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Questioning Answers - Magnesium and ADHD meta-analysed

New study results provide some food for thought on the topic of whether there may be an association between magnesium levels and the diagnosis of ADHD.

Do minerals play a role in development of multiple sclerosis?

A new study shows no link between dietary intake of zinc, iron, and other key minerals and whether people later develop MS.

Human study suggests holistic psychological benefits of multi-strain probiotic

A daily dose of a multi-strain probiotic can provide a significant improvement in mood, with a reduction in depressive, anger, and fatigue, and an improvement in sleep quality, according to a new study.

Psychology Today - The Brain Needs Animal Fat

Why humans can't thrive on plants alone

31 March 2019 - Psychology Today - Psychosis and Symbiosis: Microbiome and Schizophrenia

We’ve known for a few years that people with schizophrenia have a different gut microbiome than healthy control populations.

30 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Gastrointestinal complaints in children could signal future mental health problems

A study has found that adversity early in life is associated with increased gastrointestinal symptoms in children that may have an impact on the brain and behavior as they grow to maturity.

Omega-3 fatty acids tied to fewer childhood asthma symptoms

A new study has added to evidence of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet resulting in fewer pollution-triggered asthma symptoms. The same study suggests that higher amounts of dietary omega-6 fatty acids may have the opposite effect, and be associated with more severe asthma.

Maternal diet during pregnancy may modulate the risk of ADHD symptoms in children

New study suggests that the risk of a child developing symptoms of ADHD may be modulated by the mother's diet during pregnancy.

Poor nutrition can lead to sight loss in later life, according to study

An unhealthy diet including high fat and cholesterol-enriched food can contribute to developing eye diseases which lead to a loss of vision, according to new research.

28 March 2019 - Futurity - These brain cells naturally stop overeating

Certain brain cells in mice curb their impulse to eat, according to new research. The study shows that the cells also play a role in regulating memory, and are part of a larger brain circuit that promotes balanced eating.

On gut bacteria and schizophrenia

This new research is a good start and complements other work in related areas talking about the gut-brain axis as being potentially pertinent to some forms of schizophrenia.

The salt-craving neurons: How the appetite for salt is shaped by a taste for sodium

New research discovers neural circuits that regulate craving and satiation for salty tastes.

26 March 2019 - The Conversation - Does eating two teaspoons of nuts really boost your brain function by 60%?

A story in the Daily Mirror this week claimed that eating just two teaspoons of nuts a day “boosts brain function by 60%”. If the claim is true, we should all be rushing out to buy a bag of nuts, but is this what the study in question actually says?

25 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Tuck into colourful fruits and vegetables and see the light

A $5.7 billion global medical bill to restore sight for the estimated 45 million people with cataracts could be slashed in half by a diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables, according to an international study.

25 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Major medical groups call for soda taxes

Two medical groups in the US have called for taxes on sodas and energy drinks - the leading source of sugar in the diets of children and teens.

Health check: can eating certain foods make you smarter?

As well as potentially improving our brain function, eating healthy foods - i.e. "good fats", vegetables, nuts and berries - could improve our mental well-being, and could even help the planet, too.

22 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Introduce peanut products as early as 4 months to prevent allergies, report says

Pediatricians now recommend introducing peanut-based foods to infants before their first birthday to prevent peanut allergies, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

19 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Eating fish may help prevent asthma

A James Cook University scientist says an innovative study has revealed new evidence that eating fish can help prevent asthma.

19 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - A nutty solution for improving brain health

Long-term, high nut consumption could be the key to better cognitive health in older people according to new research from the University of South Australia.

19 March 2019 - The Conversation - Eggs and health: unscrambling the message

New research suggests that eggs are a health hazard. However, there are good reasons for taking the findings with a very large pinch of salt. Tom Sanders of King's College London underlines the hazards of observational studies such as this.