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11 November 2008 - New Book - Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

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16 September 2008 - BBC News - Can Nutrients Improve Behaviour?

One thousand young offenders from three prisons in England and Scotland are being recruited for a major trial to see if nutritional supplements can improve behaviour.

15 September 2008 - The Times - Scotland's Poor Health 'caused by a lack of sunshine'

A national campaign to persuade every Scot to take daily supplements of vitamin D is needed if the country's appalling health record is to be reversed, leading scientists believe.

25 February 2008 - The Food Magazine - Give artificial colours the red card

Research has confirmed a link between certain food additives and hyperactivity. Anna Glayzer investigates the use of these in children's medicines.

29 January 2008 - BBC News - Fish oil: A cure for young offenders?

A major trial is to be launched to see whether giving young offenders nutritional supplements reduces anti-social behaviour in prison. Its authors believe this could prove a seminal piece of research with major implications for the criminal justice system.

12 November 2007 - BBC News - Drugs for ADHD 'not the answer'

Treating children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with drugs is not effective in the long-term, research has shown.

6 November 2007 - BBC News - Gene 'links breastfeeding to IQ'

The advantages of breastfeeding for IQ depend on genetic differences in children's ability to metabolise dietary omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

19 September 2007 - Omega-3 Centre - Australian kids in dire need of more Omega-3s

A NEW report released today has found Australian children should be consuming more fish and other foods rich in long chain omega-3s to increase their intake by as much as five times their current level.

6 September 2007 - The Times - Food additives make children behave badly

Britain's food watchdog is warning all parents today of a clear link between additives and hyperactive behaviour in children.

6 September 2007 - The Telegraph - Parents warned about artificial food additives

Parents were told by a Government watchdog that their children may be at risk from fizzy drinks and processed foods that contain artificial additives.

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.