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25 March 2015 - BBC News - The myths about food and pregnancy

All over the world, pregnant women are bombarded with opinions about what to eat and what to avoid. All too often, sound advice gets lost in a stew of badly-reported science and old wives' tales.


25 March 2015 - EurekAlert - Pregnant women not getting enough omega-3, critical for infant development

APrON study suggests pregnant & lactating women not meeting recommended intake


25 March 2015 - MedicalXpress - Children and energy drinks comprise a growing public health crisis

Emerging evidence shows that highly-caffeinated, often sugar-laden energy drinks can harm children and adolescents, and supports physicians' groups and policymakers calling for restrictions on marketing and sales of these drinks to children under 18, according to a new study.


25 March 2015 - MNT - Father inspired after child's autism improved by course of antibiotic

A parent has been prompted to investigate the connections between gut bacteria and autism following surprising improvements in his son's autism while taking an antibiotic for strep throat.


24 March 2015 - MNT - Bringing chefs into school kitchens proves effective in randomized trial for healthy eating

Inolving professional chefs in the creation of school meals - to make healthy choices more palatable to kids - has been tested in a randomized trial of the intervention, with the results showing a positive effect on the amount of fruit and vegetables consumed by children.


24 March 2015 - EurekAlert - Milk could be good for your brain

New research conducted at the University of Kansas Medical Center has found a correlation between milk consumption and the levels of a naturally-occurring antioxidant called glutathione in the brain in older, healthy adults.


24 March 2015 - MedicalXpress - Vitamin D vital for gene expression in developing brains

Vitamin D deficiency in mothers leading up to and during pregnancy has fundamental consequences for their offspring's brain development, researchers from University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute have confirmed


23 March 2015 - BBC Newsround - Half of kids don't eat veg each day

More than half of kids don't eat a single portion of vegetables a day, according to Newsround's food survey.


23 March 2015 - Science Daily - Zinc deficiency linked to immune system response, particularly in older adults

Zinc, an important mineral in human health, appears to affect how the immune system responds to stimulation, especially inflammation, new research shows. Zinc deficiency could play a role in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes that involve inflammation. Such diseases often show up in older adults, who are more at risk for zinc deficiency.


23 March 2015 - ScienceDaily - Hunger versus reward: How do anorexics control their appetite?

Many adults, regardless of their weight, resolve to avoid fatty foods and unhealthy desserts. But despite one's best intentions, when the moment for decision comes, that chocolate lava cake is often too enticing and self-control vanishes.


22 March 2015 - ScienceDaily - Special microbes make anti-obesity molecule in the gut

Microbes may just be the next diet craze. Researchers have programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that, through normal metabolism, becomes a hunger-suppressing lipid.


19 March 2015 - BBC ONE - The Truth About Sugar

It’s everyone’s favourite sweet treat and one of food’s greatest pleasures, but sugar is increasingly being portrayed in the papers as a major health risk.


19 March 2015 - Nutraingredients - Nutrient profiling key to public health policies

The next UK government must do much more to tackle Britain’s poor dietary habits, according to the UK Coronary Prevention Group (UKCPG), a charity dedicated to preventing heart disease through healthy lifestyles.


18 March 2015 - MNT - Breastfeeding for longer leads to smarter adults

A study has found that prolonged breastfeeding is linked to higher intelligence, longer schooling and greater earnings as an adult.


18 March 2015 - ScienceDaily - Low vitamin D levels, depression linked in young women, new study shows

There is a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and depression in otherwise healthy young women, a new study shows.


17 March 2015 - EurekAlert - New study: Food TV a recipe for weight gain

At risk: Those who watch and frequently cook from scratch


17 March 2015 - MedicalXpress - New MIND diet may significantly protect against Alzheimer's disease

A new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.



17 March 2015 - Foodconsumer - Eating fish lowers dementia risk - review finds

Consumption of fish linked to reduced risk for dementia and Alzheimer's disease


13 March 2015 - EurekAlert - Energy drinks raise resting blood pressure

Healthy young adults who don't consume caffeine regularly experienced greater rise in resting blood pressure after consumption of a commercially available energy drink - compared to a placebo drink - thus raising the concern that energy drinks may increase the risk of cardiac events.