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07 January 2015 - MNT - After the new year, shoppers make healthier purchases but don't cut the regular less-healthy ones

Despite New Year's resolutions to eat healthier, people tend to hang on to those unhealthy holiday favorites and keep buying them in the New Year.

07 January 2015 - The Conversation- All secondary schools could do with a head of well-being

Children’s character and well-being looks set to be a central education issue going into the 2015 general election. Getting out of the starting blocks in mid-December, Nicky Morgan, the secretary of state for education, unveiled a £3.5m fund to offer character-building classes, insisting that fostering resilience and “grit” is just as important as helping pupils achieve good grades.

07 January 2015 - Nutraingredients - Cocoa flavanols may fend off age-related cognitive dysfunction, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-backed study has provided further evidence that high cocoa flavanol consumption may help improve cognitive function, possibly through changes to insulin sensitivity.

07 January 2015 - EurekAlert - Too much gas, too little food appear major factors in injury, disease-related memory loss

Inflammation plays a role in learning and memory loss that can result from brain Injury or disease, and researchers now have evidence that neurons may be suffering from too much gas and too little food.

07 January 2015 - Drexel Now - A 'Check-Up from the Neck Up' — Mental Health Screening Kiosks at Drexel

During their time in college, most students learn the importance of looking out for their own health. However, some miss the connection that their mental well-being is just as important as keeping a regular exercise regimen or eating the right diet.

06 January 2015 - Medical News Today - Eat more whole grains to reduce CVD, total mortality risk

Whole grains form a part of many diets deemed to be beneficial for health - such as the Mediterranean diet. But what health benefits do whole grains offer in their own right? According to a new study, eating more of them may reduce mortality, particularly deaths resulting from cardiovascular disease.

06 January 2015 - MedicalXpress - Researchers map direct gut-brain connection

After each one of those big meals you ate over the holidays, the cells lining your stomach and intestines released hormones into the bloodstream to signal the brain that you were full and should stop eating. Researchers at Duke University have now mapped out another system, a cell-to-cell connection between the gut and the nervous system, that may be more direct than the release of hormones in the blood.

05 January 2015 - MedicalXpress - Fructose more toxic than table sugar

When University of Utah biologists fed mice sugar in doses proportional to what many people eat, the fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, reducing both the reproduction and lifespan of female rodents.

Multivitamin may have pregnancy benefits over folic acid and iron alone: RCT

A daily multivitamin may be better for pregnancy outcomes than supplementation with iron and folic acid alone, according to new research on mothers in rural Bangladesh.

04 January 2015 - Medical Daily - Obese People Sometimes Protected Against Diabetes, Heart Disease Due To Lack Of Metabolic Problems

Research demonstrates that some obese people are protected from the adverse metabolic effects of moderate weight gain, whereas others are predisposed to develop these problems.

01 January 2015 - The Conversation - Hope for the New Year: getting fitter boosts even the survival of the fattest

Recent developments in human health science now suggest that being physically fit almost certainly improves our longevity.

31 December 2014 - Medical News Today - Children's national researchers study broad impact of obesity on diseases

Researchers have uncovered evidence that obesity may have a broader impact than previously thought on inflammatory and other diseases, with belly fat more responsible than other areas of the body.

31 December 2014 - Science Daily - Little change seen in fast food portion size, product formulation between 1996 and 2013

Two new reports show that fast food portion sizes and product formulation, including sodium content and fat, stayed relatively the same between 1996 and 2013. The exception was a consistent decline in trans fat of fries between 2000 and 2009. Nevertheless, calorie and sodium contents remain high suggesting emphasis needs to be shifted from portion size to additional factors such as total calories, number of items ordered, and menu choices.

30 December 2014 - MNT - Year of birth has an influence on genetic risk for obesity, study finds

The year in which a person was born may have an influence on their obesity risk, according to new research

26 December 2014 - Medical News Today - Fast-food consumption in children linked to poorer academic outcomes

Past research has linked fast-food consumption to childhood obesity and numerous health problems later in life. But eating such foods may not only affect physical health; a new study finds that the amount of fast food children eat may also influence their academic growth.

24 December 2014 - MedicalXpress - High-fat diet, obesity during pregnancy harms stem cells in developing fetus

Physician-scientists at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital reveal a high-fat diet and obesity during pregnancy compromise the blood-forming, or hematopoietic, stem cell system in the fetal liver responsible for creating and sustaining lifelong blood and immune system function.

19 December 2014 - The Conversation - We know mental illnesses run in families but we still don’t protect children

Mental illness runs in families. This is well known and uncontroversial. There is much that we could do to reduce this risk, but we currently do almost nothing.

18 December 2014 - BBC News - Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU courts rule

Obesity can constitute a disability in certain circumstances, the EU's highest court has ruled.

18 December 2014 - BBC News - Autism link to air pollution raised

A link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.

17 December 2014 - Medical News Today - Obese children's brains more responsive to sugar

A new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine finds that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar.