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08 April 2015 - MNT - Critical windows to turn away junk food craving

University of Adelaide researchers have shown there are two critical windows during the developmental pathway to adulthood when exposure to junk food is most harmful, particularly for female offspring.

07 April 2015 - MedicalXpress - Are current dietary guidelines for sodium and potassium reasonable?

To reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, the World Health Organization recommends we consume no more than 2000 mg of sodium a day—less than a teaspoon of salt. At the same time, the WHO recommends we consume at least 3510 mg of potassium daily, again to lower our odds of heart disease and stroke.

07 April 2015 - Nutraingredients - Dietary curcumin may boost brain DHA: Study

Increased intake of curcumin could boost levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the brain by enhancing its conversion from other omega-3 precursors in the liver, say researchers.

06 April 2015 - Guardian - Depression: Malnutrition Plays a Surprising Role

Despite well-documented research implicating nutritional deficiency as a frequent catalyst for depression, few physicians will analyze the nutritional status of their patient, prior to prescribing antidepressants.

02 April 2015 - DHA supplements for lactating women may offer breast milk and baby benefits

Supplementation with DHA omega-3 in lactating women increases breast milk levels of the essential fatty acid, and could help infants achieve a better omega 3:6 ratio, finds new research from Abbot Nutrition.

01 April 2015 - ScienceDaily - Dangers of adolescent energy drink consumption for the heart: Cardiologists urge physicians, parents, educators to monitor adolescents' energy drink consumption more closely

The rapid rise in popularity of energy drinks (EDs), particularly among adolescents (aged 10-19 years) and young adults, has serious implications for cardiac health, scientists say.

31 March 2015 - The Science Times - Poorer Children Have Smaller Brains Researchers Say

Children with richer parents have larger brains compared to children with poorer parents, according to a new study. The differences in the brain were most marked in the areas that control language, reading, decision making and memory, the study found.

31 March 2015 - MedicalXpress - Understanding fish oil benefits during pregnancy

A study by University of Western Australia has advanced understanding of why children whose mothers take fish oil supplements during pregnancy have greater health benefits.

30 March 2015 - The Conversation - Eight sneaky tricks to get your children to eat healthy food

A child’s diet should be high in fruit and vegetables, high in complex carbohydrates such as brown bread, brown pasta and brown rice and relatively low in fat and sugary foods. It should also be low in salt. But as many of us know, getting children to eat what is good for them can be easier said than done.

28 March 2015 - BBC News - More pupils have mental health issues, say school staff

More children have mental health issues than two years ago, a survey of school teachers suggests.

26 March 2015 - MNT - Evidence many young children with autism show gut symptoms

Mothers of infants aged up to 3 years who have autism are more likely to report the children have gastrointestinal symptoms of constipation, diarrhea and food allergy or intolerance, finds a study collecting 10 years of prospective data.

25 March 2015 - BBC News - The myths about food and pregnancy

All over the world, pregnant women are bombarded with opinions about what to eat and what to avoid. All too often, sound advice gets lost in a stew of badly-reported science and old wives' tales.

25 March 2015 - EurekAlert - Pregnant women not getting enough omega-3, critical for infant development

APrON study suggests pregnant & lactating women not meeting recommended intake

25 March 2015 - MedicalXpress - Children and energy drinks comprise a growing public health crisis

Emerging evidence shows that highly-caffeinated, often sugar-laden energy drinks can harm children and adolescents, and supports physicians' groups and policymakers calling for restrictions on marketing and sales of these drinks to children under 18, according to a new study.

25 March 2015 - MNT - Father inspired after child's autism improved by course of antibiotic

A parent has been prompted to investigate the connections between gut bacteria and autism following surprising improvements in his son's autism while taking an antibiotic for strep throat.

24 March 2015 - MNT - Bringing chefs into school kitchens proves effective in randomized trial for healthy eating

Inolving professional chefs in the creation of school meals - to make healthy choices more palatable to kids - has been tested in a randomized trial of the intervention, with the results showing a positive effect on the amount of fruit and vegetables consumed by children.

24 March 2015 - EurekAlert - Milk could be good for your brain

New research conducted at the University of Kansas Medical Center has found a correlation between milk consumption and the levels of a naturally-occurring antioxidant called glutathione in the brain in older, healthy adults.

24 March 2015 - MedicalXpress - Vitamin D vital for gene expression in developing brains

Vitamin D deficiency in mothers leading up to and during pregnancy has fundamental consequences for their offspring's brain development, researchers from University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute have confirmed

23 March 2015 - BBC Newsround - Half of kids don't eat veg each day

More than half of kids don't eat a single portion of vegetables a day, according to Newsround's food survey.