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6 September 2007 - - New study links food additives to hyperactivity in children

PARIS (AFP) - A cocktail of artificial colours and the commonly-used preservative sodium benzoate are linked to hyperactivity in children, according to a ground-breaking study published on Thursday by The Lancet.

19 August 2007 - The Observer - Can fish oils really improve your mind?

In Boots, Tesco, Superdrug and branches of Lloyds pharmacy you see them, marketed like sweets with brand names that leave no ambiguity about their purpose: Smartfish, eye q chews, Healthspan Brain Boosters, Boots Smart Omega 3 Fish Oil, Valupak Smart Omega 3 in Honey. Every year, we in Britain spend £116 million on fish-oil supplements (twice the amount we spend on over-the-counter hay-fever treatments) in the belief that the omega-3 fats they contain boost our children's intelligence - yet, to date, not a single study has shown that omega 3 improves brain function in the general population.

15 August 2007 - BBC News - Craving for junk food 'inherited'

Mothers who eat junk food during pregnancy may be condemning their children to crave the same diet, according to animal tests.

15 August 2007 - BBC News - Fat 'crucial' in children's diet

While parents may be increasingly worrying about childhood obesity, they must ensure their offspring eat enough fat, research from the US urges.

16 July 2007 - The Telegraph - Why Vitamin D Is So Vital

Grey skies this summer mean that children are more at risk of developing weak bones and other diseases, says Oliver Gillie

19 May 2007 - The Guardian - A menu for murder

In 1952, Sir Jack Drummond, a pioneering food scientist, was shot dead while on holiday in France. A local farmer was convicted of the killings. But was he really guilty - or was a more sinister plot at work, involving agribusiness?

16 May 2007 - FSAI - Irish authorities recommend Vitamin D supplementation for all infants

FSAI Advises on National Policy for Vitamin D Supplementation for Infants

27 February 2007 - Food Labelling - Just Who Is It For?

Voice of the mums to silence the critics of traffic light labelling: Mums prefer traffic light labelling on foods to current GDA labels

16 February 2007 - The Scotsman - Studies find kids do better when pregnant mum eats fish

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Children of mothers who ate more fish and other seafood while pregnant are smarter and have better developmental skills than kids of women who ate less or none, researchers said on Thursday in findings they called surprising.

16 February 2007 - The Times - Fish-diet mothers have brighter children

Women who eat fish during pregnancy have brighter children, according to a study.

15 February 2007 - BBC News - Fish in pregnancy benefits baby

Eating fish and seafood during pregnancy has long-lasting benefits for the child, a UK study has suggested.

3 January 2007 - Reuters - Jury still out on fish oil for depression

Though some research has suggested that fish oil may fight depression, the evidence from clinical trials is too mixed to draw any conclusions, according to a new research review.

17 October 2006 - BBC News - Benefits of fish 'outweigh risks'

The benefits of eating fish outweigh any potential health risks from pollutants, a study has concluded.

27 Sept 2006 - The Guardian - Grease is the word

The British public is belatedly waking up to dangers of trans fats - the cheap, chemically treated oils that lurk unlabelled in many processed foods. Alex Renton investigates the ingredient viewed with suspicion even by the junk food-loving Americans