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5 November 2017 - MedicalXpress - The fight against obesity: To tax or not to tax?

Fighting and preventing obesity has become a major health priority in the UK and worldwide, and food taxation has been suggested as a crucial measure in order to achieve this.


2 November 2017 - MedicalXpress - Sugar-sweetened drinks raise risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome

Regularly drinking sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda and juice contributes to the development of diabetes, high blood pressure and other endemic health problems.


30 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - Research consortium LipiDiDiet finds a way to impact Alzheimer's disease before it's too late

In this trial patients with prodromal Alzheimer's (often referred to as Mild Cognitive Impairment or MCI) were randomised to receive either the nutritional intervention or an iso-caloric control drink for 24 months.


30 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - Fish oil or fish consumption? New recommendations for pregnant women trying to prevent childhood asthma

Consuming fish during pregnancy offers same protection in preventing childhood asthma as fish oil supplements.


30 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - World-first discovery of new carbohydrate 'taste'

Deakin researchers have shown that taste sensitivity to carbohydrates increases intakes of energy and carbohydrates, and leads to a larger waist measurement.


30 October 2017 - Science Daily - Early age of drinking leads to neurocognitive and neuropsychological damage

Although drinking by U.S. adolescents has decreased during the last decade, more than 20 percent of U.S. high-school students continue to drink alcohol before the age of 14 years. This can have adverse effects on their neurodevelopment.


29 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - New study suggests 21 percent increase in childhood peanut allergy since 2010

Groundbreaking research shows that high risk infants (infants with severe eczema and/or a history of egg allergy) who are introduced to peanut-containing food early are significantly more likely not to develop a peanut allergy.


29 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - Almost half of food allergies in adults appear in adulthood

Research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting shows that almost half of all food-allergic adults surveyed reported one or more adult-onset food allergies.


26 October 2017 - Science Daily - Junk food almost twice as distracting as healthy food

When we haven't eaten, junk food is twice as distracting as healthy food or non-food items.


24 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - There is no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy, new study shows

Any amount of alcohol exposure during pregnancy can cause extreme lasting effects on a child, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.


24 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - Most kids in northern latitudes don't get enough vitamin D in winter

Improvements to diet and increased awareness are considerations for closing the vitamin D gap when the sun can’t do the job.


19 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - Lower brain glucose levels found in people with obesity, type 2 diabetes

Glucose levels are reduced in the brains of individuals with obesity and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The finding might explain disordered eating behavior, and even a higher risk of Alzheimer's.


18 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - How foods labeled 'healthy' can still make you fat

Be careful when you reach for foods labeled "healthy" - new research suggests if they have hidden high levels of sugar, you may snack more later.


17 October 2017 - The Conversation - This is why child obesity rates have soared

New data on almost 13 million people, from 200 countries around the world, points to a tenfold increase in rates of obesity among children and adolescents over the last four decades.


16 October 2017 - The Conversation - Sugar in the diet may increase risks of opioid addiction

Could a diet high in refined sugars make children and adults more susceptible to opioid addiction and overdose? New research suggests it could.


16 October 2017 - Medical News Bulletin - Can Vitamin D Exposure In Utero Alter Children’s Metabolic Profiles?

Vitamin D deficiency is known to play a role in the development of many diseases. Researchers determine if vitamin D exposure in utero could affect the risk for inflammatory diseases later in life.


16 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - Many pregnant women not getting message about boosting iodine and folic acid

Just over a third of New Zealand mothers follow recommendations to take in additional iodine and folic acid before and during pregnancy, and iodine when breastfeeding.


16 October 2017 - Nutraingredients - Call for “monumental” rethink of food systems that “make people sick”

Industrial food and farming systems are “making people sick” and fuelling the obesity crisis, according to research published by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.


12 October 2017 - Science Daily - Dangerous trend: The placenta is not suitable as a 'superfood'

More and more women want to take their own placenta with them after childbirth in order to eat it for "health reasons". This phenomenon is growing, especially in the USA, but also in Europe, although physicians are increasingly expressing concerns about it.


9 October 2017 - MedicalXpress - Healthy food is key to a healthy mind

The risk of developing depression is directly linked to diet, lifestyle and exercise, a ground-breaking index developed by Swinburne researchers has found.