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Researchers call for clearer disclosures about added sugars, diet sweeteners and percent juice on product packages

Current labeling regulations and practices fail to give parents and caregivers adequate information, and likely contribute to widespread consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks by young children, according to new research.

Gut microbiome plays role in autism

This is the first study to relate severity of behavior symptoms to gut microbiome composition within individuals over time and suggests a dynamic relationship between ASD-associated symptoms and gut microbes.

New research on Alzheimer's disease shows 'lifestyle origin at least in some degree'

A new study finds novel cellular-level support for an alternate theory that is growing in strength: Alzheimer's could actually be a result of metabolic dysfunction in the brain. In other words, there is growing evidence that diet and lifestyle are at the heart of Alzheimer's disease.

Sugar not so nice for your child's brain development

New research has shown in a rodent model that daily consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages during adolescence impairs performance on a learning and memory task during adulthood.

How the gut microbiota develops in the first five years of life

A new study has found that the human gut microbiota largely reaches an adult-like composition by five years of age, but important differences remain. Several bacterial taxa that have been associated with human health are acquired late in childhood and have not reached their adult abundance by five years of age.

Maternal exposure to chemicals linked to autistic-like behaviours in children

The researchers found that higher maternal concentrations of cadmium, lead, and some phthalates in blood or urine samples was associated with increased SRS scores, and these associations were particularly strong among children with a higher degree of autistic-like behaviors.

Autism more common in children in England than previously thought – study

Analysis of data from more than 7 million schoolchildren in England not only reveals ASD is more common than previously thought, but that there are striking differences in ASD prevalence around the country, and between different groups.

Autism: Parents of blind girl want better vitamin A testing

Wider research is needed to better understand which patient groups are more at risk of developing nutritional deficiencies caused by a restrictive diet, to further inform treatment and support as appropriate.

Study shows DHA supplement may offset impact of maternal stress on unborn males

According to a new study, a maternal diet enriched with preformed DHA during periods of high stress showed partial rescue of stress-dependent dysregulation of gene expression in the placenta.

The Gut-Brain Axis Is More Important Than We Thought

Gut-brain research continues to provide extraordinary insight into the effect microbes have on our mental health, and a new Chinese study ups the ante.

Ultra-processed foods are breaking your heart

A new study has found that higher consumption of ultra-processed foods is associated with an increased risk of CVD incidence and mortality, with each additional daily serving found to further increase risk.

Scientists Investigate the Role of Gut Microbiota in Risk for ‘Severe Mental Disorders’

The authors suggest "the analysis of microbiota should be included in the comprehensive assessment generally performed in populations at high risk for SMD as it can inform predictive models and ultimately preventative strategies.”

UK medical schools fail to offer minimum nutrition training

A recent study of medical students and doctors found that over 70% had received less than two hours nutrition training while at medical school.

Updates to the n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid biosynthesis pathway - FREE online webinar

Professor Richard Bazinet, Ph.D. will present on "Updates to the n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid biosynthesis pathway". 17.3.21 at 3pm (GMT) - Free registration now open.

Consumption of added sugar doubles fat production

Eighty grams of sugar daily, which is equivalent to about 0,8 liters of a normal soft drink, boosts fat production in the liver.

Exercise during pregnancy may save children from health problems as adults

Maternal exercise only during pregnancy can prevent the transmission of metabolic diseases from parent to child.

Adding triglyceride-lowering Omega-3 based medication to statins may lower stroke risk

New research has suggested that taking icosapent ethyl is a new way to further reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atherosclerosis or who are at high risk of stroke, who have elevated triglyceride levels and are already taking statins.

Study finds brain's 'wiring insulation' as major factor of age-related brain deterioration

A new study has identified that one of the major factors of age-related brain deterioration is the loss of a substance called myelin.

Could what we eat improve our sleep?

To be well and vital and help prevent certain diseases, like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and many other conditions, we need to prioritize sleep.