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21 April 2014 - BBC News - Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

Many Western nations have experienced significant declines in crime in recent decades, but could the removal of lead from petrol explain that?


17 April 2014 - BBC News - 'Fish oil' GM plant trial at Rothamsted given go-ahead

Hertfordshire scientists will be allowed to grow a genetically modified crop containing omega-3 fatty acids, the government has said.


14 April 2014 - SA Standard Times - Excess sugar consumption leads to a host of diseases

Dr. Robert Lustig's YouTube lectures about the dangers of sugar have raised a few eyebrows in recent years and even drawn some criticism.


14 April 2014 - Nutraingredients - Folate shows eye health benefits in 20 year+ cohort study

Folate, or vitamin B9, has been shown to reduce homocysteine levels that are important in warding off a condition known as exfoliation glaucoma (EG) that can provoke blindness and severe visual impairment, researchers have found.


14 April 2014 - The Independent - Spoiling for a row? Then check your sugar levels

Couples more likely to have angry rows when hungry, says voodoo-doll test.


14 April 2014 - Nutraingredients - Vitamin E tocotrienols show brain health benefits

Daily supplements of a natural full spectrum palm mixed tocotrienol complex may protect against the progression of white matter lesions in human brains, says a new study from Malaysia and the UK.


12 April 2014 - The Grocer - Sugar war professor Robert Lustig plans UK lecture tour during DH policy review

US professor credited with launching the war on sugar has announced a UK lecture tour that co-incides with a crucial Dept of Health review of carbohydrate policies


8 April 2014 - BBC Radio Oxford, Kat Orman: Milk - good or bad?

Kat Orman asks 'myth buster' Dr Alex Richardson: "What is the truth about milk?"


04 April 2014 - BBC This Week: Debating Rachel Johnson's film on healthy eating

In the BBC's political review This Week (03/04/14) Andrew Neil, Diane Abbott and Michael Portillo debate Rachel Johnson's film on healthy eating, and what limits or bans could, or could not work, over ready meals and foods with high level of sugar.


2 April 2014 - TelIHMC on YouTube - CAPT Joseph Hibbeln, M.D.: Nutritional Armor -- Brain and Behavior

Everyone who has observed people knows that their behavior and emotions can change radically when hungry. However, our brains are highly complex metabolic organs that need specific nutrients and not just calories for optimal neurodevelopment and lifelong function


01 Apr 2014 - BBC News - Seven-a-day fruit and veg 'saves lives'

Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day is healthier than the five currently recommended and would prolong lives, researchers say.


1 April 2014 - Nutraingredients - Omega-3s science is rock solid, but you don't win every game, expert says

When scientists seek to counteract bad press for omega-3s it is a matter of taking two steps forward while taking one back, said Bruce Holub, professor emeritus of the University of Guelph in Ontario.


25 March 2014 - Examiner - Ketogenic diet fights depression and bipolar disorder and aids weight loss

The low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet is known for promoting rapid weight loss, but psychiatrists say it can combat depression and bipolar disorder.


24 March 2014 - Nutraingredients - Vegans respond 'robustly' to algal-derived omega-3 fatty acid supplement

The omega-3 index of vegans is low, but no lower than the levels measured in omnivores, says a new study, which also supports the efficacy of an algal-derived omega-3 supplement to boost EPA and DHA levels.


23 March 2014 - York University, Toronto - Lipid Levels During Prenatal Brain Development Impact Autism

. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is a natural lipid-derived molecule that is involved in important physiological functions. Abnormal PGE2 signalling has been associated with pathologies of the nervous system. Previous studies provide evidence for the interaction of PGE2 and canonical Wnt signalling pathways in non-neuronal cells. Since the Wnt pathway is crucial in the development and organization of the brain, the main goal of this study is to determine whether collaboration between these pathways exists in neuronal cell types.


13 March 2014 - UW-Madison - Study suggests potential association between soy formula and seizures in children with autism

A University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher has detected a higher rate of seizures among children with autism who were fed infant formula containing soy protein rather than milk protein.


6 March 2014 - University of Oxford - 'Higher levels of omega-3 in diet associated with better sleep'

A randomised placebo-controlled study by the University of Oxford suggests that higher levels of omega-3 DHA, the group of long-chain fatty acids found in algae and seafood, are associated with better sleep.


5 March 2014 - BBC News - Sugar tax may be necessary, England's chief medical officer says

A sugar tax may have to be introduced to curb obesity rates, the chief medical officer for England has said.


2 March 2014 - Daily Mail - Special report: Sugar - the bitter truth?

For four decades we’ve been led to believe that fat is the ultimate food enemy, but we’ve been fed a lie: the real danger is sweet, addictive – and found in almost everything we eat.


25 Feb 2014 - Children's Hospital, Oakland - Research indicates Causal Link between Vitamin D, Serotonin Synthesis and Autism

Dietary Interventions Will Have Relevance for Prevention and possibly for Treatment of Autism