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30 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Can a Mediterranean diet pattern slow aging?

A series of six articles appearing in the March issue of The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences finds new correlations between a Mediterranean diet and healthy aging outcomes - while also underscoring the need for careful approaches to the use of data in order to measure the diet's potential benefits.

29 March 2018 - The Guardian - Eating out increases levels of phthalates in the body, study finds

US research discovers 35% increase in levels of chemical linked to disease in those who dined at restaurants the previous day.

27 March 2018 - The Guardian - Can the ad industry persuade us to eat more vegetables?

For decades the food industry has played on our desire to fit in, a strategy that has already stealthily altered our eating habits. We've been persuaded that a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack are part of everyone's day, and that it's normal to have frozen pizza and ready-meals in your shopping trolley, and you don't watch television in the evening without a snack to hand.

26 March 2018 - The Guardian - The human microbiome: why our microbes could be key to our health

A plethora of conditions, from obesity to anxiety, appear to be linked to the microbes inside us.

Prenatal choline intake increases grey and white matter in piglets

Piglets from choline-deficient mothers have smaller brains with less grey and white matter.

25 March 2018 - BBC - Doctors Learn Nothing About Nutrition

Medical students say they currently learn almost nothing about the way diet and lifestyle affect health - and they should be taught more.

25 March 2018 - Psychology Today - The Psychobiotic Revolution

A new book by Scott C. Anderson details the microbiome and the brain. Studying and changing the microbiome to affect health has become the newest frontier of medicine, both via legitimate, evidenced-base practices and some quackadoodles cashing in on the latest fad.

23 March 2018 - Nutraingredients - Gut bugs’ diet may impact intestinal permeability: Study

The food preferences of different bacteria in our guts may have major implications for our own digestive health, say researchers.

Antioxidants and amino acids could play role in the treatment of psychosis

A scientific paper has revealed that some nutrients found in food may help reduce the symptoms of psychotic illness, when used in the early stages of treatment.

Researchers link dietary supplement DHA to higher fat-free body mass in children

Researchers have reported that pregnant women who consumed a supplement of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a nutrient added to U.S. infant formulas since 2002, tend to have children with higher fat-free body mass at 5 years old.

Many medicines affect our gut bacteria, not just antibiotics

While the adverse effects of antibiotic use on the human microbiome are well documented, other commonly used medicines may also have a similar impact, warn researchers.

20 March 2018 - Children born to mothers with low vitamin D levels may develop autism-like behaviors

Low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy and breast feeding may be related to an unusual pattern of brain development that can lead to differences in social behaviour of children in later life, according to a study published in the Journal of Endocrinology.

20 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Chronic fatigue syndrome possibly explained by lower levels of key thyroid hormones

New research demonstrates a link between chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) symptoms and lower thyroid hormone levels. Published in Frontiers in Endocrinology, the study indicates that CFS, a condition with unknown causes, can be explained by lower thyroid hormones - but may be distinct from thyroidal disease. This finding can be seen as a first step to finding treatment for a debilitating illness for which there is no recognized treatment.

20 March 2018 - The Conversation - The science behind the red mist (and how fish can help with anger management)

What makes certain people more prone to moments of aggressive behaviour? And how can we better manage those moments? To accurately answer these questions, we need to distinguish between two different types of aggression.

20 March 2018 - Science Daily - Obese mice had about 25 percent fewer taste buds than lean mice in study

Previous studies have indicated that weight gain can reduce one's sensitivity to the taste of food. Now a new study shows that inflammation, driven by obesity, actually reduces the number of taste buds on the tongues of mice.

Artificial Sweeteners May Make You Fat

People are turning to foods that contain low-calorie sweeteners to give them the sweet taste they enjoy, without the risk of gaining weight. However, new research from George Washington University in the US suggests that artificial sweeteners may actually increase a person’s risk of becoming obese.

19 March 2018 - Nutraingedients - Calls for folic acid flour fortification after ‘concerning drop in folate levels’

Calls for mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid have been reignited after a UK government survey found over 90% of women of childbearing age are folate deficient.

19 March 2018 - Nutraingredients - Formula warning: Soy-based formula could cause changes in infant reproductive tissues

Babies fed soy-based formula may have 'subtle changes' in reproductive tissues, warn researchers who say long-term follow-ups are needed.

Is placebo ethical in vitamin D supplementation trials?

Placebo-controlled trials that limit supplementation potentially place people at risk of undue harm, warn researchers. It is essential to balance the need for identifying significant treatment effects against ensuring that patients are not harmed by being denied access to therapeutic treatment, say the review authors writing in Nutrients.

Study finds association between mother's larger waist size, child's autism risk

A new study finds children born to mothers who had a larger waist size before pregnancy may be more likely to have autism than those whose mothers had a smaller pre-pregnancy waist.