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11 December 2018 - MedicalXpress - Could you be short on vitamin D?

You'd think vitamin deficiencies would be rare in the United States, but many people are running low on vitamin D, and it's a serious health threat.

10 December 2018 - MedicalXpress - Simple tips to curb overindulgence can help stop pounds piling on at Christmas

A study by the University of Birmingham and Loughborough University has shown that regular weighing at home and simple tips to curb excess eating and drinking can prevent people from piling on the pounds at Christmas.

Link between neonatal vitamin D deficiency and schizophrenia confirmed

Newborns with vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of schizophrenia later in life, a team of Australian and Danish researchers has reported.

Study links vitamin D-deficient older adults with greater risk of developing depression

A new Irish study has shown that a deficiency in vitamin D is associated with a substantially increased risk of depression.

5 December 2018 - The Conversation - More people are experiencing severe food allergies than ever before

A recent investigation found that undeclared allergens were present in a quarter of foods sampled. But a more fundamental issue needs to be addressed: why are more people experiencing severe food allergies than ever before?

5 December 2018 - The Conversation - Why snacking could be damaging your health

New smartphone app data shows that we now have erratic eating patterns. Many of us are continually snacking rather than eating at defined times – which means we spend up to 16 hours a day in a “fed” state.

5 December 2018 - Science Daily - Modeling the microbiome

The gut microbiome - the world of microbes that inhabit the human intestinal tract - has captured the interest of scientists and clinicians for its critical role in health. However, parsing which of those microbes are responsible for effects on our wellbeing remains a mystery.

4 December 2018 - MedicalXpress - High lead levels found in some spices purchased abroad

Investigations of lead poisoning cases in New York City have found high levels of lead in certain spices purchased abroad, says a new report.

4 December 2018 - MedicalXpress - Microbial-based treatment reverses autism spectrum social deficits in mouse models

Researchers report that administration of the bacterium Lactobacillus reuteri could lead to specific changes in the brain, holding hope for the development of novel therapies for neurological disorders such as autism, through modulating specific microbes in the gut.

29 November 2018 - The Guardian - 'Diabolical' diets: four in 10 children consume sugary drinks daily

Global study finds rich and poor countries alike fail to make progress on tackling malnutrition. The picture that emerges is one of appallingly bad diets, including high levels of sugar.

29 November 2018 - MedicalXpress - Caffeinated beverages during pregnancy linked to lower birth weight babies

A team of researchers at University College, Dublin, has found a link between caffeinated beverage consumption during pregnancy and low birth weight. In their paper published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the group describes their study of 941 mother and baby pairs born in Ireland and how they fared when the mothers consumed caffeine.

First UK estimates of children who could have conditions caused by drinking in pregnancy

Up to 17 per cent of children in the UK could have symptoms consistent with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) according to new research published today in Preventive Medicine.

"Vitamin D and omega-3 reduced irritability symptoms in children with ASD"

Vitamin D and omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in the treatment of irritability and hyperactivity among children with autism spectrum disorder.

28 November 2018 - MedicalXpress - Some spices may be a source of lead exposure in kids, study finds

In a small study, researchers in North Carolina found lead contamination in spices and herbal remedies in the homes of children with elevated blood lead levels. The food items that had the highest levels of lead in the North Carolina study included samples of chili powder/red pepper, cumin, coriander, anise, turmeric and vanilla.

26 November 2018 - BBC News - The Food and Medicine Debate

This Radio 4 programme looks at food as part of a prescription for health and wellbeing. What has gone wrong with our diets in the UK and how are doctors and experts trying to redress the balance to get us well again?

27 November 2018 - MedicalXpress - Certain dietary or nutritional supplements could improve sperm quality

In recent years, studies of sperm quality in different populations from developing countries have shown a decrease that could have consequences for the survival of the human species. The decrease in sperm quality has been related to unhealthy lifestyles. Stress, the consumption of drugs, tobacco and alcohol and unhealthy diets seem to be the principal modifiable factors.

28 November 2018 - MedicalXpress - Children with ASD are not just picky eaters

Convincing young children to try new foods can be a dinner time stressor for any family, but for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) meal time challenges are often not just a phase.

How bacteria and breastmilk could be our best allies against allergy and asthma

Researcher breaks new ground with findings on how breastmilk affects the baby's gut flora.

23 November 2018 - The Conversation - Is alcohol bad for you? It depends on the drink and how you drink it

Recent headlines claim that a glass of wine or a pint of beer a day shortens your life. But these conclusions are based on a partial view of the alcohol debate.

22 November 2018 - The Guardian - Type 2 diabetes now affects nearly 7,000 young Britons

New figures reveal huge rise in children and young people with diabetes linked to obesity.