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1 May 2019 - The Guardian - Leeds becomes first UK city to lower its childhood obesity rate

City’s Henry programme gives children choices while helping parents maintain boundaries


1 May 2019 - MedicalXpress - Hospital study shows in just a decade, proportion of pregnant women with obesity has doubled

The proportion of pregnant women with obesity has doubled over the past decade, from around 22% in 2010 to 44% in 2018, according to new research.


30 April 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study links exam stress with junk food cravings, snacking, and eating less fruit and veg

Increased stress during university examinations is associated with eating a poorer quality diet including less fruit and vegetables and more fast food, according to a new study.


Systematic review shows child overweight or obesity risk is more than trebled by maternal obesity prior to pregnancy

The risk of a child becoming overweight or obese is more than trebled by maternal obesity prior to getting pregnant, according to new study.


30 April 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study suggests no direct link between drinking sugar sweetened drinks and higher energy consumption or BMI in children

A nationally representative UK survey of children (aged 4-10 years old) has found no strong/direct link between drinking sugar sweetened beverages and greater energy consumption or higher BMI.


Does diet affect a child's ADHD?

Parents of kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may change their child's diet in the hope it might ease the disorder's symptoms. But a new study suggests it might not be worth the effort.



Nationwide study suggests obesity as an independent risk factor for anxiety and depression in young people

Obesity is linked with an increased risk of developing anxiety and depression in children and adolescents, independent of traditional risk factors such as parental psychiatric illness and socioeconomic status, according to new research.


Children with ADHD may have higher risk for poor diet

Children with more attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms may be at higher risk for an unhealthy diet, but diet quality does not appear to affect ADHD risk, according to a new study.


No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, suggest researchers

Study finds that teenagers who were exposed to alcohol while in the womb show altered brain connections consistent with impaired cognitive performance.


26 April 2019 - Science Daily - Breastfeeding boosts metabolites important for brain growth

Micro-preemies who primarily consume breast milk have significantly higher levels of metabolites important for brain growth and development, according to sophisticated imaging.


25 April 2019 - Nutraingredients - Probiotic strain makes use of gut-brain axis to aid stress management, study finds

A probiotic strain of Bifidobacterium longum appears to improve the ability to respond and cope with stress as research provides more proof of the bidirectional communication between the gut and brain.


Feeding juvenile rats extra omega-3 PUFAs and vitamin A shown to reduce negative health impact of stress

A team of researchers has found that giving rats exposed to a stressful environment extra doses of omega-3 fatty acids, resulted in a reduction of the kinds of mental and physical damage that normally occur under such circumstances.


Mediterranean vs Western diet prevents overeating, weight gain and metabolic problems: animal study

Study finds that nonhuman primates on a Mediterranean diet choose not to eat all the food available to them, and so maintained a normal weight.


22 April 2019 - MedicalXpress - New insight into how obesity, insulin resistance can impair cognition

Obesity can break down our protective blood brain barrier resulting in problems with learning and memory, scientists report.


18 April 2019 - Questioning Answers - Saffron for ADHD?

Saffron contains a myriad of different chemical compounds, some of which seem to have a variety of potential medicinal uses.


15 April 2019 - MedicalXpress - Harmful compounds might be formed when foods containing the sweetener sucralose are heated

Harmful compounds, some with carcinogenic potential, might occur when Sucralose - and especially Sucralose-containing foods such as canned vegetables or baked goods - are heated.


15 April 2019 - MedicalXpress - Immune study sheds light on vitamin D effects

Scientists have uncovered fresh insights into how vitamin D affects the immune system and might influence susceptibility to diseases such as multiple sclerosis.


12 April 2019 - Questioning Answers - A poo(p) transplant for [some] autism? 2 years on with caveats...

Further focus on gut bacterial make-up - and the all-important metabolites that specific bacterial species produce - would seem to be an important lne of enquiry for some forms of autism.


12 April 2019 - Psychology Today - In the first thousand days, proper brain growth depends on a healthy microbiota

In the first thousand days, proper brain growth depends on a healthy microbiota