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16 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - How gut bacteria negatively influences blood sugar levels

Millions of people around the world experience serious blood sugar problems which can cause diabetes, but a world first study is revealing how gut bacteria impact the normally feel good hormone serotonin to negatively influence blood sugar levels.

12 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - New study on omega-3 fatty acid supplements and preterm birth prevention

Taking high dose of omega-3 fatty acids does not reduce the risk of preterm births per se, but it depends on the existing levels in each individual, says research.

12 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - Humans more unique than expected when it comes to digesting fatty meals

"We looked at the inflammatory reactions of 20 volunteers at 0, 3 and 6 hours after eating a meal containing 38 percent fat and their responses were completely unique. Like snowflakes, no two were exactly the same."

12 September 2019 - Science Daily - Projected declines in global DHA availability for human consumption as a result of global warming

By 2100, 96% of the global population may not have sufficient access to a naturally occurring essential brain-building omega-3 DHA fatty acid, according to a study.

12 September 2019 - Futurity - Tea drinkers may get some protection against brain decline

Regular tea drinkers have better organized brain regions - something associated with healthy cognitive function - compared to non-tea drinkers, according to new research.

11 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study: Vitamin D may reduce risk of pre‐eclampsia, gestational diabetes, and more

Supplementing pregnant women with vitamin D may reduce the risk of pre‐eclampsia, gestational diabetes, low birthweight and severe postpartum hemorrhage, study suggests.

11 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - Study shows Mediterranean diet associated with better cognitive function in older adults

According to results of a five-year study, a "Mediterranean diet" is associated with less cognitive decline over five years in older American adults.

10 September 2019 - PsychCentral - Do Nutrient Supplements Have Any Effect on Mental Disorders?

A growing number of studies have examined the benefits of nutrient supplementation in people with mental disorders. But which supplements have been proven to work - and for which disorders?

9 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - Offering children a variety of vegetables increases acceptance

Repeatedly offering a variety of vegetables increases acceptance and consumption by children, according to a new study.

9 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - Dietary supplement may help with schizophrenia

A dietary supplement, sarcosine, may help with schizophrenia as part of a holistic approach complementing antipsychotic medication.

6 September 2019 - The Guardian - The rise of Arfid: the truth about the eating disorder that made a teenager go blind

People with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID) will eat only a very limited range of foods and may have significant phobias. It’s a long way from simply being a picky eater.

9 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - High-fat, high-carbohydrate diets affect your brain, not just your physical appearance

High-fat diets contribute to irregularities in the hypothalamus region of the brain, which regulates body weight homeostasis and metabolism - study

9 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - World's largest evidence review: Nutritional supplements for mental health

There is now a vast body of research examining the benefit of nutrient supplementation in people with mental disorders.

6 September 2019 - Science Daily - Study shows how serotonin and a popular anti-depressant affect the gut's microbiota

A new study in mice strongly suggests that serotonin and drugs that target serotonin, such as anti-depressants, can have a major effect on the gut's microbiota - the 100 trillion or so bacteria and other microbes that live in the human body's intestines.

6 September 2019 - Science Daily - Sugar alters compounds that impact brain health in fruit flies

When fruit flies are exposed to a high sugar diet, key metabolites associated with brain health become depleted, according to a new study.

5 September 2019 - The Guardian - Tax on snacks would have 'huge impact' on obesity, say experts

A 20% levy on cakes and sweets would be more effective than taxing sugary drinks, according to experts.

5 September 2019 - Science Daily - Gut bacteria may be linked to high blood pressure and depression

A study of the gut microbiome suggests that high blood pressure with depression may be a completely different disease than high blood pressure without depression. The gut may be targeted someday to prevent, diagnose and selectively treat different forms of high blood pressure with or without depression.

4 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - Poor oral health linked to cognitive decline, perceived stress, studies find

Poor oral health is associated with decreased quality of life, depression, hypertension, and cognitive decline.

4 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - Snack tax may be more effective than a sugary drink tax to tackle obesity

Taxing high sugar snacks such as biscuits, cakes, and sweets might be more effective at reducing obesity levels than increasing the price of sugar sweetened drinks, suggests a BMJ study.

4 September 2019 - Science Daily - Brain circuit connects feeding and mood in response to stress

An international team has looked into the possibility of crosstalk between eating and mood and discovered a brain circuit in mouse models that connects the feeding and the mood centers of the brain.