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How small changes to prison food drastically cut inmate violence

A series of studies have found that improving prisoners’ nutrition reduces incidents of violence by, on average, 30 per cent.

Brain stress factor regulates obesity

Researchers have been able to directly link a stress factor in the brain to the cell's recycling system and obesity.

What you eat can reprogram your genes – an expert explains the emerging science of nutrigenomics

Unravelling the mysteries of nutrigenomics is likely to empower both present and future societies and generations.

A natural mineral - selenium - may help reverse memory loss

Selenium—a mineral found in many foods—could reverse the cognitive impact of stroke and boost learning and memory in ageing brains, according to new research

Maternal consumption of soft drinks may be linked to ADHD symptoms in offspring

This study suggests that daily maternal intake of sweetened carbonated drinks could be linked to a small increase in ADHD symptoms in offspring at eight years of age

Statistics report offers snapshot of the nation's brain health—and a guide to protecting it

Brain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, are closely connected to heart health.

Study finds vitamin D supplements with or without Omega-3s decreased risk of autoimmune diseases

This is the first direct evidence that daily supplementation may reduce Autoimmune disease incidence.

Why children may be off their food after COVID

Could COVID be causing parosmia—a symptom where people experience strange and often unpleasant smell distortions?

Artificial Sweeteners during pregnancy may affect baby's microbiome and increase obesity risk

A new study investigates the link between consuming sweeteners during pregnancy and a child's risk of obesity. Pregnant rats fed with stevia or aspartame gave birth to pups that had a higher risk of obesity and specific changes in their gut microbiome. The findings highlight the importance of maternal nutrition during pregnancy.

Your gut senses the difference between real sugar and artificial sweetener

Many people struggle with sugar cravings, and now we have a better understanding of how the gut senses sugars (and why artificial sweeteners don't curb those cravings)

How does excess sugar affect the developing brain throughout childhood and adolescence?

A neuroscientist explains how research indicates that consumption of sugary food is associated with mental distress – such as anxiety and depression – and disrupted sleep.

Plant-based doesn’t always mean healthy

Plant-based meats are often high in sodium, ultra-processed and not any healthier than the meat they imitate

Survey Results: Nutraceuticals More Beneficial Than Pharmaceuticals for Autism

This research provides important information on the overall and specific benefits and adverse effects of 58 of the most commonly used nutraceuticals in ASD.

Action needed on vitamin B12 deficiency in people following plant-based diets

Vitamin B12 is an essential micronutrient which plays a role in supporting red blood cell production, energy, metabolism, and nerve function, but it is not found in plants.

A taste for sweet – an anthropologist explains the evolutionary origins of why you're programmed to love sugar

The attraction to sweetness is so relentless that it has been called an addiction comparable to nicotine dependence.

'Few-foods' diet could be recipe for easing ADHD symptoms

63% of the kids had a least a 40% decrease in ADHD symptoms after the 'few-foods diet' in this study

Maternal intake of choline during pregnancy impacts children's sustained attention

Findings from a new study suggest population-wide benefits of adding choline to a standard prenatal vitamin regimen

ARFID: 'My son's not a picky eater; he's scared of food'

Crisps, dry crackers and plain pasta may not be the most exciting foods but they are often the staples relied upon by children with a little-known eating disorder called ARFID

Doesn't an excessive intake of simple sugar affect higher brain function?

This research demonstrates that the excessive intake of simple sugar at the age of puberty could be an environmental risk factor of psychiatric disorders

Vitamin D supplements may reduce the duration of the common cold

As well as reducing the chance of getting a common cold, recent research shows that vitamin D supplementation reduces the severity and duration of common colds