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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.

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

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.

3 September 2019 - The Guardian - Bristol teenager loses sight and hearing due to processed food diet

Sad case of 19 year old 'fussy eater' highlights hidden dangers of poor nutrition.

3 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - Poor diet causes blindness in a young 'fussy eater'

A poor diet caused a young patient's blindness, according to a case report published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

3 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - Scientists link 'hunger hormone' to memory in Alzheimer's study

Resistance to the 'hunger hormone' ghrelin in the brain is linked to the cognitive impairments and memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease - study

3 September 2019 - The Guardian - Soft drinks, including sugar-free, linked to increased risk of early death

People who regularly consume soft drinks have a higher risk of an early death, researchers have found, with the trend seen for both sugared and artificially sweetened drinks.

3 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - Diet's effect on gut bacteria could play role in reducing Alzheimer's risk

Following a certain type of diet could affect the gut microbiome in ways that decrease the risk of Alzheimer's disease - new study.

3 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - Vitamin D: How much is too much of a good thing?

Research suggests there is no benefit in taking high doses of vitamin D

3 September 2019 - MedicalXpress - New insights: Dementia, risk, risk reduction, and translation into practice

Depression, obesity and hypertension are amongst the exacerbating factors for dementia - evidence from studies worldwide.

3 September 2019 - National Eating Disorders - Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is a new diagnosis in the DSM-5, and was previously referred to as “Selective Eating Disorder.”