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9 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Low levels of vitamin B12 may worsen walking, cognition in Parkinson's patients

A study of patients with early Parkinson's disease found that groups with lower levels of vitamin B12 faced on average a more rapid acceleration of both motor and cognitive symptoms, which slowed in some cases after taking a daily multivitamin.


9 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Some great ways to fight childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a problem that often follows kids into adulthood, exposing them to serious health threats later in life.


9 March 2018 - The Royal Society of Medicine - Poor rural population had best diet and health in mid-Victorian years

Poor, rural societies retaining a more traditional lifestyle where high-quality foods were obtained locally enjoyed the best diet and health in mid-Victorian Britain. A new study, published in JRSM Open, examined the impact of regional diets on the health of the poor during mid-19th century Britain and compared it with mortality data over the same period.


9 March 2018 - Nutraingredients - Iodine deficiency: No longer just a third-world issue, warns study

The re-emergence of iodine deficiency in some industrialised countries has raised concerns over the public health implications and the need for fortification or supplementation programs.


7 March 2018 - Nutraingredients - Omega-3 trial fails to reproduce benefits on child reading and memory seen in earlier study

Dietary supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA had no impact on reading, working memory or behaviour of under-performing UK schoolchildren, suggests new research that contradicts previous findings.


6 March 2018 - The Conversation - Can having high cholesterol reduce your chances of dementia?

People over the age of 85 with high levels of cholesterol have a reduced risk of marked cognitive decline, according to a new study. Does this mean that having high cholesterol in old age can prevent the onset of dementia?


6 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Undernourished kids may face hearing problems later on

Poor nutrition in early childhood may make hearing loss more likely in adulthood, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health tested the hearing of more than 2,200 young adults in Nepal who had taken part in a nutrition study when they were children.



1 March 2018 - The Conversation - Why nutritional psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment

A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative treatment for mental health disorders.


27 February 2018 - The Conversation - Children are far from protected from junk food ads – especially on social media

Advertising to children is widely regarded as ethically problematic. Young children cannot distinguish between advertising and editorial or entertainment content; and older children, even if they rationally understand the selling intent behind advertising, are often still subject to its emotional and unconscious influence.


28 February 2018 - New Scientist - Probiotics and fish oil in pregnancy may reduce child allergies

An analysis of data from 1.5 million mothers suggests that taking some supplements during pregnancy may protect future children from allergies, while avoiding nuts doesn’t seem to have any effect.


28 February 2018 - Independent - Fish oil and probiotic supplements for pregnant mothers may decrease children's risk of getting allergies, study says

Major analysis is being considered by UK government to inform future dietary guidelines for expectant mothers.


28 February 2018 - MedicalXpress - Could fish oil in pregnancy prevent weight-related health issues in children?

Researchers from the University of Auckland-based Liggins Institute are seeking pregnant women in the upper BMI range to join the clinical trial, which will investigate whether fish oil supplements taken during pregnancy could help prevent children from developing weight problems and related issues such as diabetes later in life.


28 February 2018 - MedicalXpress - Forage-based diets on dairy farms produce nutritionally enhanced milk

Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are essential human nutrients, yet consuming too much omega-6 and too little omega-3 can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. Today, Americans consume 10 to 15 grams of omega-6 for every gram of omega-3.


27 February 2018 - MedicalXpress - Microbiota-gut-brain axis is at epicenter of new approach to mental health

The functional gut microbiome provides an exciting new therapeutic target for treating psychiatric disorders. A timely new review article presents innovative methods for studying and intervening in gut microbiome composition and activity to treat mental illness and maintain mental health.


23 February 2018 - Nutraingredients - Vegans most at risk of missing target iodine intakes, suggests Norwegian study

Iodine intakes are most likely to be insufficient among vegans, according to a new study published in Nutrients, which examined the iodine status of different Norwegian population groups.


26 February 2018 - MedicaXpress - Diet shown to reduce stroke risk may also reduce risk of depression

People who eat vegetables, fruit and whole grains may have lower rates of depression over time, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018.


26 February 2018 - Science Daily - Low magnesium levels make vitamin D ineffective

Vitamin D can't be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels, meaning Vitamin D remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans. In addition, Vitamin D supplements can increase a person's calcium and phosphate levels even while they remain Vitamin D deficient.


22 February 2018 - The Conversation - More academics and students have mental health problems than ever before

Recent research in the UK has shown that university students have a limited understanding of mental health issues and are hesitant to seek support. Administrators have noted the high prevalence of poor mental health and low levels of mental health literacy of students. One recent survey found that 43% of academic staff exhibited symptoms of at least a mild mental disorder too.


21 February 2018 - MedicalXpress - Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia

Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France.