Zinc, an important mineral in human health, appears to affect how the immune system responds to stimulation, especially inflammation, new research shows. Zinc deficiency could play a role in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes that involve inflammation. Such diseases often show up in older adults, who are more at risk for zinc deficiency.
Many adults, regardless of their weight, resolve to avoid fatty foods and unhealthy desserts. But despite one's best intentions, when the moment for decision comes, that chocolate lava cake is often too enticing and self-control vanishes.
Microbes may just be the next diet craze. Researchers have programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that, through normal metabolism, becomes a hunger-suppressing lipid.
It’s everyone’s favourite sweet treat and one of food’s greatest pleasures, but sugar is increasingly being portrayed in the papers as a major health risk.
The next UK government must do much more to tackle Britain’s poor dietary habits, according to the UK Coronary Prevention Group (UKCPG), a charity dedicated to preventing heart disease through healthy lifestyles.
A study has found that prolonged breastfeeding is linked to higher intelligence, longer schooling and greater earnings as an adult.
There is a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and depression in otherwise healthy young women, a new study shows.
At risk: Those who watch and frequently cook from scratch
A new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Consumption of fish linked to reduced risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease
Healthy young adults who don't consume caffeine regularly experienced greater rise in resting blood pressure after consumption of a commercially available energy drink - compared to a placebo drink - thus raising the concern that energy drinks may increase the risk of cardiac events.
There is no cure for dementia. But there’s evidence that we may be able to prevent its onset. In the face of this mysterious, incurable and aggressive disease - at least we can control what we eat.
Child health campaigners calculate duty on sweetened drinks could save £300m over 20 years and reduce number of cases of diabetes by 50,000.
A study of the brains of rats exposed to lead has uncovered striking similarities with what is known about the brains of human schizophrenia patients, adding compelling evidence that lead is a factor in the onset of schizophrenia.
Quality sleep can make you look years younger and feel less grumpy, and protect you against weight gain, depression, heart disease and diabetes. Plus, new research suggests that good sleep can help prevent brittle bones and serious digestive-system problems.
Researchers trying to understand wheat-related health problems have found new clues to how the grain's proteins, including gluten, change when cooked and digested. They report that boiling pasta releases some of its potential allergens, while other proteins persist throughout cooking and digestion. Their findings lend new insights that could ultimately help Celiac patients and people allergic to wheat.
A comprehensive programme providing older people at risk of dementia with healthy eating guidance, exercise, brain training, and management of metabolic and vascular risk factors appears to slow down cognitive decline, according to the first ever randomised controlled trial of its kind, published in The Lancet.
A newly discovered cache of industry documents reveals that the sugar industry worked closely with the National Institutes of Health in the 1960s and '70s to develop a federal research program focused on approaches other than sugar reduction to prevent tooth decay in American children.
People who adhered more strongly to Mediterranean diet were happier - 'Eating badly causes the depression in the first place,' researchers say.