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11 July 2019 - MedicalXpress - Anxious? Cut down on caffeine

Caffeine can boost energy, improve alertness and produce a general feeling of well-being - when used in moderation. Go past the sweet spot though, and that same elixir can cause insomnia, jitteriness and feelings of nervousness.


9 July 2019 - MedicalXpress - Research shows that drinking Matcha tea can reduce anxiety

Anxious behaviour in mice was reduced after consuming Matcha powder or Matcha extract, in this study. The calming effects appear to be due to mechanisms that activate dopamine D1 receptors and serotonin 5-HT1A receptors, both of which are closely related to anxious behavior.


9 July 2019 - Science Direct - Food and alcohol reduce activity in 'hunger neurons' via different brain pathways

How does the brain process rewards? Researchers are investigating how the brain responds differently to two commonly ingested rewards - food and alcohol - to understand how they alter neural activity and behaviour.


9 July 2019 - MedicalXpress - Unusual eating behaviors may be a new diagnostic indicator for autism

Atypical eating behaviors may be a sign a child should be screened for autism, according to a new study.


8 July 2019 - The Conversation - Eating disorders: early warning signs identified

Research finds several health warning signs that point to a person developing an eating disorder - signs that may help GPs diagnose and treat people with one of these conditions much earlier.


5 July 2019 - The Conversation - Almost a third of Scots are now obese – and at risk of more cancers than smokers

Once smoking was the killer health problem in Scotland. Now comes the news from Cancer Research that around 29% of adults in Scotland are obese whereas 18% of the population continues to smoke.


5 July 2019 - MedicalXpress - Quitting alcohol may improve mental well-being, health-related quality of life

Quitting alcohol may improve health-related quality of life for women, especially their mental well-being, according to a new study.


2 July 2019 - Nutraingredients - Micronutrient deficiencies: Researchers discover change in celiac disease symptoms

Micronutrient deficiencies, including vitamins B12 and D, as well as folate, iron, zinc and copper, are common in adults with celiac disease and must be addressed at that time of diagnosis, according to a new study.


2 July 2019 - MedicalXpress - Doctors need nutrition education, says commentary

In a 2018 survey, 61 percent of physicians reported having little or no training in nutrition.


1 July 2019 - Nutraingredients - ‘Elegant’ study deepens our understanding of how we respond to EPA & DHA omega-3s

Humans consuming omega-3 supplements can convert EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) to DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), but this is only a one-way street, and no retroconversion occurs, says a new study that extends our knowledge of how we respond to supplementation.


28 June 2019 - Questioning Answers - Roger Moore's eyebrows, ADHD and coeliac disease part 2

Behaviourally defined diagnostic labels such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) seem to rarely exist in some sort of clinical vacuum. Part of that vacuum also potentially encompasses a range of somatic symptoms and/or diagnostic labels.


28 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Brain cells that curb overeating found diminished activity in mice on a high-fat diet

Mouse-based study suggests that brain cells involved in curbing overeating become less active in individuals following a high-fat diet.


27 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Low-carb 'keto' diet ('Atkins-style') may modestly improve cognition in older adults

Study suggests a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet may improve brain function and memory.


27 June 2019 - The Conversation - You are what you eat – why the future of nutrition is personal

Foods that have comparable nutritional profiles can have very different effects on the microbiome.


27 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Goat milk formula could benefit infant gut health: study

"Goat milk formula may have strong prebiotic and anti-infection properties, that could protect infants against gastrointestinal infections", researchers claim.


27 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Home remedies: Can fish oil supplements treat depression?

Fish oil supplements may ease depression in some people. Some studies in adults suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help treat mild to moderate depression, but more research is needed.


28 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Autism health challenges could be explained by problem behaviors

Study suggests that certain problem behaviours in children and adolescents with autism might indicate gastrointestinal distress.


26 June 2019 - The Guardian - Growing evidence suggests Parkinson's disease starts in gut

Research shows key proteins in disease can spread from gastrointestinal tract to brain


26 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - New research shows Parkinson's disease origins in the gut

In experiments in mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have found additional evidence that Parkinson's disease originates among cells in the gut and travels up the body's neurons to the brain.


26 June 2019 - MedicalXpress - Could coffee be the secret to fighting obesity?

Study suggests that drinking coffee can stimulate 'brown fat', the body's own fat-fighting defence, which could be the key to tackling obesity and diabetes.