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In an event that took place in Barcelona, with the participation of more than 100 scientists, representatives of authorities and economic operators, the MDF launched the “Paralelo 40 - WORLD MEDITERRANEAN DIET SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM” with the endorsement of a large number of local, national and international stakeholders, among them WIM aisbl, FEV and FIVIN. Paralelo 40 is a global multidisciplinary project supported by a Scientific Advisory Board which aims to understand and analyse the trends, evaluate findings and disseminate information…
"This report is the result of the WHO project, Integrated Surveillance of Noncommunicable Diseases, the aim of which was to assess the status quo regarding NCD data and indicators in European databases, provide international and national examples of good practice in NCD monitoring, and present innovative data sets and data-visualization tools. The coordinated effort of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission, an expert group and representatives of the Member States, also provided an opportunity to analyse a…
The J-shaped association between the consumption of alcoholic beverages and mortality was confirmed in Singapore Chinese adults. Beverage intake is one of the most habitual dietary behaviors across cultures and populations, however, limited research exists examining drinking/beverage patterns and its relation to mortality risk. In the prospective Singapore Chinese Health Study more than 52.500 Chinese men and women were questioned about their eating and drinking habits and followed up for 16 years. The results confirmed the J-shaped relationship – known…
For the first time, it has been shown in human volunteers that wine drinking can promote the formation of a polyphenol which could, in part, explain the health benefits related to moderate wine consumption. Hydroxytyrosol is a phenolic compound which has one of the highest antioxidative capacities found in natural food substances. Extra-virgin olive oil is a rich source of hydroxytyrosol and its health benefits can be partly contributed to this phenolic ingredient. In humans, higher urinary hydroxyltyrosol concentrations were…
The current study examined the mechanism how moderate white wine consumption can protect the inner lining of the blood vessels. Previous studies demonstrated that both red and white wine can exert cardioprotective effects. In wine, caffeic acid (CAF) is an active component with known antioxidant activities. A group of Italian researchers investigated in vitro whether a very low dose of CAF - similar to moderate WHITE wine consumption - could achieve significant effects. Their results indicated that CAF increased nitric…
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