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02 February 2015 - The Conversation - Health Check: how to work out how much food you should eat

Dietary guidelines broadly recommend a daily intake of 10,000 kilojoules (2,400 calories) for men and 8,000 kilojoules (1,900 calories) for women. But what do these figures mean in the context of the number of kilojoules or calories you personally need to consume to attain and maintain a healthy body weight?


02 February 2015 - American Academy of Pediatrics - Many Pre-Packaged Toddler Meals and Snack Foods Contain Too Much Salt or Sugar

With high levels of childhood obesity, it is important to feed children a healthy diet starting early in life. However, a new study found that a significant amount of commercial toddler meals and foods sold in the U.S. are high in sodium or sugar.


02 February 2015 - Science News - Tuna mercury rising

Mercury levels in Hawaiian Yellowfin tuna – known as ahi on the plate – are on the rise, scientists report February 2 in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.


02 March 2015 - BBC Radio 4 - The 'Clean Label' Question

For over a decade consumers have become finely attuned to E-numbers, flavourings, colourings and additives in our food. Food manufacturers have changed the way they do things in pursuit of 'clean label' - a more natural sounding ingredients list. But do we fully understand the new processes involved, the terms used and how safe they really are?


01 February 2015 - The Natural Medicine Journal - Essential Fatty Acids Block the Depressive Effect of Interferon Therapy

A simple intervention of 2 weeks of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) could reduce the need to prescribe antidepressants that may have detrimental side effects.


30 January 2015 - Nutraingredients - GM folate rice could help tackle neural tube defects, say researchers

Rice metabolically engineered to be rich in folates could help alleviate associated health problems of folate deficiency, according to researchers.


29 January 2015 - ScienceDaily - Diet, nutrition essential for mental health

Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaborative study has revealed.


29 January 2015 - Medical News Today - Added fructose is a principal driver of type 2 diabetes

Recent studies have shown that added sugars, particularly those containing fructose, are a principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes, even more so than other carbohydrates.


28 January 2015 - The Independent - These are the most sugar-packed cereals aimed at your children

Parents are unwittingly feeding their children cereal which contains as much sugar as seven and a half chocolate fingers, according to health campaigners.


28 January 2015 - EurekAlert - Seeing selves as overweight may be self-fulfilling prophecy for some teens

Teens who mistakenly perceive themselves as overweight are actually at greater risk of obesity as adults, according to research findings.


28 January 2015 - Foodnavigator - Researchers ‘astounded’ by results of probiotic peanut allergy study

A probiotic could hold the key to treating peanut allergies in children, researchers in Melbourne have found.


27 January 2015 - MNT - UK parents hounded by their kids to buy junk food they see on TV - BHF calls for ban on junk food ads before 9pm

Seven in ten (70%) parents with children aged 4 to 16 have been pestered by their children to buy junk food they have seen advertised on TV, according to a new survey by the British Heart Foundation ahead of Heart Month this February.


26 January 2015 - University of Cambridge - Mother’s stress hormone levels may affect foetal growth and long term health of child

Increased levels of stress hormones can lead pregnant mice to overeat, but affect growth of the foetus and, potentially, the long term health of the offspring, according to a study published today.


26 January 2015 - ScienceDaily - Good bedtime habits equal better sleep for kids

Children obtain better and more age-appropriate sleep in the presence of household rules and regular sleep-wake routines, according to sleep researchers.


23 January 2015 - ScienceDaily - Lead negatively impacts cognitive functions of boys more than girls

The female hormones estrogen and estradiol may help ward off the effects of lead exposure for young girls, explaining why boys, are shown to suffer more often from the cognitive disabilities linked to lead.


23 January 2015 - MedicalXpress - Diet affects brain iron levels differently in men and women, pilot study shows

The study found that specific food types, such as dairy products and vegetables, had different effects on brain iron levels in men and women.


23 January 2015 - Medical News Today - You are what you eat - how gut bacteria affect brain health

The hundred trillion bacteria living in an adult human-mostly in the intestines, making up the gut microbiome-have a significant impact on behavior and brain health.


22 January 2015 - MNT - Study finds 'social jetlag' is associated with obesity-related disease

A new study has discovered an association between social jetlag, obesity and obesity-related disease including metabolic disorder, inflammation and diabetes.


22 January 2015 - MedicalXpress - Blame it on your brain: Salt and hypertension

An international research team led by scientists at McGill University has found that excessive salt intake "reprograms" the brain, interfering with a natural safety mechanism that normally prevents the body's arterial blood pressure from rising.


21 January 2015 - MNT - Exercise improves brain function in young adults

Regular exercise improves brain activity in young adults, says a new study. The conclusion runs counter to the popular belief that because they are in their prime and the peak of their cognitive ability, young adult brains do not benefit from exercise in the same way as older brains.