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ADHD: why it can make it harder to keep eating habits in check – and what you can do about it

Many people with ADHD may not be aware of just how much the condition can influence their eating habits. And if left unchecked, these poor eating habits could eventually affect their mental and physical health.

Brain networks can play role in weight-loss success

When it comes to weight loss, the old adage saying it's all in your head may be true. Findings from a new study show that the brain network properties of people who were less successful at weight loss were different from folks who were more successful

Study confirms benefit of supplements for slowing age-related macular degeneration

The Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS and AREDS2) established that dietary supplements can slow progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness in older Americans.

New study shows bidirectional link between inflammatory bowel disease and depression

This research reveals a clinical overlap between IBD and depression, and is the first study to investigate the two-way association between these conditions in siblings.

Easy, flexible access to produce, resources boosts healthy eating for central Texas kids

Providing caregivers easy access to fresh produce and flexible resources can lead to improvements in kids' diets in a short time, according to a new study.

Type 2 Diabetes Accelerates Brain Ageing and Cognitive Decline

Brain ageing is accelerated by up to 26% in those with progressive type 2 diabetes.

Plant-based milk products: what you need to know before making the switch

Dairy milk is a rich source of many important nutrients, such as protein, calcium, iodine and vitamin B12 - many plant-based dairy alternatives don’t naturally contain the same amount of these nutrients and micronutrients as dairy milk, if any at all.

Diet plays key role in ADHD symptoms in children

Here's a good reason for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to eat their fruits and vegetables: It may help reduce inattention issues, a new study suggests.

Choline makes a key nutrient available for baby development

The nutrient choline—shown to have long-term benefits for children whose mothers consume it during pregnancy—also helps the body more efficiently use an omega 3 fatty acid that is essential for foetal brain, cognition and vision development, a new study finds.

Study finds Mediterranean diet improves depression symptoms in young men

Medical doctors and psychologists should consider referring depressed young men to a nutritionist or dietitian as an important component of treating clinical depression, according to a new study

Vitamins, minerals improve symptoms for children with ADHD

Children with ADHD and emotional dysregulation who were given a micronutrient-dense formula made of all known vitamins and essential minerals were three times more likely to have better concentration and improved moods, according to a new study

Gastrointestinal issues linked with anxiety, social withdrawal for kids with autism

A new study has found a "bi-directional" relationship between gastrointestinal issues and internalized symptoms in children and adolescents with autism—meaning the symptoms seem to be impacting each other simultaneously.

The Relationship Between Unhealthy Eating and ADHD in Children

The authors of this study concluded that there is an association between ADHD and dietary habits, and children with inattentive presentation may be at increased risk of unhealthy eating habits.

New research shows humans possess surprising nutritional intelligence

Pioneering research has shed new light on what drives people's basic food preferences, indicating our choices may be smarter than previously thought and influenced by the specific nutrients, as opposed to just calories, we need.

Decoding a direct dialog between the gut microbiota and the brain

Findings from this research demonstrate that a direct dialog occurs between the gut microbiota and the brain, a discovery that could lead to new therapeutic approaches for tackling metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity.

Pre-school children's emotional eating partly shaped by innate food drive, research shows

The research suggests that restricting food in front of children who are already more motivated by food tends to backfire and makes children crave restricted foods even more. What seems to work best is known as 'covert restriction'—not letting children know that some foods are restricted.

Risk of obesity is 45% higher among adolescents whose diet is based on ultra-processed food products

US population data from 2011-16 show that teenagers with diets high in ultra-processed foods and drinks, vs those with the lowest intakes, were 45% more likely to be obese, 52% more likely to have abdominal obesity (excess fat around the waist) and 63% more likely to have visceral obesity (excess fat on and around the abdominal organs), which correlates closely with risks for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Diet can support the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders

We already have significant evidence on the associations between nutrition and mental well-being, and there is also preliminary evidence showing that some people with depression will have fewer symptoms when they improve the quality of their diet. The importance of nutrition is also gaining footing in psychiatric care.

Remind me again, why is salt bad for you?

While there is some controversy around the effect of salt on blood pressure, most of the literature indicates there is a progressive association, which means the more sodium you consume, the more likely you are to die prematurely.

Stop hiding sugar reduction report and commit to more sugar industry reform

40 health organisations, academics and food groups are today (6 April) calling on the Government to stop delaying publication of the final report of the voluntary industry Sugar Reduction Programme