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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.

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

Breast milk analyses show new opportunities for reducing risk of childhood obesity

New research suggests the composition of breast milk in normal weight mothers differs from that of overweight mothers, and that variations in small molecule metabolites found in breast milk are possible risk factors for childhood obesity.

Autism symptoms reduced nearly 50 percent two years after fecal transplant

The apparent rise in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and its stubborn resistance to treatment has spurred a legion of researchers to enter the field and explore the disability in innovative ways.

9 April 2019 - Nutraingredients - Study finds ‘healthy’ kids snacks could be contributing to growing obesity crisis

Research reveals that many seemingly ‘healthy’ snacks aimed at UK children are less healthy than claimed.

4 April 2019 - MedicalXpress - Could eating garlic reduce aging-related memory problems?

Consuming garlic helps counteract age-related changes in gut bacteria associated with memory problems, according to a new study conducted with mice.

Atypical eating behaviors in children and adolescents with autism, ADHD, other disorders, and typical development

Atypical eating behaviors significantly more common in autism than in children with other disorders and typical children, with the most common behavior being limited food preferences. The number and types of atypical eating behaviors should alert clinicians to the possibility of autism.

No such thing as 'sugar rush' - sugar worsens mood rather than improving it

Sugar does not improve mood and it can make people less alert and more tired after its consumption, according to a new study.

BBC - The diets cutting one in five lives short every year

The food we eat is putting 11 million of us into an early grave each year, an influential study shows.