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03 December 2014 - The Conversation - Why food firms should be told what – and what not – to put in their products

When it comes to illnesses linked to poor health choices, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that the rates at which people die from them have been falling for some time. The bad news is that these diseases are still by far the most common cause of death. Cancers, heart disease, diabetes and the rest are still responsible for 89% of total deaths in the UK.

Vitamin D deficiency, depression linked in international study

Vitamin D deficiency is not just harmful to physical health -- it also might impact mental health, according to a team of researchers that has found a link between seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and a lack of sunlight.

02 December 2014 - MNT - 'Friendly viruses' as beneficial to gut health as 'friendly bacteria'

Researchers believe they have found the first strong indication that the gut is a natural home to viruses that are as helpful as "friendly bacteria" in maintaining health and keeping infection at bay.

02 December 2014 - Weill Cornell Newsroom - Vitamin supplement successfully prevents noise-induced hearing loss

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Gladstone Institutes have found a way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss in a mouse using a simple chemical compound that is a precursor to vitamin B3.

01 December 2014 - Medical News Today - A healthier future? Four research priority areas for food and diet

How can research in food and diets address how we will live and eat in 2050?

01 December 2014 - foodnavigator - Most eating is psychologically motivated, says IFST

Most eating in developed countries is prompted by psychological factors – not by hunger, according to a peer-reviewed paper from the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST).

28 November 2014 - Medical News Today - Appropriate reference amounts are important for the effective use of nutrition labelling information, study reveals

A recent study has shown that consumers do take into account reference amounts displayed on front of pack nutrition labelling when making their judgements of healthfulness, thus highlighting their importance for the effective presentation of nutrition information.

28 November 2014 - Nutraingredients - Gut bacteria may play role in brain protection

Our natural gut-residing microbes could play a role in controlling the permeability of the blood-brain barrier - which protects the brain from harmful substances in the blood, say researchers.

27 November 2014 - The Conversation - Time for business to deal with its costly sugar problem

We need to reassess where responsibility lies for obesity and who should be spending the money to tackle it.

25 November 2014 - The Conversation - Smoking, drinking and eating: public health should not be all about the individual

Diseases linked to smoking tobacco, a lack of exercise, drinking alcohol and eating unhealthily are on the rise, even though we have more information than ever before on the risks involved. All indications are that these so-called “lifestyle” diseases are defeating efforts to persuade people to make the right choices; maybe it’s time for a different approach. We make the case for a new style of “practice oriented” public health policy, a move which could amount to a significant change of focus for public health.

25 November 2014 - MedicalXpress - Benefits of regular vitamin D tests remain unproven, study says

Experts said regular tests for vitamin D levels are not proven to be beneficial or harmful, despite previous research warning of damaging effects of vitamin D deficiencies in adults.

25 November 2014 - Medical News Today - Yogurt could lower the risk of type 2 diabetes

A recent study conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health has found an association between yogurt consumption and type 2 diabetes risk, suggesting that increased consumption of the food could lower the risk of the condition developing.

25 November 2014 - MedicalXpress - Healthy gut microbiota can prevent metabolic syndrome, researchers say

Promoting healthy gut microbiota, the bacteria that live in the intestine, can help treat or prevent metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors that increases a person's risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

24 November 2014 - Science Daily - Obese children burdened by more than weight

High blood pressure and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are two emerging health problems related to the epidemic of childhood obesity.

20 November 2014 - Medical News Today - The health benefits of plant-based omega-3 fatty acid

Increasing the amount of omega-3s in your diet, whether from fish or flax, will likely decrease your risk of getting heart disease, according to Penn State nutritionists.

Trans fat consumption is linked to diminished memory in working-aged adults

High trans fat consumption is linked to worse memory among working-age men, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014.

19 November 2014 - Medical News Today - Home cooking is a main ingredient in a healthier diet

People who frequently cook meals at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories than those who cook less, according to new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research.

19 November 2014 - NewsDaily - Kids still a target for marketers of sugary drinks: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Children and teens are seeing fewer ads for sugary drinks on television, but they remain a prime target for marketers through other means such as product placement and social media, a report released on Wednesday found.

19 November 2014 - The Conversation - Economic gloom makes humans stockpile food like animals hoarding for winter

Psycho-hunger: There might be a psychological mechanism at play linking poverty to obesity. If so, it would mean that health campaigns are ineffective – and would certainly explain why the obesity numbers keep rising.

19 November 2014 - News Medical - Omega-3 benefits may be sustained in early psychosis

The positive effects of omega-3 supplementation seen in patients at high risk of psychosis in a previous randomised, controlled trial may be sustained, the investigators reported at the International Early Psychosis Conference in Tokyo, Japan.