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Is it time for a new junk food tax?

There is no doubt – as a nation, we’re snacking more, and what once were occasional treats are now part of the daily diet. Could a junk food tax be the solution to this problem?


'The Better Brain' - Book Review

The 'Better Brain' is a long-awaited compilation of decades of work by two psychologists, Drs. Bonnie Kaplan and Julia Rucklidge, who have more experience treating various forms of mental illness with supplements than pretty much anyone else.


Lab analysis finds near-meat and meat are not nutritionally equivalent

Several metabolites known to be important to human health were found either exclusively or in greater quantities in beef, including creatine, spermine, anserine, cysteamine, glucosamine, squalene, and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA.


Methylglyoxal detoxification deficit causes schizophrenia-like behavioral abnormalities (possible role for Vitamin B6 and/or antioxidants?)

This is the first report to show that Methylglyoxal (MG) detoxification deficits are involved in the development of schizophrenia.


Fibromyalgia likely the result of autoimmune problems

This study has uncovered a whole new area of therapeutic options and should give real hope to fibromyalgia patients.


Diet with more fish fats, less vegetable oils can reduce migraine headaches

This research found intriguing evidence that dietary changes have potential for improving a very debilitating chronic pain condition like migraine without the related downsides of often prescribed medications.


Study: Vitamin D deficiency exacerbates use and misuse of pain meds

New research has found that modulating vitamin D levels changes multiple addictive behaviors to both UV and opioids.


Study associates organic food intake in childhood with better cognitive development

In this study they found better scores in fluid intelligence and working memory with higher organic food intake and lower fast food intake.


Mediterranean diet with oily fish could help reduce migraine frequency

This study tested whether altering the ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 in people’s diets had any impact on the frequency or severity of their migraines.


Gut microbe secreted molecule linked to formation of new nerve cells in adult brain

A new study has found gut microbes that metabolize tryptophan—an essential amino acid—secrete small molecules called indoles, which stimulate the development of new brain cells in adults.


Study shows potential dangers of sweeteners

This study is the first to show that some of the sweeteners most commonly found in food and drink—saccharin, sucralose and aspartame—can make normal and 'healthy' gut bacteria become pathogenic.


Western high-fat diet can cause chronic pain, according to research team

A typical Western high-fat diet can increase the risk of painful disorders common in people with conditions such as diabetes or obesity, according to a new groundbreaking paper.


Study shows brain differences in interpreting physical signals in mental health disorders

The study showed that for patients with bipolar, anxiety, major depression, anorexia and schizophrenia, part of the cerebral cortex called the dorsal mid-insula showed different brain activation when processing pain, hunger and other interoceptive signals when compared to the control group.


Switching from Western diet to a balanced diet may reduce skin, joint inflammation

These findings reveal that patients with psoriatic skin and joint disease should consider changing to a healthier dietary pattern.


Obesity in teens raises adult diabetes risk, even after weight loss

A new study shows that teens who are overweight or obese may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes or have a heart attack in their 30s and 40s.


Low-fiber, high-fat diets adversely impact the gut

Researchers used a mouse model to determine the key dietary factors affecting the gut microbiome and how they contribute to obesity and other metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.


Urgent action needed to reduce harms of ultra-processed foods to British children

During the 17 years of follow up, researchers saw a very consistent increase in all measures of unhealthy weight among children who consumed greater amounts of ultra-processed foods as part of their diet.


Brain alterations detected in obese children

This study found two areas of the brain were altered and hyperexcited in obese children - the orbitofrontal cortex and the amygdala. These are the centers that regulate reward and punishment sensations.


Association between blood plasma lipids and risk of Alzheimer's disease

The study highlighted that genes related to Alzheimer's disease play a role in influencing lipids that are associated with Alzheimer's disease, reinforcing the consequence of physiological factors—such as inflammation—on brain aging.


Vegan diets in children may bring heart benefits but pose growth risks

Our research shows that we need to provide more advice to the public as to how they can eat healthily on plant-based diets. This is particularly relevant for children, as they may have higher nutrient needs while they are growing.