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Childhood diet has lifelong impact

"You are not only what you eat, but what you ate as a child"

Experiences of post-traumatic stress disorder linked to nutritional health

Optimal levels of dietary fibre may have some type of mental health-related protective effect. This may be due to the communication network that connects the gut and brain via short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which are metabolic byproducts of bacterial fermentation made by microbes in the human gut.

Naturally Informed Mental Wellness - FREE virtual conference

Listen to FREE On Demand content from the Naturally Informed Mental Wellness: Mastering the Market virtual conference that took place January 20-21, 2021. In the opening keynote, Dr Alex Richardson, introduces the role of nutrition in brain development and function, and how diet impacts behaviour, learning, mood and cognitive performance.

Halved risk for severe retinal disease in extremely premature infants

Risk for a severe form of retinopathy of prematurity, which can cause blindness in extremely premature babies, was halved when the newborns were given a new supplement combining various fatty acids.

Researchers demonstrate how defects in mitochondria may lead to autism spectrum disorder

Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have demonstrated that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be caused by defects in the mitochondria of brain cells.

Obesity may exacerbate the effects of Alzheimer's disease, new study shows

New research from the University of Sheffield has found being overweight is an additional burden on brain health and it may exacerbate Alzheimer's disease.

FAB and Food for the Brain Online Webinar - Dietary Management and the Autistic Spectrum

This webinar will be available FREE of charge to FAB Associate members on 5.2.21. Join Dr Alex Richardson on a live webinar where she will present on 'The Latest Evidence and Best Practice for Dietary Approaches to Autistic Spectrum Disorders'. Thursday 28th January at 18.30-19.30 (UK time)

Consuming omega-3 fatty acids could prevent asthma

New research suggests that a higher dietary intake of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in childhood may reduce the risk of developing subsequent asthma, but only in children carrying a common gene variant.

The essential role of iodine in the diet

The public need to be more aware of the essential role of iodine in the diet, particularly pregnant women and those of child bearing age.

Research shows people with high omega-3 index less likely to die from COVID-19

Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) have potent anti-inflammatory activities, and this pilot study provides suggestive evidence that these fatty acids may dampen COVID-19's cytokine storm.

Novel molecules to combat asthma and COVID-related lung diseases discovered

A study designed to study how the immune system impacts gut bacteria—has led to the extraordinary discovery of two molecules that can not only provide profound protection in experimental models of asthma but can also substantially reduce the severity of an attack.

Vegan diet significantly remodels metabolism in young children

This study concluded that a vegan diet has a broad effect on children's metabolism. Serum biomarker levels for vitamins A and D, cholesterol forms and essential amino acids were significantly lower in children on vegan diet compared to age-adjusted omnivores.

Psychobiotics: A Revolution in Psychiatry

The research so far has indicated that healing a leaky gut can go a long way toward improving mood. The best way to do that is to support those microbes that nourish the gut lining. That turns out to be fairly easy: increase your consumption of fibre.

Mental health conditions alarmingly high among children with autism

This is the first research since 2008 to examine the prevalence of mental health conditions among children with autism at a population level, and signals a need for healthcare systems to adapt to account for the overlap.

How sure would you want to be that you have celiac disease before starting a gluten-free diet?

Diagnosing celiac disease can be difficult. Some patients may be asymptomatic, while others have non-specific symptoms such as indigestion or bloating. It's thought only 30 percent of people with celiac disease are actually diagnosed.

New research shows the importance of consuming enough vitamin B12 in pregnancy

A new study published in Nutrition Research has found that children born to a mother with low intake of vitamin B12 during pregnancy were at increased risk of adverse development specific to certain speech and mathematical abilities.

Scientists reveal mechanism that causes irritable bowel syndrome

KU Leuven researchers have identified the biological mechanism that explains why some people experience abdominal pain when they eat certain foods. The finding paves the way for more efficient treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and other food intolerances.

Mothers of children with autism found to have significantly different metabolite levels

This case study suggests that the development of a blood test to screen for mothers who are at a higher risk of having a child with ASD may be possible.

High insulin levels during childhood a risk for mental health problems in adulthood, study suggests

The researchers in this study found that persistently high insulin levels from mid-childhood were linked with a higher chance of developing psychosis in adulthood.

Hydrogen sulphide could guard against Alzheimer's disease - IN MICE

Behavioral tests on mice showed that hydrogen sulphide improved cognitive and motor function by 50 per cent compared with mice that did not receive the injections of NaGYY.