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3 Sept 2013 - Oxford University - ‘Low Omega-3 in children could help to explain poor learning and behaviour’, researchers will tell conference

An Oxford University study has shown that a representative sample of UK schoolchildren had low levels of key Omega-3 fatty acids in their blood. Furthermore, the study found that children’s blood levels of the long-chain Omega-3 DHA (the form found in most abundance in the brain) ‘significantly predicted’ how well they were able to concentrate and learn. Oxford University academics will explain these findings, which were recently published in the journal PLOS One, at a conference at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on Wednesday 4 September, organised by the charity Food and Behavi


13 August 2013 - BBC News - Use of ADHD drugs 'increases by 50% in six years'

There has been a 50% rise in England in the use of drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in six years.


13 Aug 2013 - ScienceDaily - DHA-enriched formula in infancy linked to positive cognitive outcomes in childhood

University of Kansas scientists have found that infants who were fed formula enriched with long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) from birth to 12 months scored significantly better than a control group on several measures of intelligence conducted between the ages of three to six years.


12 Aug 2013 - FoodNavigator - Blood sugar status may affect risk of dementia

High blood glucose levels may increase the risk of developing dementia, according to a new study.


6 Aug 2013 - ScienceDaily - Sleep Deprivation Linked To Junk Food Cravings

A sleepless night makes us more likely to reach for doughnuts or pizza than for whole grains and leafy green vegetables, suggests a new study from UC Berkeley that examines the brain regions that control food choices. The findings shed new light on the link between poor sleep and obesity.


4 Aug 2013 - The Observer Magazine - The demon drink: war on sugar

Our addiction to sugar is linked to obesity, cancer and heart disease – and soft drinks are among the worst offenders. Alex Renton reports on the new health war, and reveals why some fruit juices may be as bad for you as cans of fizz


4 Aug 2013 - The Observer - Isn't it time we got to grips with Big Sugar

Excess sugar in our diets is causing obesity and diabetes. Now is the time for tough legislation to regulate the food industry




29 July 2013 - Medical Xpress - Diets lacking omega-3s lead to anxiety, hyperactivity in teens

Diets lacking omega-3 fatty acids—found in foods like wild fish, eggs, and grass-fed livestock—can have worsened effects over consecutive generations, especially affecting teens, according to a University of Pittsburgh study.


23 July 2013 - Medscape - Low Omega-3 Linked to Behaviour, Cognitive Deficits

Blood concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in school-aged children in the United Kingdom (UK) are well below the minimum recommended for good cardiovascular health in adults, according to a new study.


22 July 2013 - ScienceDaily - Breastfed Children Are Less Likely to Develop ADHD Later in Life, Study Suggests

We know that breastfeeding has a positive impact on child development and health -- including protection against illness. Now researchers from Tel Aviv University have shown that breastfeeding may also help protect against Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder in children and adolescents.


22 July 2013 - ScienceDaily - Teen Eating Disorders Increase Suicide Risk

Is binge eating a tell-tale sign of suicidal thoughts? According to a new study of African American girls, by Dr. Rashelle Musci and colleagues from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University in the US, those who experience depressive and anxious symptoms are often dissatisfied with their bodies and more likely to display binge eating behaviors. These behaviors put them at higher risk for turning their emotions inward, in other words, displaying internalizing symptoms such as suicide.



18 July 2013 - Nutraingredients - Food industry has important role in preventing cognitive decline and diabetes risk, warns expert

The food industry must continue to innovate new food products that help consumers with pre-diabetes and glucose intolerance to reverse their long term risk of diabetes and dementia, according to Professor Louise Dye.



13 July 2013 - ALSPAC - Lack of fish in diet linked to anxiety in pregnancy

Women who do not eat fish during pregnancy are more likely to experience high levels of anxiety at that time.


12 July 2013 - Gov UK - The School Food Plan

A plan of action designed to improve the quality and take-up of school food and put the kitchen at the heart of school life is published.


8 July 2013 - Daily Mail - Do new mums REALLY need a £99 test on the quality of their breast milk? University offers to report levels of omega 3

Breastfeeding will not only provide your baby with all the nutrients it needs, but could also boost their social mobility, as reported recently in the British Medical Journal.


3 July 2013 - The Telegraph - Scurvy returns among children with diets 'worse than in the war'

Wartime diseases are returning to Britain because some children are living on junk food diets that are worse for them than rationing was 70 years ago, officials have claimed.