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16 April 2015 - MedicalXpress - Western lifestyle may limit the diversity of bacteria in the gut

Bacteria that naturally reside in the gut are important for health, but recent studies consistently show that a modern lifestyle depletes the gut's collection of microbes.

14 April 2015 - ScienceDaily - People less focused on recurrent bad feelings when taking probiotics

People focus less on bad feelings and experiences from the past (i.e. rumination) after four weeks of probiotics administration.

16 April 2015 - IFBB - Inaugural Henry Kitchener Lecture Summary on "The Global Crisis in Nutrition and Mental Ill-health" now available

In the inaugural IFBB lecture, Professor Crawford traced the origins of the human brain’s nutritional requirements, dispelling various flat earth myths along the way.

14 April 2015 - EurekAlert - Five days of eating fatty foods can alter how your body's muscle processes food

You might think that you can get away with eating fatty foods for a few days without it making any significant changes to your body. Think again.

Vitamin E deficiency could damage brain

Scientists have discovered how a lack of vitamin E could cause damage to the brain - by disrupting the supply of nutrients to the brain that are crucial to neuronal health.

14 April 2015 - MedicalXpress - Lifelong health begins before birth

We've long known that a pregnant mother's alcohol and tobacco use can harm a developing fetus, but we're now learning much more about how a baby's first nine months before birth can affect its health into adulthood.

10 April 2015 - Cambridge Journals Blog - Sweetened fruit drinks could be linked to childhood asthma

A new landmark epidemiology study further implicates high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in chronic disease. Researchers report for the first time that children who regularly consume beverages high in excess free fructose (EFF) including apple juice (AJ), and HFCS sweetened fruit drinks and sodas have higher rates of asthma.

Omega-3 supplementation could offer MCI benefits: Pilot study

Supplementation with a drink containing 2000 mg of omega-3 and mixed botanicals could have ‘significant’ immune and biochemical effects in people that have minor cognitive impairment (MCI), new research suggests.

08 April 2015 - Eurekalert - Mental disorders and physical diseases co-occur in teenagers

Every third teenager has suffered from one mental disorder and one physical disease. These co-occurrences come in specific associations

08 April 2015 - MNT - Critical windows to turn away junk food craving

University of Adelaide researchers have shown there are two critical windows during the developmental pathway to adulthood when exposure to junk food is most harmful, particularly for female offspring.

07 April 2015 - MedicalXpress - Are current dietary guidelines for sodium and potassium reasonable?

To reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, the World Health Organization recommends we consume no more than 2000 mg of sodium a day—less than a teaspoon of salt. At the same time, the WHO recommends we consume at least 3510 mg of potassium daily, again to lower our odds of heart disease and stroke.

07 April 2015 - Nutraingredients - Dietary curcumin may boost brain DHA: Study

Increased intake of curcumin could boost levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the brain by enhancing its conversion from other omega-3 precursors in the liver, say researchers.

06 April 2015 - Guardian - Depression: Malnutrition Plays a Surprising Role

Despite well-documented research implicating nutritional deficiency as a frequent catalyst for depression, few physicians will analyze the nutritional status of their patient, prior to prescribing antidepressants.

02 April 2015 - DHA supplements for lactating women may offer breast milk and baby benefits

Supplementation with DHA omega-3 in lactating women increases breast milk levels of the essential fatty acid, and could help infants achieve a better omega 3:6 ratio, finds new research from Abbot Nutrition.

01 April 2015 - ScienceDaily - Dangers of adolescent energy drink consumption for the heart: Cardiologists urge physicians, parents, educators to monitor adolescents' energy drink consumption more closely

The rapid rise in popularity of energy drinks (EDs), particularly among adolescents (aged 10-19 years) and young adults, has serious implications for cardiac health, scientists say.

Artificial Sweeteners May Change Our Gut Bacteria in Dangerous Ways

Substances such as saccharin may alter the type of bacteria inside us, could lead to obesity

31 March 2015 - The Science Times - Poorer Children Have Smaller Brains Researchers Say

Children with richer parents have larger brains compared to children with poorer parents, according to a new study. The differences in the brain were most marked in the areas that control language, reading, decision making and memory, the study found.

31 March 2015 - MedicalXpress - Understanding fish oil benefits during pregnancy

A study by University of Western Australia has advanced understanding of why children whose mothers take fish oil supplements during pregnancy have greater health benefits.

30 March 2015 - The Conversation - Eight sneaky tricks to get your children to eat healthy food

A child’s diet should be high in fruit and vegetables, high in complex carbohydrates such as brown bread, brown pasta and brown rice and relatively low in fat and sugary foods. It should also be low in salt. But as many of us know, getting children to eat what is good for them can be easier said than done.