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23 Sept 2011 - The Conversation - Poor diet linked to teen mental health problems

Adolescents who eat unhealthily are more likely to develop mental health problems than those with good diets, a new study has found


12 Sept 2011 - BBC Radio 4 - The Food Programme: Food Poverty

In this edition of The Food Programme, Simon Parkes discusses 'food poverty' and looks at food banks and asks if this is the only way.


10 Sept 2011 - The Independent - Dying for a burger? Why are trans fats still legal in the UK?

The trans fats in junk food are responsible for the deaths of around 7,000 people a year in the UK - and teenagers are most at risk. Elsewhere, these toxic substances are banned. So why are they still legal in this country?



6 Sep 2011 - Medscape - Salt and Inactivity: A Recipe for Cognitive Decline?

In a study of more than 1200 older adults with normal cognitive function at the outset, researchers found that a high intake of sodium combined with low levels of physical activity was associated with a decline in global cognitive function over 3 years.


5 Sept 2011 - NatureNews - Mental disorders affect more than a third of Europeans

Treatment of those afflicted is 'unusually deficient'.



30 Aug 2011 - Nutraingredients - Probiotics may reduce anxiety and depression, suggests study

Probiotic bacteria may have the potential to alter brain neurochemistry, affecting anxiety and depression-related disorders, says new research.



23 Aug 2011 - BBC Radio 4 - The First 1000 Days - A Legacy For Life - Part 2: Infancy

Presented by Dr Mark Porter (Produced by Erika Wright)



21 July 2011 - BBC News - Teens 'not getting enough fruit and vegetables'

Just one in 13 teenage girls is getting their recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, official government data shows.


2 Aug 2011 - Wall Street Journal - Progress, Not Perfection, on Reducing Kids' Exposure to Ads for Unhealthful Foods

Researchers crunched TV ratings data and found that exposure to ads for less healthful foods and drinks fell 38% for kids aged 2 to 5 and 28% for kids 6 to 11 between 2003 and 2009.


25 July 2011 - BBC Radio 4 - The Food Programme: School Food

Sheila Dillon follows two schools as they attempt to transform the way their pupils eat.







21 June 2011 - Mystery ingredient in coffee boosts protection against Alzheimer's disease

A yet unidentified component of coffee interacts with the beverage's caffeine, which could be a surprising reason why daily coffee intake protects against Alzheimer's disease. A new Alzheimer's mouse study by researchers at the University of South Florida found that this interaction boosts blood levels of a critical growth factor that seems to fight off the Alzheimer's disease process