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09 December 2014 - BBC News - Ready meals may count towards five a day

The government is considering adding its "five-a-day" logo to ready meals and tinned foods that contain fruit and vegetables.

08 December 2014 - Medical News Today - Worry less, be happier - just by going to bed earlier

When you go to bed, and how long you sleep at a time, might actually make it difficult for you to stop worrying.

08 December 2014 - MedicalXpress - Scientists identify hormone that reduces calorie burning, contributes to obesity

Researchers from McMaster University have identified an important hormone that is elevated in obese people and contributes to obesity and diabetes by inhibiting brown fat activity.

08 December 2014 - Science Daily - Each dollar spent on kids' nutrition can yield more than $100 later

There are strong economic incentives for governments to invest in early childhood nutrition, reports a new paper that reveals that every dollar spent on nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child's life can provide a country up to $166 in future earnings.

08 December 2014 - MedicalXpress - Scientists discover brain mechanism that drives us to eat glucose

Glucose is a component of carbohydrates, and the main energy source used by brain cells.

08 December 2014 - Nutraingredients - New antioxidant capacity technique highlights potential inaccuracy in current system

A new technique developed to measure antioxidant capacity has suggested that the antioxidant values of certain products may be up to ten times higher than previously listed.

06 December 2014 - MNT - Neuroimaging study of anorexia nervosa finds that brain shrinkage is reversible

The global thinning of cortical gray matter observed in acutely ill adolescent patients can be completely reversed following successful weight rehabilitation therapy.

05 December 2014 - News Medical - Increasing length of breastfeeding could save over £40 million annually for NHS

The NHS could save more than £40 million a year by increasing the length of time that mothers breastfeed, according to research carried out at Brunel University London.

05 December 2014 - Nutraingredients - Trust me, I'm a doctor: European omega-3 consumption depends on physician backing, GOED

Lack of a recommendation from a doctor, taste and price are all top deterrences for European consumers reluctant to take omega-3 – but sustainability is not a key concern, according to the results of a seven-country survey from the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED).

03 December 2014 - BBC News - Mediterranean diet keeps people 'genetically young'

Following a Mediterranean diet might be a recipe for a long life because it appears to keep people genetically younger, say US researchers.

03 December 2014 - The Conversation - Why food firms should be told what – and what not – to put in their products

When it comes to illnesses linked to poor health choices, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that the rates at which people die from them have been falling for some time. The bad news is that these diseases are still by far the most common cause of death. Cancers, heart disease, diabetes and the rest are still responsible for 89% of total deaths in the UK.

02 December 2014 - Science Daily - Vitamin D deficiency, depression linked in international study

Vitamin D deficiency is not just harmful to physical health -- it also might impact mental health, according to a team of researchers that has found a link between seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and a lack of sunlight.

02 December 2014 - MNT - 'Friendly viruses' as beneficial to gut health as 'friendly bacteria'

Researchers believe they have found the first strong indication that the gut is a natural home to viruses that are as helpful as "friendly bacteria" in maintaining health and keeping infection at bay.

02 December 2014 - Weill Cornell Newsroom - Vitamin supplement successfully prevents noise-induced hearing loss

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Gladstone Institutes have found a way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss in a mouse using a simple chemical compound that is a precursor to vitamin B3.

01 December 2014 - Medical News Today - A healthier future? Four research priority areas for food and diet

How can research in food and diets address how we will live and eat in 2050?

01 December 2014 - foodnavigator - Most eating is psychologically motivated, says IFST

Most eating in developed countries is prompted by psychological factors – not by hunger, according to a peer-reviewed paper from the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST).

28 November 2014 - Medical News Today - Appropriate reference amounts are important for the effective use of nutrition labelling information, study reveals

A recent study has shown that consumers do take into account reference amounts displayed on front of pack nutrition labelling when making their judgements of healthfulness, thus highlighting their importance for the effective presentation of nutrition information.

28 November 2014 - Nutraingredients - Gut bacteria may play role in brain protection

Our natural gut-residing microbes could play a role in controlling the permeability of the blood-brain barrier - which protects the brain from harmful substances in the blood, say researchers.

27 November 2014 - The Conversation - Time for business to deal with its costly sugar problem

We need to reassess where responsibility lies for obesity and who should be spending the money to tackle it.

25 November 2014 - The Conversation - Smoking, drinking and eating: public health should not be all about the individual

Diseases linked to smoking tobacco, a lack of exercise, drinking alcohol and eating unhealthily are on the rise, even though we have more information than ever before on the risks involved. All indications are that these so-called “lifestyle” diseases are defeating efforts to persuade people to make the right choices; maybe it’s time for a different approach. We make the case for a new style of “practice oriented” public health policy, a move which could amount to a significant change of focus for public health.