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22 August 2014 - The Conversation- Why nurture is just as important as nature for understanding genetics

One of the most striking findings from genetics research is that the influence of genes isn’t fixed.

21 August 2014 - Journal Sentinel - 5 foods for better moods, and 5 more that only bring you down

Did you know the food you eat can literally make you feel happy or sad? Nutrition is one of the main components of mental health, so it’s important to stock your plate with good food while cutting some of those less beneficial alternatives.

20 August 2014 - Cambridge University News- Breastfeeding linked to lower risk of postnatal depression

A new study of over 10,000 mothers has shown that women who breastfed their babies were at significantly lower risk of postnatal depression than those who did not.

20 August 2014 - MedicalXpress - Sugar tax on drinks may reduce obesity

A suggested tax on sugar sweetened beverages has been given more credence in a research paper by academics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

18 August 2014 - natgeofood - Study Sheds Light on Broadening U.S. Hunger Problem

In daily scramble for food, about 1 in 7 Americans now rely on local aid programs

18 August 2014 - MNT - Leading physicians advocate more nutrition education during medical training

Doctors often lack adequate training in nutrition to give patients the care they need, concludes a group of the nation's leading physicians in the September 2014 issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

18 August 2014 - Nutraingredients - Curcumin ingredient beats placebo in treating depression

A recent study on a curcumin formulation branded as BCM-95 has shown the botanical to be more effective than a placebo in treating symptoms of major depression.

16 August 2014 - BBC - Lesser-known things about Asperger's syndrome

When people hear the words Asperger's syndrome, they often think of children or Albert Einstein - even though he was never formally diagnosed. But here are some things about Asperger's that are less well known. Asperger's syndrome, sometimes known as an autistic spectrum disorder, is a lifelong disability which affects people in many different ways.

15 August 2014 - ScienceDaily- Do gut bacteria rule our minds? In an ecosystem within us, microbes evolved to sway food choices

Bacteria within us - which outnumber our own cells about 100-fold - may very well be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often are driving us toward obesity.

15 August 2014 - MNT - Excessive folic acid found to alter brain development and behavior

Scientists from New York State report that higher doses of folic acid during pregnancy and throughout life may have lasting negative effects.

13 August 2014 - Cambridge University News - Mind and body: Scientists identify immune system link to mental illness

Children with high everyday levels of a protein released into the blood in response to infection are at greater risk of developing depression and psychosis in adulthood, according to new research which suggests a role for the immune system in mental illness.

13 August 2014 - MedicalXpress - Why seniors don't eat: It's complicated

More than half of older adults who visit emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, but not because of lack of access to health care, critical illness or dementia

12 August 2014 - foodconsumer - Could n-3 fatty acids benefit vegans?

Some studies suggest, that eating oily fish or taking fish oil supplements or long chain n-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA derived from animals may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease although not all studies are consistent.

11 August 2014 - Huffington Post - Omega 3 - The Missing Component for Health and Weight-Loss?

We are often told that we should cut right down on fats. But there are two types of fats that are absolutely essential for our diets - both rather unimaginatively called Essential Fatty Acids or EFAs.

10 August 2014 - The Sydney Morning Herald - A2 strengthens health claims with first human study

Science is the new battleground in the milk wars and A2 Milk is strengthening its arsenal. The fast-growing New Zealand company has armed itself with the first human scientific study that reveals its controversial namesake protein can be easier to digest than regular milk.

08 August 2014 - ScienceDaily - Lipids boost the brain, study finds

Researchers have investigated the effect of lipids bearing polyunsaturated chains when they are integrated into cell membranes. Their work shows that the presence of these lipids makes the membranes more malleable and therefore more sensitive to deformation and fission by proteins.

07 August 2014 - MNT - The balance between acids and host protection in a healthy mouth disrupted by high acidity drinks

Dental researchers at the University of Adelaide are warning parents of the dangers of soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks and other drinks high in acidity, which form part of a 'triple-threat' of permanent damage to young people's teeth.

07 August 2014 - BBC News - Low vitamin D 'boosts dementia risk'

Older people who have a severe vitamin D deficiency have an increased risk of developing dementia, a study has suggested.

06 August 2014 - MNT - Development of brain function altered by prenatal alcohol exposure

Researchers from The Saban Research Institute suggest neural basis for symptoms of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders