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21 February 2019 - MedicalXpress - Could saffron be as effective as stimulant medicines in treating ADHD?

A new short-term pilot study in children and teens 6-17 years old with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has shown saffron to be as effective at controlling symptoms as methylphenidate, the commonly prescribed drug Ritalin.


21 February 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study links unhealthy diet to mental illness in California adults

New study links poor mental health with poor diet, regardless of personal characteristics such as gender age, education, age, marital status and income level.


21 February 2019 - MedicalXpress - How obesity affects vitamin D metabolism

A new study confirms that vitamin D supplementation is less effective in the presence of obesity, and it uncovers a biological mechanism to explain this observation.


21 February 2019 - ABC.net - Omega-3 trial for prison inmates to see if it curbs violent behaviour and improves mental health

Researchers have been granted ethical approval to give Omega-3 to inmates in five Australian prisons to see if the supplement can help curb violence and improve mental health.


20 February 2019 - MedicalXpress - Potential link between vitamin D deficiency and loss of brain plasticity

New research may explain why vitamin D is vital for brain health, and how deficiency leads to disorders including depression and schizophrenia.


20 February 2019 - MedicalXpress - High-fat diets do no favours for your gut bacteria

New research suggests that when people boost their fat intake to 40 percent of their daily diet for six months, the number of "good" gut bacteria decreases while "unhelpful" bacteria amounts increases.


19 February 2019 - MedicalXpress - Food allergies and multiple sclerosis: study reveals a new link

Like many other medical conditions, the mechanism of multiple sclerosis remains an enigma - a puzzle composed of complex genetic and environmental factors. A key piece to this puzzle is the immune system, which is also responsible for regulating many other physiological (and pathological) phenomena - including allergies.


19 February 2019 - UMCG - Microbiome directly affects glucose metabolism, type 2 diabetes risk

New research proves a causal link between the composition of the microbiome and the risk for type 2 diabetes. ‘This means that we can now use our technique to study the cause and effect relationship for many other microbiome features and diseases', the researchers comment.


19 February 2019 - Healio - High-fat diet linked to unfavorable gut microbiota changes

Eating a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates can lead to changes in the gut at the microbiome level that could lead to the development of metabolic disorders, according to new study results.


14 February 2019 - MedicalXpress - Diet drinks may be associated with strokes among post-menopausal women

Among post-menopausal women, drinking multiple diet drinks daily was associated with an increase in the risk of having a stroke caused by a blocked artery, according to research.


13 February 2019 - Psychology Today - Micronutrients in Psychiatry: Sound Science or Just Hype?

Two recent studies have received a lot of attention for showing the significant role that diet can play in treating depression - the SMILES trial and the HELFIMED study.


11 February 2019 - Nutraingredients - Norway’s food authorities warn of caffeine-containing energy drinks’ effect on kids

Adolescents suffer sleep problems, anxiety and heart palpitations as a result of caffeine intake via energy drinks, Norwegian Food Safety Authority says


7 February 2019 - Nutraingredients - Diets in decline: Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies on the rise

Intakes of most vitamins and minerals have taken a nosedive since 2008, leading to an increase in deficiencies of key nutrients including vitamin A, fibre and iron, according to the UK’s latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey.


7 February 2019 - MedicalXpress - Researchers find differences in gut microbiomes in people with schizophrenia

Study finds that the gut microbiomes of people with schizophrenia differ to those of people without the mental disorder.


7 February 2019 - MedicalXpress - Could omega-3 fatty acids help prevent miscarriages?

Compounds found in fish oil prevent pregnancy complications, including preterm birth, neonatal death, and stillbirth, in mice when the complications are caused by a common oral bacteria, according to new research.


7 February 2019 - The Conversation - Eating more fruit and vegetables linked to better mental well-being – new study

New study underlines importance of dietary fruit and veg for good mental health.


7 February 2019 - MedicalXpress - The involvement of the gut in Parkinson's disease: hype or hope?

There is growing evidence that at least in some patients with Parkinson's disease, the disease may begin in the gut.


6 February 2019 - Science Daily - Heavy drinking in teens causes lasting changes in emotional center of brain

Lasting changes in the brain caused by drinking that starts in adolescence are the result of epigenetic changes that alter the expression of a protein crucial for the formation and maintenance of neural connections in the amygdala - the part of the brain involved in emotion, fear and anxiety.


6 February 2019 - Nutraingredients - Omega-3 intakes among ‘vulnerable populations’ well below recommended levels: Study

Intakes of long chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA amongst pregnant women in the USA was found to be less than one-fifth of the recommended 520 mg/day EPA+DHA, according to data published in Nutrients.


6 February 2019 - NHS - Eating more fruit and veg 'improves mental wellbeing'

A recent study looking at links between fruit and veg consumption and mental health has limitations. This type of observational study can't tell us whether the fruit and veg consumption actually causes improved mental wellbeing. While the longitudinal design and the adjustment for potential confounding factors helps to make the results more robust, there may be something else unaccounted for at play here. The possibility that people who feel happier are more likely to choose healthier food, for example, cannot be ruled out.