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7 March 2012 - BBC News - Parents back pre-watershed junk food advertising ban

Many parents would like to see a ban on the advertising of unhealthy foods and sugary snacks before the 2100 watershed, a survey suggests.


7 March 2012 - ScienceDaily - Eating Berries Benefits The Brain

Strong scientific evidence exists that eating blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berry fruits has beneficial effects on the brain and may help prevent age-related memory loss and other changes, scientists report. Their new article on the value of eating berry fruits appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.


29 Feb 2012 - Science Daily - Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet May Help Some Children With Autism, Research Suggests

A gluten-free, casein-free diet may lead to improvements in behavior and physiological symptoms in some children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to researchers at Penn State. The research is the first to use survey data from parents to document the effectiveness of a gluten-free, casein-free diet on children with ASD.


2 March 2012 - The Guardian - Sugar addiction is making our children - and Big Food - fat

Smoking and alcohol dangers are known and regulated for. So why are the risks posed by junk food not taken seriously?


27 Feb 2012 - HealthDay News - Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Protect the Aging Brain

Those who consumed the most did better on tests of mental functioning, study says


21 Feb 2012 - Nutraingredients - 'Mild' dehydration may modify moods, say scientists

Even mild dehydration can alter a person's mood, energy level, and ability to think clearly, leaving them 'cranky' and tired, say researchers.


16 Feb 2012 - BBC News - Children 'watch same level' of junk food ads despite tv rules

Children are still exposed to the same level of junk food advertising despite tighter regulations, research suggests.


2 Feb 2012 - BBC News - Sugar tax needed, say US experts

Sugar is as damaging and addictive as alcohol or tobacco and should be regulated, claim US health experts.


1 Feb 2012 - MNT - Mothers Who Eat Fish While Pregnant Produce Offspring With Better Cognitive Development

Does eating fish during pregnancy improve a child's intelligence? According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition the answer is yes.



11 Jan 2012 - MedicalXpress - Omega-3 fatty acids could prevent and treat nerve damage, research suggests

Research from Queen Mary, University of London suggests that omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, have the potential to protect nerves from injury and help them to regenerate.


9 Jan 2012 - MedPage Today - Pediatric Study: 'Healthy' Diet Best for ADHD Kids

Fast foods, sodas, and ice cream may be American kids' favorite menu items, but they're also probably the worst for those with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new literature review suggests.



29 Dec 2011 - BBC News - Alzheimer's: Diet 'can stop brain shrinking'

A diet rich in vitamins and fish may protect the brain from ageing while junk food has the opposite effect, research suggests.


25 Nov 2011 - BBC News - Unhealthy food 'returning to school' warn caterers

Unhealthy snacks could be returning to schools in England, caterers are warning.


25 Nov 2011 - BBC News - Jamie Oliver says healthy school food standards 'eroded'

The TV chef Jamie Oliver has accused the Education Secretary Michael Gove of eroding healthy school food standards.


18 November 2011 - News Medical - High fish intake during pregnancy leads to better verbal intelligence, motor skills in children

The statement that 'fish is good for the brain' is increasingly backed-up by scientific evidence but what the actual outcomes are in terms of mental performance or 'brain power' is still being discovered.


3 Nov 2011 - The Telegraph - Could zinc help prevent autism?

Both the headline of this article and the reported comments from the researchers suggest a causal link between zinc deficiency and autism, despite the fact that the data collected for this study could - at best - only show an association between the two.