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Cannabinoids may help limit secondary damage of TBIs

In the hours and days after a traumatic brain injury, inflammation inside the brain can accelerate to the point that more brain damage occurs, says a scientist working to better understand the acceleration and whether interventions like cannabinoids can improve patient outcomes.

Childhood lead exposure leads to structural changes in middle-aged brains

This study showed that there were deficits and differences in the overall structure of the brain decades after lead exposure

Link between Alzheimer's disease and gut microbiota is confirmed

This study confirms the correlation between an imbalance in the gut microbiota and the development of amyloid plaques in the brain, which are at the origin of the neurodegenerative disorders characteristic of Alzheimer's disease.

Time to add some sunshine (vitamin D) to milk and bread

Taking vitamin D reduces the risk of fractures, improves muscle function, and may even reduce the risk of death from some cancers. With all these benefits, why oppose fortifying essential foods with vitamin D?

Americans don’t eat enough fish and miss out on robust health benefits

Eating fish can provide powerful advantages for the heart and brain, yet we eat less than half of the 26 pounds per year that experts recommend.

Study: Fructose syrup disrupts gut microbiome but fruit can undo negative effects

A high-fructose syrup diet negatively disrupts the gut microbiome but a diet high in fruit modulates it favourably, supporting digestive health and counteracting harmful effects of excessive fructose, according to a pilot intervention study.

Studying Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil's effects on mild cognitive impairment

Greek researchers and clinicians investigated for the first time the effect of Extra Virgin Olive Oil versus the Mediterranean Diet as a therapeutic pharmaceutical natural compound for older adults with amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Diet and lifestyle during pregnancy linked to modifications in infants' DNA

A new study has shown pregnant women with obesity could reduce the health risks for their infants through improved diet and more physical activity.

LipiDiDiet finds broadly sustainable effects of nutrient intervention in early Alzheimer's

Trial participants who received a multinutrient formulation showed a significantly less rapid deterioration in cognitive performance than the patients in a control group, who received only a placebo.

Mothers' lifestyle predicts when offspring will have first heart attack or stroke

Offspring of mothers with heart healthy lifestyles live nearly a decade longer without cardiovascular disease than those whose mothers have unhealthy lifestyles.

Vitamin D lessens symptoms of severe eczema in children

Vitamin D supplementation could be an effective adjuvant treatment that improves the clinical outcomes in severe atopic dermatitis

Depression, anxiety and heart disease risk all linked to single brain region

New research has found that over-activating the sgACC induces symptoms of depression and anxiety, highlighting causality.

Why COVID makes it more important than ever that pregnant (and breastfeeding) women take vitamin D

This winter, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, make sure you take the correct dose of vitamin D – for both you and your baby.

New free resources launched to help children eat more vegetables

Children's acceptance of vegetables can be boosted purely through increasing visual familiarity, and therefore this project's aim is to build on this research, while developing a series of accessible resources to help parents introduce more vegetables to their children.

Removing this hidden nasty from our food could save thousands of lives

Banning harmful trans fatty acids from the Australian food supply could prevent thousands of deaths from heart disease according to new research.

Vitamin D levels during pregnancy linked with child IQ - AGAIN

Higher vitamin D levels among mothers during pregnancy may promote brain development and lead to higher childhood IQ scores

Diabetic nerve pain reduced with enzyme and vitamin combination

Daily supplementation with a combination of Superoxide Dismutase, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Acetyl LCarnitine, and Vitamin B12 (B12) can help improve with symptoms of diabetic nerve damage, according to a new study

Artificially sweetened drinks may not be heart healthier than sugary drinks

This study suggests that sugary drinks and artificially sweetened beverages are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease

Evidence found of link between gut microbe deficiency and autism spectrum disorder

This study suggests that ASD likely develops in children due to a gut microbiome impact on the detoxification process in the gut.

Kid influencers are promoting junk food brands on YouTube—garnering more than a billion views

Parents may not realize that kid influencers are often paid by food companies to promote unhealthy food and beverages in their videos. This study is the first to quantify the extent to which junk food product placements appear in YouTube videos from kid influencers