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09 February 2015 - News4Jax - Compound in broccoli could help ease autism symptoms

Because there is no cure for autism, there are many treatment options and medications to help ease the symptoms of the disorder. A new study found a chemical in broccoli sprouts, sulforaphane, that may show promise for helping with these symptoms.

09 February 2015 - ScienceDaily - Energy drinks significantly increase hyperactivity in schoolchildren, study finds

Middle-school children who consume heavily sweetened energy drinks are 66 percent more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, a new study has found.

07 February 2015 - EurekAlert! - Anorexia nervosa - New research underlines the importance of getting help before chronicity sets in

Study findings suggest that the longer one suffers from active anorexia nervosa (AN), the more likely are disorder-relevant alterations in DNA methylation.

06 February 2015 - The Conversation - Food fight: is business trying to game the five-a-day system?

We are on the brink of an important change in how we are encouraged to think about our diet. Britain’s health authorities are considering whether to allow processed or “composite foods” to carry the official five-a-day logo. But is it time to confront the inconvenient reality: that an apple which has been juiced, pureed, or wrapped in pastry is simply not the same as an apple on a core?

05 February 2015 - MNT - Children's hunger born from mothers' trauma

Adverse Childhood Experiences linked to household food insecurity

05 February 2015 - ScienceDaily - Organic food reduces pesticide exposure

A new study is among the first to predict a person’s pesticide exposure based on information about their usual diet.

05 February 2015 - ScienceDaily - Another breastfeeding benefit: Preparing baby's belly for solid food

Researchers found that a baby’s diet during the first few months of life has a profound influence on the composition, diversity, and stability of the gut microbiome. These factors influence the baby’s ability to transition from milk to solid foods and may have long-term health effects.

04 February 2015 - MedicalXpress - Compound found in grapes, red wine may help prevent memory loss

A compound found in common foods such as red grapes and peanuts may help prevent age-related decline in memory.

04 February 2015 - MNT - Study links a healthy diet to lower risk of COPD

Smoking is the primary cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the US, accounting for 80-90% of all cases. For the remaining 10-20%, it is believed exposure to air pollution, secondhand smoke and genetic factors are involved. But in a new study published in The BMJ, researchers suggest an unhealthy diet could be a contributing factor.

04 February 2015 - ScienceDaily - Schizophrenia, depression, addiction: Different mental disorders cause same brain-matter loss

In a study analyzing whole-brain images from nearly 16,000 people, researchers identified a common pattern across a spectrum of psychiatric disorders that are widely perceived to be quite distinct.

03 February 2015 - Medical News Today - A combination of early-life risk factors 'could quadruple the risk of childhood obesity'

In the US, the rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled over the past 3 decades. But in a new study, researchers from the University of Southampton in the UK say they have identified a number of risk factors that, if modified early, could prevent childhood obesity.

03 February 2015 - BBC News - Screen time 'harms teenagers' sleep'

The longer a teenager spends using electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones, the worse their sleep will be, a study of nearly 10,000 16- to 19-year-olds suggests.

03 February 2015 - EurekAlert - Socioeconomic differences in adolescent health getting wider

Global trends in health inequalities related to income inequality

02 February 2015 - The Conversation - Health Check: how to work out how much food you should eat

Dietary guidelines broadly recommend a daily intake of 10,000 kilojoules (2,400 calories) for men and 8,000 kilojoules (1,900 calories) for women. But what do these figures mean in the context of the number of kilojoules or calories you personally need to consume to attain and maintain a healthy body weight?

02 February 2015 - American Academy of Pediatrics - Many Pre-Packaged Toddler Meals and Snack Foods Contain Too Much Salt or Sugar

With high levels of childhood obesity, it is important to feed children a healthy diet starting early in life. However, a new study found that a significant amount of commercial toddler meals and foods sold in the U.S. are high in sodium or sugar.

02 February 2015 - Science News - Tuna mercury rising

Mercury levels in Hawaiian Yellowfin tuna – known as ahi on the plate – are on the rise, scientists report February 2 in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

02 March 2015 - BBC Radio 4 - The 'Clean Label' Question

For over a decade consumers have become finely attuned to E-numbers, flavourings, colourings and additives in our food. Food manufacturers have changed the way they do things in pursuit of 'clean label' - a more natural sounding ingredients list. But do we fully understand the new processes involved, the terms used and how safe they really are?

01 February 2015 - The Natural Medicine Journal - Essential Fatty Acids Block the Depressive Effect of Interferon Therapy

A simple intervention of 2 weeks of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) could reduce the need to prescribe antidepressants that may have detrimental side effects.

30 January 2015 - Nutraingredients - GM folate rice could help tackle neural tube defects, say researchers

Rice metabolically engineered to be rich in folates could help alleviate associated health problems of folate deficiency, according to researchers.

29 January 2015 - ScienceDaily - Diet, nutrition essential for mental health

Evidence is rapidly growing showing vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health, a new international collaborative study has revealed.