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5 July 2018 - MedicalXpress - Vitamin D deficiency affects many pregnant women

Low vitamin D levels can have serious repercussions for the bone health of both mother and child. Vitamin D is necessary for calcium to be taken up by the intestine. In pregnancy, this vitamin is crucial to ensure sufficient calcium to build the child's bone mass and maintain that of the mother.


5 July 2018 - MedicalXpress - Healthy diet may lower eye disease risk

An analysis of recent high-quality research reveals that diet may affect individuals' risks related to the development and progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The findings are published in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology.


4 July 2018 - Nutraingredients - Dietary fiber intake inversely related to depression symptoms in US adults, study suggests

After analyzing data from a national US survey, researchers in China suggest that dietary fiber intake may be inversely related to depression symptoms. The results were consistent even after adjustment for a wide variety of potential confounders.


4 July 2018 - MedicalXpress - What you eat while pregnant may affect your baby's gut

A mother's diet during pregnancy may have an effect on the composition of her baby's gut microbiome - the community of bacteria living in the gut - and the effect may vary by delivery mode, according to study published in the open access journal Microbiome.


3 July 2018 - MedicalXpress - Prenatal exposure to folic acid fortification of foods may reduce mental illness risk

Fortifying grain-based foods with folic acid - instituted in the U.S. in the 1990s to prevent neural tube defects in infants - may also reduce the incidence of severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia that initially appear in young adulthood.


3 July 2018 - Nutraingredients - Maternal omega-3 rich-diet linked to improved infant problem solving: Study

In the last trimester of pregnancy and in the first years of life, our brain undergoes enormous growth, and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA is particularly important for the development of the brain in infants.


3 July 2018 - MedicalXpress - How good bacteria can help keep a gut healthy

New research reveals a cellular mechanism by which good bacteria can help the gut stay healthy. The study, which appears in the journal Immunity, shows that good bacteria, or the microbiota, interact with both the epithelial cells lining the gut and cells of the immune system to help balance the immune responses and protect the gut from unwanted inflammation.


29 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Gut microbes may partner with a protein to regulate vitamin D

"The changes in the microbiota might affect how much vitamin D a person can metabolize, or how the body metabolizes vitamin D, so there are implications, but it's still early and that remains to be seen," say researchers.


28 June 2018 - Nutraingredients - Black tea aroma inhalation may reduce stress and improve mood: Japanese study

Inhaling the aroma of black tea may help to lower stress levels after a stressful task and improve mood prior to experiencing mental stress, according to emerging research from Japan.


28 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Obesity + aging linked to Alzheimer's markers in the brain

A new study suggests that when a high-fat, high-sugar diet that leads to obesity is paired with normal aging, it may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease. In addition, researchers discovered that certain areas of the brain respond differently to risk factors associated with Alzheimer's.


28 June 2018 - Neuroscience News - Early Maternal Diet Affects Brain Development and Adult Memory

A new study reveals maternal diet during pregnancy can have dramatic implications for fetal brain development and can impact short term memory in adults.


26 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Study finds significant proportion of older adults are deficient in vitamin B12 and folate

A new study by researchers from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, has shown for the first time that a substantial number of adults over 50 are at risk of deficiency in vitamin B12 and folate (the natural vitamin linked to the dietary supplement, folic acid).


26 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Tragic death of six month old baby highlights need for policy overhaul regarding vitamin D supplementation

UK vitamin D supplementation policy needs to change to protect the health and lives of babies, pregnant women and dark skinned individuals, say University of Birmingham researchers as they highlighted the death of a baby and serious ill health of two others due to a vitamin D deficiency.


20 June 2018 - Nutraingredients - Experts call for greater research focus on nutritional links to gestational diabetes

As the number of mothers-to-be suffering from gestational diabetes continues to rise, experts are calling for more research to find effective nutritional therapies that can help control the condition while promoting normal baby growth.


19 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Binge drinking during youth may impact future offspring

Preconception binge drinking may have negative consequences on future offspring's growth, social interactions and development during puberty according to a rat-based study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.


19 June 2018 - Nutraingredients - Omega-3s and cognitive health: From memory and moms and babies, and from mood to the military

From memory and cognitive function, to mood and a potential in people with PTSD, there’s lots of research going on for omega-3s and brain health, but what does the science currently say?


18 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Gut microbes may contribute to depression and anxiety in obesity

People with type 2 diabetes and obesity suffer from depression and anxiety more than the average. Researchers have demonstrated a surprising potential contributor to these negative feelings - the bacteria in the gut, or gut microbiome, as it is known.


14 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Researchers find link between allergen in red meat and heart disease

A team of researchers says it has linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat to the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the heart. While high saturated fat levels in red meat have long been known to contribute to heart disease for people in general, the new finding suggests that a subgroup of the population may be at heightened risk for a different reason - a food allergen.


14 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Foods combining fats and carbohydrates more rewarding than foods with just fats or carbs

Foods containing fat and carbohydrate are more reinforcing than those containing primarily fat or carbohydrate. This effect is independent of liking and is reflected by supra-additive responses in the brain during food valuation. This may be one mechanism driving over-consumption of high-fat/carbohydrate processed foods.


14 June 2018 - BBC - 'Women spend more time planning holiday than pregnancy'

Ideally, women should plan a pregnancy months in advance, experts say. Some women spend more time planning their summer holiday than they do a pregnancy, a survey by baby charity Tommy's suggests. Only one in five started taking folic acid before stopping contraception, while one in six didn't take it at all.