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Vitamin D blunts negative impact of statins in diabetes patients post-exercise: RCT

Vitamin D supplementation for patients with type 2 diabetes improves cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle mitochondria among those who are taking statins, a new RCT reveals

Home-based treatment with local therapeutic food helps tackle child malnutrition in India: Trial

Locally prepared ready-to-use therapeutic food is the best option for tackling severe acute malnutrition among Indian children, a trial has found.

Weight gain before conception can triple risk of gestational diabetes

Weight gain in the years leading up to conception can triple the risk of gestational diabetes, with the odds also increased for mums-to-be who gain weight but still maintain a...

‘Extreme superfoods’: Diets yielding high levels of acetate and butyrate protect against type 1 diabetes

Specialised diets designed to release large amounts of acetate or butyrate after bacterial fermentation in the colon protected against type 1 or juvenile diabetes in mice, said researchers from Monash...

Why schizophrenia may be the leading health consequence of the Great China famine

A new systematic re-analysis of prenatal exposure to the Great Chinese Famine of 1959-61 suggests that schizophrenia may have been the leading health consequence.

'Intervene in the community': Supplements boost nutrition in elderly and help maintain independence, Korea trial reports

A two-week course of a liquid supplement improved the nutritional status and reduced inflammation in elderly people living in community settings, a new trial from Korea reports.

Vitamin A, D and E deficiency linked to repeat colds and flu in Chinese children: Case control study

Low levels of vitamin A, D and E have been associated with Recurrent Respiratory Tract Infections (RRTI) among children living in Northern China, a new case control study reports.

Asia’s deadly diabetes epidemic: Disease linked to 26% rise in risk of cancer deaths

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with a 26% increase in the risk of death from cancer in Asians, with people in the region also at greater risk of death...

Soy and breast cancer controversy: Dietary products ‘safe and beneficial’, study finds

Dietary soy products are safe and even beneficial for women diagnosed with breast cancer, according to new research which aimed to help resolve the controversy over its link to treatment...

This new invention guarantees Vitamin B12 will get on your nerves…in a good way

Researchers in Japan have created a mesh that can be wrapped around an injured nerve and release vitamin B12 until the injury heals. 

Vitamin D deficiency more likely a risk factor for TB than its consequence: Meta-analysis

New meta-analysis suggests that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for TB, not something that is caused by the condition, while the role played by ethnicity in this relationship...

Vitamin B’s vaginal benefits: Supplementation boosts conventional yeast infection treatment, RCT finds

Adding vitamin B supplementation alongside conventional treatment can help treat cases of complicated vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), according to two studies.

Medical cannabis trade given the go-ahead in Australia: Firms applying to supply products

Australia is to establish a legal medical cannabis trade in as little as eight weeks under plans announced by federal health minister Greg Hunt.

Medical Nutrition: RCT finds little benefit from fish oil for fistula failure

Fish oil supplementation may have no benefit in preventing the failure of fistulas in dialysis patients, with a failure rate similar to placebo, a new RCT suggests.

A 'golden age' of probiotics for premature babies? It depends on birth weight and strains: Meta-analysis

The use of probiotics on very low birth weight (VLBW) infants is associated with a reduced risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), late-onset sepsis, and mortality, but the effects on extremely...

Probiotics boost the kidney benefits of soy milk in diabetic patients, RCT reveals

Probiotic soy milk improves several indexes of kidney function in type 2 diabetic patients with nephropathy – a major complication of diabetes and the foremost cause of end-stage renal failure.

Cannabidiol’s neuroprotective effect against brain ischemia/reperfusion injury revealed

Cannabidiol (CBD) can exert a potentially neuroprotective effect against brain ischemia/reperfusion injury, with a new study from China documenting how it does so “for the first time”.

Looming perfect storm will lead to Aussie CBD boom, pioneer predicts

An anticipated perfect storm in Australia, involving the recent legalisation of medical cannabis and the expected approval of hemp in foods and nutrition later this year, has led to the...

Nano-sized calcium improves bioavailability and could aid osteoporosis fight

Fortifying milk with calcium nanoparticles increases bioavailability and could help the rising number of women in Asia suffering with osteoporosis.

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...

News in brief

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...

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