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3 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - Vitamin D protects against severe asthma attacks

Taking oral vitamin D supplements in addition to standard asthma medication could halve the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance.

2 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - Study suggests women eating peanuts during breastfeeding could prevent child from developing allergy

A team of researchers conducting a study on women eating peanuts while breastfeeding has found evidence that suggests it can reduce the chances of their child developing a peanut allergy as long as they also give peanuts directly to the child.

1 October 2017 - BBC News - Mental health: 10 charts on the scale of the problem

At any one time, a sixth of the population in England aged 16 to 64 have a mental health problem, according to statistics body NHS Digital.

29 September 2017 - MedicalXpress - The food ingredient hordenine in beer activates the reward centre in the brain

Scientists examined 13,000 food components to find out whether they stimulate the reward centre in the brain and make people feel good. Hordenine which is found in malted barley and beer seems to do the job quite well.

27 September 2017 - MedicalXpress - Iron supplements have long-term benefits for low birth-weight babies

Babies classified as low birth weight (under 2.500 grams) are at risk of iron deficiency, which is linked to impaired neurological development.

27 September 2017 - Nutraingredients - Should women on a paleo diet be taking iodine supplements?

The paleo diet may increase the risk of iodine deficiency, says a new study that calls for iodine supplementation for people adhering to the growing trend.

26 September 2017 - The Conversation - Most milk substitutes are low in iodine – here’s why it matters

We found that most milk substitutes were naturally low in iodine; their concentration was around 2% of that of cows’ milk. And only three of the 47 drinks were fortified with iodine.

25 September 2017 - Nutraingredients - Nutrition one of most 'significant individual factors' for child development in first 1,000 days: Comprehensive evidence paper

The most significant individual factors in the first 1,000 days of a child's life that influence health and development relate to nutrition, substance use and the experience of significant stress.

25 September 2017 - Nutraingredients - Magnesium status and dementia: is there a link?

People with either low or high blood levels of magnesium may be at higher risk of developing dementia, reports a new study in Neurology.

25 September 2017 - Science Daily - Maternal diet could affect kids' brain reward circuitry

Rats that ate junk food during pregnancy had pups that preferred the taste of fat during childhood and had altered brain circuitry into adulthood.

22 September 2017 - MedicalXpress - Pregnant women are not getting enough omega-3

The first ever study on the intakes of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnant women in New Zealand, has found only 30 per cent are getting the recommended daily amount.

22 September 2017 - MedicalXpress - What babies eat – before and just after birth – can impact them for life, says new book

A new book co-edited by a University at Buffalo researcher discusses how the path to obesity may start before birth or during infancy and how an individual's metabolism can be permanently reprogrammed by overfeeding early in life.

20 September 2017 - Nutraingredients - A mother’s breast milk may help premature babies catch-up in growth

MicroRNA found in mother’s breast milk has been found to help premature babies with their growth and development according to a new study.

20 September 2017 - MedicalXpress - Higher levels of fluoride in pregnant woman linked to lower intelligence in their children

Fierce debate over the safety of water fluoridation – particularly for children’s developing brains – has fuelled researchers to explore the issue and provide evidence to inform national drinking water standards.

20 September 2017 - MedicalXpress - Oxidative stress produces damage linked with increased risk of preterm birth

Oxidative stress is a source of damage that is the total stress placed on bodily tissues by normal functioning combined with outside stressors such as infection, poor nutrition, being overweight, smoking and taking illicit drugs,

19 September 2017 - Nutraingredients - Ageing brain to benefit from nutrition, exercise and lifestyle: Review

Dietary approaches to promote healthy brain ageing should look to factor in nutrition, exercise and lifestyle to target not only the brain but also overall cardio-metabolic health.

19 September 2017 - Nutraingredients - Even with high omega-3s awareness almost no one hits optimum intake, study suggests

Public awareness of the importance of omega-3 fatty acids has grown. But a new study suggests that almost all adults in Western countries still fall far below optimal blood levels of these important nutrients.

17 Sep 2017 - Low Brain Cholesterol—Separating Fact from Fiction: How statin drugs and plant-based diets affect mental health

Where do you find the highest concentration of cholesterol in your whole body? In your BRAIN. The brain is cholesterol-rich on purpose - because it needs large amounts of cholesterol to function properly. So, what does that mean for the growing number of people choosing naturally cholesterol-free plant-based diets? And what about the 15 million Americans who take statin medications to lower their cholesterol levels? People who are trying to lower their cholesterol levels are worried about heart health. But how does lowering cholesterol affect mental health?

14 September 2017 - MedicalXpress - Young binge drinkers show altered brain activity

Researchers have studied the brain activity of young binge-drinking college students in Spain, and found distinctive changes in brain activity, which may indicate delayed brain development and be an early sign of brain damage.

14 September 2017 - The Conversation - GPs need to tell people they can get rid of type 2 diabetes through weight loss – nutrition expert

GPs in the UK are rewarded with practice payments for recording that they have made a diagnosis of diabetes, and then for prescribing drugs for it. Recording remission, however, is extremely rare.