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16 May 2012 - University of Oxford - Oxford experts call for sugary drinks tax in the UK

Experts at Oxford University are calling for the introduction of taxes on sugary drinks as one measure that would encourage healthier diets and help tackle the obesity crisis in the UK.


15 May 2012 - Eurekalert - Does Sugar Make You Stupid? Study Shows How A High-Fructose Diet Sabotages Learning, Memory

A study on rats suggests that eating a high fructose diet for as little as six weeks may make you stupid. Luckily, a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can counteract this IQ loss, researchers suggest.


14 May 2012 - BBC News - Only one in five eats five a day, poll suggests

Just one in five Britons eats the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, a poll for World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) suggests


28 April 2012 - BBC News - Secondary school pupils 'not eating enough'

Secondary school pupils are not eating enough at lunchtime according to a study by the body overseeing school food.


18 Apr 2012 - BBC News - Will adverts at the Olympics increase fast food consumption?

Health campaigners are calling for restrictions on fast food adverts at large sporting events, but would limiting these adverts make any difference to rising levels of obesity?


18 Apr 2012 - BBC News - Drinking water improves exam grades, research suggests

Students who take water into the examination hall may improve their grades, a study of 447 people found.


17 Apr 2012 - BBC News - Sugar warning for 'healthy' soft drinks

People underestimate the amount of sugar in drinks which are perceived to be healthy


30 Mar 2012 - ScienceDaily - Link between fast food and depression confirmed

A new study along the same lines as its predecessors shows how eating fast food is linked to a greater risk of suffering from depression. This study has been published in the Public Health Nutrition journal.



17 March 2012 - The Times - New diet rules - eat red meat, don't eat grapes

Joanna Blythman has been an investigative food journalist for 25 years, and has seen many health scares come and go. In the wake of another health scare, she takes a look at the dos and don'ts of nutrition. Dr Alex Richardson of Food and Behaviour Research, follows with 'What children should eat'.



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.