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DHA Supplements May Reduce Stress in Pregnant Women

Pregnant women living in high-stress situations may benefit from supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), according to a randomized controlled trial published online November 5 and in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The reduction in cortisol output may improve the uterine environment for the developing fetus.

Eat yourself happy

WHAT makes you happy? Scientists say it could be as simple as your daily food and drink. They have shown that if you eat the right things you can prime your brain to remain positive and even ward off depression.

06 November 2014 - ScienceDaily - Omega-3 reduces smoking, study suggests

Taking omega-3 supplements reduces craving for nicotine and even reduces the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day, a new study suggests.

05 November 2014 - Science Daily - High-fat diet postpones brain aging in mice

New research suggests that signs of brain aging can be postponed in mice if placed on a high-fat diet. In the long term, this opens the possibility of treatment of children suffering from premature aging and patients with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Short men more likely to die from dementia, Edinburgh University finds

Short men are more likely to die from dementia than taller men, scientists have found, in the first ever study to link height with mental decline in old age.

03 November 2014 - The Guardian - Brain age tests to be offered to middle-aged in battle against dementia

Experts welcome computer-based examination, that analyses patients’ lifestyle to calculate risk to brain health

03 November 2014 - Nutraingredients - Dietary flavonoid intake at midlife and healthy aging in women

Higher intakes of flavonoid compounds in the diet during middle age may boost healthy aging in women, according to data from 1,517 women from the Nurses’ Health Study.

01 November 2014 - MNT - Teen binge drinking linked to long-term brain changes

Binge drinking during adolescence can have lasting effects on brain function, according to a new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

29 October 2014 - Medical News Today- What is dementia? The signs, symptoms and causes of dementia

Dementia is a term used to describe various symptoms of cognitive decline such as forgetfulness, but is not a clinical diagnosis itself until an underlying disease or disorder has been identified.

28 October 2014 - DG News - Sleep Disturbances Linked to Higher Risk for Alzheimer's Disease in Men

Elderly men with self-reported sleep disturbances run a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men without self-reported sleep disturbances.

27 October 2014 - The Conversation - Official healthy food guide hasn't changed in 20 years: five things that need updating

The Eatwell plate is the UK government’s official food guide about which foods we should eat to achieve a healthy diet. It was first published 20 years ago – and despite some two decades of nutritional research has not been changed since.

27 October 2014 - Science Daily - People with mental health disorders twice as likely to have heart disease or stroke

People facing mental health challenges are significantly more likely to have heart disease or stroke, according to a study.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Increase Brain Volume

Landmark study found that aging humans who consumed more omega-3s had increased gray matter brain volume

22 October 2014 - medicalnewstoday - Pediatric Allergology: Fresh milk keeps infections at bay

Study shows that infants fed on fresh rather than UHT cow's milk are less prone to infection.

22 October 2014 - Medscape Medical News- Children Get More Vitamin D From Cow's Milk: Canadian Study

Drinking milk produced from sources other than cows may increase the risk for low levels of serum vitamin D in young children compared with drinking cow's milk, according to a study published online October 20 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

20 October 2014 - The Guardian - Gaps in mental health care for new mothers cost UK £8bn a year – study

Maternal Mental Health Alliance says NHS would need to spend £337m a year to bring care up to recommended levels.

20 October 2014 - Cyprus Mail - Omega-3 may help treat vision loss, Cypriot scientists say

Cypriot scientists have discovered a new treatment for wet macular degeneration which involves taking high doses of omega-3 fatty acids which improve visual acuity and visual field three months after the beginning of treatment.

20 October 2014 - The Independent - Three main parties attacked for their lack of ambition over 'lamentable' child poverty failure - by Government's own anti-poverty tsar

All three main Westminster parties will be condemned by the Government’s anti-poverty tsar today for their failure to improve social mobility and reduce the number of children growing up in poor families.

20 October 2014 - MNT - Could eating more fish make antidepressants work better?

New research finds that increasing fatty fish intake may be one way to improve the response rate among depressed patients who do not find antidepressants beneficial.