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19 February 2020 - The Guardian - Researchers find a western-style diet can impair brain function

After a week on a high fat, high added sugar diet, volunteers scored worse on memory tests.


19 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - World failing to provide children with a healthy life and a climate fit for their future: WHO-UNICEF-Lancet

A landmark Commission report convened by WHO, UNICEF and The Lancet has found the health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices that push fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco at children.


18 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - Prenatal phthalate exposure associated with autistic traits in young boys

Exposure in the womb to phthalates, a group of endocrine-disrupting chemicals present in cosmetics and other common household products, was associated with autistic traits in boys, ages 3 and 4, but not in girls, according to a new study.


19 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - Maternal obesity linked to ADHD and behavioral problems in children, study suggests

Maternal obesity may increase a child's risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to this new analysis.


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.


18 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - Memory games: Eating well to remember

Study finds strong links between certain food groups, memory loss and comorbid heart disease or diabetes.


18 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - Biomarker for Parkinson's disease may originate in the gut

Mouse-based study suggests protein aggregates responsible for Parkinson's disease can travel up from the gut to affect neurons in the brain, but the process depends on age.


18 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - Low folate levels can indicate malnutrition in hospital patients

About 10% of patients who come to complex care hospitals may have low levels of folate and other indicators of malnutrition, investigators say.


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.