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19 March 2018 - Nutraingredients - Is placebo ethical in vitamin D supplementation trials?

Placebo-controlled trials that limit supplementation potentially place people at risk of undue harm, warn researchers. It is essential to balance the need for identifying significant treatment effects against ensuring that patients are not harmed by being denied access to therapeutic treatment, say the review authors writing in Nutrients.


19 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Study finds association between mother's larger waist size, child's autism risk

A new study finds children born to mothers who had a larger waist size before pregnancy may be more likely to have autism than those whose mothers had a smaller pre-pregnancy waist.


19 March 2018 - Science Daily - Fish accounted for surprisingly large part of the Stone Age diet

New research can now show what Stone Age people actually ate in southern Scandinavia 10 000 years ago. The importance of fish in the diet has proven to be greater than expected. So, if you want to follow a Paleo diet -- you should quite simply eat a lot of fish.


15 March 2018 - Science Daily - Coffee affects cannabis and steroid systems

Coffee affects your metabolism in dozens of other ways besides waking you up, including your metabolism of neurotransmitters typically linked to cannabis, a study reports.


15 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Obesity risk doubles for teens bombarded with junk food adverts

Teenagers are more than twice as likely to be obese if they can remember seeing a junk food advert every day compared to those who couldn't recall any over a month, according to a report by Cancer Research UK.


15 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Artificial sweetener Splenda could intensify symptoms in those with Crohn's disease

In a study that has implications for humans with inflammatory diseases, researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and colleagues have found that, given over a six-week period, the artificial sweetener sucralose, known by the brand name Splenda, worsens gut inflammation in mice with Crohn's-like disease, but had no substantive effect on those without the condition.


11 March 2018 - Psychology Today - Low Cholesterol and Suicide (Again)

Another study links low cholesterol to depression and suicide attempts


9 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Low levels of vitamin B12 may worsen walking, cognition in Parkinson's patients

A study of patients with early Parkinson's disease found that groups with lower levels of vitamin B12 faced on average a more rapid acceleration of both motor and cognitive symptoms, which slowed in some cases after taking a daily multivitamin.


9 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Some great ways to fight childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a problem that often follows kids into adulthood, exposing them to serious health threats later in life.


9 March 2018 - The Royal Society of Medicine - Poor rural population had best diet and health in mid-Victorian years

Poor, rural societies retaining a more traditional lifestyle where high-quality foods were obtained locally enjoyed the best diet and health in mid-Victorian Britain. A new study, published in JRSM Open, examined the impact of regional diets on the health of the poor during mid-19th century Britain and compared it with mortality data over the same period.


9 March 2018 - Nutraingredients - Iodine deficiency: No longer just a third-world issue, warns study

The re-emergence of iodine deficiency in some industrialised countries has raised concerns over the public health implications and the need for fortification or supplementation programs.


7 March 2018 - Nutraingredients - Omega-3 trial fails to reproduce benefits on child reading and memory seen in earlier study

Dietary supplementation with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA had no impact on reading, working memory or behaviour of under-performing UK schoolchildren, suggests new research that contradicts previous findings.


6 March 2018 - The Conversation - Can having high cholesterol reduce your chances of dementia?

People over the age of 85 with high levels of cholesterol have a reduced risk of marked cognitive decline, according to a new study. Does this mean that having high cholesterol in old age can prevent the onset of dementia?


6 March 2018 - MedicalXpress - Undernourished kids may face hearing problems later on

Poor nutrition in early childhood may make hearing loss more likely in adulthood, a new study suggests. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health tested the hearing of more than 2,200 young adults in Nepal who had taken part in a nutrition study when they were children.



1 March 2018 - The Conversation - Why nutritional psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment

A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative treatment for mental health disorders.


27 February 2018 - The Conversation - Children are far from protected from junk food ads – especially on social media

Advertising to children is widely regarded as ethically problematic. Young children cannot distinguish between advertising and editorial or entertainment content; and older children, even if they rationally understand the selling intent behind advertising, are often still subject to its emotional and unconscious influence.


28 February 2018 - New Scientist - Probiotics and fish oil in pregnancy may reduce child allergies

An analysis of data from 1.5 million mothers suggests that taking some supplements during pregnancy may protect future children from allergies, while avoiding nuts doesn’t seem to have any effect.


28 February 2018 - Independent - Fish oil and probiotic supplements for pregnant mothers may decrease children's risk of getting allergies, study says

Major analysis is being considered by UK government to inform future dietary guidelines for expectant mothers.


28 February 2018 - MedicalXpress - Could fish oil in pregnancy prevent weight-related health issues in children?

Researchers from the University of Auckland-based Liggins Institute are seeking pregnant women in the upper BMI range to join the clinical trial, which will investigate whether fish oil supplements taken during pregnancy could help prevent children from developing weight problems and related issues such as diabetes later in life.