read article at Independent.co.uk

February 3, 2005

Cancer alternative therapy trend
A third of European cancer patients are using complementary and alternative therapies, a survey of 1,000 suggests. Herbs are used the most, followed by homeopathy and vitamin and mineral supplements, according to European Oncology Nursing Society members.
Read article at BBCNews.com

January 28, 2005

Calcium may protect women from cancer
A University of Minnesota Cancer Center study found that women consuming more than 800 milligrams of calcium each day reduced their risk of colorectal cancer by as much as 26 to 46 percent. A 26 percent reduction in risk of colorectal cancer occurred regardless of whether the calcium intake was from diet or supplement. Among women who consumed high levels of calcium from both diet and supplements, the risk reduction was almost double that observed for calcium from either source by itself.
Read article at MedicalNewsToday.com

January 25, 2005

Public 'back alternative therapy'
A majority of people believe complementary medicine is as valid as conventional treatment, a survey says. The UK-based survey revealed 68% of 1,000 people questioned had faith in alternative therapies, such as herbal medicine and naturopathy. One in four thought western medicine was the only way to treat health problems, the survey found.
Read article at BBC.co.uk

January 21, 2005

Complementary medicine must prove its worth
Complementary and alternative therapies should be required to demonstrate their clinical effectiveness to the same standard as conventional medical treatments, says a new report from the US Institute of Medicine. The report, which was prepared at the request of the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, assesses what is known about Americans' reliance on complementary and alternative medicine. It concludes that studies of the effectiveness and safety of such treatments are needed.
Read article at BMJ.com

Magnesium deficiency may contribute to osteoporosis rise
Prolonged magnesium deficiency leads to osteoporosis in rats, finds new research, which could present a warning to many populations not getting adequate levels of the mineral through their diets.
Read article at NutraIngredients.com

January 19, 2005

Vitamine E May Ward Off Lou Gehrig's Disease
Vitamin E supplements may play a role in preventing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the slowly paralyzing condition commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, new research shows.
Read article at Reuters.com

China considering legislation on nutrition
The group discussion and planning for working out national nutrition ordinance put forward by the National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety are under way. It is estimated that the draft ordinance with reference data will be handed over to the Ministry of Health in May this year.
Read article at PeopleDaily.com

Folic acid 'cuts blood pressure'
Folic acid may help keep blood pressure in check, US researchers believe. The study, in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association, adds to growing evidence of folate's cardiovascular benefits. The Harvard team looked at data on about 156,000 nurses and found those with the lowest intakes of folate were at greater risk of hypertension.
Read article at BBCNews.co.uk

January 17, 2005

Further evidence for homocysteine, stroke link
People genetically prone to high concentrations of homocysteine have a higher risk of stroke than other individuals, according to a new study that supports the theory of a causal relationship between the amino acid and stroke.
Read article at NutraIngredients.com

January 16, 2005

Vitamin D may slow down to prostate tumour growth
A new study, not yet published, suggests that giving vitamin D supplements to men with rising rates of prostate tumour markers (PSA) seems to slow down their rate of tumour growth. It's a small study and this is very preliminary evidence, but doctors do see a connection between vitamin D levels and PSA levels.
Read article at CTV.ca

January 14, 2005

Iron Deficiency Sends Cells Into Tailspin
Iron deficiency forces cells to preserve what little iron they have and to maintain essential functions by dramatically reducing the activity of more than 80 different genes. "We discovered that iron deprivation actually reprograms the metabolism of the entire cell. Literally hundreds of proteins require iron to carry out their proper function, so without this nutrient, there is a complete reorganization of how cellular processes occur," researcher Dennis J. Thiele, a professor of pharmacology and cancer biology, said in a prepared statement.
Read article at RedNova.com

January 12, 2005

Panel urges federal standards for dietary supplements
With nearly one-fifth of Americans taking dietary supplements, the Institute of Medicine on Wednesday called for tougher regulations to make sure the products are safe and do what they claim. The institute expressed concern about the quality of dietary supplements, saying "there is little product reliability."
Read article at SFGate.com

January 11, 2005

Gene expression technology to provide new data on vitamin C safety
State-of-the-art gene expression technology is being used in a new trial to assess the safety of high doses of vitamin C. It is thought to be the first time such technology has been used to measure the safety of a vitamin and is expected to produce more accurate results than those previously extracted from older studies.
Read article on NutraIngredients.com

January 10, 2005

Calcium supplements offer long-term benefits
Teenage girls that take calcium supplements for a short time may see a long-term benefit to bone health, suggest Israeli researchers. Adolescents in many developing countries do not consume sufficient calcium in their diet to protect bones against the common condition osteoporosis.
Read article at NutraIngredients.com

January 6, 2005

Launch of HIV/AIDS Nutrition manual
A handbook on nutrition and HIV/AIDS will soon be in the hands of regional health care workers and caregivers to assist their efforts in encouraging healthy lifestyles for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
Read article at Caribseek.com

CDC launches folic acid program
With more than half of US women of childbearing age still not taking a folic acid supplement despite the evidence suggesting its importance in avoiding birth defects, the CDC Foundation has launched a new education campaign.
Read article at NutraIngredients-USA.com

Today's produce may contain fewer key nutrients
The Journal of the American College of Nutrition carries word of a shocking new study that suggests that, compared to 50 years ago, today's fruits and vegetables do not carry the same amounts of key nutrients as they once did. Nutrients present in smaller amounts were protein, calcium, and vitamin C. The study was led by Dr. Donald R. Davis who is based at the University of Texas in Austin.
Read article at Canadaeast.com

January 5, 2005

More Scrutiny for Dietary Supplements?
In an attempt to tighten the reins over control of dietary supplements, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced several regulatory initiatives. The actions come following criticism that the government has reacted too slowly to the dangers posed by supplements such as ephedra and androstenedione, both of which were taken off the market earlier this year.
Read article at Jama.AMA-ASSN.org

January 3, 2005

Vitamin D supplements to protect against MS
Pregnant women should take vitamin D supplements to protect their offspring from multiple sclerosis, a UK-based expert has urged. Recent studies have shown that exposure to sunlight – key in the production of the vitamin by the body - during early life protects against the incurable disease.
Read article at NutraIngredients.com

Vitamin C passed onto infarcts may protect against allergies
Mothers who eat plenty of foods rich in vitamin C during breastfeeding could reduce the chances of their children developing allergies, report Finnish researchers. A higher concentration of vitamin C in breast milk was associated with a reduced risk of atopy in a group of 34 infants.
Read article at NutraIngredients.com

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