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There’s dissension among healthcare professionals as to whether fruit should be included in the diets of patients with type 2 diabetes. Fruit provides fiber, but it also influences glycemic control. A group of Danish researchers found no studies that directly analyzed fruit’s impact on diabetic patients, so they conducted their own trial.

In what the researchers believe is the first published study examining the association between vitamin K and cognition in older adults, it was found that seniors with the highest average blood levels of the vitamin have better episodic memory performance.

A large, long-range study of older men showed that those with lower blood levels of vitamin B12 had a significantly higher risk of fractures.

While numerous studies show that lavender aromatherapy can improve quality of sleep, there has been little research done on how the sweet-smelling herb affects hospital patients. Noting that sleep deprivation is common in this setting, a group of researchers from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland analyzed the effect of lavender aromatherapy on patients in an intermediate care unit.

An Iranian study of men with prostate cancer found that curcumin supplementation significantly reduced urinary tract-related side effects of radiation therapy.

A meta-analysis shows that patients who have high blood levels of vitamin D are twice as likely to survive breast cancer as those who have the lowest levels.

Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who increase their levels of both the DHA and EPA found in omega-3 fatty acids may have better attention spans, literacy rates and behavior, according to an Australian study.

Data from the Nurses’ Health Study shows that women who regularly eat tree nuts have a substantially lower risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

A first-of-its kind study has found that overweight and obese men who take high doses of resveratrol may be able to lower their LDL cholesterol levels.

Studies on people in the late stages of HIV infection have shown that micronutrient supplementation helps slow progression of the disease. Now, a large study conducted in Africa has found that multivitamin and selenium supplements can also significantly delay HIV progression in people who are in the early stage of the disease and who have not yet received antiretroviral therapy (ART).

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