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Consistent evidence links ultra-processed food to over 30 damaging health outcomes - including mental ill-health and sleep problems

Consistent evidence links ultra-processed food to over 30 damaging health outcomes - including mental ill-health

Omega-3 fatty acids are linked to better lung health, particularly in patients with pulmonary fibrosis

Our findings suggest that increasing omega-3 fatty acids in a patient’s diet may slow the progression of pulmonary fibrosis.

New study shows a role for cholesterol in pain perception

New research shows how physical pressure on cells can reduce pain signals, while excessive cholesterol clumps in cell membranes can interfere with that process.

Food additive E551 could promote celiac disease

Chronic exposure to E551 via dietary sources could promote the development of celiac disease in people genetically predisposed to the condition.

Could ultra-processed foods be the new 'silent' killer?

"Our life expectancy is lower than other economically comparable countries. When we look at increasing rates of non-communicable diseases in less developed nations, we can see a tracking of this increase along with increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods in their diets."

ODS Update - How dietary supplements can enhance nutritional status during pregnancy

Recent Developments in Dietary Supplement Science highlights three recent publications that advance our understanding of how dietary supplements can enhance nutritional status during pregnancy.

Study provides first evidence of direct impact of serotonin on development of prefrontal cortex

Antidepressant use during pregnancy can impact a child's brain development and contribute to the risk of mental health disorders later in life.

Nutritional epigenetics education reduces ultra-processed food intake in parents of children with autism and ADHD

By the end of the education intervention, parents had changed their minds about their ability to control their child's behaviour through diet.

Are preservatives killing good gut bacteria?

“With the levels of lantibiotics currently present in food, it’s very probable that they might impact our gut health as well.”

Analysis Shows that Omega-3 Fatty Acids Support Heart and Brain Health

The benefits of omega-3 consumption on cardiovascular outcomes and cognitive function can differ by sex and race.

Free school meals ‘cut obesity and help reading skills’ in England, study finds

“School food is the best public health policy we have at our disposal. With it we have the opportunity to reach every child in the UK with hot, healthy, nutritious meals..."

Risk of iodine deficiency in vegan diets highlighted by data on customer shopping habits

Switching to alternative milk and removing seafood from your diet could lead to an iodine deficiency, which may have a negative impact on long-term health, a new study shows.

Clues to autism's causes may lie in the gut

"The hope is that early identification of autism can lead to prevention or treatment..."

Six Healthy Lifestyle Habits Linked to Slowed Memory Decline

A healthy lifestyle is associated with slower memory decline, even in the presence of the APOE ε4 allele. This study might offer important information to protect older adults against memory decline.

New Meta-analysis Shows High Dose Omega-3s Outperform Migraine Medications

Data from 40 RCTs combined shows that high dose DHA+EPA was best at decreasing frequency and severity of migraines

Energy drinks linked to poor sleep quality and insomnia among college students

Even small amounts of energy drink were associated with poorer sleep outcomes, which warrant more attention towards the consequences of consuming ED among college and university students.

Evidence shows risks associated with energy drinks in children

"The evidence is clear that energy drinks are harmful to the mental and physical health of children and young people as well as their behaviour and education. We need to take action now to protect them from these risks."

Wheat diet may exacerbate multiple sclerosis severity, research finds

"Our studies show how important diet, its interactions with the gut microbiome and the gut immune system are for health. A wheat-free diet can reduce the severity of MS and other inflammatory diseases."

Third major study finds that multivitamin supplements improve memory and slow cognitive aging in older adults

"Cognitive decline is among the top health concerns for most older adults, and a daily supplement of multivitamins has the potential as an appealing and accessible approach to slow cognitive aging."

What’s the best diet for healthy sleep? A nutritional epidemiologist explains what food choices will help you get more restful z’s

More and more evidence shows that overall dietary patterns can affect sleep quality and contribute to insomnia.