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27 March 2019 - Questioning Answers - On gut bacteria and schizophrenia

This new research is a good start and complements other work in related areas talking about the gut-brain axis as being potentially pertinent to some forms of schizophrenia.


28 March 2019 - Science Daily - The salt-craving neurons: How the appetite for salt is shaped by a taste for sodium

New research discovers neural circuits that regulate craving and satiation for salty tastes.


26 March 2019 - The Conversation - Does eating two teaspoons of nuts really boost your brain function by 60%?

A story in the Daily Mirror this week claimed that eating just two teaspoons of nuts a day “boosts brain function by 60%”. If the claim is true, we should all be rushing out to buy a bag of nuts, but is this what the study in question actually says?


25 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Tuck into colourful fruits and vegetables and see the light

A $5.7 billion global medical bill to restore sight for the estimated 45 million people with cataracts could be slashed in half by a diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables, according to an international study.


25 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Major medical groups call for soda taxes

Two medical groups in the US have called for taxes on sodas and energy drinks - the leading source of sugar in the diets of children and teens.


25 March 2019 - The Conversation - Health check: can eating certain foods make you smarter?

As well as potentially improving our brain function, eating healthy foods - i.e. "good fats", vegetables, nuts and berries - could improve our mental well-being, and could even help the planet, too.


22 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Introduce peanut products as early as 4 months to prevent allergies, report says

Pediatricians now recommend introducing peanut-based foods to infants before their first birthday to prevent peanut allergies, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.


19 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Eating fish may help prevent asthma

A James Cook University scientist says an innovative study has revealed new evidence that eating fish can help prevent asthma.


19 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - A nutty solution for improving brain health

Long-term, high nut consumption could be the key to better cognitive health in older people according to new research from the University of South Australia.


19 March 2019 - The Conversation - Eggs and health: unscrambling the message

New research suggests that eggs are a health hazard. However, there are good reasons for taking the findings with a very large pinch of salt. Tom Sanders of King's College London underlines the hazards of observational studies such as this.


18 March 2019 - The Guardian - Nutritional psychiatry: can you eat yourself happier?

‘What we stick in our mouths matters to our mental health,’ says Felice Jacka, a leading light in this new field. So what should we be eating?


18 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Healthy fats improve nerve function in obese mice

Swapping dietary saturated fats for monounsaturated fats reverses nerve damage and restores nerve function in male mice, finds new preclinical research. This suggests potential treatment for the nerve damage that occurs with diabetes, known as diabetic neuropathy.


17 March 2019 - Psych Central - New Study Shows How Motivation Affects Diet

A new study suggests that people with a positive attitude are more likely to eat healthily.


16 March 2019 - The Guardian - Good enough to eat? The toxic truth about modern food

We are now producing and consuming more food than ever, and yet our modern diet is killing us. How can we solve this bittersweet dilemma?


15 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Components in carrots, green tea could reverse Alzheimer's symptoms, study says

Researchers recently conducted a study to determine how diet can impact Alzheimer's Disease. They specifically examined two compounds: epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a key ingredient in green tea, and ferulic acid (FA), which is found in carrots, tomatoes, rice, wheat and oats.


14 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Expectant mothers can prevent fetal brain problems caused by the flu, study finds

Choline, a vitamin-like essential nutrient, can prevent fetal brain developmental problems that often occur after prenatal maternal infections such as colds and flu.


14 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - More vitamin D may improve memory but too much may slow reaction time

How much vitamin D can boost memory, learning and decision-making in older adults, and how much is too much?


14 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Green tea cuts obesity, health risks in mice

Green tea cut obesity and a number of inflammatory biomarkers linked with poor health in a new study.


12 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Eating mushrooms may reduce the risk of cognitive decline

New study suggests that older people who consume more than two standard portions of mushrooms weekly could reduce odds of mild cognitive impairment by 50 percent.


11 March 2019 - MedicalXpress - Binge drinking in adolescence may increase risk for anxiety later in life

Researchers have found that adolescent binge drinking, even if discontinued, increases the risk for anxiety later in life due to abnormal epigenetic programming.