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Zinc is an essential mineral that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Zinc is also found in many cold lozenges and some over-the-counter drugs sold as cold remedies.
High levels of dietary zinc increases susceptibility to Clostridium difficile infections

High levels of dietary zinc increases susceptibility to Clostridium difficile infections

Too much dietary zinc increases susceptibility to infection by Clostridium difficile - "C. diff" - the most common cause of hospital-acquired infections. [More]
New research shows childhood diarrhea cases significantly higher than estimated

New research shows childhood diarrhea cases significantly higher than estimated

The number of cases of childhood diarrhoea attributable to pathogens (bacteria, parasites, viruses or other infections) have been substantially underestimated and may be nearly twice as high as previous analysis suggests, according to new research published in The Lancet. [More]
Novel therapy offers hope for effective treatment of intractable metastatic cancers

Novel therapy offers hope for effective treatment of intractable metastatic cancers

Cancer treatments that mobilize the body's immune system to fight the disease have generated a lot of excitement in the past few years. [More]
Article provides insights into nutrient-rich foods that can help prevent glaucoma

Article provides insights into nutrient-rich foods that can help prevent glaucoma

In general, I recommend that my patients include nutrient-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. [More]
New treatment reduces activity of Huntington's disease gene for several months in mice

New treatment reduces activity of Huntington's disease gene for several months in mice

A single injection of a new treatment has reduced the activity of the gene responsible for Huntington's disease for several months in a trial in mice. [More]
New MRI method detects low zinc levels to help identify healthy prostate tissue from cancer

New MRI method detects low zinc levels to help identify healthy prostate tissue from cancer

A novel MRI method that detects low levels of zinc ion can help distinguish healthy prostate tissue from cancer, UT Southwestern Medical Center radiologists have determined. [More]
Low selenium levels linked to liver cancer risk? An interview with Dr David Hughes

Low selenium levels linked to liver cancer risk? An interview with Dr David Hughes

Food provides us with a variety of substances we need to maintain life. These substances are essential nutrients and are classified as macronutrients (water, protein, fats, and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). [More]
Experts suggest leaky gut syndrome could be cause for stomach problems among Olympic competitors

Experts suggest leaky gut syndrome could be cause for stomach problems among Olympic competitors

A number of competitors at the Rio Olympics have reported stomach problems. Team GB officials have denied that athletes have fallen victim to food poisoning at the Olympic athletes' village in Rio, despite a number complaining of upset stomachs. [More]
Researchers examine different dietary approaches to help improve nutrition for poor in Zambia

Researchers examine different dietary approaches to help improve nutrition for poor in Zambia

Over the past several decades in Zambia, data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations show that there has been a decrease in the per capita consumption of milk, meat, and eggs and an increase in starchy roots, primarily cassava. [More]
Researchers uncover novel virulence strategies employed by Leishmania parasite

Researchers uncover novel virulence strategies employed by Leishmania parasite

Professor Albert Descoteaux of INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier Research Centre and his team have discovered novel virulence strategies employed by the Leishmania parasite. [More]
Discovery of pain paradox paves way to new methods of pain control

Discovery of pain paradox paves way to new methods of pain control

A natural substance known to activate pain in the central nervous system has been found to have the opposite effect in other parts of the body, potentially paving the way to new methods of pain control. [More]
Researchers identify new mechanism by which bacteria outsmarts immune system

Researchers identify new mechanism by which bacteria outsmarts immune system

Bacteria are rapidly developing resistance mechanisms to combat even the most effective antibiotics. [More]
Zinc acetate lozenges may be effective in treating common cold

Zinc acetate lozenges may be effective in treating common cold

Zinc acetate lozenges may reduce the duration of the common cold by nearly 3 days, according to a recent analysis. [More]
High levels of zinc may lead to kidney stone formation

High levels of zinc may lead to kidney stone formation

David Killilea, PhD, a staff scientist at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute- the research arm of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland - co-authored a study into the causes of kidney stones. [More]
Molecular map of transporter proteins could be vital step toward drug discovery against zinc-related diseases

Molecular map of transporter proteins could be vital step toward drug discovery against zinc-related diseases

Mapping the molecular structure where medicine goes to work is a crucial step toward drug discovery against deadly diseases. [More]
Study links whole grain consumption to positive health effects

Study links whole grain consumption to positive health effects

Eating three more portions of dietary fiber a day--say, two pieces of whole grain bread and a bowl of whole grain breakfast cereal--is associated with a lower risk for all cardiovascular diseases and for dying of cancer, diabetes, and respiratory and infectious diseases, a study just published in the BMJ has shown. [More]
Revolutionary technology can prevent spread of hospital-acquired infections

Revolutionary technology can prevent spread of hospital-acquired infections

Nano Textile, introduces a revolutionary technology that can transfer any type of fabric to one that kills bacteria. [More]
Minimal zinc deficiency can impede human and animal health

Minimal zinc deficiency can impede human and animal health

The trace element zinc has an impact on the essential metabolic functions of most living organisms. New research carried out by the Chair of Animal Nutrition at the Technical University of Munich has found that even minimal zinc deficiency impairs digestion, albeit without any typical symptoms such as skin problems or fatigue. [More]
David Gandy becomes new ambassador for Vitabiotics Wellman

David Gandy becomes new ambassador for Vitabiotics Wellman

Known for his passion for fitness and for the championing of top British brands, David Gandy is the new ambassador for Vitabiotics Wellman. [More]
Study establishes copper’s role in fat metabolism

Study establishes copper’s role in fat metabolism

A new study is further burnishing copper's reputation as an essential nutrient for human physiology. A research team led by a scientist at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and at the University of California, Berkeley, has found that copper plays a key role in metabolizing fat. [More]
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