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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.


28 February 2018 - MedicalXpress - Forage-based diets on dairy farms produce nutritionally enhanced milk

Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are essential human nutrients, yet consuming too much omega-6 and too little omega-3 can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. Today, Americans consume 10 to 15 grams of omega-6 for every gram of omega-3.


27 February 2018 - MedicalXpress - Microbiota-gut-brain axis is at epicenter of new approach to mental health

The functional gut microbiome provides an exciting new therapeutic target for treating psychiatric disorders. A timely new review article presents innovative methods for studying and intervening in gut microbiome composition and activity to treat mental illness and maintain mental health.


23 February 2018 - Nutraingredients - Vegans most at risk of missing target iodine intakes, suggests Norwegian study

Iodine intakes are most likely to be insufficient among vegans, according to a new study published in Nutrients, which examined the iodine status of different Norwegian population groups.


26 February 2018 - MedicaXpress - Diet shown to reduce stroke risk may also reduce risk of depression

People who eat vegetables, fruit and whole grains may have lower rates of depression over time, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018.


26 February 2018 - Science Daily - Low magnesium levels make vitamin D ineffective

Vitamin D can't be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels, meaning Vitamin D remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans. In addition, Vitamin D supplements can increase a person's calcium and phosphate levels even while they remain Vitamin D deficient.


22 February 2018 - The Conversation - More academics and students have mental health problems than ever before

Recent research in the UK has shown that university students have a limited understanding of mental health issues and are hesitant to seek support. Administrators have noted the high prevalence of poor mental health and low levels of mental health literacy of students. One recent survey found that 43% of academic staff exhibited symptoms of at least a mild mental disorder too.


21 February 2018 - MedicalXpress - Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia

Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France.


21 February 2018 - Science Daily - Securing a child's future needs to start during parents' teen years

A child's growth and development is affected by the health and lifestyles of their parents before pregnancy -- even going back to adolescence -- according to a new paper.


19 February 2018 - MedicalXpress - Calcium may play a role in the development of Parkinson's disease

Researchers have found that excess levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of Parkinson's disease.


14 February 2018 - Nutraingredients - Western diet linked to increased risk of mental health problems for teenagers

Researchers in Tasmania say they have found evidence of a biological link between diet and depression, via a study that analysed associations between diet, BMI, inflammatory markers, and mental health in adolescents.


13 February 2018 - Science Daily - Palm oil in your Valentine's chocolate? Beware

A diet rich in saturated fat and sugar not only leads to obesity, it creates inflammation in the nucleus accumbens, a part of the brain that controls mood and the feeling of reward. And this inflammation can lead to depressive, anxious and compulsive behavior and disrupt metabolism,according to a new study.


13 February 2018 - MedicalXpress - Pregnant women deficient in vitamin D may give birth to obese children

Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women could pre-program babies to grow into obese children and adults, according to a Keck School of Medicine of USC-led study.


12 February 2018 - The Guardian - It's not just in the genes: the foods that can help and harm your brain

Our diet has a huge effect on our brain and our mental wellbeing, even protecting against dementia. So, what should be on the menu?


09 Feb 2018 - Nutritank - Why is nutrition in medical education so important?

“Even as a GP with many years’ experience, I still feel uncomfortable about talking to patients about nutrition. It can be confusing which sources of information to trust”


9 February 2018 - MedicalXpress - Prenatal, early life fructose intake associated with asthma

Maternal prenatal and early childhood intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and fructose is associated with current asthma in mid-childhood, regardless of adiposity, according to a study published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.


8 February 2018 - Psychiatric Times - Preventing ADHD in Pregnancy?

Could screening and management of lipid profiles during pregnancy help prevent ADHD? Findings from a large, multicentre team associated with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore seem to suggest so.