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18 February 2020 - The Conversation - Mediterranean diet increases gut bacteria linked to healthy ageing in older adults

Study study finds that eating a Mediterranean diet causes microbiome changes linked to improvements in cognitive function and memory, immunity and bone strength.


17 February 2020 - Nutraingredients - Poop-eating lab mice affect probiotic research outcomes, says study

Researchers have studied a key difference between the microbiome of lab mice and humans caused by rodents' tendency to eat their own faeces, which they say could have wide-ranging implications to numerous research areas.


13 February 2020 - The Guardian - How ultra-processed food took over your shopping basket

What characterises ultra-processed foods is that they are so altered that it can be hard to recognise the underlying ingredients. These are concoctions of concoctions, engineered from ingredients that are already highly refined, such as cheap vegetable oils, flours, whey proteins and sugars, which are then whipped up into something more appetising with the help of industrial additives such as emulsifiers.


12 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - Component of human breast milk enhances cognitive development in babies

The carbohydrate oligosaccharide 2'FL found in breast milk enhances cognitive development in babies, new study claims.


12 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - Nutrition a key ingredient for psychological health in Canadian adults

A new study investigating factors that contribute to psychological distress in adults has found that that risk of malnourishment is linked to psychological distress among Canadians aged 45 years and older.


10 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy connected to elevated risk of ADHD

According to a new study, the risk of ADHD is significantly higher in children whose mothers had a vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy, compared to children whose mother's vitamin D levels were sufficient.


7 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - More people and fewer wild fish lead to an omega-3 supply gap

Dwindling fish stocks worldwide, combined with a growing population, mean that a substantial number of people on the planet don't get enough of the essential omega-3 fatty acids, a new study underlines.


7 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - Neurobiological mechanisms involved in the loss of control in a study in mice revealed

Researchers have identified for the first time the involvement of certain cortical areas in the brain in the loss of control over food intake.


7 February 2020 - Nutraingredients - Does social media influence the way we eat? One study says yes

Social media users are likely to eat more fruit and vegetables as well as junk food if they think their online peers are doing the same, a new study reports.


5 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - Gluten-free and dairy-free diets: No effect on behavior of children with autism spectrum disorders

Research conducted at the UGR reaffirms that gluten- and casein-free diets are not helpful as a standardised treatment for all children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. It may be that those cases with associated gastrointestinal disorders may benefit from such an approach.


5 February 2020 - Futurity - Do ‘forever chemicals’ PFOs and PFOA sap dopamine?

New research with roundworms investigates the effects of “forever chemicals” PFOS and PFOA on dopamine levels.


4 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - Dietary interventions may slow onset of inflammatory and autoimmune disorders

Significantly reducing dietary levels of the amino acid methionine - found in meat, fish, and dairy products - could slow onset and progression of inflammatory and autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis in high-risk individuals, according to new research.


1 February - The Mail Online - Should you be worried that food isn't as good for you as it used to be?

The National Diet And Nutrition Survey shows that mineral deficiency is problem for millions of Britons today. This Mail Online article provides a summary of the issue.


30 January 2019 - Nutraingredients - Fish oil beats curcumin for brain & heart health biomarker improvements in older people

Supplementation with fish oil, but not curcumin, may improve biomarkers of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular function in older sedentary overweight/obese adults, says a new study from Australia.


29 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Connection between alcohol use and depression could aid treatment

People with alcohol use dependence are almost four times more likely to also have a major depressive disorder - study.


29 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy the only safe approach

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy leads to poorer cognitive functioning in children, according to the most comprehensive review on the issue to date.


29 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study: Antioxidant flavonol linked to lower risk of Alzheimer's dementia

People who eat or drink more foods with the antioxidant flavonol, which is found in nearly all fruits and vegetables as well as tea, may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's dementia years later - study.


30 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Low-calorie sweeteners do not mean low risk for infants

Consumption of low-calorie sweeteners during pregnancy increases body fat in offspring and disrupts their gut microbiota - study.


28 January 2020 - MedicalXpress - Gut feelings: Gut bacteria are linked to our personalities

Study finds that gut microbiome composition and diversity are related to differences in personality, including sociability and neuroticism.