Chromosomes and genes contain the blueprint for your physical characteristics. But your parents' health and diet before you were conceived can also affect how your genes are expressed – and impact your long-term health.
One of the most comprehensive studies of the potential link between reduced sleep and childhood obesity finds compelling evidence that children who consistently received less than the recommended hours of sleep during infancy and early childhood had increases in both obesity and in adiposity or overall body fat at age 7
Researchers from New Zealand's University of Otago have uncovered evidence that sugar has a direct effect on risk factors for heart disease, and is likely to impact on blood pressure, independent of weight gain.
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have significantly different concentrations of certain bacterial-produced chemicals, called metabolites, in their feces compared to children without ASD. This research, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, provides further evidence that bacteria in the gut may be linked to autism
A transgenic mouse has been developed that synthesizes both the omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids within its tissues on a diet of carbohydrates or saturated fats. Significant evidence suggest that the ratio of dietary omega-6 to omega-3 has important implications for human health, further increasing interest in the development of foods rich in omega-3s
Depression top cause of illness in world's teens, WHO says
Public Health England highlights sugary teen diet and national struggle with fruit and vegetables revealed in nutrition survey
The last five years have seen a flurry of exciting new developments in the area of omega-3 fatty acids for optimal human health.
US documentary calls for laws to limit consumption of harmful sweeteners hidden in 'healthy' food
New experiments on mice show, that mouse mothers can protect their pups from developing type 1 diabetes by eating a gluten-free diet. According to preliminary studies by reseachers at the University of Copenhagen, the findings may apply to humans.
New hope for lowering suicide rates in military veterans may lie not in a new drug but in a promising super food supplement: omega-3 fatty acids.
A mother's diet around the time of conception can permanently influence her baby's DNA, research suggests.
The search for the most successful way to shed the pounds seems never-ending.
Now researchers in China have looked at what impact gut bacteria have on people's weight.
There is a correlation between children's TV screen time and higher consumption of sweetened beverages and 'junk foods' says new Swedish research.
Austerity and rising food prices have hit healthy eating habits in the UK, with one in four Brits revealing they have not bought any fresh fruit and vegetables in the last week.
University of South Australia researchers are launching an important new study to look at the effects of the Mediterranean diet and fish oil supplements on depression.
Many Western nations have experienced significant declines in crime in recent decades, but could the removal of lead from petrol explain that?
Hertfordshire scientists will be allowed to grow a genetically modified crop containing omega-3 fatty acids, the government has said.