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23 June 2019 - The Guardian - Eat more avocado! What I learned from the study that will change how we eat

The Predict study measured thousands of people’s reactions to different foods in an effort to develop truly individualised, preventive medicine. Is this the start of a dietary revolution?


18 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Food neophobia may increase the risk of lifestyle diseases

Food neophobia, or fear of new foods, may lead to poorer dietary quality, increase the risk factors associated with chronic diseases, and thus increase the risk of developing lifestyle diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes.


18 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Gut microbes associated with temperament traits in children

New research suggests that gut microbes of a 2.5-month-old infant are associated with the temperament traits manifested at six months of age.


17 June 2019 - Nutraingredients - UK Government to press ahead with folic acid flour fortification

Folic acid or vitamin B deficiency amongst mothers-to-be is strongly linked to ‘neural tube defects’ with babies being born with brain, spine and spinal cord problems.


17 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Antioxidant puts up fight, but loses battle against protein linked to Alzheimer's disease

New research may explain why an antioxidant that protects the brain is also associated with deterioration in areas susceptible to Alzheimer's disease.


17 June 2019 - Nutraingredients - Study offers more evidence for personalised diets, even with identical twins

The largest ongoing scientific nutrition study of its kind reveals preliminary results showing that individual responses to the same foods are unique, even between identical twins.


13 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - An extra burger meal a day eats the brain away

"People are eating away at their brain with a really bad fast-food diet and little-to-no exercise," says Professor Cherbuin from the ANU Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing.


13 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study finds over a quarter of adults aged 50+ are deficient in vitamin D

Over a quarter of adults aged 50+ are deficient in vitamin D according to researchers


12 June 2019 - Nutraingredients - Does our body’s blood sugar response affect our cognitive performance?

Researchers found a correlation between the glycemic response of study participants after ingesting certain beverages and how they performed in some cognitive tests.


12 June 2019 - Nutraingredients - In older adults, more strawberry consumption linked to reduced cognitive decline risk

Among the many patterns analyzed by researchers in this was that residents of retirement communities who consumed more strawberries were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s dementia. (Note: the research was commissioned by California Strawberry Commission.)


11 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Curbing your enthusiasm for overeating

Signals between our gut and brain control how and when we eat food. But how the molecular mechanisms involved in this signaling are affected when we eat a high-energy diet and how they contribute to obesity are not well understood.


11 June 2019 - The Conversation - Farmed salmon is now a staple in diets – but what they eat matters too

There has been a reduction in the marine-derived ingredients fed to farmed salmon, in favour of vegetable substitutes such as soy and rapeseed oil. What effect does this have on the nutritional value of the fish?


10 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Drinking alcohol even at conception damages placenta development: study

In this study, the placentas of rats that consumed alcohol around the time of conception were reduced significantly, with negative health implications.


10 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - New report card could mark governments' progress in improving preconception health

Researchers say action for healthier pregnancies and babies means increasing intake of vitamins, being free of smoking and alcohol and keeping to a healthy diet and weight before conception.


10 June 2019 - The Conversation - Drinking alcohol at conception shown to harm rats – new study

Drinking alcohol while pregnant can have a devastating impact on the developing baby, leading to poor cognition and behaviour. But what if a mother drinks before she knows she is pregnant?


9 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study links poor sleep with poor nutrition

Many Americans get less than the recommended amount of sleep, and many do not consume the recommended amounts of important vitamins and minerals. A new Pharmavite-sponsored study suggests the two factors may be connected.


7 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - High fiber during pregnancy reduces risk of celiac disease in children, research finds

High fibre intake during pregnancy is linked with a decreased risk of coeliac disease in children, new research suggests.


5 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study: Bad diets making for bad memories

On the subject of poor diet and its outcomes, obesity and physical health tend to steal the headlines. However, diet-related cognitive decline and poor memory are every bit as insidious.


5 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Obesity worsens disability in multiple sclerosis

Obesity is an aggravating factor in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, the most common form of the disease.