An international team of researchers led by the University of Manchester developed a new antiviral using natural glucose derivatives called cyclodextrins – a type of sugar – which shows promise in treating a broad range of viruses including herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus, hepatitis C, HIV and Zika virus.

The Food and Drug Administration’s new mandatory rules requiring labels on all packaged foods and drinks to indicate the presence of so-called added sugars could have substantial health and cost saving benefits in the United States over the next two decades, a new study suggests.

Adults who have a regular bedtime are likely to weigh less than those who do not, to have lower blood sugar and to face a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to a U.S. study.

People who have recently experienced a stroke may be more than twice as likely to develop dementia than individuals who have not had a stroke, a new study suggests.

Decreasing sensitivity to insulin — often associated with obesity and eventual type 2 diabetes — may also cause young adults to have lower bone mass at a time of life when it should be at its peak, Korean researchers say.

People hoping to lose a few pounds by substituting artificial sweeteners for regular sugar may end up disappointed, suggests a fresh look at past research.

The U.S. FDA said it would update guidelines for nutritional labels on packaged food and beverages to include info on added sugar and to prominently display calorie count and servings.

(Reuters Health) – People who drink coffee daily, even up to four cups per day, are less likely to die from heart disease, neurological disease, type 2 diabetes or suicide than others, according to a new study. Researchers did not test how upping coffee consumption would change health outlooks, so they cannot conclude that coffee […]

British Prime Minister David Cameron is against imposing a tax on sugar as a means to tackle childhood obesity, his spokesman said on Thursday, rejecting the arguments of a high-profile campaign for a levy on sugary food and drinks.   Childhood obesity is described as one of the most serious public health challenges of the […]

Modified Yeast Produce Opiates From Sugar It typically takes a year to produce hydrocodone from plants, but researchers have genetically modified yeast to make it in just a few days. The technique could improve access to medicines in impoverished nations. For thousands of years, people have used yeast to ferment wine, brew beer and leaven […]