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D dose to combat heart disease

There are 'clear indications' that heart disease may be caused by vitamin D deficiency, say researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany, who, in...

Red Bull...without the sugar

The makers of market leading energy drink Red Bull have introduced a sugar-free version to the UK market this month. The company claims it is...

Biotech focus for Thai food

The ministry of science and technology in Thailand has declared 2003 the year of biotechnology with the aim of improving the quality of certain food...

Regular alcohol intake prevents heart attack - new evidence

Daily or near-daily servings of beer, wine or spirits may help protect men from heart attacks, according to the results of a large, long-term study...

Obesity - as harmful as smoking

Obesity and being overweight in adulthood are associated with large decreases in life expectancy and increases in early mortality, according to the latest research. The...

Ping or pong - understanding the rice genome

Researchers studying rice genomes under a National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program award have identified the species' first active DNA transposons, or "jumping genes."...

NPD plant 'opens up'

A £3 million (€4.6m) pilot research facility for new food product development will be managed by Food Knowledge & Know-how (FKK) of Reading Scientific Services ...

...you say 'protato'

Genetically modified potatoes, developed to tackle malnutrition among poor Indian children, are in the final stages of testing, according to a report in the journal...

What, no shortbread?

No more deep-fried chocolate bars, fry-ups and shortbread. A major new campaign launched yesterday by the Scottish government will seek to improve the diet of...

Beer delights

Good news for post-Christmas bingeing blues - a new study reveals that moderate beer drinking could lower heart attack risk. According to a group of...

Dramatic figures for obesity

As consumerism continues on its upward curve, new figures released this week show that obesity and diabetes epidemics continued to escalate in 2001. In just...

Fish take to designer diets

Farm-raised fish consuming their own 'designer diet' could improve the health of populations, report scientists at US Purdue University. Researchers are currently putting their heads...

Removing fear from oysters

This week people across the world will be indulging in one of the wonders of nature's waters - oysters. Unfortunately, for a handful of people...

Antioxidants vs genes

Scientists at the University of Southampton in the UK have received funding to study whether genes can influence the benefits gained by some people from...

Extending dairy shelf life

Research carried out at the Texas A&M university could improve dairy industry consumer products of tomorrow, claim scientists this week. For a doctoral thesis, Alexander...

Committee confirms safety of T25

The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) has published its response to food safety concerns about the GM maize known as Chardon LL,...

Persian crop for perfect pasta

A variety of wheat from ancient Persia has been used to successfully breed the world's first salt-tolerant durum wheat variety, writes the Australian Commonwealth Scientific...

Understanding the wheat genome

In a move to boost industry research and enhance nutritional applications of wheat and other major cereal crops, chemical giant DuPont announced this week that...

A dream for chocoholics

Canadian biopharmaceutical company Forbes Medi-Tech this week reports on study results showing that chocolate, containing its cholesterol-lowering phytosterol ingredient Reducol, significantly reduced LDL cholesterol in...

Growing old sensibly

Early next century there will be more Europeans over 60 years old than under 20. A major European funded project currently underway will examine the...

Ingredient to combat high blood pressure?

A milk ingredient made by Dutch ingredients business DMV International can effectively reduce blood pressure in hypertensive patients, the company reported this week. In a...

Dietary moves to tackle osteoporosis

The World Health Organisation has defined osteoporosis as the second leading health care problem after cardiovascular disease. A new European funded project - called 'Osteodiet'...

Feeding European science

With the aim to improve scientific understanding in the European Union, in November this year Brussels witnessed the launch of one of the biggest research...

R&D investment for Aussie dairy industry

Environmental sustainability and bioscience technologies are key priorities of Australia's dairy sector, according to the new manufacturing head of the industry's research and development organisation....

Iron lacks strength in UK

Leading nutritional experts yesterday called for new initiatives to tackle iron deficiency among young children after a conference heard that one in four infants over...