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28 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Obesity + aging linked to Alzheimer's markers in the brain

A new study suggests that when a high-fat, high-sugar diet that leads to obesity is paired with normal aging, it may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease. In addition, researchers discovered that certain areas of the brain respond differently to risk factors associated with Alzheimer's.


28 June 2018 - Neuroscience News - Early Maternal Diet Affects Brain Development and Adult Memory

A new study reveals maternal diet during pregnancy can have dramatic implications for fetal brain development and can impact short term memory in adults.


26 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Study finds significant proportion of older adults are deficient in vitamin B12 and folate

A new study by researchers from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, has shown for the first time that a substantial number of adults over 50 are at risk of deficiency in vitamin B12 and folate (the natural vitamin linked to the dietary supplement, folic acid).


26 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Tragic death of six month old baby highlights need for policy overhaul regarding vitamin D supplementation

UK vitamin D supplementation policy needs to change to protect the health and lives of babies, pregnant women and dark skinned individuals, say University of Birmingham researchers as they highlighted the death of a baby and serious ill health of two others due to a vitamin D deficiency.


20 June 2018 - Nutraingredients - Experts call for greater research focus on nutritional links to gestational diabetes

As the number of mothers-to-be suffering from gestational diabetes continues to rise, experts are calling for more research to find effective nutritional therapies that can help control the condition while promoting normal baby growth.


19 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Binge drinking during youth may impact future offspring

Preconception binge drinking may have negative consequences on future offspring's growth, social interactions and development during puberty according to a rat-based study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.


19 June 2018 - Nutraingredients - Omega-3s and cognitive health: From memory and moms and babies, and from mood to the military

From memory and cognitive function, to mood and a potential in people with PTSD, there’s lots of research going on for omega-3s and brain health, but what does the science currently say?


18 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Gut microbes may contribute to depression and anxiety in obesity

People with type 2 diabetes and obesity suffer from depression and anxiety more than the average. Researchers have demonstrated a surprising potential contributor to these negative feelings - the bacteria in the gut, or gut microbiome, as it is known.


14 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Researchers find link between allergen in red meat and heart disease

A team of researchers says it has linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat to the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the heart. While high saturated fat levels in red meat have long been known to contribute to heart disease for people in general, the new finding suggests that a subgroup of the population may be at heightened risk for a different reason - a food allergen.


14 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Foods combining fats and carbohydrates more rewarding than foods with just fats or carbs

Foods containing fat and carbohydrate are more reinforcing than those containing primarily fat or carbohydrate. This effect is independent of liking and is reflected by supra-additive responses in the brain during food valuation. This may be one mechanism driving over-consumption of high-fat/carbohydrate processed foods.


14 June 2018 - BBC - 'Women spend more time planning holiday than pregnancy'

Ideally, women should plan a pregnancy months in advance, experts say. Some women spend more time planning their summer holiday than they do a pregnancy, a survey by baby charity Tommy's suggests. Only one in five started taking folic acid before stopping contraception, while one in six didn't take it at all.


13 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Adolescents who consume a diet high in saturated fats may develop poor stress coping skills, signs of PTSD

A new study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity shows that adolescent rats who consume a diet high in saturated fats have a harder time coping with stress as adults. Moreover, the areas of the brain that handle the fear/stress response were altered to the point that subjects began exhibiting behaviors that mirror post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


12 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Researchers find IQ scores dropping since the 1970s

Prior studies have shown that people grew smarter over the first part of last century, as measured by the intelligence quotient - a trend dubbed "the Flynn effect". According to new research from Norway, that trend has ended. Instead of getting smarter, humans have started getting dumber.


12 June 2018 - University of California - Composition of complex sugars in breast milk may prevent future food allergies

The unique composition of a mother's breastmilk may help to reduce food sensitization in her infant, report researchers. The findings further highlight the health role of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), which are not found in infant formula, and underscore their potential for therapeutic interventions.


12 June 2018 - Nutraingredients - There’s building evidence on nutrition’s role in preventing cognitive decline, researchers argue

Nutritional steps for heart disease prevention are well known. Now it’s time to do the same for reducing the risk of dementia, argue researchers.


11 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Hunger can lead to anger, but it's more complicated than a drop in blood sugar, study says

What makes someone go from simply being hungry to full-on "hangry"? More than just a simple drop in blood sugar, this combination of hunger and anger may be a complicated emotional response involving an interplay of biology, personality and environmental cues, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.


11 June 2018 - The Conversation - Why we all need to be proactive about our bowels

A 2012 study found that Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (two types of IBD) are significantly on the rise. A follow-up study published last year in The Lancet demonstrated that these diseases affect over 0.3 per cent of the population in North America, Oceania and many countries in Europe.


11 June 2018 - Nutraingredients - Probiotics and peanut allergy: Mounting evidence points to positive impact of supplementation

Researchers in Australia are continuing to explore the benefits of probiotics in relation to peanut allergy, buoyed by the findings of a follow-up study four years after their first published RCT.


11 June 2018 - EurekAlert - Large study finds workplace foods contribute to unhealthy eating

Employees eat more than 1,000 calories a week at work and most of it is obtained for free


10 June 2018 - MedicalXpress - Improving Americans' diets could save billions in health-related costs

What we eat has important implications for our health - and for what we spend on healthcare. New research suggests improving the quality of the average American's diet could substantially reduce costs associated with heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other major health problems.