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19 June 2006 - Times Online - Junk medicine: Omega-3 hype

The prospect of a pill that can calm a disruptive child and improve intelligence has obvious appeal for parents. Those who read certain headlines this week could be forgiven for believing that such a concoction is with us. "Fish oil for every child," said the Daily Mail, declaring that "brain food supplements" of omega-3 fatty acids could soon be handed out in schools. Mark Henderson reports:


11 June 2006 - The Independent - Brain food: Why the Government wants your child to take Omega-3, the fish oil supplement

A tiny daily capsule can have a dramatic effect on pupils who usually play up in class, improving behaviour and work. Now all youngsters may be given them. Marie Woolf and Jeremy Laurance report


7 June 2006 - The Daily Mail - Which fish oil brands are best for children?

Research proves fish oil tablets can boost your child's brainpower - but how do you persuade fussy youngsters to take them? Here, an expert rates the top brands...and our junior panel give their taste verdict:


24 March 2006 - BBC News - Doubts cast on oily fish benefit (in heart disease and cancer)

There is no evidence of a clear benefit to health from fats which are commonly found in oily fish, researchers say.


21 April 2006 - BBC News - Child obesity 'doubles in decade'

Childhood obesity in England has doubled in 10 years, figures show.


2 March 2006 - BBC News - School snack ban plans proposed

Measures which would see the sale of fizzy drinks and unhealthy snacks banned in schools have been set out by a nutrition advisory body.


20 January 2006 - BBC News - Berries 'help prevent dementia'

Compounds in the common British blackcurrant could help prevent Alzheimer's disease, research suggests. A study shows blackcurrants and their US cousins, boysenberries, are full of potentially beneficial anti-oxidant compounds.


16 January 2006 - News Release - New reports link mental ill-health to changing diets

As new figures show that mental ill-health is costing the UK almost £100 billion a year, evidence released today by the Mental Health Foundation and Sustain reveals that changes to the human diet in the last fifty years or so could be an important factor behind the major rise of mental ill-health in the UK.


16 January 2006 - BBC News - Mental health link to diet change

Changes to diets over the last 50 years may be playing a key role in the rise of mental illness, a study says.






07 October 2005 - BBC Website - Horizon - Could Fish Make My Child Smart?

Scientists once got sacked for suggesting oily fish was good for you. Now all and sundry are hailing it as a panacea.


03 October 2005 - Harvard Medical School - Fish Consumption by Pregnant Women May Increase Cognitive Ability in Infants

Report in Environmental Health Perspectives finds health benefits, but concerns remain about mercury levels




07 September 2005 - The Independent - Go to school on an egg

The right foods can improve reading skills and even increase IQ. Jane Feinmann picks out the ingredients that will boost brain power and give your child a head start in class