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16 December 2019 - The Guardian - Malnutrition and obesity now a global problem, say experts

One in three low- and middle-income countries affected as junk food and sugary drinks reach every corner of globe.

12 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Refined carbs may trigger insomnia, finds study

An estimated 30% of adults experience insomnia, and a new study suggests that diet may be partly to blame.

12 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Could some people with schizophrenia in poorer nations simply have a vitamin deficiency?

New study identifies link between vitamin-B3 (niacin)-deficient mothers and schizophrenia, implicating a variant of the gene NAPRT1, which lowers the body's ability to use that vitamin.

12 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Hydration may affect cognitive function in some older adults

Not getting enough water is enough to make you feel sluggish and give you a headache, but a new study suggests it may also relate to cognitive performance.

11 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Taking fish oil tablets for four weeks improves 'night vision,' study says

Researchers conclude that omega-3 DHA does indeed improve 'dark adaptation capabilities' – the process the eyes go through when adjusting to new light levels.

11 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Scientists discover key neural circuit regulating alcohol consumption

Researchers discover that specific neurons in the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) contribute to reward-like behaviors, alcohol consumption in particular.

11 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study finds association between poor diet, age-related macular degeneration

People who eat a diet high in processed meat, fried food, refined grains and high-fat dairy are three times more likely to develop late-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to this research.

11 December 2019 - The Conversation - How junk food shapes the developing teenage brain

The adolescent brain is vulnerable to diet-induced changes, but these changes may endure through life.

11 December 2019 - Psychology Today - Epigenetic Influences on Depressed Mood: A Concise Review

Stress and poor nutrition probably increase risk of developing depressed mood.

10 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Brain differences may be tied to obesity, kids' study says

New results from the largest long-term study of brain development and children's health raise provocative questions about obesity and brain function.

9 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Eating more ketones may fight against Alzheimer's disease

A ketone-supplemented diet may protect neurons from death during the progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to mouse-based research.

9 December 2019 - Nutraingredients - ISSFAL publishes guidelines on analysis of omega-3 blood status in clinical research

The International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) has released new guidelines to encourage best practice in clinical trial design and study interpretation.

5 December 2019 - The Conversation - Limited eating times could be a new way to fight obesity and diabetes

New research suggests there is another simple tool to fight off high blood sugar, high blood pressure and high cholesterol: restricting your eating time to a daily 10-hour window.

5 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Infant blood markers predict childhood mental health

Research shows that levels of cholesterol and fat in a newborn's blood can reliably predict that child's psychological and social health five years later.

4 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Are women getting adequate nutrition during preconception and pregnancy?

Studies indicate that pregnant women do not meet nutritional recommendations for vegetable, cereal grain, folate, iron or calcium intake requirements.

4 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Introducing peanuts and eggs early can prevent food allergies in high risk infants

Introducing certain foods to infants early on can prevent them from developing an allergy - study

4 December 2019 - MedicalXpress - Coffee, nicotine and amphetamines activate 'hot spots' in the fetal brain

If pregnant women take significant amounts of the psychostimulants coffee, nicotine and amphetamine during pregnancy, their children have a higher risk of developing neurological and psychiatric problems later in life.

4 December 2019 - The Conversation - Why it can be hard to stop eating even when you’re full: Some foods may be designed that way

Certain foods, such as pizza, crisps and chocolate biscuits are easy to keep eating, even when we're full. In such foods, a synergy between key ingredients creates an artificially enhanced palatability experience that is greater than any key ingredient would produce alone. Researchers call this hyperpalatability.

4 December 2019 - Nutraingredients - Long-term data on diet-microbiome interactions needed, warn researchers

While each person's gut microbiome is unique and tends to remain relatively stable, daily transient fluctuations are observed, and diet is a key modifiable factor.

3 December 2019 - Nutraingredients - Nutrition expert urges action on vitamin D deficiency in younger populations

A leading nutritionist is calling for greater awareness of vitamin D deficiency in younger healthy populations that are becoming susceptible to an increased diabetes risk as a result.