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5 February 2020 - Futurity - Do ‘forever chemicals’ PFOs and PFOA sap dopamine?

New research with roundworms investigates the effects of “forever chemicals” PFOS and PFOA on dopamine levels.

4 February 2020 - MedicalXpress - Dietary interventions may slow onset of inflammatory and autoimmune disorders

Significantly reducing dietary levels of the amino acid methionine - found in meat, fish, and dairy products - could slow onset and progression of inflammatory and autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis in high-risk individuals, according to new research.

1 February - The Mail Online - Should you be worried that food isn't as good for you as it used to be?

The National Diet And Nutrition Survey shows that mineral deficiency is problem for millions of Britons today. This Mail Online article provides a summary of the issue.

Fish oil beats curcumin for brain & heart health biomarker improvements in older people

Supplementation with fish oil, but not curcumin, may improve biomarkers of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular function in older sedentary overweight/obese adults, says a new study from Australia.

29 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Connection between alcohol use and depression could aid treatment

People with alcohol use dependence are almost four times more likely to also have a major depressive disorder - study.

29 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy the only safe approach

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy leads to poorer cognitive functioning in children, according to the most comprehensive review on the issue to date.

29 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study: Antioxidant flavonol linked to lower risk of Alzheimer's dementia

People who eat or drink more foods with the antioxidant flavonol, which is found in nearly all fruits and vegetables as well as tea, may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's dementia years later - study.

30 January 2019 - MedicalXpress - Low-calorie sweeteners do not mean low risk for infants

Consumption of low-calorie sweeteners during pregnancy increases body fat in offspring and disrupts their gut microbiota - study.

28 January 2020 - MedicalXpress - Gut feelings: Gut bacteria are linked to our personalities

Study finds that gut microbiome composition and diversity are related to differences in personality, including sociability and neuroticism.

28 January 2020 - MedicalXpress - Walnuts may slow cognitive decline in at-risk elderly

Eating walnuts may help slow cognitive decline in at-risk groups of the elderly population, according to a study conducted by researchers in California and Spain.

28 January 2020 - BBC - How a vegan diet could affect your intelligence

The vegan diet is low in – or, in some cases, entirely devoid of – several important brain nutrients. Could these shortcomings be affecting vegans' abilities to think?

27 January 2020 - MedicalXpress - Turning to the gut to better understand depression

Study asks if the microbes in our digestive track can influence our mental state and, if so, how?

Brain iron levels associated with healthy cognitive development

Iron levels in brain tissue rise during development and are correlated with cognitive abilities, according to recently published research.

Food additives and sweeteners found to impact gut microbiome diversity

Certain additives and artificial sweeteners can change microbial composition, say scientists, who note the altered profile is similar to that seen in those with inflammatory bowel disease or obesity.

27 January 2020 - Eurekalert - Algae shown to improve gastrointestinal health

Project is the first to test green algae on symptoms related to human digestion.

26 January 2020 - The Week - How Brexit might impact scientific research in the UK?

What happens to science funding in the UK after Brexit? Will we become "a magnet for scientists from around the world" as the PM asserts?

24 January 2020 - Nutraingredients - Can our microbiome accurately identify diseases … and predict death?

Microbiome sequencing is ‘more accurate’ than full genome sequencing at distinguishing between healthy and ill people… and could predict whether you are likely to die in the next 15 years, two new papers suggest

24 January 2020 - MedicalXpress - Imbalance between serotonin and dopamine in social anxiety disorder

Researchers have demonstrated the existence of a previously unknown link between the serotonin and dopamine systems in the brain.

24 January 2020 - Science Daily - High air pollution exposure in 1-year-olds linked to structural brain changes at age 12

A new study suggests that significant early childhood exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) is associated with structural changes in the brain at the age of 12.

23 January 2020 - The Conversation - Silicon Valley’s latest fad is dopamine fasting – and that may not be as crazy as it sounds

Denying the brain the dopamine-derived pleasure of many modern day temptations, the theory goes, may help people regain control, improving focus and productivity.