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Low-fat diets 'better than cutting carbs' for weight loss

Cutting fat from your diet leads to more fat loss than reducing carbohydrates, a health study shows.

Scientists intensely analysed people on controlled diets by inspecting every morsel of food, minute of exercise and breath taken.

Both diets, led to fat loss when calories were cut, but people lost more when they reduced fat intake.

Experts say the most effective diet is one people can stick to.

Regular consumption of spicy foods linked to lower risk of early death

This is an observational study so no definitive conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect, but the authors call for more research that may "lead to updated dietary recommendations and development of functional foods."

Previous research has suggested that beneficial effects of spices and their bioactive ingredient, capsaicin, include anti-obesity, antioxidant, anti-inflammation and anticancer properties.

New weapon in the fight against malnutrition

Scientists have opened the doors to new research into malnutrition by creating an animal model that replicates the imbalance of gut bacteria associated with the difficult-to-treat disease.

Malnutrition affects millions of people worldwide and is responsible for one-fifth of deaths in children under the age of five. Children can also experience impaired cognitive development and stunted growth.

The problem arises when people don't have enough food to eat and their diet lacks proper nutrients. The disease also has a lot to do with environmental factors and it has been a challenge to develop treatments to reverse malnutrition.

Poor sleeping patterns link to cancer

Irregular sleeping patterns have been "unequivocally" shown to lead to cancer in tests on mice, a study suggests.

The report, lends weight to concerns about the damaging impact of shift work on health.

The researchers said women with a family risk of breast cancer should never work shifts, but cautioned that further tests in people were needed.

The data also indicated the animals were 20% heavier despite eating the same amount of food.

Studies in people have often suggested a higher risk of diseases such as breast cancer in shift workers and flight attendants.

Sugary drinks 'harmful even for slim people

Having regular sugary drinks may increase the chance of developing type 2diabetes, even for slim people, researchers say.

And they suggest that cutting down on sugar-sweetened beverages could make a dent in the number of people develop diabetes.

Other experts, however, warn that being overweight and inactive are likely to play a stronger role in the disease.

Scientists have warned of a link between obesity, sugar-sweetened drinks and diabetes for some time.

But few studies have unpicked whether people who consume lots of sugary drinks are more likely to develop diabetes, regardless of their weight.