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16 Jan 2014 - ScienceDaily - Altering the Community of Gut Bacteria Promotes Health and Increases Lifespan

Scientists at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging have promoted health and increased lifespan in Drosophila by altering the symbiotic, or commensal, relationship between bacteria and the absorptive cells lining the intestine. The research, appearing in the January 16, 2014 edition of Cell, provides a model for studying many of the dysfunctions that are characteristic of the aging gut and gives credence to the growing supposition that having the right balance of gut bacteria may be key to enjoying a long healthy life.


9 Jan 2014 - The Guardian - Obesity experts campaign to cut sugar in food by up to 30%

Doctors say marketing ploys to cut calories are ineffective, now industry must slowly lower sugar content of processed foods


9 Jan 2014 - BBC News - Campaigners vow to cut sugar in food

A campaign group has been formed to reduce the amount of sugar added to food and soft drinks in an effort to tackle obesity and diabetes in the UK.



1 Jan 2014 - BBC News - Vitamin E 'beneficial' in dementia

A daily dose of vitamin E could help people with dementia, research suggests.


19 Dec 2013 - NC Research Campus - Omega-3 Intake Linked to Higher Cognition in Infants, Toddlers and Young Children

Adults may be aware of the amount of omega-3 and other fatty acids in their diet, but most may not be thinking about the impact of fatty acids on their children, especially their cognitive abilities.


17 Dec 2013 - University of New South Wales - Junk food can harm memory in a week

Even a short-term diet of junk food can have a detrimental effect on the brain's cognitive ability, according to UNSW research.


14 Dec 2013 - NY Times - The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder

The Number of Diagnoses Soared Amid a 20-Year Drug Marketing Campaign


14 Dec 2013 - Maverick TV - Are you concerned about your child's behaviour?

Maverick TV are currently working on a new Channel 4 observational documentary that seeks to help families concerned with a child’s behaviour. Would you like to take part?


13 Dec 2013 - NY Times - In Food Cravings, Sugar Trumps Fat

What makes a milkshake so irresistible? Is it the sweet flavor that our taste buds are after? Or the smooth and creamy texture? Or perhaps it is the copious blend of fat and sugar?


11 Dec 2013 - BBC News - Ulcer drugs linked to vitamin B12 deficiency

People who took tablets known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or histamine antagonists (H2RAs) were more likely to lack enough vitamin B12 for good health.


11 Dec 2013 - Reuters - G8 aims to beat dementia by 2025

Leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025 on Wednesday and ministers said the world needed to fight the spread of the memory-robbing condition just as it fought AIDS.


10 Dec 2013 - Medical News Today - Autism-like behaviors in mice alleviated by probiotic therapy

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is diagnosed when individuals exhibit characteristic behaviors that include repetitive actions, decreased social interactions, and impaired communication. Curiously, many individuals with ASD also suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) issues, such as abdominal cramps and constipation.


8 Dec 2013 - The Guardian - Healthy diet may prevent dementia, say doctors

In a letter to Jeremy Hunt, doctors say persuading people to eat a Mediterranean diet is 'best strategy available'


25 Nov 2013 - BBC World Service - Discovery - Gut Microbiota

Adam Hart discovers the role gut microbes play in our health and development, and asks if we should consider ourselves an ecosystem rather than an individual?


7 Nov 2013 - BBC News - US moves to ban trans fats in foods

US food safety officials have taken steps to ban the use of trans fats, saying they are a threat to health.


4 Nov 2013 - BBC News - Recession hits family spending on fresh food

Many young families cut back on fresh fruit and vegetables and switched to less healthy processed food as the recession squeezed budgets, a UK study of 15,000 households' data suggests.


16 Sept 2013 - Medical Xpress - Diet is associated with the risk of depression

A healthy diet may reduce the risk of severe depression, according to a prospective follow-up study of more than 2,000 men conducted at the University of Eastern Finland. In addition, weight loss in the context of a lifestyle intervention was associated with a reduction in depressive symptoms.


5 Sept 2013 - Nutraingredients - Omega-3 status linked to sleep quality in school children: New data

Consumption of omega-3 from food or supplements could help to improve sleep quality in children according to new data presented at event.