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HIV: Patients reveal the therapeutic foods and supplements they want

Ready-to-eat therapeutic foods designed to boost the nutritional status of people with HIV in Thailand should contain clear health claims, be manufactured in a soft, or liquid form, and be...

Functional food and supplement manufacturers urged to get creative with whey protein offerings

South East Asia functional food and supplement firms need to help educate consumers that whey protein isn’t just for body builders, and formulate new products that can help treat the...

CoQ10 supplementation shows benefits for liver cancer patients post-surgery

A 300mg daily coenzyme Q10 supplement significantly increased antioxidant capacity and reduced oxidative stress and inflammation levels post-surgery for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) – the most common type of...

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Asian VC invests €33m in Indian botanicals specialist; acquisitions targeted

Indian-based but global-facing herbals player OmniActive Health Technologies has won a $35 million (€33m) investment from venture capitalist Everstone Group, as it pursues expansion and acquisition targets.

'Alarming' rates of iron deficiency in Australian Indigenous children, study finds

A study of school children in a Northern Territory Indigenous community has found that around half are iron-deficient, leading researchers to claim it is a major public health problem.

China famine babies: Hyperglycaemia and diabetes risk passes down to second generation too

An increased risk of high blood glucose levels and diabetes is not only greater for people who were born at a time of famine, but it is also then passed...

Infant nutrition research must focus on Asian needs: Prebiotic review

There is an urgent need for more research on infant nutrition that is centred on South East Asia, with the vast majority of published studies focusing on the western world,...

New Singapore equation ‘most accurate’ BMR tool for Chinese adults: Study

A recently developed “Singapore equation” is the most accurate basal metabolic rate (BMR) equation to predict energy requirements for Chinese adults, a new study has found.

India’s new functional food and supplements rules: The key requirements every firm needs to know

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued its long-awaited rules for functional foods and supplements – publishing a 79-page set of criteria on its website.

New India supplements and nutraceuticals rules receive backing of direct-selling industry

The Indian Direct Selling Association (IDSA) has welcomed new rules for supplements and nutraceuticals announced by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), saying it is a crucial...

Rapid iron infusion trial to tackle widespread deficiency among children in Australia’s Northern Territory

A project in Australia’s Northern Territory is to trial giving anaemic children rapid iron infusions before they are discharged from hospital in an attempt to reduce the risk of ongoing...

Developing countries with high TB burden need ‘oral vaccine’ of a balanced diet

To ‘continue neglecting nutrition’ is incompatible with the World Health Organization’s goal of reducing tuberculosis (TB) by 90% by 2035, a leading academic from India has claimed.

New prebiotic combination enhances calcium, magnesium and iron absorption

A novel combination of prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharides could significantly improve absorption of certain minerals, according to new research in rats.

Phytosterol warning: Fat used in ‘lower cholesterol’ products impacts performance

The type of fat used as a carrier for phytosterol in fortified foods and drinks could have a major impact on the ability of the ingredient to lower cholesterol, according...

Routine nutrition screening hit and miss in Thailand’s hospitals: Study

The small number of dieticians in Thailand’s hospitals along with the absence of national guidelines for nutrition screening and assessment are hampering efforts to make early interventions with patients who...

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Vitamins, supplements and intelligent ageing

They say that grey hair is a symbol of wisdom. This is so true as many Australian seniors are now taking a more proactive approach to their own healthcare by...

Poor nutrition a major risk factor for COPD patients in developed nations too

Poor nutrition is a key driver for poor outcomes for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a study from Australia has discovered.

Winter mothers more likely to develop gestational diabetes: Population-based study

Women whose babies are conceived in winter are more likely to develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, with a lack of vitamin D during these months one of the likely factors,...

Singapore prepares national Diabetes Action Plan as government and academics plough in resources

Singapore health officials will launch the county’s first Diabetes Action Plan next year in response to the City State being identified as having the second-highest proportion of diabetics among developed...

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Malnutrition affecting child cancer treatment in India

Young cancer patients in Delhi, India, will soon get nutritional support from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as part of their treatment regime.

Medlab announces first Australian cannabis trial for cancer pain as nutraceutical sales soar

Australian company Medlab Clinical Limited is preparing to start Australia’s first clinical trial using cannabis for oncology patients suffering intractable pain.

Routine malnutrition screening for COPD patients ‘vital’: Vietnam study

Researchers in Vietnam have argued that routine screening of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients could avoid the development of malnutrition and its associated risks, costs and complications.

China's food sector: Is there room left for the little guys?

China may have opened up its economy even more in the last several years but it's not as if the floodgates are wide apart. Much of this "openness" is actually...

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Authentic action: Standing out in a competitive landscape

With more than 30,000 businesses generating sales of over A$4bn (US$3.1bn), the Australian complementary medicines industry has created a highly competitive landscape.

Myanmar: Half of population over 40 has high cholesterol, one-in-three has hypertension

Specialists in Myanmar are warning that unhealthy lifestyles and the low intake of essential vitamins and minerals is leading cardiovascular problems to spiral out of control.

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