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20 December 2019 - Psychology Today - Feel Better with Food

You are what you eat, and what you eat can affect how you feel


19 December 2019 - The Conversation - Should you avoid meat for good health? How to slice off the facts from the fiction

One group of scientists says that reducing red meat is a top priority for your health and the planet’s. Another says these foods pose no problems for health. So what is a would-be healthy eater to do?


19 December 2019 - Mail Online - Could eating white bread every day ruin your sleep?

Insomniacs are more likely to have diets abundant in refined carbs which disrupt hormones that control sleep.


18 December 2019 - The Guardian - Depression and suicide linked to air pollution in new global study

Cutting toxic air might prevent millions of people getting depression, research suggests


18 December 2019 - Futurity - More body fat may hamper thinking as you age

Having less muscle and more body fat may affect how flexible our thinking gets as we become older, according to a new study.


18 December 2019 - The Guardian - Doctors warn vegans to take risks of vitamin B12 deficiency seriously

Shortage of vitamin B12 - commonly sourced from milk products - can damage nerves and is best supplemented in vegan diets


18 December 2019 - Nutraingredients - The double burden of nutrition: When malnutrition and obesity overlap

The Lancet recently published a warning report calling attention to the “new nutrition reality” - malnutrition combined with obesity - facing low and middle-income countries that is driven by the modern food system.


18 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study: Obesity could affect brain development in children

New research based on a massive research study suggests that a change in brain structure may help explain relationship between obesity and decreased executive function in children.


17 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Here's a bitter pill to swallow: Artificial sweeteners may be doing more harm than good

A $2.2 billion industry to help people lose weight through artificial sweeteners may be contributing to type 2 diabetes, according to researchers from the University of South Australia.


16 December 2019 - The Guardian - Malnutrition and obesity now a global problem, say experts

One in three low- and middle-income countries affected as junk food and sugary drinks reach every corner of globe.


12 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Refined carbs may trigger insomnia, finds study

An estimated 30% of adults experience insomnia, and a new study suggests that diet may be partly to blame.


12 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Could some people with schizophrenia in poorer nations simply have a vitamin deficiency?

New study identifies link between vitamin-B3 (niacin)-deficient mothers and schizophrenia, implicating a variant of the gene NAPRT1, which lowers the body's ability to use that vitamin.


12 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Hydration may affect cognitive function in some older adults

Not getting enough water is enough to make you feel sluggish and give you a headache, but a new study suggests it may also relate to cognitive performance.


11 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Taking fish oil tablets for four weeks improves 'night vision,' study says

Researchers conclude that omega-3 DHA does indeed improve 'dark adaptation capabilities' – the process the eyes go through when adjusting to new light levels.


11 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Scientists discover key neural circuit regulating alcohol consumption

Researchers discover that specific neurons in the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) contribute to reward-like behaviors, alcohol consumption in particular.


11 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study finds association between poor diet, age-related macular degeneration

People who eat a diet high in processed meat, fried food, refined grains and high-fat dairy are three times more likely to develop late-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to this research.


11 December 2019 - The Conversation - How junk food shapes the developing teenage brain

The adolescent brain is vulnerable to diet-induced changes, but these changes may endure through life.


11 December 2019 - Psychology Today - Epigenetic Influences on Depressed Mood: A Concise Review

Stress and poor nutrition probably increase risk of developing depressed mood.


10 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Brain differences may be tied to obesity, kids' study says

New results from the largest long-term study of brain development and children's health raise provocative questions about obesity and brain function.


9 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Eating more ketones may fight against Alzheimer's disease

A ketone-supplemented diet may protect neurons from death during the progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to mouse-based research.