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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.

13 September 2017 - The Conversation - For better gut bacteria, eat more oily fish

This study looks at whether omega-3 makes bacteria in the gut which then produce other substances that are particularly good for us.

12 September 2017 - Nutraingredients - Caffeine-brain connectivity gets scientists twitchy with elderly brain boosts in prospect

Caffeine’s effects on brain neurons and their cellular function is the subject of European research that could explain why coffee could improve memory and protect against age-related memory loss.

12 September 2017 - MedicalXpress - Should you replace sugar with artificial sweeteners?

Australians are consuming too much sugar. The latest results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show 52% of the population are consuming more than is recommended, and this is affecting weight and dental health.

12 September 2017 - The Conversation - Health risks of light drinking in pregnancy confirms that abstention is the safest approach

While heavy drinking is clearly harmful to the unborn baby, often leading to miscarriage, premature birth and foetal alcohol syndrome, the possible effects of light drinking have been less clear.

12 September 2017 - The Conversation - New evidence shows that healthy obesity is a myth

The latest study shows that if you’re obese but metabolically healthy (so-called “fat but fit”), you are still at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease compared with metabolically healthy people who are a normal weight.

11 September 2017 - MedicalXpress - Vegetarians more susceptible to depression than meat eaters, study shows. Here's why.

Vegetarians are at higher risk of suffering depression compared to those who eat meat and consume a conventional balanced diet, according to a new study.

11 September 2017 - MedicalXpress - Omega 3 helps the gut stay healthy, study finds

Taking omega-3 as part of a healthy diet with plenty of fibre and probiotic foods can improve the diversity of the gut microbiome according to a new study by researchers at the University of Nottingham and King's College London.

8 September 2017 - MedicalXpress - Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides

Researchers show that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children's pesticide-related autism risk.