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Ultra-processed foods are breaking your heart

A new study has found that higher consumption of ultra-processed foods is associated with an increased risk of CVD incidence and mortality, with each additional daily serving found to further increase risk.

Scientists Investigate the Role of Gut Microbiota in Risk for ‘Severe Mental Disorders’

The authors suggest "the analysis of microbiota should be included in the comprehensive assessment generally performed in populations at high risk for SMD as it can inform predictive models and ultimately preventative strategies.”

UK medical schools fail to offer minimum nutrition training

A recent study of medical students and doctors found that over 70% had received less than two hours nutrition training while at medical school.

Consumption of added sugar doubles fat production

Eighty grams of sugar daily, which is equivalent to about 0,8 liters of a normal soft drink, boosts fat production in the liver.

Exercise during pregnancy may save children from health problems as adults

Maternal exercise only during pregnancy can prevent the transmission of metabolic diseases from parent to child.

Adding triglyceride-lowering Omega-3 based medication to statins may lower stroke risk

New research has suggested that taking icosapent ethyl is a new way to further reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atherosclerosis or who are at high risk of stroke, who have elevated triglyceride levels and are already taking statins.

Study finds brain's 'wiring insulation' as major factor of age-related brain deterioration

A new study has identified that one of the major factors of age-related brain deterioration is the loss of a substance called myelin.

Could what we eat improve our sleep?

To be well and vital and help prevent certain diseases, like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and many other conditions, we need to prioritize sleep.

Early antibiotic exposure linked with childhood obesity

The dark side of antibiotics and what we can do about it

The gut mycobiome influences the metabolism of processed foods

Researchers found that exposure to a processed diet, which is representative of a typical Western diet, led to persistent differences in fungal communities that significantly associated with differential deposition of body mass in male mice, as compared to mice fed a standardized diet.

The potential role of nutrition in delaying Mild Cognitive Impairment - FREE online event

Dr Rob Winwood, CSci FIFST, Proprietor of Winwood Bioscience, will examine what is known about the efficacy of specific nutrients, individually and in combination, in relation to delaying the onset of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Thursday 25.2.21 at 11:00am

College of Medicine partners with ITN Productions to launch The Food Manifesto in autumn 2021

Never has there been a more prescient time to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle as a first line of defence against disease and viruses.

Study: Diet high in poor quality carbohydrates increases heart disease and death

This study found that people consuming a diet in the highest 20 percent of glycemic index were 50 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular attack, stroke, or death if they had a pre-existing heart condition.

Unraveling the Effects of Fatty Acids on Inflammation - FREE online seminar

This seminar, presented by Professor Philip Calder BSc(Hons), PhD, DPhil, RNutr, FRSB, FAfN (Bio), describes inflammation, its role in immune defense and how it is linked to many different health conditions.

Having trouble sleeping? Here’s the science on 3 traditional bedtime remedies

A recent survey has found 47% of people were experiencing poorer sleep than usual during the pandemic, compared with 25% before COVID hit.

High fructose diets could cause immune system damage

This new study shows that fructose causes the immune system to become inflamed and that process produces more reactive molecules which are associated with inflammation - this could lead to disease.

Unhealthy Foods Aren’t Just Bad For You, They May Also Be Addictive

Food researchers debate whether highly processed foods like potato chips and ice cream are addictive, triggering our brains to overeat.

Gut microbiome implicated in healthy aging and longevity

Researchers have identified distinct signatures in the gut microbiome that are associated with either healthy or unhealthy aging trajectories, which in turn predict survival in a population of older individuals.

Scientists uncover early links between cardiovascular risk and brain metabolism

The report, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, is important because it suggests that intervention in a modifiable condition (cardiovascular disease) could prevent the development of dementia, a disease for which there is currently no cure.

Prediabetes may be linked to worse brain health

The researchers in this study found that people with higher than normal blood sugar levels were 42% more likely to experience cognitive decline over an average of four years.