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7 February 2019 - The Conversation - Eating more fruit and vegetables linked to better mental well-being – new study

New study underlines importance of dietary fruit and veg for good mental health.

7 February 2019 - MedicalXpress - The involvement of the gut in Parkinson's disease: hype or hope?

There is growing evidence that at least in some patients with Parkinson's disease, the disease may begin in the gut.

6 February 2019 - Science Daily - Heavy drinking in teens causes lasting changes in emotional center of brain

Lasting changes in the brain caused by drinking that starts in adolescence are the result of epigenetic changes that alter the expression of a protein crucial for the formation and maintenance of neural connections in the amygdala - the part of the brain involved in emotion, fear and anxiety.

Omega-3 intakes among ‘vulnerable populations’ well below recommended levels: Study

Intakes of long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA amongst pregnant women in the USA was found to be less than one-fifth of the recommended 520 mg/day EPA+DHA, according to data published in Nutrients.

6 February 2019 - NHS - Eating more fruit and veg 'improves mental wellbeing'

A recent study looking at links between fruit and veg consumption and mental health has limitations. This type of observational study can't tell us whether the fruit and veg consumption actually causes improved mental wellbeing. While the longitudinal design and the adjustment for potential confounding factors helps to make the results more robust, there may be something else unaccounted for at play here. The possibility that people who feel happier are more likely to choose healthier food, for example, cannot be ruled out.

Healthy diet can ease symptoms of depression

An analysis of data from almost 46,000 people has found that weight loss, nutrient boosting and fat reduction diets can all reduce the symptoms of depression.

5 February 2019 - MedicalXpress - Adolescents with celiac disease are at higher risk of eating disorder

Study finds a link between Celiac Disease and a higher incidence of disordered eating behaviour during adolescence and young adulthood.

4 February 2019 - The Guardian - Gut bacteria may have impact on mental health, study says

More news from the gut-brain axis: research opens door to possible treatments for depression based on probiotics.

4 February 2019 - Science Daily - More than 100 new gut bacteria discovered in human microbiome

Scientists working on the gut microbiome have discovered and isolated more than 100 completely new species of bacteria from healthy people's intestines. The study has created the most comprehensive collection of human intestinal bacteria to date. The new resource will help researchers worldwide to investigate how our microbiome keeps us healthy, and its role in disease.

Want to improve your mood? It’s time to ditch the junk food

Increasing how much exercise we get and switching to a healthy diet can also play an important role in treating – and even preventing – depression. This article looks at what should we should eat more of, and what we should avoid, to prevent depression and other mood disorders.

29 January 2019 - Science Daily - 'Small meets smaller': Dietary nanoparticulates impact gut microbiome

The intestinal microbiome is not only key for food processing but an accepted co-determinant for various diseases. Researchers have now identified effects of nanoparticles on intestinal microorganisms.

Questioning Answers - Milk opioid peptides and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPPIV) linked to autism

The aim of the this study was to determine "BCM7 [β-casomorphin-7] influence on DPPIV functioning in children with ASD in comparison to healthy children."

'Bugs' in the gut might predict dementia in the brain

The makeup of bacteria and other microbes in the gut may have a direct association with dementia risk, according to preliminary research.

30 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Calorie restriction prevents asthma symptoms linked to inflammation in mice

In a study based on mice, a low-calorie diet prevented asthma symptoms regardless of the diet's fat and sugar content. The researchers also found that obesity resulting from a high-calorie diet led to asthma symptoms by causing lung inflammation, and a drug that blocks inflammation eased those symptoms.

30 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Any way you slice it, nutrition studies are controversial

Two nutrition specialists met to debate a controversial statement: Most studies on the effect of nutrition and diet are false.

29 January 2019 - Science Daily - Oversized meals have been shown to be a factor in obesity

A study conducted in Brazil, China, Finland, Ghana, India and the United States found 94 percent of meals served in restaurants contain more than the recommended number of calories.

28 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - What you eat could impact your brain and memory

Research finds that individuals with higher levels of the satiety hormone Cholecystokinin have a decreased chance of mild or advanced cognitive impairment.

22 January 2019 - The Conversation - Are microbes causing your milk allergy?

Several years ago, my research group, together with a collaborator in Italy, Roberto Berni Canani, was comparing the bacteria present in infants with a diagnosed cow’s milk allergy to those without. We found some remarkable differences between the two groups. This led us to wonder whether the different bacteria present in each of the two groups are sufficient to protect against allergy. And if so, could we figure out why?

23 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Childhood lead exposure linked to poor adult mental health

Lead exposure in childhood appears to have long-lasting negative effects on mental health and personality in adulthood, according to a study of people who grew up in the era of leaded petrol.

24 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - New insights into why we crave fatty foods when dieting

Researchers have identified new brain circuits that may act as a brake on binge eating and junk food craving.