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6 November 2019 - MedicalXpress - Dodgy diet affects daytime drowsiness

Certain dietary imbalances - e.g. too much saturated fat, too many carbs - are associated with daytime drowsiness.

6 November 2019 - Nutraingredients - Child nutrition experts make case for fatty acid rethink in infant formula

The European Academy of Paediatrics and the Child Health Foundation recommend that breast milk substitutes should contain equal amounts of omega 3 and omega 6.

5 November 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study offers data-driven definition of unhealthy yet pervasive 'hyper-palatable' foods

Study identifies 'hyper-palatable' foods, the ones we tend to binge on. Surprise surprise - it's all the really bad ones. They identified three "clusters:" combinations of fat and sodium (such as hot dogs or bacon); combinations of fat and simple sugars (like cake, ice cream and brownies); and combinations of carbohydrates and sodium (such as crackers, pretzels and popcorn).

5 November 2019 - Psychology Today - An Autoimmune Reaction to Gluten May Cause Childhood Anxiety

New research links markers for celiac disease with anxiety in children.

5 November 2019 - MedicalXpress - High waist circumference associated with elevated risk of obesity-related dementia

This study is the first large-scale cohort to examine the association of late-life waist circumference with the incidence of dementia in an older population.

4 November 2019 - Medscape - Common Drugs Affect Composition, Function of the Gut Microbiome

Proton-pump inhibitors, metformin and several other commonly used drugs markedly alter the taxonomic structure and metabolic function as well as antibiotic-resistance genes in the gut microbiome.

4 November 2019 - The Conversation - For a sustainable future, we need to reconnect with what we’re eating – and each other

What would a democratic and sustainable food future look like? The authors of this article have developed three scenarios for sustainable food systems: technological, community-based, and educated.

1 November 2019 - MedScape - Rise of Obesity in America: Should We Be Alarmed?

In 2018, for the first time, more than 35% of adults in 9 mostly southern US states - Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and West Virginia - were obese.

30 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Avocados may help manage obesity, prevent diabetes

Avocatin B, a monounsaturated fat found only in avocados can inhibit cellular processes that normally lead to diabetes.

30 October 2019 - Helio - Parents of children with autism may benefit from diet interventions

Study finds that parental dietary intake and mealtime eating habits can contribute to disruptive behaviour associated with autism. The study was based on a survey for families living with autism, and included 21 questions regarding mealtime behaviour, feelings about mealtime behaviour, weight change and parent/caregiver dietary habits.

29 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Drinking more water improves multitasking ability in children, study finds

Drinking water not only keeps children hydrated, but also increases their ability to multitask, suggests a new study.

29 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Banned trans fats linked to higher dementia risk

A diet high in trans fats could put you at increased risk for dementia.

29 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Can't stop putting your hand in the candy dish? Scientists may have found why

Scientists identify a circuit in the brain that appears to be associated with psychiatric disorders ranging from overeating to gambling, drug abuse and even Parkinson's disease.

28 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Workplace sales ban on sugared drinks shows positive health effects

A workplace ban on the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages led to a 48.5 percent average reduction in their consumption and significantly less belly fat among 202 Californian participants in this study.

28 October 2019 - Spectrum News - Analysis finds little evidence to support dietary interventions for autism

Special diets that eliminate certain foods or contain added supplements have minimal impact on autism traits, according to a review of data from 27 clinical trials.

28 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Gluten-free diets won't help healthy guts

Healthy people who avoid gluten by choice may not get any benefit from the gluten-free restriction on their diet, according to new research.

27 October 2019 - Psychology Today - Should We Use Food to Treat Depression?

What new research tells us about dietary interventions for depression.

25 October 2019 - The Conversation - Vitamin B12 deficiency: what is pernicious anaemia, and why can it be so dangerous?

An estimated 6% of people in the US and UK suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency. The condition is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a global health problem that could impact millions of lives.

24 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Where the sun doesn't shine? Skin UV exposure reflected in poop

The sun can indeed shine out of your backside, suggests research. Not because you're self-absorbed, but because you've absorbed gut-altering UV radiation.

24 October 2019 - MedicalXpress - Serum elaidic acid levels tied to dementia, Alzheimer's disease

Higher serum levels of elaidic acid, an objective biomarker for industrial trans fat, are associated with an increased risk for developing all-cause dementia and Alzheimer disease.