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How sure would you want to be that you have celiac disease before starting a gluten-free diet?

Diagnosing celiac disease can be difficult. Some patients may be asymptomatic, while others have non-specific symptoms such as indigestion or bloating. It's thought only 30 percent of people with celiac disease are actually diagnosed.


New research shows the importance of consuming enough vitamin B12 in pregnancy

A new study published in Nutrition Research has found that children born to a mother with low intake of vitamin B12 during pregnancy were at increased risk of adverse development specific to certain speech and mathematical abilities.


Scientists reveal mechanism that causes irritable bowel syndrome

KU Leuven researchers have identified the biological mechanism that explains why some people experience abdominal pain when they eat certain foods. The finding paves the way for more efficient treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and other food intolerances.


Mothers of children with autism found to have significantly different metabolite levels

This case study suggests that the development of a blood test to screen for mothers who are at a higher risk of having a child with ASD may be possible.


High insulin levels during childhood a risk for mental health problems in adulthood, study suggests

The researchers in this study found that persistently high insulin levels from mid-childhood were linked with a higher chance of developing psychosis in adulthood.


Hydrogen sulphide could guard against Alzheimer's disease - IN MICE

Behavioral tests on mice showed that hydrogen sulphide improved cognitive and motor function by 50 per cent compared with mice that did not receive the injections of NaGYY.


Does vitamin D combat Covid?

"If you’ve got something that could potentially save tens of thousands of lives – worldwide, hundreds of thousands, if not millions – and you say there’s not quite enough evidence, but it’s indicating in a positive direction, then you do something about it, don’t you?” David Davis


Including unhealthy foods may diminish positive effects of an otherwise healthy diet

This study showed that to benefit from diets such as the Mediterranean diet, or MIND diet, we would have to limit our consumption of processed foods and other unhealthy foods such as fried foods and sweets.


You know sugar is bad for your kids—here's what you can do

More than two-thirds of all packaged foods contain added sweeteners. Why does that matter? Research has found links between kids' high-sugar diets and problems with sleep, learning and emotional health, not to mention serious conditions like diabetes and fatty liver disease.


This Man's Increased Psychiatric Issues Masked an Undiagnosed Disease

The authors of this case report the fact that celiac disease may also present primarily as behavioral disturbance in adults, particularly if there is already underlying psychiatric disease or intellectual deficits.


New US dietary guidelines: No candy, cake for kids under 2

The first U.S. government dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers recommend feeding only breast milk for at least six months and no added sugar for children under age 2.


Junk food linked to sleep problems in teens

This is the first study to examine unhealthy diets and stress-related sleep disturbance on a global scale in high school students.


Enriched infant formula linked to fewer behavioral problems in toddlers: Study

Infant formula enriched with milk fat globule membrane, omega-3 fatty acids, and synbiotics may lead to fewer behavioral problems up to 2.5 years of age, says a study from Spain.


The health risk raised by ultra-processed foods

A large study has shown that consuming a high amount of ultra-processed foods had an increased risk of death from any cause of 26%, and of 58% specifically from cardiovascular diseases.


#VitaminDforAll (Vitamin D for everyone)

To all governments, public health officials, doctors, and healthcare workers, Research shows low vitamin D levels almost certainly promote COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. Given its safety, we call for immediate widespread increased vitamin D intakes. The goal of this open letter is to change policy and standard of care to save lives and help mitigate the pandemic, not simply to create the longest possible list of names. At this point, we welcome additional signature requests from those likely to help convince decision makers to implement these changes.


ARFID: the eating disorder that makes people fear food

A recent review of patients with both ARFID and autism, found that almost 70% of those with ARFID had scurvy (vitamin C deficiency), while 17% had eye disorders as a result of vitamin A deficiency.


Study suggests sugary diet endangers waste-eating protein crucial to cellular repair

The protein that works to remove and repair our cells from a high sugar diet is itself vulnerable to sugar, leaving cells threatened.


An unexpected role for the brain's immune cells......IN MICE

This study showed that surveillance by microglia helps prevent seizure activity (or hyperexcitability) in the brain. These findings could open new therapeutic avenues for several diseases including Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and autism.


'Alarmingly high' vitamin D deficiency in the United Kingdom

The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the UK is alarming, with certain ethnic and socioeconomic groups considered particularly vulnerable.


Apathy could predict onset of dementia years before other symptoms

New research has shown that apathy—a lack of interest or motivation—could predict the onset of some forms of dementia many years before symptoms start, offering a 'window of opportunity' to treat the disease at an early stage